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downwardwompatible with Travan T3 and lower tape drive systems, the firm says. Named the Aiwa Bolt drive, it will sell for $179, the firm says. It can store data on two sizes of media —6.6 GB and 10 GB cartridges. Chris Straghalis, CSD product manager, said, "One of the nice things about this drive is that because it uses existing technology, it is downward read-compatible with existing versions of Travan's tape cartridges." He noted many people already have Travan drives, and the Aiwa device can reformat a Travan 3.2 GB tape cartridge to store up to 6.6 GB. "We use the same cartridge but with a-different bit density, a different format that lets us get more capacity from the same amount of tape," Straghalis said. He added the flrm's Bolt drive is "using better heads than on the old Travan 3 drives." Travan is a standard created by several firms in a consortium that includes Aiwa, Seagate, Hewlett-Packard and several other companies. The Travan intellectual property (IP) itself belongs to Imation Corp. According to another Aiwa spokesperson, "This drive is a natural fit for SOHO

[small office/home offfce] and small businessstorage needs. It's not really designed

Stufflt 5.0 increases compression WATSONVILLE, Calif. (NB) — Aladdin Systems is shipping version 5.0 of the classic Macintosh file compression utility, Stufflt. The firm says the upgrade achieves

. greater file compression and up to 20 percent better file transfer rates. It also adds Mac OS LS compatibiTity, backward compatibility to System 7.5.3, support for MacBinary III encoding formats and improved email program support. In addition, the flrm claims the compression improvement applies not only to older Stufflt versions, but to Zip compressidn aswell. The new format also allows Stufflt to exchange files between Windows and Macintosh systems, the firm says. AladdinSystems,http://www.aladdinsys.corn

as a backup system for huge networks" but, he said, it is well suited for home computer users who might use interactive, data-intensive games and don't want to go back to square one if their system crashes. The device transfers data at about 50 MB per minute, or about 20 minutes per gigabyte of data. Aiwa produces two pre-formatted cartridges to put more data onto a given length of tape. The 10 GB ATP-

110 sells for US$35.99 and the 6.6 GB ATP-106 retails for US$29.99. Aiwa

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sure if you ever wrote in any of your previous

There are two main types of cathode ray tiibe-

I like your paper, I read it every month. One issues that may have pertained to Lab Tests on based nionitors being built today: aperttae grille thing I'm not too happy about is your Aug, earlier monitors, that such a defect existed. and shadow mask. Usually the aperture grille -

'98 Lab Test on 17-inch monitors. Sony seems to have a problem with the pixels in all of the Triniton tubes. I bought one of these things last month; of course the retailer didn't tell me of the defect. I' ve asked every retailer I' ve visited since then. Not everyone is aware of the problem with the pixel line (missing it seems), or so they say. I have since found out that the Mac also has this problem as it uses the same tube. I'm not

Do you not think that a defective pixel line should have been included in the cons cate-

based monitors are branded with a name ending in some variation o f "t r o ir' ( T r initron, Diainondtron, etc,). Comparing then at a sirnplistic level, slurdow mask monitors use a sold plate that has been drilled with tiny holes that help align the color phosphor dots. Aperture grille monitors arrange the color phosphors in vertical stripes, and use metallic "strings that form a grilleinstead ofa plate with holes init. The two horizontal lines you see in the monitor are called

gory' 1 would say you goofed on this one. Jason Matthews DT replies: What you refer to as missing lines of pixels are actually thin wires that are a part ofthe way Trinitron and other aperture grille nioni tors are niade. We explained this in our August 1996 lab test report on monitors, but it bears repeating.

damper wires and are used to stabilize the string>

that make up the grille.

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December says that if yo u question youi power utility about the Y2K readiness oi e mbedded systems, the u t i l ity w i l l n o t respond in a helpful and informative manner, I don't believe this claim does justice ta BC Hydro's efforts to make this information available in various sources, including Hydro's Web site. The Web site has plenty of information, some of which precisely addresses hi concerns about embedded systems. Steve Grant, BC Hydro

Mf replies: The BC Hydro Web site (httpy/www bchydro.corn) does indeed include detailed information on the utility's y2X readiness, as well as general explanations of the issue that would be ol interest to readers anywhere in Canada.

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In the December '98 Tucows column the author states that th e p rogram Desktop Themes is from the Microsoft Plus Add-on for Windows. In reality, the product he is referring to is a themes installer utility written by Left Side Software in Australia. Jeff Butts

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Regarding the citation on how to find out about the lomega Zip's "click of death" problem, the listing was hltp://thirdeyesp.corn. The c orrect a d d ress s h o ul d ha v e be e n

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Comdex Canada West '99, fan, 11-13 at the this complex problem. Visit The Computer Corndex Canada West Y2K panel Paper'sY2K Web site for links and information These issues and those affecting businesses of Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. to help make sure you don't get stung by the all sizes will be discussed at a special Year 2000 Don't miss it! 0 Comdexupdates, http://www.comdex.corn Millennium Bug. panel hosted by The Computer Paperat

can certainly make sure our own computers and software are in order. But is your software compliant? A list of Y2K tools to help you determine which, if any, applications on your PC c o u l d ca u s e pro b l em s i s at

http: //www.tcp.ca/y2k/y2ktoois.html. An alternative is to visit the Web sites of the developers of the software titles you use. Microsoft, for example, has a Y2K section on its Web site, which divides applications into five categories, according to their Y2K compliancy. It includes a list of frequently asked questions about Y2K compatibility, product

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Microsoft"s Visual Basic suite of application building tools have been YZK compliant since version 4.0, but developers will need to code their programs correctly to avoid snags. Other commonly used financial tools, such as Excel 97 and Intuit's Quicken 98, are Y2K c ompliant. However, Quicken 5 a n d 6 (Windows and Mac versions) are unable to process dates beyond Dec. 31, 1999. There are, of course, many other facets to

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came through loud and clear. Windows 2000 help on DLL conflicts. So perhaps it is long time. Windows 2000 Server brings four ne of the nifty things about NT is that Professional represents the future of top-end inevitable Windows 2000 Professional targets things to the table: the codebase for NT Workstation is identical to that of the Server version — just a few switch settings transform NT from a workstation to a server operating system. This has been true since the earliest days of NT and applies again to Windows 2000the new name for Windows NT 5.0. (Both versions of NT have also been given a moniker makeover: NT Workstation becomes Windows

2000 Professional, and NT Server becomes Windows 2000 Server.) For Windows 2000 Professional users, this

appears to be a disadvantage because of the code baggage carried by Windows 2000 Server. Not so, claims Microsoft engineers, for two reasons. First, on setup of Windows 2000 Server, a number of services and DLLs (dynamic link libraries) are installed that never see the light of day in a Professional install. Second, with new on4emand installation options, other services that are not required will never be loaded. But the opposite is also true — all the features of Windows 2000 Professional are also

Windows desktop computing — that is, for business and advanced individual users. At the lower end, Windows 9x will continue to be sirpported, but not with major enhancements like Active Directory services (ADS), advanced security and convenient Intellimirroring and other administration improvements.

