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InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors

September 08-16 2001

About News and Rumors. InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors is a daily column. It features news coverage of new PC and Mac computer hardware and software, Internet news, and other technical news items.
Every Sunday, News and Rumors features "Sunday Shopping Watch", which is a comparison and analysis of Sunday computer store advertisements.
The Computer News and Rumors is an archived column, so feel free to review previous week's or month's computer news by clicking on the link below. Previous computer news articles can also be searched, by using our site search feature found in the right-hand column.

InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors Article Index
(Click on story to read, use your Browser's back button to return to the Index.)
Sep 16 Sunday Shopping Watch
Sep 15 Airlines May Need Significant Capital In Order to Recover
Sep 15 Restoring IT Capabilities Estimated to Cost $15.8 Billion
Sep 15 UPS Reinstating Its Guarantees
Sep 14 Vast Majority of Americans Support a Formal Declaration of War
Sep 14 dotPhoto, Inc. Hosts Free Photo Gallery to Help Identify Missing Persons
Sep 14 UPS Air Operations Resume Thursday Night
Sep 14 Discover Card Suspends Late Fee Charges
Sep 14 Email Spammers Run Donation Scam
Sep 13 SONICblue Expands RioVolt Product Line with Two New Players
Sep 13 Survey Finds 20% of Business Transactions Will Be Wireless by 2003
Sep 13 Noted Economists Say No Long Term Damage to Economy
Sep 13 to Offer 24-Hour Online Donation Site
Sep 12 Business Leaders Announce Fundraising for Terrorism Victims
Sep 12 Matrix.Net Reports That Internet Withstands Attack On America
Sep 12 Prodigy Announces National `I'm Okay' Message Center
Sep 12 United Messaging Offers Free E-mail to World Trade Center Businesses
Sep 12 Intel Unveils Next Generation 802.11a Products and 802.11b Family
Sep 12 Winstation Introduces 240-Mbyte SuperDisk Drive
Sep 11 Tyan and SOYO announce i845 chipset motherboards
Sep 11 COMDEX Returns to Atlanta in 2002
Sep 11 HP Introduces High-Performance PC and Workstation Products
Sep 11 Fujitsu Unveils Next Generation Pen Tablet PC
Sep 11 New FaxFilter Stops Junk Faxes
Sep 10 Intel 845 Chipset Supports PC133 SDRAM Memory
Sep 10 Hitachi and SimpleTech Announce High-Speed MultiMediaCards
Sep 10 Sony's MYLO Wireless Service Now Available
Sep 10 Brother Expands Line of Color Inkjet MFCs
Sep 10 JVC Announces New 'HDVideo' Recorder
Sep 09 Sunday Shopping Watch

Sep 16 - Sunday Shopping Watch.
Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week.
Best Buy
is giving away 1 year of free MSN with any computer purchase. They are also offering $100 mail-in rebates on all 1 GHz desktop packages and notebooks, and 12 month no interest financing on all computer purchases over $598.
Circuit City has no store-wide sales this Sunday (individual items may be on sale).
Office Depot has no store-wide sales this Sunday (individual items may be on sale).
CompUSA is offering a fee Windows XP Starter Kit with purchase of any XP capable desktop or notebook. They are also offering no interest for 12 months on Pentium 4 based desktops $999 or higher.
Staples has no ad this Sunday.

Internet Rebates. All stores continue to offer 3 year, $400 Internet Rebates. Please see our article, What You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth discussion of Internet Rebates.

Definitions. A complete system/package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer and then ordered from a vendor's store. In addition to the computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).

* Prices discussed in this article. Advertisers typically deduct the $400 Internet rebate from an items true price. We report all prices without subtracting the $400 Internet rebate, however all other rebates and discounts are usually subtracted.
Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

Best Deals this Sunday
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 800 MHz complete system
Best Pentium III System
HP 1 GHz complete system
Best Pentium 4 System
HP 1.3 GHz complete system
Best Buy
Best Duron System
None Advertised
Best High End Athlon System
Compaq 1.2 GHz complete system
Best Buy
1. Best Low Cost Notebook
Compaq 800 MHz Celeron with DVD
Best Buy
2. Best Low Cost Notebook
Toshiba 800 MHz Celeron with DVD
CompUSA, Circuit City
Best High-end Notebook
Compaq AMD Athlon 1 GHz
Office Depot

Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of the highlights of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article should help you to make informed buying decisions.

Sep 15 - Airlines May Need Significant Capital In Order to Recover. SH&E announced today that the airline industry will be facing an unprecedented financial crisis due to the tragic events of earlier this week. SH&E economists estimate that US carriers are likely to experience a "Terrorism Impact" -- losing $ 15 Billion in revenue over the next twelve months.
"Airlines will need capital in order to weather the storm and there is a real question of whether the capital markets will be interested" stated David Treitel, Chairman of SH&E. "The industry has never experienced anything like this historically and it may be necessary for the federal government to step in and help out in order to maintain the integrity of the nations air transportation system."
"Today we have a whole segment of the US industry that is so weak financially as to be threatened with bankruptcy or a liquidation. The terrorist acts will exacerbate the troubles of the industry," continued Treitel. Scott Gibson, Senior Vice President of SH&E estimates that the U.S. airlines experienced a net loss of $ 275 million per day for each day that the industry is shut down. This is in addition to a current poor economic environment resulting from high fuel prices, a slowing economy, and new labor contracts that saw the industry forecasted to loosed as much as $ 8-10 billion over the next twelve months.
SH&E is one of the world's largest consulting firm specializing in commercial aviation. They can be found on the Web at

Sep 15 - Restoring IT Capabilities Estimated to Cost $15.8 Billion. Computer Economics has examined several factors and interviewed many information technology (IT) and communications workers to analyze the economic impact of recent terrorist attacks on the IT and communications services in Manhattan and at the Pentagon.
To date we have complied information that shows that the costs of restoring IT and communications capabilities is $15.8 billion.

Immediate Impact: $1.7 billion

Over 25,000 IT and telecommunications workers around the world have been working intensely to assure continuity of service. They will continue to be busy dealing with service issues over the next several weeks. In addition, there is a need for immediate equipment replacement and of contractors and service companies to provide support to in-house efforts.

Long Term Impact in End-User Organizations: $8.1 billion

Banking and financial services organizations are among the most information technology intensive industries in the world. It is likely that over 100,000 information intensive workers will be relocated to temporary and new permanent facilities. The costs include acquiring and installing the necessary telecommunications and data communications support and replacing servers, computers, workstations, terminals, printers and other equipment.

Long-term Impact on Communications Infrastructure: $6 billion

It may take several weeks to determine the full extent of damage to communications facilities in Manhattan. It is clear, however, that many facilities have been rendered inoperative. It has taken many years to build the infrastructure. In addition, the underground installations of Manhattan have and will continue to be damaged as the clean up and reconstruction takes place over the next several years. The cost to access, repair, redesign, and replace the capacity that was damaged or destroyed will of course be highly dependent on how the several block area around the World Trade Center complex is rebuilt and developed during the next several years.
Computer Economics is an independent research firm specializing in helping business decision-makers plan, manage, and control technology costs through advisory services, analyst support, and innovative advisory Web sites. The company an be found on the Web at

Sep 15 - UPS Reinstating Its Guarantees. UPS today announced it would reinstate its domestic money-back delivery guarantees starting with packages picked up on Monday, Sept. 17.
The decision follows the resumption of air operations on Friday, both in the United States and on international routes.
The money-back guarantees will not apply to packages destined for certain areas of Manhattan closed by the city of New York, or to portions of Washington, D.C., in and around the Pentagon. UPS plans to reinstate international guarantees once all of its airport gateways around the world finish compliance with Federal Aviation Administration standards.
Earlier Friday, UPS restored its U.S. air operations and successfully moved its Next Day Air(R) packages impacted by the tragic events of the past week. The U.S. domestic air system now is fully operational.
Throughout the week, UPS's extensive ground network has operated normally, even as it expanded to keep air express packages moving.
UPS is the world's largest express carrier and largest package delivery company, serving more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., the company is located on the Web at

Sep 14 - Vast Majority of Americans Support a Formal Declaration of War. StrategyOne, a public opinion research division of Edelman Public Relations, released the results of a national telephone survey of 500 American adults (18 years of age or older). The survey was fielded the evening of September 12, 2001. Edelman Public Relations maintains two offices in Florida, one in Miami and the second in Melbourne.

