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ple, notebookshaveprimarily been a business

Web appliance, they pmvide aff the power of

ing deviceswill rest in today's personal com-

computer industry

personalcomputers,because that's what they

puters not phones, not TV sets, not game

are. Add a wirelessmodem or network card


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accessin a device far more powerlul than any

who havebeen buying them like crazy.


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Net appliance. For example, I' ve installed a


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percent while consumer sales went up almost

23 percent,a Sgurethatsurprised me when I

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card-equipped notebook and maintain full

6rst read it.


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sense as a consumer purchase. They don' t

Internet and LAN access.


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that PC penetration has reached satu-

double-digit growth
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and the paying guests


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percent over 1999. This might seem like a
respectableSgure, but the PC industry has
been austomed to a loftier tlight. Just 18
months ago, the same research 6rm reported
PC sales in the first half of 1999
increased 30 percent year over year.
Even notebook computers, which just

a couple of years ago were seen as the


industry's booster rockets, grew just 13
percentin 2000 compared to the previous year. The general expectation is that
the market wig remain soft through the
first half of dus year.
So what's going on? The seers who

take

up

much space

and can be
used anywhere in

the home.

afford, one. Either way. it's a plateau for the


PC as it'sbeen degned for the past two and a

The biggest barrier has been the price difference, but even that's been dramatically
reduced. Last year, you could have purchased
a decent desktop system for about $1300, but

Many PC companieshave focussed on

range of graphics products we

Thatbeige box may eventually disappear,


replaced by industrial designswith more styling
flair even now, notebooksare
designedwith fashion in mind.

as well as
at school, at work, and while travelling.
Notebook technology is Snally catching up to
what's available on the desktop, so there's no

car, fridge, bassinet and you have the


flavour of the month.

cation was greatly aided by rel-

atively cheap computing hard-

explanations. Some look at the 00


percent of Canadian households that have at
least one computer, and no longer see it as a
forgone condusion that the market still has
40 percent to grow. It just might be that the
other 40 percent either don't want, or can' t

enabled" in fmnt of any objetphone, TV,

case in point. The rise of digital


graphics asa profession or avoware. It's doubtful we'd have the

studyJoe'sentrailshaveanumber of

half decades.
If and when those PC-less homes join the
digital revolution, it will be with devices that
don't 6t the usual PC mould. You' ve no doubt
heardsome of the variations. Tack on "Web-

home network, and I can now roam any-

The reamn lies simply in the fact that ag


the other variations of digitally enriched
devicesenhance our abiTity to consume. But
it's the personal computer that offers the
cheapest/richest platform on which to
produce and create.
This month's cover story is a

longeras big a performance gap between


notebooks and desktops as there once was.

have today if you needed a


$15,000 workstation to run them.
Expansion versatiTity has always
s b een a primary stmngth of the
n im,light PC platform, allowing it t o

VN0 pg morph mto an engmeermg

ration. PCs may never be found in 100


percent of Canadian homes, but the

workstation, artist's canvas,


game console, printing press. movie
editing suite, or music studio with just

the addition of appropriate peripherals

installed base will certainly grow beyond the


urrent60 percent, especially as the entry-

and software.
If you want to watch, get a TV or Internet

level price continues to drop.


I like myBlackBerry Internet pagerand my
Web-enabled phone, but neither will come

sur6ng box.

dose to repialng my PC. That beige box may

your best all-purposetool.

eventually disappear, replaced by industrial


designs with more styling flair even now,
notebooks are designed with fashion in
mind. But the genesis of tomonow's comput-

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today you can buy a respectable notebook


computer for around that price.
Notebooks are capable of many of the

functions previouslyassigned to a prototypical digital appliance. Theyare light, unobtru-

But if you want to create something in the


digital realm, the personal computer is still

Enjoy the issue,


David Tanaka

Editor

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and noticed that you are comparing appbn
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The bottom may have fallen out of tech
stocks, but businesses today must still have a
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sophisticated graphics software.
Once developed. it is only a matter of time
nnd economics before those same magical
tools that cost thousands last year are a part
of your inexpensive image software this year.
That's the best part of this story. The tools
available to the average computer user are
unbelievable. Children, students, and adults
with an interest in visual arts have at their 6ngertips productsthat let them do amazing things.

is no longer any place for ugly. Rugged?Yes.


Industriap?Sure. But bad design? No.

A sRRRol people
We are becoming, increasingly, a digital people. All roads lead to the computer and digital data, whether it's text, audio or visual. Say
what you like, but don't doubt for a moment
that, for the purposes of image creation and
manipulation, this is good.
Powerful computers, photo-realistic printers and mature graphics software have stimulated a revolution in printing and publishing.
Nothing, since Johannes Gutenberg invented
the printing press and moveable type half a
millennium ago, has empowered so many
people.Today,everyone fmm kids to seniors,

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6lters and shadows the world of graphic
software has a trick up every sleeve. It's now

the casethat people 6nd themsdvesspending

to people in home ofi


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freeware and shareware products that work
aloneor asplug-ins to other programs. There
are what we call one-trick-ponies that do just
one thing and cost very little. Such products
are usually available as a download or as a

boxed product from a company'ssite. There


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from $20 up to perhaps $80.
There are more complex and functi
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products running from that price to $300 or
$400. There are also high-end products
aimed at professionals sometimes called
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are even specialized products for full-time
graphics professionals that can cost thousands.
Also available: programs bundled with digitalcameras or scanners, those ofiered by
Web sites that store images or help you build
Web pagec, and image organizers that scan
your hard drive and let you manage all image
files. With so many disparate products it is
difficult to compare them.
According t o m arket research firm
lntrnational Data Corporation ( I DC),

We are a visual people, highly attuned to images,


sensitive to slight variations of colour, shape,
texture, and position. To live in the media-rich
West is to inherently understand
thelanguage ofgraphic communication.
Adobe Inc. is far and away the market leader
when it comes to revenue from graphic prod-

ucts, followed byMicrosofi Corp. Companies


like MGI, ScanSoft, and Corel fall far below
these. For Adobe, this is no surprise.
Not only does it offer the most popular
h igh-end graphics products such a s
Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, it has

also developed productslike PhotoDeluxe (or


the entry-level user.
Mirosofi has found successwith a number
of solid low-price graphics programs.

