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We were on a quest this month, the company's
technical guys and myself, We wanted to find
the best way to connect our company network
to the Internet and to find a new home for our
Web server. The thing that set this off was the
decline and fall of our ISDN line. An ISDN line
is a high-speed digital line from our office to
our Internet service provider's
(ISP's) office. We rent it from
the phone company, for about
twice the cost of a regular business line. It is capable of delivering 128Kbps of bandwidth,
though it rarely achieves that
rated speed. Even so, it is usually quite a bit faster than a
regular modem line and worth
the extra charges.
We have hadan ISDN line
for about two years now, and
in general it worked pretty
well. The last three months, though, have been
hell the kind of hell that sneaks up on you,
like those famous frogs in a hot water kettle. As
the heat goes up, they don't notice that they
aregetting cooked. One day, we woke up and
realized that we were getting cooked, The line
went down so often that users in the office no
longer believe assurances that the line would
be back up shortly. We were waiting three days
to get back online. For our information intensive office, it is the equivalent of having our
phone lines cut. Everyone was getting irritable.
Connecting to the Internet in the best possible way is a huge challenge. Imagine, if you
will, that the Internet consists of a giant Rube
Goldberg contraption a huge set of pipes that
interconnect. Where you connect has all kinds
of implications for how fast your connection
will be. If you are lucky enough to connect
close to the "big pipe" that goes out of town,
your connections to other cities will be good.
Often, with an ISP, you are connected to a connection to someone else's connection, to the
"big pipe" that goes out of town.
Really bizarre things happen with routing,
even when yougeta good connection out of
town. The route will sometimes shock you. To
get from our office in Vancouver, to our own
Web site in Vancouver, we bounced through
Seattle. Going across the country to one of our
sites in Montreal resulted in a trip through
Hartford, Connecticut and New York City.
Most ISPs are reselling their bandwidth.
ISPs do this on the same principle as fitness
clubs that sell thousands of memberships,
when in reality they can only service a couple
of hundred people at a time. They know that
most peopie have good intentions to use the
facility, but often do not. It is common for ISPs
to have line ratios of 10 to one; that is, 100
lines for 1,000 customers. Most of the time this
works well. in peal' periods, such as early
evenings, users sometlnxes get some slow
downs and busy signals. An important question to ask any ISP is "what is your bandwidth
utilization?" Ask for charts and graphs. Ask the
question a couple of times. Ask the salesperson, then ask the technical person. Differences
in their responses are often revealing.
We often get requests from people asking
"which is the best ISP?" or "who should I go to
for the best connection for my Web server, or
my ISDN line?" The answer to each of these
queries is different. ISPs are set up with different emphasis, and as you will see in the following discussion, it is often very difficult to
discern which will provide a good service. An
ISP who provides great service for dial up customers might not be the best for a company
looking to serve a Web site, or put an entire
network of users online.
The factors that make up a great connec-

t ion to the Inten<et and a good ISP are:

I) their connection to the I nternet (i.e.,


where they plug in on the food chain);
2) their bandwidth utilization (i.e., how
many times they have resold the same
bandwidth);
3) and how good they are at keeping their
connections alive and working ( i.e., how
many high-quality tech support people they have <<<i for
how marly hours a <la)I' con1bined with how well they set it
up in the first place' and how
overworked they are.)
Not too slow
S<i, our quest began. We set
out for a visit to our first ISP. It
did not inspire confidence.
This place could probably provide great service to a couple
of thousand dial u p c u stomers, but it did not seem like the best place
for us. Their bandwidth utilization was
claimed to be very low. We wondered at the
veracity of this number given what we heard
from other ISPs later. We were not confident
that their tech support would be in place when
we neededit.We moved on.
Another company we visited offered a
more professional level of service to a nn<ch
larger group, close to 10,000 dial up users. The
whole set up was much more polished, but
their bandwidth utilization was claimed to be
much higher, estimated at 85 percent. We
moved on.
Not too fast
One more stop was at a company that seemed
to have all the high-end answers. These people
were alumni of high-end networking companies, and had some brilliant ideas and solutions about redundancy, setting up guaranteed
bandwidth and constant monitoring of their
connections through the use of scripts and
pinging and pagers. The problem with this
company was that we received no follow up on
our request for a quote.
Finally, we landed at a company that
seemed to have the things we wanted. Good
connectivity, good utilization and decent tech
support. We balked when we got to their pricing. When we added it all up, we realized we
could almost buy our own Tl c onnection
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fust riyht?
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who were planning to create a buying co-op
for their own T3 line. They were proposing to
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rent some kind of laser beam contraption that
shot a beam from our office directly to the
downtown nexus of the Internet, a building
about a half dozen blocl s from ours.
One more possibility is to actually get our
own Tl, so that our bandwidth is guaranteed.
This seems relatively plug and play once it is
installed, but it does require more technical
support on our end. This approach is also more
expensive than others, but the bandwidth is all
ours.
This is all so confusing. The differences in
the options are enormous, and the consequences ofselecting the wrong approach are
significant. The jury is still out. We will keep
you posted on where we end up.
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In declaring "Apple is dead" at the conclusion
of his letter to the editor (April 1997), Jon Firth
has joined those who take delight in declaring
the end of Apple.
Normally, I don't spend my time responding to such obvious provocations as Mr. Firth's,
but in this case I feel compelled to respond.
The financial markets and first-buyer preferences are so volatile these days that at some
point the declarations become self-fulfilling
prophecies. Unfortunately, most of the heresy
concerning the status of Apple is based on par-

U.S.-based prnfcssional Web site design firms


(Mirai Consulting, published in Mcweek,Oct.
16, 1995; Webweek,Oct. 7, 1996)
Apple is the Number I computer company
worldwide in user loyalty, with 87 percent of
users repurchasing Macintosh computers
(Computer Intelligence InfoCorp, June 18,
1996)
Apple is the Number I computer in K-12
education, with 60 percent market share
(Quality Fducation Data, 1996-97 Teclorolog
I'orris>sir(t Forerst).
Apple is also thc Number I computer in

tial or biased information, or just plain, good


old-fashioned ignorance. Misinformation is
being spread concerning the state of Apple
Computer; The Computer Pper'sreadership
deserves better.
Here are the facts:
Macintosh is the Number 1 multimedia
vendor in the world for the second year in a
row w it h
1 8 . 8 p e rcent m a rket s hare
(h4rdtimediMrket Trends,Dataquest, 1996.)
Macintosh is the Number I platform for
World Wide Web authnring, with 41 percent
market share worldwide, and 64 percent of

college and higher educatinn institutions


(Roper College Track, 1994; C omputer
Intelligence InfoCnrp, 1994. More current statistics unavailable).
Apple is the Number I U.S. computer vendor in Japan, and the Number 3 vendor overall
in Japan (Dataquest, March 1996).
Apple is the Number I computer used for
color desktop publishing, with 80 percent of
the market share (Griffin D i x R esearch
Associates, 1996).
There are roughly 14,000 applications for
the Macintosh, nearly 3,000 i n n a t i ve
PowerMac code.
After I)nix, the Mac OS is the tnost popular
platform fnr World W'idc We(i servers ((.icorgia
Institute o f
l ec h n ology, r eferenced in
.),Iervrial, Nnv. 11, I99S).

Regardless of thc platform designed tn run


on, 42 or the SO tnlr-selling CD-Rt)M titles
worldwide were developed nn htacintnsh
(Lightstone Tl>nn>psnn 199S)
The Macintosh platform is used for 6S percent of postprnductinn video editing (Filin 6:
I'i|leo, 199S).
The Mac is used by 25.85 percent of all
Internet users to access the Internet.
1 here are currently over 8 0 m i l lion
Macintosh users worldwide.
Most importantly, Computer Intelligence
has recently reported (March 5, 1997) that the
Macintosh OS actually took market share away
from the X86 platform over the past year.
While the Mac OS increased its market share
61.4 percent, the X86 platform actually
decreasedby 5.1 percent. As a result, the Mac
OS market share grew from eight percent in
November 1996 to 11 percent in January 1997.
As CI industry analyst Matt Sargent states,"the

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Of course, much of this increase is the
result of the emergence of Mac clones; hnwever, the decision to licence its OS was at the initiative of Apple, and is part of its long-term
strategy to improve its market share position.
Toward this end, Apple's efforts are obviously
paying off.
In addition, Mr. Firth's comment regarding
Apple's acquisition of NeXT and its current OS
development are puzzling. He concludes,
"Apple now has an unfinished and untested
OS that history has shown will take at least a
year and vast financial resources to develop."
What history is he referring to? Microsoft's
and IBM's! A new release for the Ivlac OS is now
shipping, and System 8.0 is due to ship this
July. System 8.0, previously code-named
Tempo, will incorporate much of the Copeland
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Macintosh computers currently available.
Finally, Apple's hardware development has
never been stronger. As reported in Th e
Cootpoter 11rper (April 1997), the Powerbook
line is bach on track svith the release of the
Powerbook 1400 and 3400. The latter, containing a 240 MHz processor is, as author Peter
Milburn states, "hy far the fastest portable on
the planet."
Moreover, the t?uicktake 200, Apple's new
digital camera, can serve as a videoconfcrencing camera and presentation tool in addition
to taking great pictures. Apple is also working
with Exponential Technology on its next generation PowerPC processor.
The Exponential X704 is the world's fastest
personal computer microprocessor, running at
a clock speed of 533 MHz more than twice
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that of any PC microprocessor currently available! Recently demonstrated on a Macintosh at
the last Macworld Expo in San Francisco, it easily outperformed an Intel-based Compaq.
Systems equipped with the new chip are
expected to ship by the end of this year.
In conclusion, I have just one question for
Mr. Firth and the other Apple naysayers: Does
this sound like a dead company?
Kevin BusheII, Montreal

Revenge on the nerds


I read with great interest you article about
Revenge on the nerds (letter from the editor,
April '97). I, too, am not convinced that technology is always the way to go. Ironically, my
profession is to teach businesses how to use
computer applications such as CorelDRAW. In
reality, I find some instances where it's better
to use the trusty, manual method.
For example, I bought an accounting package two years ago, I tried to figure out the program myself and took a week to sift through the
documentation (hard and soft). I then tried to
customize the invoice program that came with
the package. That didn't work. I got so frustrated
that I sold the software through the classifieds.
My accountant convinced me to give it another
try, so I bought the updated version. That version
now sits on my shelf collecting dust.
I see no faster way than writing invoices by
hand as soon as the order comes in. No need to
boot up the computer, start the software, feed
the invoice through the dot-matrix printer,
and hope that it prints out OK. In fact, personal handwriting is, in my opinion, in vogue as
most business correspondence is computerized

aren't perfect the first time, and I hate proofreading off the computer. So I have to do this
process several times a night. I' ve concluded
that I spent just as much time printing the
essay, as proofreading it,
Now I' ve looked for solutions. I' ve tried different print drivers for the Win95 format and
have emailed the companies involved (Corel,
Microsoft and Xerox) for a solution, but the
More reveniie
only answer I received was from Corel telling
I am a high school student and just handed in
a beautiful history paper before spring break. me that they couldn't fix my problem (guessed
This paper was worth one of the biggest marks as much) and that they were forwarding the
for the term so a computer w'as a must. So, I
problem to someone who could (I'm assuming '
went to w ork o n m y P - 166 and Corel Xerox), As of yet, I have not received an
W ordperfect Suite 7, w h il e r unning o n answer and am not expecting one (I tried solvWindows 95. Writing the paper was the easiest ing this problem last year).
Though I love my computer and all of it
thing I did= compared to printing it,
At an office replacement sale, we picked up programs and quirks, going through this
a Xerox 4045-100 Series laser printer. This
process is not as funny at 4 o' clock in the
morning when you find out just after you' ve
printer takes a while to warm up, but once it
does, the image quality and speed are excel- turned both your printer and computer offthat you' ve missed a period in one of the footlent. However, Xerox does not make a print
notes. Maybe I should go back to my 386,
driver for the 4045 in Windows 95. The print
hmmmmmm.
driver it does inake is for Windows 3.x. So what
Carl Tan, via Internet
am I todo?
The convoluted solution is to run Windows
World Wide Wait
3.1 and another program, (because Corel
requires Win95), t o
pr i n t s o m ething. Until flipping through Web pages is as fast as
Therefore in order to print my Wordperfect changing channels on a TV, the Internet will
remain highly overrated busy signals, downmasterpiece, I have to:
loading times, connection speeds, low-quality
A) Type it out in Corel. (Why? Because I'm
video and audio transmissions, just to name a
spoiled and I really, really like all of the
few. And until these problems are rectified, the
gadgets and doohickeys in Word Perfect).
Internet should be called by its true name; the
B) Convert it to Microsoft Word format.
World Wide Wait.
C) Exit Win95 to DOS mode.
Vince Marin, Calgary
D) Start Windows 3.1.
E) Start Microsoft Word.
More on litigation
F) Then print the copy.
While Douglas Gray provided a good general
I could look past this convoluted path if I
just had to print the paper once, but things overview (SOHO column: "Avoiding common
and lacks a personal touch.
I could go on and on about personal organizers...l use a $5 monthly school calendarneeds no batteries, and I can look at it in a
glance. No need to boot up the... Yadda, yadda.
Technology is great. When it works,
Tom Anzai,

litigation mistakes" April '97), he did not mention an avenue for dispute resolution that is
gaining increasing popularity, The concept of
alternative dispute resolution is not only
gaining increasing acceptance within the legal
profession, but in Ontario, mediation will soon
be a required precursor to most cases before
they can be heard in court. Other provinces
already have, or are planning, similar measures
to ease the heavy burden on the courts system.
Mediation and arbitration are often better
suited to the early resolution of disputes
involving small operations. This process normally has a lower cost than litigation and,
what is often very important, is in complete
privacy, since it can be shielded from the public exposure inherent in our open courts system. The rules governing the legal profession,
at least in Ontario, require lawyers to advise
their clients of the availability of this process.
Walter Seaton, Toronto
They' re not otItdated, they' re history
The article on architectural software on your Web
site is inaccurate. Autodesk does not have the
Home Series Architecture, I spoke to them and
they told me it has been long gone. The only software they have for architecture is the Kitchen, not
the whole house. Please update this article.
Mariane van Durden, via internet
DA replies: Note that the review originally
appeared in The Computer Paper (the newsprint
version) in February1 995. It is not our practice to
update stories in our oniiire archives. They are an
archive of what was once tnie. As you can well
imagine it would greatly increase the amount of
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hat's the fastest, most effective way


