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3D acceleration specification called Glide, Paper.I found the March issue quite stimuwhich Flight Sim does not support. The

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lating, especially the article on databases.

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the right software. But you are correct the650
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NEC Millennium: desktop or laptop?


NEC Computer Systems Division (NEC CSD) has unveiled an interesting
desktop computer that borrows heavily from notebook technology.
The computer, being referred to as Millennium, indudes a built-in
15-inch flat-panel display, and occupies a footprint of only 26.5x 19.5
cm (10.5x7.7 in.) deep. Without the display, the unit is just 5 cm (2
in.) high. While the MiHennium we recently saw at an NEC
CSD event is just a concept model, the company says it
intends to ship a similar product Iatei this yeai for

approximately $2,999.
The company says the Millennium PC ushers in
an era of microdesktop PCs. It says the Millennium
weighs about 5.4 kg (12 lb.) including screen, compared to the 36 kg (80 lb.) a typical desktop PC plus
monitor weighs.
The Millennium borrows from both desktop and notebook computer design. For example, the company says that production versions of the Millennium PC will be powered by a
Pentium III processor, but will also incorporate notebook features such as PC Card slots and
VersaBays (the latter being NEC's brand name for a multifunction bay that allows devices like

IBM debuts 'sub-$1,000' Aptiva


IBM has introduced a new low-cost
consumer PC model, the Aptiva 140.
B ased on an AM D K 6 2 3 3 M H z
processor, and equipped with 32 MB
RAM, a 4.2 GB hard drive, a 32x CDROM drive, 56Kbps modem, and two
USB ports, the Aptiva 140 has an estimated street price of $1,099 (without
a monitor), minus a $100 rebate offer
available until the beginning of

CD-ROM, DVD and floppy drives to be interchanged).


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ViewSonic flat panel goes digital


Wow! sums up our impression of Viewsonic's latest LCD flat-panel display.
The company claims its VPD180 ViewPanel is the industry's first
18.1-inch digital fl at-panel display. Representatives from
Viewsonic's Canadian office recently showed TCPthe new display, along with the PT795 19-inch flat-screen CRT monitor it

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The VPD180 supports resolutions of up to 1,280x1,024, and
has a viewing angle of 160 degrees. The display will pivot between
portrait and landscape modes, and includes PerfectPortrait software to switch the image to the proper orientation.

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Wow! also sums up the price of this model. It will sell for the
rough equivalent of US$3,995 when bundled with the ATI Xpert
LCD graphics card, or US$3,745 without.
When we first saw the 19-inch PT795 CRT-based monitor, the
experience was a bit disconcerting. Being used to unconsciously
adjusting for the curvature of a standard monitor, we actually
thought the flat-screen monitor was curved inward until we spent a
few minutes looking at it. Then the benefits of a perfectly flat view-

including its 30 Days Up And Running Assistance, a one-year limit-

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ed warranty, and one-year Owner Privileges program with the purchase of an Aptiva 140.JE
IBM Canada, Tel: 800-IBM-CALL, httpJ/www.canibm.corn/whatsnew

Viewsonic calls its flat tube the PerfectFIat SonicTron. It is an

aperture grill design and will support resolutions of up to


1,920x1,440. It can be used with both PCs and Macs. It has a suggest-

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the $1,000 range. According to Gary Isaacs, general manager of consumer sales and services with IBM Canada Ltd., "The new Aptiva
140 delivers great technology in a PC that is extremely affordable
and easy to use. We' re focussed on providing consumers with
choice to meet their varying lifestyles and maintaining our leadership in the Canadian PC market."
Many of Canada's "clone" PC makers wouldn't have too much
trouble beating the price/performance features of the Aptiva 140, at
least by a little. IBM, however, is banking on part of the market
being attracted to the appeal of the IBM brand name. IBM is also

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U LT I IN AT E U T I L I T I K 5

After spending days on the Web checking prices, updating dead


links, and summarizing product descriptions (not to mention

drinking enough Starbucks brew to float a boat), we have


come up with a list of utilities that has something for everyone.
Hundreds of small inexpensive programs
are available
often for very specialized
e've divided utility products into needs
because the Net allows for inexnine categories, and the accompa- pensive delivery, Where the Internet
nying charts contain listings for does not contribute to the growth af utilimore than 130 programs. And this list isnot
ties directly, it often does so indirectly,
exhaustive. It seemed that every time we
But what about the more established
turned around, there were more utilities to and well-known utility products? Online
add. It is the nature of this category of soft- sales are still far lower in both the number
ware that programs can be quickly written . of products sold and the income generatedand thrown up for sale on a Webpage.
than boxed products sold in retail stores.
Often a product becomes obsolete and Chris Monette, general manager of Symantec
disappears when another does a better job. Canada, places the percentage of his compaAnd then there are the buyouts and compa- ny's online sales in the single digits, but says
ny mergers that make this category even "We are seeing significant increases there."
more volatile. Even deciding what qualifies (Symantm, like many other software compaas a utility and what does not is moving nies, offers a discount for online purchases
ground. There is noagreement about when a primarily because of the cast savings on its
By Roil lamlranrl

programs that continuously ping your ISP to


avoid being dropped for inactivity.

Web page saving/searching

vices like ICQ, being


alerted to any time your
friends or coworkers are
online and available for
conversation is like getting
an international LAN for the
price of a Net connection.

Encryption/

virus protection

Keeping your data securefrom prying eyes and yourcomputer freefrom

rogue software becomes more important


Saving and organizing Web pages, and whole with each passing, networked, Orwellian day.
sites, is important for people who research
The best vinrs programs are built with
information using the Web. Searching soft- links to the software company's Web site,
ware works in conjunction with search sites Good virus protection means constantly

to speed up and broaden one'squeries.


Saving a pagewell, while often useful, is
line of products stops being a utility and end). Jerry Gowan, accounts manager at

updating your database of protection against


infectious programs.Keep in mind that, over

PowerQuest Corporation concurs: "We have


seen online sales really go up but retail is by
far the bulk of our sales."
Here then are the nine groups we have
created in an attemptto define the field.
They are neither exhaustive nor, we must
admit, cleanly segregated. Although each site
has been visited, prices checked, and a short
product description created, sometimes you
will need to burrow down from a company's
main page to find the product (though usually this is very simple). Prices are in
American dollars and sometimes oniine pur-

actually a difficult procedure. Some programs in this category will also save all the

ity categories. Programs in this group will


defrag, partition, map, clone or copy your
hard drive.
Graphical interfaces and support for

chasing is not aseasyasit should be. Aswell,

be much a problem for most people. mpying and sizing many different FAT sysHowever, some surfers do not want anyone tems have finally made disk utilities easy and

becomes a full-fledged program group.

Were it not for the Net,

individual developers
and small companies
would not be able to
produce, market and
sell many of these
small, one trick ponies
One of the biggest factors in the huge
increase in the number of utilities is the
Interne. Fully half of the utilities in this
roundup are somehow related to the Netbut that's not the whole story. Yes, connecting, brawsing, emailing, saving, and communicating on the Web is the main impetus for
the development of many utilities. However,
the Internet also plays a big role in the distribution of utilities, taking over from bul-

summarizing a product in six or so words


necessitates gross generalizations. Overall
though, we were slightly surprised at how
many useful and interesting products there
are out there. With a little legwork, you will
likely find something useful.

time, the cost of your online program will


exceed the price of the. original software.
pages on a site. Searchersand metasearchers
In the encryption worldsophisticated
can be very handy if you regularly do a lot of programs are making data practically
work on the Web, This category also includes impregnable. The only hurdle left to overoff-line browsing tools.
mme is standardization.

Browser file management


Marsl drive utllltles
Some people don't like cookies (those little This is one of the oldest and most useful utilbrowser files that identify you to a Web site),
considering them snoops at best and electronic trackers at worst. Although the potential for abuse is there, cookies don't seem to

recording where they visit and how often.


Keeping track of cookies and deleting
them, and/or other browser files, is what
these programs do.

safe (relatively), If you have to upgrade to a


larger drive, these will help you do the job.

System utllltles

Parental Alters
Anyone with a nine-yearold son or daughter
fit'/connection Improvement
File transfer protocol (FfP) is the efficient probably knows that these imperfect utilities
way to move files around on the Net. FI'P may be the only thing you can do, short of
programs offer various tools to make copy- making the home a Net-free zone, to avoid
ing, monitoring, and saving files faster, easi- traumatizing the little ones.
It's true that these filters can be beaten,
er, or automatic. Connection improvement
but
by the time your child can defeat the filprograms are those that monitor and suggest

If a utility does something for the operating


systein, or it just doesn't fit in any other category, you' ll find it in this group.
There are so many different kinds of utilities that do so many different things, it is
impossible to include them aII. But there is
still a gold mine of useful features in the
products we did cover.
Want to change the Windows shut down

letin board systems (BBSes) and greatly various ways to improve your Net connec- ter, he or sheis probably old enough to sur-

graphic? Try a product like WinBoost 98.

vive the Net. A good education and some


expanding both the reach and potential tion.
audience size of BBSes. Were it not for the
There are a lot of programs that try to ground rules are equally important.
Net, individual developers and small compa- improve your dialup connection. They are
nies would not be able to produce, market quite goad at letting you know where things fmall/online notlfkatlon

Need to check that your monitor is still


working properly, try DisplayMate. Want to
have electronic stickies? Get 3M's Post-it
Software Notes for Windows. There is someand seII many of these small, one trick are bogging downyour computer, modem, If you really need to know when new email thing here for everyone.
ponies.
line to the telephone company's switch, ISP arrives on the server or whether or not your
One of the best utilities in this categoryThus, the Net has had two effects on util- server, Internet server, or site server. This cat- friends are available to chat, check out these PowerToys for Windows
is free from the
ities: it offers a newway to sell the samesoft- egory also includes programs that will hit a utilities.
Microsoft Web site. Check it out.
ware, but the products are also changing. site continuously until it connects and
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Essentials (the guts of which are also included
in Norton Ut ilities 4.0 as th e N orton
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sure the modem is working properly and that
your dialing sequence is correct. And if you
still can't get through, it will tell you why.
Another good communications-related
utility is Ipswitch Software's Wsftp Pro a
tool for uploading files to Web sites. While
this ability can be helpful in a number of circumstances, it is particularly useful when
you encounter problems sending file attachments. Being able to upload troublesome
files to a Web site where business associates
can download them with a Web browser can
eliminate a lot of headaches. Wsftp Pro lets
you do just that.
And then there's the problem of having to
wait to download email, which is a real issue
if you are trying to download all your email in
the airport lounge before your flight. Road
warrior software pioneer Traveling Software
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LapLink Enterprise Exchange Accelerator.
The company claims LapLink Enterprise
Exchange Accelerator combines advanced
compression, high-performance delivery
protocol and sophisticated attachment filtering to deliver email up to 15 times faster for
remote users with Microsoft Exchange.
Traveling Software sells its single-server/10-client Starter Pack for US$799. It also
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Last September, Travelling Software also
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that lets users remotely access, control and

transfer files to and from their office PCs.


Probably the biggest addition to this version
is USB-cable support, which the company
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up to 6 Mbps. The company also includes
support for all Windows platforms in one
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via the Web, connection via Fast Infrared
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PC, is San M ateo, Calif.-based Puma
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handheld systems under the IntelliSync
brand name.
In January,Puma announced a deal with
Jump Networks Inc. of Ithaca, N.Y. that offers
free synchronization using IntelliSync to
users of Jump's services. Jump! is a Web-based
personal information manager (PIM) that
includes calendar, email, and contact management features. The deal with Puma lets
users synchronize data with each other, the
Web, and with handheld devices (such as
those from Palm Computing) and PC-based
PIM applications (such as Microsoft Outlook).
Intellisync for Jump! is being offered as a
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My favorite utilities
s a technology journalist, I often write
software and hardware reviews and
ave found a number of utilities useful.
AltaVista Personal, for example, can be
downloaded from the search engine's Web

page (http: //www.altavista.corn). It will search


and index all words in your text files, email
folders, saved Web pages, and other places.
The result is that I can quickly search my PC
to see what I have aboutsay, DVD. This is
easier than manually going through documents, then emails, then other types of data,
Once I check what files I already have on
a topic, I search the Web for further information. And I use two utilities to help me in
this task. The first is NetMedic from INSoft.
This utility tells me why a a Web page is
'loading slowly whether it's due to the server I am accessing or because the Net routers
in general are busy. Often it turns out that
my ISP's server is taxed (which makes me
think that i t m a y b e t i m e t o s w i tch
providers). If this is the case the program will
ask if I want to send an email to the system
administrator (of my ISP's server) explaining
my concern. For me, surfing without such a
program is like being in the dark.
Once I'm online, I often need to search
for information about a topic. Rather than
visit Yahoo, and then Lycos, and then my
favorite search site (AltaV!sta), I' ve installed a
utility called Beeline that searches those and
other sites all at the same time. The result is
that I rarely get a "no hits" response. Beeline
and other metasearchers (as these utilites are
sometimes called), can be quite helpful if.
you need to search multiple sites.

One program I can't live without is


Surnaver from askSam systems. I often need
to know everything there is to know about a
given topic quickly. Magazines are great
but not as timely as articles on the Web, so I
jump online and read what everyone is saying about a particular topic. As I travel I see
articles and links that I want to read or visit
later. I can do this with Sur5aver, which
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graphics, frames, and hypertext links and
will store pages by topic, adding notes and
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of the Net), and it allows me to avoid racking
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read the material off line.
Another useful utility is X-Windows, a
component of Microsoft's PowerToys download. X-Windows highlights whatever window
is below your cursor without having to click on
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window disappearing. Usually clicking on a
maximized document window, for example,
will cause a smaller window, say a software
program that I am writing about, to disappear.
Although none of these small programs
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together, they add up to a much more efficient way to get my work done, get off the
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The Millennium Bug Home Checkhits 11 million Canadian homes


By Jeff Evans

n mid-February, the Canadian govemment announced that it had delivered


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Bug Home Check to households across the


country. The Millennium Bug Horne Check, for
those who may have missed it, is a tabloidsized, full-color, eight-page document that
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Canadian households to directly contact the
manufacturers of every single electrical product in their households, to see what those
manufacturers say about the Y2K problem.
Right.
Dozens of contact phone numbers and
Web site addresses are listed, including the
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http: //strateg/s,lc,gc.ca/8082000, Nowhere are we
urged to talk to our municipal, provincial or
federal elected representatives, or to our
neighbors, school boards, churches, or the
other community groups we may have to
rely on if there are serious problems.

The little guy who wasn't there


What's most interesting about this federal
government document is the obvious stuff
that should be there, but is missing. There is
not a single statement from any Canadian
leader, of any sort. No Winston Churchillstyle "we' re in this together and we' ll get
through it," no promises of action, or government help to remedy damages, or mention of
possible upcoming Y2K legislation. Nothing.
The Canadian federal government makes
no specific promises in this document as to
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2000, to help with any disruptions or difficulties associated with the YZK bug, or to
deal with damages or losses arising from the
problem. We are urged to investigate provincial consumer protection legislation and the
federal Consirrrier Packaging and Labeling Act
for possible legal remedies to Y2K problems.
A few paragraphs generally stating that the
president of the Treasury Board and the ministries of Industry, Foreign Affairs and National
Defence are making some sort of unspecified What, me EPOEEtlcaP
preparations give a vague indication that some- The U.S. recently passed some very interesting
body on the federal level is doing something.
Y2K-related legislation, attempting to deal
From reading this document, one might with the expected storm of litigation that will
be forgiven for doubting that we have a
arise if there are widespread business losses
prime minister or any other democratically due to millennium disruptions. No mention
elected representatives even slightly involved is made of any possible similar action by the
in dealing with this problem. It's not our
Canadian Parliament (interestingly, the exisl eaders' p roblem, a c cording t o the tence of a Canadian Parliament is alsonoticeContinued on page41
Millennium Bug Home Check,it's our problem.

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illustrations. It emphasizes the "good news"
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PAPER BCEDITION www.tcp,ca APRIL 1999

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And tweaks screen, memory and PC applications for new Palm Illx
By TCP Staff
t's well known that 3Com's Palm

However, one thing that may disappoint


Likewise, the Palm IIIx includes 4 MB of
memory (double the 2 MB in the Palm III), a Palm III owners is that because many of the
new expansion slot that allows users to more Palm III's enhancements arehardware based,

Computing division facesincreasirig com- easily add extras such asmemory or a pager
petition from a number of directions, yet card, version 3.1 of the Palm OS (which
the company's popular PalmPilot line contin- boasts better network connectivity) and

ues to be the leader in the handheld comput- built-in connectivity to Microsoft Outlook.
er market. Based on recent IDC market share In addition, flash memory design allows the
operating system to be updatfigures, Palm Computing

claims a 73 percent share of


the "personal companion"
market worldwide.
In an effort to maintain
its position at a time when
Microsoft and its hardware

partners ar e
p u shing
Windows CE 2,0-based
handheld PCs that look a lot
like the PalmPilot Palm

Computingmade an unusual product "pre-announcement" in D e cember. It


pledged that later in 1999, it

would produce something


called the Palm VII connected organizer, which will provide

ed through enhancements
downloaded from the Web.

A 3Com spokesperson
said the expansion slot uses a
readily available connector,
which simplifies things for
third-party developers who
want to design add-on products for the Palm computer.
The Palm lllx also uses
dynamic RAM more effectively. This can be seen in
faster response times for the
new unit.
The other significant dif-

ference between the Palm III

for the Palm IIIx and $449 for the Palm III.

it won't be possible to upgrade a Palm III to

There is also a variety of add-ons for the

Palm HIx specifications,


One aside to all this is Palm Computing's
convention for naming products. There are
no even-numbered Palm handhelds.The
company went from the original PalmPilot
to the Palm Professional, which was effectively the Palm II, although it was never
blessed with that name, and it has moved
from the Palm III to the Palm Illx again
avoiding an even number.

Palm V, including a snap-on 33.6Kbps


modem that will sell for $249, or a travel kit
with built-in AC/DC converter/charger for

High V
Continuing this naming tradition, the other
new addition to the Palm line 3Com
unveiled at the launch was the Palm V.
Sharing the much improved screen technology found on the Palm llix, as well as the

$79.
The 3Com representatives at the launch
said that even as sales of Palm computers
have continued to accelerate, they are seeing
a much larger volume of quantity sales to
corporations, as well as individual sales
through retail outlets. Apparently, more
companies are officially adopting the Palm
platform, and buying in bulk to outfit their
mobile sales forces and other professional

and technical employees,

It seems as though the Palm's lock on the


Canadian market (3Com claims the Palm
line accounts for over 75 percent of handPalm HIx's enhanced use of dynamic RAM, held computers currently being sold in
the most outstanding feature of the Palm V is Canada) is in no immediate danger of being

its slim form factor and light weight.


At only 113 g (4 oz.) and the thicknessof

and the Palm IIIx is that the latter has a a stack of three $1 coins, the Palm V is truly

built-in wireless connection to the Internet superior display. It has more contrast and is "shirt-pocket ready." It also looks extremely

less reflective. It also. uses an unusual back- elegant (the case is gunmetal grey alulighting system that illuminates the letters, minum), and very comfortable to hold.
In a departure from previous models,
rather than the background. This gives the
screen an odd reverse-text look under dim which were powered by
has completed a fairly extensive set of field light, but it does seem to work and 3Com
says because the backlit area is smaller, battrails that are currently under way.
Aware that this announcement may not tery consumpflon is reduced. Overall, based
and corporate intranets. It is expected to be
available in Canada in mid-1999 for around
$1,200, not including wireless Internet
access charges. But that won't happen until it

be enough to keep it ahead of the competi- on informal comparisons we'd say the new
tion, 3Com Canada unveiled two new Palm
models, at a February launch event attended

The Palm V is also more expensive, at a suggested retail price of $679, compared to $549

seriously challenged. If the company can


keep up the rapid pace of evolution of the
Palm line, they may remain unchallengedat least for the next year.
As long-time users of handheld computers, we must admit to some reservations
about the move to rechargeable batteries on
the Palm V. While an excellent concept, it
has been our experience that they seem to
die when you least expect it.

And because they are non-standard, you


cannot easily or cheaply replace them like
you can with AA or AAA batteries, But Palm

screen technology is a big step forward.


In short, this upgrade includes all the

AAA batteries, the


by TCP,to keep handheld computer users things you hoped would have been in the Palm V has a built-in
original Palm III. After playing with the Palm Lithium Ion battery. An AC
happy until the Palm VII arrives.
III for a little while, you begin to see how adapter connects to the sync crathese extras will make a difference to hand- dle's serial plug so the Palm V is recharged
iii plus 1 = IIIX
every time it is docked in the cradle. 3Com
The first new unit, the Palm Illx, sells for held computer users.
For one thing, the more direct connec- claims the battery will charge from a deplet$549 and is a modest evolution of the existing Palm IH design. It appears to have been tion to Outlook data makes it a lot easier to ed state in about three hours, and will operkeep your Outlook data synchronized with ate for about three weeks before it needs to
designed
and named in the same manner
as last year's PalmPilot Professional. The any copy of that data you wish to have on be recharged.
The Palm V's feature set is very similar to
PalmPilot Professional was distinguished your handheld. And that has been a chalfrom the original PalmPilot by having an lenge in previous implementations, unless the original Palm III, but all that capability is
updated version of the Palm operating sys- you were willing to spend extra money on packed into a much tinier package. The Palm
tem, more memory, more robust applica- third-party utilities to translate your Palm III V is not as powerful as the Palm Illx, with its
data to Outlook format and back again.
larger memory and internal expansion slot.
tions and better links to PC applications.