Rmphics for everyone


There will always be a market for dedicated
programs at the high end: products like
Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw for vector
illustration, Quark XPress or InDesign for
page layout, and Photoshop for image editing.

hours working on an image out of sheer


enjoyment.
This isn't about drudgery. Just look around
the Web and ask yourself how long it took
various people to design their home pages.
We are a visual and digital people and these

programs bring the two together in a wonderful way.

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graphicarts professionals. The rise of the

Web as amedium anyone can publish to has


further accelerated this demand. The Web is
drivinggraphics sofiware to a new levelof
popularity.
"Photo editing is increasingly important,
as is digital imaging and, late this year, video
editing," says IDC's Roger Lanctot. -A lot of
graphic image manipulation is taking place
online in the form of Web site creation and
image processing,such as photos. Not everything leads to output to a printer."
He contends that the unexpected price of

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nonetheless a good value for someone interested in getting started in image manipulation. This product is a re-release of three
products that looked very promising about
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and Platinum ($83).

able textures, 150 Web effects, 300 strokes or

program you should gwe to someone who

Mac or PC )first arrived, it was a good tool for

The difference between the two lines is that


the Photo series is primarily for image edit-

organizing and "cleaning" photographs-

edges, and lots of clip art and photos.


As an advanced, overall image-edinng and

ing, while the Publishing trio offers more fea-

adjusting colour, red-eye. brightness, and


other image basics. What set it off from other
programs was its interesting interface.
Soap replaced the rectangular interface
that still dominates graphic pmgrams with
growing, shrinking, sliding buttons, erasers,
and windows. Now, Sransoft has added Kai's
SuperGoo (a one trick pony that allows you
to distort facial pictures) and PowerShow (a
simple presentation program) to the bundle.
Taken together there is some value here.

tures for desktop publishing functions like


newsletters, cards, and calendars. Both product lines do both imaging and publishing
tasks. but the wizards, how-tos, videos, templates, and other little things are arranged for
eachproduct's focus.The difference between
the versions is primarily the amount of content you get. Aside from more clip art, photos, Web page templates, and frames, the
more expensive versions in each line include
more functi
ons.
Both Photo 2001 and Publishing 2001 are
afi-round home image and vector products.
T hey areweB priced and have many tools to
help the novice to intermediate user perfomi
basic editing. They are weighted toward pro-

drawing tool, I have liked and still like this


product. There is not much difference

has just purchased a digital camera.


There is one ever-so-smafi criticism and it' s
not so much a criticism of PhotoSuite as of
this whole class of pmduct. PhotoSuite uses
step-by-step instructions for completing
many tasks. This is common to pmducts like
this because many users benefit from such
direction.
The dffficulty is. that there are inevitably
points where the user wants to do something
unanticipated by the step-through, or not
anticipated at that point. This means a user
has to cancel, undo, or go back, to figure out
how to achieve the desired result before restarting the original function. This is inherent
to any program that attempts to simplify
complex actions.
PhotoSuite does it well, but it remains the
case that after a certain level of experience has
been acquired, the interface becomes a distraction. Of course, by then you will have
l ong had your m oney's worth ou t o f
PhotoSuite and an education as welL
PhotoSuite Platinum is a top-notch program
that beautifufiy combines excellent features
with a helpful interface.

Picture IL>Publlshinff 1001


From.Microsoft CanadaInn
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Pn<e'549.99 (Silvei Edison)
Picture Itl Pltoto 2001
Pnce:549.99

between the year-old original product and


this new version. Web tools, such as button
creation and the number of templates, have
increased. Overafi, a strong contender for
personal or small and home-offie use. If you
are planning to use it primarily for business,
consider Microsofi Publisher instead.

ducing common, family-type projects, such

Photonrmo 2000 Version 1


Pire 5)4999
These programs are solid performers that are
priced very wdL You can't go too far wrong here.
Previously, I reviewed Microsoft Picture It!
and Microsoft HomPublisher. The firsi was
an entry-level image editor with some ~at.

asbanners and cardswith some emphasison


simple Web page creation.
Microsoft PhotoDraw 2000 has been
around since 1999 as a standalone product,

but is now also included as a component of

the $1,200 Microsoft Office Premium.


The product is an excellent image editor

Photoshop LE

tricks to pleaseany mom, dad, sis, or bro. The

with absolutely loads of special effects. In

Pholngnlln 4 Pbsffnnm

second was a more substantial pmdu i with


desktop publishing as well as image editing
features, a slew of clip art on the additional
three CDs, but stiB a home/home-office program~ o t h good products.
Now Microsoft has confused things by
combining the names of the two into Picture
It! Photo 2001 and Picture It! Pubfohing
2001. IVorse, there are two versions nf the
first, Photo 2001 ($50i and Photo Premium
Edition 2001 ($80); and th r ee m th e
Publishing 2001, Silver l550), Gold ($68),

particular, the AutoShapes tool, which lets


you turn a line into little images a row of
marbles, a fire hose, golf club, or climbing ivy,

Fiam: MGf5ofsaaie Caipoiason


hnp//www.mtisofl.tom
Pnce:559.99
PhotoSuite 4 Platinum is a great program
that I highly recommend to first-time users.
Powerful and simple, PhotoSuite brings a
beautiful interface with powerful tools hke
PhotoTapestry, stitching, and animated Glps
to your desktop. Painting, printing, and publishing to the Web are simple. I particularly
like the interface For editing took like done,
crop, and backgrounds. This is the kind of

for example. The photo-realistic images follow the shape of the line wherever it goes.