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At one time, newspaper and magazine
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These often have a seasonal flavor: valentines
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In general, clip art images are royalty free.
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(you should, however, read the flne print, as

At first t hought,
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duced by Expert Software or Softkey, are


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Others are targeted at commercial designers and boast superb quality, more imaginative and contemporary designs, and, yes,
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ative designs apparent in th e collection.


Instead of stuffing its CD-ROM with boring
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From; New Vision Technology


Price: $50

some to use, the Task Force collection


could be the perfect companion for
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appeal and innov-

From: Image ClubGraphics


Price: $135 each

L ooking for t l .
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Designed primarily for professional graphics users, Objectgear boasts a high level of
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The photo-based Objectgear collection i s a vailable in si x d i f ferent
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The amusement collection includes
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The food-oriented CD-ROM, called the
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I also checked out Image Club's Neo
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Image Club, a Calgaryb ased company that i s n o w


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types of dip art and photo images, including


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Contact: Image Club, Tel: 800-387-9193,

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From Corel Corp.
Price: under $100
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set of dip art CD-ROMs. Even though the flveCD-ROM collection costs less than $100, its photos, dip art, and video images boast surprisingly
high levels of quality.
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And because the Mega Gallery's images
cover a wide range of categories, themes, and
styles, virtually anyone can use them,
of
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to design a corporate newsletter or
just spice up a letter
to a friend.
I n f act, w i t h
60,000 photos, 50,000 illustrations, 200
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trying to search for a specific object. The "wizard" tool does a good job of taking you
through the search steps, but it can be time
consuming to juggle five discs. Although
Corel throws in a multimedia file manager,
it's a bit cumbersome to use.
If you don't mind investing some time,
however, you' ll be rewarded with a wealth of
excellent images suitable for many occasions.
Unlike some o f t h e c h eaper p roducts
described in this article, Corel's images are
well designed, with good detail.
You might not find strange, wacky or truly
innovative designs in the Mega Gallery, but
the strength of the Corel products can be
described in two words: consistency and predictability. Regardless of what you' re looking
for, you' ll always find something usable and
interesting no unpleasant surprises,
For general use, the Mega Gallery gets my
nod as one of the best buys.

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Price: $108
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products, Masterclips gets first prize in the
Company
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simple-to-use browser and graphic editor,
5,000 photos and 2,000 fonts, while the less
which makes it possible for you to manipulate
expensive one has 1,000 fonts but no photos.
the images and make numerous changes before
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pasting them into your favorite document.
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clip ar t
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Bundle (woodblock engravings), www.art
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Masterclips
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Super Art Paclr 3%,000
Both versions
Click Art
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Pdce: $40
for a specific clip art image using IMSI's builtb eginners o r
At this price, the
casual graphic
in software, especially when you have to hunt
Softkey Super Art
designers
who
through 14 different CD-ROMs. Fortunately,
Pack is exactly
don't
need
IMSI does include a comprehensive, blackthe same price as
and-white catalog of all images.
sophisticated,
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Compand to high-end products, such as detailed images
Click Art 25,000,
but
desire
reasonthose offered by Image Qub, the MasteKIips colbut offers more.
ably good quality
lection trails behind in overall quality and origiIn t o t al , the
nality, and some of the images are less than clip art that covSoftkey clip art
ers
a
variety
of
mediocre. However, overall it's still a wellmecutcomes
with
topics, themes, and objects. The Click Art Image
ed package. Besides, this is the only product to
33,000 images, including 2,500 photos, 1,200
offer such a large number of photo images and Pak competes head to head with other nudsound clips, and 2,000 fonts. Like the IMSI
p riced products, such a s New Vision
the famous Dover Collection of illustrations.
product, Softkey also throws in 300 handwritTechnology's
Task
Force,
which
is
similarly
In general, the images tend to be relativeing fonts that can help make your letter look
priced.
ly simple and the quality is not consistent
more personal and inviting.
Although the Image Pak doesn't stand
across the categories. But when it comes to
Owned by T h e L earning Company,
out
as
an
innovative
product,
it
strikes
a
giving you the widest, largest selection of
images to choose from, Masterclips is a hard good middle ground between the this-is-too- Softkey takes pride in offering value-oriented
products at cut-rate prices, and the Super Art
act to follow. No wonder it's one of the best- much IMSI 150,000 collection and nichemarketed Image Club. Both the three-disc Pack is no exception.
seiling clip art software packages.
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enough
clip art, photos, and images to please
h
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i
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:ber of images, but ju99iii)g ygjO or 14 discs to find that onejierf&imagecanby time con- .' it doesn't stand out as one of the more attractive clip art collections.
lowest-price-per-image category, A quick calculation reveals that you' re only paying seven
cents for 100 images with IMSI.

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from other programs in a variety of ways,
including object linking and embedding
(OLE). That means you can compose your literary masterpiece in a word processor, draw a
pretty picture in CorelDraw, or enhance a
scanned image in Photoshop, then haul it in
for final positioning while still modifying the
element in its original program. Once the
major elements have been placed, MS
Publisher has a number of features to help
you spruce up your final product.
This year's version comes with more than
5,000 clip art images, 150 fonts, 150 predesigned borders, 100 design templates, a vector4rawing program called Microsoft Draw,
and much more.
The good news? Well, the clip art collection is pretty fair considering it's really just a
bonus add-on, and so too are the fonts. The
borders are definitely not high-end, but the
program will create one for you by automatically shrinking and duplicating any image
you choose, an option not found in most
other low-end packages.
The bad news is that, despite suggestions
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MS Publisher allows you to do just that (and
quite easily too, usually with just a couple of
mouse clicks), it' ll have to be in pre-set increments and forms. And if you' ve got a flair for
drawing, the vector-based Draw component
will handle only the simplest shapes and
squiggles. For anything beyond basic boxes,
circles and lines, you' ll have to turn to a
standalone drawing package.
One of the most damning aspects of the
program in these days of multiple "undos" is
that MS Publisher offers just a single level. So
if you' ve made a mistake more than one
action ago, you' re gonna be stuck with it.
Unless, of course, you want to go back to the
last save, but by doing that you' ll lose anything you' ve done since then.
But let's get back to the positive elements,
because there are so many. MS Publisher is
getting more graphical as the years go by, and
this edition offers both font and dip art previewing before you make your choice, automatic kerning of certain character pairs
("WA", for example), auto-hyphenation with
customized zones, and automatic small capitals with a single click.
Those who forget to regularly save their
work and who among us can honestly say
we don't can opt to have the program
prompt us automatically in custom-set intervals from one to 999 minutes. This is but one
of many features that make MS Publisher one
of the "smartest" page layout programs
around.
I first noticed this intelligence when randomly clicking the zoom in and out buttons
(400 percent zooming is supported, by the
way). After a half-dozen clicks, I was presented with the following message: "You can press
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design and general tips were set to fly into
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shall we say, weaknesses.
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product be w ithout PageWizards. These
design aids help you decide just what it is
you'd like to produce, then put the basic lay-

out onto the page, ready for you to plunk


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New to 97 are Spedalty PageWizards, helping you set up varying styles of certificates,
event tickets, bookmarks, and even Web sites.
Actually, Web site design is something
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quantityeven if the quality remains low- to
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The program is accompanied by a thorough manual ( th e M i crosoft Publisher
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fonts, and a picture of each and every piece of
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Master Publisher supports direct scanning,

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all but DTP professionals.

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Master Publisher is actually a suite of three


IMSI products, TurboPublisher, TurboDraw
and Master Clips (a 20,000-piece subset of its
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Inevitable comparisons
And on that note, let's get to that inevitable
Master Publisher/Microsoft Publisher 97 comparison test,
If Web pages are your bag, MS Publisher is
the obvious choice for the simple fact that
Master Publisher doesn't have the facilities to
take you through th e entire procedure.
Although Master Publisher will let you design
art for a Web page, MS Pub takes you from
design to final implementation and certainly
has all the bases covered.
On the other hand, if you have a penchant for using a lot of pre-designed images in
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Technology dazzles at Apple Music


8 Multimedia Show '97
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Fender displayed its electric guitars; and
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PCS arrives
There was also a lot of interest in the new personal communications services (PCS) digital
mobfle telephones and data communications
services that have recently begun operation in
many Canadian markets.
BC Tel Mobility, for example, showed off
the new PCS telephones and data communications devices that can be used with its new
digital network, which went into service in
March. The company promised that users
would enjoy a number of advanced features
from the outset, including calling-line identification and a visual indication of when new
messages have been left on their PCS voicemail service.
BC Tel Mobility is further promising that

text messaging and email notification will


also come soon to the new PCS system. The
company is not, however, cutting off its existing cellular network from new PCS users.
Recognizing that users might not be satisfied with the limited coverage that the PCS
network will provide in it s i nitial stages
(which ha s s t arted w it h t h e G r eater
Vancouver area only), BC Tel Mobility is hoping that most customers will opt to use "dualmode" PCS/cellular phones.
"The new digital phones are dual-mode,"
says Ted Lattimore, vice-president of marketing for BC TEL MobiBty. "So they automatically work on both our digital and regular cellular network.
He adds that when used in PCS mode, the

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text message (if the recipient has an alphanumeric pager). We tried it and a message took
only SS seconds from the time it left the keyboard of the PC to arrival at the pager.
Meanwhile, international wireless communications giant Glenayre Technologies
(which was founded in Vancouver in 1963
and is now headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.)
announced efforts to establish a new universal

phones can offer better clarity and performance, "our advanced version of digital

(phone] also functions at very low power, so


batteries last much longer. Users will enjoy up
to five hours of talking time without recharging, or three full days of standby time," adds
Latti more.