And what about a color Palm? 3Com was


quite evasive when asked about this during
the launch event, saying only that the com-

pany had several projects under development. However, one representative did point
out that a color Palm would be introduced
when it didn't compromise the Palm's key
defining features: its light weight, small size,

long battery life, and affordable price. 0


3Com, httpJlwww.3com.corn
Compiled fromnotes byGeof Wheelwright,
Jeff Evansand David Tanaka.

walk a fine line between inciting panic and


failing to alert the public sufficiently to prethe problem to makers of "some lowest
pare for this problem, but I think they have
downplayed the potential seriousness of the
software tools available to make your PC
Y2K problem to an absurd degree.
software BIOS millennium-ready." The
Frankly, Y2K sounds so unimportant after
Millennium Bug HomeCheck advises, "Some
reading
this document that the average
PC
manufacturers
may
produce
free
fixing
One
gets
the
impression
after
reading
the
by limiting their financial liability, even for
Canadian
could be forgiven for deciding to
software.
Check
them
out."
Millennium
Bug
Home
Check
that
the
federal
false or incorrect Y2K readinessclaims, to a
Thanks a lot.
government spin doctors had a bit too much not bother to do anything until New Year' s
trivial US$50 per complaint. Many have critiinfluence over the final product. If the Y2K Day, and then just look around to see if
cized the U.S. legislation as being designed to
The
big
picture
problem goes by with only the most trivial everything's still working.
let corporate friends ofthegovernm
entoffthe
I- hope YZK will be a big nothing, but
disruptions, then this document is just
The
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Bug
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to
overnm
ent go
since nobody can possibly know until it hapdo the same thing? Has it already done so? to focus on reassuring the individual about peachy, and it doesn't matter anyway.
If any seriousY2K-related problemsoccur pens, we should at least admit the possibility
From reading theMill~ium Big Home Check, the probably minimal Y2K threat to his or
in
the
middle of the Canadian winter of of some serious problems. TheMillennium
her
home
appliances,
and
the
modest
threat
how would you know?
Checkis a public relations exercise
to the home PC, fails to even hint that there 1999-2000 AD, then this document will have Bug Home
could be larger-scale infrastructure problems done an active disservice to public safety, to take the heat off lazy politicians, not an
Nets and bolts
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Home Checkis reasonably with the electrical power grid, telecommuni- and constitutes an abdication of the federal honest help to Canadian citizens.
We deserved better from our invisible
useful as an entry-level guide for the individ- cations system, or natural gas, oil or water government's democratic accountability.
I believe that the go
vernm
ent is trying to "leaders." 0
ual who wants to begin to investigate bug- networks.

Y2KT Don't worry, be happy

proofing his or her PC. Typically, though, in

Continuedfrom page $6
able by its absence from this document).
The U.S, legislation aims to encourage suppliers of Y2K vulnerable goods and services to
come dean about their problems right away,

the small space available, it soon passes off

There is no Plan B, as has been suggested


in countries such as the United Kingdom,
where some advisory bodies have recommended that average citizens should consider laying in a few weeks worth of non-perishable food, "just in case."

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Bob Young, chief executive officer of Red Hat


Software in a statement.
Linux is an open-source operating system,
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operating system is freely available and can be
downloaded by anyone for no charge.
In addition, a small number of companies, including Red Hat Software, are packagthe operating system for use on a range of ing the operating system together with addiIBM servers, PCs and notebook computers. tional software and enhancements such as
IBM plans to offer models in its Netfinity
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Laura Norman, product manager for
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AC-adpter (110-220v),
FREE carrying case
MSWin'98 full ver. w/ CD and license
All drivers preioad and with cd

12.1" TFI' 3DII-300mhz/ 3DII-333......31990/2020


12.1" TFf 3DII-366mhz/3DI1400.......$2060/2190
133" TFT 3DII-300mhz/ 3DII-333.......$2150/2180
13.3" TFT 3DII-366mhz/ 3DII400........$2230/2390
14.1" TFf 3DII-300mhz/ 3DII-333.......$2330/2380
with Car adapter ................+$95
with I OBT comb card ........+$80
with 10/100 BT card ........+$110
with 56k & 10/100 Lan ...+$330

HP
HP DJ 340C/695C/722C..
...........................$385/245/380
HP 880C/ 895C / 112OC...............,...............$385/530/655
HP 2000C /2000CN ........................................$1180/1670
HP I I 00 gppm2M / HP 2100 8P2M.................. $595/1030
HP4000 /4000T /4000N /4000TN ..$1630/1850/2090/2360
H PSOOO/SOOON/GN....
......................$2090/2990/3690
HP8000/800ON/8000DN....................$3180/3540/4190
HP8100/8100N/810ODN........................$3860/4180/4690
HP Colorlaser 4500/4500N/4500DN......$3660/433Q/5550
HP ColorLaser8500/8500N/8500DN..$8690/9780/12890
HP OJ 635C color printer/copy/scan/fax.................$680
HP laser 3100Xi printer/copy/scan/fax.gp...........$1090
Color Plotter/ HP accessories ..........www.ATIC.CA

DVD
KITS
Creative DVD2 drive only (Retail)......................$145
Creative DVD3 Encore xS kit(retail)..................$335
Toshiba DVD2 kit (w/decorder, disks,...),...........$270
Toshiba DVD2 / DVD3drive /Black....$180/220/250
Toshiba DVD3 kit (w/decorder, disks,,).....,....$350

SOUND CARD
16bit / 32bit sound card...........................................$18/24
SoundBlaster 16 /AWE64...........................,$35/52
SB PCI 128/ PCI 256Value / Live...................$65/85/260

CD-ROM
Creative 36x /Toshiba 32x. eide..........................$65/75

Canon

BJC 44OOC ...........................................$195

Acer 40x / EPO 40x /BlackToshiba 32x....$65/65/I 00


36x scsi Pioneer/SONY/Toshiba/.............$110/I 30/I 40
Backpack 16x parallel slimmed with sound...........$290

Lexmark

CD WRITER

Lexmark 570/320..........................................$340/200
Optra KI220 12pmm (special)............................,.$920

Epsan
Stylus 440/640/740 .........,...$198/270/380
Stylus 800 (1440dpi)/ 850 (PC/Mac)..............$420/528
Photo Stylus 700 720x720.............................$530

Brother
HLIO20/1040DX/IOSODX....................$375/440/530
Tnner Teton I Tn'tnn,.........,..............$30

Okidata

OL8W 600dpi laser......,..............................$370


9pin 320/321/390/391 ........................$450/610/480/630
24pin 520/521/590/591.......................$540/730/620/900

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AT15 "/19"/23 "case& power...,..............$38/55/90


ATX 15'/19"/23" case &power......................$60/65/95
InWin ATX case 17" / 24" &power....................$80/100
Clio-II ATX 19" / Server 2-in- I Redundant.........$80/550
Landmark 19" ATX-200 /ATX-299 plastic..........$85/120

Mouse / Logitech 2B / Logitech 3B (PS2)........$8/12/I 8


MS Intel liMouse PS/2 / USB.................................$35/80
Logitech MouseMan 3B / MouseMan+................$30/70
Logitech Marble mousePs2 /USB,......................$85/95
Logitech Internet KB / cordless mouse & KB.....$75/139
104KB /Fujitsu8725 / Fujitsu 4725................$12/19/60
MS Natural / ToucbPad KB...................................$40/65
MS natural USB / USB keyboard........................$75/30
Scsi cable/ Wide scsi cable........................$10/IS
over 4 devices cable (scsi/UW scsi)............................$35
Ext. Scsi cable / 25p-HDSOp/25p-HD68p...$25/40 /40
ext. Scsi cable (any pin to Centronics ).....$40
Rock mounting IDE/SCSI drawer..............$22/2
Rock mounting U W- s c s i . . . . $ 5 0
Printer cables 6ft/I Oft/25ft....................,.$5/I 0/18
Modem cables/Laptink cables....................$10/IS

CorclDraw 8 /WinFaxPro v.8..........................$360/138


AntiVirus Norton/MaCafee..................................$69/69
Partision Magic V.3 / Norton Utilities.................$85/I 00

Simply Speaking Gold / SimplyAccounting............$169

HP 7200i eide Rewriter Retail 16x4x2x..............$385


HP 8100i /8110i eide Rewriter 24x4x2x...$485/490
Yamaba 4416s scsi 16x4x4xin / kit /E..$490/535/460
Piextor 12x8x4x int/ext ..............$530/660
Plextor 20xgx4x int/ext .............$620/730
writeable cd-disk /Sony ................$1.80/2.5
Rewritcable cd-disk/Sony.......................$16/20

SPEAKER
I OOW/I 60W......................................................$12/$25
GNTSOOOsubwoofer kit / Eastern 4016,.....$60/78
Yamaba M28 w/Sub kit / MT10..............$115/180
Aitec ACS44/45.1/48/ADA305........$96/125/195/240
Labtec 2412/2612...................................$80/170
Creative MicroWorks /PCWorks 4point......$340/140

McrioPhone / Headset.........................................$8/15

TITLES (w/CD-ROM
ktt or systemONLY)

Fncarla'98 home bundle/ MS


Suit'99 bundles..$65/139
Corot WP Suit 8,...................................................$60

MS Off
ice Pro 97 cd ..............,..............................$300
NI 4.o Server 10 users / Workstation ....,...$990/200

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HP4100C / 5100C..............................$245/360
HP6200C (USB) / 6250C ......................$510/590
HP Duc-Feeder / Tsnsparency for 610K..............$615/820
UMsx 1220p / 1220/ USB............................$175/270/315
Acer clor flat sannerparallel 620P/620S...............$160/280
Viger Flat bed color .................................................$110

. Epson636/636pm ..................................................$730/1630
AGFA Snapscsn1212P/ 1212S.................................$178/420
Canon scan 320p/620p ....,..................,.....$160/230

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Miro XD plus Capture......................................$1090


Miro DC 30 Plus ..........,.........................$1190
Kodak DC220 ZOOM / DC260 DigitaL.....$790/1190

Zoltrix Capture card andCamera ..........................$190


TV connection ( TV -Tuner).................................$120
Logitec VC / Home /pro..........................$110/150/I 90

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Intel PII -233/266/300 CPU, 512k L2 cache


32MB RAM ( 64MB...+$90, 128M..$280 )
4.1G Toshiba HD ( 6.0G ....+$120 )
56k voice fax modem (no voice for 14"/15"),
1.44 Floppy. 24cx CD-ROM
TFT Active True color, 1024x768
3D sound, Microphone & speakers built-in
USB, Infra, Paraflcl, serial, Ext. SVGA por
2 PCMCIA slots.
Battery NiMH, (with Li-ion Battery ..... +$90)
AC adapter (110-220 auto switch),
FREE carrying case & 1Vin' 98 full vcr. with cd
AU drivers prcload and with cd

4020CDS P11300/32M/3.8G/12.1" DSN/Win98


4020CDT PII300/32M/6.0G/13.3" TFT/Win98
4030CDS CII300/64M/4.0G/13.3" DSN/Win98
4030CDT CII300/64M/4.0G/13.3" TFT/Win98
4060XCDT PII333/64M/6.0G/14.1" TFT/Win98
4080XCDT PI1333/64M/6.0G/14.1" TFT/Win98
301OCT P266MMX/32M/4. I G/10.4" TFT/Win98
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T PSGQZ Pii-300/64M/6G/12.1 "TFT/Win98/5GK
$419 0
TP600Z PII-300/64M/6G/13.3"TFT/DVD/Win98/56K $5460
TP390 Pii-233/32M/3.2G/24x/12.1TFT/56k/WIN98 $ 2 690
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12.1"TFT Pil-233mhz/ Pll-266 ...... $2190/2390


12.1"TFf Pll-300mhzl512k ......................$2690
13.3"TFf PII-233mhz/ Pll-266 .......$2390/2590
133" TFT Pll-300mhz/ 512K....................$2890
14.1" TFT Pll-266mhz/ Pll-300 ...... $2790/3190
15.1" TFT Pll-266mhz/ PII-300 ........$3890/4250

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with 10/100 BT card .......+$110
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rip T40007/ ext. 4G-SG'Tra've'n...::........: ......;..$300/420'

HP T5000/ ext 2.5G-SG ...............................$250/380


Seagate TR-4 4-SG int./ext ...,.................$290/380
Seagate DAT 4-8G 4mm int/ext ...................$960/1150
SONY DAT 5000i 4mm 4G-SG drive.....................$990
HP DAT 4G 90mm / 4-8G 125mm ...$890/1050
Vipower PCMCIA Reader int for desktop ...............$90
ZIP IOOM iat side /paraUe1.......................,......$105/165
ZIP IOOM scsi int/ext./ USB....................,.$145/210/210
ZIP Plus scsi int. / parallel...............................$240/24

Modems and EtherNet (PCMCIA)


56K PCMCIA fax modem v.90 ....................................$110
PCMCIA I OBT Etherne comb . . . . ................................$110
Xircom IOOBT..........................................................$210
Xircom IQOBT + 56k fax modem realport .....................$490
3COM 10/IOOBT PCMCIA ( 3CXFE575BT) cardbus..$220
3 COM 3 7 5 74-T X 1 0 / 1 0 0 L A N 1 6 b i t . . . . $ 2 1 0

3COM I OBT (3CXE589DT)/I OB Com (3CXE589DC)...$190/260.


3COM 3C C M 156B 5 6 K g l o b a l m o d e m . . . . $ 320
3COM 56K V90 Fax modem w/ Ceflu support (3CXM556).$325
3COM 56K with 10/IOOBT LAN ........................................$440
3COM 52900 128k ISDN PC card U int................................$530
3COM52903 128k ISDN PC card S/T int...............................$475
Intel Etherexpree Pro I OOBT PCMCIA 16bit.......$220
Intel EtherExpress Pro Plus 10/100 PCMCIA ...$370

Zip 250 Parallel/ USB .............................$275/275


JAZ 2G scsi int/ext ........................................$460/530

Zip disk / Jaz disk IG / Jaz 2G....................$15/110/165


JAZ traveler SCSI to Parallel adapter.........,.....,...$60
ORB 2,2G int EIDE / SyJet 1.5 scsi int.............$290/330
ORB 2.2G disk/ SyJet I.S disk ...........................$75/98
Traven TRI/TR3/TR4................................$25/35/40
Lsl20 super drive int. / disk ...............,.................$120/48
DAT disk DDS-2/ DDS-3 ...................................$25/40

Intel EtherExpress Pro 100 with 56k v.90 modem ...$490

Batteries, Sound Cards, Backup,SCSI

Adaptcc1450/1460/1480 SlimScsi...................$140/230/290
cxt. parallel CD-ROM 36x / with power .......................$195
cxt scsi 36x CD-ROM with case ...................................$210
24x Bantam Ultra light CD-ROM parallel ....................$350
24x Bantam CD-ROM with sound Parallel ...................$430
32x Backpack cd-rom parallel / with sound ............$300/360
NewMedia sound / game port...................................$280/80
NewMedia SCSI Db2 5
/ LA N I O B T . . .....$125/110
Nogatech P C M C I A T V tu n e r . . . . . . ...............$385
Carrying case.Targus Notcpac CNOI/20....................$40/35
Universal cascCUN I / Lcathcr case CLN1...............$80/105
Platinum Leather case CPLC I/ Travclcr CL86......$210/198
Koskin case CKN2/Convcrtiablc case CCB1..............$80/70

16 bit ISA comb tOBT / 32bit PCI comb..............$20/25

32 bit PCI tn/tOOBT Ethernet...............................$35


D-Link DE-530CT tO/tOOBT .......................$35
Intel PCt Pro 10/100 / Server Pro........................$80/t35
3COM PCI SC900 cmnb tOBT..............................$120

3coM pet 3coos 1 00BT........................................sss


SMC 1208BT PC1 / 8416 1SA/8432 PCI .$34/60/605
BNC/Terminator/T...............................................$3
Coaxial ton/20tVSOn/1006.............................$6/9/tc/35
Hub 9port /16port 108T................................S75/ I SO
Hub tOOBT 8/12/16port............................$160/480/950
Hub OfnceConnect 3C16700 8P lOBT...................SI15
Hub tMiceconnect 3ct6702 l6p loBT...........,......s260
Hub OfnceConnect 3C I 67 tn SP l OOBT................$480
Hub OBiceCoanect tzp l OOBT ......................5606

Encore Air Leather case CELI A ...................................$200


Battery NiMH / Li-lon for Nctbook........................$11Q/180

Battery for Toshiba/IBM/Compaq/Sharp/Canon......Prcordcr

Hobsnn SP-tt to/tOOBT tzp 3CIG610,...................$880


Hub SP-tl to/loozep 3Cteal t..............................$1595
Hub 3COM 3C16440 Stack IOBT 12p.....:........5270
Hub 3COM 3C16441 Stack tOBT 24p..............$440
Hub 3COM 3Ct6405 Stack 10BT PSH40 tzp.......z720
Hub 3COM 3C16406 Stack tOBT PSH 40 24p....$1270
Hub 3COM SC16450 Stack I OBT PSH 50 24p........z I 380
Hub D-Ltnk 1 OBT DEBOS Sp / DE809 sp.............$85/1 00
Hub D-Link tOBT DE812 tzp / DE816 t6p........$200/230
Hub D-Link 1 01ST DE824 24port................................$340
Hub intel tnousiness SHIOTS lOBT Sp..................$95
Hub Intel tnBusiness SH IOTZB 10BT Bp w/Cox ......$ I 25

Hab Intel taausiness SH100T toOBT Sp .............$280


Hub Intel tnBusiness Pus 10/100BT Sp .........$385
Router i ntel I n t ernet station S R IOTPS ...$580
Router Intel internet Express 8100/9100/9200 ..SWEB
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NT S.O Server 5 /10 ..................................$1190/1590
NT S.O Server25.................................................$2390
NT 4.0 client access ticense/each............................$45
NT Workstation 4.0 / ticease............................$210/SGO
MS Backoffice server V2.0/2.5....................$2150/3100
MS SMS v.t.Z tn/ZS users...........................gt420/2200
MS SNAv.3,0 w/5 users.......................................$168Q
UPS300/SOO/650.....................................$ 1 SO/190/290
UPSSmart 450/700/1000..........................5390/SSO/690
UPSSmart1400/2200/3000....................$820/1 290/l990
SurseArrest Person 7/ w-teL..............................S25/30
SurgeArrest Pro 7/ w-tet.....................................$37/47
SurgeArrest Net 7/ w -te1,...........,.....,..............$40/SS

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T425, T430, T435, T610, Tecra 500 series, Tecra700
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Satellite 220, and Pro 440,460,470,490..............................$85/130/240
Portcge 300, 320, 330 ........................................................$160/145/nil
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Portage 650, 660 ................................................................$85/150/nil

IBM

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Thinkpad 760E,760ED, 760EL, 76OELDScsi..................$60/120/nil


Thinkpad365X,365XD,560,560Z, 380,38OZ.................$60/120/200
Thinkpad760C, 760CD, 760L, 760LD ...........................$75/130/nil
Thinkpad 750, 755, 486....,...............................................$120/200/nil
Thinkpad 345, 360C/CE/CSE/P/PE, 370. 755 .................$90/nil/nil
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Thinkpad 350....................................................................$90/nil/ni

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yeur Information assets
As aresult, a company looking to impleContinued from page$4
ment an automated records management or
ment, a remrds management system consid- document management solution might coners information as an asset. Thesystem
con- sider their decision as an opportunity to do

In PSSoftware's case, that means fitting a


records management solution to the cffent's
tain documents too long may cause storage existing infrastructure, including the datapany to greater corporate scrutiny from out-

side than is necessary or desirable.


With an automated system, such records

are managed from their creation to their


destruction, and during that time it is quite
possible that they neither change in content
nor are used again. However, it may be crucial to your operation to be able to track the
retention periods of certain records and
destroy them in accordance with legislative

requi
rem
ents.
Still confused? Dave Gibbard, president

of PSSoftware (hltp//www.pssoft.com) has


explained the difference to many clients.

tions that support most of the big name


products on the market. But Gibbard wams
that there is more to a successful records or
document management than software.

He says you should consider the cornpany behind the product and what they have
to offer. Uff you look at why so many document management systems were failures, it' s
because people bought t h e s o f tware,
installed it, and expected it to solve their
problems,U he explains. UIf you lead with a
technology buy, then sit back and wait for
the technology to solve your problems, you
U
are almost certainly going to fail.

Established in 1987, his Ottawa-based com-

pany specializes in corporate records and Considerations


information managementsolutions. With Doing your homework in advance is going
27 employees, PSSoftware has captured big- to make the process much easier. Before you
name clients such as Microsoft and Exxon, spend the cash, consider your company's
as well as a large percentage of the Canadian

goals for implementing an electronic docu-

federal government's business.