Declare War

Support for military action is extremely high. Ninety-two percent of Americans support (while 80% "strongly support") taking military action. Seventy-eight percent support (while 58% "strongly support") taking military action even if it meant civilian casualties among foreign citizens. Seventy-four percent support (while 54% "strongly support") engaging in military action even if such action leads to casualties among U.S. military personnel.
"Beyond the shock and horror felt as a result of these attacks, it is clear that the overwhelming majority of Americans also want to engage the enemy on whatever battlefields are necessary in order to punish those responsible," said Steve Lombardo, President and CEO of StrategyOne.

Bush Leadership

Sixty-seven percent of Americans think that the tone of President George W. Bush's comments during his national address on the night of September 11, 2001 was "just right" while twenty-three percent thought they "weren't tough enough." Only four percent felt they were "too tough." Thirty-one percent of Democrats think that the President should have taken a harder line in his comments.
"Clearly President Bush has a window of political opportunity to mobilize public opinion for the military response he chooses. How long this window stays open is the question," continued Lombardo.
Eighty-nine percent of Americans approve of President Bush's handling of the situation. Ninety-one percent approve of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's handling of the crisis compared to 83% for U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and 64% for former General Norman Schwarzkopf.
Thinking back to the election controversy of last year, in the light of the events of September 11, a majority of Americans (54%) think we are better off with President Bush in office while 20% believe that we would be better off had Vice President Gore been elected and was in office on that date.
When asked "what one person displayed considerable courage and leadership during the crisis of September 11, 2001," (an open-ended question), a plurality of Americans volunteered "President George W. Bush" (23%). New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (21%) placed second, followed by Secretary of State Colin Powell (15%), former General Norman Schwarzkopf (3%), and New York Governor George Pataki (3%).

Foreign Threats And Support for Defense Shield

When asked, in an open-ended fashion, what foreign power represents the most significant threat to the United States today, a plurality responded "terrorist organizations" (25%) followed by Afghanistan (15%), China (14%), Iraq (11%), and the Palestinian Authority/Chairman Yassir Arafat (8%). Three percent volunteered "the Taliban."
Fifty-nine percent of Americans support spending money on a national defense shield while twenty-five percent are opposed (16% are uncertain on this issue). This support is consistent among all demographic clusters, including Democrats (52%).

Air Travel

Eighty-nine percent of Americans support having armed, undercover security guards on commercial passenger airplanes (70% "strongly support" this action).
A plurality of Americans (44%) would feel more comfortable flying on a domestic carrier such as Delta or U.S. Air rather than an international carrier such as Air France or British Air (7%) on their next flight. Nineteen percent volunteer "neither" while another fourteen percent say that they would be comfortable on either type of carrier. Sixteen percent "do not know."
Edelman Public Relations Worldwide ( is a global communications firm with capabilities in all facets of public relations.

Sep 14 - dotPhoto, Inc. Hosts Free Photo Gallery to Help Identify Missing Persons. In an effort to assist those with loved ones that are missing during times of intense recovery and rescue activities in New York City and Washington D.C., dotPhoto, Inc., the leading online photo-sharing and digital photography Internet resource, is hosting still photos of victims of missing persons on at no cost.
Among those still missing family members, there are unanswered questions and disappearing hopes. Thousands more people are expected to be located as the search and rescue mission continues. "We hope that our service may allow a photo to speak for people who can not speak for themselves. An online database may also help individuals outside of New York and Washington D.C. contribute information to searchers and medical professionals in those cities," says Glenn Paul, co-founder and CEO of dotPhoto, Inc.
dotPhoto is encouraging those with photos of missing persons to upload them through the main dotPhoto Web page at dotPhoto's has enabled a search button for "missing person" that will find any photo that includes the phrase "missing person" in the caption or photo description. Users can also add voice files and detailed biographical information at their option.
This will assist officials in identifying survivors and casualties of the attack sites. To satisfy family needs for multiple copies of the uploaded photo, family members are encouraged to print copies of the photo on their computer printers from the dotPhoto page. Other web sites can also link to photo management pages at dotPhoto.
"The Internet continues to emerge as the most efficient medium for image and information exchange. To that end, we hope that dotPhoto can help unite people faster with their loved ones," continues Paul. "Many phone numbers in New York are overwhelmed; perhaps our tool can be a better clearing house for this kind of information."
For those looking for information on people still missing, police and hospital officials have provided an emergency phone number to call 212-447-2998.

Sep 14 - UPS Air Operations Resume Thursday Night. UPS said today it expected to run a "full up" air operation Thursday night and as a result, would deliver almost all of its backlog of Next Day Air(R) express packages by Friday morning.
All other air packages will be delivered by early next week.
"UPS's integrated air and ground network allows us to clear our system of any backlog rapidly and to provide our customers the best service possible in these trying times," said UPS Chairman and CEO Jim Kelly. "We've kept most of the air packages moving via our ground network the last two days so we've had a good headstart. We'll get most of our delayed express volume delivered Friday morning."
UPS's announcement followed the issuance of an order Thursday morning by Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta reopening the national air system. The company said it already had come into compliance with new security guidelines issued by the federal government.
"In addition, we have been assured by the various U.S. airports we use that they will be up and running tonight after complying with the FAA's directives," said Kelly. "So we're preparing for full operation. We're also hopeful the FAA will clear the way for international flights soon."
Ever since Tuesday's tragic terrorism attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., UPS's ground network has operated in a near normal fashion even as it expanded to handle many of the express packages that typically would move by air.
Deliveries and pickups occurred on schedule, with the exception of portions of Manhattan and Washington, and ground and air packages kept moving through the integrated transportation network. Outside the United States, the company is operating close to normal within the various regions of the world.
Wednesday night, UPS was allowed to move 11 jet freighters in preparation for a full-scale reopening of its air system. Another 25-to-30 jets will be moved this afternoon.
"Our thoughts and prayers remain with those people who were impacted by the tragic events in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania," Kelly concluded. "At the same time, we have been extremely proud of our employees' efforts during these trying times in keeping the flow of commerce and critical supplies moving."
On disaster relief efforts, Kelly said UPS already is working with federal and national relief organizations as well as community leaders to coordinate the movement of supplies. Individuals interested in assisting should contact those organizations, such as the American Red Cross.
UPS is the world's largest express carrier and largest package delivery company, serving more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., the company is located on the Web at

Sep 14 - Discover Card Suspends Late Fee Charges; Additional Services Established. Discover (R) Financial Services, a business unit of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MWD), announced that it is eliminating all late fee charges effective today until normal mail service is restored.
"We know many Discover Cardmembers are affected by this national crisis and as a result, we want to make sure that our Cardmembers will not be financially penalized by this horrible tragedy, " said David Nelms, president and chief operating officer, Discover Financial Services, Inc. "We also want our Cardmembers to know that we fully support them at 1-800-DISCOVER 24 hours a day to help them through this time."
Discover Card is providing additional assistance to its Cardmembers with services including necessary emergency credit line increases and the issuance of replacement Discover Cards. Discover Cardmembers can also make payments at
"We are monitoring the mail situation and are committed to continuing to provide our Cardmembers and Merchants with superior customer service. We will take additional steps, as necessary," added Nelms.