This is very hip.


Version 2 of the product strengthens business tools. This means more templates, business cfi
p art and photos, and basic Web
design functions. The core program, however, remains an image editor with very useful
wizards. The three CDs also contain 500 tile-

From:Adobe Inc
hllp//www.sdobe.tnm
Price:5!45.99

PhotoPetnse 4.0
Itotne Esllffon for Bfffndotos
Pnce:569.95

Photonelnse 2.0 for Nodntosh


Pnte: 569.95
As you would expect from the leading developer ofgraphics software on both the Mac
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Photoshop. Photoshop LE is certainly an

Adobe
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tion formats. The pmgram also includes optimization tools for adjusting your animation
for your target viewer's bandwidth.

proficient in graphic work, you will be able to


able to find your way around the full version.

over the whole thing. put it into a kame, then


save to whatever format I neecL
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Photoshop LE is a lean and elegant program.

upload the whole thing, it's ail drag-and-drop

lighter GIF). There is come overlap between

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simple. There are animation and button


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700 textures, and l,700 pre-built Web components and that's not evm what I like the most
I like the interface. I like the way the program combines some limited automation but
still gives me high-end tools. Yes, there is
more of a learning curve here than with, aiy,
PhotoSuite, but it's not as steep as Photoshop.
I particularly like Photolmpact Album, the

these programs and Photoimpact. but tor ihe


nioct part they are omolimentary and verv
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roc I av,iRazor, but vou c an cave a bit on ci i h w

The upside is that you learn the conven-

tions of a powerful image-editing program,


the full version of Photoshop. If you become

entry-level packages follow. PhotoDeluxe has


Guided Activities to step users through the

procedures of common tasks like download-

ing images from a digital camera or scanning


photographs, repairing image defects like
red-eye,or adding specialeffects.
The program also includes a variety of
templates that make it step-by-step easy to
creategreeting cards,calendars,posters,etc.

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ventions. Not long, necessarily, but if you


don't have experience you will have to ieek

help frequently. Fortunately, unlike many of


the more affordableprograms, LEomes
with a beautifully laid out printed manuaL
This is important because sometimes you
really need to be able to read what to do while
trying it on screen. Don't let me frighten you,
itx not cranial surgery, but it can be daunting.

You can see examples of the product's output r>n the Ulead Web oaoe (look for the cool

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included applet for managing images. If you

Pnce.599

don't like your porridge too hot, and you hate


it cold. perhaps Photolmpact 6 will be just
right for you ioo.
Ulead sent along two other products which
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$99 specialty program for creating Java

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applets animations, scrolling, rippling, and

Pnce:575
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products mentioned here are too soft, while
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makes excellent products for still and video
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most full-featured product.
I like it because it has aU the power I need.
I can import an image, work the contrast,
then mask out the background. I can lay it on
another image and endlessly fuss over every
little detaiL I can lay down some text and
combine it with a path, put a charcoal filter

hovers, for example for mteractive Web

From: UleadSystems

adroit tool for image editing. It brings professional-level features, such as up ro 99 image
layers, to the average user. Support for afi
major file formats, excellent masking tools,
and the ability to index colours are aff included. What's not induded are some of the tools of
the full version aimed at graphic ans pmfeaionaia
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pages.
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Image-editing titans
Overthe pastseveralyearsAdobe Photoshop and CorelPhotoPainthaveemerged atthe top
ofthe image-editing heap.We take an in-depth look atwhat distinguishes them from the restofthe pack.
By Jacques Surveyor

uringside by side testing, Adobe


Photoshop and Core) PhotoPaint
revealed specific strengths that lead
us to describe Photoshop as the perfect tool
for complex photo compositions and collages
while PhotoPaint surfaces as the fast, inexpensive, yet powerful tool for digital darkmom editing.
There is a legion of Photoshop books,
magazines, and third-party tools devoted to
getting the most out of this often powerful,
b ut s o metimes c a ntankerous t o oL
PhotoPainthas the advantage ofspeedy operation and more attractive pricing.

Which to choose>Read on and judge for


yourself. C)ur review of features will proceed
roughly in the order you would use the functions in image processing. At the end we' ll set
up abalance sheet and try to help you deride
which product best suits your needs.

Image setup and psommslng


FunuionTosel an image's szeandcolour mode,
and to rotate, aop, flip, elc.
Image setup is like laying the table for processing. Designers take into account the

image source ()PEG, GIF animation, high-

Adobe Photoshop 0.0

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Otnuviaw:
Photoshophasbeen rankedasthe premier PCimage processngprogramtor morethan sixyears
and the new
versen addsvenors andWebtncks.
Ost of the hoxz
Inslagalen is uneventful, no tutonal but mlid "what's
new and"geeng slaned"in agood UserGuide.Web
communcy akeytraining 8 support tool.
Pnn: Powerful tool wrlh leadingmashngandlayering
tools andnowdever useot vector
Coos:Requireslots of memoryand processing power,
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Overview:In its tenth versron,Coral PhotoPaint has
emergedasapowerful, fast,and easy-to-usepaint pro
gramwhosewrtues arefeatures, speed8 greatvalue.
Oot of the lmx:Installation easybut longvnnded;the
Tour andtutonal arevery helptul, thedocumentation o
proof lessh more. UkeAdobe, usesWebacesfor more
suppon
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Cons:Litle support for vector 2.3 commandsdidn' t
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Ssmtoarp. Very fastoperauon, manyeaseaf-use features,better taunt-up tools andseat valuemakestha a
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resolution TIFF, etc.) and the output required


