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ONSTREAM IN BANKRUPTCY

OnStream made tape backup systems. I loved them. Unparalleled reliability. A unique tape format, but I never had a problem with one of their cartridges. When I think of the hours...

GOOGLE TOOLBAR

Google continues to provide search results that are so accurate that it's spooky. It bears repeating - as much as I hate screen clutter, I recommend the Google Toolbar, a browser...

FLAT-PANEL MONITORS

Prices on flat-panel monitors are finally falling. and it looks like this summer will be the time to buy one. The prediction is that a 15" flat-screen monitor will be in the $400...

AFTER NAPSTER

Napster is gone. Its death may be more or less protracted, but it's all over. There will now be a period of confusion - most of you will be well served by waiting until the dust...

GINGER UNWRAPPED

Ginger, the much-hyped device invented by Dean Kamen, apparently is a two-wheeled scooter-like device that will run nearly emission-free using a hydrogen-based engine.Here's an...

NEW VERSION OF MICROSOFT OFFICE SOON

Microsoft Office XP will arrive in a few months, the successor to MS Office 2000. Not much information on new features, but the company believes it's an important new release,...

GATEWAY FINANCIAL WOES

While Dell continues to be a strong company and a great choice when you're in the market for a new system, Gateway has been floundering. Although I was an early Gateway booster,...

GRAPHICS PRIMER

I know lots of people who are finding that working with images on a computer is hard and mysterious. It's taken me years to get grounded - and all that experience has mostly...

SLAMMING JUDGE JACKSON

If you're following the Microsoft hearings, the best part was the obvious distaste shown the by appellate panel for Judge Jackson's outrageous anti-Microsoft ravings in the...

INTEL NETWORK CARD

Network cards for notebooks can be frustrating. Typically they either require a dongle (a separate short length of wire with connectors on it that everybody loses) or a pop-out...

CHEAP STUFF

Prices on computer products have fallen so fast that it can be frustrating - it's hard to throw things away, yet the numbers sometimes require it. Want a good example? How about...

DIRECPC TWO-WAY SATELLITE ACCESS

DirecPC is the satellite Internet service offered by Hughes. It's been frustrating up to now because it requires a dialup connection for your outgoing traffic. A two-way,...