Users plagued by the "Blue Screen of Death," which appears when Windows crashes, the pain of DLL hell and the

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desktop operating systemsalready. Windows 2000 for PCs must cannibalize Microsoft's own Windows 3.x and 9x franchise as much as take away seats from Mac and Unix to garner big sales. But this is a winning proposition for Microsoft because

(assuming existing prices stay the same) Windows 98 is $260 (or $129 for an upgrade version) while Windows NT 4 is$419 (or $199 for an upgrade version). So Windows 2000 Professional brings in nearly twice as much per seat as Windows 9x. Thus Microsoft is not loath to point out the advantages of Windows 2000 Professional over its sibling Windows 3.x and Windows 95/98 systems. And these are not unimpressive. Features of Windows 2000

Professional and Server editions

The features list for Windows 2000 can be broken into 11 major segments; so when Microsoft senior vice-president Jim Allchin available at the Windows2000 Server supervidescribes Windows 2000 as a bet-the-business sor station or management console. So with proposition, there are three years (and countGUI (graphical user interface) and ease-of-use ing) of development plus a shipload of fixes Instead, the consumer and the lower end and features to back that statement up. improvements, NT system operators can look forward to more conveniences than ever of Windows computing will be supported by The major features for Windows 2000 when running NT-based servers. the newest version of Windows CE. The Professional represent impressive gains over . For our test purposes this common code- machines running CK are currently personal Windows 3.x and Windows 9x and include base turned out to be quite useful. A number digital assistants (or handheld PCs), and ultra- improved client hardware support, ADS, GUI of Windows 2000 performance, reliability and light notebooks weighing in at around 900 g enhancements, improved client software supcompatibility claims can be conveniently test- (2 lb.), with nine-inch color screens, near full- port, improved networking features and file ed at the workstation leveL In addition, some size keyboards, 32 MB of RAM, and 1 GB hard system improvements. of the e l f -i n stallation and management drives, like the recently introduced HewlettOf course as noted, many of these same features of Windows 2000 can also be Packard J ornada.But inevitably Windows CE workstation features extend to the Windows explored more fully. But perhaps the most will have the hardware to challenge the 2000 Server. But there are some new features interesting factor is that Windows 2000 Windows 9x PC market. that are specific to the Server including At the same time, with the trimline and advanced directory ops based on ADS, Professional represents one half of the future embedded processing capabilities announced Kerberos-based security, authentication, and of Windows on the desktop. However, the key is to sepaiate the capabili- for Windows 2000, it appears that the encryption, COM+ features including transacties of Windows 2000 Professional and Windows inevitable will happen as already announced tion processing (MTS) and queuing services 2000 Server. Literally, like the Roman god Janus, by Microsoft — Windows 3.x and 9x will be (MS' ) , extended server memory architecthere are two bees to Windows 2000 — the fairly squeezed out and replaced. ture that uses 36-bit addressing to move from Users plagued by the "Blue Screen of 4 GB to 64 GB memory, and enhanced scriptpositive one associated with Windows 2000 Professional and the more troublesome face pre- Death" (BSOD), which a ppears when ing and batch scheduling sented by Windows 2000 Server. Windows crashes, the pain of DLL hell and These extensions are necessary first steps the travails of registry edits won't have for bringing Windows NT into the enterprise

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very low commodity pricing (usually twothirds or one-quarter the price of "enterprise equivalents" ); thousands of applications that run on it.

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two areas: reliability and directory services. However, Windows 2000 is much like NetWare; it is undergoing serious renovations. Both are making major changes to their file system and print services for new enterprise capabilities. Both are making improvements to administration ease-of-use with consolidated management consoles. Both are making networking integration (and therefore migration to their system) easier between Windows 2000 and NetWare. Both are making funda-

mental improvements to the OS kernel for scalability purposes. However while NetWare must play catchup to Windows as an application server, Windows 2000 must do the same relative to NetWare in two areas: reliability and directory services. Windows 2000 has reduced the number of required reboot conditions from 50 to five. Allchin has pledged not to release the product until Windows 2000 beta testers say it is reli-

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FAT 32 support for Windows 9x compatibility new UDF for Ot/0 and improved CDusage improved dual boot support 4' disk defragmenter utility Netwerh printing services Autopublish matches driver to Net printer ADS search for specific print resources better central control of printer configs Wlndews 2000 mlgratlen tools Upgrade Wizard checks any hardware and software 4 NT 3.5t and NT 4 to Aetna Dnectory problems with mixed NTxandWindows 2000 4 partial Windows 3.x migration aids but substantial network and program configs Windows 9x to Windows 2000 migration utility 4 without nested groups, AD search in Windows 9x some notebookissuesforpowermanagement Novell NOS to Active Directory less support for NetWare than in NT 4 more scrlpting help for automated installs Wlndews 2000 administration tools hardware and program Wizards for easier installs and repairs/updates by network 4 MMC console as standard admin. interface 4 Intellimirror and Computer manager more scripting help

