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Ghosts of the past .= My home office is littered with ., the debris of past experiments. Regular readers of this column will support my claim that in =,' these pages I have chronicled kg — 2.2 lb,— but have yet to get . m y passion. Psions, Shar p . 2 . '-. . ~,-; . > P my han d s o n on e ) . T h e —:+='. - = :-'- Newton does everything I need Wizards, H - P Omn i G o's, - =":. +' on the road: word processing, -.-= Windows CE devices, Pilots and ' -::= . numerous PC-based software .. +-., s preadsheets, email, W e b --: 'solutions — I have tried them all. . browsing, and basic informam l' -I My most recent experiment „. 4- tion management. Did I menwas with the USR Pilot. I like :, ti o n i t is fast? this unit because it fits right : .+! ( Batte r y l ife for this unit is into your pocket. It has great supposedly 50 hours of activity connectivity to a desktop. The downside is that (in c l uding Web surfing and using the backlightyou need to tie it to a real computer to get any in g ) on four AA batteries. While I did not time productive data entry done. It does accept handthi s , it took about a week of very heavy activity writing data entry through Graffiti, but has no to k i l l t h e first set of batteries despite Apple's "your optional keyboard for longer sessions away from c l aim of a few weeks of work. As they say, the computer. This means dragging a full-sized m i l eage may vary." Still a week is pretty good notebook along to feed the thing. compared to most notebook computers I have I tried one of the Windows CE handheld PCs t r i ed, which usually die about half way through (HPCs), and enjoyed the compactness of it, but my T o ronto to Vancouver flight. was put off by the tiny keyboard. (Memo to USR and HPC makers: get an optional fuller-size key- Sell the Newton or sell Newtons? I have been reading lately that cash-strapped board happening for your units.) Besides, if I were to go that route, I would probably go back Apple is apparently considering selling off its to the Psion, which is really a great little unit. It Newton division. I think this would be a big misdoes most things a Windows CE device does, but take. The Newton has finally hit its stride. With is a little smaller and more likely to fit into one' s the new chip, the handwriting recognition is pocket. great. It is fast, responsive and very accurate. Another issue is that the CE devices' battery There is a decent selection of third-party softlife goes all to hell as soon as you plug PC card ware available for it. Everything is in place for modems into them. We watched the battery booming sales. charge drop to almost zero after about five minApple just needs to make a compact executive-style unit combining the chip in the 2000 utes of modem use. The Psion uses an external modem with its own battery pack. with a sleek clamshell design that incorporates a keyboard. Then it needs to price it down, closer Needs paralysis to the $600 that the Windows CE devices sell for. My needs this time round for a PDA are a little I think they could sell truckloads of these things. different. I am planning a trip with my family The market is there and a Newton could be very and I want to both travel light and stay concompetitive to Windows CE-powered HPCs. I can't believe there is much difference in manunected. I wanted a decent keyboard for data entry and to be able to browse the Web. Good facturing costs once you get past volume limitations. Apple needs to start thinking big about backlighting was important. Reading everything Newton technology and marketing it. I could on the various devices, I thought that the Microsoft has enough clout to rope in six or Newton might be the ticket. My choices were to buy an older Newton seven major manufacturers to get the CE off the MessagePad 130 for about $900 or the state of ground. Could Apple do the same? At one point the art Newton 2000 for around $1,600. Apple it probably could have. Steve Jobs, with his also sells a rugged clamshell unit called the famous reality distortion field, was reputed to have been able to get people to do things for eMate, but only to schools. After looking at the him that they later wondered why they were specs, I went for the high end. The new Newton doing. I can't help but think a few HPC manu2000 has a chip that runs five times faster than its predecessor and claims double the battery facturers are wondering what they are doing in life. Hard to argue with that kind of improvethat market about now, ment. I nhay keep this one (for a while anyway) After a full week of use, I give my recommendaKeyboard kludges and other design flaws Apple has done it again in its never-ending quest tion for the Newton. This is a fast little computto recreate the computer universe. It is forever er. There are still limitations, the price being the coming up with new kinds of ports. Instead of biggest one, but if you are on the road, you want using the DB9 port that it has managed to make your information close at hand, the ability to standard in the Apple world, the company creattype large volumes of text into it and you hate ed a new port, so — of course — you have to use a your batteries running out on you, try a Newton highly losable, little dongle-adapter to plug the MessagePad 2000. keyboard or serial cable into the unit. Enjoy the issue Not all the applications for Newton are what you would call excellently designed, but there Douglas Alder are usually a couple of competing products to Editor/Publisher choose from. People looking for a power spreadsheet will be disappointed with the Newton Works application shipping with the unit. In our Sources: spreadsheet tests, it was very slow. This seemed http: //www.newton. apple.corn to be related to this particular software, as the http: //www.oewtoostofe.corn -

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prog am it does not quite measure up. For example, everything in the Royal system is geared to the client card number. If you are running a small business, even if it's from home, according to the bank you need a business client card.That means you now have to have two completely separate datasets even though the handbook says you can set up a dataset for home, business, or home and business. So now you have to make two separate connections and two downloads to update your accounts. If for any reason you have to change your client card, you guessed it, new dataset! I moved my accounts from the West to Ontario so the division code (one digit) on my client card changed. The profile number remained the same, WWW. tCP. CO


