By: Barbara Stefaney
Abstract: Daily news summary for 5 November 1999. By Barb Stefaney.
Not too surprising, we are getting closer to the day when critical NASA
functions will be triggered from a secure laptop. AppNet,
Inc. of Bethesda, MD. has been awarded a contract by NASA's
Goddard Space Flight Center to engineer methodologies that will enable
scientists to monitor and analyze space activity, directly from secure Web
sites, via laptops.
Included in the AppNet effort will be the creation of technology to build
"intelligent" spacecraft capable of self-diagnosing irregularities and
then triggering remedial activity. It is reported that crafts that veer off
orbit, overheat from overexposure to the sun, lose their attitude, or fail to perform
mission-critical functions, will now be able to identify the problem and
self-correct. Such spacecraft will also have the ability to page NASA personnel
who, from their laptops, will be immediately accessible to respond to any
The expected retail cost of the first version of laptop launch will be
Interested in Linux, but think it might be over-kill for your needs? Thank
again. LinuxOne of
Mountain View, CA. has just launched their newest offering, Linux
One Lite. Targeted at the beginner or lower-tiered user, LinuxOne Lite is a
simple, economical way to become acquainted with the application, eliminating
the need to initially purchase a power-user version.
LinuxOne Lite is Windows-based and features:
For a short time, LinuxOne Lite can be purchased at an introductory price of
US$9.95. The planned retail cost is US$29.95. Visit LinuxOne's Web
site for information on how to order.
Lucent Technologies has just
added to the capabilities of its Definity
software by giving remote workers access to the Definity Enterprise
Communications Server -- formerly available only in the office
environment. This enhancement allows for remote launch of a voice and data
conference call where participants can access and edit a shared file from their
own PCs. This new capability precludes the need for businesses to purchase
new equipment to handle such a collaboration.
In addition to remote single-line users having the ability to receive
multiple incoming calls, the Definity AnyWhere upgraded solution also features:
Users simply need a telephone, a Java-enabled browser on a PC and any T.120
data sharing application. Definity AnyWhere resides on a Windows NT server,
connecting to the Definity ECS or Definity ProLogix via a LAN interface
card. It can manage multiple PBXs of any size.
The Definity AnyWhere package is comprised of Lucent's CentreVU, Netscape
FastTrack Server and Netscape Directory Server. Sold on a concurrent user
basis, the cost per license runs between US$120 and US$220.
2.0, just released by the AG
Group may be of interest. WatchPoint 2.0 is a scalable application that
monitors and analyzes how your Web site content is being used and how
efficiently information is being distributed.
WatchPoint 2.0's in-depth HTTP and FTP analysis and reporting frees you from
the traditional, time-consuming log file analysis. It uses network monitoring to
measure Internet activity through the capture and re-assembly of all packets
passing back and forth between all TCP connections. Then key information is
extracted, analyzed and compiled in an easy-to-understand graphical report.
New features in WatchPoint 2.0 include:
For a trial run, visit AG Group's Web site and download
a demo of WatchPoint 2.0.
Untangling the component-availability jumble is the aim of Princeton
Softech's new Component
Factory, a model-driven tool set that enables fast deployment of scaleable,
flexible business applications. Component Factory lets companies implement a
supplier/consumer model of component-based development. Suppliers can now
access and take advantage of existing IT assets to build new components and
consumers can assemble applications from pre-supplied components.
The Component Factory suite of products will be available later this month. A
ten-seat bundle will be priced at US$55K.
Sun Microsystems Inc. has just
announced the Solaris 8
Early Access Program, giving any interested party a preview of their new
Unix operating system. Sun's intention is to put their product before as many
potential users as possible, a strategic move in the battle of the OSes.
Available for Sparc and Intel systems, Solaris 8 software combines the needs of
both the datacenter and dotcom communities.
Utilizing second-generation 64-bit technology and supporting IPv6, Solaris 8
erases limitations that exist in Windows and other operating systems. This new
OS will support an almost infinite number of Internet addresses, supports 18 exabytes
of memory, and handles up to a million concurrent processes. It supports the
latest technologies from the desktop to the Internet, including Java2, Java
Media Framework, X-server video enhancements, PDA synchronization, and Networked
Real Time processing.
A Web installation feature makes Solaris 8 installation a snap. There is no
need to stop processing while an upgrade download is happening -- simply reboot
when the download completes. Existing Solaris applications will not be a problem
-- they are already compatible with Solaris 8. To assure compatibility, Sun has
included an application certification tool called AppCert.
The Solaris 8 Early Access kit contains a CD with software and license,
AppCert, documentation and an unlimited license for StarOffice, Sun's
productivity software suite. Visit Sun's Web
site to register for your copy.
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