4 off line file synchronization for mobile users active directory services 4 roaming profiles for mobile users with takeaways. pales versus NetWareNOS must be 2000 server, NT 4and better security, authentication, encryption NT 3.x aut of luck 4 COM+ brings transaction and queuing services 4 new open, save, and search dialogs EMA (extended memory architecture) more than much fewer reboots on installs of hardware 4GB and software Windows 2000 Profemlenal 4 group policy editor for group privileges hardware support Windows 2000 networhlng plugandplay,powermanagement 4 IIS 4, FrontPage 2000, Index Server more device driver support, USB, FireWire Challenge/Responseauthentication faster graphics with AGP,DirectX. etc. 4 cantinued Appletalk, IPX support 4 supports all hardware Windows 98 supports IPsec for a secure network protocol enhanced file system support easier security and authentication configuration Active directory services Windows 2000 4 full hierarchical, distributed directory What's net ln Windows 2000 file system improvements 4 uses LOAP andDNSlike NetWare enhancedNTFSS.g with: EF&encn/pled file system , Server 1stEdition manages users in org units within groups disk quotas for users, file search by extended complete 64-bit memory support manages resources like printers. systems attributes, individual file rights like in NetWare advanced clustering failsafe servicesmakes major changes in NT 4domains but incompatible with earlier versions of NT Active Directory multi-master, tree-pruning

being "plagued by numerous shortcomings: limited object t y pes, flat n a mespaces, Byzantine trust relationships, and difficult APIs," notes Pankaj Chowdhry on ZDNet, And this comes partly from the recognition that directory services are pivotal in controlling the spiraling costs of network administration. Managing users and their authentications across burgeoning and increasingly interconnected networks is the critical factor in the total cost of ownership of systems.

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However, tooled interface are the hallmarks of this release. gives the Mac a unique advantage in the pub- Sherlock another important component that makes lishing industry where the ability to automate Sherlock was given top billing during many this platform excel is its system software — the Installation workflow is an important asset. In OS 8.5 you pre-release demonstrations of Mac OS 8.5. Mac OS. One of the first improvements you' ll see with can now attach an AppleScript to any folder Essentially, it's a Find cominand on steroids. OS 8.5 is an enhanced installer. As usual you and initiate that script by dropping files on it. Sherlock can also be accessed from the Apple can customize your installation by putting a Although AppleScript's popularity is more menu and appears to the user as a tabbed wincheckmark besideeach major system compo- or less confined to the publishing market at dow. The Find File tab remains as the standard nent you wish to add. 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It Pres: It has faster AppleScript, faster file and network 680x0 CISC to the PowerPC RISC architecture tests I saw 25 to 60 percent increases in read- turns out, however, that some users were tryin 1994, the task of rewriting major compo- write performance depending on the mix of ing to index their entire volumes, which copy performance; includes Sherlock; has a more refined user interface. nents of system code into a native format file sizes being copied. Of course, this boost included all of their applications and system Cons: Incompatibilities with some non-updated thIrdwere undertaken to address the impressive carries over into emulator products such as files. The solution is to create a single folder in party hard-disk drivers may cause disk failure. capabilities of the PowerPC. It is estimated SoftWindows or Virtual PC. 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moving between speakers. Finder windows have undergone some design refinements. Title bars now contain a folder icon that can act as a proxy when moving or copying files on the desktop. Window columns can now be resized and the ordering changed with the exception of the Name field. Also, window views can now be changed globally. Other changes that affect how windows look can be set using the Appearance control panel mentioned above. Continued on page36

A new feature you will either love or hate is the option of adding sounds to various Finder actions such as scrolling, dragging, resizing, clicking and choosing menu items. As with Kaleidoscope themes, an entire franchise of freeware sound sets is popping up online. If you listen to Apple's default sound set on a good set of speakers you' ll appreciate how well they are crafted and implemented. Synchronization with Finder actions is tight, and dragging a window from one side of your screen to the other is mimicked by the sound

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Internet control panel and simply fill in the appropriate Web proxy server information under Advanced options. However, there is a bug in Sherlock that causes it to send an erroneous request to any proxy server that is HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol) 1.1 compliant. Unfortunately, this problem will not be corrected until the next OS update. User interface The first thing you' ll notice on upgrading to OS 8.5 is a newer, more sumptuous interface. Icons now support a 24-bit color palette for more photorealistic r endering. A n e w Appearance control panel consolidates most of the look-and-feel specifications in a tabbed window. You can now choose from six different large system fonts with an option to enable anti-aliasing (screen font smoothing).

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time performance for Web service and embedded processing. And all of these systems have closed the gap on ease of installation, simplified administration and general usability enhancements. So IT managers are going to be confronted with some tough decisions, Microsoft will surely offer some short-term price and bundling bargains to get organizations to commit to Windows 2000 Server. The bottom line is that going with Windows 2000 Server may be a risky proposition on two counts: reliability of the first edition of the server, and greater operating costs versus competitive solutions. Since Windows 2000 beta 3 will be wide-