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)on Firth, via the Internet And another )umps ln I'd like to point out a few things about the letter you entitled "Apple not dead, etc." First, Apple registered huge losses even with those huge market shares. A company can't survive with losses, no matter what its sales. Second, the older 1995 data could well have changed drastically by now. Third, Apple is not the Macintosh. This is a very important point, which is often missed. The implications are: A. Even if the Mac survives, Apple may not. B. Measuring user satisfaction by repeat purchase is not quite the same thing on an Apple as it is on a PC platform, and won't be until the cloners take a large chunk of Apple's share. A PC user can buy from many different vendors without sacrificing compatibility. Up until recently, a Mac user could only buy from Apple. I' ll wait to see what Apple's repeat customer base is like in 1999 before I form an opinion of customer satisfaction. I would like to point out that Rhapsody is scheduled for mid 1998, not "late 1997 or early 1998". While I don't think Apple has a chance of going bankrupt (It' ll probably be bought out long before that happens even if they don't reverse their

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Do Inkjets fade from under use? I am very interested in buying the Epson Stylus 500 printer after reading your review of color deskjet printers in the Nov. 96 issue. However, I cannot not find this model in any ads. There are 400, 600 and 800 models. Do you know if the 500 has been replaced by one of these other models? Also, I know my color printing will be very limited. Could the color cartridges dry up from too little use? The article mentions that these cartridges go from $35 to $60? Are there significant price differences on the make of printer? Stephen St. Denis, via email

DT replies: The Stylus 500 was introduced in August '96, and as you suspected, has been replaced by the Stylus400. According to Epson Canada, the Stylus 400 is slightly less expensive, while being slightly faster. It will also print 720x720 dpi on plain paper, whereas the Stylus 500 required special, coated paper (more expensive) to pint at that resolution. The 400 includes the samesoftware bundle that was included with the 500. As for the600 and 800 models, these are Epson's latest models, and will print at resolutions ofupto1440x720 dpi. The estimated street price for the600 is about 5450, while the800 wiii likely sell for$650. The 800is slightly faster than the600, and is designed for business, with network interface and PostScript options available.

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Compton's correction Your review of Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia in the May '97 issue was off base in one respect: Contrary to what you say, you CAN obtain monthly updates from Compton's home page even if you'ze not an AOL subscriber. Just go to: hltpy/www.comptons.corn/cieu pd/index. html. I' ve been updating this way since last December via my own Internet service provider andit's a painless and quick process. Alex Bunker, via email

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consumers high-resolution digital photography for under $2,000. The Kodak Digital Science DC120 Zoom Digital Camera boasts a maximum picture resolution of 1,280x960 pixels, for a suggested list price in Canada of $1,399. Contact: Compucon, Tel:604-279-9686. The DC-120 comes with both Mac and Web site: http: //www.compucon.corn Windows software, and has a motor driven 3x zoom lens that can accommodate subjects rangKodak puts 1.2 million pixels of camera In ing from wide angle landscapes to detailed closeyour hand • Kodak Canada has launched the ups. It is based on a radical new high resolution first point-and-shoot digital camera that offers chargedwoupled device (CCD) imager (836,400 Intel's Pentium II processor combines the Pentium Pro processor, MMX enhancements, and Level-2 cache, all packaged in a new format called the Single Edge Contact (SEC) cartridge.— DT

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Contact: IBM Canada, Web site: http: //www.can. ibm.corn Best of shareware balloting online • WARWICK, R.I. (NB) — The Shareware Industry Awards Foundation (SIAF) and the operator of a Web site specializing in shareware distribution are inviting Web browsers to cast their ballot for Shareware

Hall of Fame induction nominees. Net surfers and s hareware users can cast their ballots on t h e Sharewarefunkies.corn Web site until June 1. Ballots can be cast for current or defunct programs regardless of the platform on which they run. Shareware is computer software ranging from simple utility programs to complex business applications, and is usually offered on a "try it before you buy it" basis. Winners will be announced during the 1997

application and graphics software and the vast opportunities presented by the Java-based operating system. We are confident Hoffmann + Associates will lead the Corel CD Home Collection to continued success while enabling us to place better focus on our flagship Corel WordPerfect and CorelDRAW products." Under the terms of the deal, Hoffmann will pay Corel $1 million cash and a royalty fee on future sales of the former Corel titles. As well, Corel will retain a minority interest in Hoffmann, and wdII continue to sell CD Home titles through its online shopping centre, Corel Galleria, and will cooperate with Hoffmann in developing sales through Corel's established channels. I. Hoffmann+ Associates is a long-established Canadian CD-ROM publisher, noted especially for children's titles. According to founder Isabel Hoffmann, "over the years we have worked closely with Corel and have developed a great affinity for the titles in the CD Home Collection while gaining a keen respect for the creative genius of the developers who worked with Corel to produce them. This acquisition represents a natural step in the planned growth of Hoffmann + Associates, The Corel CD Home Collection is an excellent complement to our own successful product lines, especially the Nikolai's Adventures series and our Nikolai's Web site." —fE

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$ 5,000 pr i c e barrier • Xe rox 2 6-29 in Warwick, Rhode island and will b e Canada has included in th e balloting for Hall o f Fame announced what inductees. The new Hall of Fame will be included i t claims is t h e in the Web site set up for the conference. Ballots least expensive, can be cast online at the Sharewarejunkies.corn full featured color Web site, which also contains reviews of dozens laser printer yet, of shareware programs and is currently looking "designed to for software reviewers. Interested readers can bridge the gap apply online.— firn Mallory between low-speed ink jet machines and highend production color systems." The Xerox Contact: Sharewarejunkies, DocuPrint CSS Color Laser Printer is a 12 page per Web site: http: //www.sharewarejunkles.corn. minute (three pages per minute for color), 600 Conference, Web site: http: //www.sic.org dpi printer with a street price around $4,900. With a footprint of only 47x42 cm (18.5x16.5 Corel sells i:D Home Collection multimedia in.), the CSS is also the most compact color laser software line • Ottawa-based Corel Corp. has on the market. The base model comes with 30 MB announced the sale of it s Corel CD Home of memory (6 MB of Flash ROM, and 24 MB of Collection line to I. Hoffmann + Associates Inc., a RAM), and support for PCL. A higher end model, Toronto-based publisher of interactive CD-ROMs. the CSS MP, comes with Adobe PostScript Level 2 The line includes a popular movie guide, and a built in, and an Ethernet networking card for a wide range of family-oriented "edutainment" titles. street price of about $6,100. Corel founder and chief executive officer, Xerox claims a host of innovative new features Michael Cowpland, says the sale is in line with with the CSS, all aimed at lowering cost of ownerthe company's strategy "to move forward in purship and increasing efficiency and ease of use. The suing our interests in the field of productivity ImageFix feature automatically corrects low-quali-