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paging standard,

During the show, BC Tel Mobility announced


a new service for pager customers that lets
them be contacted via the internet.
From the company's Send a Page Web site

Going by the rather unwieldy name of the


GL3210 Glenayre Multiprotocol Paging
Platform (GMPP), it is designed to be able to
operate in both Europe and Japan with "roaming" features (so traveling users can be contacted even when they move from one country to
another) and with text messaging in Japan. 0

(http: //www.bctm.corn/paging/pagsend.htm), it is
possible to send either a phone number where
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bed after six days of CeBIT (I am sure it
had nothing to do with the regularly scheduled evening events that take you into the

morning). Let's just say next year, I am bringing my sneakers, high-protein supplements
and attending only half of the social events.
The CeBIT exhibition in Hanover, Germany
has been an annual event since 1970. Every
year, the number of exhibitors, floor space,
and visitors grows. At CeBIT'97 there were
6,855 exhibitors from 65 countries occupying
352,623 square metres of floor space. The
final visitor attendance is an estimated
610,000. CeBIT has witnessed the rapid
growth of the information technology and
telecommunications industries and each year
highlights the hottest products and services
on the market. This year, for example, multimedia productsand services consumed two
massive halls and included 380 exhibitors.
CeBIT continues to draw attendance from all
major manui'acturers and developers in addition to start-up companies. As a result, its
stature as a global information technology
exhibition continues to grow.
Ma)or announcements
CeBIT offers a prime opportunity for manufacturers and developers to introduce new
products and services to the press and to the
European audience. This year, announcements of particular interest came from Intel,
Microsoft, and Apple.
In a joint press conference intel and
Microsoft announced the NetPC Reference
Specification for industry review. The NetPC
is a new class of computer aimed directly at
the business community's desire for lower
"total cost of ownership." Valued at under
US$1,000 the NetPC is intended to be managed remotely, automatically configured and
installed, and updated in off-peak hours.
Modifications include the elimination of the
ISA slots and enclosing the system in a sealed
case. It is expected that NetPC product
announcements will be issued over the next
90 days.
This announcement fuels the debate on
the future direction of desktop computing. In
one camp we see companies like Oracle, Sun
and Corel promoting the advantages of the
Network Computer (NC). The other camp,
with industry titans intel and Microsoft,
would prefer the world follow the path of the
NetPC. There is little doubt that the move
towards inexpensive NCs running applications from servers would not bode well for
'either Microsoft or Intel. With the technical
specifications of the NetPC announced, the
battle line is clearly drawn. At CeBIT it is
apparent that many of the manufacturers are
currently taking a neutral position by demonstrating both PC and NC systems.
In addition to the NetPC, Intel revealed
the first public demonstration of the new
Pentium II processor (formerly known as
Klamath). The Pentium 11 combines Intel's
MMX technology with the 32-bit software
capabilities of the Pentium Pro processor.
Intel has incorporated a new packaging
design for the processor called the Single Edge
Contact Cartridge. By using a cartridge
design, Intel will be able to offer future
processor upgrades. The processor speed will
be 200 MHz andhigher.it's slated for release
internationally in the second quarter of 1997.
For the Apple community there was the
introduction of a special 20th Anniversary
Macintosh. It was designed to be a futuristic

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Dn the exhibition floor


As mentioned previously, multimedia was
one of the key markets to watch this year.
Much of the excitement in this area stems
from the introduction of DVD (digital video
disc) technology. With double sided, double
layered disc storage capacity reaching a staggering 17 GB, it is easy to understand why it
has crossindustry appeal.The consumer electronics market sees it as a replacement for the
VCR; the computer industry (including game
developers) like the storage and multimedia
capabilities; and the entertainment industry
see it as an excellent means to distribute
movies and to enhance the quality of the
movie delivered into the home. So with all
these benefits, why hasn't it made a bigger
splashy
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provide regional coding to prevent people
from watching movies that have not yet been
released in their home market; and, perhaps
the bigger issue, the ability of DVD to record
data. Currently only DVD players are available units capable of recording are expected
to be available by the end of this year. By the
end of 1998, fully recordablejerasable DVD
should be available.
Another technology that was well represented throughout CeBIT was intel Pentium
MMX. Every PC manufacturer's stand demonstrated the multimedia power of the MMX.
The World VA'de Web commanded a overwhelming presence on the floor at CeBIT'97.

Service providers, modem manufacturers,


Web designers, and consultants were in abundance. In Europe, Internet use continues to
grow, but still falls behind North America. In
North America, Web surfers pay a monthly
charge with some extra charges tacked on if
their monthly connect-time limit is exceeded.
In Europe, however, users also pay per minute
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provider (ISPs) in addition to the ISP's monthly access fee.
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The Canadian presence


Canadian companies were well represented at
CeBIT'97. Aside from prominent players like
Corel and Newbridge, there were a number of
smaller companies looking to expand their
international markets. A few of the interesting products included PhotoSuite from MGI.
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Corel chose CeBIT'97 to relaunch its
European operations. An unveiling of the
prototype Video Network Computer (Video
NC) and Corel offlce for Java was packing in
the audiences.

A small company, with a big story had to


be CSRT of Montreal. CSRT is a developer of
an enterprise-wide scheduling and resource
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trying to make their systems run as fast as


physically possible without spending a year' s
salary in the process. Sometimes compromises will be made getting more RAM in
exchange for a slightly slower processor, or
maybe spending an extra $100 for a superior
video card, But what about our old friend, the
trusty hard drive? How important is it to you
in terms of a reliable storage device, and how
far will it go towards improving your system's
overall performance?
Advancements in drive technology .over
the past few years have gone a long way
towards ensuring that your hard drive will be
more reliable. Hard drive crashes are far less
frequent these days, making your priceless
data all that much safer. But can chooSing a
particular drive over another really make a
noticeable difference where performance is
concerned? The answer is absolutely, without
a doubt, yes! Although the primary function
of a hard drive is to serve as a data storage
device, choosing the right drive can definitely save you both time and money.
It's always amazing to see how much
things can change in this industry in the span
of one short year. Around this time last year,
our hard drive tests were conducted on an
assortment of drives ranging in size from I to
1.6 gigabytes (GB), with the larger size costing
roughly $400. Today, that same $400 will buy
you a drive with more performance and double the capacity,
This month, we look at drives with EIDE
(Enhance IDE) interfaces with starting capacities of 3 GB all the way up to the 6.4 GB monsters. We chose to test the EIDE variety simply
because it's far cheaper to buy a drive with
this interface than a drive identical in size but
with a SCSI interface. Also, EIDE drives are
much more common in systems aimed at the
home user, and come in a wide variety of
models and sizes to suit every need.
Our decision to test drives with minimum
capacities of 3 GB was based on two things.
First is the fact that you get a far better bang
for the buck when you buy a drive with a
larger capacity. A typical example is the price
difference between a 1.2 GB and a 3.1 GB
drive. Flip through the pages of this month's

paper, and you' ll see what we mean, A 1.2 GB

around $270, whereas a 3.2 GB drive will go


for roughly $420.
If you' re in the market for a new drive but
have to watch every last dollar you spend,
then you may have no choice but to go for
the smaller drive. However, if storage space
and performance are your primary concerns,
then it's easy to see how the extra $150 will be
very well spent to get an extra 2 GB of space,
as well as the performance benefits that are
certain with the newer model drives.
The other deciding factor was the ever
growing need for more space. What may have

been more then enough storage space a year


ago is very quickly becoming today's bare
minimum.

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as 403 MB!
These are only two applications, and
a lthough they are certainly among t h e
largest, it is definitely a sign of things to
come. Remember when your applications
required what was then a measly 2 MB or 3
MB to install? Well, those days are long over,
and we can look forward to more of the spacehungry variety, especially with the onset of
DVD-based programs just around the comer.
Kind of makes you wonder, if a 650 MB CDROM-based application can require as much

as 200 MB (as in the case of MS Office 97 Pro},


what's in store for us when 4.5 GB DVD titles
hit the stores?
But even before the onslaught of DVD
titles, we have plenty to consider with the
several thousand programs currently available. Some need hardly any hard drive space,
while others will try and hog nearly every last
precious byte.
All applications aside, the operating system you prefer will also be a determining factor in how large your hard drive will be. Good

ol' DOS was the most disk-space friendly,


requiring roughly 5 MB for a complete install,
including all.those useless files you' ll never in
your life have any use for. Windows 3.1 and
Windows for Workgroups 3.11 weren't all
that different, requiring just a few MB more.
Then came Windows 95, very popular today
and found on many hard drives, eating up
anywhere from 30 MB to 80 MB. Among the
more space-hungry are Windows NT, Linux,
and other flavors of Unix.
Needless to say, precious hard-drive space

is something you can never have too much


of. Well, okay, maybe you can. if you obsess
over two or three particular games and you
have one of these new 6.4 GB drives containing nothing but add-on levels ... well, you get
the idea,
Aside from the space your applications
will require, you will also want to consider
how much room y our d ata w il l n eed.
Depending on what you do with your cornputer on a day-to-day basis, this can be one of
the most important factors in deciding on the
size of drive to buy. If most of your work is
centered around word processing or spreadsheet calculations, it may be a while before

you run low on space.


On the other end of things, there are
those who work with graphics-intensive files.
ln the publishing business especially, a single
file can easily run you into the tens of
megabytes. And if you have to work with
more than a few of these at any one time, or
if an entire collection must reside on your
drive at all times, you can easily imagine how
quickly a gigabyte or two will be used up.
Another area where drive space is of great
importance is in audio and video editing,
where just a few minutes worth of digital data
will eat up massive amounts of space.
These are only a few of the many examples-where it seems you can never have too
much hard-drive space. Since the cost per
megabyte is at an ail-time low, it may be
worth working out a rough estimate of how
much space you' ll actually need, and factoring in what we often refer to as "breathing
room." There's nothing worse than going out
and buying a brand new drive double the size
of your current one only to find it three quarters full in under a month. With the way
things are right now, we feel that a drive with
a capacity of 3 GB wN not only meet most
consumers' needs, but will also give them
some overhead for the future. Let's face it,
nobody wants to buy a new hard drive every
six months, which is why we recommend

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drives were selling for around $350. Those
same drives today are selling for $270. What
this shows is that hard drive prices don't really drop significantly in a short period of time,
but as new technology becomes available, the
new line of drives will sell for the same price
that the old line once did.
The new line of drives having capacities of
3.1 GB are selling for around $400 today. By
this time next year, 3.1 GB drives could very
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and thereby float just a fraction of a miUimeter above or below the platter. If dust or other
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devices, and special care should always be


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drive while under power, the force could be


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physical damage to the drive, not to mention
data loss. This is known as a "head crash."
Special precautions have been taken to
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damage can occur. The portion of the hard
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Drive performance
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which takes into account the drive's latency.
Latency is defined as the average time (in milliseconds) that it takes for a sector to be available after the heads have reached a track. This
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take for the disk to fully rotate once. On a
drive with a spin rate of 4,500 RPM, a full
rotation would take 13.33 ms, thereby making your Latency equal to 6.67 ms. The average access time of the drive is the sum of its
average seek time and latency. This gives us
the average amount of time that is needed
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accessed.
The other important factor you will want
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drive. Transfer rates come in two different flavors: a disk transfer rate, and a host transfer
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drives is how you' re going to partition it.
What's that, you ask, and why can't I have aU
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Well, you can, but it aU depends on what
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organize aU your data. Among PCs, the most
common file system is known as FAT (File
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fat," but for virtual FAT), which adds support
for long filenames, OS/2 can access FAT as
well, but i t s s u pport f o r H PFS (High
Performance File System) allows it to overcome the limitations of the FAT system, while
at the same time adding support for partition
sizes up to 2 terabytes (two thousand giga-

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majority of the planet. It's equal to 16 million
terabytes 16 followed by 18 zeroes.) Rest

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that large in the near future,
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uses, each must adhere to certain rules when
it comes to storing your files, Each file system
must organize data into segments called clusters. Under the FAT file system, the maximum
size of any one cluster is 32KB (32,768 bytes).
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software, or the DOS manual.
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space will be used effectively, and how much
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Let's say you just bought a new drive with
a total capacity of 4 GB. There are several
ways in which you can partition it, but most
people would choose to go with two partitions, each with a capacity of 2 GB just
because it seems simple enough. And
although it's certainly possible, here's why
you may not want to. Under the FAT system,
your cluster size is determined by your partition size. Here's where it gets interesting!
Earlier we said that the maximum number
of dusters you can have on any one drive (or
partition) is 65,536, or 64KB clusters. By
dividing the partition size by the maximum
number of clusters the drive can hold, we get
the individual cluster size. So, let's say you
wanted to make a 512 MB partition and wanted to know how big theclusters would be. We
divide 512 MB by 64KB, which gives us 8KB.
So what's the big deal? Why the math lesson?
Here's why: it so happens that every file on
your hard drive must occupy at least one duster. This means that if you had a tiny batch
file which was 157 bytes long, the FAT system
would automatically allocate an entire cluster
to that file, despite the fact that it's so small.
So on a 512 MB partition, that 157-byte file
would actually take up an entire 8KB of space!
Don't beiieve it? Go ahead and try it!
Make yourself a small file using Notepad in
Windows or Edit under DOS and type in just
a few characters and then save the file. Open
up a DOS box (unless you' re already in DOS)
and change to the directory (or folder) where
you created your file. Type "dir" to get a directory, and notice your small file occupying just
a few bytes of space, or so you think. Also take
a look at the number of bytes free at the bottom of the list. Now delete the file and type
"dir" once again. Check the number of bytes
free once again, and do a bit of arithmetic.
You' ll quickly notice that the numbers don' t
add up. By deleting that small file, you' ve
actually freed up an entire cluster on the hard
drive.
Now you can bring on the fat jokes. And
yes, you guessed it. The larger the partition
size, the larger the cluster size. So if you did go
ahead and make a 2 GB partition, keep in
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disk space you would be wasting if the majority of files on your drive were considerably
less than 32KB in size?
To prevent many unnecessarily wasted
megabytes,we recommend you make your
partitions only as large as you need to. If possible, use 1 GB or less, and only resort to 2 GB
if you absolutely need to have all that space
on one drive. Using smaller partitions wig
also give you better performance because
your applications won't have to sift through
so many megabytes of files in order to find
what they' re looking for. Also, maintenance