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First, the WAN (wide area netprotocol, character mode operation and the any authorized station on the Net; secure work) Traffic Manager allows'administrators lack of application development tools — and replication of change~ to privileges and autho- to control the flow and/or frequency of therefore lack of a widespread base of native rizations across the servers on the Net; auto- updates across the network, particularly when applications for NetWare. mated inventory of hardware assets on the servers are separated by slower WAN connecNovell was very slow to wake up to the fact Net; and so forth. With LDAP (lightweight tions. The second area has been to streamline that along with the Internet, Unix and NT, the directory access protocol) version 3, NDS pro- and improve the security features of NDS. As world had selected IP (internet protocol) as its vides an open industry. standard for accessing extranets and remote access to networks network messaging protocol o f c h o ice. information in the directory. increase, the need to set and change authoriMoreover, any proprietary protocol, even for ties and privileges becomes more critical. the long-time industry-leading vendor of LAN Secure authentication services (SAS) and (local area network) server software, would be Public Key Infrastructure services put these at a disadvantage in a marketplace searching processes on a more robust security model for standards in a sea of change. while simplifying their execution and adminLikewise, NetWare's unique operating sysistration. In sum, while Microsoft and others tem architecture provides it with a competiare struggling to get their first edition of directive advantage for file and print services and tory services working, Novell is onto a third character mode operation, but present probgeneration, honing the practical applications lems for developers of native NetWare applithat truly distributed directory services can cations, particularly in GUI (graphical user enable. interface) mode. In addition, there are inherent security and rehability problems when ZENurorhs applications are allowed access to ring "0" and ZENworks (zero effort networks) is a manager privileged operating status in earlier versions of network applications and resources that of NetWare. leverages off the strengths of NDS. ZENworks The latest version of NetWare squarely can help distribute and install applications in addresses all of these issues — eliminating the a tailored fashion to selected NetWare users or IP problem; solving the system versus user groups, automatically repair those applicaprogramming problem; and with Java, making tions if critical application runtime files are native NetWare application programming damaged or lost, and centralize the adminismore accessible. In short, NetWare 5 is as tration of user profiles and privileges. It also important to Novell as Windows 2000 is to allows an IT manager to create and manage Microsoft. So in this review Novell NetWare 5 In a variation, Catalog Services provide a central scheduled actions for individual or gets a thorough examination for its viability customized view into the directory — saving groups of workstations and/or servers. Also for into the new decade and century. time by eliminating the need to search the users, ZENworks provides a Help Requester entire directory for every request. In addition, System to communicate to and aid a central The NetWare )ewels a catalog can be sorted and organized on its Help Desk function. NetWare is not without its own jewels. Fast own criteria. For example, employee names, For managing resources, ZENworks proand robust file and print services; easy com- locations and telephone numbers can become vides dyn a mi c mana g ement of patibility with Mac, Unix or Windows dients an organization's phone catalog. Such a cata- peripheral/print drivers and their status. In of all flavors; plus a robust reliability and secu- log can be constantly updated by NDS while addition, ZENworks provides an automatic rity record are just a few. But the crown jewel its contents can be indexed according to loca- hardware inventory for tracking'and troufor Novell is the strength and reliability of its tion and company name for different views. bleshooting that includes NDS-authenticated distributed NDS (Novell Directory Services). The real hidden strength of NDS is that it remote action without visiting the workstaNDS provides the cornerstone for all of allows administrators to define their own cus- tion, NetWare or NT Server. In short, for mediNetWare's service — a database or directory of tom objects derived from other directory um to large network installation, ZENworks all the network's users, and hardware and soft- objects or from basic inputs. These custom provides hardcore help for the hard-pressed ware resomces. The directories are unusual objects can then use NDS Catalog Services, network administrator. because they are distributed and kept synuser profiles and/or script to deliver better netThe nice thing about ZENworks is that chronized for every server on the network. work operations, ZKNworks, which will be dis- after using the canned menus and scripts, one

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can customize and tailor most operations to fit specific needs. Even nicer, it works in mixed NetWare and NT environs that use NDS for NT as well as NetWare 4.11 or above with NDS. File and print services : If NDS is the jewel of NetWare, then File and Print services have been the crown. NetWare 5 moves file system capabilities up to the enterprise class with its new Novell Storage Services (NSS). NSS provides for much faster (three-tofour seconds versus 10-15 minutes in NetWare 4) NetWare volume mounts and crash recovery. As well, NSS provides for more than eight trillion files on a volume, and the maximum file size now is 1 TB (terabyte). Although these numbers dwarf most departmental applications, they are typical sizes required for large enterprise databases, data marts and Web sites. In short, NetWare 5 NSS with its 64-bit address space is well tuned to address from the smallest to the largest scale file service intensive applications. While NetWare 5 puts file services at enterprise capacity, Novell Distributed Print Services (NDPS) improves the basic print management. The target here is to reduce time spent managing print services, respond to new printers' technical and bidirectional capabilities while increasing runtime performance. On our small network we could only see marginal print server performance. However, NDPS did make a range of laser printer features previously invisible — status information such as empty toner cartridges, feeder jams, etc.— available at a central console. Just as in the case of the old file system, the older queue-based print services are still supported, but the transition to NDPS went hitch-free. In addition to the new features and speed, the real advantage of NDPS is the ability to administer print services under the umbrella of NDS and therefore global IT resource management.

Kernelimprovements Just as NSS puts NetWare on a much stronger

foundation for file services, NetWare 5 has done some basic reworking of its kernel operating system to accommodate the shift to multi-processing and enterprise-level networks. Like Microsoft with Windows 2000's security, Novell has had to make basic changes


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scale to eight processors and possibly 16, while Novell will do better — but not for all sering. vices until they are converted. Likewise in the These are the old distributed computing arena of clustering systems with failover/failenviron (DCE) specifications from the mid- safe capabilities, both vendors have partial 1980s, which PC-based operating system ven- solutions (Wolfpack in the case of Microsoft dors (unlike most of their mainframe and and Novell's HASN, which stands for High Unix peers) have been slow to implement. Availability Server for NetWare). In the meanMicrosoft, with active directory services (ADS) tirrte Novell has a notable co-existence advanand Kerberos authentication, plays catchup in tage by preserving IPX, old file system and one area while Novell does the same in its ker- print services while supporting the full range of Windows clients (notably Windows 3.x and nel. It will be interesting to find out which vendor is best poised to complete the task while maintaining high levels of performance — scalability, reliability and availabili-, ty — while not completely cutting off its older legacy system users. Currently, Novell has the advantage in reliability and availability while scalability is still an open question. Windows 2000 should NetWare S major features t IP or IPX as primary protocol, IP default < NDS 2 (Novell Directory Services 2) + NSS (Novell Storage Services) t enhanced virtual memory operation + native Java support built into OS + Oracle 8 database, NetscapeServer dv $1,600 for five-user licence

early Windows 95 users). But this is a trade-off, because many of these older NetWare modules do not support the new multi-threading capabilities except in a basic fashion. The real battle will be which operating system makes the transition to full 64-bit operation and dynamic load balancing and reconfiguration. These future improvements will provide real benefits in scale and speed of operation plus network reliability that system operators will really

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Security According to Cobalt, the Qube Linux implementation is as secure as any commercial Unix implementation on the market today. Linux has a reasonable reputation for security and any system is only as good as the practices of the people running it. Apparently, the current version of the Qube OS has at least one known security weakness. Plain text passwords are transmitted over the network for authentication. (This is common for Unix systems and can be addressed by installing software that supports encrypted telnet sessions.) Encrypted password files are accessible to users on the Qube. Hackers could conceivably crack a password and gain access to the system but they would need direct access to the network that the Qube is running on. Cobalt has just announced secure developer release SSL software for the Qube and RaQ for US$99. Ironically, its own SSL server kept complaining that its SSL security certificate had expired the night I went to its online store.