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

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Contact: Xerox,Tel:800-ASK-XEROX. Web site: httpf/www.xerox.corn. intel faces cash crisis:makes too much money • Intel Corp. has announced its financial results for the first quarter of 1997, and its main problem would seem to be finding rental space to store all the extra cash that keeps pouring in. Gross revenue for the quarter was US$6.4 billion, up 39 percent from the same period in 1996. Net income was almost US$2 billion, a 116 percent increase over the previous year. According to Intel, "revenue andearnings per share both set new records driven by higher demand for the company's most advanced processors, the Pentium processor with MMX media enhancement technology and the Pentium Pro processor." Competing PC processor makers, such as Motorola, Cyrix and AMD, cannot assume that Intel's prosperity will be a flash in the pan. Intel has been investing its profits in a vast and aggressive research and development program to create even more powerful generations of processors. In 1997 Intel plans to spend $2.4 billion on research

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

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

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

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leaving for the airport. For the airlines, it has been a gradual process. It all started when they began to have a consistent policy about the use of laptop computers during flight, something that many airlines initially regarded with alarm and suspicion following several scare stories about strong electro-magnetic radiation coming from early laptop systems. It soon become clear that this was not a major worry and laptop computers, initially in the form of modest systems like the Tandy Model 100, were cleared for take-off. Then came the on-board phone from companies such as GTE Airfone, which first allowed passengers to make those urgent lastminute calls to the office and later allowed full data communications to fax machines, corporate computer networks and the Internet. And this year, airlines are starting to offer in-seat power sources for notebook computers so that passengers don't find themselves running out of battery power in mid-flight. Meanwhile, the pre-flight and post-flight facilities at airports have been trying to keep pace. Business centres have sprung up at airports all over the world offering services for notebook computer users — and recently even Internet-connected terminals with built-in Web browsers. Last year, Virgin Atlantic also recognized that not everyone wants to use technology to work — at least not until they are stuck onboard the plane. At the airline's "Virgin Clubhouse" at Heathrow (for its first class passengers), it installed a Namco "Alpine Racer" ski simulator. The machine, with stationary ski poles for balance and ski "steps" designed for rapid realistic turns, is supposed to challenge you with t h ree courses that offer increasing degrees of difficulty, including natural hazards like fog and blizzards.

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applications that are primarily memorybased and do not need to access the hard disk often (such as basic word-processing), m ake that the kind of work you set aside to do on the plane. Take PC Card modems out of your notebook. The very act of having them in your s y s tem will d rain some battery powe r to keep them "awake" and ready to use. Unless you know that you want to pl ug y o u r m o dem into th e i n-flight phone system, tuck it safely away in your briefcase and don't let it draw more battery power. Make su r e y o u r b a t t eriesare fully charged, that your power management software is enabled and that — if you have spare batteries — they are fully charged and packed in your carry-on bag. In addition, y o u may want to keep your AC adap t e r in your carry-on luggage, particularly if you have a stop of more than a couple of hours between flights. That way, you can plug into an AC outlet while in t he tr a nsit lounge and have fully charg ed batteries when you resume your journe y. 0

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Quick glitch fix In some cases, users running Windows 9S may initially encounter problems of printouts that are half to three-quarters of their proper size, or which show large, white bands. This can be corrected by following some simple troubleshooting instructions, included in the documentation, to reset options in the Properties/Device Manager window, and in extreme cases, to make a change in the BIOS settings. Print quality We tested the BJC-4200's output from a variety of software programs, using a variety of paper and ink cartridges. With the monochrome cartridge installed, the BJC-4200 is fast, and produces good laser-quality text and line art in black and white. With the regular color cartridge on plain paper, output quality is similar to what competing color inkjets produce. Printing images with a full 16.7 million palette is quite slow: you can greatly increase speed by printing with fewer colors, and using the Draft print quality, and by resorting to speed-enhancing tactics such as turning off the print manager and creating a permanent swap file (if you are running Windows 3.1), avoiding diffusion halftones, and avoiding screen matched color. Print quality even on uncoated stock is very good. The most spectacular capability of the Canon BJC-4Z00, of course, is the photorealistic printing, with the BC-22 Color BJ Photo Cartridge and the HR-101 Hi Resolution Paper. In the photo mode, the printer is slow, as are the other photo quality printers we' ve tested. It takes several minutes to print out a page. The results, however, were very impressive — very sharp, with good contrast and good reproduction of details in shadow areas and highlights. A more accurate comparison to the other high-quality printers on the market will have to await our next inkjet printer survey, however. Some options for the BJC-4200 that are available in the United States are not yet available in Canada, for some reason. The two models of fluorescent ink cartridges, and special greeting card and brochure paper kits are not authorized for sale in this country. Canon creative software bundle In common with other vendors' consumer inkjet printers, there is a vast array of creativity and productivity software contained on the two CD-ROMs included with the BJC4Z00 printer. This bundle is named Canon Creative 2.0, and the list of software titles includes CreataCard Special Edition, Coloi Store, Curious George Visits th e L ake Norman Rockwell Images, Bartlett's Familiai Quotations, QuiltSOIT, and more. With thi.' software, even the most artistically chal lenged user can create many impressive form. of printed works, such as greeting cards anr stationery. With a bit of artistic flair, the rangr of customized graphics that can be quickl) composed is unlimited. At this first look, the Canon BJC-4200 is; solid product that is a real contender for th i small and home office printer market. It has; suggested retail price in Canada of $449, an< the street price is likely to be under $425 Parallel cable, monochrome ink kit and phot< color kit are optional. 0