"When people talk about document

ment and/or records management system.


What are the spedfic problems you want the

management they are really starting to talk


about a whole set of functionality that
includes things like workflow, imaging, and
document collaboration, which has to do
with the production and processing of documents instead of the actual corporate records
function,' Gibbard says. The bottom line in
d ocument m anagement, according t o
Gibbard, is giving users easy access to the
information they need.
PSSoftware's RIMS Studio software is trying to make records management that easy
as well. According to Gibbard, the software
manages any type of asset, whether physical
or electronic. It provides one interface to
access numerous forms of information, such

technology to address? Conversely, will the


introduction of the new system result in
problems for the users? A significant change

in the way acompany operates mayrequire

new communications guidelines, training,


and operational re-structuring if you are converting from a n e xisting document or
records management system.
A clear understanding of the legal and
corporate compliance issues relating to your

various documents and records, induding

retention periods is required. How are documents currently managed, from creation to
archiving or destruction? Once you start
tracking this, you may be surprised to find
out how many people handle the documents
as images, paper, word processing, spread- in your office, and how many documents
sheets and email files. It also incorporates your office generates.
Understanding the technology you are
simpie drag-andlrop techniques for information storage and retrieval and security fea- going to need to integrate the new system
tures to deny access to non-authorized users, will also be beneficiaL Familiarize yourself
When providing records management with the type of computer architecture, opersolutions to clients, PSSoftware's objective is ating system, and imaging system you curto add valueand help companies manage rently use, or plan to purchase. And don' t
forget the type of database and network that
risk in two ways.
''The major one is to improve the busi- is currently being used. Working with the
ness process involved in managing and using solutions provider will make the integration
records," says Gibbard. "The second one is of all these elements as painless as possible.
If your company has a budget for cusmaking sure the records are kept in compliance with legal and policy and regulatory tomized products, you should expect a comF
plete project plan f ro m t h e s olutions
compliance that they may be subjected to.
Unfortunately, these objectives are not provider you are dealing with, An up-front
always clear to the clients weighing the ben- analysis, training, installation and follow-up
efits of r ecords management software. should all be a part of the solution you are
According to Gibbard, their respective back- being sold. According to Gibbard, a software
grounds can get in the way. He finds that the solutions provider should be adding value
for its client, not adding work.
people responsible for records within an
For many businesses, corporate informaorganization understand the benefits, but
information technology (IT) people some- tion is more valuable than the equipment or
real estate they own, and controlling it
times need more information.
"Once you get into the details the IT people vital to their success. If you look at your infor-

maybe

realize that legally, they don't have much mation this way, you may find yourself lookchoice," says GIbbard.FAnd then it's a question ing for automated document management or
of also convincing them they are in a mixed records management solutions. 0
environment and the paper will not disappear
tomorrow despite all their fervent wishes."

Curtis Cook may bs reached at ccook@go-global.net

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Mabango: Affordable media management


By Raichelle Cook

Superior spinoff
working in a design package and then mov- A little more than two
n today's digital world, even the smallest ing into an application to manage the files, years old, Digital Graffiti is
business must effectively manage its files Mabango gives you the fluidity of being able a spinoff of the 75-yearand graphics. Graphic artists, publishing to do it from the desktop, from whatever old graphic arts company
extended the file system, So, rather than

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professionals, multimedia creators, and Web


site builders all benefit from quick and easy
access to different types of media, including
video, fonts, graphics, and more.
Mabango, media asset management software from Hamilton-based Digital Graffiti,
allows users to manage all their digital files
and traditional media in one place.
Patrick Maloney, president of Digital
Graffiti, says "document management tends
to be heavily picture-based, With documents, you can always do text searches to
find things, but you can't search [forj a picture or other graphic."
Maloney says that's why it is so important to manage all media through a single
interface that simplifies searching and
retrieval of files. With such a system, he adds,
"when you want to do searching or caialoguing, you' re not limited to just a filename."
With an extended file system, "if you
know how to file anything into a folder, you
fundamentally know how to use Mabango,"
continues Maloney. "Rather than writing an
application that i s a s tandalone, we' ve

application you' re working in.


"The idea we had was to basically mimic
the operating system, so we' ve written
Mabango almost like a super folder system.
So you have your standard folders, Mac or
Windows, and Mabango folders, The differ-

Superior
Inter a ctive
Communications. A few
years ago Superior was
struggling to manage all
the old and new media

folder, every file you have there now has a


sort of card index property sheet attached to
it," says Maloney.
Mabango uses a cataloguing system that is
the standard in libraries and museums. Instead
of reinventing the wheel, Mabango implw
ments it in a simple way with greater flexibility.
"Because we come from a graphics company, we' ve taken the view that the whole world
isn't digital, and so we' ve included the ability
to manage physical items through scanning,
barcoding, and tracking," Maloney adds.
Mabango, released in 1998, is available
for Windows or Mac systems. And with a
retail price of US$299, it's an affordable
option for small businesses that typically
cannot pay the up to $2S0,000 price of an
enterprise-level media management package.

Web, photographs, video


a nd sound c l ips, a n d
fonts and knew it was
not alone. So it developed

The next frontier


Continued fromage
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search engine and you' ll see thousands of
hits from sites that feature the word "adult"
and only a few with "adult" and "gorilla".
And you don't have to think long to figure
out what is on most of those "adult" sites.
The point is simply that the Web and
your local hard disk will bring up lots of
documents as a result of any search, but you
still have to do quite a bit of work before you
actually gain any knowledge from having
conducted the search. As a result, a whole

knowledge management.They include IBM,


its subsidiary Lotus Development and Xerox
Corporation.
But to really understand these developments, it is important to know what knowl-

and you have knowledge that it will rain

types
including graphics
ence is, once you put a file in a Mabango o n CD-ROMs and t h e

edge management actually means. Unlike

document management, which is all about


sorting, indexing and gaining access to documents, knowledge management is a much
deeper discipline that involves cataloguing
the knowledge in an organization and making it available to everyone.
Knowledge is all about the understanding
new category of application is emerging you gain from the information you have.
known as "knowledg " a gement."
Knowledge is something like "I know that it
The idea of using computers to manage will rain today because there are dark clouds
knowledge, rather than just information, is in the sky, the barometer shows humidity risnot new. But combining document manage- ing and it is November in Vancouver." Each
ment concepts with ideas about knowledge one of the facts in this statement, on its own,
management is. A number of computer com- does not yield anything other than a simple
panies have been working hard in this area statement of fact. Taken together along
to gain understanding of the potential of
with an understanding of what they mean-

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created Mabango.
Digital Graffiti currently has 13 employees in Hamilton, plus a handful of part-time
consultants in the United States. To date,
typical purchasers of the product have been
10- to 20-employee companies, and mostly
those involved in graphics.
"Initially we t argeted the graphics
marketplace, but we have an interest in
different extensions of that, particularly
in engineering or health care, or other
g roups which ma y h av e specific f i l e

soon.
So how does it work-in an organization?
One company that appears to have some
answers is Lotus Development, which has
done considerable work on knowledge management both within its own organization

and through parent company IBM.


IBM, for example, runs its own Institute
for Knowledge Management and has worked
with the Lotus Institute, IBM Global Services,
IBM's Watson Lab, IBM Software and IBM
Advanced Business Institute on Knowledge
Management issues. It has also established a
variety of research relationships (including
some with Stanford University, Wharton
Business School and the Brookings Institute)
to help create knowledge management solutions.
One such solution was recently introduced at British Gas, where spokesperson
Graham Currier explains the $25-billion

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formats to manage," explains Maloney.


As for th e n ame, Mabango, Digital
Graffiti wanted an unusual name that hadn' t
already been copyrighted or trademarked, so
out of some brainstorming came a unique
name for a unique software package. 0
Digital Graffiti, Tel: 888-308-9634
http: //www.digltalgraffitl.corn
Mlchelle Cook can be reached atTel: 613-234-0538,

or mjsgo-global.net.

company (formed from the "demerger" of


British Gas and gas t rading company
Centrica in Feb. 1997) has relied heavily on
knowledge management to evolve. He says
that in a newly deregulated industry that
faces competition worldwide and lots of cost
pressures, the ability to leverage the knowledge that already exists within the organization has been vital.
He says in a company such as British Gas,
the ability to "capture" the knowledge and
expertise of employees has been vital because

the company has had a history of

employe
e

reductions, many of t hem coming from


those who are closer to retirement age. This
has meant, however, that there are fewer.
"experts" that can be called upon to help
provide knowledge and perspective on
issues. Geographic expansion has also meant
that the company's operations are increasingly dispersed making it harder to easily
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s I mentioned last month, Windows


NT Server seems to be friendly and
easy-to-use. But there are important
technical details involved in setting up and
supporting this network operating system
that many de facto LAN (local area network)
administrators may not know. In this column, I try to point out some of the things
worth knowing.
When administering a LAN, it is best not
to wait for disaster to strike before working
out procedures. No one can do that efficiently under extreme pressure. The best time to
do this is when things are working well.
We' ve all heard the folksy wisdom, often
repeated in the context of personal financial

management, "If you fail to plan, you plan


to fail." For the administration of networks,
a more appropriate version might be "If you
fail to plan for failure, you plan to fail."
Windows NT Server has some built-in
safeguards, and some additional tools for
dealing with problems. It is up to the LAN
administrator to know of their existence and
to practice using them.
For example, suppose some changes, in
either hardware or software, prevent NT
from booting. The NT Server boot menu

always provides the option of choosing the


last known good configuration. That is the
last configuration that resulted in a successful boot. Choosing that option will usually
allow you to fix the problem. It may be as
simple as uninstalling some flaky hardware,
a patch, or an application. Video problems
are quite common with most operating systems, and NT is no exception.
The same boot menu always lets you

or

erver ai ure

The %" is important, because without it, one of three colors: red (error), yellow (warning), or blue (information). The red events
vi:al security information is not captured.
.: -.:::-:;=
".,j~~, ':-' ='-';=-,
T here are several u t i lities i n th e merit your immediate attention, although
Administrative Tools menu group (a compo- not all such events are serious. You can filter
nent of every NT Server or Workstation for events of a particular type, which is useful
installation) that can be useful in dealing in troubleshooting. It is difficult to see a pattern when you have to scroll through thouwith and/or warding off problems.
ISSIE RABINOVITCH
sands of events, but if you are looking at
Disk Administrator is a good place to
events of a very particular type, the explanastart.
Choose
the
Partition
menu,
then
choose a plain VGA driver. As above, choostion can sometimes be apparent. You should
Configuration,
and
Save.
This
operation
will
ing that option will allow you to bring up
familiarize yourself with this tool when everysave
configuration
information
about
curNT, and deal with the problem. Video probrently defined drive letters, volume sets, thing is working well, to establish a baseline.
lems can strike at any time. I r ecently
In the case of a serious problem, you will
brought my computer (running NT Server stripe sets, stripe sets with parity, and mirror
probably want to extract the relevant portion
sets.
The
saved
configuration
information
4 .0) t o
a dea l e r f or s om e w o r k .
Unfortunately, I was using a resolution that will be placed on a floppy disk, which should of the log and email it to technical support.
There's another applet in Administrative
most monitors, including the ones at the be refreshed whenever there are changes to
Tools
called Performance Monitor, which is
this
information.
dealer, don't support. I was able to remember
worth
a
look. However, Task Manager is even
Mirror
sets
certainly
add
some
defense
the key strokes required to shut down NT,
and when I rebooted, I chose VGA mode. against disk failure. The best way to imple- more useful. I find a day doesn't go by that I
don't use it. You can invoke it from the menu
This is supported by every monitor you' re ment this feature is in hardware, via a spethat pops up when you press Ctrl-Alt-Del, or
cialized
disk
controller.
However,
for
the
likely to encounter.
you can type "taskmgr.exe" (no quotes) from
price
of
an
additional
hard
disk,
and
using
Incidentally, I would recommend everyone learn the sequence of keystrokes required your current disk controller, you can config- the Run menu or Command Prompt. I have
to close down NT. On most systems they are ure Disk Administrator to do this in software. it in my Startup Group, because I always
Ctrl-Esc, u, s, y. Test that this works for you. If a file is saved to the server, it is saved to want to have it running minimized in a corner of the screen. It has a simple interface,
Sooner or later you will need this information. both hard disks. If the primary disk fails, the
consisting of t h ree t abs: Applications,
mirrored
disk
is
an
exact,
up-to-the-second
If you have more than one installation of
Processes, and Performance. If CPU usage
duplicate,
and
no
data
is
lost.
Think
of
this
as
NT, as suggested in my previous column, you
zooms to 100 percent, and stays there for
the
poor
man's
RAID.
can get out of many difficult spots. If not,
more than a few seconds, that usually indiAnother
utility
in
this
group
is
Event
you may find yourself in the position of not
cates a problem.
Viewer,
which
maintains
a
log
of
events
in
being able to boot NT at all.
Task Manager monitors CPU usage. It will
three
different
categories:
System,
Security,
An emergency repair disk, created when
you installed NT (which has been updated and Application. Most applications don' t allow you t o p i n p oint t h e o f f ending
Application or Process and terminate it.
regularly since then), is useful to have at generate entries in the log. The exceptions
Judicious
use of Task Manager, which comes
are
anti-virus
utilities,
defrag
tools,
and
the
hand. You can create this disk by typing
"rdisk /s" (no quotes) at the command like. If you' re like me, most of your attention only with practice, has allowed me to recover from a problem without rebooting the
prompt. By default, the information is writ- will be centered on the System events.
server, on more than one occasion. 0
Events
in
all
three
categories
are
assigned
ten to the diskette in drive A, if there's room.

LAN

An open letter to Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz


Dear Howard,
It seems to me Starbucks just doesn't get
it. After extensive research, I have concluded
that your popular international coffee house
chain is doomed to fail in long-term appeal
to "road warriors" for one simple reason: the
distinct lack of electrical outlets for plugging
in notebook computers.
Being a user of a three-year-old notebook
computer with limited battery life, I often
find myself in search of an electrical outlet
when I enter a Starbucks with the intention
of settling down with a nice cup of coffee
and getting some work done. There are
almost never any electrical outlets to be
found near the tables.

Out of more than a dozen Starbucks


informally surveyed over a six-month period, I know of only one that conveniently
locates an electrical outlet near a seating

area.
At this particular location in Edgemont
Village in North Vancouver, the thoughtful
owners have also provided a "customer
phone" so patrons may make free local
phone calls (or use the phone line to dial up
their Internet service provider and send

email).
I see no signs, however, that any other
branches of Starbucks intend to adopt this

ON
THE GO
GEOF WHEELWRIGIIT
tage in having a bunch of computer geeks
plugged into their electrical or phone lines
sipping coffee and taking up valuable space.

There are some things


in life that are more
important than money,
such as the pursuit of
life, liberty and a reliable source of electricity
Fewer people are attracted to the notion
of going to a coffee shop to check their email
or surf the Web. The "cybercafe" movement

of severa
lyearsago seems to havegiven way
forward-thinking policy. Now it may well be to a more solitary kind of Internet use. This
that the senior management of Starbucks
worldwide does not see any market advan-

involves sitting at home or at the office in


front of a PC. Perhaps one of the newest

Starbucks board members Greg Maffei,


chief financial officer at Microsoft might
have a few ideas on this subject for you.
From a business perspective, I can understand that Starbucks probably doesn't make
much money from the patronage of itinerant
freelance writers who sit around for an hour
or more sipping back a cappuccino or two
and munching on a few biscotti. But there
are some things in life that are more important than money, such as the pursuit of life,
liberty and a reliable source of electricity.
Would it not be a bold statement of
empowerment to th e growing body of
telecommuters that they don't have to sit
cooped up in their dingy home offices? They
could instead work in the bright surroundings of Starbucks and enjoy the hurly-burly
of life around them and Starbucks could
take credit for liberating them.
It could even become a big selling point:
"give your computer a jolt at Starbucks" or
"you' ll get a c h a rge ou t o f v i s i t ing
Starbucks" or even "let Starbucks do a plug
for you." (Please contact my agent if you
wish to purchase any of the above slogans.)
Surely such a move is not beyond the
capabilities of Starbucks, one of three Seattlebased economic giants (the other two being
Microsoft and Boeing) that have succeeded

by linking themselves to
and pioneeringpopular trends (i.e., personal computers and
modem aviation). Any company that can get

away with charging $3 or more for a cup of


milky coffee can surely see its way clear to
putting a few electrical plugs near the seats of
regular patrons.
Please understand that I do not make this
plea on behalf of myself. I have access to several very good handheld computers that can
operate quite happily without being plugged
into the wall. On behalf of notebook computer users around the world who love coffee, however, I implore you to rectify this
shocking problem. And I charge you with the
responsibility of helping our computers get
"wired" at Starbucks.
Yours sincerely,
Geof Wheelwright,
A poor schmuck without a plug
Postscript: A /terwriting this letter, I did get a
responsefrom Starbrrcks' corporate commrrnicnIlons department. According to spokesperson
Chris Girrrbl, the issue of providing facilities at
Starbucks for notebook computer usersis "so~<ething weare focusing a bit more of orrr attentioa
on.'
He said the companyis looking for ways to
make it more convenient for computerusers to
work while they sip. "We know that there arelots
of writerswho like to observehumanity and let
that inspire their writings wedefinitely welcome them in our stores," he said.
Order me another latte., 0

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detailed than text and require subtle gradations of toner deposition.

still somewhat expensive to replace, they are save toner).


Graphics, on the other hand, do get
a better deal than inkjet cartridges when you
consider yield. Printing at the highest quali- smoother when printed at higher resoluty, an inkjet cartridge may yield a couple of tions. While images
printed at 30Q dpi can

A good resolution for general use is 600

dpi. A 6QQ dpi printer will serve most users'


needs, and at a much lower cost than printoutput is measured in dots per inch, or dpi. ers with a higher "true" resolution.
Although text looks reasonably solid on a
What's yeaar resolaatloEE?
With printing technology, the quality of the

printed page, it's actually made up ofsmaller

How "laser" prlaatiaag works

elements that give the Nusion of being solid.


The higher the number of discrete dots a
printer can put into each inch, the more
crisp and weII4efined the final output looks.
With laser printers, two terms tend to
confuse the issue: "true" and "class." A printSy Sean Carruthers
er with 1,200x1,200 "true resolution has
or a user in a business or home office hardware that is physically capable of
setting, there are a few reasons, actually. putting 1,200 consecutive dots into each
While an inkjet printer can add a splash inch. Each of the discrete elements would be
of color to a business document, it's still gen- smaller and, theoretically, be able to create
erally more important to reproduce high much smoother printed output.
A printer that is listed as a 1,200 dpi
quality text documents relatively quickly.

What we commonly know as laser printing


is actually a subset of the larger field of elec-

and this overlapping ran give the illusion of


a higher resolution by filling in some of the
spaces between dots. Each of the individual
elements is larger, meaning the output is
only an approximation of the higher-resolution output.
An important thing to consider when
speed remains pretty constant. If you have a
huge report to turn in on a tight deadline purchasing a printer is just how much of that
with nothing but text and black and white resolution you' ll need. Resolution is often
graphics, it's still tough to beat the speed and held up as the only consideration, but many
argue that it's overemphasized, especially for
quality of a monochrome laser printer.
Another factor in favor of lasers is cost. users who mostly print text, Although 300
At first glance, laser printers seem prohibi- dpi sounds pathetic these days, it's a great

image being transferred to a T-shirt. After the


toner has been transferred to the paper, the
toner is scraped off the drum, the drum is
recharged and the whole process starts again.
Since the drum typically has a circumfer-

tmphotographic printing (which also contains xerographic photocopying). Such


printers contain a toner unit and a drum
unit, often within the same housing. When
in operation, the spinning drum has an electrical charge that repels the toner.
To create an image on the paper, the
printer "erases" the electrical charge on the
drum corresponding to the image to be
printed. The toner then sticks to the drum in
those places, and the drum is then rolled

Even at the highest quality setting, laser "class" printer, on the other hand, actually against the paper. The toner transfers to the
printers can pump out sheet after sheet with- has a lower true resolution. However it paper, at which point a heating element
out much delay. Inkjets, on the other hand, makes multiple passes that are slightly offset, fuses it to the paper, much like an iron-on
measure their highest page-per-minute output on the draft setting. Switching to highest
quality slows output down substantially in
many cases. With laser solutions, the difference between high and draft quality is one of
resolution and amount of toner used, but

ence of a few inches atmost, each pagetakes


several spins of the drum. The charging, discharging, printing and scraping all takes

place in one fluid motion: while one side of


the drum is laying toner onto the page, the
other side being cleaned and recharged.