The Linux advantage Although Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS) is technically free, it requires Windows NT Server to run, which costs around US$1,100 for a 10-user licence. This is almost the same price as the Qube. If you buy Netscape server software, you will pay another US$1,000 or so. This does not factor in the cost of an Intel box required to run it, or the price of maintaining an NT server, which is much more complex than the Qube's administration. Speed ratings I was not able to do any comparative speed tests on the Qube, but, according to Cobalt, it can serve up enough Web traffic to fill a Tl line or a 10 Mbps local area network. One of Linux's claims to fame is that it can do more tasks with less physical RAM than a PC. In Continued on page$6

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At the same time, Sun is borrowing the simplicity and usability page from Windows 2000 by employing the same InstallShield cations. The result is a much improved installation process of both system and third-party software. Also, like Netware, Solaris has beefed up its administrative tools. The new Admin console provides a single point of management for all Solaris administration tasks. As new applications are added to the system, new shortcut icons to manage these new programs automatically appear in the Admin console. The conveniences of centralized . management extend to SunLink for network a dministration o f I P X , A p p letalk a n d Windows networking. But Sun has not ignored its technical OS advantages. Project Cascade will allow Solaris servers to function as primary and backup domain controllers offering scalability to dozens of processors for Windows NT networks. SunCluster software (due in the first quarter of 1999) will feature high availability failsoft clustering and up to 256 processors per cluster. Solaris 7 really throws an impressive enterprise challenge not just to Windows 2000 but also to that other fast growing operating system, Linux.

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integration with the Net with support for LDAP (lightweight directory access protocol). This means it is easier to remain in the program while searching a Web directory to find contact information and then import it. Also, it has tighter ties to email functions and support for sometimes have only one version (i.e., Act! ccMail, Eudora Pro and Microsoft Exchange. TeleMagic). Those with two solutions, usually Other new features include improved wizoffer a retail and network version, with the ards aimed at helping users synchronize their latter called something like "enterprise" or database with others. Act! also integrates very "professional" Oanna, GoldMine, Maximizer well with WinFax Pro — not surprising as follow this model). Most CM programs have WinFax is also made by Symantec. If you don' t specialized addwns for specific implementa- have WinFax, Act! includes QuickFax, which tions. Thus if your business is focused on, say, allows faxing from within a contact record. One excellent new feature is SideAct, mail order, there is likely another product from a different company for customizing which allows you to quickly enter a to-do list or note without deciding which contact the your CMprogram. Complicating these factors are two devel- item relates to, and without running the full opments. First is integration with the Internet. Act! program. More and more users are interested not only in Jim Galpin, senior national accounts getting information from the Net, but in mak- manager for Symantec in Canada says the one ing data available over the Net. This is part of word that sums up Act! is usability: "Act! is the reason why the Vcard and Vcalendar pro- the easiest contact manager to use right out of tocols are finally being implemented in many the box." of these products. They allow for automatic Act! is well suited for groups of five to 25 sharing of business card and scheduling infor- users. This is the product's target market, and mation. This is also why most CM programs average user, and for that group it is a good now import, export, and save KIML (hyper- solution. text markup language) files. Some CM makers (GoldMine for one) are even about to release a ColdMlne 4 (Standard Edition) for Windows 95/NT 4 Java version of their product. The second development affecting CM From: GoldM!ne Software Corp. programs is the growth of the mobile sales 301-17383 Sunset Slvd., Pacific Palisades, CA90272 force. The increased usability of handhelds, Tel: 310-454-6800, http: //www.goldminesw.corn palmtops, laptops, and other devices is forc- Suggested retail price: $249.95 ing CM developers to include sophisticated remote database connectivity o p t i ons. GoldMine 4.0 is targeted at the 25- to 200Updating, and being updated by, the compa- user group. Single users of this product do ny contact database is very useful, but usual- exist, as do companies with over 1,000 users ly requires considerable tiine and money to (Sprint America, for example), but the mediimplement. When CM p roducts become um-sized peer network or client/server market client/server faces for complex sales force is where you will find GoldMine. This is one automation programs the solution becomes of the original CMs and one of the most indistinguishable from enterprise-wide infor- prevalent. Brenda Christensen, spokesperson mation systems networks. As usual in the for GoldMine, says scalability is the strength business world, everybody wants to be in of the product. "You can use it Plug and Play someone else's backyard. or you can scale it up," To scale it up, you need GoldSync, a servWhat's outthere er program that works with the product. In a We decided to leave the PIMs, including standard implementation, GoldMine installs Outlook (which is becoming more than a PIM to Windows 9x or NT as a 32-bit program. in some ways) for another day. Likewise, SFA The interface is simple and easy to look at, products and extensive customer-relationship Beneath the pleasant and customizable face network solutions are beyond the scope of lies a very good management system. this overview. So, excluding SFA and PIMs, we Each new version of the popular program have, in alphabetical order; Act!, GoldMine, adds a bit more to the depth of features. One Janna Contact Professional, Maximizer and such new function is called the Opportunity Manager — a tool designed to keep track of Tele Magic. complex sales. If„ for example, there are a number of different people interacting with Acti Version 4.0 From: Symantec Corporation the company regarding the same purchase, the 10201 Torre Ave., Cupertino. CA 95014 Opportunity Manager tool can group these individuals so no person, email, letter, phone Tel: 800-441-7234, http: //www.symantec.corn Suggested retail price: $199.95 call, or promise is lost between the cracks. System managers will be pleased with the Act! was developed in 1985 by a software improved security features of GoldMine 4.0. company called CSI to help it keep track of lt is now possible to set default profiles for customers. In 1987 it released Act! 1.0 for groups of users rather than having to individDOS, which, at that time, was one of only two ually set each installed program. The IT peosuch products available. In 1993 Symantec ple will also be pleased that the new version bought Act! and released version 2.0 for has increased synchronization abilities. GoldMine will allow for a dialup connection Windows. Today the product is available for DOS, to be used to synchronize a user from out in Windows 3.x, 9x, NT, CE, Macintosh, Notes, the field. and for the Newton, Psion, and Pilot OSes. In Aside from the new features, what makes late 1996 Symantec modernized the program this one of the best CM programs available is with Act! 3.0 making it a 32-bit, full-featured the fact that there are such good automated CM and giving it more Internet functionality. sales follow-up routines. You can create such This spring Symantec released version 4.0 for a routine so that the program will automatically prompt you to perform pre-selected Windows, which runs on both 9x and NT 4. Act! 4.0 continues the trend toward tighter Continued on page 6$