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

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

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remain the same — you first create the data you wish to write, then save it to your hard drive as a whole, single file, then write it to

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

rupted, the disk becomes nothing more than a shiny coaster. But that's where those crucial software and driver refinements have really made a difference. I spoke to several CD-R users who are m uch m or e e n t husiastic about t h e i r machines now that the process of writing to the disks has been made reliable. The reject rate for disks is now much lower, and, in the case of our sample machine, Windows 95 compatibility has also greatly improved. That means that CD-R has, at last, become a viable as well as economical means of storage and backup. Plus it's very versatile for other applications too. Artistically, a CD-R can be very handy for creating and distributing the fruits of your talents — whether they' re sonic or graphic or both. Make a master, have it copied for cheap, then liberally sprinkle those duplicates among all the suitable outlets. In the legal professions, CD-R is the best way to make incorruptible electronic archives of contracts, files and all other manner of paperwork — CD-ROM images are accepted by the courts in many jurisdictions as true representations of original documents because they quite simply can't be corrupted. It's time for those put off in the past to take a fresh look at CD-R. A few CD-R tips: I) always run a simulation before burning a disk; 2) choosing an external over an internal CD-R will maximize drive life; and 3) a CD-R is not a good replacement for a CD-ROM drive. Keep your CDROM drive for playing your CD-ROMs (otherwise the CD-R becomes a very expensive machine to wear out while doing the job of a $99 add-on).

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

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

ond for I'Ds and 900KB per second for CDs. (As usual, expect a 30 to 50 percent drop in speed when going through the parallel port.) Storage capacity on a PD disk is 664 MB. Arguing for a genuine difference between PD manutacturers, however, is 1'oray's claim of hasdng come up with a new recipe for the disk surface: "The active layer where information is recorded on conventional phase change media uses just two or three metals to create the alloy that makes up the active layer where critical information is stored," says a company news release. "1'oray has developed a new formulation by adding a fourth metal to the mix to create a more durable product for vastly i m p roved c yclability. T oray PhaseWrite media are rated for at least one million read/write cycles, unsurpassed in the industry." As another SCSI II device, installation of the I'haseWriter again harks back to all the pains and pleasures that interface has to offer. But one of the new developments for this year is that yo u ca n p u rchase the external VhaseWriter DUAI. in either a SCSI or parallel port version and then, as the price list indicates, buy a separate adapter kit to allow use of the machine through the alternate interface. Very considerately, Toray has come up with a nice new cabinet for the external models to make carrying the machine around as unobtrusive as possible. As before, Windows 95's formatter will get you up and running just fine through the included software package called VD Pak, which allows for low-level formatting (that means partitioning the disk as you please, plus checking and re-writing disk sectors). It is likely most users won't ever want such an option but t h ose who w il l j ust h ave to ensure that the ASPI manager that came with their SCSI controller is the one specified in CONFIG.SYS. Also, if you' re still using Windows 3.x, you must use I'D I'ak because Win 3.x can't format the PD disk on its own. Toray's software bundle also includes the very efficient Seagate Backup utility, which facilitates all the handy items you'd expect backup software to do.

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

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transfer rate of 1.25MB per second on the parallel version, but a possible 2,4MB per second from the SCSI. Throughput is limited to 25 M B p er minute on my parallel version but can reach 60 MB per minute if you go with SCSI. In empirical terms, it took about 30 minutes to backup 100 MB of compresseddata through my parallel port. Of course, and I can' t emphasize this too much, you' re going to have very personal results depending on your own hardwareset-up and your software configuration. The drivers for the ezfiyer 230 are provided on standard 3.5-inch floppies — one each for DOS/Windows, Windows 95 and OS/2 and Windows NT, but, where the box tells you that you get your first actual disk cartridge included free, this is only partially true because the rest of your software bundle and documentation are written onto that cartridge. Most salient in that software bundle is SyBack, SyQuest's own backup utility package. Asexpected, this lets you backup and compress and schedule automatic backups, etc. And, since capacity is limited to 230 MB, SyBack nicely accommodates multiple cartridge backups by politely asking for another cartridge after the current one's full. SyQuest, the next application, is a simple formatter. And, thrown in for good measure is Zip Zapa data-base of U.S. Zip codes, area codes and time zones around the world — plus a game called Triazzle. Physical installation is as simple as plugging the ezflyer 230 into your parallel port using the cable provided (and they' ve considerately wired another parallel connector into the back of the machine so your ezflyer and your printer can both speak to the computer). It's neat, it's handy and it's small. And the performance to price ratio is hard to beat. The same can be said of the syJet 1.5 GB cartridge drive — SyQuest's answer to today' s need for greater capacity. This machine looks almost identical to the ezflyer and even comes with the same software bundle, but you know you' re dealing with something else when you compare their relative cartridges, which are quite different in appearance and, of course, capacity. Just as with the ezflyer, the machine itself can be positioned either horizontally or vertically with a couple of little LEDs strategically placed at the front to show you what's up when the thing is running regardless of which position you choose. A stable snap-on foot is now provided so you can use the drive in the vertical position without it wobbling all over the place. Tech specs for the SCSI syJet 1.5 GB include an impressive minimum sustained data transfer rate of 3.7 MB per second with a maximum rate reaching about twice thatthat means full-motion video without any skipped frames. There's also a 512KB cache built in to help keep all that data flowing uninterrupted. And, following in what has all the earmarks of a trend, the syJet can be adapted to interface through the parallel port using a special optional cable, though performance will necessarily be reduced by about 50 percent. This adapter cable includes an extra outlet so you can simultaneously hook up your printer.