Sep 14 - Email Spammers Run Donation Scam. Network World news publication just reported that the American Red Cross and email advocacy groups warn today of online scams in the guise of soliciting donations for victims of this week's terrorist attacks. The scam is taking the form of spam, or unsolicited bulk email, and postings in online forums, asking for donations either in the name of the victims or specifically for the American Red Cross. Margie Arbon, manager of market and business development for Mail-Abuse Prevention Systems, an organization that fights spam, says they started seeing the fraudulent emails yesterday, the day after the terrorist attacks, but that the number of them has been picking up over the day today.
Mitch Hibbs, a spokesman for the American Red Cross' Disaster Operations Center, says the scam isn't only cheating people out of their money, it's taking needed funds away from relief efforts. And the scam may be working because people are so desperate to lend aid to victims of the terrorist attack, that they are setting aside their cynicism when it comes to these solicitations.
The fraudulent emails are taking many different forms. Some messages claim to be part of a relief fund or survivor funds, according to John Mozena, a member of CAUCE (Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email). Some messages claim to link to the Red Cross Web site but actually link to an unrelated site. The Red Cross' Hibbs says there are a few businesses that have specific and official business ties with the Red Cross, helping them to raise money. He notes that AOL, and Yahoo are helping to collect donations for the Red Cross. Hibbs also says the Red Cross is considering legal action against those perpetrating the scams.
Here are a few suggestions from MAPS and CAUCE to make sure that donations actually are going to legitimate relief funds. Go specifically to the Web site of the organization you want to donate to. The Red Cross's Web site is: If you don't know the organization or the person who solicited you, stay away from it.
Keep in mind that generally, no legitimate relief organization solicits for donations through bulk email.
If you do click on any link to make a donation, examine the URL shown in the browser to make sure you are where you think you are.

Sep 13 - SONICblue Expands RioVolt Product Line with Two New Players. Responding to worldwide consumer demand for its original RioVolt MP3/CD player, SONICblue(TM) (Nasdaq:SBLU) announced today the immediate availability of two additional RioVolt models -- the flagship RioVolt SP250 CD player with 8 minute shock protection and an FM tuner and the $99 RioVolt SP90.
Taking portable CD players to new extremes, RioVolt products allow music enthusiasts to play both standard music CDs and CDs containing MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) files -- making it possible to store up to 350 songs on a single CD.
"Consumers have spoken. They are interested in innovative features and the freedom to listen to music in the format and style they choose," said Janet Leising, vice president of Marketing and Business Development, SONICblue. "Our RioVolt players are reshaping the portable audio market with usability and features that are unmatched by our competitors. With the addition of the SP250 and SP90, SONICblue offers the ultimate product range for consumers ready to move beyond yesterday's portable CD player technology."
At $99, the RioVolt SP90 is the best multifunction CD player for the sub-$100 market. Designed around the base features of the original RioVolt SP100 player, the RioVolt SP90 is easy to use, supports MP3 and WMA file formats (as well as standard CDs), has shock protection up to 120 seconds and runs up to 15 hours on two AA batteries. The RioVolt SP90 has the same large, LCD and enhanced display and navigation features as the original RioVolt SP100.

Pricing and Availability

The new RioVolt SP250 ($179 MSRP) and RioVolt SP90 ($99 MSRP) players are currently available on SONICblue's eStore ( and will be available shortly in North American retail outlets including Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA and Fry's Electronics. The original RioVolt SP100 will continue to available through these same channels for $149 MSRP. A variety of accessories are available for all three RioVolt players. The LCD remote for the RioVolt SP250 will be available on the eStore for $29.95 MSRP. For more information on these RioVolt accessories, as well as more detailed RioVolt product information, visit SONICblue's Rio home page (

Sep 13 - Survey Finds 20% of Business-to-Business Transactions Will Be Wireless by 2003. According to a recent study released today by META Group Inc. (Nasdaq: METG), a worldwide IT research and consulting firm, wireless and mobile transactions will account for nearly 20% of business-to-business transaction volume and 25% of business-to-consumer traffic by 2003.
"This year's study reveals that budget expenditures for wireless initiatives still represent a low percentage of overall IT budgets," said report author Jack Gold, vice president in META Group's Web & Collaboration Strategies (WCS) advisory service. "Few companies are investing in wireless technologies for technology's sake. Rather, investments are being driven by specific enterprise projects that can be enabled by wireless and pervasive computing solutions." "
We expect the ultimate recovery of the economy to re-ignite interest in wireless technologies," added Gold. "In the meantime, the next couple of years will be a 'go slow' time for most organizations, as pilots are deployed, rather than full production systems that enable a large number of users."
For more information about the Wireless Adoption, Trends, and Issues study, visit

Sep 13 - Noted Economists Say No Long Term Damage to Economy. Businesses, investors, and consumers wary of the financial turmoil following Tuesday's terrorist attacks in the U.S. should carefully consider all of the evidence before taking any drastic financial action, according to two noted economists and the business experts at the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency (TTCA).
Financial markets and many American businesses remained closed on Wednesday following the devastating attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. Analysts have since speculated that the resulting disruption of normal business activity could have a long-term negative impact on the economy.
However, the director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast in Los Angeles indicated that the damage would most likely be short lived. "An economy, unlike a building, is an organic self-healing system which doesn't tumble down when subjected to the shock of a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center," said Edward E. Leamer, who is also Professor of Business Economics and Chauncey J. Medberry Chair in Management at the school.
TTCA Secretary Lon S. Hatamiya agreed with Leamer, adding that fear may be an even greater danger to the economy.
"There may be a natural reaction of fear and panic regarding the state of the economy and the future of the financial markets," said Hatamiya. "However, the greatest danger to our economy is not the physical destruction wrought Tuesday, but any ensuing reluctance to invest based on the immediate havoc caused within the financial markets."
Chief economist Tapan Munroe of Applied Development Economics in Sacramento and Berkeley said that he considers the long-term impact of the attacks "not that significant" for a $10 trillion national economy.
"Although the economic damage in terms of loss of the World Trade Center runs into billions of dollars, the real danger is fear of the unknown," Munroe said. "The best thing we can do is to get back to a business as usual mode in our economy."
TTCA serves as the State's principal catalyst for innovation, investment and economic opportunity that enhances the quality of life for all Californians.
For more information on TTCA, visit

Sep 13 - to Offer 24-Hour Online Donation Site. Paybyweb, Incorporated, a leading provider of financial services, announced the implementation of a "Donate for Disaster Relief" Fund. The service was set up to help reduce the heavy volume of online traffic to the Red Cross and other sites which are so heavily congested that they have been virtually inaccessible. is accepting online check and credit card donations 24 hours a day with funds being donated to the American Red Cross and other disaster relief entities.
Said David Weiss,'s President and Chief Executive Officer, "We want to answer the call to Americans from New York City to Los Angeles by providing them with a safe, effective, immediate method of donating monies to help reach those in need." has allocated extra computer hardware to handle the volume of donations. Media wishing to route donations are encouraged to direct consumers to make donations at

Sep 12 - Business Leaders Announce Fundraising for Terrorism Victims. Business leaders in Virginia today joined forces to assist with fundraising efforts to provide relief for thousands affected by today's terrorist actions throughout the country.
The September 11th Victims' Relief Fund has been established to provide an outlet for people to assist victims of today's tragedy. The fund will begin accepting donations via credit cards at within 12-48 hours. An interim site can be viewed now at where donations can be made immediately.
Contributions also can be made via mail through an account with SunTrust Banks Inc. Donations should be sent to:

September 11th Victims' Relief Fund
C/O SunTrust Bank
2500 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23223

A board of directors composed of Virginia business leaders will oversee distributions of the fund. The focus of distributions will include all types of medical assistance, family expenses and scholarships for victims and their family members. The goal is to see 100 percent of collected funds go directly to victim relief efforts.