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Janna develops solu- another name to the list is simple. One new and interesting feature is the tions from standalone to enterprise level. Janna Contact Personal is aimed at the stand- ecommerce link, which helps a user set up a alone user while Janna Contact Professional Web page ordering system tied to Maximizer. Thus all the information entered on the Web (JC Pro) is the workgroup product. Janna describes the target group for this form would be ehtered into the appropriate product as corporate workgroups. Janna places in your contact manager. According to Stephen Brooks, director of Enterprise is a more extensive client/server solution for companies that need more com- product development w i t h M u l t iactive piex customer-information m anagement Software, the attraction of version 5.0 is its and/or have a large database. Janna Contact applicability. "In this release, we have focused Web View is a browser-based interface for on creating a sales and customer management to an four relevant groups in Enterprise allowing Internet users, but espe- tool that appeals cially intranet users, to access and update a an organization: executives [enhanced reportcompany database. ing, especially browser-based]; sales manageJanna Contact Professional is a flexible ment [complete opportunity and team manand robust program with one of the most ele- agement features]; salespeople [information gant looking interfaces of any CM. As well as s haring and productivity tools like t h e being a completely modern, 32-bit, right- Marketing Library and Outlook integration]; click, OLE (object linking and embedding) and the MIS staff [Integrator'5 Toolkit with compliant, program that runs on Windows 95 APIs, OLE Automation, ODBC, SQL, and conformity to standards]." Maximizer will appeal or NT, it is also well integrated with the Internet. Linking a contact to a Web page to many single users and workgroups. Visit takes but a single click. JC Pro has also the Web page for a list of magazine reviews and other information. increased support for importing data from other programs, always one of the most annoying jobs of setting up a new CM pro- TeleMagic Professional for Windows 3.0 gram. The Import Wizard will help you import data from Act!, GoldMine, and Lotus From: TeleMagic Inc to name three of the 20 supported formats. 800-17950 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75252 Tel: 800-668-1015, http: //www.telemagic.corn There is also support for the PalmPilot. Ruth Matthews, spokesperson for Janna Suggested retail price: $395 Contact Systems, says the one word that best sums up JC Pro is indispensable. "Janna TeleMagic Professional for Windows is a Contact Professional's ease-of-use, contact- Windows 95 and NT program born from the centric document management and Microsoft telemarketing world. The program is perfectly look and feel make this product indispensable functional but somewhat long in the tooth. TeleMagic 3.0 has been around for a few years for any corporate workgroup." Janna Contact Professional should be a and remains popular with telephone sales serious consideration for your CM program. companies. One of the features TeleMagic 3.0 Visit its Web page for a chart showing why the brought to the program was enhanced faxing company thinks JC Pro beats the competition. capability; however, this feature does not work under NT. Where the program does well is in its abilMaximlzer $.0 ity to be customized. Richard Basa, Canadian From: Multiactive Software T e l eMagic e x plains, 1090 W. Pender St., 9th Floor, Vancouver, BCV6E 2NT representative f o r "TeleMagic V3 introduced the concept of fully Tel: 604-601-8000, http: //www.maximizer.corn customizable everything. 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work. If the work is submitted in an unfinished manner, rather than correcting it yourself (also known as upward delegation), return, it in a tactful manner with an explanation of the finishing touches required. This will also help the employee's personal growth and Too many telephone calls Ensure that written and verbal telephone mes- understanding of the business. Encourage sages are complete. Knowing not only the staff to ask questions if they are uncertainname and phone number of the person call- remember, dumb questions are easier to haning but also the purpose of the call enables dle than dumb mistakes! you to deal with the response quickly and effectively, often delegating the response to Perfectionism someone else. Make your calls before lunch or Striving for excellence is healthy, gratifying, towards the end of the day when people are and attainable. However, aiming for perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a waste of time. less likely to chat.

Overscheduling: too much to do Concentrate on important items and disregard the trivial. Use your diary to plan your day and prepare a priority list of tasks. Leam to say no. Delegate.

Too much paper Deal with each piece of paper only once. If it is junk mail, throw it out. If it is for the file, file it immediately. If it requires a response, a handwritten reply or a telephone call may suffice. Or delegate routine matters to another staff mem-

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Be certain they start and end on time, and follow the agenda. Keep on topic. Ensure that a summary is given, noting any action to be taken after the meeting and by whom. Errors Draw conclusions from errors made, and avoid repetition. Perhaps retraining of personnel is necessary, or instructions need to be clarified. Have job procedures detailed in writing and included in your procedures manual for circulation and future reference. Ask the person in the position to draft the detailed job procedures for your later review. This also helps reinforce to the individual the step-by-step process involved. Lack of communication State clearly what is expected when assigning

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Road tests Continuedfrom page $2 of using the weight-saving insert. There are definitely a lot of options with this model, which also has the added benefit of being quite small and portable, considering what' s incl'uded. The lack of the modem may be a big drawback for the regular traveler, espedally as its price tag is already so high. In all other respects, the 4150 is thoroughly impressive.

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In a lineup of impressive notebooks from Size and usability: IBM, the 770 is the flagship. IBM has tradi• Like a lot of ThinkPads, this is a bit thicker than Hyperdata's notebooks are always nice most notebooks, and abit heavy when sitting on the tionally paid a lot of attention to the small machines to look at. The 3012, supplied to us things, from the durability of the casing to the lap. by Computron Systems, offers a great balance ease ofuse of the keyboard and pointer con• Construction is nice and solid. Some other notebetween performance and price with some troL In addition to the basics, the 770 also books feel a bit fragile, but this one is built to take a good multimedia options thrown in. With all little bit more of the abuse that happens in portable supports hotswapping of the drives, which is a of the components fitting in the case at the big plus for a machine that doesn't contain all situations. same time and a built-in 56Kbps modem, it of the components simultaneously. As it has • The full-sized keyboard with separated function makes a great t raveling machine, too! the modem onboard, and great multimedia keys is incredibly nice to work with. Definitely worth checking out. • The track-point control is wonderful, and a third capabilities (including video capture), this button underneath the usual left/right-click buttons makes a great portable powerhouse for the IBII TIeiedrlvad 770 person on the road. controls scrolling in applications that support it Suggested retail price: $6,999 Sotware: • There are no Windows keys on this machine, which • Windows 98 comes standard with the 3012. Software: NEC Versa LX 4$0 • The notebook ships with the ATI DVD player soft- • The model we tested only ships with Windows 95 can makemenuwork a bit more dgficult The trackSuggested retail price: $6,375 point increases the usability of the 770, though. (with Active Desktop). ware, which is nice to use. (Note: The quoted price is for the unit with DVD • Only one of the removabl e -media drives t h — e DVD • Other software installed included CardWorks, Size and usability: or floppy — will fit in at a time, but they are hotswap- player and MPEG card, minrrs the CD-ROM drive IntegiSync 97 file transfer software, IBM AntiVirus, • The size is comfortable for working in smaller inchaled with the base model. The base model is pable. Asymetrix Digital Video Producer, Ergonomics and spaces. available for a suggested retail price of • The 2 GB hard drive is a bit small. PointCast. The DVD drive and floppy drive are consolidated