(Web graphic, PDF file illustration, litho

plates, etc) when deciding what size and


colour made an image will be processed in.
Most of the commands used here are
found under the File, )mage, or Window
menu selections. AU paint programs provide
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rly broad range of colour modes and
even the ability to split an image into its constituent colour channels. As well, a common
set of whole image processing capabilities are
available like image flip, mirror, crop, and
rotate. The latter two are are most commonly

used.
Both PhotoPaint and Photoshop also have
the ability to crop off colour borders and crop
down toa mask of any shape or to rotate an
arbitrary angular amount to a kaction of a
degree in either direction. What really distinguishes PhotoPaint and Photashop, however,
are the many additional colour modes geared
for high quality print output, including
detailed colour profr)fng.
In addition, the two programs provide
tabbed panels (or dockers in the case of
PhotoPaint) that can be moved anywhere on
the screen and a tool-sensitive property bar.
Photoshop finally added the latter feature in
which a portion of the toolbar changeswhenever a new tool is selected from the toolbox.
The property bar, along with context-sensitive menus produced by right-mouse clicks,
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In Photoshop. the new vector tools combined with styles allow users to quickly create
some effective illustrations that can then be
blended or used for transparency masks or

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These same results could be achieved by


the user doing the same with a rop or
mask!path tool, then changing properties.
True, the slicer tool and Photoshop make it

performed and the text edited, whereas with


Corel, any changes to the text are lost if you
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colour gradient fius. But for creating and


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retain its crisp edges. In fact, all the trans-

and range of fill options and control.


Espedafiy useful are the bitmap tiling fill
options and the wide range of textures and
patterns available in PhotoPaint.
But in comparing the two products, there

appears to be a bit of one-upmanship.

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These innovations are just in the nick of

time becauselayering can quiddy get out of


hand in Photoshop. There can be so many
layers built up in the processof editing, many
layertypes have redundant or overlapping
fimctionality, and the interlinhng of elfects
across layers issubject to clear. but sometimes

complex, rules.
For this reason, in both Photoshop and
PbotoPaint, I like to create an intermediate

image when the number of layersgoesabove


10 to (2. This intermediate image becomes

the flattened background (all layers collapsed) for the next stagein processing. It can
mean more steps in revising an image, but

ber are r edundant o r j u st o bsolete.


PhotoPaint bas started on this tough task, as

of preferences.

masking, transparency, and blendmg e(feels


are requireL or when you need to pmvide
Web userswith sliced and diced yapbics.
But beware Photoshop's learning curve.
Also beware the buy in both pmgrams. It
was somewhat discouray'ng to disanrer that
two or three main line commands did not
work in the bot-oif-the-pressreview copies I .

Coral PhotoPaint is fast, easy to learn, and


a bargain bundle to boot. Its brushes, touch

receivaL
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ups, Mini-studios, and general ease of use


will reward userswith top quality results rendered quickly.
Photoshop, on theother hand will be more
versatile for those tough jobswhere intricate

pmgrams allow graphicspmcessing that still


amazesthis one-time darkroom wizard. CI

as superior we will try to guide users based on

work objectives.
If you are agraphic artist who needsvector
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an image in a set of layers for instant fixes,

has Photoshopit just seems a linle slower


to this reviewer.

Stnnmnvy
We could go on with comparisons of print
and output features or support for grayscale
and duotone processing, but the programs

then Photoshop is yow choice. If you don' t


have these requiranents, it becomes a matter

are largely equivalent in these areas. However,


during the course of the comparison it is
hoped that the value of thme programs relative to second-tier graphics software has

became dear.
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)sconesSnrveyerwill rhst about grzphirs anytime at

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working with dozens of layers can be counter


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obtain quite a range of graphic elects fmm


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Both PhotoPaint and Photoshop have history

files that record all the operationsperformed


on an imageduring an editing session. These
files are at the core of each program's ability
to do multiple undo steps. Photoshop has

done an excellent job of making undo steps


easyto access and implement with its History
paneL Both programs allow users to accumulate operational conunands into action macros

(Photoshop) or script (iles (PhotoPaint).


But here, both systems break down.
PhotoPaint actually has a much more powerful system in its CorelScript and Visual Basic

for Applications (VBA) scripthig languages.


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scripts are still in CorelScript, which is scheduled to be phased out over time.
Photoshop's Actions are really primitive
macros in comparison to what is possible
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by Adobe in both Mac and Windows versions
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have a "related to" button that, when dicked,
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browse asrequired. In addition, many pagm


have a "how to" button that takes the user to
a step-by-step wizard explaining the intricacies of a command. This type of "how-to"

help is harder to do in the Photoshop'sJavabased system, so userssee much less of itwhich doesnot help with acomplex program
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Photopaint, Photoshop mini-studios provide custom workspaces


any ofthefunctions and featuresof
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reward of adding unique lighting, paint


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Photoshop probably has the deverest

mini-studio. By selecting the Quick Mask


icon (dick the Quick Mask mode icon in the
Toolbox), the whole set of Photoshop tools
converts to a mask editing tool. The mask
appears asa semi-opaque, coloured (starts as
red but the usercanchangethis) layer on top
of the imagelayer it is maddng.
So, to edit anymask in Photoshopyou have
all the tools of Photoshop at your disposal

Quick Mask mode is that the underlying


image layer can beseen, and, with magniffcation and awealth of tools, it ispossible to predsdy edit and craft masks. You can switch
betweenadding to the maskand erasing fmm
it by dicking on the Quick Mask icon wbi1e
holding down the ALT key (in Windowsand
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is like having afull-featured lighting studio at

masld Channds can also be ehted in the


same fashion. The real advantage of the

yern disposal after the shot is taken. It has


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directional. Youempositionthelightand dnnge
its dkectionwith dragdnd4np ~
There aie also a number of contmh for the

nature of the light, induding colour, opacity,


texture, and relief (for neat colour embossing
effocts). Onceyou have a lighting style down
pat, you can save the it to Se ibr use on
another photo. (Photoshop has a smu1ar
lighting mini-studio with ahnost all of the

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do not look for 3D dfects like cast shadows,
or spectdar regections off regective surf'aces,

such as glass or polishwl materials. Even in


the 3D world, these secondary lighting effet
are bard to reproduce not because the ray

tracingcan'tbedone.butbecausepropertim
and the condition of surgtces that light is

bouncing off are not known.


