By: Barbara Stefaney
Abstract: Daily news summary for 4 November 1999. By Barb Stefaney
The latest in enterprise and personal wireless data solutions will be the
focus of BellSouth Wireless
Data's Wireless Alliance and Vision Exchange 2000, to be held 13 to 15 Mar.
2000 in San Diego. WAVE 2000 will bring industry leaders together to get an in-depth
look at cutting-edge wireless data solutions, says BellSouth.
The event will be a combination developer conference and end user function,
offering both business and technical information as well as an exhibition of the
latest wireless data solutions enabled by the nationwide BellSouth Intelligent
Wireless Network. WAVE 2000 will feature keynote speakers, technical and general
business sessions, application demonstrations, optional day-long workshops,
expert presentations, and a gala reception.
WAVE 2000 is open to wireless data developers and end users, hardware
manufacturers, systems integrators, resellers and distributors, and solution
providers. Among the sponsors of the event are Microsoft, Ericsson, and
Visit the WAVE
2000 Web site for more information or to register.
Computer Access Technology
Corp. has beefed up its USB Chief Bus & Protocol Analyzer
development tools with increased functionality. Added to the family of tools are
three new features: secondary recording channel, class/vendor-specific decoding,
and advance event counting and sequencing.
The new features are seamlessly integrated with all the test and analysis
features available in the line of USM Chief bus & protocol analyzers,
including the newly announced Chief Plus, says CATC. According to the company,
the enhancements will make the design process in the development of USB devices
faster and simpler.
The new secondary recording channel enables developers to record bus traffic
on two USB branches simultaneously, allowing for analysis of traffic from both
channels. Class/vendor-specific decoding provides designers with the English
language equivalent of numerous data string command structures. Designers no
longer need to memorize command structure sequences and mentally decode each
sequence to interpret interaction between the device and its host system --
which was a long and error-prone process. The advanced event counting and
sequencing options allow the user to configure and control the order in which
selected events will trigger the Chief Analyzer or filter the recording.
The enhancements are free to existing and new CATC customers.
Developers of Linux-based embedded systems have a new source for news,
information, products, and links to embedded Linux resources: LinuxDevices.com.
The Internet startup gives developers a means to locate the information and
components they need for incorporating the popular Linux operating system into
non-desktop applications, says LinuxDevices.com.
The new Web site is the latest project of Rick Lehrbaum, well-known in the
embedded computer industry as a founder of Ampro Computers Inc. That company
invented the highly popular PC/104 embedded PC standard.
Lehrbaum said that LinuxDevices.com aims to be the "global 'embedded
Linux portal'," offering news, articles, events, links, jobs, polls, and an
interactive forum -- all focused on using Linux in embedded applications.
"LinuxDevices.com...will be an active player in helping bring coherence to
the sometimes fragmented Linux world," said Lehrbaum.
Dissatisfied with e-signature technology? Maybe this will change your mind. A
liaison between Interlink
Electronics of Camarillo, CA., and Montreal-based Silanis
Technology may yield the e-signature and authentication solution you've been
waiting for. A blending of Interlink's new e-Pad
signature input pad with Silanis' ApproveIt
secure signature software, will give e-business a more secure and exacting tool
for network, Intranet and Internet transactions.
Interlink's e-Pad signature pad makes signing comfortable -- almost like
signing paper itself. The intelligent ePad captures the penmanship style of the
signer, the pressure placed on the pad to write a signature, and the time it
takes to complete the signing task. ApproveIt software then affixes the
signature to the target document, making it a permanent and unalterable
attachment. Aside from its many security
features, ApproveIt offers "one-pen" signing for all Microsoft
Office applications, rapid electronic approval, and controlled document
According to Tommy Petrogiannis, president of Silanis, "Of the 75
million Microsoft Office users worldwide, most remain paperbound due in part to
the lack of an electronic signature component within their application."
Mr. Petrogiannis goes on to say, "Widespread adoption of electronic
approval software, such as ApproveIt, need no longer be bound by the cost
constraints associated with sophisticated hardware."
solution is expected to cost under US$100 per workstation.
Touting its user-friendliness and initial customer success rate,
MandrakeSoft announces Linux-Mandrake
6.1, an easy-to-use distribution of Linux for the home or business user. Linux
Mandrake 6.1 is based upon Linux, the full 32-bit multitasking OS, and runs on
most Pentium and compatible architectures. It combines the power of Unix with
the flexibility of the KDE
graphical desktop. Other graphical desktops like Gnome, AfterStep, WindowMaker,
IceWM, XFCE, FVWM are also supported.
The Linux-Mandrake 6.1 PowerPack Edition features:
For a list of resellers in your area, please visit MandrakeSoft's Web
Pricing for Microsoft Windows 2000 OS has just been announced. The retail
price tags vary greatly, depending on the user's requirements. In this unusual
step -- advance pricing has not been made available up until now -- Microsoft
has taken aggressive measures to win over competitive software subscribers. For
example, if you're a Novell
NetWare user, you can take advantage of a 10-user license pack of Windows 2000 for under US$600. Upgrading to the most current NetWare release is
estimated to run over US$1,000.
The Windows NT community can take advantage of an upgrade package
Windows 2000 Professional for US$149 -- half of its planned retail cost.
Are you a Windows 95 or Windows 98 aficionado? For a little
over US$200 you too can migrate to Windows 2000 Professional.
The target release date is 17
Feb. 2000 -- this includes OEM, channel and retail shipments.
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