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Expe ndability: • The 64 MB ofRAM are expandableto 256 MB. • There are two PCCard slots and oneUSBport. • The modem is built-in on thismadel, althoughthe DVD option (for the300 MHzversion) wouldmake

it necessaryfor theuserto usea PCCardmodem. The 8000 is the newest and brightest in Toshiba's Tecra series, and it is an attractive and functional machine even with the smaller screen and slower processor (there is a version available with a 14.4-inch screen and 300 MHz processor, for more money). The Tecra 8000 is thinner and lighter than many of the other performance machines tested this month, which is a big plus for the user on the go. With the hotswappable drives and the

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either hand, scrolling as I read — without the mouse touching the pad. : When is an ergonomic mouse not an This simple act made me even more conergonomic mouse7 A: When it's an scious of the little ways in which we tire ourergonomic mouse. Like humans, not all selves out as we use computers. Even in an ergon 'c devicesare created equal. This is a ergonomic chair with an ergonomic keyboard basic truth that is often overlooked — we aren' t and an ergonomic mouse, your body tenses suball built the same, so until someone finds a way to make gadgets that morph as you use them, no device will be perfect for everyone.

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Now that's ergonomic. Q Emru Townsend's left-handed sister helps him get in touch with his sinister side. You can get in touch with him at emru@cam.org.

Cordless Wheel Mouse Manufacturec Logitech http: //www.logitech.com Requires: Windows PC Suggested retail price: $79.95

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It's a remarkable progression from the early days of Linux, in which users had to deal with almost unimaginably complex installation and configuration procedures. Although l.inux still has far to go before it may be fairly called a "mainstream" solution, Fall Comdex 98 clearly shows it to be a category worth watching.

Campbell promotes federal e-comm plans Canadians were well represented at Fall Comdex 98. Canada's Consul-General in Los Angeles, and former prime minister, Kim Campbell spoke at a Canada at Comdex press conference, where she described the government's support for the 45-plus Canadian softSpeaking of mainstream... ware developers in attendance at the show, There were number of companies at Comdex Campbell also reviewed a document describshowing off voice recognition products, tooing the government's efforts toward the furDragon Systems Inc., w it h i t s D r agon ther development of e-commerce in Canada. NaturallySpeaking line, Lernout Er Hauspie The document, Ca>iadian Electronic Copnpnerce with its VoiceXpress product and, in a massive Strategy, is also available on the Industry booth second only t o t h e p r esence of Canada Web site at http: //e-corn.ic.gc.ca. Unux buzz Microsoft in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Later, Don Sylvester, senior vice-president Next day, it was off to the show itself — as Convention C e n ter, N e t herlands-based of sales for Corel Corp., provided details about usual, a sprawling panopoly of virtually every- Philips, with version 2 of its freely download- Corel's new WordPerfect 2000 Suite release. thing computer related. The major trends able (US$39 if you like it) speech product Matrox (which we didn't see elsewhere in the appeared to be flat-panel LCD displays, light- called FreeS peech98. show) and MGI software (which was demonweight portables, high-speed networking soluIBM — as well as several other major indus- strating an early version of its VideoWave softtions, easier connectivity (USB devices were try players (Dell, Compaq, and Apple to name a ware for BeOS in the Be booth) also gave prethere by the hundreds), and an operating sys- few) — didn't exhibit at the show, but its sentations at the Canadian press event, tem known as Linux — which The Computer ViaVoice 98 speech-recognition products could Meanwhile, on the show floor, Canadian Paper'spoll of show attendees clearly suggests be found at several booths, including that of a graphics card vendor ATI was making a big is most popularly pronounced "linnux" (with provider of one of the most interesting speech splash with its new Rage 128 series of 2D/3D emphasis on the first syllable, which is pro- recognition products we have seen. The prod- a ccelerators. Now expected to s h i p i n nounced like the first syllable in "linen" ), uct, Voice It (hitp://www,voiceit.corn), is a hand- December, the Rage 128 demonstration units The Linux display was one of busier areas held digital recorder that interfaces via a serial shown in the booth were demonstrably faster of the Sands Convention Centre and the cable (or USB in the near future to a desktop PC than competing Matrox G200, Nvidia Riva excitement of the crowd was palpable, It's no running either ViaVoice or NaturallySpeaking. TNT, or 3Dfx Voodoo Banshee-based products, wonder Gates is said to be worried about While t h i s i s not uni q ue — Olympus, (We' ll have a full report on graphics cards in Linux. Here's a free operating system that, in Dictaphone and others offer products with sim- our February edition of TCP.) 0 the case of the Caldera release being handed ilar capabilitie~h e Voice It software is brilout freely at the show, includes the ability to liant and the hardware/software bundle surpris- Graeme Berinett {graeme@tcp.ca) strained his fingers read and write Microsoft Office 95 files„a ingly inexpensive: under US$250 for the carrying bags of new product releases around all week Windows 95-lookalike interface and the abili- recorder and N a turaliySpeaking Mobile. at the show but managed to write this report anyway ty to be installed (or uninstalled) by simply Inddentally, ViaVoice won a shootout among Using Dragon NaturallySpeakiiig. Look for more inserting a bootable CD and turning the speech-recognition products conducted by a Comdex reports onThe Computer Paper'sWebsite at machine on. U.S. ma azine at the show. htt;//www,tcp.ca.