So, just as in the case of advanced 3D pro-

grams, using PhotoPaint and Photoshop's


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work by the designer to SS in shadowsand
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from the more than 30 temp)ates, but

changed the brush, size, and angle settings


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US$133 million.)

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Since I tested the PL-500 tablet previously,
I uninstalled all software to prevent potential
conflicts. Installing the tablet and software for
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working the pen tool right away.
The Intuos tablet offers 1,024 levels of
pressure sensitivity, allowing you to draw

reviously wrote about the Wacom PL500 LCD tablet (see "Like a brush to canvas," TCP January). The biggest difference
between the PL-500 and the subject of this
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the 4D mouse and Intuos Airbrush) is that
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The tablet itself is quite thin and light and
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Intuos tablets come in five sixes, ranging


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The Intuos PC tablet can be used as aserial or
USB device powered by an AC adapter, while
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Bus (ADB).
If you use the tablet for both PC and

shortcut.The part that I really hke is that the


pen doesn'thave a cord that can become tan-

gled, nor does it require baneries.


Macintosh, I recommend you buy the USB

device. All the driver software is supplied on


one disc, and a second disc offers Painter
Classic and the Wacom Pen Tools.
Be aware that the smaller 4x5-inch and
6xg-inch tablets do not include the 4D

Working with the Intuos Airbrush was


another matter. Bified as a device that looks
and operates like a traditional airbrush, it

feels like a bulky version of airbrushes I've


used in the past.

A top-mounted fingerwheel givesyou con-

trol over the ink flow, while the tilting action


lets you mimic the effects of a real airbrush.
The lntuos Airbrush also comes with a pressure sensitive tip and eraser, and programmable top button.
My early experiences with the Airbrush
were frustrating. Using it with Corel Painter
6,1 couldn't get the fingerwheel to work, nor
could I shut off the flow of ink. Looking at the
Wacom Tablet Properties dialogue box didn' t

help either. nor the Painter 6 manual, which


indicated that the Airbrush was supported.
Installing Painter Classic didn't work either.
Finally, I called Wacom technical support
and learned that support for the Intuos
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Fine Wheel Airbrush setting is the only one
that works with the Intuos Airbrush.
In this mode, the pressure tip is automatically turned off. When the fingerwheel is
rotated forward all the way, no ink flows, but
when you rotate it back a little bit, the ink
begins to flow &om a fine stream, all the way
up to a thick stream of ink as the fingerwheel
is rotated to fufiy open.
Those of you working with Painter Classic
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palette, then click on the Variable Stroke icon
in the Custom palette on the lower right of
your screen.
This will allow you to use most of the
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fingerwhee). Further options are available in
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your interface. On the downside. the brush
wig only spray in a circular pattern, despite

using different angles. Angle control is only


available in Painter 6.
Overall, the Airbrush was fun t o use.
though I found I could simulate stroke effects

using pressure. The price is $179, and unless


you are a true airbrushing fanatic, you might

want to think twice before buying it. The


Wacom site lists the software that supports
the Airbrush.
Next, I tested the Intuos 4D Mouse. R has

&re buuons and a thumbwheel, and can be


conggured to at as a 15-button mouse. The

thumbwheel can be used for panning and


zooming in programs that support it and can
be onfigured for left- or right-banded use.
Likethe pen, the 4D Mouse is cordless and

bauery free.
The 4D mouse allows you to navigate 3D
space, giving you control over both mtation
and the X. Y. and Z coordinates. The Intuos
tablet accepts input from two devices at once,
mahng it possible to rotate an object while

using the pen to paint.


To get a sense of how the 4D mouse works,
I tested it with Deep Paint 3D, a materialbased 3D rendering application from Right
Hemisphere. Deep Paint 3D lets you brush
virtual artistic media such as oils, watercolors, crayons, and pastels directly onto 3D

models.

Beforeyou can get started, you have to


open the Wacom Tablet icon in the Control
Pane) folder. Click on the 4D Mouse, then on
the Thumbwheel tab. Under Thumbwhed
Function, sdect Application Defined, click on

offers support for the Intuos Airbrush.


Using the Airbrush in combination with
the 4D Mouse, you can easily rotate the head
into any position and paint at the same time.

Apply, then OK.

Tool IS lechnology

The next task is to set the pen and 4D


M ouse as
Primary and Secondary controllers.
To make sure this works, hold the pen in your
right hand and bring it within the range of
the tablet.
Next, keeping the pen within range of the
tablet, move the 4D Mouse into position.
Sincethe 4D Mouse has become the second
device to enter the tablet area, it is now the
Secondary controller and does not move the
mouse cursor~
is mntmged by the pen only.