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this month we must hand out two

interface, has a spin rate of 5,400 RPM, and


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TCP looks at the newest desktop equivalents

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B V IO$$

IN A C D O N A l D

hen we last looked at multi-func-

tion peripherals (MFPs) in early '96,


it looked as though they were going
to be that year's consumer success story. They
offered many benefits over individual components at a fairly reasonable price and manufacturers were introducing a whole slew of
new models to feed what they'd hoped was a
famished consumer market.
Alas, however, such seems not to have
been the case in every instance. While MFP

sales have been solid, they' ve certainly been


disappointing in terms of what was anticipated. Chances are these products were introduced too late, at a time when most of us had

- your 28.8 modem


this page...

already purchased separate faxes, printers,


scanners, et al. Or maybe they just weren' t
offering abilities attractive enough to draw
most of us toward a purchase, as the iniqui-

tous 9.6Kbps modem still shows up in some


and the interminable 14.4Kbps in others.
Lexmark got out of th e MFP business

entirely last spring. "The market just wasn' t


what we anticipated it would be," Jim Joseph,

Lexmark's manager of media relations,


explained, (Those who ovm a Lexmark MFP

needn't worry, however, Joseph said the com. pany will support its product through the
warranty period, They just aren't shipping
any more new units, so you won't find them

in our survey here,)


But Lexmark's response to the market isn' t
to be interpreted as a sign that the MFP is

modbund. As you' ll see from the following


round up of what's currently offered by major
manufacturers, prices are largely on the
downswing while tech specs are tending
rather toward the other direction. And new

x2 DownjoadsNearly Twice AsFast


Introdudng x2 Technology from
U.S. Robotics. A revolutionary break-

through in analog modem design that


lets you download at nearly twice the
speed of today's 28.8 modems.
By cutting the time you spend
waiting for downloads virtually in
half, x2 fundamentally changes the

faceofonline communication.

x2 Technology ls Available Today


Any Sportster 33.6 modem pur-

still to be high on most avid computerists and

chased af'ter August 15, 1996 is software upgradable to x2. Or you can
find the Sportster that's right for you,

smail and horne office (SOHO) operators' lists


of practical things to consider.

with x2 capabilities already built in,


on store shelves today.

What Is an WIFIb?
A true multi-function peripheral will have
five major functions: printer, scanner, copier,
fax and faxmodem. Faxand faxmodem are

loading nearly hvice as fast with the


dozens of Internet service providers

models continue to hit the retail shelves even


as you read this. Ultimately, an MFP ought

counted as two separate devices despite being


centered on the same electronics because

Either way, you can start down-

supporting x2 Technology.

Software-Upgrade To
Standard

your MFP can be used as astandalone fax and


as a substitute for your traditional internal

U,S. Robotics has a long history of


supporting international communica-

faxmodern card. Likewise, the separate print-

tions standards. And, while the ITU-T


committee has not yet recommended

r and copier designations

both use the same printer


engme but, thanks to soft
ware utilities and the builtin scanner, the MFP will

make copies of just about


anything yoa can tera
into the scanner.
I saw m y

f i rst M FP

a standard for 56 Kbps modems, we

O'Ieb ame
s'

about three years ago,


selling for $2,500. The

item on display paradoxically


cost nearly twice as much as

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buying an inkjet printer ($350), standalone


fax ($350), hand scanner ($150), personal
photocopier ($400), and faxmodem card
($125) combined. The real advantage pushed
at the time was economy of desk space over
just plain economy.
New the major MFP advantages over individual components have been maximized in
saving valuable desk space, producing plain
paper faxes, costing collectively less than
individual components and in some casesproducing color output. So you' ve got pretty

good motivation to revisit the possibility of


placing one of these space saving devices on
your desk.
Brother
Models: MFC-690 (MFC890MC),
MFC-1750 (1950Plus), MFC-4550 (6550MC)
From: Brother International Corporation CanadaLtd.
Estimated street prices: $369 (MFC-690), $429 (MFC890MC), $599 (FC-1750), $699 (MFC-1950Plus),
$1,299 (MFC-4550), $1.5M (MFC-6550MC).
Brother appears to be aggressively chasing the

MFP market by introducing six models over


the course of 1996. And, as you can see from
the prices, Brother has managed to come up
with a variety of technologies so that an MFP
of some sort. can be had within just about any
budget.
Starting at the lower end, the MFC-690
and 890MC are both based around what we
might call an enhanced thermal fax engine,
albeit employing Brother's Anti-Curling
System ACS and ThermaPlus Paper, which
feels very much like regular old bond. If you
can live with that, the thermal fax will be
your printer and your copier.
Both models feature a 15-page document
feeder, distinctive-ring detection switch, and
49 m (164 ft.) paper roll capacity, When con-

nected to your computer, both models are


also CallerlD ready and 64 grey-scale capable.
Other faxy features include an electronic
cover-page generator, next fax reservation
and remote activation. Both models are
Twain compliant and offer 400 dots per inch

(dpi) scanning (interpolated).

...a SPOrtSter'With X2 ' I r>JQ g

could download l III.

The MFC-890MC adds a sixth feature


called Message Centre Pro, a telephony compartment that works like a professional voicemail system. It can store fax and voice messages in up to five separate mail boxes and
store outgoing voice and fax messages for

voice/fax-on4emand.
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Next up in the pecking order are the two


inkjet printer engine-based MFPs, the MFC1750 and MFC-1950Plus. The 1750 is a more
or less typical MFP in offering a 14.4Kbps
plain paper fax, 200x400 dpi printer curn
copier, 400 dpi 64 grey-scale Twain-compliant

are working closely with them to create


one. Whatever standard is eventually
established, U.S. Robotics will offer

the easiest possible upgrade path.

Supported ByIndustry Leaders


x2 is already being supported by
major chipset makers and original
equipment manufacturers, as well as
online services with more than 15
million subscribers. With widespread

~AY%"
scanner and a PC fax with lots of nifty features like 20-page sheet feeder, 200-page
paper cassette and 256KB memory for when
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acceptance and deployment from such


industry leaders as America Online,
CornpuServe and NETCOM, it's easy
to see why x2 is setting the pace for

that paper runs out. Telephony features


include the ability to make use of your local
phone company's caller-ID and distinctivering options.
The MFC-1950Plus incorporates the message centre as a sixth function. Again you get
the five mail boxes and fax/voice messagewndemand. The 1950Plus also comes bundled
with Xerox's very good TextBridge optical
character recognition (OCR) software.
Finally, at the pricier end of Brother's catalogue, come the MFC-4550 and MFC6550MC. These two are laser printer-based
MFPs
t hat
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Intel ATX Venus P6...
$260
Intel ATX PRO Dual P6,UWscsi.....$710
Tyan Dual P5/512k AT.....................$330
Tyan Dual P6 AT / ATX.............$430/460
Asus TX97 512k AT/ATX.........$240/310
Asus HX 512. MMX AT/ ATX .$185/195
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T2 512k MMX AT
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Intel P5 100/120/133.....$140/145/180
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Intel PS MMX166/208.........$455/698
Intel P6 150/180/280.....$250/620/710
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Quantum 4.SG UW scsi.......$1190
Quantum 9.0G UW scsi......$2200
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Microtek E3/K6..........$290/65Q
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Acer 15"/17"
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NEC C590/M500...............$450/515
NEC XV15+/XV17+..........$610/950
NKC M7QO/P759............$1020/1139
Sony IQQSX/SF..................$526/619
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Sumsang 17 Gli/Glsi.........$820/986
View Sonic lsGS/17GS......$45Q/8QO
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Brother HL /609X 12Q0..$690


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Epson
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Stylus 899 (1449dpi)........$59Q

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72pin 32/64M.....................$225/598
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38pin IM /4M ....................$12 / 32
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Intel PCI Pro 166......................4'l40
..3COM PCI 3C900 comb ............$125
3COM PCI 3C905 1008.............$125
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..Coxal 10II/20I5OIt.............$15/20/35
Hub Oport/16port..................$98/190
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NT 4.6 Server 5 l10 .........$590/1100
NT Wkatn 4.0 / license........$266/60
UPS 250/45O/669.........$155/260/340
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PCI SCSI 2949 /294QUW .$249/285
PCI 3980 2-chanel scsi..............$680
Scsi cable/ Wide scsi cable.....$10/20
Mouse/Logitech 28.. ...............$8/I 8
Logitech 38 /MS V2. I A..............$32
AT I 3/I 5/19/23"..........$48/53/65/100
ATX 17'/23".........................$95/129
104KB/Fujitsu8725/4725...$20/30/6Q
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PC .
This t i m e,

600x600 dpi, 6 pages per minute (ppm) laser


engine, which serves as your printer and copier. The scanner is 400x400 Twain compliant
and, as usual, the PC fax is in there too. Most
appreciated is the software bundle called
Multi-function Link PRO, which includes a
simple to use viewer/editor and drag-and-

dropdocument management.

for unlimited storage as well as fax-ondemand capability, ln addition, that extra


$250 gets you 60Qx600 dpi (interpolated)

scanning and copying along with the Xerox


TextBridge OCR software and something
called Binary File Transfer software, which
allows you to send any file as a high-resolution fax.
Brother has also thoughtfully included an
instructional video to get you up and running
with a minimum of frustration.

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Models: Qff lee
Jet 350, 500 series,
and OfficeJet Pro 1150C
From: Hewlett-Packard Canada
Estimated street prices: $799 (ihe 350), US$500 (500
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that technology. Like Brother, it has recently
attacked the MFP market with a vengeance,
introducing no less than six new machines
this year, which,.added to the two already
available, brings the total to eight.
We begin with th e 300 models, two
machines based on a black-only printer
engine. The OfficeJet 300, however, doesn' t
qualify as a true MFP because it lacks a builtin scanner so the OfficeJet 350 is the only one
of the pair that we' ll look at here.
It's a rather fancy though largish machine
with easily accessed and understood controls.
The printer is capable of 600x300 dpi and
prints at up to 3 ppm, while the 300 dpi scan-

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is from a 100-page front-mounted tray to a
delivery bay just above it o n t h e f ront.
Curiously, these are the same awkward
mechanicals found on many older HewlettPackard inkjet printers and the only aspect
of H-P printers, in my experience, to fail.
The software bundle is equally modest in
providing basic tools for operating all of the
machine's elements (printer, scanner, fax,
etc.), but at least they' ve thrown in Caere's
OmniPage OCR, albeit in a stripped-down,
Bmited edition.
Hewlett-Packard doesn't want to highlight
the 300 series machines, though, as they' ve
newly introduced six MFPs in the United
States with updated and upgraded abilities.
Five of these six machines lie within what
has been dubbed the 500 series (500, 520,
570, 580 and 590), with the remaining Pro
1150C standing on its own. It should be made
clear, though, that none of the 500 series will
be available in Canada until the end of 1997.
You can currently choose between the
OfficeJet 300 and 350 and the newer Pro
1150C. However, I' ve included all HewlettPackard models here in the survey so you can
better make'the decision as to whether to wait
for the arrival of the 500 series or not.
It's with the 500s that the bulk of the consumer market will eventually be wooed. All
models in the series share rather more in
common than in distinction. The are all modestly proportioned in the fashion of the competition with the simplified controls sitting
comfortably at the right side of the machine.
Paper feed from the 20-page bin as well as the
single-sheet feed are from back to front. All

employ a 4 ppm (black)/I ppm (color) inkjet


printer and monochrome TWAIN-compliant
scanner. The copying resolution is 600x300

dpi for all, and each has a 14.4Kbps faxmoContinued onpage 70

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8MB EDO RAM 60ns
1.3 GB EIDE Hard Drive
Panasonic 1.44M Floppy Drive

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NIILTINEDIA OPTIONS
$169
Mltsumi 6x CD-ROM
16 bit PuP Sound Card