The reason the process has become


Continued on page76

APRIL 1999 THE COMPUTER


PAPER K EDITION

BEE TCP TEST LASS

Hewlett-Packard Hewlett-Packard Lexmark


LaserJet 2166M Optra ENO
Print Partner18V LaserJet1180

Brother

Brother

Flijiteli

HL-1620

HL-1058

Print method

Soox600
dpi
Laserelectrophotagraphic

Ratedpagesperminute

10

1200x600dpi (1200dpi doss) 2400x60Qdpi (1200dpi class)


Laser electrophotographic
Laserelectrophotographic
10
10

Drivers
Processor

Win 3x/9x/NT
16 MHzMCSBECQQQ

Win 3x/9x/NT
66 MHzM88683f

Win 3x/9x/NT
40 MHzM886935

Win3x/9x/NT,
OS/2,DOS
Win 3x/9x/NT
35 MHzMatorolaCold Fire5202 66 MHz Intel 80960JD

Memory (standard/maximum) 2 MB/2 MB


N/A
Additional memorytype

4 MB/36 MB
SIMM

3 MB/67 MB
SIMM

2 MB/18MB
DIMM

parallel
Interfaces:standard
none
Interfaces:optional
Number of residentfonts
N/A
PCI/PastScript support (/other) PCL Se/none
2QQ
sheets
Standardpapercapacity
letter, legal, A4,85, AS,
Papersizesaccepted

parallel, USB
serial

parallel
parallel
serial, Ethernet. LacalTaik
non e
46
PCL 5e/optionalPoslScript level 2 PCL 5e/none
125 sheets
250 sheets
letter, legal, A4
letter, legal,A4.AS
executive
envelopes,transparencies,
envelopes,transparencies,
labels, cardstock
labels

Maximum
resolution

PCL 6/none
200 sheets
letler, legal, A4,85, AS,AS,
executive, 3xS

executive
envelapes,
transparencies,

Media
typesaccepted

envelopes,
transparencies,
labels, indexcard

tabels, cardstock
2,400

2,400

S.QOO

Dimensions(WxDxH)(cm)
Weight (kg)
Maximumnoise level

39 x 36.5x24.5
7,2
49 dB(A)

39x36.5x24.5
7.2
49 dB(A)

Price
Toner cartridgecost
Drum unit cost

$399 street
$45 street
$229 street

$579 street

Warranty
Contact
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$649 ESP
$159 ESP
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10GB EIDE 7200rpm
3.5 'IA4Mb Floppy Drive
Creative Rive TNT 16MB AGP
40X EIDE CD-ROM
Creative Live Sound Card OEM
Creative Works CambridSe w/Subwoofer,
Wln$5 184-key keyboard
Aopen PS/2 Mouse
56K PCI Voice fax/modem Internal
1$" ATX Tower Case CSA PS
17" SVGA 828 Colour Monitor
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a Acer AX8BC V2.1 Malnboard


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Intel I740 AGP video 8MB
48X EIDE CD.RONI
Creative Lab PCI 64 Sound Card
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Aopen PS/2 Meuse

$8K PCI Voice fax/modem Internal


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Hansol 781P 17" 826 Monitor
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$190 SRP
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Aepen PS/2 Mouse


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$gQ39db117.5

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envelopes, transparencies,
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$112 SRP
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144a dpi rsaefuuen

82
PCL 6/PostScriptlevel 2
150 sheets
letter, legal, A4,A5,85

$789 SRP
$135 (SRP,2-pack)
$275 SRP

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36 hit True Color

externalnetworkadapter

45
PCL 6/PostScript level 2
350 sheets
letter, legal, A4,A6

34.5x22.5x36.5
7.5
47 dB(A)

Pentium4I Slot-1 ATX Main


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6.4Gb Ultra IDE Hard Drive
3.5" 1A4Mb Floppy Drive
ATI Rage4l 3D AGP 8MB
48XEIDE CD4tOM
SoundBlaster 18bit sound card
280waits 3D Shielded Amp. speaker

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parallel, USB

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40.5x43x23
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a 18GB EIDE 7280rpm
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Creative Rive TNT 128blt 18MB
40X EIDE CD-ROM
Creathre Lab Live sound card
Creative works Cambridge w/Subwoofer
Wln$5 184-key keyboard
e LoSitech 2 buttons PS/2 mouse
Acer56k V.SS Internal Fax Modem
1$" ATX Mid Tower Case 258w
Hansel $$0P 1$" 026 monitor
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1 200xf200 dpi
.,. i.aI 1200x1200dpi class
Laser electrophotographic
Laser electrophotographic
10

5,000

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800-361-6468

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600x600dpi
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NEC

Oki

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600x600dpi
LED electrophotographic

60Qx1200dpi (1200 dpi class) 1800x600 dpi (1200 dpi class)


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67 MHzNEC4305-BQ RISC 20 MHz 68ECQOQ,
18 MHz68EC000,
N/A
60 MHzAdobePrintGear
60M Hz Adobe PrintGear
4 MB/68 MB(+4MBflash opt,) 2 MB/16 MB
2 MB/16MB
uses Windowsmemory
SIMM. flash
SIMM
SIMM

Win3x/9x/NT,DOS
28 MHzMIPS RISC

parallel
parallel
parallel
Ethernet, LocalTalktoken
,
ring, IR Ethernet
Etherne
t
75
78
PCL 6/PostScript level2
PCL 4/nonelPrintGear
PCL 4/none/PrintGear
350 sheets
150 sheets
330 sheels
letter, legal,A4,AS,85
letter, legal, executive,A4, 85 l etter, legal, executive, A4,85

parallel

parallel

none

exte
rnalEthernet

32.5x34.5x27
4.2
48(A)

33x37x20
10
50 68(A)

30.5x39x31.5
4.5
53 dB(A)

42x41,5x23

Win3x/gx/NT
NIA

2 MB/35 MB
uses Windows
memory
expansionboardwith SIMMslot N/A

20 MHz68ECOOQ,
60 MHzAdobePdntGear
2MB /18 MB
SIMM

2x parallel
parallel
N/A
Ethernet
uses Windowsfonts
49
uses Windows
fonts
85
WindowsGDI
PCL 6/none
N/A
PCL 4.5/none/AdobePrintGear
100 sheets
250 sheets
250 sheets
330 sheets
felter, legal,A4,A5,A6, 85
le t ter, legal,AS,
A4,A6, 85
letter, legal, A4,AS,85
letter, legal, executive,A4,85
executive
executive
executive
envelopes,transparencies,labels envelopes, transparencies,labels envelopes,transparencies,labels enveiopes, transparencies, labels envelopes,transparencies,
labels, cardstock
no
yes
yes
no
6,000
1,500
2,000
3.000
6,000

envelopes,
transparencies,

envelopes,
transparencies,

labels, cardstock
no
17,600

labels, cardstock
yes
3,000

40.5x33.5x49.5
18.6
46d8(A)

35.5x41.5x28
48 dB(A)

42x41.5x23
12.8
50.5 dB(A)

$1449 ESP
$250 ESP

$559 ESP
$121 SRP
$192 SRP

$979 ESP
$214 SRP
(comeswith toner)

$469 SRP
$42.75 SRP
$187.50SRP

$779 SRP
$44.75 SRP
$262,70SRP

$499 SRP
$125 SRP
$219 SRP

$999 SRP
$190 SRP
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It's blaclr and white


anyone who's used a fax machine.
Continuedfrom page 70
Even though it's at the lower
known as laser printing is because end of Brother's line, the HL-1020
most electrophotographic printers
use a laser to erase the charge from
the drum.
Although it's the most common technique for printers, laser is
not the only method available. For
this report, we received both laser
and LED-based printers. At present,

Suggested retail price: $789

offers a lot of value for a home or


small business environment. It' s
/

more expensive than LED.


LED-based electrophotographic

high-quality, the USB (universal


serial bus) connection is probably
printing seems poised to make subthe big news. The choice between
stantial inroads into the printer
easy
to
set
up
and
load.
Users
who
parallel and USB allows this printer
market, as more companies are
to be used with Apple's new iMac
plan
to
print
a
lot
of
complicated
looking seriously at the technology. Laser printing involves refocus- graphics will want a printer with computer without the purchase of
ing a beam over the length of the more memory than the HL-1020, an adapter, while still allowing
Windows users to easily attach a
drum, and keeping focus on items but those who want to print text
with fine detail can be difficult with the occasional graphic snip- printer to a machine that already
near the edges of the page. With a pet should be weil-served by this has a parallel device attached (a Zip
drive, for example).
large enough LED array, focus isn' t printer.
Of course, that's not all the HLa problem at any point on t h e
1050 has going for it, as it offers
drum since the entire length would Interface
high quality output and good
be evenly covered. Although speed Bi-directional parallel.
s peed without b ecoming t o o
Printer
languages
supported
and resolution still lag behind the
expensive. Additionally, users can
laser equivalents, more research PCL Se

and development promise faster, Print sluallty


cheaper and higher-quality LED Print method: laser.
Text quality is excellent. In draft
printers in the future.
mode, smaller text sometimesdisap(Note: While laser technology has
pears, but theuser canadjust the
the edgeover LED in monochrome

Current color lasers can require up to


ument, TCP has not yet had an opportunity to review color. LED printers
from either manufacturer)

Our tests
This month, we asked vendors to
submit printers aimed at the individual user or small or home office.
Entrants were free to submit both
b udget-oriented p r i nters, a n d
printers with higher performance.
Quality testing involved checking the speed of output against the
rated speed (all models were successful). We also printed a page of
mixed-size text in both highguality
and draft modes to test for text

IPOIie
PNl-10RO

Estimated street price: $399


On the consumer front, Brother

has quite a number of printing


solutions, including multifunction
units, fax machines, and laser
printers. At the budget end of
Brother's laser line, the HL-1020
offers personal laser performance
in a form factor that is familiar 'to

Printerlanguages supported

up whencolors aredithered togrey.


Minor ghostingappearedunderlarge

Print quality

restraining tape to beremoved, and


user is underway,

The output tray flips down from the


top of the machine. While this Is tidy
design, the extended tray appears a
bit flimsy. One ill-placed elbow, and
it could be snapped off.
The paper feeder is on the top on
this model, which means the user
can pop letter- or legal-sized sheets
into the printer without having to
make adjustments.
The paper input holds up to 200
sheets. It can also handle slightly
wider stock, allowing the user to
print directIy onto a 9x12 inch envelope instead of having to resort to

labels.
With 2 MB of memory onboard, the
printer Is able to handle a number of
different jobs. Users may run into
trouble tiying to print extremely
large graphics files, though, as the
memory cannot be upgraded on this
model.

look with a curvy and more inviting appearance. In addition, it' s


. faster and has a few bonus features.
The new budget end of the
Hewlett-Packard line is slightly
more expensive than before, but
the added features make it worth it.

A few steps up from the HL-1020,


the 1050 h a s b e tter q u ality

proper cable.

moire interference.
Image reproduction isverygood.
Ilsabllity
Setup is fairly easy, asail pieces

come attached
to the unit. Therearea

some timefamiliarizing themselves

andsome notasobviousasothers.
The paper input is In a 250-sheet
tray located under the body of the
printer. A plastic tab slots into the
bottom of the tray, at the back, to
hold the paper in place. For legalsized sheets. however, the rear tab Is
removed completely, and the pages
must hang loose out the back of the
printer. The user must also set a
slider on the side of the tray so the
printer will know what type of paper
has been loaded. It's a bit complicated, but it works well. (Note: a tray
specifically designed for legal sheets

is availableseparately).
Of ag the printers tested this month,
this one had the most complicated
interface, with a number of buttons

(as comparedto oneor twoonmost


of the other machines). This can be
off-putting, but it gives users more
power if they are willing to spend
with the printer.

9x12 inches.

Althoughdrivers for WindowsNT


are included in the box, it's worth
noting that the NTdrivers would
only work with the parallel port. (NT
does not yet support USB, although
thatis expected to changewith the

release ofWindows2000.)

There Is anoptional copier/scanner


Graphics are handled well.
Greyscaiing is smooth, black patches
attachment for the printer, which
are solid, and there Is minimal
mounts onto the front of the printer.
Printerlanguages.supported
ghosting under black patches.
PGL Se
Dithered patches Introduce a bit of

of standardpaper,andis wide
enough toaccommodateInput up to

Interface

very good.

has enough power to satisfy even


demanding users.
Parallel. The connector at the printer
end is not the usual parallel connector, but the printer ships with the

number of pieces of tapeand inserts,

combined unit, the toner can be sep-

Bpother
Ill-105$
Estimated street price: $579

Print method: laser.


This printer has a true resolution of
800x600 dpi, and can output graphIcs at 1,200x600 dpi.
Text quality is excellent. Draft mode
is fainter but still readable, although
text that has beenhalf-toned from

Both speed and base memory have


increased, and it's now possible to
use the printer as a scanner with
the right attachment (available as a
package with the printer for more
money, or separately for a suggested retail price of $287 after the
fact). Even though it's positioned at
the lower-end, the LaserJet 1100

Print method: laser.


Text quality Is excellent Draft is also

in draft mode.
Blacks are nice and solid in graphics.

Greyscaling can be abit grainy.


There is ghosting under solid black
patches, Image reproduction is generally good, with a bit of graininess.
Usability
Setup Is fairly quick, as with the
1020. Ail pieces but one are already
attached.
Although they are inserted as one
combined unit, the toner can beseparated from the drum, and changing
It is fairly quick and clean.
Like the 1020, the fold-down paper
output tray is a bit on the flimsy
side. It would be relatively easy to

break it off accidentally.


The paper feeder is on the top of this
model,
which meansthe usercan
pop letter- or legal-sized sheets into
the printer without having to make
adjustments.
The paper input can hold 200 sheets

Although theyareinseited as one


arated fromthe drum,and'changing
it Is fairly quickandclean.

PCL 6

other colors becomesquite ragged

installation of the toner before the

couple of test sheets that tested fine


detail, the ability to dither color
the printer handled transitions
between larger patches with different degrees of darkness. Finally, we
tested each printer by printing sample photographic images.

Greyscalingwassmooth, although

support to be attached, a bit of

quality. For graphics, we printed a


output into greyscale, and how well

serial, andLocaiTaik.
Printer languages supported
is a good choice for those balanc- PCLSe
PostScript level 2
ing performance and budget.
Print Quality

output for the best balance between


legibility and saving toner.

Usablllty
Setup is quickwith only a wire paper

Interfaces
Parallel with options for Ethernet,

cally intensive output, making this

Interfaces
Bi-directional parallel and USB.

black blocks. Image reproduction is


a bit grainy but generally good.

Even though it's positioned as a


"budget"
prin t er ,
Fu ji t su's
PrintPartner 10V has the form and
function of many higher-end units.
The PrintPartner 10V is a bit
intimidating at first with all the
buttons and settings, but a bit of
time spent learning about the
device will pay off and give the user
a very powerful machine for a great
price. Users looking for an inexpensive solution with power and
expandabillty will find a lot to like
about this printer.

install more memory for a graphi-

moire interference sometimes shows

print four-color pages in a single pass.


fivepassesto print the same color doc-

re p laces the older unit's angular

laser is capable of higher quality


and speed, but is still generally

output, that line is not as clear when


it conies to color printing. Both
Lexmark and Okidata claim their
color LED printers provide faster and
hetter results than color lasers, largely
due to the fact that such models can

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output and a few bonus features.


On a printer that's already

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Suggested retail price: $789


The LaserJet 1100 is the replace-

ment
for the LaserJet 6L line, and it
r

Print quality

Print method: laser.


Text quality is excellent. Draft quality
Is also excellentand Is achieved by
solid black outlines around the letters with grey Interiors, This makes
the text very readable while simultaneously conserving toner. Very nice!
The LaserJet 1100 has good differentiation between shades of grey,
although there was some moire
interference evident In some dithered
sections. Image reproduction was
high quality. There was someghosting under black patches.
Usability
The setup for this device is a bit
more involved, requiring the Installation of a number of smaller paper
supports. This is more time-consuming than difficult, though.
The paperfeeder is onthe top on
this model, which means the user
can pop either letter- or legal-sized
sheets into the printer without having to make adjustments.
The paper Input Is a bit small on this
model, with room for only 125
sheets. Larger print jobs will require

refeeding on a
regular basis.
Paperpathswitching is quickandeasy.

j eejetl-pagkarij

laser
Jet2100I
Suggested retail price: $1,563
Higher up in HP's laser line, the
2100M is better-suited for a net-

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worked office or a very demanding Print Quality


friendly printer (easy paper and
home user. The 2100 series replaces Print method: laser.
cartridge loading), the Optra E310
the Laser]et 6P.
Text quality is excellent. Oraft print
Although t h e ne t w o rking
usesthesame techniqueasthe
attachinent costs a bit extra, the
1100, giving users highly readable
2100M already does most of what
text without full toner usage.
Graphics reproduce well. Greyscaling
is smooth along its length, black
patches come in nice and solid, with
only minor ghosting.
Image reproduction is very crisp.

Usability

Setup is fairly quick, as all pieces are


attached. The user has only to
remove some restraining tape and
inserts. and instaa the toner, and the
printer is ready to go.
A pariel hides the parallel connection
in a compartment that also servesas
the bay for the networking option.
This keeps the lines of the printer nice
and clean, also allowing the backof
the unit to be closer to the wall, but at
the expense of about six inches of
parallel cable that is hidden in thebay.
The paper is fed from a tray beneath
the pdinter. The tray is well-marked
for sizing, and adjustable up to legalsized sheets (which makes the tray
hang out the back of the printer
somewhat).

you'd want from a h igh-perfor


mance printer, giving high quality
and fast output, with great graphics handling. The 8 MB of standard memory is higher than any
of the other printers tested this
month, and should be more than
adequate for m ost j o bs, even
those t h a t are gra p h ically

demanding. The infrared port is


an added bonus for users who
want to print from a notebook
computer, While it may be a bit
much for low-volume home users,
it provides excellent value for
more demanding users.

also features a lot of power for the


price. With both parallel and USB
connections, software-enhanced
higher resolution, and PostScript
support, the E310 offers some of the
same features as higher-priced models. With such a good price and a relatively compact all-inane design, it
is a choice that is hard to beat.
Interfaces
Parallel and USB.The USBconnector is a special bonus for those with
an iMac, or for those who already
have parallel devices installed.

LexmarlOp
i tral310

Interfaces
Parallel and infrared (networking
ports are optional).
Printer languages supported
PCL 6
PostScript level 2

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Text quality is excellent in both regular and draft modes,

Lexmar
I Qplpa3155

Greyscalereproductionwassmooth

Estimated street price: $1,449

along the entire gradient. though


there was moire interference in
dithered patches. There was almost
no ghosting under large patches of
black.
There was not enough memory
installed to print our test image file
at the highest resolution, The image
quality was quite good at even 600
dpi, though. F~ higher dpi graphic
printing, the user can install additional memory.

IIsabillty

Printer languages supported

PCL 6
PostScript level 2
Print Quality
Print method: laser.
Estimated street price: $649
The Optra E310 is a brand-new The printer has true 600x600 dpi
budget model from Lexmark, nd it
print resolution, but can be
makes an impressive splash,
enhanced by software to 1,200 for
Although it's a r eally userimage files.

Setup of this printer is quite easy as


everything comes attached. The user
simply has to remove restraining
tape and install the drum/toner cartridge.
When opened. a panel on the front
of the printer switches the paper
path. However, latches on both sides
of the panel have to be pushed to
open it, which while fairly simple,
has to be done either in two steps or
using both hands.
The paper input is on the small side.
Paper is loaded into the feeder on
the top of the machine, though,
which makes it easier to switch
between letter- and legal- sized
sheets.
In addition the standard printer
memory. the E310 canalso take up
to 4 MB of flash memory, for storing
additional fonts or other items that
should be resident on the printer.

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5179

$345

$140
$312

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3218
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$45
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Intel PIII-450 /500.....................,....790 I 1059 ATI 3D Xpression Pct 4M,...........................65 D-Link108mbps EthernetCard...................$2
Intel Pll-333 ......, ........,...........................255 ATI Xpert 88 AGPttz SM............................. 78 3COM 3C905TX 100810mbps Pct................89
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IntelCeleron 300A I 333...................109/129 ATI Xpert 128 AGPb2
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PCPSuper 7 ( AT) AGP 100mhz..................99
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ASUSP5ABa(AT) Super 7 AGP+3DSound 135 Creative Ensoniq IPcb Sound Card................37
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ASUS(ATX) P2$/ P2BFIP2BS..189/ 219 / 479 Microphone / Headset hie+Vol Control.....6/12 HP Inkjet Color 895c I 710c ...............239/289
ASUS (ATX) P2BD Dual, CPU.....,.,.. r.......409
HP 895Cxi /1120Cxi Color.................549/699
CD-ROM / CD WRllER / DYP
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VIndows 104Key Keyboard......................15
ChineseWfndows98 Keyboard..................19
ChineseHand-Wdting Pen .....................79
One-Touch Multi Function Keyborad...........39
Fujitsu8725 I 4725 Keyboard..............25/56
MS Natural Keyboard (with System only)...48
PS2++ AT Adapter for Keyboard...............5
Keyboard Drawer,.......,........................18
Mouse
USB Mouse 3B.....................................18
3B Serial / PS2 Mouse..............................S
MS 2B mouse (with System only)...............29
MS Intellimouse (with System only)............39
Logitech First Mouse+( Wheel Mouse)......25
Mouse Pad with Vivid Color Picture.............3
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Power Split/ Power Cord / Pawsr Bar 5/3/8
SCSI Cable with 3/ 5/ 7 Connector....S I 8/12
Printer Cable (Bi-Directional).......................7
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External Modem Cable I Serial Port Cable...7
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17"I 19al 24 ATX Case......,...59/65/89
CPU fan/ Pll CPU fan/ Case Cooler ..8/18/12
Dual fan for Pll I Celeron CPU...............49
HOD Cooler / PC Ventilator...............,26/39
Ilobile Rackw/fan for HOD/ZIP/LS120/etc..20
Bracket for FDD / HDD.........................6/9
Switch Boxfor Printer 2/4 port..........12/19
Switch Box for Monitor 2/4 port..........15 I 19
Switch Box for System 2 way....................28
Prfnter Card I Enhanced..........., ......16/24
Screen Filter 14 /15"I 17" ............15/22/29
SCSI Card l Viral UWI Uzfh/ 65/ 75/159/ 359
SCSI Adapter DB25F/MiniDin 50M............19
230w ATI 250w ATX Power Supplier 25/45
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UPSPower System......................139 399
USBadapter I USB HUB..................16 I 79

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THE COMPUTER PAPER BC EDITION www.tcp.ca APRIL 1999

It's black and white


Corrtinued from page77

Printer languages supported

Although there is a networking


option available for this machine,
it's not really a machine best-suited

PCL 6
PostScript level 2

Print quality

Print method: laser.