Tool ID is the ability of the tablet to recognize

brush a lot, you can assign it to a given pen,


letting you access that brush immediately
without having to reprogram it.

users record their own voices for degvety by

of their own and Tool ID wig allow the tablet

tablet, it will remember which is the Primary


and Secondary controller. But if you move
both devices away, you will have to start over.
The first device to enter the tablet area
becomes the Primary controller.
Launch Deep Paint3D, then load a 3D

to recognize the individual tool being used.

develo
p the technology as a front ead fora

Otherfeotums end eccessorles


Each Intuos tablet comes with Corel Painter

variety of computer applications that auld


benefi
t by the virtually human touch.
hepJ/www.Nstxomf

Classic and WacomPenTools plug-ins for


Photoshop. The latter gives you several effects

yell them your slozy

objectofyourchoie,andyou now havethree

that you can apply with your pen to create 3D


effects, push pixels around in a photograph
like putty, and more.
The 9xlt-inch and larger Intuos tablets
come with Quickpoint, which lets you quickly navigate across your screen. Aceasing the

Ifyou move either device away from the

navigation options:
Press and hold the middle button on the
4D Mouse to pan the object.
Press and hold the left button on the 4D
Mouse and move the mouse up and down
to rotate the objet.
Use the thumbwheel to zoom in on the
object then out again.
Using the 4D Mouse is really exregent, and
offers surprising flexibility, though it takes
some getting used to. Working with it is like

product, or for use with 3D pmgrams, such


as 3D Studio Max and Maya, or with Adobe

holding a real 3D object in your hands, mov-

mme

described above. This makes it possible for


Painter or other applications to assign differentbrushes to different pens.
As an example, if you use a particular

NB One-year-old LifeFX Iac.has made good


on its promise to deliver software that can
turn email into talking heads. LifeFX laemail
takesadvantage ofthe company's 39 humanmodeling technology, feeding email text into
a special slayer that animates virtual human
facescapable ofmouthingthe text-ta-speech
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the frown:-(. A preview version of the software wss made available for download this
week.In the future,the company aims to let
FacemaiTs talking heads, which it cags
Stand-Ins. The current offering includes five
Stand-Insready to read maiL LifeFX plansto

You can brush on surface textures such as


skins, scales, metals, or woods, directly onto
objects. It is designed for use as a standalone

Photoshop.

which individual tool you' re using as

tantffngn foes to smell

ing it around to allow you to paint different


areas. And if that isn't enough, Deep Paint 3D

iin.

This can be especially valuable if you have


to share the tablet. Each user can have a brush

Wacom Table
teaning,you can chooseamapping option that lets you use a small portion
of the tablet for moving about quickly and a

largerarea fordetailed work.


The Intuos Lens Cursor is a special tool
featuring five programmable buttons and a
rotating cross hair lens. It is allows you to
input points or coordinates with a high

degreeofaccuracyand isdesigned to beused


with computer-aided design (CAD) applications and technical illustrations. CI

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This unit comespackaged with both parallel


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some 18,000 teachers across Canada in an
effort to better integrate computer and
sofiware solutions into the classroom.
Announced during the 14th Conference of
Commonwealth Education Ministers held in
Halifax, in late November, Intel's Teach to the
Future program is part of the chip giant's
global effort help nearly 400,000 teachers in
20 countries understand and use computer
tehnologies more e6ctively in the classroom.
The program is designed to go beyond
simply training teachers in applications such
as Microsoft's PowerPoint or Office.
"(The program) teaches teachers how to
develop an entire lesson plan from start to

finish using computing tools," says Judy


Schmidt, education and community programs manager for Intel of Canada in Ottawa.
Teach to the Future is modeled on a simi-

lar U.S. program, Intel'sApplying Computers


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items plugged into the UPS. Watts differ born volt-amps in

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has migrated down fium the highest-end

modds. Though a UPS typically provides


more than enough runtime to save aD of your
open work and shut down the PC, sometimes
power outages occur when you' re not at your
desk Power-management software allows
your PC to monitor tbe status of the UPS.
and when the system switches over to battery
power, the software can automatically run a
script to save aD work in open windows and

initiate a pmper system shutdown.


Most of these power-management packages allow the user to spcofy all of the settings and parameters for shutdown (for
example, don't initiate the shutdown until
five minutes have passed without utility
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High-end UPS units can also mmmuniate status to this software via the network.

of the cord, many still put the power pmngs


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down functions.
During runtime testing, Windowspower-

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vendors and was cwrent at end of January
2001. Suggested retail prices and estimated
street prices are just that: suggestml and
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USB.)
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management features were disabled and there

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were no programs running. If you are running programsand mahng heavy useof the
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fuL giving users a full range of conool over
what happens under varying mmditions. In
addition to automatic application and PC
shutdown, the software can be conggured to
email or pageadministratorswhen power guh.
When the power 6uled in our tests, the
sofnvare automatically saved aBopen docu-

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two years.For the longest time UPS wassynonymouswith "big ugly metal box." but this
year's modelsshow a design flair that proves
UPS manufacturers arestarting to pay more
attention to the home user. (Maybe you cm
blame this on the iMac aswell, but I'm more

warning, aswell asoverall run time. Next,we


connected the UPS to the PC via its native
communication cable, and tested powermanagement software and zautomated shut-

afFect the usability and reliabiTity of the UPS,


it certainly makes it a lot easier to live with a
UPS on your dmktop. Most computers are
unattractive enough as it is.

Our test setup this month was pretty

simple. We took one of our custom-built


PCs (Asus A7V motherboard, 050 MHz
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it and a 17-inch Viewsonic PF775 monitor

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files reflecting the status of the unit.
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units right amund the 500 VA mark, the Belkin
models have been disquali
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Editor's Choice award this month, though it
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AND wields bigger stick with 1.2 GHZAthlon
better comparison with the Pentium 4 previ-

our October 2000 review, you' ll notice that


tbe I GHz Atblon, while still trailing the I
GHz Pentium III, was close enough: with 128

ously reviewed.
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pared to the Pentium III's 189. (Boosting


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or two which is within the range of statistical error.)


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review of thePentium 4, pecially in comparisons with the I GHz Athlon. Yes, wegoofecL
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costs between US$300 and US$400 for 128

MB, or up to Eve times the cost of DDR


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SDRAM.
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RAM) with those of the Pentium IH and 4

(which eachhave256 MB of RAM). We know


bener than that.