Microphone
60W Speakers

15" Acula NI/LR/Digital/Fiat Monitor


Zoltrix 33.6 Voice FaxModem

Yamaha 3DSurround PnPSoundCard


Mitsumi 104Key Win 95 Keyboard
Mitsumi Mouse & Pad

PCI VIDEO CARDS

Trident 968064bit MPEG ...... ..$42


Cirrus Logic 54461m MPEG .......42
Cirrus Logic 64bit 1M MPEG .......28
S33D Virge MPEG
4M....... . . . . . 85
S3 3D MPEG
2M (Exp to 4M) ..., .71
Diamond Stealth 3D 2M...... .. , .129
ATI 3D Expression 2M ..... . . . . .115
ATI 3D+PC2TV2M SDRAM ......159
ATI 3D +PC2TV 4MSDRAM;..., .199
Trident 1685 3D PC2TV...... . . . . . 82
Matrox Millennium 2M/4MW ..259/339
Matrox Mystique 2M/4M SG...175/218
STB Velocity 4M VRAM ....... . . .215
STB Lightspeed128bit 2MMDRAM ...149
Video Card EDG
RAM 1M ...... . . .15
14" KTX NI/LR. .... . . . . . . . . . . .$224
14'ACULA Nl/LR ..... . . , . . . . . . .225
15' Meg Image Nl/LR/Dig./Flat . ...329
15" KTX Nl/LR/Digital/Flat. .... . . .329
15" ACULANI/LR/Dlg VGSD/Flat. ...329
15' Sceptre Nl/LR/Dig./Fiat . ... . . .349
17' Sceptre J73 Multimedia GSD . .699
17' Sceptre Nl/LR/dig JFlat/OSD ...649
17' Acula Nl/LR/Dig./Flat/GSD .:. ..609
17' KTX Nl/LR/Dig./Flat/GSD......609
Samsung 15" GLE ....... . . . . . . ,465
Samsung 15' GLI ....... . . . . , . . .495
Samsung 17" GLI ....... . . . . . . . .849
Samsung17'Glsi. ... . . . . , . . . 1019
MAG DX1795E
.28DP ...,,. . . . . ,755
MAG DX1795 .26DP ....... . . . . .835
MAG DX700T.25DP ...... . . . . . .899
ViewSonic Gptiquest V773........735
VlewSonic17" PT 770 ...... . . . . .998
ViewSonic 17" GT
770 ....... . . . .925
ViewSonic 17" GS/PS ........795/945

$799/N9

64 Bit IM (exp 2M) PCI MPEG Video


14" Nl/LR.28DP 1240x 768 Monitor
Mitsumi 104Key%in95 Keyboard
Mtsumi Mouse & Pad

Addax 19" Case w/230w PS


60% Amplified Speakers

MONITORS

K5-75/90

Addax 13" Tower Casew/230% PS

MOTHERBOARDS

Pentium Triton III PCI MBMMX ..$115


4EIDE 1P/2 x 16550 256K PLCache
Tayan Tomcat III Dual PS/51
2k,...325
ASUS T2P4 HX256K PL MMX ....167
ASUS VX97 256K PL MMX .... . . .149

586/486 PCI/VLB/ISA MB ...... . . .85


Fast I/O, 4EIDE, 1P/2x16550, 4x72pin
GA-5MS ATX256PBC8-512MB ...165
GA-6FX
Pentium Pro512KPBC8-512MB ....299
GA-6DX P-Pro Dual CPU512K PBC.549

PRINTERS
Canon BJC240Color Printer,,, $224
Canon BJC4100 Color Printer .....299
Canon LBP 460 Laser ...... . . . . .339
Panasonic KX-P6500 300 dpi 6PPM 459
Brother HL730DX
true 660DPI6PPM ..434
Brother HL760DX
true 1200DPI6PPM .544
Bro.HL1660 Truel 200DPI 17PPM .1385
Bro IC-100 Scanner 400 dpi .......89
Bro IC-150 Scanner 400 dpi OCR ..109

TOWER CASKS

13"/1 5"Tower Case w/230wPS . .$46/52


17"/19' Tower Casew/230w PS . .57/65
ATX Desktop Case
w/PS ...... . . .105
ATX 19" Tower CaseW/PS........125
Full Size Tower Case
w/250W PS ...89

FAXMODEMS
Zoltrix 33.6 Fax/Modem......., ..$94
Zoltrix 33.6 Voice Fax/Modem ..., ..99
Acer 33.6 Voice Fax/Modem .......99
Appachi33.6 Voice Fax/M odem.....99
USR 33.6win Fax/Modem .......125
USR 33.6 Fax/Modern ...... . . . . .149
USR 33,6Voice/Fax/Modem ......159
GVC 3X6 Voice/Fax/Modem Ext ...165
KTX 28.8/33.6 Fax/Modem Ext .128/129

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2.56/3.1/3.5 EIDE .......31 9/379/399
4.1 8/5.16 EIDE ...,... . . . . ,465/599
Quantum 1.7G/2.1G ....,. . . .269/299
Quantum 2.56/3.2G/3.86 .339/379/419
WD 1.66/2.16/2.56......275/305/33P
WD 3.2/4.18..... . . . . , , . . . ,379/465
Quantum 1.28 SCSI....., . . . . . . .349
Quantum 2.18 SCSI...... . . . . . . .449
Fast SCSI Controller..... . . . . . . . .169

SOUND CARD

ESS186816bit PnP ..... . . . . . . .$28


Zoltrix 3D 16bit PnP,.... . . . . . . . . 35
Yamaha 3D
Surround PnP...... . . .42
Sound Blaster16bit PnP ...... . . . . 84
Sound Biaster 32 PnP ...... . . . . .129
Sound Blaster AWE 32512K RAM ..145
Sound Blaster AWE 64Retail Box ..245
60W Speakers ...... . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
240W Speakers ...... . . . . . . . . . . . 59
300W Speakers ...... . . . . . . . . . . . 75

CD-ROM

4X Panasonic/Creative EIDE.......$85
6x Panasonic EIDE,,...,. . . . . . . . . 99
8x Hitachi/Mitsumi..... . . . . . . . . .119
8x Panasonic ...... . . . , , . . . . . . .119
12x Pioneer ...... . . . . , . . . . . . . .129
12x Toshlba..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139
Pioneer 12x SCSI ....... . . . . . . . .227

NEO 4xSCSI .... . . , . . . . . . . . . . . 1 47

KeyboardfMousefMsc.

Misumi Win95 Keyboard ....,. . . .$19


MS Natural Keyboard ....... . . . . . , 85
M itsumi Mouse ...... . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
MS Mouse ...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Logitech 2B Mouse ...... . . . . . . . . 18
ISA 16bit PnP Ethernet card .......32
PCI 32 bit PnP Ethernet Card,......37
5 Port Ethernet 10Base - T Hub .....98
8 Port Ethernet 10Base-T Hub .....124
16 Port Ethernet 10Base-T Hub ....169

MEMORY

30pin 1M/4M ..... . . . . . . . . . . .$9/30


72pin 8M/EDO ...... . . . . . . . . .59/59
72pin 16M/EDG ...... . . . . . .118/118
72pin32M/EDO ............230/230
256K/512k Pipeline Cache ......20/40
16M168pin SDRAM ...... . , . . . .129

CPU

AMD Sx86-133 MHz ...... . . . . . .$52


Intel Pl 00/120/133 ......138/148/1 85
Intel Pl 50/166/200 ..., .,209/359/609
MMX 166/200..... . . . . . . . . .469/699
Pro 150/180/200 ...... . .275/615/719
Cyrix 6x86 P120+/P150+ .....119/139
Cyrix/IBM 6x86 P166+...... . . . . .179
Cyrix/IBM 6x86 P200+...... . . . . .279
AMD KS-75/90MHz............55/
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ZIP DRIVE

Panasonic ZIP Parallel Ext .......$229


lomega ZIP Parallel Ext ..... . . . . .247
lornega ZIP SCSI Int ..... . . . . . . .239
Zip Disk100 MB ...... . . . . . . . .17.50

UPGRADE OPTIONS

8M to 16M to 32M,.... . . . . .$59/118


256K PL to 512K ...... . . . . . . . . . . 20
14' to 15" to 17' Monitor. .... ..99/289
1.2G to 1.78 to 2.1 6 HD ......$40/35
13" to15'to19" Case ..... . . . . .10/10
Win 95 SR2 Full Version CD ......105
MS Office Pro 7.0 ..... . . . . . . . . .244
Coral Wordperfect 7..... . . . . . . . . . 82
Speakers
60w to 240W to 300 W .29/12
CDWGM 8xto12x,..............25
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ond printer?
That approachmade the Lumina a unique
MFP product when it was introduced in
February of 1996. Lumina's unit is smaller,

standalone faxes and so very good at conserving that all too rare desk space.
Both these machines immediately struck
me as ultimately wantable, though the 800
would only be of interest to those with minimal requirements. The simple control panel
that surrounds their LCD displays is easy to
figure out and their "fax machine" shape
means they' ll sit comfortably on most desks.
Document feed and paper feed are both
straight path, back-to-front with little chance

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of a screw up.
The 800 is based around Canon's own
very popular monochrome inkjet engine,
which offers up 360x360 dpi resolution at 2
ppm for both printing and copying. The 64
grey-scale fax is, alas, a more than disappointing 9.6Kbps model that may prove ultimately
frustrating. However it does have a 47-page
memory with a one-hour battery backup that
partially makes up for its appalling lack of
speed. The PC fax function is relatively
straightforward, while the scanner manages a
reasonable 200 dpi. The MultiPASS 800 comes

bundled only with one software application


called Desktop Manager, which acts as a control centre for the five functions of the
machine.
The C2500 differs greatly in that, as the
name might indicate, it's based on Canon's
popular BJC-4100 color inkjet printer engine.
Here we have true four-color printing at resolutions up to 720x360 dpi on a variety of
media, including T-shirts! The fax is a much
more satisfying 14.4Kbps with 42 pages of
memory and that same one-hour battery
backup, The PC fax is quite simply an extension of that and the 200 dpi scanner is the
same as that in the 800 model.
The C2500 comes with slightly more software than the 800. The bundle includes
Canon's own Creative CD-ROM, which is full
of utilities, in addition to Desktop Manager
v1,4 .
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Model: Document WorkCantar 25Q


From: XEROX
Canada Ltd
XEROX will be introducing a couple of new
MFPs in 1997, but does not want to reveal any
information about them prematurely (read:
in this survey), Its Document Vt/orkCenter
250 of last year was a very practical and economical MFP that included the impressive
TextBridge OCR package. 5o, those with a loyalty to, or a hankering for, a Xerox product
may wish to wait until the new models are
announced sometime late this summer or
contact Xerox directly for more information.
Lumina
Models:
Lumina2096 and 2144 Enhanced
From: Lumina Office Products
Estimated street price: US$299 or approx. 8400
(2096), USS399 or approx. 8525 {2144l
How, you might weil ask, can Lumina sell true

MFPs for these low prices when everybody


else wants so very much more? The rejoinder,
however, says less about covert corporate cartels than good ol' American ingenuity. The

Lumina people reasonably reasoned, you see,


that most computer owners already have a
printer, Chances are they' ve already been
through the ringer of studying and reading
and shopping and comparing to arrive at a
choice that best suits their needs. Why then-

those canny Lumina people asked themselves


should we make them purchase a sec-

lighter and cheaper than any of the other true


MFPs because lt's wired up to perform all the
printing functions using your existing printer
unit~ s l ong as you have one of the more

popular models of inkjet or laser printers {dot


matrix aficionados are out of the running

here).
That being the only real difference from
other MFPs, the Lumina is a fully featured

plain paper fax machine, faxmodem, scanner


and copier that connects to your computer
through the parallel and serial ports just like
any other.
Optimizing the desk-saving advantages of
an MFP, the Lumina is deceptively small and
light with a simple control panel traversing
the entire top/front panel. To the left of cen-

tre.under a hinged panel lies the 33-key Alpha


section, which contains a few specialty buttons along with aII the letters of the alphabet
for typing in your phone book and stuff. To
the right of the machine lies the Function section of seven one-touch keys for things like
Copy, Redial, Start, Stop, etc, Between those
panels lies the two-line LCD above a standard
telephone keypad which Lumina calls the
Numeric Key section.

Along the back panel is where you' ll find


the usual telephone and parallel and serial

hook-ups as well as the additional connector


for your printer cable. Alas, it's at the back too
that you' ll find the power switch.