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

From: lomega Corporation Estimated street price: $209 Zip external (parallel or SCSI), $20 each 100 MB disk-cartridge, $69.95 Zip Unleashed power pack (for ext. only). $599 Jaz internal (parallel or SCSI), $699 Jazexternal (parallel or SCSI), $170+ each 1 GBdisk-cartridge (or $459 3pack), $69.95 Jaz traveler (SCSI-parallel converter).

Iomega just happens to be the other name that springs to m in d w hen t h i nking of removable storage, largely due to the strength of its three very popular product lines — J. Zip and Ditto Easy. Jaz is the big guy, a remo able hard drive system with capacities up tc GB. Ditto Easy is a tape system strictly! backups, while Zip, the product Iomega st mitted for the first roundup, is its modest 1 MB removable disk system and rema. included here as a current and still ve ular product. The specifications for the SCPt the Zip I received give an n. data transfer rate of 1.4M throughput of 60MB pe expect about a 50 percer T he lomega Zip look 6'~ " ' 4 @ Ar s~/ SyQuest ezflyer, but " ~ en~ ,. -

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

transfer rate aided by a 256KB cache. You can expect an overall reduction of those numbers by about 30 percent for the parallel, And, as the name suggests, the capacity of the pleasantly robust disk cartridges is 1 GB. Strangely enough, no one at l omega would define the software bundle because, they said, it's changing all the time.. However, you can at least expect to receive a disk of specialized Jaz tools for backing up, cataloguing, etc., an d f o r n o w , s o m ething c a lled AppMover that lets you shift your applica-

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

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

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

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

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There are many colors but Thus the software has usuthere are a number of patterns ally been awkward to use and g J:~ too, and borders, and counters unlikely to produce the kind of that are marble or stone or i mages that y o u would l aminate o r l o t s o f o t h e r expect — especially if you judge t hings. This i s where the by looking at the boxes of " g , -q;.8 importance of a 65,000-color these programs. Until now, display becomes apparent. This that is. H O M EI i AutoDesk, the makers of is also where the benefits of a p owerful computer can be AutoCAD, have come out with seen, for each change means a a n e w l i n e of home short wait while the scene is design/decorating/renovation rendered anew. software that is both aesthetic Those are the basics of the program but and as close to intuitive as it gets. Picture This Home! Kitchen is one of the members of this there is a lot more. Because this is a CD-based program, there is enough storage to include family and it is good. videos. These videos explain various features It's a great program for a number of reasons, but first, here is what it does. You pick a and procedures. The program doesn't need a manual because of the excellent help and kitchen that looks like yours and then manipulate it to the correct specifications. Or, like because the software is intuitive. Knocking out a wall, adding a window, me, you find your kitchen is unique so you begin with a box and start placing walls, cab- changing the width of a cabinet, changing the floor color, or wallpaper pattern are relainets, counters and all the other things that tively easy. Save the designs you like and later are in your kitchen onto a floor plan. When you are done, which may take any- compare the differences between your choices and those of your spouse! where from a couple of hours to many hours Also included are other features. Budget is depending on your kitchen, your abilities, your computer's power and your desire to be a program that will give you an approximaprecise, you start the fun part. The fun part is tion of the cost of all the items that you have installed (or just some of them). Shop is a catdecorating. To run this program, the recommended alogue of brand name products, such as refrigerators, stoves, sinks, floorings, wallpaper, /stem is a I'entium-based I'C with 16 MB of windows, etc., from well known manufacturRAM and a video display capable of high ers. The database includes photos and approxcolor (65,000 shades). Other requirements imate prices and is searchable by various criiliclude a sound card, printer and CD-ROM teria. Contact information is also given. drive. The muscle and the high-resolution color give you the power to get things down Included in the box is a coupon book with savings and even a few phone numbers to quickly and the ability to produce realistic receive free catalogues from some renovation images. product companies. This is a Window 95- or NT-based program The interface and glossy look of this proand will not run on Windows 3.x. Most home gram are the primary reasons why the whole renovation programs are 16-bit Win 3.x propackage has the feel of something well grams that run on 95 but do not take advandesigned and useful. There are a number of tage of Windows 95's 32-bit operating system. other nifty features but the main point is that This program is smart. In Picture This Home! Kitchen, you place a cabinet beside we finally have a home design/decorating another cabinet and they click together. 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he dream of speech recognition is largeiy unfulfilled. It is amazingly difficult to convert spoken language into written text. Having said that, there have been great strides in this area in the last few years, to the point where the technology can be quite useful — under certain conditions. An example: right now, faster than I can do so with the mouse, I can say, "Start, Program s, Microsoft Word, Begin Dictation" and I will be in the word processor and ready to start speaking. That is navigation and it is quite good. If 1 were unable to use my hands for any reason this would be even more useful. This application of the technology is impressive and likely to become widely used in certain environments. However, when we turn to the other side of the voice recognition coin, there are greater difficulties. Whereas there are a relatively small number of navigational commands, there are tens of thousands of words that the dictation program must recognize. W orse, wordsthatarespokennaturally r u n together. If the computer must also analyze where words start and stop, as well as which words they are, the process becomes more than today's desktops can handle. It is for this reason that the program must b e spoken to discretely. That is, with ' a ' space ' between ' every ' word. This is not as easy as it seems and takes some practice. V oiceType 3.0 for W i ndows 95 i s t h e Windows 95 version of IBM's high-end voice recognition program for businesses. There are