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As noted in this issue, the 12 GHz blows well

past any of the benchmarks previously


achieved, induding those of the 1.5 GHz
Pentium 4. It will be interesting to seebenchmarking numbers in the upcoming months
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sions ofthePentium 4, especially if theyusethe


sameDDR SDRAM.
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Alex Jarrett of Northampton, Mass.. wonderedwhat was atallthose intersections,so

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C~INOPPAPER

Tech Enterprise
Tec h n o l o g y S o l u t i o n s f o r S m a l l Bu s i n e s s Co n n e c t in g

Everywhere ig
Databasesize is growingat a annual rate
approaching 30 percent.Apartfrom the
technical challengesthis presents, the
riseoflarge connected networksofdata
also hasprofoundsocietal implications.

H o m e & W o rk

Need some buzz?


Vancouver firm
debutsDIY site

ayneHartnck says that he has had to

tum away potentialcustomers too many

timesduri
ng his 14 years as a public

relations consultant simply because they couldn't afford his services.

Hartri
ck is the chief executive ofgcer of
Reputations.corn Inc. (hap//wnwrepu
iationsmm),
a public relations firm in Vancouver, B.C. This

imagehousefocuseson smogand medium-sized

ny JacquesSsszvayaz

businesses
clients who, if not for

Reputations.corn'sdo-it-yourself online service,


hen it got around that I was a database consultant during a

recent flight from Orlando, Fla.. I was prepared for an


onslaughtofgeek jokes/.To my surprise,Iwasinstead pep-

pered with very demanding questions about databasesand their applications. The guy to my left worked in manufacturing and assured me
there was a database everywhere you turned in a plant these days. Data
is being collected about inventory, quality control, resource usage,
downtime, repairs, environmental and safety conditions, production
schedules, waste management... and the bean counters have to tote it

all up.
I was forced to disgorgeeverything I knew about PC andWeb databases. At one point, when my plant colleague left his seat to use the

restroom, the gal just across congded in me. "He thinks he has got
problems. At our hospital, we have a database for every patient, every
piece of equipment. and everything that happens in every treatment
station." As we received our "buh bys" from the flight crew as we disembarded, e well-suited IT pro noted dryly "I couldn't hdp overhearing what that hospital attendant had to say." I dared to venture an

w hy .

"Ohhh?" to which he responded, "She thinksshe'sgot problems, why


those l00 MB databasesare nothing compared to the clickstream data
Continued onpage 69

Small and mobile databases


Thedatabasesare coming,the databasesare coming.Thatmightwellbe the alarm c]y
for mobileusers- suddenlyeverything on a mobile platformis a database.
sera can thank Palm Computing's

ubiquitous handheld computer, with


its calendar, contacts, and notes
applications (which are, in fact, mini-data-

bases), for pioneering the market for tiny


mobile databases.
There are three trends driving databases

down to small and mobile devices.


First, small and remote no longer means
under powered. For example, Compaq'snew

iPaq Pocket PC has a 32-bit 206 MHz


StrongArm pmcessor with 32 MS of memory standard, and up to 16 MB of ROM-based
system software. It supports add-ons like
ISM's 34I MS and I GB microdrives, and

CompactHash (CF) cards of various capacities. In the Palm world, there has been an
explosion of similar storageadd-ons, in addi-

tion devices, including 36Kbps modems


(which require a nearby telephone jack); ll
Mbps wirelessIAN cards with roaming up to
I km from transmission nodm/stations; and
fully mobs1e, wireless transceivers that support a broad range of protocols such as

Mobile 802. I lb, Bluetooth andother popular


cellphone/wireless protocols. The hardware

tion to barcoding and industrial handheld

and software needed to communicate and

devices.

store data on mobile devices isexploding.

The second trend is connectivity. There is a

But the third, and perhaps most impor-

list of increasingly powerful telecommunica-

Continued onpage 70

PRMadeEasy.
corn,couldn'taff
ord to create buzz.
"There are a lot of people who can't afford to
do itany other way," Hartri
ck said ofthe product during a telephone interview.
PRNadefasy.
corn teaches cash-strapped com-

panieshow to get their names in the papers


throughdeeds notthrough ads.The site steps
through press release writing 101 and interviewingtips.Itdescribe marketing through the

Inte
rnet, how to organize a spedal event and
even howto managebadnews.
"We know our customers largely wouldn't
know anything (about public relations]." he
said. "This is like paint-by-numbersEor PR."

Companie
s can sign up forPRMadefasy.corn
online. For a monthly fee of US520, clients are
giventhe run of the Web site and one hour of
consultation time e ach y ear w it h a
Reputations.corn expert. According to Hartrick,

the price is abargain comparedto traditional PR


senri
ces, which can cost between $10,000 and

$100,000,depending on the size ofthe drive.


Hart
ri
ck and his team got the idea for
PRMadeEasy.cornwhile working with Uniglobe, a

travelagency.This company wanted to teach


franchiseeshow to gettheircompanies'names
in the press. The msu(t: an early version of
PRNadeEasy.corn.

"In that time (workingwith the travel company]it has become the most popular project
Uniglobe offers," Hartrick says.
More than a month after its launch,

PRMadeEas
y.corn has 220 subscribers, Hari
rick
says,including a U.S.navalbase in Italy,a dty
hall, and a university administmtion. Many

dients
come calling from outside ofCanada.
"A lot of principles of PRtranscend borders.
News is news." says Hartrick.

Reputations.cornitself is newsand perhaps


proof positive that press dippings encourage
customers.
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Connnuedfrom page 68
we are gening. 'Ihey get into the terabyte
range in just a few weeks. Want to share a

and processes for general improvement.

cab?"