Sep 12 - Matrix.Net Reports That Internet Withstands Attack On America. Within hours of this morning's terrorist attack on two major U.S. cities, the main Internet infrastructure in the continental U.S. appears to be functioning close to normal levels, according to Matrix.Net, the Internet performance measurement experts.
Shortly after the attacks, Matrix.Net detected a significant performance degradation of major Internet infrastructure points and Web sites (as measured by increased packet loss and decreased reachability). These results are summarized graphically on the company's Web site ( While the spike was significant, it was relatively short-lived, and IP traffic returned to near-normal performance levels within about an hour.
Though a number of major news-related Web sites are down or responding very slowly, they appear to be overburdened by large numbers of users trying to access them or by direct loss of Web server capacity as a result of the attacks and not by infrastructure outages of major Internet Service Providers. "Matrix.Net is currently using its Matrix Insight technology to investigate exactly which specific Web sites or hosts caused the performance impact," said John S. Quarterman, chief technology officer at Matrix.Net.
The Internet was designed to withstand stresses and it is currently functioning well under the greatest stress encountered over its 32-year history (including predecessor networks). Several hours after the beginning of the crisis, the Internet appears to have survived a severe test of the adaptable traffic routing concepts it embodies. "The Internet has been reliably delivering e-mail between me and my daughter in New York City through this morning's crisis, even though I could not reach her by phone," said Don Fussell, chief science officer of Matrix.Net.

Sep 12 - Prodigy Announces National `I'm Okay' Message Center. To supplement other telecommunications services, Prodigy has opened an online message center to the general public to help people find information about loved ones affected by today's tragedy.
The National "I'm Okay" Message Center can be accessed from (just click on any link for the National "I'm Okay" Message Center). Individuals with access to the Internet and who need to notify others of their safety can enter their name, location and a brief message stating they are "Okay" and where they are.
Others across the nation can go to the message center and enter the names of people they are trying to find and search for messages from their loved ones.
This service is available to anyone with Internet access.

Sep 12 - United Messaging Offers Free E-mail to World Trade Center Businesses. Recognizing the need to re-establish urgent communications for tenants of the World Trade Center, United Messaging, a leading provider of outsourced e-mail for enterprises, has prepared a plan to help. Effective immediately, the company will offer free, temporary Internet and POP3 e-mail services to all businesses of The World Trade Center.
Under its plan, United Messaging will establish and/or transfer e-mail accounts and domain names as a fast and temporary way to support an orderly restoration of corporate messaging communications.
Ben Trowbridge, United Messaging Chairman and CEO, said, "During tragic times like these, we all feel we have an obligation to help. That is why, in addition to our thoughts and prayers, United Messaging is doing what it can to assist the affected companies as they struggle to restore their critical communications infrastructure."
Authorized corporate executives requesting this no cost service should contact United Messaging at 866/601-1673 or, via e-mail, at

Sep 12 - Intel Unveils Next Generation 802.11a Products Along With Enhanced 802.11b Family. Intel Corporation today announced several products designed to help accelerate the deployment of wireless local area networking (LAN) solutions for organizations of all sizes. The new products are based on the increasingly popular 802.11 wireless specification.
Intel introduced the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN family of products, which include a network access point (or base station) and adapters for notebook and desktop PCs. The devices are based on the 802.11a specification and offer data rates that are five times faster than previous wireless LAN products (transferring up to 54 million bits of information per second). In addition, Intel introduced utility software to enable easier configuration and management of wireless networks and unveiled enhancements to Intel's existing wireless LAN products, the broadest line of IEEE 802.11b-based products in the industry.
"Intel's 802.11a products will deliver more `bits per buck' by enabling up to five times more bandwidth while working alongside existing 802.11b networks without interference," said Greg Lang, vice president and general manager of Intel's Platform Networking Group. "Intel co-developed the Ethernet specification and helped enable the Ethernet, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet market segments. The experience and expertise that helped make us the leader in wired network connections will also spark the wireless evolution from 11Mbps to 54Mbps."
The primary difference between the 802.11a and 802.11b specifications is speed. 802.11a products transmit and receive data at speeds up to 54 Mbps, five times faster than 802.11b products, which operate up to 11 Mbps. Also, because 802.11a products operate in the 5.2 GHz radio frequency band, interference is eliminated with wireless technologies operating in the 2.4 GHz radio frequency band, such as Bluetooth products, HomeRF products, 802.11b products, some cordless phones, and microwave ovens.

Intel Now Sampling High-Performance 802.11a-based Wireless LAN Products

At 54 Mbps, the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN products will provide sufficient performance for the simultaneous use of many bandwidth intensive applications such as video and audio conferencing, data mining and large file transfers. In addition, 802.11a access points are able to support up to eight channels, allowing eight access points in the same area to combine bandwidth and provide a shared 432 Mbps of bandwidth.
For organizations that have already deployed 802.11b wireless networks, or anticipate maintaining a network supporting both wireless LAN technologies, Intel will offer an optional, dual-mode expansion kit enabling access points to service both 802.11a and 802.11b networks.
Designed for small and medium enterprises, the new family will ship with Installation Wizard software for easy setup and includes the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN Access Point, the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN CardBus Adapter for notebook PCs, the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN PCI Adapter for desktop PCs and the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN 3A Mini PCI Adapter for embedded solutions.

Intel Delivers Innovative Software to Improve Wireless Mobility

Intel has extended the Intel(R) PROSet software, which already ships with Intel's wired Ethernet connections, to support the Intel PRO/Wireless LAN family of products. The Intel PROSet software is a single utility enabling the configuration and management of both wired and wireless Ethernet connections. The software includes the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless Adapter Switching software and advanced profile, power and network management tools to help network administrators reduce training costs and simplify deployments.
The Adapter Switching software, developed by Intel Labs, enables mobile users to easily switch between wired and wireless network connections without reconfiguring the PC. The software automatically reconfigures the system to accommodate the connection type and will also automatically detect and adjust the connection, without requiring a reboot, when roaming between wireless networks on different subnets. The new software provides switching and roaming capabilities for PCs running Microsoft Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows 98SE and Windows 2000.