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Here are some features of the program. VoiceType is written to work with certain word processors, namely the ones in Office 95, SmartSuite 95 and Perfect Office 3.0. If you have another word processor, such as Office 97, you must either use the specialized, and quite good, WordPad that comes with the program or the Quick Dictation window that will take your work and when you are finished dump it into the open word processor. As you would expect, VoiceType allows for templates and macros. Using templates is especially useful where a business or institution routinely records the same information. Also, in this scenario the program's accuracy would be practically 100 percent because of the small number of words and the fact that they are repeated and expected. Macros are also a very useful tool. Let's say that you regularly use the same sentence, phrase or even paragraph. By recording a macro for that text, you need only say a certain phrase to insert that wording. Voicel'ype is also customizable for different professions. Journalists, hospital workers, those that work in law firms and others can increase their accuracy and productivity by purchasing expanded and specialized vocabularies, Here is the test that I mentioned earlier. As quickly as I can, 1 am going to type a sentence and compare It to the speed it takes me to say the sentence. Here is the sentence: "I'he quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. " Typing: 11 seconds. Now back to the voice recognition. "The creek Brown f ox , O ver t h e l azy d ock." Dictation: six seconds. Okay, that was a little too quick. Once W

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The Lotus posltloss A great example of the new intelligence in spreadsheets can be seen in Lotus 1-2-3 97, which is being promoted as the "Webenabled" spreadsheet of choice. T o start, Lotus 1-2-3 97 Edition f o r Windows 95/NT marks the first time Lotus has really done a major overhaul of its flagship spreadsheet io exploit both the Windows 32-bit operating system and the I nternet. It also contains a lot of goodies that are supposed to help you "work smarter" and get things done more quickly. Using the new Infobox, for example, you can do all the formatting in your worksheets. To use it, select the formats you want and 12-3 97 will show you the changes takfng place on screen. In this respect, it ls similar to Excel's AutoFormat. Also similar io an Excel feature (this time, AutoSum), Lotus 1-2-3 97 boasts a new AutoTotal feature, which automates what Lotus says ls "the most frequently used spreadsheet function of all." Instead of using formulas or @functions, you just type "total," and 1-2-3 automatically totals the values in any row or column. t In addition, Lotus has included a feature called Dynamic Print Preview, which Is supposed to let you simultaneously edit your work and see the changes take place in a "live" preview — before you print. The variations on Excel ideas continue with a beefed-up feature called Lotus Maps. This ls designed to let you quickly chart 1-2-3 data by geographic region and create colorcoded maps to analyze location-oriented

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children in schools. I he eMate is Apple Computer's endeavor to bring affordable computing to more of the masses in education. I'd heard many favorable reports about this new product, so I was anxious to find out what the fuss was all about when the package arrived. Inside I found an extremely rugged, translucent emerald-green clamshell case with an integrated carrying handle. Its contoured surface is like the hood of an exotic sports car. A unique package indeed. Seems Apple has taken a cue from Sony and produced MMy First Portable." I popped the latch on this funky unit to reveal the inside. To my surprise the screen came to life immediately and the eMate was ready for action. No spinning hard disks or boot-up procedure! Being a Newton user, the backlit I.CI) display was immediately familiar. The "soul" of eMate 300 is the amazing Newton 2.1 operating system — the same OS that drives Apple's ultra-mobile, handheld Message pad 2000. Above the i ntegrated keyboard lies a touch-screen pen, which snaps

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Summary 'I'he eMate ushers in a whole new class of computers for education. The eMate is not intended to completely displace desktop computers, only to supplement them and to make computing more accessible. One can see Apple's strategy is to leverage the Newton OS into an environment where young minds are open to new paradigms in computing. An elegant and powerful interface that combines a touchscreen pen with a keyboard is a real hit with children. The bundled learning software is a boon to the fundamentals of

reading, writing, math and organizational skills. And as a bonus, the Newton OS reliability is exceptional. All of this power is accessible in a durable package that weighs only 1.8 kg (4 lb.) and is a mere 5.3x30.5x29 cm (2x11.9x11.3 in.). And teachers will appreciate its low-cost, easy integration with Mac OS/Kindotvs PCs and ability to be administered from a server. Initially, eMate will only be available to the educational market. It has been rumored that both an educational and business version of this product might make it into the retail channel sometime in the future. For over a year we' ve al! heard from the industry about how network computers are going to take the world by storm. The only problem is nobody seems to be able to find one. Vvell, surprise — I think the elvlate is a network computer in disguise! J Peter Milburn is a consultant with Elite Systems Support located in Calgary, Alberta. He can be reached on the Internet at elite@cadvision.corn