Text quality is excellent. Draft quality
is sharp, but a lighter shade, which,
while generally readable, may be less
so if smaller text is used.
Graphics quality is good with only
minor ghosting and a bit of moire
interference in dithered patches.
Greyscaling is smooth, and black
patches are solid.
Image reproduction is excellent.
for a busy high-volume environUsability
,ment, as its more fragile construc The Optra S 1255 is the largest of
tion may not stand up to heavy
the units we looked at this month,
use. For a lower-volume home
and it takes up a substantial amount environment it may be ideal, howofdesktop space.Setup was more
ever, with high-quality text output,
difficult just from the weight of the
reasonable speed and the Adobe
device, and a few restraining pieces PrintGear technology installed. It' s
inside the printer added somecomworth a look.
plexity to the process. Otherwise, au
piecescame attached.
Interfaces
The drum unit ships inside the
Parallel. An
external networking conmachine. It is a bit more difficult to
nector is available as an option.
insert than cartridges on some other Printerlanguages supported
PCL 4
printers.
The standard unit comes with a 250- Adobe PrintGear 4.5 included for
sheet input tray, and a 100-sheet
faster RIP time.
multipurpose sheet feeder, for a total Print quality
capacity of 350 sheets. The tray has Print method: laser.
Text quality is excellent. Draft text
a rotating display dial, which the
user can set to show what kind of
output is ragged around the edges,
paper is installed.
and a bit harder to read.
The envelope feeder will handle 9x12 Greyscaling was smooth, but slanted
inch envelopes, allowing the user to
a bit heavily towards darker output.
print directly onto the envelopes
Black patches came in quite solid,
instead ofusinglabels.
and ghosting was minimal. Dithering
In addition to the standard printer
colors into greyscaling left many
memory, the 1255 can take up to 4
subtle color shifts undifferentiated.
Image reproduction was slightly
MB of flash memory, for storing
additional fonts or other items that
grainy and dark, but still quite good
should be resident on the printer.
overall.
Much of the outer casing of the
Usability
Setup is fairly quick, although the
machine can beopened up or
removed, for easy upgrading or
user is required to attach a few plasaccess to the paper path.
tic pieces for the sheet feeder and
page support.
The overall construction of the
machine is a bit flimsy in places.
Estimated street price: $559
Although secured by tape, some of
At the more affordable end of its
the pieces on the unit we tested had
laser line, NEC's SuperScript 870
come loose in shipping, and had to
has good output quality and an
be snapped back into place before
interesting design in a printer for
operation. This could be a problem
the home environment.
for users who aren't overly comfort-

IIE SuperScrip676
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I ECSuperScript 1266

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Estimated street price: $979

come attached. The user simply has


to remove some tape restraints and
inserts, install the toner, and it' s
ready to print.
The paper input is from a tray underneath the body of the printer. The
tray is adjustable and takes up to
legal-sized sheets. Whenset for
legal-sized sheets, the tray hangs out
the rear of the printer.
Thetonerand drum come in one
unit, making for easier installation,
but more expensive replacement
when the toner runs out,

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memory while processing more


complicated jobs.

Print quality

Print method: LEDelectrophotography.


Text quality is excellent. Draft output
looks like faint dot matrix output and
is harder to read, but still legible.
For graphics, greyscaling is smooth
but sometimes grainy. Black patches
are good and solid, and there is only

minimal ghostingunderneath them.

Some dithered patches havemoire


interference.
Image reproduction has slight graininess, but is generally good.

Usability

Suggested retail price: $469

5'

The 870's bigger sibling, the 1260,


is better suited for high-volume
environments because of its sturdier construction and better paper
handling
For more demanding home use
or for the office environment, the
SuperScript 1260 is better equipped
than the 870. Although graphics
with subtle shade differences may
be problematic, text is excellent,
and images reproduce well. For
general use in a busier setting, this
one is worth consideration.

Setup is relatively easy. After removing tape restraints and inserts, a


plastic paper support is attached to
the back of the printer, then all that' s
left is installing the toner.
The biggest drawback of the Oki line
of LED printers is the open architecture for the drum unit, with the toner
slotting into the top instead of into
the side. The spot where the toner
goes into the drum unit is exposed
when the cartridge is being changed,
and there is tendency to get toner
everywhere. both on the user's
hands and into the machmery.
The biggest advantage of this particular unit is its size. Where laserbased machines have to be bigger to
accommodatethehardware,LED
printers are more compact. The Sw
is the most compact of the machines
we looked at and would be a great
choice for areas where space is
tight.

Oki has been working in the LEDbased printer field for a while now,
and the 8+ is the latest incarnation
of their compact budget-oriented
model.
For users on a b udget, the
Interfaces
Okipage 8w is certainly worth con Parallel. A networking option is avail- sideration, as it keeps the price fairable with the purchase of an Ethernet ly low. As it uses the computer for
connector for a street price of $1,269. memory and fonts, it isn't in the
Printer languages supported same danger of running out of
PCL 4
memory while processing files for
Adobe's PrintGear included for faster printing, but time to first print is
RIP time.
increased substantially. The small Suggested retail price: $779
Print quality
size of the machine is also very
Print method: laser.
appealing for some environments.
Text quality is excellent. Draft is a bit These advantages may make the
ragged and harder to read.
printer worth a bit of toner on the
Graphic reproduction is generally
hands from time to time.
good, with good greyscaling and
solid black patches. There is some
Interface
Parallel.
ghosting underneath solid black
patches. There is little differentiation Printerlanguages supported
This is a GDI printer, which means it
between the greys produced from
dithered colors in source files,
makes use of Windows' memory and F aster and better-suited to t h e
Image reproduction is very good,
fonts instead of processing the print office environment, the 10ex also
with some minimal graininess.
job on the printer itself. While this
uses LED technology to keep the
Usability
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cost of the unit down, as well as the
Setup is fairly quick, as au pieces
means the printer will not run out of overall size.

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is not likely to be common.
Paper is loaded into the front of the
machine, but the input is openended, allowing the user to easily
switch between paper sizes.
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T CP TEST L A B S

Definitely a more capable machine, the


Okipage 10ex's higher speed and quality make
it a more serious printer than the Sw, even for
a networked environment. That environment
may be less forgiving of the possibility of toner
spills, however, which is unfortunate. That
aside, the 10ex is a capable machine that saves
on both money and deskspace.
Interfaces
Parallel. Anexlemsl networking option
was not available at time of testing,

but will be releasedshortly.

Usability
AX parts are built into the case, and the user
PGL 6
just has to remove someshipping inserts snd
Print Iuallty
install the toner cartridge.
Print method: LEDelectrophotography.
The 10ex hss the samearchitecture for the
Text quality at highest resolution is excellent.
drum unit as the OkipageBw,and the same
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potential for toner spills. Users should exercise
caution while changing toner cartridges.
greys are a bit grainy, with somemoire interfer An LCD on the printer displays status mesence in dithered patches. Black patches are
solid, although there is someghosting under
sages. For multi-page jobs, it shows the user
them.
how manypageshave been printed.Thissaves
Image reproduction is good.
the user the frustration of finding the Windows

Printer languages supported

print monitor (which isn't always accurate).


The buttons on the top of the machine are a bit
more complicated than those on some of the
other printers this month, but they add more
power to the machine.

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Setup involves attaching the feeder tray, removing inserts and restraining tape, and installing
the toner unit, which is mostly straightforward.
The paper feeds into the top of the machine,
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between paper sizes.
Paper path switching is quick, requiring the flip
of a switch.

makes a great addition to the office. It is also


an attractive option for the higher-volume
home user who wants top quality without a
high-end price tag.
Interfaces
Parallel. There is also an optional network card
that has an Ethernet port.

Printer languages supported

Xerox
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Suggested retail price: $999


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Usability
The toner and drum come in the samecartridge,

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and tape restraints, then insert the toner/drum
cartridge.
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tabs and can hold legal-sized or smaller sheets.
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T CP TEST L A B S

t tac o t

e Pentium s

TCP Test Lab's first look at 500 MHz systems

By Sean Carruthers
Dateline:late february, '
l999.
The place:Planet Earth.
ntel's latest generation of processor, the
Pentium III, has been released into the PC
market, promising higher performance
and reliability. The Pentium III chip builds on
previous generations of Pentiums, but adds 70
new instructions, and more 3D and multimedia support. Currently, the chip is shipping in
450 and 500 MHz versions, but chips with
higher frequency are already in the works.
Each chip also contains a unique serial
number, which can be activated/deactivated,
to identify each computer for the purposes of

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security (while shopping on


the Net, for example). This serial number has been the subject of some controversy, as
many users are concerned that
it could potentially compromise their privacy. Initial shipments of Pentium Ills had the
serial number feature turned
on by default, giving the user
the option of turning it off.
Later shipments reversed this.
(The Pentium Ills we looked at
both come with the feature
turned of, giving users the
option of turning it on.)
While the release of a new
generation of CPU technology
is exciting, the chip will only
take you so far by itself. As
expected,many companies are
planning products that take
f ull advantage of th e n e w
processor. We had a chance to look at a couple of new Pentium III machines as they
rolled off the factory lines.

things, too; 56Kbps internal modem, wheel


mouse, multimedia speakers, and more.
This is a high-performance machine, without a doubt.

Hewlett-Packard Pavilion 8490


Estimated street price: $3,999

Processor
Cache
RAM
Operating system
Hard drive
Optical drive
Video
Benchmarklng scores:
Office productivity
Content creation
Sysmark 98

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Suggested retail price: $3,850
Also a 500 MHz Pentium III system, the
DeskPro EN 6500 uses Windows NT instead
of Windows 98, showing a more business-oriented focus for Pentium III technology. The
computer ships with 128 MB of RAM, a 10
GB hard drive, 32x CD-ROM drive, and 8 MB
of memory on an ATI Rage Pro Turbo video
card. Additionally, the machine comes with a
built-in Ethernet adapter. This model was the
first PC (though we' re certain it won't be the
last) we' ve tested that has broken 200 on the
new Sysmark98benchmark test.
Analysis
Although we were able to look at only a
Specifications

This was the first of the Pentium Ills we


had a chance to look at, and it was impressive. The Pavilion 8490 ships with the 500
MHz Pentium III processor, 128 MB of
RAM, a huge 19 GB hard drive, and 8 MB of
video memory on an ATI Rage Pro Turbo
card. In addition to a 4x DVD drive, the
8490 also ships with a CD-rewriteable drive
as a standard feature. Of course, the
Price
m achine also ships with al l t h e l i t t l e

couple of the new Pentium III-based systems, all the manufacturers are busy getting their new offerings ready. By the time
you read this, IBM's new Aptiva S 731 will
be out (with models starting at an estimated street price of $4,149). Dell also has
something in the works, and the smaller
independent manufacturers will be sure to
have Pentium III sytems on the drawing
board too. A fuller roundup of the new
Pentium III machines will be featured in
the June 1999 issue of The Computer Paper,
when the Test Lab looks at h i gh-end
systems.
NOTE: Benchmarking results are derived
using BAPCo's Sysmark 98 benchmarking
package, with each machine set for a screen
resolution of 1,024x768 at 32-bit color

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cart features offered on many sites. Taylor


said that the carts should list selected items
on every page at a site to be more effective.
Only eight percent of the sites provide a current list of cart contents on each page.
Other analysts have predicted that the
high-end design approach being pushed by
developers like Intel will help to greatly
increase the adoption of e-commerce. Intel is
marketing its new Pentium III microprocessor as a major breakthrough for PC users
accessing the Internet.
"The kind of PC buyers who are looking
to shop online are for the most part willing
to move toward the high-end PCs," said Van
Baker, analyst for Dataquest. "Developing
better 3D content with Web site designers
Web shops should get back to basics and browser versions, downloaded plug-ins, and stores offer no pre-sale assistance and 32 per- may help Intel convince users to move from
apply more traditional retailing knowledge high modem speeds may actually discourage cent failed to provide purchase instructions. Pentium II PCs to Pentium III machines."
Baker added that using technologies to
laptop users as well as those using older While two-thirds of the ewommerce sites
to theirsites:
close
the "touch and feel" gap that exists
offered
some
product
specifications,
only
12
equipment
and
first-time
shoppers.
The
study
Among the companies that have the bestbetween shopping in person and purchasing
rated e-commerce sites according to Taylor indicates that only two of the 50 rated com- percent provide third-party reviews.
One technology that the study encour- online will also spur the growth of e-comare CDNow, Barnes and Noble, Brainplay, panies provided a reduced bandwidth or textages
new development of is the shopping merce. 0
only
option.
Only
one
site
specified
on
the
Lands End and Blockbuster. The report analyzed some 50 consumer sites marketing a
wide range of products including technology,
PALO ALTO, Calif. (NB) New research pub- entertainment, books and music, apparel,
lished by self-proclaimed Internet diva sporting goods, and travel services.
Taylor Er Associates uses 175 proprietary
Shelley Taylor highlights many of the user
issues growing around online commerce sites. evaluation criteria to rate the content and
Taylor gr Associates presented the Click- activities offered at each online store.
"Online stores fail to translate the lessons
Here Commercereport at a briefing in Silicon
Valley, in late February. After gathering data learned from centuries of land-based retailfor an international study of the success fac- ing and merchandising into successful
tors of online stores, Taylor concludes that online shopping," contends Taylor, managtoday's Web outlets need to simplify their
ing director and.author of the study. "Even
features in order to meet the needs of con- though technologyhas changed, the way we
sumers. While industry leaders such as Intel humans process purchasing decisions has
Corp. are busy focusing new initiatives on remained the same."
Taylor contends that sites which require
speeding PC performance to enable more
comprehensive e-commerce, the study said consumers to use technologies like new
By INatt Hines

home page the minimum browser required


for viewing the site. The researchers proposed
that including these kinds of simplified features would boost e-commerce adoption.
The study also criticizes a lack of site navigation information in many online stores.
According to Taylor, 24 percent of the sites
researched lacked global navigation, which
the researcher defines as tools that allow
users to move between major sections of a
site. Only eight percent of the sites provided
contextual navigation, the Web-based equivalent of a brick and mortar mall's "you are
here" map.
Another fault highlighted in the report is
a general lack of sufficient product information. Some 24 percent of the tested online

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DVD-Audio clears
'last hurdle'
NB The DVD-Audio format, being posi-

tioned as a successor to the audio CD by offering surround sound and better fidelity, has
taken a giant step toward becoming reality,
The five major music recording companies BMG, EMI, Sony, U n iversal and

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protection basics for the new discs, a major


stumbling block in negotiations with the electronics industry.

The copypmtection approach,developed


by IBM, Intel, Matsushita (Panasonic) and
Toshiba, would allow owners of DVD-Audio

players to make one digital copy, of CDguality or lower, using equipment such as a CD or
MiniDisc recorder. Music labels could opt to
allow additional copies, perhaps of higher
quality.
"The framework has limitations, so that
one copy for your car doesn't become 100
copies for everyone in your neighborhood,"
Intel's Mike Moradzadeh says.
According to Warner Music"s Paul Vidich,
after recent agreements on technical specifications, copy protection was the last hurdle,
so companies can begin designing players and
software that could be in stores as early as fall.
DVD-Audio discs will be about the same
size as current CDs, but will be able to deliver
more than 74 minutes of audio, with up to six
channels of surround sound, and quality that
some say is superior to that of CDs. Extras on
the disc could include videos, slide shows,
lyrics and Internet links.
DVD-Audio creates a better signal through
improved sampling of the master. "It sounds
much closer to the original analogue signal. It
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Music.
Current CD players and DVD movie-disc
players will not be able to play DVD-Audio
discs. However, universal players for both
types of DVDs plus CDs are expected from
manufacturers.
Just as in the advent of DVD video, some
experts are concerned the copy protection
process could affect the final product's quality. The data are encrypted and include an
embedded "watermark" that identifies the
origin, says IBM's Alan Bell. The process also
could be used for electronic distribution over
the Internet, he says.
Another big issue facing DVD-Audio is
whether consumers even want a successor to
CD. "That's an open question," says Marty
Levine, publisher of Digital Technology Report.
"I don't think there's a groundswell of consumer demand for DVD-Audio, but by the
same token, I think there will be a lot of people who will appreciate the enhancements it
offers."
There also may be a format war on the
horizon. While the recording industry as a
whole agrees on DVD-Audio, Sony and
Philips, cowriginators of the compact disc,
also have announced plans to bring a competitor, the Super Audio CD (SACD), to market. SACD uses a different technology that the
companies tout as superior. Initially, SACD
would be a higher-resolution, two<hannel
extension of the CD format, but multichannel SACD discs would eventually be available.
SACDs also could include a version suitable

for current CD players


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entertainment interface to carry us through an educational premise. And the story of Lotus Spring is as
common in Chinese culture asRomeo and juliet is in
Western culture, but with the added dimension of
being essentially based on real events.

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set in Yuan M i n g Yuan (Garden of P erfect
Brightness), an imperial garden built in northern
Beijing during the Qing Dynasty by six generations
of the imperial family over a period of 150 years. It
spanned 875 acres and was filled with palaces and
pavilions surrounded by magnificent landscapes. In
October of 1860, at the peak of the Second Opium
War, the invading British troop commander, Lord Elgin,
ordered the garden burnt out of existence. This order was
executed with the military efficiency of the age, although the
site remains as a bare protected area.
But it is during the garden's glory days that the story of
Lotus Spring, Emperor Xian Feng's most beloved concubine,
unfolds. Because she was of a caste forbidden entry to the

imperial city, the Emperor kept her in a small lotus garden


within Yuan Ming Yuan where they would spend their days
together. But the Empress was jealous of this relationship and
found a way to put Lotus Spring 'under house arrest and prevent the lovers from meeting. After several months in lonely
captivity, Lotus Spring drowned herself by entangling her
body in the lotus roots of a garden pond.

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Players explore The Garden of Perfect Brightness with
the Emperor who returns to solve the mystery of
Lotus Spring's suicide. The players explore 16 areas in
the garden, with each site revealing a chapter of the
story,
As in traditional interactive games, there are mysteries to be solved, objects to be collected for later use,
and specific interactive responses sought like striking matches and lighting incense. At various points in
the journey the appropriate action elicits animations
of important episodes in the lives of Lotus Spring and
Xian Feng. The mouse controlled cursor is rendered in
the shape of a traditionally dressed Chinese girl who
has three gestures
running, idling and choosingthat help users navigate through the tale.
But the most striking aspect to Lotus Spring is not
the progressively captivating story so much as the
absolutely stunning state-of-the-art 3D graphics it
employs. Every environment is rendered in a beautifully eye pleasing, almost photographic fashion while
the two main characters, Lotus Spring and Xian Feng,
are digitally modeled on the paintings and drawings
of them in Chinese museums and literature.
I have often suggested that many CD-ROMs will
have marginal marketing success due to their esoteiic
subject matter. And the same could be said of Lotus
Spring, However, with its interactive interface, fascinating
legend and unsurpassed aesthetics, Lotus Spring is likely to be
well appreciated by a wide cross-section of computerists,
artists and literary types alike. 0
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See the companyWebsite for updated distribution information.

Email 'helps' bog down workers


NB New technology designed to boost productivity is leaving many workers fuming
over wasted time and communication frustrations.
Americans spend more than 30 minutes
a day managing the deluge of messages they
receive compared to the roughly 40 minutes
they say they spend each week in meaningful conversation with their children, according to a study by Casio PhoneMate.
And that's only when the technology is
working right.
al realize what an email junkie I am
when the mail server goes down," says Chris
Shipley, an executive producer at I DG
Conference Management in San Mateo,
Calif., who gets about 125 email messages
daily. al can't work [when the server fails].
Everyone gathers in the kitchen for coffee
when it happens. It keeps us sociable."
Says Jodi Brichta, a marketing vice-president at Telecom Ireland in Stamford, Conn.,
el carry around my laptop like it's glued to
my hip. If I can't get connected to my server,
I'm not getting much work done."
Employees today cope with phone tag,
unanswered email,and "phone rage" the
term for all that time wasted while on hold.
A survey by M e nlo Park, Calif.-based
OfficeTeam says the average executive
spends more time on hold today than in
1993.
"Frustration builds up,e says Ira Kaplan, a
corporate and securities lawyer with Benesch

But many workers are developing their


own tricks to ease the frustrations. In an
ironic twist, studies show nearly 40 percent
of those who have sent an email have also
called the intended recipient to let them
know a message is on its way.
Some simply refuse to deal with anything
they feel squanders their time.
"If somebody sends an email that is
unclear, I just send it back and say 'vague,'"
says Bow Rodgers, chief operating officer and
general manager at PowerTV, a high-tech
firm in Cupertino, Calif. "It's like the professor that embarrasses the student. The student comes back and then improves the next
time."
Another common tactic for dealing with
message overload is email triage, or prioritizing those messages that must be tended to
first.