Intel Ships Enhanced 802.11b-based Wireless LAN Product

Also today, Intel announced an enhanced line of wireless LAN products based on the IEEE 802.11b specification. In addition to improving overall performance of the existing Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2011 LAN PC Card and Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2011 LAN Access Point, Intel expanded the line to include Universal Serial Bus (USB) and PCI Adapter versions.
The USB adapter is the industry's first wireless LAN product to receive certification from the USB Forum, Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Lab (WHQL) and the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA), helping to ensure ease-of-installation.
More information on Intel's 802.11b-based wireless LAN products for homes and organizations of all sizes, including a white paper on how to choose and deploy both 802.11a and 802.11b products can be found at

Availability and Pricing

Intel's 802.11a-based products will begin shipping in volume in November. The suggested list prices for the Intel PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN CardBus Adapter, the Intel PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN Access Point and the Intel PRO/Wireless 5000 LAN PCI Adapter are $179, $449, and $229 respectively.
Intel's enhanced 802.11b-based wireless LAN products are now shipping. The suggested list price for the Intel PRO/Wireless 2011B LAN PC Card, the Intel PRO/Wireless 2011B LAN Access Point, the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2011B LAN USB Device and the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2011B LAN PCI Adapter are $149, $699, $169, and $199 respectively.
All the networking and communications products are available worldwide through a network of distributors and value-added resellers. Additional product information and pricing is available at

Sep 12 - Winstation Introduces 240-Mbyte SuperDisk Drive. Winstation Systems Corporation today announced that its standard 1" high IDE SuperDisk drive, with LS-240 technology, is now offered to the O.E.M.s' that have long enjoyed the former 120-Mbyte version.
The new LS-240 is a direct production line replacement for the LS-120, which has demonstrated increasingly large market acceptance since its introduction in 1997. The announcement reflects increasing market demand for the Winstation SuperDisk drive, an advanced removable storage technology that offers compatibility with 240-Mbyte and 120-Mbyte SuperDisk diskettes while being compatible with standard 1.44-Mbyte diskettes.
"Winstation has seen overwhelming support for the use of SuperDisk technology in the PC, Server, Industrial and Medical industries," said Jill Colee, Marketing V. President for Winstation Systems. "This has been demonstrated to us in the form of sales, which goes to prove that the user always needs more storage on the removable side of business, it makes the LS-240 SuperDisk all the better."
"We are very excited that Winstation is producing the 240-Mbyte standard IDE SuperDisk drive, this opens up an entire market that otherwise would have been left out of the new technology, said Richard Gadomski, Director of Marketing at Maxell America, a leading media manufacturer. "The LS-240 is ideal for those consumers who need expanded capacity yet still enjoy the utility and economy of legacy floppy diskettes."
The retail package, standard 3.5-inch drive by Winstation and half high notebook version by Panasonic are currently available to the consumer from Winstation Direct ( at a suggested retail price of $189.00 USD. The LS-240 SuperDisk diskette in three packs is shipping with a suggested retail price at $26.99 USD.

Sep 11 - Tyan and SOYO announce i845 chipset motherboards.
Tyan(R) Computer Corporation today announced that it has initiated sampling of it's first platform for the latest Intel Pentium 4 processor. The Trinity i845 utilizes Intel's latest chipset technology to bring Pentium 4-based performance to the masses through support for cost-effective Synchronous Dynamic RAM (SDRAM).
Tyan, a leading designer and manufacturer of Internet infrastructure products and system board solutions, is one of a handful of system board suppliers manufacturing platforms for Intel's latest Socket 478 design. This new processor socket supports Intel's next-generation processors based on the Pentium 4 processor core.
Utilizing the new Intel 845 chipset, the Trinity i845 brings cost-effective memory support to the Pentium 4 platform. This chipset supports the widely used and extremely affordable SDRAM, bringing the power of the Pentium 4 processor to the masses. In addition, the Trinity i845 features a 4x AGP slot, six PCI slots and supports both ATA-100 drives and USB peripherals.
Intel's 845 chipset utilizes innovative Memory Controller Hub (MCH) architecture enhancements such as wider data paths, a write cache and flexible memory refresh technology to enable optimum PC133 SDRAM performance. Further, the i845 also supports the latest graphics cards through a 1.5-volt 4x AGP interface, enabling up to 1GB/sec of graphics bandwidth.
The Trinity i845 is currently available in sample quantities. Tyan expects volume production to begin in early Q4 2001. Visit the company's World Wide Web site at

SOYO Computer, Inc. today announced a pair of Intel Socket-478 motherboards with "Brookdale" i845 chipsets, and support for up to 2GHz Intel Pentium 4 processors.
SOYO's SY-P4ISR and SY-P4IS2, with their fast 400MHz system bus, and i845 chipsets, enable Pentium 4 systems to use more cost-effective SDRAM to make leading-edge PCs affordable to consumers without sacrificing performance.
The SY-P4ISR is a full-feature board, and includes an embedded Promise IDE-RAID chip to provide RAID Levels 0,1. Single board list price of the SY-P4ISR will be $155 U.S. Designed for consumers, SOYO's SY-P4IS2 offers the same features, but does not include RAID. It will have a list price of $135 U.S.
The SOYO SY-P4ISR/SY-P4IS2 enhances system performance up to 46% by increasing the FSB speed from the typical 133MHz to 400MHz. Combined with their AGP slots, the boards offer a dedicated, high-speed port for the movement of large blocks of 3D texture data between the PC's graphics controller and system memory. This makes them an excellent board for real-time video editing, digital content creation, 3-D graphics processing, commercial 3-D modeling, CAD/workstation applications, image compression, speech recognition, gaming, and a variety of mainstream applications.
The SY-P4ISR/P4IS2 are easily expandable with three 168-pin SDRAM 3.3V DIMM sockets to support up to 3GBs of memory, and six 32-bit Bus Mastering PCI slots (V2.2 compliant). Both include an AC97 CODEC on board, which provides 2-channel speaker support with 3D surround sound.
The on-board Ultra I/O Chip supports two RS-232 serial ports (16550 UART compatible); one parallel printer port (SPP/EPP/ECP mode); one FDD port (supports 3 mode, 1.2/1.44/2.88 MB FDD), IrDA/FIR ports with optional cable for transceiver, and four USB ports. The SY-P4ISR also features Ultra DMA IDE ports, which support four independent channels to accommodate eight IDE devices, including two for RAID. The board also includes a connector for Smart Card readers.
For more information visit

Sep 11 - COMDEX Returns to Atlanta in 2002. The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) and Key3Media Group, Inc. (NYSE: KME), the world's leading producer of information technology tradeshows and conferences, today announced the return of Comdex, the No. 1 business-to-business event for the world's most influential buyers of information technology, to Atlanta in September of 2002.
Due to its expanded Georgia World Congress Center facilities, Atlanta is one of the very few cities that can run two distinct high profile shows concurrently under the same roof and now is the time to do it," said Fredric D. Rosen, Chairman of the Board and CEO Key3Media Group, Inc.
"NetWorld+Interop is the world's definitive networking event attracting the largest and most comprehensive gathering of highly technical networking, Internet and telecommunications professionals in the world, while COMDEX is the global technology marketplace bringing together IT buyers and sellers to learn, network and make important buying decisions," said Jason E. Chudnofsky, President and CEO of Key3Media Events and Vice Chairman of Key3Media Group.
COMDEX has found great success with Atlanta in the past but left the city in 1998 due to lack of exhibit space to accommodate the show's continual growth. When COMDEX returns in 2002, Key3Media will be one of the first companies to occupy the newly expanded facilities of the GWCC.
"We've worked very hard to bring COMDEX back to Atlanta by continuing active dialogue with decision makers and by garnering a great relationship with Key3Media over the years, and we consider this a big win for our city," said Spurgeon Richardson, ACVB President. "When COMDEX left, we lost a major business partner, and it got a lot of attention. That's why the return is equally important, not only economically, but also as an emotionally important win for our hospitality industry especially as it relates to the growth of our technology business. COMDEX is recognized as the largest global IT marketplace and its presence here complements the long term economic development goals of our city and state."
The show will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) during the same timeframe as Key3Media Group's NetWorld+Interop. COMDEX and NetWorld+Interop are two of Key3Media's top branded events. Together, the shows will attract more than 70,000 attendees with a combined economic impact exceeding $84 million, which puts the events among the top conventions hosted by Atlanta.
For more information about Key3Media, visit For more information about the city of Atlanta and the ACVB, please visit