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

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

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

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Notebooks need to access system- The 5800 Performer Plus consists of a 200 with up to four individual voice mailboxes, wide resources, moving from client to standMHz MMX processor,backed by 256KB of each with its own password, an electronic alone status at a m oment's notice. Other Level-2 cache, and 64 MB of RAM, further address book, a two-way full duplex speakerremote users need to keep in constant contact expandable to 72 MB. The display is a sharp phone, a fax centre with full send and receive with their home base. These users are typicalcapabilities, as well as caller ID and name dis12.1-inch active matrix design, with a maxily employing h i gh-speed modems for inum resolution of 800x600, at a 16-bit color play for incoming calls. Internet or direct links. With all its features and good looks, we depth utilizing 2 MB of v ideo RAM. The There is a misconception that PCMCIA were surprised when we discovered that the onboard video accelerator also features fullcards are handy but limited by low perforscreen MPEG playback. The hard drive in this machine does not have a Level-2cache, mance. However, several manufacturers Because of this, it achieved an overall score of unit is 2.1 GB in size, which should provide have introduced cards with the latest feamore than enough storage space when you' re 62 on our benchmark tests, much less than it tures. At Comdex Japan, TDK introduced would have with the aid of the much needed on the move. both ISDN and 56Kbps PCMCIA network 256KB external cache. If you aren't all that Multimedia components in the Performer cards. US Robotics has also announced its bothered by this and want a machine that Plus series include an internal 8x CD-ROM t o s h i p 56K b p s cards. intention will have your friends and coworkers grinding drive, a 33.6Kbps PCMCIA faxmodem, and a Unfortunately, purchasers will pay through 16-bit sound system from ESS. For presenta- their teeth in envy, the Presario 1070 is still a the nose for this premium technology, at great notebook. Compaq will cover you with tions, you' ll find a video-to-TV RCA connecleast initially. tor on the back of the machine. Software titles its one-year warranty on parts and carry-in Component integration labor, with the first 90 days being on-site. included with th e machine are Microsoft The key variable in determining the quality of Works, MS Money, MS Undersea Scenes notebooks is component integration. The Daewoo Screen Saver, and seven CD-ROM titles, fastest processor in the world will be next to CPC-7550 including Grolier's Encyclopedia 1997 ediAnother new conuseless if the system's hard drive is of poor tion. Overall, this machine offers excellent tender to our Test design. The widest active matrix screen will performance and is yours for under $6,000 Labs is t hi s sl im fail to impress if the system lacks a quality with a one-year parts and labor warranty, C PC-7550 f r o m video subsystem. Our Editors' Choice systems which can be extended to three years. Daewoo. It features are those with the best holistic designs. a P entium 133 Compaq MHz processor, 16 The tests Presario 1070 MB of RAM, a 1.44 W hen w e fi r s t We asked each manufacturer to send us what GB hard drive, a took this machine they would consider their current "top-ofthe-line" notebook. To some, this meant a out of its box all video accelerator with 2 MB of video RAM we could do was 133 MHz machine, while others quickly capable of resolutions up t o 8 00x600, a gawk at its sleek removable 6x CD-ROM drive, floppy drive, jumped at the chance to send their latest 200 design. When it MHz MMX systems loaded with 64 MB of and 16-bit sound system. The unit weighs just comes to designover 2.25 kg (5 lb.), making it the lightest one RAM and enormous hard drives. Our benching n ot e books of the bunch. mark suite was run on each machine at a resthat are aesthetiThis was another machine that didn' t olution of 800x600, with a 16-bit color depth, have an external cache, and as a result, its peror 65,536 colors. To minimize the possibility cally pleasing, Compaq has very little in the formance suffered. If your main concern is of system crashes and inconsistencies, each way of competition. 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Eurocom 6200T Eurocom has recently made the headlines by being one of the very first manufacturers to put out a notebook w ith I n t e l ' s 2 0 0 MHz processor. If you' re looking for a notebook to replace your desktop computer, Eurocom had you in mind when they designed the 6 200T. The unit consists of a 200 M H z MMX processor, 256KB of Level-2 cache, 64 MB of RAM, a 1.0 GB hard drive and both an internal 8x CD-ROM drive and floppy drive. On the back of the unit, you' ll also find an RCA video-to-TV port; perfect for playing your favorite games on your TV or for making your presentations all that much easier to see. As can be expected from a machine with such a c onfiguration, the 6200T scored very well on our benchmark suite.

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

One of the most appealing things about that model was its built-in communications support with both a 28.8Kbps faxmodem and a built-in 10Base-T Ethernet connector. The Powerlite 6000 is a newer model, with a few differences. Themodel we reviewed was equipped with a 166 MHz MMX processor, 32 MB of RAM, a 2.1 GB hard drive and both an internal 10x CD-ROM drive and floppy drive. The ESS 1888 will provide great quality 16-bit digital and 3D surround sound for your mul-

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

limit th e n u m ber of l i n k s t o o t her W eb pages, and to keep the total number of Web pages on your site down to a manageable level. Layers add this Rolodex function, so that when a user clicks on a link it brings another page "forward" to the display. In this way you can have many layers of individual pages contained within what is actu-

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standby seat on the last shuttle. Hey, what better way to decide who's worthy? man, really f a st, Anyway, the rest of the game is spent with colors, details behind the wheel of your vehicle, one of seva nd f r am e r a t es eral land-locked space-age craft that give new t hat' ll k n ock t h e definition to the word traction. You' ll comsocks off a n y one pete with other drivers on more than 16 l ucky enough t o tracks in an environment that is oh-so-remiown an MMX-bolniscent of Mindscape's pinballing Megarace 2. stered Pentium with With one exception, that is — the darned a 3D a c c elerator thing looks and sounds awesome. If you' re a fan of fast frame rates, Pod is c ard. I t ' s p r e t t y mundane stuff for anyone else, but if you' ve the ticket, Ubi Soft claims up to 80 frames per second on a 3D-accelerated system, and all I got the latest gear, Pod is simply a great show. can say after hours of real-world testing is that they' re probably right. This thing flies, baby, The plot (for what it's worth) goes something like this: a planet-eating virus by the and will make you forget there's such a thing name of Pod is doing what planet-eating as individual frames in the first place, an viruses do, namely consuming planets. Your absolute blessing in a genre where the frame rate issue has always been a sore spot. And in home turf is gonna be next, and in order to get off the thing before it's nothing but a case you think Pod's speed has anything to do galactic belch, a series of car races have been with sparse scenery, you' re wrong, 3D breath. organized to determine who gets the last Pod is a true 3D world, one that comes :«4

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not competing with [it]." C ompaq is implementing the plan i n the United States and Australia beginning in May, with "similar phased implementations" through th e company's worldwide operations throughout the rest of the year. In the U.S., Compaq is hoping to h ave betv een 80 to 90 percent of its volume generated through "build to order" by the end of 1997. An Armada for the masses Compaq also announced a new, aggressively priced $3,000 (street price) portable computer

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hose of us who use PCs tend to assume t hey' ll b e that always be around. In fact, computing "personal" may turn out to have been a temporary aberration. We may be onthe verge of s eeing computing t u r n decisively away from the

individualistic model of the I'C, and back towards a more collective and centrally controlled form of computing.