Ignoring that iniquitous physical flaw, the


raised buttons on all three control panels are
well spaced and evoke a variance of "beeps"
to reassuringly acknowledge prestidigital success. And, lacking a printer engine, paper
handling is through a single slot from the 30sheet paper bin straight through to the front
of the machine in a fashion identical to a
standard, standalone fax (all other paper handling is dependent on your own printer).
My Lumina came bundled with Phoenix's
EclipseFax software and a single diskette control package for controlling various tasks
through your computer. The press kit I
received discussed the addition of an OCR
package from Phoenix aswell as the electronic fil e m a nagement application called
Documagix PaperMaster SK. Which is where
the enhanced designation now comes in for
the 2144: as an added "enhancement,"
Lumina 2144s include an Internet Fax package that's Windows 95 and Windows 3.1x
compatible and will allow you to send documents and attached files as email,
Documentation wise, the user's guide for
the Lumina is unintimidating in size and has
been recently revamped to simplify what was
once written in nearly incomprehensible
computerese. Manuals for the software are relatively easy to work through for anyone with
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this is a laser engine-based machine. The
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attractive appearance.
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indows applications), though it is capable t h e t i m e you' re reading this, What that
f fairly rapid output at 4 ppm.
means is... it's another machine that I never
Scanning resolution is equally modest at
a c t ually got to see.
00x400 dpi (i nterpolated) through th e
Accor d ing to Okidata, this "toner-based"
mageVision 1V software. More toward the
(a kind of LED technology that employs dry
lus side, however, Toshiba is a well-estab- i n k p owder instead of wet ink ie. it works
ished and w e ll-respected manufacturer
s i m i larly to, but not the same as, a laser printnsuring quality of construction and opera- e r ) machine is capable of printing, copying,
ion.
faxing and scanning. And for those of you
That said, 9.6Kbps fax speed amounts to
f r i g htened by the non-standard technology,
bout nine seconds per page while the 64
re f i lls for the toner come in proprietary carrey-scale scanner, when set for Rapid Scan, t r i dges just like for a laser printer.
'Ilreachashighasablazingfivesecondsper
The rest of the machine features a 100age if the image isn't too complex. The
s h eet paper bin and a fax with 21 pages worth
F 601 comes equipped with 256KB of page o f memory and 55 numbers' worth of speedemory (that's about 20 pages) but can be
d i a l memory. The OKIOFFICE 44 will be shippgraded to 2.25 MB (144 pages) if required. p i n g with a software bundle called Jetsuitether features include a 160-sheet paper bin t h e u sual management, control and utility
nd a 20-sheet document feeder for th e
pa c kage for all of the machine's abilitiesax/scanner/copier (t hi s i s p r o t ractedly a l o ng with Caere's WordScan OCR application.
cronymed by Toshiba as the ADF, for autoIt's n o t possible to evaluate a machine like
atic document feeder, so don't be confused t h i s without actually seeing it, but Okidata has
y that if you ever take the time to read a
m a de consistently capable and well-built prodrochure),
ucts for a long time, so we can, at least, trust
The necessary ImageVision IV software
t h a t the OKIOFFICE44will share that heritage,
sed to be sold separately for more than $200 I t l i kely deserves at least a look-see before you
'n the L.S., but now that it's bundled free in
commit to purchasing any other machine. 0
anada, anyone who buys the TF601 can take
dvantage of what it has to offer. ImageVision C ontact:
V is a document-management package and B r other Canada, 1 Hotel de Ville, Dollard des
'mage-editing utility as well as control centre Ormeaux,
PQ,H9B 3HB.Tel:800-361-6466.
or the background operation of the TF601's Fax: 514-685-0701.
eatures. There are also telephony features for
Ca n on Canada,
6390 Dixie Rd., Mississauga, ON, L5T
old, call waiting and call display compatibil1 P 7. Tel: 800-263-1121. Fax: 800-263-1121,
'ty, plus you can add an external answering
Hendett-PackardCanada, 5150 Spectrum Way,
achine toa create "a virtual communica- Mississauga,ON,L4W561. Tel:800-387-3867.
ions centre" out of y our MFP. As well,
L u mina,1821 ZankerRd.,San Jose,CA,95112-4213.
mageVision IV incorporates Caere's popular T el: 408-487-0400. Fax:
408-487-0410.
ordScan OCR package.
Okidata
Canada,2735 Matheson Blvd.E.,
Toshiba has developed the ImageVision IV
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4MB. Tel: 905-238-4250. Fax:
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9 0 5-238-4421.
ool. It is a recent upgrade of, not surprisingP anaaonlc Canada Ltd., 5770 Ambter Dr. 16,
y, its ImageVision package, so there are sev- M ississauga, ON, L4W2T3, Tel: 905-238-2320, Fmc
ral refinements and extra features.
905-238-2417.
As a footnote, Toshiba announced two
T o ahiba Canada,191McNabbSt.,Markham,ON,L3R
ore consumerpriced MFPs justbefore dead- BH2. Tel:800-GO-TOSHIBA. Fax:905-470-3509,
ine:the TF 421 for about $695 and the TF Xerox Canada Ltd,5650 Yonge St.,NorthYork,ON,
61, likely to sell for around $795.
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Library releases include six titles, each of
which would be a good addition to your reference case. To sweeten the deal, Compton's
has thrown in an extra CD-ROM on a related topic with each of the Home Library
titles.
While these new releases are on seemingly unrelated topics, one would expect that
over the next few years, new titles will help
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home reference products.


Interactive Encyclopedia
Estimated street price: $55 to $60
P robably th e b e s t
known of the Home
Library
t it l e s i s
Compton's
1997
Interactive Encyclopedia. The bonus disc
with this title is the
Magazine
gcyggQPEpjA Time
Multimedia Almanac.
Yes, I groaned too, a
Macleans Almanac might be more useful in
Canada. That being said, t hi s almanac
includes the complete issues of the magazine
from January 1989 to June 1995, and can be
searched by person, topic or word.
So, if your child is doing a research paper
on the Hubble space telescope, a search for
Hubble will lay out a timeline of articles on
Hubble's highs and lows since its inception.
Students can then independently search the
Web for the current status.
The CD-ROM also contains views, photos,

videos, etc., on several topics such as environmental concerns like the Exxon-Valdez
disaster. There is a mini-atlas for the United
States as well, with maps and all sorts of statistical information. Perhaps this could be
useful for geography or history courses. n this
vein, there are 2,000 historically important
articles dating back to 1923. The original
commentary on some events, which may be

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reasonable companion to the Multimedia

Encyclopedia.
Compton's 1997 Interactive Encyclopedia
is easy to navigate and comes with extras such
'as a planetarium and related game. The search
engine is fair, but I have been spoiled by the
one in th e Canadian Encyclopedia Plus.
However, for an encyclopedia of international scope, this title does have reasonable cov-

erage of Canadian topics, Particularly good is


the coverage of early explorers and early
Canadian history and development. You can
display the search box, a video and a text
entry simultaneously.
One of the features advertised on the box
is the ability to download monthly updates
for the encydopedia, lt could be a great idea,
but as with many programs that supposedly
link you to sites on the Internet, there are
problems. With this disc, when you try to
reach the Internet, it first tells you that "your
selected" server is AOL (America Online). For
most of us, it isn' t.
You can customize that and the program
will dial and connect without much fuss to
your server. The only problem is that you can
only get the monthly update downloads if
you subscribe to AOL.
This type of I nternet connectivity is
c ommon with th e current crop of C D -

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Estimated street price: $55 to $60
The second package, the Interactive 1997
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articles on each country's culture, history and
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designed,
As with most computer atlases, there are
satellite photos, The fly-bys are an interesting feature, but the content steals the show.
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Estimated street price: $40
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history offered by computer technology;
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out how the inventions worked with animated demonstrations.
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find a translation of dots and dashes to letters
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messages, something they had been dying to
do after going through the 1900 train station
in a local heritage village.
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hundreds of years ahead of their time.
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Three horse race
Lotus, Microsoft and Corel are in a threehorse race to own what is commonly called
the suite business. Each company has bundled together a s o ftware package that
includes, at minimum, a word processor, a
spreadsheet, a presentation program and a
database.
While Corel is about to bring its newest
release, WordPerfect Suite 8, to market in the
second quarter of '97, Lotus and Microsoft
have their horses on the field today. Here
then, is a general overview of the top products of the arch rivals: Lotus Development
Corporation, child of IBM; and, Microsoft
Corporation, IBM's estranged partner.
Ancient history
While the Apple Macintosh has always had a
somewhat integrated format with a graphical
interface, a unified, common application format, drag and drop, and cut and paste
between applications (not t o m e n t ion,
between different data types), the other side
of the PC world didn' t.
Thus, when the DOS world began to fall
to the Windows world, circa 1991, the market
was crowded with w ord p rocessors and
spreadsheets that neither looked similar nor
worked with each other, In 1993, when
Windows 3.1 had won the day, things began
to change due to the advent of common features such as cut and paste, Object Linking
and Embedding 1.0 (OLE) and the work of
standards committees,
At about this time, the makers of programs such as Word Perfect or Ami Pro began
to tailor their word processors to spreadsheet
programs, giving them not only the ability to
work together but a similar look and feel, as
well. In 1994, suites were becoming popular,
more unified, and more powerful. The arrival
of Windows 95, with its improved OLE ability with OLE 2.0, 32-bit abilities, as well as
the more powerful hardware Win 95 necessitated made the arrival of truly integrated,
multi-function suites the next evolution.
With the emergence of the internet as a
serious force in 1996, Lotus, Microsoft and
the new owners of WordPerfect, Corel, began

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to integrate their suites with the burgeoning


Internet. This process.has matured in 1997
with Microsoft Office 97 but to a greater
degree with Lotus SmartSuite 97, Corel continues this trend with WordPerfect Suite 8
and hints at the next step by including support for the new Intel MMX processors,

a relational database. The package also


includes Microsoft Bookshelf Basics, a quick
reference tool with a dictionary, thesaurus
and quotes. The program runs on a multirnedia 486 or better running Win 95 or NT.
First out of the gate with an office suite for
Windows 95 was, unsurprisingly, Microsoft.
Now, Microsoft is first with an upgrade. The

new suite hasn't arrive unheralded. December


'96 saw the Microsoft team touring with the
"Windows to the Future" seminar series. The
45-city global tour distributed information
and materials on Office 97 to more than
25,000 corporate technology professionals.
The tour returned in January, travelling to
another 30 cities around the

Therenithbreds
Both SmartSuite and Office are mature and
rich productivity suites that run on Windows
NT or 95. They both come on CD and require
between 100 MB and 200 MB of hard-drive
space depending on your choices. Both products were released in the first quarter of 1997
and in both, the individual apphcations have
been more tightly tied together by a central
program within the suite, Both have awardwinning applications as part of their suites
and both are part of a larger strategy that
includes network applications. They also both
have strong and deep corporate support and
weighty companies standing behind them.
The feature set of any one program in
either suite is such that a single review could
run thousands of words. This more general
comparison is meant as a survey of the two
suites rather than a point-by-point comparison of features and functionality, This review
is meant to give readers a starting point by
comparing the overall direction these programs are taking. More in-depth reviews will
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world, with trial versions of ONce 97 given


away to more than 80,000 MIS (manager
information services) executives.
On top of this push, Microsoft worked
with more than 80 organizations worldwide,
representing more than one million desktops,
as part of its early adopters pmgram (EAP).
Many large corporations were represented in
the EAP, including Ontario Hydro.
Clearly, this is big business. What is all the
fuss about? Well, BIII Gates, chairman and
chief executive officer of Microsoft, says,
"Office 97 is our most significant release of
the suite to date. We' ve invested nearly three

years of development time and over 25,000


hours of usability testing to deliver the new
capabilities our customers have requested,"
Microsoft lists four areas where the product is
improved. Here are its claims:

Intetll$ense technology: Office 97


includes a host of improvements based
on IntelliSense technology, which enable
the software to watch what the user is
doing and automatically produce the
desired result,
Internet-ready: Office 97 integrates
Web functionality based on Internet standards into each application to enable
users to take full advantage of the Web.
Powerful custom solutions: With
more than one million developers building custom solutions, Office is currently
the most popular development platform
after the Windows operating system.
Smoother migration: In line with the
recently announced Zero Administrahon
initiative for Windows, which is designed
to allow companies to reduce the cost of

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owning and operating PCs significantly,


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improved tools to minimize the organizational costs of upgrading.
Let's look at each ctalm
IntelliSense: Usability and user assistance are
greatly improved and it is safe to say that this
program is probably the best of any program on
any platform in this area. The types of features
that can be found in the suite indude: as-youtype grammar checking as well as spell checking;
spreadsheet commands in plain English; natural
speech help; animated multimedia assistants;
p! ain language scheduling, and others.
For example, in the calendar section of
Microsoft Outlook, typing "'two weeks" in the
appointment box instantly shows the date

two weeks hence. Or typing "one week before

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Christmas" displays Dec. 17 and the correct


day cif the week.
Another example is the Office Assistant
(an animated help system), which taps on the
glass and says, "Moving text can also be
accomplished by dragging the text across different fields." Yes, you can turn this little feature off, but surprisingly it had some good
suggestions. All in al l t h i s i s something
Microsoft can boast about.
Internet-ready: Here again Microsoft has
made great strides. The new Office finds every
program better integrated with the Internet.
As you might expect, Word, Excel and

powerpoint files can be saved as Web pages


Web and email addresses automaticaiiy
become Web links in Word. Clicking on the
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However, the most significant addition is
Outlook. Outlook takes the old Schedule+ and
recreates the puny personal information manager (PIM) as a new and powerful communication and organizational program. Combining
the usual calendar and address lists with an
email program allows Outlook to become the
only place you need to go to get working, The
features of this new addition are extensive and
allow the user to track documents and spreadsheets either by contact or in a chronological
way. As regards the Interne, it clearly brings
the suite together and ties it strongly to the
Net. The program is, in fact, Internet-ready.
Powerful custom solutions: Yes, there are
many companies and people creating tools
and content for Microsoft products and they
do, in fact, control most of th e market.
However, there is no shortage of custom solutions for various other Windows suites. This
claim is really appealing to the cautious by
pointing out that there is safety in numbers
and that each of the components in Office 97
can be customized as a single entity.
VisuaIBasic 5 is included in the suite, and
Microsoft sells a developer edition of Office
97 to allow further customization
Smoother migration: This claim is based
on a number of enhanced wizards that make
installing and maintaining ONce on a network
a bit easier. Mostly, this is about two things.
One, Windows machines, in general, and
Windows programs, in parhcular, are still not
easy to configure. Two, Macintosh machines,
in general, and Macintosh programs, in particular, are still easy to configure. Fortunately for
suite makers, there is no Mac OS suite that has
the depth of features of Office 97 or SmartSuite
97, Pvlicrosoft has recently hired 100 people to
work on producing a Mac version of the new
Office as quickly as possible.)
There isn't room to mention the other
hundreds of new or improved features in the
suite. But I will mention a few small but neat
ones. In Word 97 typing small words together, such as "inthe" automatically becomes "in
the." Outlook will keep a record of all communication with a contact if you so desire,
Formula AutoCorrect in Excel automatically
corrects common formula mistakes.