Sep 11 - HP Introduces Innovative High-Performance PC and Workstation Products. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today announced a new family of high-performance business PC and workstation products intended to reduce customers' ownership costs across the life of the products.
Together with HP's wide range of PC lifecycle programs, the PCs and monitors announced today are an integral part of customers' computing infrastructure -- reducing lifecycle costs for IT managers and providing users an enhanced work environment. In addition, HP introduced an entry-level workstation designed for professionals demanding more performance solutions.
HP also has simplified its desktop PC product structure into two lines to make it easier for customers to select products based on the features they need, regardless of the size of their businesses. The Professional line meets the needs of customers looking for flexibility and long product lifecycles with optimized performance choice, configurability and stability. For companies looking to meet core computing needs, the Essential line offers proven technology at the best price.
The products introduced today include the HP e-pc, HP Vectra vl420 PC, HP Vectra xe310 PC, a 15-inch LCD monitor and a flat-screen 21-inch CRT monitor. HP also introduced the HP workstation x1000, which, along with the HP Vectra vl420 PC, includes the Intel(R) 845 chipset with industry-standard SDRAM memory and the Intel Pentium(R) 4 processor for advanced performance at mainstream prices.
Customers and resellers also will benefit from the introduction of the HP Web Associate Program -- a Web-based sales tool that offers customers new purchasing options, streamlines the procurement process, increases sales opportunities and reduces capital requirements for the reseller. The program gives customers the ease of online ordering with the ongoing services, consultation and support of the reseller.
"HP's simplified product line structure will make life easier for both our customers and our partners," said Eric Cador, vice president and general manager, HP Business Desktop Division. "Not only will they have faster, more direct access to the products and services that best fit their needs, but they also will find our Professional and Essential lines to be very competitively priced as a result of HP's recent cost reduction initiatives."
The HP e-pc with the Intel Celeron processor, the HP Vectra vl420 PC and the HP Vectra xe310 PC are expected to be available Oct. 1 in North America. The HP e-pc with the Intel Pentium 4 processor is expected to be available before the end of the year.
Estimated prices start at $579 for the HP e-pc with Intel Celeron processor, $849 for the HP e-pc with the Pentium 4 processor, $899 for the HP Vectra vl420 PC and $549 for the HP Vectra xe310 PC. With an estimated price starting at $1,235, the HP workstation x1000 is expected to begin shipping in October(4).
The HP 15-inch LCD and 21-inch CRT monitors, with estimated pricing starting at $499 and $849, respectively, are expected to be available Oct. 1 in North America(4). HP's new fall business products are available in North America October 2001 through channel partners and online through the HP business store at

Sep 11 - Fujitsu Unveils Next Generation Pen Tablet PC. Fujitsu PC Corporation (FPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today released the latest generation to its industry-leading pen tablet PC product line with the Stylistic(TM) LT P-600.
Compact and ergonomically designed, the Stylistic LT P-600 is a full functioning computer without a keyboard. Instead, this unique pen tablet PC enlists the services of a pen or stylus to input data and navigate the system while in the field or moving throughout a building. This makes that Stylistic truly a mobile solution and ideal for mobile enterprise professionals.
Targeting markets, such as field and sales force automation, government agencies, merchandising, pharmaceutical, outpatient and home healthcare, the Stylistic's unique blend of features allows for an unprecedented level of computing flexibility to increase the efficiency and accuracy of data and information management.
A follow-up to Fujitsu's highly successful Stylistic LT C-500 announced last year, the Stylistic LT P-600 houses a powerful ultra-low voltage mobile Pentium(R) III 600/300MHz processor supporting Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) technology for improved performance and lower power consumption.
"The introduction of the Stylistic LT P-600 represents a generational leap for Fujitsu's pen tablet PCs in both performance and functionality," said Sara Nelson, FPC's vice president of marketing. "Its predecessor was extremely well-received and we are confident that the Stylistic LT P-600 will elicit the same response. Fujitsu has developed a solution that builds upon the success of the Stylistic line by incorporating technological advancements that surpass any of its competitors."
With 10 years of experience, Fujitsu is the undisputed leader in the pen tablet PC marketplace. A fact validated by a recent market study published by International Data Corporation (IDC), which confirms Fujitsu holds a 57 percent worldwide share of the pen tablet market and 63 percent in the United States.
Fujitsu has nearly tripled the storage capacity of the Stylistic LT P-600 by adding a shock-mounted 15GB hard drive and up to 256MB of RAM. The company has also integrated ATI(R) RAGE Mobility(TM)-M with 4MB of video memory to the system for improved graphics. The system also provides simultaneous support of internal and external video.
Screen technology is one of the features that differentiates Fujitsu's pen tablet PCs from the competition. The Stylistic LT P-600 is available with either a brightness-enhanced indoor Transmissive SVGA color LCD or a viewable-everywhere Transflective SVGA color LCD. Both displays measure 8.4 inches and feature a passive liquid-filled digitizer to minimize light refraction and reduce screen glare. The passive digitizer incorporates "palm rejection" technology to better distinguish between the user's palm and pen, ensuring that data is entered accurately.
Measuring 9.6 inches wide by 7.1 inches deep by 1.1 inch high and weighing 2.65 pounds, the system retains its compact and lightweight form factor, which contributed to its predecessor's success in the mobile enterprise marketplace. Despite its size, the Stylistic LT P-600 incorporates a built-in "hotpad" for easy numeric data entry and retrieval, as well as various user controls. The new Stylistic received a facelift and now sports Fujitsu's signature cool silver color and magnesium alloy casing for improved overall durability and a futuristic look.
Another major upgrade of the Stylistic LT P-600 is its more powerful and lightweight 3400 mAh Lithium-ion main battery. This new battery will deliver approximately 4.5 to 6.5 hours(1) of uninterrupted computing power depending on settings and model. The combination of the ultra-low voltage processor and larger capacity battery increases battery performance by 30 percent over previous Stylistic products.
The Stylistic LT P-600, like its predecessors, carries the "Designed for Microsoft(R) Windows(R)" logo, emphasizing Fujitsu's commitment to standards based computing. The Stylistic is available with either Windows 98 Special Edition and Microsoft's Pen Services 2.0 or Windows 2000 Professional. All models include Communication Intelligence Corporation's (CIC(R)) Pen X software.
In addition, the Stylistic LT P-600 is the first pen tablet PC to feature a software recovery tool from PowerQuest(R). This recovery application provides a secure area directly on the Stylistic LT P-600's hard drive where data can be backed up to guard against system failure and restore the pen tablet PC's hard drive to the original installed condition. This innovative software recovery system reduces downtime and eliminates the need for a system recovery CD. The inclusion of a software recovery tool is ideal for Fujitsu's network of VARs and system integrators that install proprietary and industry specific software.
The Stylistic is also the first pen tablet PC to incorporate a built-in Smart Card Reader(2). This feature provides users a range of applications, such as secured online transactions, personalized authentication services, access to personal data and "e-cash" storage options.
Featuring a full complement of connectivity options, the latest pen tablet PC comes standard with both a built-in 56K V.90 modem and an integrated 10/100 Base-TX Ethernet for communication in a variety of computing environments.
An optional wireless module will be available for the Stylistic LT P-600 allowing VARs and system integrators to integrate 802.11b wireless LAN PC Cards and further the mobile computing appeal of the unit. This slim module attaches to the back of the system and provides additional protection and security to the PC Card while keeping the system's Type II PC Card slot available for other applications.
Fujitsu has designed the Stylistic LT P-600 to be easily transformed into a full-fledged notebook or desktop replacement for writing reports or logging onto the Internet making it extremely functional for a variety of applications. The flexibility is extended through the addition of the optional portfolio case and wireless keyboard for mobile use or with the addition of the optional mini-dock for desktop use.
All of Fujitsu's pen tablet PCs are sold through a worldwide network of value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators. The Stylistic LT P-600 features a standard three-year International Limited Warranty with pricing starting at $3,599.
More information on Fujitsu PC Corporation's LifeBook notebooks and Stylistic pen tablet PCs is available at