The dream of the one big computer Con>puting in the 30 years prior to the invention of the PC (1947-1977) was very different from the computing we' ve known in the PC era. 'I'he daily reality ot computing for "information processing workers" in t h e y ears before the I'C was often pretty dreadful. Aside from a privileged minority of t echnically adept academic and scientific computer users, most computer workers were allowed only to perform the few repetitive, hierarchical computer functions that the mainframe managers made available to them over the network.

ing often had to hide their activities from their masters. More than once, politicians and bureaucrats overseeing research and education expenditures raged against "improper" or "frivolous" use of taxpayer or shareholder money, and threatened severe punishment for misuse of publicly or corporately owned computers. Unknown to the bean counters, however, it was the underground, self-directed, selt-teaching part of the computer culture that created much of the talent pool that made America the leader in high technology. 'I'he revolt against Big Computing paradoxically wanted both to promote individual socially freedom and also t o e ncourage responsible, community-based computing. The desire to bring computing out from under the control of the military, the government and the large corporations was one of the driving urges behind the invention of the original Apple computer. The release ot the Apple Macintosh, in 1984, was explicitly promoted in a famous video commercial as a revolt against "Big Brother" (i.e., IBM and all its kind). I'ersonal computing broke the monopoly of Big Computing. Nobody predicted it, and nobody really controlled it.

The next wave: network computing and Java Control the server, Some industry leaders, such as Corel Corp.'s founder and chief executive officer, Michael a nd you cont rol t h e Cowpland, are convinced that the traditional Windows/Intel (Wintel) PC has just about individual network reached its peak. The traditional PC may soon start t o f e e l s erious c ompetition f r o m computer user Network Computers (NCs), powerful little "thin-client" computers that lack a h ard Kaiifornia Kosmic Komputlng drive, and function by downloading applicaand the birth of the PC tions from the network. Instead of almost However, in the bowels of Big Computing universally running the Microsoft Windows during the '60s, there were free thinkers in operating system, NCs will be compatible academic and scientific computing centres with servers running a variety of operating who dreamed of a kind of computing that systems, and especially will run applications was not "top-'down" — not centralized, hierarwritten in the Java programming language. chical and slavish, but rather communicated 'Io be fair, in order for billions of people to f or f r ee which a l l owed l aterally, a n d h ave access to computer tools and t h e exchanges of "unofficial" i n f o rmation. Internet, rather than the current millions of Pioneers at places like MIT and Berkeley users, computing solutions will have to get a invented the first "virtual communities" of lot less expensive, better connected, and simcomputer users, using "time sharing" mainpler to administer. As companies and counframes and the networks that preceded the tries confront the cost of upgrading tens of 'I'he first computer networks of the Internet. millions of obsolescent Wintel computers, 1960s allowed users to share both work-relatthe argument in favor of NCs and Java softed and personal information. Independent ware applications may become irresistible. In minded hackers programmed the first wonand a rapidly developing nation like China, the computer games, derfully u s eless most practical way to make computing availdreamed of bringing public access computing able to more than a billion people may be to the world, through cheap, network computing info The early practitioners of social comput-

appliances. However, as much as network computing may bring real benefits, it may also enable increased government and corporate control over access to information, and over computer users' behavior. Time bandits In the case of network computing, freedom to compute ultimately belongs to whoever owns or controls the network, and more precisely, the network server. In recent years, big business has begun to pay excruciatingly close attention to what employees do with their networked I'Cs. Software that allows management to track, observe and restrict employees' Internet use is selling briskly. A v hole indust ry' for c o m puter-based monitoring o f employee behavior has sprung up. The concept of "time theft" has become the buzzword for the employers' mania for squeezing every last second of work, every last keystroke, out of fewer and fewer employees. After all, managers reason, if I pay you for every second yoq're in the office, then every second you aren't actively producing for me, you are actually stealing my money (in the form of your unearned wages) from me. And, with network surveillance technology, the boss can cheaply cot)struct employee activity profiles that target the goof-offs for the next round of downsizing. One of the intangibles that may be ignored in the drive to sharpen profits is that the most productive workers are those who are creative, highly motivated, engaged in lifelong skill upgrading, and who eagerly learn and communicate v ell v ith customers and co-v:orkers. I worry that the elites who run governrnents and large corporations will find netw orked computer technology a t ool f o r i ncreasing their power and wealth at t h e expense of the less powerful. Also, I think that in countries without strong legal and social support for free speech, collective computing technology is much more susceptible to centralized censorship and control than personal computing. Even in the liberal democracies, there are unceasing attempts to diminish free

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The past as prologue The point to remember, however, is that control over computing may be irresistibly passing back into the hands of the authorities, particularly in undemocratic nations. If network computing technology is misused, it will help foster the creation of a global "security state," organized to protect and hide the rich few from a restless mass of disenfranchised citizens. If, however, the freedom of choice that flourished with the I'C is protected, and extended to network computing and the Internet, then the future may be much different, and much better, than the first age of collective computing. As citizens in a democracy,Canadian PC usershave a voice in deter mining how the next wave of computing technology may be used, for either freedom or repression. 0 «"I? loaded from a sits created I?y tt? j Photos were dow University of Manchester to commemorate the 50tt? ' Anniversary af the Manchester Mark 1, the first,.: stored-program, electronic, digitai computer. '.:. More informabon and other photos can t?e found at. 1?ttp Jfwww.cs.man.ac.uklmarktlindex.htrnl " .

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