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by bringing tighter Internet Intejratlon into
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Internet/intranet: SmartSuite 96 did get its
Internet-focused product out the door first. It
has been a leader in recognizing the importance of the Net and of n ets in general
(intranets, extranets, etc.). However, with
Corel about to release its suite with strong
Internethooks, and Microsoft having already
done so, the point is somewhat moot.
Working as a team: Each of the three
major suites has created an environment where
working as a team is important after all, that
is the point of a suite. However, none has done
so as weil as Lotus in SmartSuite 97. Team collaboration, such as group editing, is possible in
Office 97 but the most experienced and
strongest in team computing Is SmartSuite 97.
Up-to-date technology and tools: Now
that SmartSuite has gone all 32-bit, and therefore fully compatible with Windows NT, it has
caught up to Microsoft's Office. In this area,
SmartSuite is simply getting to where it
should be.
like Office 97, SmartSuite 97 is part of a bigger
picture. The suite and its components are ideally suited to network use. The fact that they
are written to work with Windows NT, a more

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information users need at any time.
One size does not fit all: Users need
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developers must build custom business

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work (LAN) operations, and the fact that they


are fully customizable, is because both companies recognize this is a fight for the corporate desktop more than the individual PC.
The nature of computing is ubiquity and

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systems, programs, and needs as possible.


SmartSuite does this but so does Office.
One size does not fi t a l l : Again like
Office, SmartSuite is very customizable. For
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example, Organizer can be bent and adjusted


in so many ways that you can please almost
everyone. This ability is becoming more and
more common to all types of programs from
browsers to graphic programs. This is apparent in the trend to floating toolbars. As well,
companies need to be able to customize suites
for security, productivity, or even resource
reasons. Because of the component architecture of the software, this is possible; and
because of the large number of third-party
developers with large installed bases, this is

easy.
The suite is full of great stuff that will be
covered in later reviews with a tighter focus,
but here is a small sampling. SmartSuite
Center, which places drawers at the top of the
screen for easy access to program icons and
other information, includes an Internet draw-

er. If you are on a network or have a dial-up


ISP (Internet service provider) from home,
SmartSuite will track information you have
speciaed and keep it one click away. For
example, on our test machine we could check
at anytime and see the expected weather over
the next five days for our city; the daily listings for a few stocks that interested us (IBM,
Intel and Microsoft); and see the top news
stories of relevance to technology or computers. This doesn't involve starting up the
browser. If you are on a dial-up connection,
the program signs on for a minute when the
machine is turned on and checks back at an
interval of your choosing. On a network this
updating is invisible.
Another example of the l i ttle things
might be this. When the install program had
trouble recognizing our modem, and thus

couldn't call a toll-free number to register the


software, it simply started up the dial up conn ection that it f o und already set up i n
Windows and FTPwd the registration data.
One more example: While selecting clipart for use in one of the many beautiful templates in Freelance Graphics, we saw that
there was an option to get more clipart from
the Web. Excellent. SmartSuite 97 is a very

suites the "very impressive" has become the


"expected," No one is surprised when a program automatically fixes your spelling mistakes, points out a spreadsheet error, or connects to the Internet to complete registration.
The depth of these programs is truly inspiring
as well as empowering to t h ei r u sers,
Accolades aside, it is time to pick a Review's
Choice. For its various strengths and tight
Internet integration, Lotus SmartSuite is currently the best bet for your PC productivity
suite.

Internet integrated, well thought-out office


suite with very strong core programs, in particular, the new 32-bit version of Lotus 1-2-3
and the excellent Word Pro.

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ccountingprograms f o r
small- and medium-sized
businesses are now featurepacked and extremely easy to
use. Today's small business owners like graphical (Windows and
Macintosh) software because of
the ease of installation and
friendly user interface. You
can purchase an incredible
Windows o r M a c intosh
accounting system, complete
with general ledger, accounts
receivable, accounts payable, inventory control, Canadian payroll and project costing for
less than $200. Higher-priced products included in this review have additional modules or
noteworthy features in demand by established
businesses.
All the products offer you a choice of
chartsof accounts for different types of businesses, Customer invoicing, cheque writing
and bank reconciliations are standard features. You can track GST on purchases and
sales and PST on sales, and automatically calculate your payroll taxes. (Businesses in
Atlantic Canada should note that none of the
products reviewed are pre-configured for the
harmonized sales tax or HST
but all are
capable of recording and reporting the new
tax.) All have the capability of handling onetime cash receipts and cash invoices.
You cancreatemore than one company,
protect your data with passwords, customize
your invoices and cheque forms, track both
cash and credit sales and calculate terms and
discounts. You can print innumerable reports,
including comparative profit and loss statements and balance sheets, aged accounts
receivable and payable lisflngs, sales analysis
and inventory stock and reorder reports. All
the products have context-sensitive help,
excellent manuals and a multitude of other
helpful features,
Some programs come only on CD-ROM
while others come only on 3.5-inch floppy
diskettes. Many provide you with a choice.
Check the box carefully for the equipment
required to take advantage of all the product
features and ensure you have the necessary
equipment to install the program.

a ccounts directly. T h e
account numbers are six
digits long, The user can define the
last four for balance sheet accounts
and the last five for income and
expense accounts.
Accounts receivable includes
order entry, invoice processing,
quotation processing, commission
reporting and other powerful features.
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Dynacom Accounting
Dynacom Accounting for Windows Gold is a
truly Canadian bilingual accounting system.
One of its strongest features is its flexibility.
You can open several periods simultaneously
and change the system date to enter transactions to another date or period. You can customize the toolbar. However, I couldn't see
the buttons well and there is no feature
describing the buttons.
You can click on the toolbar or press a
function key to search for data by account,

date,
sequence number,customer,vendor and
document number. It has a link to your text
editor and your backup program. It can be
networked with Net Bios, Novellxompatible
network or Windows Workgroup setup.
When you set up a new company, you can
copy files from another company or enter

linked to provide a powerful purchasing sys

tem. The purchase order module links with the


accounts payable module and inventory, so
when a Po is received the invoice is automatically entered to AP and the receipt to IC. If the
receipt is incomplete a backorder is created.

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to 15 characters in length. A four-character
category code is used for classifying the
inventory. Inventory can be standalone or
linked to the general ledger. You can assign
each item to a d i f ferent general ledge
account and define different units for purchasing, stocking and selling.
Payroll offers an unlimited number of user
definable earnings and deductions, which can
be calculated using the formulae supplied.
The payroll can be computed any number of
times before you print or issue the cheques.
Each earnings and deduction can be assigned
to a different general ledger account for costing purposes. Payroll reporting is very complete.
You can use the report writer to create
forms and reports or modify those provided
with the program.
This is a very powerful flexible solution
for small- and medium-sized businesses in the
construction or distribution industries. Some
of the more advanced features were not too
easy to use, so plan to commit some resources
for training.

Quic4Books Pro

QuickBooks Pro is a very easy program to set

up and use, yet it has many powerful and

flexible features. During set up of your company, it offers industry-specific advice to help
you take advantage of these features. You can
create custom fields to track the special information you require for customers, vendors,

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is that business processes
such as taking an
order, receiving goods or creating a purchase
order come first and that business information should be delivered to the user visuallyon screen and quickly. The product certainly meets its objective.
You can view graphs in the general ledger
to compare last year's net change of an
account with this year's net change and compare balances by fiscal period, You can quickly make inquiries from any account balance

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view transactions in th e general ledger
inquiry function you may reconstruct the
entire journal entry for any transaction onscreen.
An automatic posting feature can be
turned on or off. When on, all information in
the general ledger is real time. When off, you
can review and revise the journal entries
before posting to the general ledger.
All transactions are date sensitive and
there is no period-end close function to be

concerned with. Business Vision allows you


to locate a journal entry from any source and
reverse it automatically.
You can keep up to 99 years of history in
both accounts receivable and accounts
payable. Unlimited notes can be attached to
customer details an d s u pplier d etails.
Multiple modules can be open at any one
time. For example, you could access both the
inventory item and the supplier screen at the
same time. Order entry tracks quotes and
orders and converts them to

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big and easy to read. You can customize most
forms and reports by simply placing a check
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When you start the program you are presented with a list of things to do today. You
can drill down from reports and graphs to see
the underlying transactions. You can look at
an employee list and, by clicking on an
employee, you can see all the payroll transactions for that employee from the time the person was hired or go to a sales invoice and
locate all the transactions associated with the
sale.
General ledger account numbers are totally fl
exible and you can assign an account as a
sub-account. Defining classes gives you
department costing and reporting. Accounts
receivable instantly recalls recurring bills and
invoices.
T he retention a n d managementof
detailed history records is amazing. Purchase
ordering is linked to accounts payable, job
costing and inventory control for easy purchase management. You can create estimates
for jobs and compare your actual costs to estimated costs to track profitability, then refer to
the estimate for future smarter bidding. Time
entered on employee time sheets flows to
invoices, payroll records and job costing for a
complete one-step time-management system.
All this linked information is available at the
click of the mouse.
QuickBooks Pro is particularly adept at
handling GST and PST. Most of these functions from setting up the taxes to accounting
for a tax refund are handled automatically by
the software and covered very well in the
manual.
QuickBooks Pro converts QuickBooks and
Quicken data from earlier DOS and Windows
versions.
Firms that bill time, such as accountants,
architects, engineers and construction professionals, would find this program a big bang
for the buck.
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invoices. Back orders are tracked, and when


the goods are received the back order is converted to an invoice. Unfortunately, the system does not have a purchaseorder module.
The Canadian payroll module is very simple to set up. It uses a time-card entry system
for hourly employees and can automatically
create time cards for salaried employees. The
time cards can be reused for the next pay
period. Supplementary time cards are available for special or extra pay runs.
Encore is designed for retail, service and

distribution businesses. The product has a


strong point-of-sale module, which can be
linked to a cash drawer, invoice printer and
bar code reader. You can access information
on the inventory file and the customer file
from the point-of-sale screen. During entry of
the part number, the system displays the
description, price and tax codes on the
screen. When the quantity is entered, the system determines if a discount applies. When
the entry is complete, a payment method
window appears and the system calculates

change due if any and prints a receipt.


Inventory control, accounts receivable and
the general ledger are updated automatically
for the sale.
If you want to try Business Vision Encore
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process. In M.Y.O.B., you can start processing
your day-to-day entries even before you enter
your opening balances. Data is date sensitive.
You canhave up to 26 open accounting periods. Unfortunately, once a year is closed, paid
invoices, purchases and payroll detail is
purged from the system.
When you make a mistake it is easy to
drill down to the original entry, change it or
reverse it and your records are automatically
updated. This feature can be tumed off if you
are concerned about losing the audit trail.
The financial analysis and reporting section
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Sales and purchases sections offer recurring invoices. These provide a level of flexibility not available in other packages. You can
open invoices and purchase orders, enter
information and save the form without posting the information to the accounts. These
forms canbe recalled and reused atany time.
The inventory section offers only average
costing and a single price level. However, it
has an nice build feature that lets you combine single inventory stocking items into a
new inventory item for sale.
When you select your chart of accounts,
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accounts for you. You can add pay categories
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provided by the system. You can override the
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and models of televisions for sale at a store will


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are equally useful when writing HTML for other


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manner specified (this applies even to the "safe-

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ty palette" discussed earlier in this series).