Sep 11 - New FaxFilter Stops Junk Faxes. Adonis Electronics LLC, a company that manufactures and markets phone protection and privacy devices, today announced the debut of the world's first component-based junk fax blocker: the FaxFilter(TM).
Designed to end the scourge of junk faxes tying up fax machines -- in addition to generally annoying fax machine owners -- the FaxFilter is the first device of its kind, available to anyone who owns a fax machine.
The FaxFilter will work with any fax machine connected to a dedicated phone line, or with machines that share a line with a modem. Easy to install and simple to use, the device is a small attachment that requires only three connections: phone line in, phone line out and a power cord. Owners just plug their phone line into the FaxFilter, then run the line to their fax machines. After that, no more junk faxes.
"I designed the FaxFilter because I don't like to waste my time or resources on junk faxes," said Remy Fourre, CEO of Adonis and inventor of the FaxFilter. "There has been a federal law prohibiting unsolicited faxes for the past ten years, but that really has not had an effect on the people who send them. Litigation is just too costly and time-intensive to be a practical solution. The FaxFilter is the simplest, most cost-effective option available to end junk faxes once and for all."
The FaxFilter eliminates junk faxes by asking all would-be fax senders to enter an extension prior to initiating the fax. If the sender does not know the code, the FaxFilter breaks the connection. Each new FaxFilter comes with a preprinted notification bearing the device's access code and instructions for speed dialing. FaxFilter owners need only send the notice to their list of business contacts and friends.
The FaxFilter is available for a one-time purchase price of $69, plus shipping; there are no additional or reoccurring fees. The device can be ordered at

Sep 10 - Intel 845 Chipset Supports PC133 SDRAM Memory. Intel Corporation today introduced the Intel(R) 845 chipset for Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor-based PCs targeted at the high-volume, mainstream consumer and corporate desktop PC market segment.
The Intel 845 chipset is designed, validated and optimized for the Pentium 4 processor using today's high-volume and well-established PC133 SDRAM memory technology. Intel 845 chipset-based platforms, utilizing the PC133 SDRAM memory technology, extend the Pentium 4 processor capabilities throughout the mainstream PC market segments.
"While the Intel 850 platform continues to provide the maximum Pentium 4 processor performance, the Intel(R) 845 broadens the Pentium 4 processor family by delivering support throughout the mainstream market segment for the advanced, and ever-evolving end-user PC usage models," said Louis Burns, Intel vice president and general manager, Desktop Products Group. "I fully expect that this will become the next high-volume mainstream platform for IT departments worldwide."
The Intel 845 chipset consists of two controller hubs connected to each other through Intel's high-bandwidth hub architecture. The 82845 memory controller hub (MCH) supports a 400 MHz system bus delivering a high-bandwidth connection between the Pentium 4 processor and the rest of the platform, providing three times the system bus bandwidth over platforms based on Intel Pentium III processors. Also included in the MCH is such innovative architecture enhancements as wider data paths, a write cache and flexible memory refresh technology to enable optimum PC133 SDRAM performance, and the latest graphics devices through the 1.5V AGP4x interface enabling 1 GB/s of graphics bandwidth.
The 82801BA I/O controller hub (ICH2) delivers faster access among memory, graphics and the I/O peripherals by making a high-bandwidth connection through the Intel hub architecture. The ICH2 provides two USB controllers enabling support for up to four USB ports. The latest AC97 implementation delivers six channels of audio for enhanced sound quality and full surround sound capability, and integrated networking provides flexible network solutions. Also, dual ultra ATA/100 controllers support faster integrated drive electronics (IDE) transfers to storage devices.
Additionally, with the introduction of the 845 chipset, Intel announced the Intel application accelerator software package designed to increase storage subsystem performance, stability and usability. The software improves system performance by delivering faster hard disk I/O transfer rates and enabling faster O/S load time, resulting in accelerated boot times. In addition, the Intel application accelerator delivers support for hard disk drives greater than 137 GB while providing this all in a robust, stable software package.
For computer makers and system integrators, Intel also announced availability of two desktop boards today, the ATX form factor Intel desktop board D845WN and the smaller micro-ATX form factor Intel desktop board D845HV.
In 1,000-unit quantities, the Intel 845 Chipset is priced at $42; systems and motherboards are currently shipping in volume from a variety of computer and motherboard manufacturers worldwide.
Additional information about Intel is available at

Sep 10 - Hitachi and SimpleTech Announce High-Speed MultiMediaCards. Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc. and SimpleTech, Inc. today jointly announced lines of high-speed MultiMediaCard(TM) flash memory devices that each company will market in the U.S. under its own brand. The 16-, 32-, 64-, and 128-MB cards -- developed and manufactured by Hitachi, Ltd. -- offer write speeds as high as 2 megabytes per second (2 MB/s)(1), an industry first.
The new cards can store digital data -- image files for digital still cameras, music files for MP3 players, and program/data files for other products -- approximately three or six times as fast as earlier-generation MultiMediaCards of equal capacity. They are backward compatible with existing MultiMediaCards and use less power.

First Flash Cards to Conform to the v3.1 System Specification

The high-speed MultiMediaCards are the industry's first products to conform to the System Specification Version 3.1, ratified in June by the MultiMediaCard Association, the industry's standard body. Adoption of this latest specification enables the faster cards to perform Multiblock Write in SPI mode. System engineers can exploit this capability to boost the imaging speed of a digital camera, for example, or to shorten the download time of large music files on a portable digital music player. The higher write speeds can also help reduce user frustration and make flash storage easier and more convenient in many other applications that have large-size files.
Readers can find additional product and contact information on Hitachi Semiconductor's Web site at Readers can find more product and contact information on SimpleTech's Web site at