Susan Thomas, at Ketc hum Public


Relations in Redwood City, Calif., automatically deletes unwanted email and has her assistant check hei voice mail for important calls.
"It's overwhelming," T h omas says.
"What's frustrating is what I call voice mail
oblivion, these systems where it's impossible
to geta human being.You keep punch,ing in
all these numbers and go nowhere."
At Libit, a Palo Alto, Calif, firm that
makes silicon products for the cable indus-

try, email is labeled as either an information-

al or an action item.
"You have to go through email quickly so
Friedlander in Cleveland, Ohio, "You' re it doesn't pile up, u says Larry Grunewald,
expected to never be out of touch. In voice vice-president of corporate development at
mail, things get lost in the translation. You Libit. "It's a new world, and everyone is
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Fujitsu ships new pen computer


Pen computing using handheld tablet
computers with pressure sensitive surfaces
to pick up h andwriting and pressure
input was once considered to be "the
next big thing' in computing, circa 1990.
But it didn't quite work out that way.
Pen computing never took off in the
mainstream computer market, where the

keyboard and mouse still reign supreme as


PC input technologies of choice. However,

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pen computing does have some considerable advantages in mobile applications


where writing with a stylus is quicker and
easier than using a keyboard.
Fujitsu Personal Systems has become
the leader in the considerable niche market for pen computing tablets, and has
continued to develop Its excellent Stylistic
line of pen computers over the last several years. Its latest offering is the Stylistic 2300, a 233 MHz
Pentiurn MMX-based tablet with up to 96 MB of RAM, a 4.1 GB ruggedized hard drive, 8.4-inch SVGA
screen, 56Kbps internal modem and full motion video display capability and all of this in a package
weighing just under 1,4 kg (3 lb.).
The Stylistic 2300 is available running Windows 95 or 98, or NT Workstation, all with either 16-bit or
32-bit pen computing operating system extensions. The unit is also Radio-Ready, meaning it doesn't emit
radio interference to block wireless modem transmissions. Fujitsu also sells Stylistic connectivity options,
such as a wall mountable docking station for battery charging, peripheral and network connection.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, an early advocate of pen computing, still mentions pen input, along
with speech recognition, as a key technology for pervasive computing. Fujitsu has done more than any
ether computer maker to keep the dream of Windows pen computing alive, and with the Stylistic series,
offers a very handy mobile computing solution for corporate customers. JE
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Uvex Safety has introduced a
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painful, chronic eye condition
caused by prolonged viewing
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quoted by Uvex Safety, people

normally blink their eyes about

22 times per minute. Blinking

has a number of uses, but the


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Part of the reason for the reduced rate of blinking is that computer users are straining to focus on
the blurry, flickering text on their screen, leading them to suppress their natural blink rate. Uvex says
its Enhanced Visual Amplification (EVA) lenses allow the user to focus on the screen more comfortably
and easily, which reduces the amount of eye strain and allows for a normal blink rate and irrigation of
the eyes.
Anne Chambers, Uvex Safety marketing manager says, "Many ergonomic experts see Computer
Vision Syndrome emerging as the most serious repetitive strain disorder for the coming decade. In fact,
more workers now suffer PC-related vision problems than repetitive wrist injuries, So as more people use
computers at work and to conduct their business online from home, we expect to see this condition
become much more frequent than even Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."
Although eye strain can be reduced somewhat by the use of higher frequency, more "paper-like" CRT
displays, or LCD screens (which have less flicker), Uvex Safety claims its EVA glasses are a simple and
cost<ffective solution for what it considers a serious and widespread occupational health problem. JE
Uvex Safety, Fax: 401-232-1830, http Jtwww.uvex.corn

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I',"both home and school, they must also leam how to be "street
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and capabilities have surpassed their own.


In cooperation with the Naperville, Ill. Police Department's
,Internet Crimes Unit and the Illinois Attorney General' s
internet Task Force, Microsoft has launched a 'Web site intended to help parents and educators teach children the fundamental "rules of the road" for safe exploration on the informa-

g~tion highway.
,, Called SafeKids, the Web site features a presentation by
~~police officers on Internet safety and a teacher's training guide.
, The materials are designed for teachers or parents with a broad
.range of technological experience, Microsoft wooked with the
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"<' children are completely preventible-thiough' parental educa@tion and involvement. According to Sullivan, parents should

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"A parent would nevei drop a cld off a park to play with,,out teaching them about strangers. The Internet is no differ-

~lent,",,5ullivan says. "Adults should approach computers and


;."~the Internet in the same manner. Computers. uItimately link
;"':,.kids to the outside world. It is up to us as parents to make sure
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wo common concerns parents have

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with computer games are their suitability for younger children, and what

That leaves the player, as the good assistant, to track down and bring in the evil
twin. But true to the aim of the game, succeeding is not just a matter of running
around and shooting at the evil clone.

simply play out by themselves), are also cartoon-like, to the point of being more laughable than threatening. There's nothing here
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through colors to organizing chains of
events.Each game does a good job of combining a fun pretense with just enough
movement and action to keep kids coming
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While PuzzleMadness sounds simple, a
reporter robot jumps in periodically to tell
But such concerns can be laid to rest with the player what the evil done is using to
with Knowledge Adventure's Dr. Brain series destroy parts of the city, So players also have
of games for pre-teens. And Puzzle Madness to plot just what tools and helpers they' ll go
is a good place to start if you want to expand after.
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games that came with your computer when older are often easily bored and need coyou purchased it. By focusing on puzzles and stant stimulus to keep them trying the game
thinking games, it will be challenging for even if it takes a few times to get the puzzles
down. In that regard, there are good and bad
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The interface is colorful and amusing
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tube) cloned an assistant to help out around host of cartoon-style characters that will be
the lab. But a computer glitch caused one of familiar enough to younger players. And the
final battle scenes with the evil clone (which
the assistants to become evil and run away.

most children, but without the violence or


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The premise of Puzzle Madness is simple

One drawback is that the introductions


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There are three difficulty levels from
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An on-screen "board" game is also
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It might have been better to leave the
complexities of handedness out. An adage
can also be played by two children.
drilled into me by a Grade 8 English teacher
While the emphasis in Life's First Lessons one activity asks kids to help Joey wiggle his
concerningwriting was "if it doesn't add,
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imperfectly. Also, the CD-ROM drive didn' t
ince its beginning, one of the principal Following on the heels of the wild success of
always open on the first or even the second
charms of the personal computer has its entry-level iMac line, Apple has rolled out
press of the eject button: the release mechabeen that i t m u t ates endlessly in the high-end model of its "new look" prodnism involves an odd, flimsy plastic panel
media
drives,
plus
USB
ports
for
an
external
uct
line,
the
G3
series
of
desktop
computers.
response to the demands of end users.
Unlike "big iron" computing, character- Based on the latest, fastest PowerPC proces- drive such as an iMation LS-120 SuperDisk, that transmits the button push to the eject
ized by a centralized "we know best" atti- sors, the first G3s are mini-tower computers or an Iomega Zip drive. The G3 also has mechanism.
As well, the easy open chassis is perhaps
tude, PC makers can, and will, try almost that borrow from th e very distinctive, FireWire (IEEE1394) connectivity, which
too
easy to open, or at least too enthusiastic
offers
future
high
speed
data
transfer
capabiltranslucent,
colorful
casework
look
that
any new idea in order to appeal to some
ity. The innards of the computer are easily about opening. Unless you support the panel
part of the very diverse computer user pop- debuted with the iMac.
Unlike the iMac, however, the G3 is a accessible, via a hinged panel on the side as it lowers, it will simply fall with a crash,
ulation. This has led to vastly more choice
that opens very easily.
rattling all the components on the motherfor customers at the personal computer modular computer system, with an external
board. This looks and sounds painful, and
level, and vastly increased innovation and monitor and much more
can't possibly be good for the connections of
Good
G3
things
internal expandabiliaffordability.
cards, cables and electronic components.
The
G3
offers
fantasSo, one of the biggest stories in comput- ty. Apple o f fers
tically
fast
multiNevertheless, in spite of some minor irritaeither
a
flat-panel
ing in 1998 was "ordiilary" computing: the
m edia
per f o r- tions, the new Mac G3s are great computers,
eager acceptance of sub-$1,000 PCs by a wide LCD or a t r adimance at a very and constitute welcome further evidence
segment of the home computer buying mar- tional CRT monimodest price. It that Apple is once again the house of ideas.
t
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s
t
y
le
d
to
ket. That phenomenon has helped drive the
is at least 15 to
match
the
G3,
but
percentage of households with a PC over the
25
p er c e nt
magical 50 percent mark, and has fueled the it is compatible
faster
than
a highcontinued growth in the number of Internet with other RGB
end
Wintel
PC
at
monitors.
The
users.
most tasks, particuHowever, another big story that began new G3s are
larly if they involve At Bill Gates' keynote address at the Fall
intended for
to emerge in 1998 was "extraordinary"
the
standard professional 1998 Comdex in Las Vegas, the Microsoft
mor e
computing the opening up of a healthy t he
graphics
and
multimedia soft- founder and chief executive shared the stage
advanced,
promarket f o r
no n - standard c o m puting
w are packages, such a s A d o b e with a preview model of the new SGI perdevices. The success of 3Com's PalmPilot at fessional Mac user,
sonal workstation line. Gates' motives for
Photoshop, Macromedia Director or
the low end, the revival of t h e A pple though with a startbeing so generous to a new PC brand were
Fractal
Painter.
Its
design
is
very
easy
on
ing
price
as
low
as
$2,399
Macintosh, and the appearance of new
the eyes, and it's a fun and simple comput- fairly obvious, as the new SGI Visual
(not including monitor), they are
Windows PCs for "power users" were all
Workstation line is the first from that comwithin the reach of many home computing er to use.
part of this trend.
pany to run a version of Microsoft Windows
T wo of the most spectacular of t h e
enthusiasts.
NT, rather than SGI's IRIX operating system,
(Minor) complaints
high-end products to appear in early 1999
which is based on UNIX. Also, the new SGI
As
much
fun
as
we
found
the
G3
to
be,
we
were the new Apple G3 desktop computers, Out of the box
machinesareexpected to be realpowerhousdid
notice
some
rough.
edges.
For
one
thing,
and the first Windows PCs from graphical Apple representatives came to The Computer
es, offering a Windows alternative to the
the
keyboard,
which
is
very
small
and
seems
Paper's
offices
to
show
off
a
top-of-the-line
computing leader Silicon Graphics (SGI).
to be the same as the one on the iMac, is not Apple Mac G3 for graphics professionals.
400 MHz Power PC-based G3, and left it
Both these new product lines offer high
The Visual Workstation line initially conperformance innovations at remarkably behind for about a week, so we had a chance ideal for professional use too small, too
sists
of the 320 model, a desktop minitower
cramped,
and
lacking
the
generous
extra
to
play
with
it.
We
grabbed
it
eagerly,
and
reasonable prices, and they wrap their high
thatcan accommodate up to two 450 MHz
powered goodies in very cool designer had occasion to put it through its paces in numeric keypad and function keys that help
Intel Pentium II processors. Later in 1999,
our graphics production department. The speed up productivity.
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with up to four Pentium CPUs. We had a
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Not your father's Wintel
Silicon Graphics has created a Windows PC
that, as it claims, has been built for speed
from the ground up, and which owes very
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Mac G3, the SGI Visual Workstations have


both USB and FireWire connections built in.
For additional visual computing muscle, the SGI Visual Workstations have a custom designed Cobalt Graphics chipset that
offers extremely high graphics processing
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v ideo and graphics productivity o n a
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full advantage of the new SGI models' special capabilities.
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GPS mapping for CE palm-size PCs


works with a U.S. Coast Guard beacon system
or satellite correction service to provide GPS
COVALLIS, Ore. (NB) Tripod Data Systems accuracy levels of less than a meter throughout
(TDS) has taken the wraps off the industry's the world.
"The power of Windows CE is that it takes
first GPS (global positioning system) package
a familiar user interface and places it in the
for the Windows CE operating system.
According to company officials, the Solo palm of your hand," he said, adding that Solo
CE software is the first real-time, standalone CE offers users a field data collection applicaGPS mapping system for Windows CE porta- tion that runs under this interface.
"No other platform provides the horsepowbles and it allows users not only to determine
er
necessary
for complex mapping operations
the position of an object, but also to record
specific information, or a t t ributes, that in a truly portable configuration, and no other
program makes these mapping operations so
describe the object.
Matthew Lehman, TDS' product manager, easy to perform," he said.
According to TDS, Solo CE features many
said the software is a field mapping system that
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of the native Windows CE functions, such as to build feature lists for use in adding attributthe ability to double dick ori an object to bring es to GPS positions.
Interestingly, the firm says that because Solo
up information about the object's position and
CE uses differentially corrected GPS technology
attributes associated with it.
TDS says the inherent graphics capability to collectaccurate coordinates, users can perof Windows makes it possible to provide a con- form calculations in the field that are not possitinuously updated map of all objects and a sky ble with systems requiring post procession, such
as checking the acreage on a plot of land or the
plot of current satellites.
For those experienced in GPS, the software distance from a hydrant to an intersection.
The US$1,000 software, which runs under
is billed as supporting both data collection and
navigation functions using latitude and longi- Windows CE 2.0 or later, requires 4 MB of
tude and other popular coordinate systems, memory, an RS-232 serial slot, and a display
with at least 480x240 pixels. Cl
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Pentium III 450/500 Retail Box ......... 779/1 069
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Juster3DFX1 450W Speakersw/subwoofer ......39
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different from 3Com's approach which is


generally consumer-oriented.
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C, (NB)The IBM v ersion also comes with
Enough with the back door, it's time these lit- WorkPad Infrared (I) Synchronization softtle gadgets came in through the front, IBM ware to wirelessly HotSync WorkPads to IBM
says of the branded PalmPilots it has been desktop PCs or to IR-equipped ThinkPad
selling as WorkPad PC Companions since notebooks.
1997. In late February, the firm announced a
B ill T sang, p r oduct m a nager f o r
push to get the handheld devices onto official WorkPads and other IBMmobile devices,
corporate "buy" lists.
said Sig Slue also plans to beef up its WebWord of the IBM marketing push came based support, which will include a new IBM
just one day after 3Com introduced its two PC Companion "solutions site" that will
newest Palm handheld devices: the Palm h ave d o w n loadable e n t erprise P C
lllx and the Palm V. IBM's branded versions Companion software applications for the
w ill be t h e W o rkPad model 30x a n d Palm OS, among other features.
WorkPad c3.
Tsang said IBM realized some months ago
According to an IBM representative, the that its mobile computing business was losing
new WorkPads are identical in hardware to some market possibilities.
the new Palm devices. But IBM's corporate
"The Palm-platform was the market'
tilt, with bundled Lotus Notes and direct net- leader, and what we and 3Com both identiwork server support for niceties like standard fiedwas, the companion devices have been
corporate calendars and address books, is very going in through the back door of the corpoPalm, Synapse offerbig screen paging
Continuedfrom page 99
I am sure, however, that given enough
persistence, I would have worked through
this problem. But deadlines wait for no man
and at press time I could not say with my
hand on my heart that I got this particular
feature to work.
But that feature isn't the biggest pitch
being made by PageMart for the Synapse
Pager Card anyway. The company is heavily
promoting it instead as a way to eliminate

a st r a t e

rate enterprise," Tsang said. "People would go


out to someplace like CompUSA and buy
these things with their own money, or
expense them, and it was becoming a big
headache for IT managers out there. Those are
the folks we typically go after at IBM."
Tsang added, "It's taken awhile for us to
get our tracks going. But the fact that we' re
announcing this within 24 hours of the
3Com announcement makes us think we' ve
gotten that side of it down now"
IBM also officially answered the question
of just how 3Com plans to introduce the
Japanese version of the Palm OS into Japan.
IBM has the exclusive licence, an IBM official
said, and will make the Japanese port available exclusively on the new IBM WorkPad
model 30x.
"IBM and 3Com took a look at their market presence in Japan and it just made more
sense for us to take the Japanese Palm OS
product out to that market," said Tsang.

the need to carry multiple devices for paging


and handheldcomputing.

capabilities itself with the upcoming Palm


Vllwhen it ships later this year. So where
And if you are a regular user of a pager and does thatleave the Synapse pager add-on?
a handheld computer, you' re probably the
Well, it leaves the PageMart offering as
perfect target audience for this product. The one t ha t m i g h t a p p eal t o e x i s t ing
problem for PageMart, however, is that pag- PalmPilot users and those who want a
ing~ven text-based paging with broadcast pager/handheld computer combination. It
news, sports and weather is increasingly fac- also leaves PageMart trying to appeal to
ing major competition from digital mobile corporations.
phones that incorporate full Internet access,
The company says, for example, that the
Internet mail as well as SMS messaging.
Synapse Pager Card is capable of schedule
And 3Com is set to offer those kinds of updates and facilitates messaging with visual

"The ulthnate guide to


buying and upgrading
your computer."

"3Com has sold some English versions there,


but the Japanese version is 'only being introduced there today in ISM's product line."
Internationally, WorkPads are available
now in an I n ternational English and a
German version. Tsang said ports to other
European languages such as Italian and
Spanish have not been officially announced
but are likely to be announced at some point
in the future if demand develops.
"A lot of our customers are big, multinational companies," Tsang commented. "They
want to be able to standardize on one hardware platform across the company. They can
now do that with the IBM WorkPad family."
IBM is not even considering a Microsoft
Windows CE handheld platform, Tsang said.
The IBM WorkPad 30x is available now,
with an estimated reseller price of US$369.
The IBM WorkPad c3 should be available by
press time, and has an estimated reseller price
of US$449.0
and audio alerts, sender identification and
message management.
The Synapse Pager Card also increases the
PalmPilot organizer's memory to 2 MB and
includes the same operating system and functionality as the Palm m organizer (without, of
course, the infrared data transfer capability).
At any rate, it seems to me that PageMart will
have an uphill battle trying to sell the Synapse
Pager Card, even with the wide range of features
and options. Despite the fact that it's a cool technology, it may just be too little, too late. 0

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Adobe to add even rudimentary color-separation capabilities to its Acrobat family of


products. InDesign makes good use of the
color management system profiles that can

the Master Master Page, if you will, changes


its subordinate Master Page.

InDesign's weakest area is its apparent


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though, the program doesn't provide spe- any DTP program and it looks like Adobe
cial support of
Master fonts.

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attributes to another Master Page. Changing

our tests of InDesign's color-separation output and pre-flighting features, it flagged RGB
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For that, you' ll still nemt a progradI such as
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The program's Paragraph Palette provides
InDesign provides many of the features
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document-wide layers, the above-mentioned "dropped" a vast improvement over the
B ezier pen tool an d n ative import o f awful system PageMaker users had to endure.
Photoshop, Illustrator and PDF files. You can InDesign also allows users to turn any charalso create compound paths from multiple acter into a graphic, which may then be nestobjects and, if you want to reuse items, ed inside a text box. In fact, any graphic or
quickly add items or entire pages to a text item can be nested in this way.
InDesign's Web export capabilities, howLibrary.
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probably a good thing, because we contin- specifications, allowing text to specify cusue to be amazed at how long it's taking tom fonts, leading, and even allows text to

be embedded in Photoshop files. Oddly,

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interference and cross-talk between them.