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pages for WebTV should not use fuII red

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like using the WebTV color names "linen,"
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serve as good, general tips for Web authors.


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is pretty rare), you can get a rough idea by


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WebW's specialty channels


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What darkness lies in the hearts of men?


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smart, 66-99 type quote marks(e e) and single
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'). This isn't always desirable, especially when
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norm. In cases such as this, you'd use the
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This is only a sample of some of the new
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and control the way text appears on a Web
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Web Consortium in January), it does not support things like frames, the FACE attribute of
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other than the general search engines listed
above, I first search the Project Gutenberg
database, which should be numbering over
1,000 books by the time summer gets really
hot. Most Project Gutenberg sites are set up
for both Web and ITP access. (We would love
to have sites in Eastern, central, and Western
Canada much of our best volunteer work is
done in Canada. If we can continue to grow
as we have, and if copyright is not preserved
as it was designed, we may be limited to one
percent of one percent of one percent of what
would have been in the public domain.)
Starting west to east from the West Coast of
the United States and then wading into
international waters (' marks sites I am personaily involved in keeping up to date):
'San Francisco, Ck archive.org
Silicon Valley, Ck [ftp://cdrom.corn/pub/gutenbergl
Nevada: promo.net and gutenberg.net
Qaf lan, Tk ftp://viemeister.corn/pub/gutenberg

Minnesota (old site): gopher://spinaitap.micro.umn.


edu:70/11/Gutenberg
'Urbane, IL uiarchive.cso.uiuc.edu

*Champaign, Il.: prairienet,org


'Pittsburgh, PE (under construction): cmu.edu
*Baltimore, MQ: sailor.gutenberg.org
http: //www.gutenberg.org
http: //sailor.gutenberg.org
ftp://sailor.gutenberg.org
Czech Republic:
http: //www.info rmika.ru/windows/books/gutenb

4. A Celebration of Women Writers A


comprehensive guide to online writings by
women worldwide up through the early 20th
century. Also includes biographical and bibliographic information on many of these writers.
http: //www.cs.emu.edu/afs/cs.cmu.eduluser/mmbt/w

(including an e-text index with more entries


than mine, albeit with less of a focus on fulltext English books), and has both adult and
youth services. I hope to see this site and similar efforts flourish.
http: //www.ipl.orgl

9. Library of Congress The U.S. Library


of Congress is about four years into a very
$. The Voice of the Shuttle A large, ambitious high-volume digitization effort,
Moscow, Russia: http: //www.informika.ru
comprehensive index to online humanities and its Web site has a number of impresSingapore (this ia really onesite):
s ive c o llections. T h ese i n c l ud e t h e
resources: books, Web pages, reviews, etc.
httpi/www.mirrors.org.sglpg
http: //humanitas.ucsb.edu/
American Memory exhibits, with t h o uhttp: //www.sol.corn.sg/pg
sands of t e x ts, i m ages, and s o unds;
Wellington, New Zealand:
6. The English Server A site with a sim- THOMAS, with comprehensive informaftpdr/ftp.ihug.co,nz/pub/mirror/gutenberg
ilar focus, it seems to focus largely on the
tion on federal laws and bills under conTaipei, Taiwan (under construction)
work that a large collective associated with
s ideration; catalogs of exhibits i n t h e
library itself; and the Library of Congress
the site has been working on for the last six
2. ProJect lartleby A m i d -sized text- years or so,
c atalog, which has information on m i l based collection b ased a t Co l u mbia http: //english-www.hss.cmu,edu/
lions of books.
University, What makes this one interesting is
http: //Icweb.loc.gov/
its well-chosen selection (including Bartlett's 7. Children's Literature Web Guide A
Farnlliar Quotations, Elements of Style, and
lot of people write, to me looking for infor10. Electronic Text Cesstre An archive
definitive collections of major poets) and its
mation on children's books; this is where I
of thousands of texts (both book-length and
well-designed presentations.
smaller), in detailed, high-quality, presentasend them. An excellent collection of chilhttp: //www,columbia.edu/acis/bartleby/index,html
dren's literature resources for both kids and
tions. Many of the texts come with illustrations, and texts are available in multiple lanparents.
3. The Online Soolgs Page A searchable http: //www.ucalgary.ca/-dkbrown/index.html
guages. Some of it, unfortunately, is only
index of thousands of books that can be read
available to UVA users, but much of it is availin their entirety on the Net for free, Also has 8. The Internet Public l i brary A n able to anyone.
links to major e-text archives, indexes, and
ambitious attempt to make the full services of httpd'/www.lib.virginia.edu/etext/ETC.html 0
exhibits all over the world.
a public library available on the Web. This site
http: //www.cs.emu.edu/books.html
has accumulated a useful set of resources Contact: Michael S. Hart, Email: hartpobox.corn

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angora goats. The content of the flyer is primarily text: a description of the breeding program, with smaller amounts of information
on fleece products. The content adapts well as
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text in two columns with a couple of side
boxes listing products and ordering information across two columns along the bottom.
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in your newsletter, you probably don't need
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word processor or a desktop publishing pro-

programs, such as Adobe Pagemaker, Quark

gram. Most current word processors, such as


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You simply add your own text and graphics.
For many newsletters, a word processor is all

XPress, or Corel Ventura.


However, if you intend to send your file to

you need,
Entry-level desktop publishing programs
are inexpensive, and provide more versatility
when it comes to placing text and graphics on

a page.
These products also include predesigned
templates or layouts. But they also provide
the fonts, column arrangements and boxes
for graphics. Of course, they can usually be
customized somewhat but are not as flexible

as the professional products, which usually


retail in excess of $500, while home products
are usually less than $100.
Corel's Print R Photo Shop, which has a
street price of $70, only offers a few newsletter templates, but is worthwhile for manipulating photos, making flyers or cards. Press
Writer, street priced at $50, from Broderbund
has more templates and is designed for flyers
and newsletters specifically.
Microsoft Publisher 97, street priced at

$100, borders on a professional product, has


loads of templates and clip art but only runs
under Windows 95. However, it is easy to use.
It only took my 10-year old two hours from
loading to finish to write and design (using a
template) a newsletter for a class project. The
bonus is that the learning curve is short and
the help wizards are terrific on the home
products, whereas you may spend a few weeks
grizzling over the lack of user-friendly features that newer home products offer.
So how does a word processor differ from
desktop publishing software? The former
treats the file like a continuous text file. Add
a paragraph and it moves everything that follows. A desktop publishing program works
like a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece fits with the
next but is independent. If you add a paragraph, it may extend on top of the next article. So you just resize and rearrange the puzzle pieces for a perfect fit. If you only half-fill
the space, it does not affect any other text or
graphic box physically.
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photos or your own graphic creations to
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saved in encapsulated PostScript (EPS) format.
(Several articles could be written on the subject of working with a service bureau. It' s
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your local school or community college.)

Putting it all together


The fun part is designing and polishing your
product. If you are also the editor/proofreader, you' ll have to make sure the articles you
receive have no grammatical or spelling mistakes. With a newsletter, you are attempting
to make your pages look more those of a
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typographical conventions you should adopt.
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spaces after each period with a single space.
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begin to look like rivers going down the page.
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Alt 0150 on the numeric keypad, not the number keys running across the top of the keyboard), Use typographic or "curly" quotation
marks instead of the vertical ones found on
typewriters. The current crop of word processors and desktop publishing packages will
allow you to add this type of quotation mark.
Underlined text is a typewriter convention
representing italics. With word processors and
desktop publishing software, italicized text is
simple, so use, italics when you mean italics,
not underlined text.
If you want more information on typographical conventions, most introductory
books on desktop publishing will deal with
this topic,
If you are working with copy that you
received via email, you will probably need to

can go wild and buy clip art packages avail-

clean up the extra carriage returns and sym-

able at most computer retail stores. You open


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hard drive from which you can import it into

bolsthat come as extra baggage. You can then


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and paste" it into your newsletter template.

your newsletter program.


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might want to do to the photo, click on it and


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Copy editing
Rarely will you get copy in that does not need
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useless phrases such as "in order to" ("to" will
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message. Remember, if it does not add, it subtracts.
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online at the Project Bartleby Web site

Keep the title bar for the front page of the


newslet ter consistent.
Number pages simply, using "3" instead
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Highlight essential announcements with
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Keep article titles or headlines simple.
Centre headlines across multiple columns
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as a one-dimensional phenomenon," he said.
"It is now necessary to use three different vectors to describe performance: Integer performance, floating point performance and multimedia performance."
To improve floating point performance,
Intel announced the Dual Independent Bus
architecture, which connects I.evel-2 (L2)
cache directly to the Ventium II processor
(announced for May) through a cache bus.
The Pentium processor, L2 cache and cache
bus will be packaged in a new format called a

performance and multimedia performance"


Andy Crove
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single-edge contact (SFC) cartridge. 'I'he cartridge will fit into a new "slot I" interface, the
latter being defined as a way to easily swap
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much as a doubling of performance from DIB.
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MMX architecture are the technologies on
which the company will addressing this tri-

vector redefinition of computing performance.


Compaq ships 30 millionth PC
Intel's announcements were the highlight of
the three-day biennial event sponsored by
Houston-based Compaq. The event drew
approximately 6,000 participants, mainly
Compaq resellers and business partners.
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and CEO, Eckhard Vfeiffer, announced that


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year 2000.
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What Will Be filled with optimistic predictions
B Y J EF F

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What Will Be: How The New World Of


Information Will Change Our Uves
Author: Michael Dertouzos, forward by Bill Gates
Publisher: HarperEdge (a Harper Collins imprint)
Hardcover, 336 pages.
ISBN 0-06-251479-2
Price: $35
There are a lot of books hyping the changes
that computer and networking technology
will mahe to our lives that tend to be fairly
similar rehashes of a limited number of concepts: hackers, viruses, virtual reality, cybersex, and so on.
'I'his bonk, by Michael Dertouzos, the man
who has headed up t h e M assachusetts
Institute of I'echnology's (Ml'I's) I.aboratory
for Computer Science for more than 20 years,
is a notch above the usual exercises in hightech forecasting, since Dertouzos has been
intimately connected to the creation of the
technological trends he is trying to project
into the future.
Dertouzos's understanding of technological change is both wide and deep. As a boy in
Greece, he was captivated by an American
article on a mechanical, maze navigating
mouse, and he got himself to MIT so that he
could be part of the explorations that he

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found so magical. He happened to land in the


right place at the right time to take part in the
great flowering of computer science in the
1960s, which laid the groundwork for the
Internet and the personal computer.
He has onegreat concept of how people
can benefit from computers and telecommunications, derived from his Greek youth. His
model for the ideal of the wired world is the
Athens flea market, a seemingly chaotic l>ut

rich marketplace that allows unfettered


opportunity for discovery, discussion and
trade.
In his early days at!vIIT, he saw the first
transtormation of computing from a hierarchical, narrow technology to the beginnings
of a social mediuin, where early "time sharing" network computer users could freely
choose to communicate directly with other
people across the network, not only for official work-related purposes, but also for play,
and self-directed learning, and any other
common interest that stimulated them. The
ability to use computers for social and intellectual interaction was a key element in
developing the computer culture that led to
the PC.
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ty of early PCs to easily and naturally connect

to networks, it's worth remembering that in


the days before the World Wide Web, PC users
employed modems and bulletin board systems to achieve the same social benefits of
computing that "official" networks permitted. With the advent of the Web, any welldesigned computing device can connect its
user to all other networked computers.
Dertouzos is a technological optimist, but
a relatively open-minded one: he appreciates
the views of those who boost technology
( "techies") as w e l l as the h u m anists
("humies") who often regard the computer
with suspicion or even fear. On some of the
most painful controversies of the new, wired
world order, he is hopeful, but does point out
the potential of technology to make the gap
between rich and poor even worse. He has
obviously had a productive engagement with
the corporate world, and h e i s p l ainly
unafraid of the commercial aspects of computing.
He suggests that the computer technology
of the next decade may place a thin layer of
globalized mass culture, a "veneer" as he puts
it, over much of humanity, but it won't really
wipe out local cultures. He points to the
examples of Chinese and Greek civilizations
that have endured widespread dispersal and

foreign conquests, and still retained a characteristic cultural base.


Dertouzos' predictions about which technologies may becoine a part of our daily lives
over the next couple of decades are interesting. He really believes that sci-fi gadgets like
virtual reality bodysuits or other wearable
devices may attract a significant nuinber of
users. He also suggests that at long last, custom manufacturing may become a reality, for
everything from cars to clothes. Dertouzos
also includes some long but worthwhile discussions on the fights over user interfaces,
common standards, and other mundane but
important issues relating to the usability of
technology.
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rather authoritarian title, contains a good
handful of intellectual nuggets to help us
understand where all this computer stuff has

come from, where it will go, and where we


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