Sep 10 - Sony's MYLO Wireless Service Now Available to CLIE Handheld and Notebook PC Users. Sony Electronics today launched its new MYLO(SM) (My Life On Line(SM)) wireless Internet service for CLIE(TM) PEG-S320 handheld and notebook PC users looking to wirelessly access local news, sports scores, weather reports and financial information.
Powered by GoAmerica, a leading nationwide wireless data and Internet solutions provider, and its Go.Web(TM) technology, the MYLO wireless service encrypts and compresses data while reformatting for a mobile Internet experience. MYLO wireless service and enable users to personalize information, bookmark their favorite sites, access e-mail or instant messaging and search HTML and WML-based Web sites -- all of which optimizes wireless Internet access.
"Sony's MYLO wireless service offers mobile users a one-touch iconic interface, a personalized 'Today' page and full Internet access for all of life's pursuits," said Cynthia Rennolds, director of IT network services at Sony Electronics. " makes it easy for consumers to work while they play and play while they work.", a companion Web site to the wireless service, provides consumers the opportunity to preview the MYLO wireless interface, view coverage area maps and activate their mobile wireless service. Once activated, registered users can also use the site to personalize content and wirelessly access local news, sports scores, weather reports and stock information from the CLIE handheld and/or a notebook PC.
"MYLO wireless service and offer mobile users the tools for a wireless experience that is versatile and engaging," said Joe Korb, president of GoAmerica. "Together they help users stay informed and get the most of their personalized data."
To access the MYLO wireless service, the users of the CLIE PEG-S320 handheld require a modem adapter, which comes with a removable PC Card modem, and is specifically designed for the monochrome display CLIE handheld.
Users of notebook PCs operating on Windows(R) 95/98/00/NT operating systems with an open PC Card slot can use the same modem card with activation of either a notebook PC only or combination notebook and handheld PC service plan.
The CLIE handheld modem adapter is now available on for $199, after a $100 mail-in rebate, with a 12-month service contract, other terms and conditions may apply. Sony's MYLO service will be available for a monthly rate of $39.95 for CLIE handhelds, $59.95 for notebook PCs and $79.95 for both. The service features unlimited Internet access within a designated service area.

Sep 10 - Brother Expands Line of Color Inkjet MFCs. Brother International Corporation announces the introduction of two new color ink jet multi-function centers, the 5-in-1 sheet-fed MFC-3100c and the flatbed 5-in-1 MFC-5100c.
Both models are completely new additions to Brother's current line-up. The MFC-3100c and MFC-5100c are compatible with PC and Mac(1) operating systems; the new models function as a color fax, color printer, color copier, color scanner and PC Fax.
The MFC-3100c will be available on the market in early October 2001 with an estimated street price of $199. The MFC-5100c, the flatbed version, has an estimated street price of $299 and will be available in late October 2001. Both models represent entry level price points for the Brother color ink jet line-up of sheet-fed and flatbed models.
"Brother's history in the color multi-function market had been focused on the `high performance' consumer at step-up price points (as with our current MFC-7300c, MFC-7400c, and MFC-9200c). As the color ink jet all-in-one market continues to grow and expand, however, we plan to have a line-up that covers additional segments," says Don Cummins, Vice President of Marketing for Fax, Multi-Function and Printer Products. "The new MFC-3100c and MFC-5100c models are an expansion of our line-up which targets these now emerging lower price segments, and the great news for the consumer is that we have maintained a strong feature set that one normally expects from a Brother MFC product."
Both new models are based on a new Brother color ink jet engine that prints at up to 10 pages per minute black and 8 pages per minute for color. They offer photo quality print resolutions of up to 2400 x 1200, and their small compact size makes them ideal for any home office environment.
In addition to color printing, color copying, and color scanning, both models also provide standalone color faxing or PC faxing. Their 4-cartridge system for ink consumables allows for more economical operating costs compared to the 2-cartridge system, used by some other competitor's models.
Functioning as a stand-alone fax, they can send and receive both black & white and color faxes via a 14.4K bps fax modem. Using the ITU-T30 standard for color faxing, both models can send and receive color faxes between a wide range of other fax devices that also comply with this popular standard.
As a color copier they have the ability to reduce and enlarge images from 25% to 400% in increments as small as 1%. They require no PC connection for the copy function. This feature provides convenience copying in the home and office, eliminating the need to travel to a copy center or to the copy room.
The MFC-5100c builds on the base features of the MFC-3100c with a flatbed design for the versatility of copying scanning or faxing from bound documents. It also includes a larger memory (4MB or 200 pages v. 2MB or 100 pages), increased document feed capacity (30 sheets v. 20 sheets) and a higher scanning resolution (up to 9600 dpi v. up to 2400 dpi). Both models come with Scansoft(R) PaperPort(R) and TextBridge(R) OCR software.
Parallel and USB ports are also standard. Drivers for Windows(R) 95/98/Me/SE/2000/NT 4.0 and Apple(R) iMac/iBook/G3/G4 are included with the MFC-3100c and MFC-5100c, right out of the box. Apple's new "OS X" drivers for these products will be available for download from the Brother website. Drivers for Microsoft's new Windows(R) XP operating system will be available for download from the Brother website by November 2001.
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Sep 10 - JVC Announces New 'HDVideo' Recorder Capable of HDTV Recording and Playback. JVC, the inventor of the VHS video format and one of the world's leading innovators in audio-visual consumer electronics, is introducing a new D-VHS format digital recorder capable of recording HDTV broadcasts at full quality.
Its D-VHS HS (High Speed) mode operates on an incredible 28.2 Mbps data transfer rate, clearly surpassing even the 19.3 Mbps ATSC standard for HDTV broadcasts. And with its enormous 50 GigaByte capacity per cassette(a) which provides 4 hours of full HD recording on a single cassette(a), it will be possible to record an entire feature-length hi-def movie without having to change tapes midway. In addition, this model also features the D-VHS STD mode (14.1 Mbps transfer rate) for standard-definition digital recording in MPEG2 format, and the LS3 mode (4.7 Mbps transfer rate) which enables an incredible 24 hours of MPEG2 digital recording per cassette.
Although D-VHS is a totally digital recording technology separate from analog VHS, JVC nevertheless made sure that people who buy the HM-DH30000U can continue enjoying their accumulated analog collections too. With the HM-DH30000U's multi-format recording/playback capability, users will be able record and view in analog VHS, Super VHS, and Super VHS ET, in addition to digital D-VHS.
Pricing and availability were not announced. For more information visit

Sep 09 - Sunday Shopping Watch.
Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week.
Best Buy
is giving away 1 year of free MSN with any computer purchase. They are also offering $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages and notebooks, and 12 month no interest financing on all computer purchases over $598.
Circuit City is offering $100 instant rebates on all Celeron processor notebooks.
Office Depot has no store-wide sales this Sunday (individual items may be on sale).
CompUSA has no ad this Sunday..
Staples is giving away 1 year of free MSN with any computer purchase and 6 month no payment/no interest financing on all computer purchases over $598.

Internet Rebates. All stores continue to offer 3 year, $400 Internet Rebates. Please see our article, What You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth discussion of Internet Rebates.

Definitions. A complete system/package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer and then ordered from a vendor's store. In addition to the computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).

* Prices discussed in this article. Advertisers typically deduct the $400 Internet rebate from an items true price. We report all prices without subtracting the $400 Internet rebate, however all other rebates and discounts are usually subtracted.
Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

Best Deals this Sunday
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 800 MHz complete system
Best Pentium III System
HP 1 GHz complete system
Best Pentium 4 System
Compaq 1.8 GHz build-to-order complete system
Best Buy
Best Duron System
Compaq 900 MHz complete system
Circuit City, Staples
Best High End Athlon System
Compaq 1.3 GHz DDR complete system
Best Buy
1. Best Low Cost Notebook
Compaq 800 MHz Celeron
Best Buy
2. Best Low Cost Notebook
Compaq 800 MHz Celeron with DVD
Office Depot
3. Best Low Cost Notebook
Compaq Duron 850 MHz with DVD
Best Buy
Best High-end Notebook
Compaq AMD Athlon 1 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
Best Buy

Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of the highlights of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article should help you to make informed buying decisions.

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