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al show, however. A number of other intriguing trends would catch the eye of even the LAS VEGAS —After years of y earningto corn- m o st casual observer. One was the preponderpete with the likes of IBM and Oracle for the e nce of color LCD flat-panel displays from database investment dollars of large corpora- every major manufacturer you can think oftions, Microsoft president Steve Ballmer said at i n cluding Viewsonic, Toshiba and NEC. Fall Comdex 98 that the company h a s fi n a lly found the weapon it needs to crack this market. It is Microsoft SQL Server 7.0, the company's new "enterprise database" software, which Ballmer :" I says will cover the needs o f 95 p ercent o f t h e world's largest companies. Until the release of SQL Server 7.0, Microsoft was routinely criticized for not having the ability to "scale" its database products to the needs of bigger firms.

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was one of two majo launches by Microsoft at Comdex (the other was Microsoft Office 2000 Premium Edition) and was broadcast live to more than 30,000 customers and partners in 53 countries. In addition, Microsoft said it had more than 300 software vendors demonstrating "best-of-breed applications" designed for SQL Server 7.0, and 13,000 Microsoft Certified Solution Providers (MCSPs) ready to support immediate customer development and deployment projects. In fact, the only thing Microsoft didn't have at Comdex was a shipping copy of the product. At the launch, Microsoft would only pledge that SQL Server 7.0 would be available in the reseller channel "within 45 days." Despite this delay, a number of "key customers" have already been working with Microsoft to implement beta versions of SQL Server 7.0, and some of them took to the stage in Las Vegas. Their appearances were a.mixture of shameless self-promotion and revival t ent e n t h usiasm a s Pe n n zoi l Co . , HarperCollins Publishers Inc., bamesandnoble.corn inc., SportsLine USA, Elcor Corp. and LA Cellular each talked about how great they were — and how SQL Server 7;0 will make them even greater. Microsoft lists the major advances in SQL Server 7.0 as improvements to transaction performance, online backup and replication, as well as innovations in auto-tuning and auto-configuration. It is billing SQL Server 7.0 as "the easiest platform on which to design, build, manage and use data warehousing solutions, bringing information to all organizar tional levels in time to make critical business

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primary method of heating some homes). Most Canadian cities have companies that Some people have suggested you should provide home and office water cooler services. keep enough cash on hand for the first three water and propane. The propane would allow You can start getting bottled water delivered months of the year 2000, but I don't recom- you to use your BBQ to cook some meals. Do to your home or office anytime. Some time mend that. You put yourself at risk of robbery not use your BBQ to heat your home! Instead before the millennium you can order extra by having a lot of cash in the house. Also a invest in a wood-burning fireplace for the liv- bottles, just in case. Of course, you don't have run on the banks for hard currency can create ing room or den, if you don't already have one. to invest in a water cooler to stock up on the worst of all economic catastrophes. A fireplace would be great for providing heat water but I'm told you should boil all stored In the worst of all possible scenarios we until gas and power are restored (although water before drinking it. might have a situation like the ice storms in there have been concerns expressed about the If you rely on one source of income or live Eastern Canada last winter, where those affect- hazards associated with using fireplaces as a alone, then make plans to be with friends or relatives during this time. They will appreciate the extra help and pooling resources in a time of crisis, even a technological one, brings people and nations together.' ss $ g( I would like to add that while the YZK problem is finally getting general media attention, most large companies and g agencies, both here and around the world, = have been working on this problem for several +'' ~ years now. I think we will see some companies and some government agencies fail to fix their Y2K problems but the fallout of these failures t won't be as bad as is being suggested. I must, however, concede the fact that while Canada, the U.S. and Australia are among the world leaders on Y2K-compliance efforts, sadly Russia, China and most of the developing world is far behind and may not make the deadline. However, it is in all our best interests to fix our Y2K problems before the Dec. 31, 1999 Sale Price Sale Price Sale Price deadline. Our efforts to eradicate the Y2K problem will have to be met with a commit5789 tsmse: $27/month 5 t939 Lease: $45/month 585 9 te ase: $29/month ment to help these countries if their Y2Kcompliance programs are to be successful. 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and breed of pet has a written description that can be read aloud to them. Other activities include going to the vet clinic when the pets have problems, such as a cut paw, a cold or a scratchy coat. The latter, of course, is the result of fleas and the vet will show these to the players through a magnifying glass. Other creative activities include designing a fish tank, complete with plants, props and fish. Kids can also go to the grooming area to brush the furrypets or createwackyoutfits for the parrot or any other animal in the pet shop. The results of these activities can be

My Very First Little People Play House is part of a newwaveof "lapware," in which a tot sits in your lap while you monitor and aid their play on the computer. While it may seem like printed out so you might want to stock upon software developers are stretching the market spare inkjet cartridges. Kids can also try their hand at feeding the, a bit, tots are active rather than passive creatures, who are driven to develop skills such as animals and learning what is appropriate food walking, talking, and riding tricycles. And for each pet. using a computer is a just high-tech variation on typical games that help them develop Big Action Carage While Big Action Garage has the same age rathand<ye coordination and their attention ing as Pet Shop, it has features that should spans.

Younger tots can tap any key on the key- also appeal to six-year-olds. There are six fun board to prompt an on-saeen activity. The auto-related activities that stimulate explogames can be also switched to mouse control

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the opening of a new "'outfltters" in Toronto, one of those placeswhere you can find outdoorsy clothes and accessories: warm comfy plaid shirts, parkas,

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a video screen showing the store's making ofCanada, and„some might argue, in the formation of a new Web site. In addition to a "bricksend-mortar" retail operation Canadian personality, if one really in downtown Toronto catering to exists. Founded in 1670 with a royal C anadian shoppers, th e H B C charter from England's King Charles Outfitters' store was simultaneeusly II, the Company of Adventurers launching a global presence on the Trading into Hudson's Bay (also Werld Wide Web, aiming te sell a known as the HBC, an initialism taste of Canada's outdoors to cus- that is sometimes taken to stand for

tomers from Japan to Morocco. Crazy Canncks Canada is a strange country by any 'measure: incredibly rich in natural

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operations and its activities, It com-

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both here and abroad. The Hudson's Bay Company began as an intermediary for the

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