Extended capabilities
A less common, but still encountered, variation of parallel port technology is called
ECP (extended capabilities port), which was
jointly developed by Hewlett-Packard and
Microsoft.
Due to the latter's association, ycu'll
find that Windows 95, 98 and NT have an
ECP-compliant driver built in but only a
minority of PC users have required it. That' s
because ECP was designed specifically to
facilitate higher printing speeds with the
result that it does not necessarily offer any
performance enhancements to any other
type of parallel port device. This limitation
has also meant that very few computer
manufacturers
particularly where portable
PCs are concerned have adopted ECP,
favoring the more practical EPP technology
instead. As with EPP, the port and the printer have to be ECP compliant to take advantage of any performance boost.

here is much talk these days about


USB (universal serial bus) as the computer interface of tomorrow, just as
there was once an industry wide buzz
around SCSI (small computer systems interface pronounced skuh-zee) not so long
ago. Both have been touted as the most efficient interface between your PC's brains
and the devices they want to talk to. But
SCSI has failed to capture the popular vote
despite excellent performance, due largely
to the complexities of setting it up, while
USB waits patiently in the wings as issues
over lack of speed are resolved.
Meanwhile, the humble but ever present parallel port soldiers on as a popular
point of access for a wide array of external
devices. Where SCSI and USB versions of
most devices are readily available, hard
disks, CD-ROM drives, CD-ROM writers,
tape drives, cartridge drives, high-speed
floppy drives, scanners and, of course,
printers, all remain big sellers in their parallel configurations, simply because everyone has some familiarity with their PC's
parallel port.
But there's nothingbo simple about the
technology itself. Though computer consumers needn't concern themselves with
the engineering involved, they ought to be
aware that the parallel port has evolved
through several incarnations, and ensure
that their desktop and, more saliently,
portable computer has the parallel technology best suited to operating the devices
they anticipate hooking up.
The parallel port was first designed by
IBM as a standard 8-bit output port specifically for printers. There was little consideration for "return" information although
five of the 25 pins in a parallel connector
were set aside for conveying basic printer
status information to be displayed while
working in DOS. This first design was called
uni-directional because, with the exception
of the basic printer status lines, information
flowed only from the computer to the
printer.
This was superseded in the mid-1980s
by the bi-directional parallel port which set
the still current standard of assigning pins
one through 17 for input and output (I/O)
and pins 18 to 25 for grounding. This
increase in I/O was necessary because, back
in those days of dot-matrix domination,
extensive status information acknowledge, busy, select; paper jam, paper empty,
etc. was critical to being able to work
effectively with the printer.
This kind of information is even more
important today as printer drivers facilitate
highly sophisticated controls in printers
like varying levels of resolution, black
and/or color, photo realism, and configurable options like grey-scale control and
automatic color matching. Of course, with
the development of other parallel compatible devices like the scanners, storage media
and CD-ROM drives that are popular today,
the cross-talk between the computer and
those peripherals has had to include a
whole new range of information that isn' t
even related to the printer information
originally addressed by the designers. That

PA

Comparison to SCSI
The most obvious advantage of parallel
over SCSI is that virtually every PC,
whether desktop or portable, comes with a
parallel interface built in (usually EPP but
occasionally ECP, so you should check
which before you buy a machine or a

peripheral).

A multitude of devicesplug into your par'allel pert.


But is parallel the choice you should make when

SCSI and USBare firm contenders'?

SCSI, on the other hand, requires the


installation of a separate internal or PCMCIA card. This additional cost puts many
off the idea of SCSI right from the start.
Also, there has always been an issue surrounding the difficulties inherent in configuring SCSI to take advantage of some of
the great features this interface has to offer.
First, SCSI is capable of such fast
throughput rates that there should never be
a bottleneck in data transfer between
devices. The latest incarnation, called
Ultra2 SCSI, can theoretically accommodate
a data flow of up to 80 Mbps. There is no
counter argument to this in favor of parallel, which is currently limited to that 1.2plus Mbps.
Expressed in more tangible terms, this
limitation means you will always have only
the effective data transfer capacity to match
an Bx CD-ROM drive through the parallel
port, regardless of how much faster that
drive is purported to be. SCSI, on the other
hand, will deliver data at whatever speed a
drive is capable of producing. Where 1.2plus Mbps has proven more than adequate
for most multimedia applications, you will
run into the bottleneck imposed by parallel
during the transfer of raw data to and from
storage devices like high-speed hard drives
and cartridge drives or when installing files
directly from a software CD-ROM.
Next, however, SCSI can facilitate up to
eight devices simultaneously connected
through the single interface. This is accomplished by linking the devices in a "daisy
chain" configuration, one to another in
sequence
every SCSI device has an "in"
and an "out" connector on the back.
However, each device has to be assigned a
specific position in the chain and the last
device has to be "terminated" to indicate to

engineers and programmers have been able checks and other previously necessary
to take advantage of the parallel port's "handshaking" updates.
However, it should be noted that in
inherent I/O capabilities in so many other
contexts speaks well for the original design order to achieve this greater throughput
speed, both the port and the connected
of this underappreciated interface.
But to coincide with this increasing devices must b e E P P co m patible.
demand, engineers continued to develop Fortunately, you will find that to be the
the parallel port in order to keep up. Which case in the vast majority of parallel port
is where the current variations in this inter- peripherals these days anyway. Older, standard parallel devices will still work through
face come in.
your EPP though they will reap none of the
benefits offered by the technology.
Enhanced parallel
Adhering to what is called the IEEE
The most common of the newer incarnations is the enhanced parallel port (EPP) (Institute of Electrical and Electronics
designed jointly by Zenith, Zircom and Engineers)1284 protocols and standards,
Intel and released in 1989. Non-printer par- the theoretical maximum speed of the EPP
allel peripherals like tape drives were begin- has been determined at approximately 2
ning to show up at that time and it was Mbps although in the real world data
soon recognized that a revision of the port transfer rarely exceeds 1.2-plus Mbps where
specifications and protocols would be nec- motherboard I/O speed, CPU clock speed
essary to take full advantage of this new and the port and device speeds all exercise
a collective influence.
equipment.
Also, you may find IEEE 1284-compliant
But the real "enhancement" over the
previous bi-directional technology involved connector cables cost more than non-comthe integration of new chipsets into both pliant cables ($30 versus $10) due to differthe port and new EPP-compliant devices so ences in manufacturing standards. An IEEE
that much less handshaking (the back and 1284-compliant cable incorporates special
forth exchange of information) would be wrapping and shielding around the 25
internal wires as well as the bundle they
required.
The port and the devices still have to comprise in order to insulate against any
establish initial communications to mutu- outside electrical interference. A noncomally identify themselves and their require- pliant cable has less shielding and, due to
ments, but the lines are afterward freed up less rigorous specifications, the wires may
to carry data back and forth at a higher rate run as a simple bunch through the cable
of speed and without interruption for status increasing the possibility of signal noise, the SCSI card where that chain ends. Even

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if you have only one SCSI device, the gymnastics involved in SCSI assignment and
termination have proved simply too troublesome for the average computer consumer, especially when easier alternatives
are at hand.
Similar to SCSI, parallel devices often have
"pass-through" connectors to effectively daisy
chain up to four devices. But this has proven
extremely unreliable as multiple devices, particularly when they' re from multiple manufacturers, seem to have a great deal of difficulty operating properly through the single port.
The most common multiple parallel configuration these days is to have a scanner connected directly to the parallel port then the
printer plugged into the scannec

Speed-wise, USB has so far proven slow- computer issues, to making a series of coner than either parallel or SCSI interfaces flicting decisions:
w ith data transfer rates limited to t h e
If ea se of connectivity for a single
approximate equivalent of a 6x CD-ROM
device is a priority, parallel is simple,
drive. It is the opinion of TCPsenior editor
already present and probably the best
Graeme Bennett, however, that the lack of
answer.
speed currently limiting USB is more than If data transfer speedis a priority, SCSI
compensated for by the ease with which
is your best bet.
USB devices can be set up.
If ea se of connectivity to m ultiple
Bennett further observes industry trends
devices is a priority, USB is likely your
suggesting that USB will eventually become
best bet but only if your hardware and
operating system support it and there is
the standard connectivity option. "Parallel
is good for connecting a printer it was
a USB-compatible version of the device
designed for that and it's best for that. But
you want to use.
don't hook up drives and recorders and If costis a serious consideration, parallel
is best because you don't have to pay
players and things like that to parallel and
expect them t o o p erate problem free.
extra for a SCSI card or USB adapter or
Scanners and disk drives and those other
pay the premium SCSI and USB devices
Parallel part conflicts
devices aren't ideally suited to parallel concurrently command.
Theoretically, the scanner will scan and the nection. USB gets my vote at this point,"
If you' re a portable user,you will have
printer will p r i nt , an d s ome scanners Bennett says.
to add a SCSI PCMCIA card to take
(Visioneer's PaperPort OneTouch series
Another US B a d vantage although
advantage of that technology or buy
specifically) will even send images directly unlikely to be utilized by any but the most
the latest notebook model with a USB
to the printer to reasonably replicate a pho- ardent device accumulator is the ability to
connector built in. Or you can live with
tocopier.
link up to 127 devices to a single interface
the speed limitations imposed by paralHowever, it has become increasingly in a daisy chain configuration, at least thelel to take advantage of the EPP (or ECP)
apparent that too many printers do not
oretically.
port already provided, and simply consupport the option of operating through a
The codicil about USB is that not only
nect and d isconnect each external
device as needed. Or add parallel ports
parallel pass-through connection because does your hardware have to have a USB
they trap all of the signals generated by the connector, but your operating system has to
by means of a port replicator or docking
parallel port. The scanner (or other device support it too. Early releases of Windows 95
station.
between the printer and the computer) (pre-OSR version 2.1) do not support USB
There is no simple answer, especially for
interferes with that process, often stopping nor does Windows NT 4.0. Windows NT 5.0
either device from operating or even freez- (now called Windows 2000) will support power users. However, most consumers and
ing up the whole computer system. Many a USB but nobody knows when that operat- home users would appear to be happy, or at
user has found that connecting and discon- ing system will be ready for release.
least content, with th e parallel port as
necting each device as needed is the most
demonstrated by the consistently strong
convenient fix , o u tside o f p u rchasing What to use
market for devices that connect through
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development, MicroSolutions has overcome
many of the problems and limitations of parallel port data transfer.
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printer too. Also, the company has managed
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hardware and software developments.
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port device," MicroSolutions' technical support manager Dan Sweeney explains. "Every
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NT driver it goes through the parallel port,
finds the device, figures out the optimum
speed with which to communicate with it and
checks for errors and all that kind of stuff, and
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who has penned The Little iMac Book, and programs. Because the iMac was designed
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are generally aimed at beginners, but are technical jargon to minimum, and uses
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book reads, The result is a highly entertaining and enlightening guide to Windows 98.
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Parallel-to-SCSI devices

nother configuration you might encounter while shopping for peripherals is the relatively rare but still marketed parallel-to-SCSI interface, For these devices, manufacturers may have constructed a SCSI peripheral (a tape drive, cartridge drive or any other
kind of device that can fully utilize SCSI's high data transfer rates) but want it to have parallel connectivity, because of its marketability. This is actually a benefit to some degree because
these devices
which are always external can then be used with multiple machines.
Suppose you have a desktop PC with a SCSI adapter and a notebook without one. The purchase of a backup device with a parallel-to-SCSI option like the lomega jaz Traveler drive,
for example will allow you to back up your desktop through the SCSI interface and then,
equally easily, allow you to back up your notebook through its parallel port.
Also, you might use the same kind of device to transport data between machines at different locations (from your home PC to a machine at the office or to a friend's computer) and
you' ll never have to worry about whether the receiver has a SCSI adapter. All you have to do
is take your device and its drivers to the target machine.
The parallel-to-SCSI interface uses a proprietary cable (provided by the manufacturer) and
the appropriate drivers. The cable has a parallel connector at one end and the correct version
(there are several) of a SCSI connector at the other. When data flows to the device it leaves
the machine through the parallel pin configuration, passes through some adaptive hardware
(usually a connector converter or a dongle on the cable itself) and arrives in SCSI usable form
at the device end of things. Of course, the process is reversed when data flows the other way.
However, in addition to paying a small monetary premium (from $50 to $100) for a device'
with this interface, you' ll pay in data transfer speed. Our Jaz Traveler, for example, had an optimal throughput of 6 Mbps in SCSI-to4CSI mode, but that slowed down considerably using the
parallel-to-SCSI adapter to 7SO-800 Kbps through an EPP (650-700 Kbps through ECP).
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masked TIFF file to a printer. It uses and
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can be delivered as a more stable product than
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Fu'itsu's L44 is i
By Davfd Tanaka

he Computer Paperreaders might associate Fujitsu with components and


peripheral products keyboards, hard
drives, scanners, and large screen plasma
displays but Fujitsu is one of the biggest
technology companies in the world, with
revenues last year of more than US$37 billion. When it comes to computers, Fujitsu
is best known for its "big iron" server
systems, and has swallowed up other
companies like Amdahl in its drive for
market share. The company also sells
personal computers, but mainly in Asia
a nd Europe. However, in 1 9 96, t h e
Fujitsu PC Co. was formed in the U.S. and
began selling notebook computers there.
Last Fall, Fujitsu Canada followed suit and
began selling two notebook PC lines. We
recently looked at the company's slim-line
model, the LifeBook L440-B.

floppy or a CD-ROM drive, both of which are


included. The bay will also hold optional drives such as an LS-120 Super Drive or a DVDROM drive.

Ergonomics
The L440 competes with the so-called thinwide notebooks, such as the IBM ThinkPad
560 and Toshiba Portege 7020. While having

Fu)ltsu llfeBook l 440-B


From: Fujitsu Canada Inc.
Tel: 800-263-8716 (Ontario and west),
800-663-0756 (Quebecand east)
http: //www.fujitsu.ca
Suggested retail price: $4,599
($4,309 for L440 model without device bay)

This computer has a lot going for itlight weight, good screen and big performance. It comes with a 266 MHz Pentium II
processor and a 4 GB hard drive, Standard
RAM is 32 MB, although our test unit included 64 MB. The "B" in the model designation
indicates that the unit comes with a multifunction device bay. This bay is the same
width as the computer but about half the
length, and clips onto the bottom of the
computer. It incorporates a space for an extra
battery, plus a drive bay that holds either a

roughly the same footprint as a typical notebook computer, the LifeBook weighs only 2
kg (4.5 lb.) and is just 2.8 cm (1.1 in.) thick
The standard footprint means the LifeBook
can accommodate a keyboard with normal
key spacing, as well as a 13.3-inch TFT

screen.
The screen supports resolutions of up to
1,024x768 pixels at 65,000 colors (or 16.5
million colors at 800x600). The 13.3-inch
screen gives roughly the same viewing area
as a 14-inch desktop monitor. That may
sound small, but you are generally closer to a
notebook screen than you are to a desktop

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monitor, and at the closer distance, you can
actually see a lot of detail even with the
screen set t o t h e h i g hest resolution.
Although we' ve seen other notebook computers that seemed to have brighter screens,
the Fujitsu screen was evenly lit and had
good contrast.
The keyboard usesfull-size keys and
although the key caps are remarkably thin,
typing on them didn't present any problems.
However, because the computer itself is also
thin, the keyboard sits just millimetres from
the desk surface, producing an initially odd
sensation that you are typing right on the
desk. This model uses a trackpad pointing
device embedded below the keyboard in the
wrist rest area, which is a typical layout for
notebooks,
Attaching the multifunction bay nearly
doubles the computer's thickness, and brings
the weight up to 2.74 kg (6.1 lb.). The bay
attaches to t h e b o t to m o f th e
LifeBook, and occupies just the
back half of the computer. To
keep it from rocking back and forth,
the bay has pop-out legs, which tip
the computer forward just enough so
the front edge of the computer touches the desk surface, stabilizing the whole
unit. The bay can be attached or detached
while the computer is on, although it
requires that you release two clips, one on
either side of the bay. With the computer on
and the screen open, this can be awkward.
Performance
Usually, ultralight notebook computers sacrifice performance for lightness. Not so with
the LifeBook. We ran the Fujitsu through our
Sysmark test suite, and were impressed with
the results. We' ve found that notebook- computers seldom perform as well as desktop
machines with a CPU of the same clock
speed, but were pleasantly surprised to see
the LifeBook hit 107 on Sysmark 98. (As a

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Computer speakers we can finally live with
By Ross MacDonald
ne of the most consistent complaints
about computer equipment since the
dawn of the age (outside of whining
about Microsoft, of course) has been the
incredible amount of desk space consumed
by our towers, monitors, printers, scanners,
backup devices, and fax machines. In fact, it
wasn't so long ago that we reviewers routinely cited the "footprint" of various devices
and wrote with glee when those dimensions
were appreciably reduced.

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Estimated street price: $149 (based on US$99SRP)

Fortunately, we have witnessed the development in recent years of impressively slender albeit costly flat-panel displays and
incredibly lean printers while our computers
have made their way to the floor. But it has
still been necessary for anyone wanting quality audio out of their machines to make free
considerable amounts of desk space for speakers and sub-woofer systems. True, manufacturers have come up with a variety of mounting,
placement and even integration systems to circ umvent this inconvenience, but it h a s
remained a fact that high quality sound can
only come from high quality speakers and
physics dictated that that meant size.
Until now.
Benwin's BW2000 speakers are the audio
equivalent of a flat-panel display in that
they' re flat. Really flat. Only .7 cm flat. Plus
they are small 13x18 cm in total area. Also
like flat-panel displays, the quality of output
is nothing short of surprising.

The only snag is that it achieves its quality of sound with the help of a little subwoofer that, despite it s c o mpact size
(16x12x11.5 cm), somewhat compromises
the elegant look of the speakers. Audiophiles
will tell you, though, that low bass sounds
are non-directional, meaning that a subwoofer can be placed anywhere and the
sound quality will not change. So you can
tuck the sub-woofer out of the way without
changing the sound of the system. But you' ll
want your Benwin sub-woofer within reach
because the power, volume, tone and headphone jacks are all mounted on it.
But any sub-woofer issues are a small price
to pay for the sheer quality of sound this curious little system produces. I was previously
using amplified NuReality four-way and ported box speakers with SRS surround sound circuitry which meant staring at the equivalent
of two large black shoe boxes on my desk
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point of comparison, the benchmark reference system is a 233 MHz Pentium II desktop
system with 32 MB of RAM. A 266 MHz
Pentium not a Pentium II notebook we
tested in February scored 76, a 350 MHz
Pentium II desktop system in last month's
TCP Lab Test scored 146, and one of the hot
new Pentium III systems we look at in this
issue is the first one to break 200.)
Fujitsu LifeBeek L440 Syemark 98 scores
SYSmark 98
107
Office productivity 110
Content creation 104
What the score means for everyday
usability is that the LifeBook can handle
pretty much any load an average user will
put on it.

Summary
Overall, using the LifeBook has been mostly
positive. My own notebook weighs more
than 3 kg (about 7 lb.) and comes with a
12.1-inch screen, so being able to lighten the
load for a few weeks and have a bigger
screen and a faster processor was a treat.
Battery life seems to be around three hours,
but that varies greatly with what you are
doing with the computer.
I have a few quibbles, primarily with the
convenience of the accessory bay. Another
minor concern is that the LifeBook feels a bit
f ragile but other u l tralights, i n t h e i r
attempts to shave weight and size, also
exhibit this quality.
If you are the kind of portable user who is
always using the CD-ROM or floppy drive,
you may find it inconvenient to constantly
attach and detach the device bay. However, if
you are looking for a light, fast machine, this
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and their territory, Nunavut. by exploring
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Aboriginal Youth Network This site


hosts information for young people to visit
to learn about Web technology, the arts,
literature, and local and national news.
http: //www.ayn.ca
Department of indian and Northern
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tiny traditional Inuit community is also
one of the country's most computer literate. This village, known as Rankin Inlet, sits
about I,000 km north of Winnipeg. Without
rail or road, the 2,300 inhabitants used to
find themselves isolated from the rest of the
world. Not any more. Using technology, they
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the Rankin Inlet school site that has gained
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Nunatslaq Mews e Follow the news of
the north and the making of Canadian hist ory with the creation of Nunavut T h i s
weekly newspaper contains the business,

cultural, and community news of the


north.
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Nunavut impiementation Commission e Th i s a dvisory committee was


founded in 1993 by the federal govemment I t i n cludes nine members, six of
whom must hve in Nunavut. The role of
members is to advise on funding, and
design a training plan, timetable for trans-

ferring services, and process for holding


the first election for the government of
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accounts and they take turns answering questions about Nunavut, the
Arctic, or Inuit people and culture. To
pass Grades 4 to 6 , s tudents are
required to write their own multimedia program using traditional media,
CD-ROM, and Internet information
sources with Hyperstudio. They' ve
even written online tutorials to use on
how to use the software,
The students now teach the adults
in the community how to use the
internet. They also offer training and
support services for people and businesses in the local community who
want Web sites, IT training, and technical support, through the company
Belsey founded called lnukshuk.corn.
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have a need to count beyond 100. But, Belsey that even in -30' C weather, through bliz- good hunting and fishing spots, or the way
was up for the challenge and saw the huge zards and ice, all the computers are usually home. Now, Bill Belsey and his students are
potential of linking tradition and technology being used, and there are sometimes lineups. using the Inukshuk as their online symbol
for the Inuit.
The centre also hosts a highly popular com- of projects where IT is being used to create
a better world. The organization gives local
First, he had to demonstrate the value puter club in the evenings.
of the Internet to the elders of the commuThrough Belsey's computer classes at Leo young people experience, training, and a
nity to ensure he had their approval. It was Ussak Elementary School, young people are wage while supporting local economic
only daysafterone of the elders had been
also helping to preserve their community's development through the Internet.
The school also uses CU-See-Me videoviciously attacked by a polar bear on a
traditions by building and maintaining the
conferencing
with other schools around
hunting trip t hat Belsey was trying to
community's massive Web site. In its first
demonstrate th e i m p o rtance o f t h e year online, the site received more than the world. The Grade 5 students held
Information Highway. He realized that this 10,000 hits, countless awards, and intema- roles via videoconferencing technologyin a recently released video, The Tundra
particular elder may have been more con- tional attention.
sumed by his pain. He decided to show
Through one of the online projects, I)iome, which is part of the Biomes of the
them a d i gital i mage of V incent Van Countdown to Nunavut, students are teach- World multimedia project produced by the
Gogh's Srany Night painting by accessing ing the world about the upcoming restruc- Missouri Botanical Gardens of St. Louis
the Web site of France's Louvre museum. turing of the Northwest Territories. Control Missouri.
A community once isolated from the rest
Belsey was surprised that the elders imme- of over one-fifth of Canada's land mass will
of
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world, Rankin Inlet is increasingly
diately saw the value of the Net,
be transferred back to the Inuit people for
He says, "It was then that the Inuit elders self-government on April I o f t h i s year. communicating with people from all different walks of life and sharing their Inuit trarealized that our kids here needed access to Students have been posting information
the Internet the world's largest library." about the new territory, called Nunavut (pro- ditions, culture, and Internet savvy.Q
And that's exactly what they got.
nounced "noo-na-voot"), including links to
With the elders' support, this tiny com- all the organizations involved in this massive Rankin Inlet's Web site is found through Leo Ussak
munity banded together and raised over undertaking, maps, historical information, Elementary School at http:I/www.arctic.ca/LUS.
$140,000 for it s Community (Internet} the Land Claims Agreement, and more on
Countdown to Nunavut project is found directly at
Access Centre in early 1996, through a
the site.
httpJ/www.arctic.ca/L US/Nuttavut.html.
Partners in Education fundraising campaign,
The site even has a link for sending email
On Nov. 2, 1996, Rankin Inlet celebrated directly to the Nunavut Implementation Mlchelle J. Cook a!td Curtis Cook can be reachedat
the opening of i t s C ommunity Access Commission, which says it is considering all Tel: 613-234-()538; email: mjsgo-global.net.
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to do in regular HTML: exactly position a
background image on a Web page. It is used
in conjunction with the BACKGROUNDIMAGE element, and can take either a precise X/Y pixel value, a percentage value or a
named value. Here are a couple of typical
code examples of BACKGROUND-POSITION
in action:

What this code should do in the first


example is position the image called vanessa.jpg and begin tiling it 250 pixels from the
right and 100 pixels from the top. In the second example, it should take the image and
begin tiling it from the top-right corner of
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text that appears on a Web page. To a limited extent you can already do this with the
little-used underline (<U>) HTML tag. But
BORDER doesn't just add an underline it
allows you to add top borders and side borders as well. Not only that, but you can
change the color of the border, set its width,
and determine whether the border should
appear in a solid line, ridged, grooved and
more. This would be a great way to easily
spiff up a Web page by adding some extra
zing to h o w y o u r t e x t i s d i s played.
Unfortunately, neither Internet Explorer nor
Netscape Navigator has quite got things right
when implementing the BORDER elements
to specification. The result can lead to some
very different looking pages when the same
code is viewed in both browsers.
BORDER is the "shorthand" element
that allows the Web author to specify all of
the other attributes easily. We' ll skip looking at it in detail since it adopts all of the
attributes used by the more specific BORDER attributes.
There are several sets of more specific
BORDER elements, many of which share the
same set of modifiable attributes. The BORDER-BOTTOM, BORDER-TOP, BORDERRIGHT and BORDER-LEFT elements all share
the same attributes, and each of them determines how a border should be displayed for
its assigned role. Not surprisingly, BORDERBOTTOM displays a bottom border, BORDER-TOP displays one at the top, and BORDER-RIGHT and BORDER-LEFT display borders to the right and left sides, respectively.
They can all take a relative thickness setting,
which can take one of three values: THIN,
MEDIUM and Tl-IICK. It can also be combined with values that set the style of line to
be displayed (which can also explicitly set
using BORDER-STYLE, but is assumed if not
there), such as DASHED, DOTTED, DOUBLE,
INSET, GROOVE, OUTSET, RIDGE, SOLID
and NONE (the default value). On top of
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Combining all of these values enables you to
write code like the following:

up, but Netscape 4.x simply tiles the image


and ignores the BACKGROUND-POSITION
statement.
The final BACKGROUND element is
BACKGROUND-REPEAT, which determines
how an image will be tiled on a Web page.
The default value is REPEAT, which works
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line that appears to the right of the text constrip that runs down the Web page:
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appears to the right of the header text but
Both Netscape Navigator 4.x and Internet Internet Explorer treats the header as if it
Explorer 4.0 and higher correctly display the were in a box, so the red border appears to
page as intended by the specification.
the right of the browser window, not after
the word BORDER in the header as you
BORDER elements
might expect. Internet Explorer at least disThe BORDER element comes with a number plays something; you will get nada when
of sub-elements. Not surprisingly, the BORContinued off page 118

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you view this code in Netscape Navigator.
Until things improve, forget about using the
BORDER-BOTTOM, BORDER-TOP, BORDERRIGHT and BORDER-LEFT elements if you
plan on using Netscape Navigator.
However, if you use the BORDER element
in Netscape Navigator, you will see a border
d isplayed around y ou r c o de. I n f a c t ,
Netscape does a better job of rendering the

types of borders available. Internet Explorer


can only display a simple SOLID and DOUBLE border, but Netscape Navigator can dis-

play INSET, GROOVED and RIDGED borders


as well. Whenever you set any of the other
values (with the exception of NONE, which
works equally well in both browser), the
browsers simply display a solid border.
There are several more specific values you
can set for BORDER, including BORDERBOTTOM-WIDTH, BORDER-TOP-WIDTH,
BORDER-RIGHT-WIDTH, and B O RDERLEFT-WIDTH. Here's some sample code to
give you an idea of how it works:
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Continued from page 113
The BW2000 system actually offered "hot spots" of speaker cones (the sound and
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Next time:The CLEAR, COLOR, DISPLAY CSS


elements and more.

Unlike BORDER-BOTTOM, BORDERTOP, BORDER-RIGHT and BORDER-LEFT elements, Netscape is able to deal with these
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Keith SchengIII-Roberfs welcomes any comments,

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Internet Explorer does. In Netscape you get suggesti

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eral understanding oftheprogramming pmcess deliver cans of gas to depots that are located
to the left or right of the delivery truck
so they canwork better with pr ogrammer.
Made Easy is an introducThis package alone won't turn anyone TRUCK is used to introduce common prosuch as label, opcode,
tory course in programming. The first into a professional programmer. But the gramming terms
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By Jean Allen-Ibsen

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concepts and terms, and each of the remaining discs offers training in a specific programming language: BASIC, C and JAVA.

basis for learning


or dealing with any pro- parts of speech are to a sentence. In learning

each term, you are asked to write a simple


program to accomplish a goal, such as picking up all the fuel cans to the right of the
truck's start position. Before you try a sample
run, the computer checks your syntax. After
it runs, the result is displayed in picture form

gramming language
not just the three
included in this tutorial.

Protlrammlng Made Easy


From: Pro0ne, distributed byLearning Co.
Tel: 617-761-3000, httpi/www.leamingco.corn
For, Windows/PowerMac
List price: $59

You log in each time with your name,


which allows you to return to where you left
off. You can also review a section by going to
the menu bar at the top of the screen. But
you can't jump around from topic to topic or
chapter to chapter within a CD-ROM. The
"show menu also indicates the objectives of
the chapter you are working on.
Overall this set provides a good understanding of programming and three com-

mon languages.The teaching is done stepby


step, so you need to go through the discs in

so you can see if you accomplished the order, learning C before progressing to JAVA
desired goal.

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tool because it
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basics before plunging into the idiosyncrasies of a specific language. It also teaches
program design, documentation, testing,

TRUCK is a great l

This tutorial package is rated for beginning programmers in high school as well as
adults, but it assumes you are at least comfortable with Grade 9 or 10 math. The
introductory disc, for example, jumps into
integers, rational numbers and set theory,
which threw my 12-yearold programming
whiz for a loop (pardon the pun). Had he
stayed with the program, he would have
learned that the authors wanted to make

compiling and debugging.


Throughout the introductory disc, comparisons are also made between TRUCK and
the other languages covered in the tutorial,
as well as other common languages, such as
FORTRAN and COBOL This reinforces how
underlying concepts are similar but may be
expressed differently. It also demonstrates
that languages such as BASIC and C are procedural, whereas object-oriented languages

sure learners know basic concepts before


launching into specific programming languages. Understanding the term integer, for

for example. The detail is such that it would


probably take a week or more working full
time to finish the full tutorial. That is, of
course, if you understood all of the concepts
on the first go and didn't make any errors.
The only real annoyance of Programming
Made Easy was a number of typos in the text
and some errors in the instructions. For
example, the tutorial asks you to write a
TRUCK program that starts one block to the
right when picking up gas cans, but the solution expects you to pick up the cans on the
start position. In another instance, the computer told me I had selected the wrong
answer to a multiple choice question, when I
hadn't chosen that particular answer. The
only escape was to click on the button that
basically says "OK, I'm not being too bright
about this one, so YOU give me the answer."

such asJAVAuse"classes" or categories.


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programming in C.
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starting place for future programmers, it is also called TRUCK. TRUCK is an example of a lana good tutorial for people who just need a gen- guage designed for a specific purpose: to

asked to use the concept in solving a problem, which often means writing code.

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without the crashes
By Nathan Segal

t is snowing as I write this review and I can


think of no better time to leam how to fly
radicH:ontrol model airplanes using a software simulator.
Control for such simulators is provided by
a transmitter that you hold in your hands. The
transmitter has two sticks and trim tabs for
adjusting the control of the aircraft, and toggle'
switches for activating functions such as flaps,
landing gearand spoilers.
The main difference between radiocontrol
model simulators and other flight sim software, such as Microsoft Right Simulator, is
your vantage point. With radi~ontrol sims
you' re flying the virtual model from the
ground, just like you would fly radi~ontrol
models in real life. While there are options to
fly from the vantage point of the cockpit,.
there is no instrumentation available.
Products like Microsoft Flight Simulator
also let you interact with other players. Radiocontrol model sims do not. They are designed

to help you leam to fly and practice complex


maneuvers without dealing with the expense
of a crash.

RealFiight R/C Simulator


From: GreatPlanesModel ManufacturingCo.
Minimumsyslemrequirements:Windows95/98,
Microsoft DirecIX6.0 compatiblegraphicsandsound
card, 30 MBharddrive space, 2xCD-ROMdrive, Super
VGA monitor,IBM-compatiblegameport, joystickor

like the real thing. The sticks, trim buttons, and


switches moved exactly the way I expected.
The software installation was simple and
straightforward. I followed the instructions in
the manual to the letter, but found it strange
not to plug in the device first and install the
software after.
Once you' ve finished the installation, I
recommend you go online, register your product, download the latest version and install it
before you run the program. If you have version 1.10.63 or earlier, you may find the configuration a bit complex. In the latest version,
Realflight has automated the configuration
process, making it a snap to get the transmitter/controller up and running.
Upon running the software, I experimented with all of the aircraft options to get a feeling for their flight characteristics. The performance was amazing, and the engine sounds
realistic. Interesting options included flying
from the cockpit and the Chase Plane position, where you can see the aircraft in flight
from behind.
The aircraft flew fairly quickly, in some
cases faster than I expected. However, the
throttle helped to control this. Another difficulty was keeping the ground in sight while
flying, If you experience this problem, follow
these steps.
1. Make a copy of the ahcraft so you can edit
the parameters.
2. Tum off Autozoom on the Environment
page within Select Airport/Airplane.

3. Click on Edit, and turn the visual scaleup

some sound components and reduced the resolution to 640x480 with 16-bit color.
Immediately, the performance improved.
According to the online manual, the number

one factor affecting performance is the video

The program ran smoothly on my system

card. The Direct 3D video card would be the


best option for optimum graphics. Although I
didn't see how good the display could be, I did
have excellent results with my setup. The
quality was quite good and realistic.
RealFlight also offers Add-Ons Volumes I
and 2, available for US$39.95 each. The first
volume includes more aircraft, flying fields,
and a 3D terrain module. The second has
another 13 aircraft, five flying fields, and an
extended powerplant module that boosts realism. Options include a jet turbine, ducted fan,
electric motors and more,

with no frame rate problems. Transmitter calibration and setup can be checked using a program TxTest.

CSM Flight Simulator


From: NationalHelicopterProducts(NHP)
Available atWingsNThings, Fax:918-742-4427
email: jimd@lntcon.net,airpagewings-n-things.corn
http://www.wings-n-things.corn/air/
Recommended
system requirements: Pentiumprocessor (lt will run ona66 MHz486-based PC,but notat
full graphicsspeed)
Price: US$179

This is a product designed for users who plan


to get seriously involved with radi~ontrol

to 2.0. This will make it easier to see the (four channels minimum) with PPM mode,
aircraft at a distance. If necessary, you can and a DSC/buddy box output (roughly $300
to $400, in addition to the software).
increase the visual scale even more.
NHP recommends you install the software
RealFlight allows you to customize ahcraft first, then turn off the computer and install
settings to create different flight characteris- the parallel port connector. This piece of hardprocessors.)
tics. Over 200 options can be set. You can ware plugs into the parallel port along with a
Not supported:WindowsNT, or Macar Unix Windows
change the wing position, airfoil, and span; micro jack that plugs into it and the transmit95 emulationboards.
adjust the fuselage length, width, and height; ter. You' ll need to contact NHP to tell them the
List price:US$269.99
and change engines and propeller. There are type of transmitter you intend to.use, before
the transmitter on.
nine different aircraft choices, which you can turning
For this review, I used an analogue transAccording to the promotional material, the copy and edit to your liking. Youcan alsosimRealHight controller is a genuine Futaba radio- ulate wind. conditions including direction, mitter ()R's Century 7 model, courtesy of Al
Tamosiunas of the Victoria R/C Club).
control transmitter. I can confirm that it felt strength and velodty.
In terms of graphics performance, there Computerized radios are also available and
aK two options: Direct 3D and Internal 3D. would make the installation even easier. The
The former allows for great graphics quality, software installation is fairly straightforward,
but youneed a 3D accelerated video card and though it appears to be a DOS product that
a minimum of a 90 MHz Pentium-based PC was upgraded for use in Windows 95. There
are also several settings to put in place before
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Unfortunately, I was unable to get a copy of


this product. When I contacted the company, I was told that it didn't want to go outside the radio-control hobby market.
I did find out, however, that like RealFlight
this simulator comes with its own transmitter.
The software comes with 10 airplane and 10

model airplanes. Before you can get up to helicopter models. The airplanesrange from a
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to aid in navigation around the field.
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I had a blast with the RealFlight system. I
couldn't get enough and would often fly it for
up to an hour at a time. Even the CSM chopper simulator was fun to fly despite the graphics issue. And I agree with the observation that
flying a chopper is like trying to balance a steel

marble on a sheet of glass. Hard-core garners


will really appreciate this challenge.
But I found the best part of these radiocontrol model airplane simulators was not
having to worry about crashes. I could test
out all sorts of complex maneuvers without
worry. Trying to do this in real life would
cost a fortune.
Of the three simulators, Realflight has the
best graphics, but doesn't support helicopters.
If you are not concerned about graphics, I
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throw, and much more, including the choice because of the included transmitter, and airof trainers and more advanced ahcraft.

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By Helen Bradley
is month we' ll look at using graphics
in your documents. Adding a graphic
can turn a page of plain text into a document that's eye catching and demands the
reader's attention. And the range of effects
you can create is unlimited. We' ll look at
how to create round images from rectangular
pictures, how to add watermarks to your documents and more.
While most of this information relates to

Microsoft Word 97, many of these ideas will


translate quite easily to other word processing programs. If you' re not sure which tools
are available in your word processor, spend a
few minutes browsing the manual you
might be surprised at what you find!
Clip art
The most accessible graphics are those that
come with your word processor. In the case
of Word 97, you can find the images in the
Clip Art Gallery by selecting Insert, Picture,
then Clip Art. Select the photo or graphic
you want and click Insert or OK depending
on the version of Clip Art Gallery you are
using. The images are thumbnail-size in the

gallery interface, but you' ll find they are


much higher quality once they are inserted
into your document.
If you change your mind and want to
replace one clip art image with another, double click on it to return the Clip Art Gallery
and make another selection.

Other graphics
On your hard disk you' ll also have a selection of graphics that came with other programs and are suitable for using in your
Recognizing
word processor. The most difficult part of
symptoms of
using these images is locating them so you
stress
can see what they look like. Thankfully, this
is easy using Word 97.
Isel
Select Insert, Picture, From File, and
select the Advanced button. In the Look In
text box select a drive and directory to check
for images. To search all the drives and directories, type in each drive name separated by
a semicolon. For example "c/;d/;e/:" will
search all folders on drives C, D and E. Select
the Search Subfolders checkbox (or only the
root directory on the drives will be searched),
and select Find Now to start the search.
As the program locates the graphic files,
It is easy to add text over Images InWord 97 they will appear in the list box. To see what
a file looks like, select the filename with a
usingatext box.
single mouse click and the image will appear
Like most clip art collections, Word 97's in the preview box beside the list box. (If the
gallery is organized by category and uses the preview box isn't displayed, select the
Find button to locate images by keyword. Preview button.) When you find the graphic
You can add your own pictures to the gallery you want to use, double click on it or select
as well as images downloaded from the the Insert button.
Internet. You can download additional clip

art from Microsoft's Clip Gallery Live Web


site by selecting the Connect to Web button
in the Gallery dialogue box. If you get an
error message, tr y
c o n necting to
http: //cgl.microsoft.corn/clipgalleryllve/eula.asp
through your Web browser.

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choose Insert, Object and, from the Object


type list, select Corel Gallery Clipart and
click OK. Use the Gallery program to locate
the graphic and once you have highlighted
it, select the command File, Exit and Return
to Document to return to your Word file. The

graphic will then appear in the document.


If the Corel Gallery clip art (or clip art
from another such collection) doesn't appear
in your word processor's Object type list, try
running the clip art collection software and
highlighting the graphic you want to use.
Now select Edit, Copy (or press Control'+
Insert) to copy the image to the Clipboard.
Switch back to your word processor and
select Edit, Paste (or Shift + Insert) to paste

the image into your document.


Crabbing screenshots
The cliche that a picture is worth 1,000

words certainly holds true when trying to


describe how something looks on a computer. And a picture of a computer interface is
easily captured by taking a "screenshot" (the
images accompanying this column are
screens hots).
To do this, switch to the program you

Can't getthe graphlcy


Some graphics can only be accessed using the
program that manages them. For example,
you can't import Corel Gallery graphics
directly into Word 97 as the latter doesn' t

want to take a picture of and prepare the


screen to show exactly what you want your
reader to see. Press the Print Screen button to
take a copy of the entire screen or Alt+ Print
Screen to take a copy of the active window
only. Switch back to your Word 97 document

recognize the .BMF file format. To add a


Corel Gallery graphic to your document

and select Edit, then Paste to insert the


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Cropping and sizing


In most cases you' ll need to alter the size of
a graphic to fit your document. To do this,
select the graphic, place your mouse pointer over one of the sizing handles and drag it
out to enlarge the image, or drag in to

portion and the image will look either


stretched or squashed.
To crop unnecessary elements from an
image or to make it a specific size, select the
image and select the Crop tool on the Picture
toolbar (if this is not displayed then select
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View, Toolbars, and Picture). Using the Crop
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the side handles of an image to maintain its eliminate parts of the picture. The image
aspect ratio (the relationship between the itself isn't changed by this process, it only
height and width). If you resize an image alters what parts of it are visible. Because of
using a side handle you' ll change the pro- this, it's easy to use the Crop tool in reverse

to recover elements of an image.


If you make a mistake cropping or sizing,
you can restore a graphic completely by
selecting it and clicking on the Reset Picture
button on Word's Picture toolbar. To stop
cropping a graphic, deselect the Crop tool.
.

Wrapping Style (in most cases this will be


Tight or Square) and select a Wrap To option
(to determine which side of the image the
text is to flow around) and click OK.

Wrapping text
In many instances you' ll want the text to
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APRIL 1999 THE COMPUTER PAPER BC EDITION www.tcp.ca

operty and power are tussling


with freedom in cyberspace
and guess who's winning)
the creators of books, songsand films format currently has music corporations in
should get fair compensation for their a tizzy. According to some recording induswork. But, what is fair?
try representatives, MP3 pirates are stealing

still remember how excited I was to

see the press kit announcing the


launch of a new San Francisco-based
magazine calledWiredin February 1993,
It seemed as though a kind of techie
golden agewas dawning. The computer
lunatics had taken over the asylum, and nerd

In a world of multi-billion dollar bread from the mouths of musicians, and


media corporation buyouts, hungry stock posing a threat to the health of popular
promoters and speculators, and enormous music. In the absence of any attractive legal
executive salaries and stock options, how offering from the music publishers, Internet
much of that "fair" price actually goes to users have bypassed the many incompatireward the creative talent? How much is ble, proprietary audio formats offered by
"fair" compensation for the hustlers, various corporations in favor of one conve-

culture was enabling a new social, artistic

and economic world order


at least in cyberspace, The World Wide Webseemed to bethe
potential catalyst for a global culture based
on cheap, borderless access to knowledge
and free speech. Key to this new age of the
Web was t h e ha cker m a ntra,
"Information wants to be free."

Now, six years after that early blossoming, it appears tha