Nnlnhnse sefttsmmr 00Nng begesp

Database not thedata in them, amgmwing


by a healthy 18to 20 percentannually and represent an 88-bi%on business according to

Microsoft just released SQL Server 2000 database this last falL Comparing it to its prede-

There is a fair degree of truth in both statenients.

tet database systems with increasingly

Dataquest at year end 1999. Five major ven-

cessor
,three-year-old SQL Server 6.3 database,shows the following;

dors tyrt the lion's share of those revenues:


Orade in the bad with 31 percent of the mar-

ktm dsnbmenm t T

Sewer63 I

ket. and IBM breathing down its sack with 30

percent. Microsoft followswith 13 percent, and


Sybaseand Informixalong with half a dmen
other vendorshave single-digit shares.
However, the small and mobile database
market is poised to explode and this may
change the positions among the major vendom overthe next few Team. In the meantime, averagedatabasesize continues to grow
atan even faster rate approaching 30 percent

per year according to Standish Group. In


short,
thereareanumber offactorsleadingto
my being importuned for databaseadvice.
Ntnehsse grwnigs fnchms
The single most important factor impacting
databases is that the cost of hard disk storage
continues to drop like a rock not quite as
quickly as communication costs, but it is
plummeting just the same. An example: in
January 2000, a 20 GB IBM hard drive cost

about $310, while a year later a similar number of dollars buysa 45 GB IBM hard drive.
This illustrates what some analysts have
predicted: that oneshould beable to get double the capacity in data storage for the same
price every 12 months. In Dict. the pace

appears to be ahead of merely doubling


annually.
What is helping to pull the supply of ever
morecapacious and reliable disk and storage
devices is the seemingly insatiable demandas noted at the outset of this artide. databases are to be found just about everywhere, and
it seems that quite a few of them are very big

indeeL
The third factor affecting databases is the
fact that database software is getting better.
Relational database technology with its
mathematicatty rigomus query, insert and
update technology continues to dominate
database software sales and growth, taking a
nearly 80 percent share according to
International Data Corp. (IDC).
New object databases are c~pting relational query and transaction processing
methods, but popular relational database

developers, such as IBM, Informix, and


Orade, daim their relational databases are

doing the sameabsorbing object methods

ers of millions of credit card numbersduring


the Christmas2000 holiday rusk Ekyeek, has
set aseriesof hacker challenges,trying to pm-

Numberetobietu
(ubles.kiztter views,

32GS
NA

Scant 2000
1000tstsTS
4000 GS
2billion

staiui immlv etc.

for IBM DB2, Orade, Informix,


Sybase, the new "speed up" technologies are
processessuch as"least recently used"updated cachesand materialized views,which can
boost some operations by a factor of 10.
Finally, parallel processingusing threads and
locks hasagain impmvml processing timesby
an order of magnitude.
Database software is making data more
accessible. But to some that is precisely the
pmbt~
ata is too accessible.

sophisticated firewall and other security


measures. ag to no avaiL Tbe magamnewas
expecting that it would take months before
the target sites were hacked, but none Imted

more than three weeks.


Finally, personal medical and psychologicalrecordshave long been pmtected simply
because they were stored on paper. But,
increasingly, hospitals, insurancecompanies,

and insurancecompanies can now more


effectively analyze medical data contained in
such records and raise prenuums and/or
refusecovemgebasedon their Bndings.
In sum, increasingly capable databasesin
many countrieshave made personal datawhether stored on government or business

databasesinciemingly vulnerable to misuse. The result is that politidans will have to


pay more than lip service to enacting an individual's right to privacy bill, sooner rather
than later.

and governments, in an etfort to cut costs and

pertmstw cempngng

speed up services, are automating systems

The other major trend in databmm is what

that store these records.

This presents two problems: such records

IBtvpsLou Gerstner hlun tocall prvasiveannputing, Otbemcall it the Isw of the Sevm Asof

are increasingly vulnerable to hack attack;

Continued on page 72

Databases as big as the heavens


stronomers cunentt
yplaya cruetgameofmusi-

cat chairs. Themare too few seats aud avaitabte

hoursat the majortetecopes to do a tot of

demandingresearch.Many teams have to waitmonths


to Set hours of observation time, oaty to be foiled by

weanier, malfunction, or simply not enoughtime to


"i

ln year 2000, there was quite a political storm


in Ottawa over a master danrbase that linked

pursue interesting dues.

databasesfor some major federalprograms.

change things this year when it makes avaitabte a

This master database allowed the Canadian

digi
tal scan of about one half of the Northern
Hemispher
e asa database.The scan isquitecompmkeasive, with imagingdone in uttraviotet, three vis-

government to quickly tell if a person qualiUed for beneRts or some other beneht program. When word leaked out about this master database, an uproar ensued and the government eventually promised that such a

Stoan Digital Sky Suvey (tmpy/auwsds


smg) will

It

bte bghts, aad infrared wavelengths for a total of five

imagesperposition and depth in the heavens.SDSS


wiU have more than 200 mtUtvn galactic objects in its

databasewould be deactivated.

catalogueof images, whichwill be stand on anenormousserver with specializedaccessinghard-

However, database experts rolled their


eyes. Ten years ago, a database containing
data on 30 million citizens, residents and visitors to Canada would have pushed the state
of the art, but today it's small potatoes.
ln fact, information systems using distributed database technology have improved so
much that it would be easy to reconstruct the
"deactivated" master database in virtual
mode using the more than capable methods
of distributed views. And this is just tbe tip of

ware aad softwam.

the privacy iceberg.


Many online companies are keen to track
our buying habits. If and when they goout of

veys preclude observation of dynamic events such as pulsar frequencies or supernovas,


astr
onomersare convincedthatthistsabreakthrough equivalenttothe Human Genome project,
a databasesetup to map every human gene.

business (as more than 210 did in the past


year) one asset that may be up for sale is their
maging lists and personal purchasing pattern
databases.

Databasecompames are very interested tn SDSS because the technologies used ky it aad other
stati
c stellar suweys am on the database frontiers, because of Oeir size, use of extended

In addition, hackersare getting bauer, not


worse, at getting into systems and stealing
critical personal data Bgghearkcom literally
bad egg ag over its face due to its loss to hack-

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SDSSintends Dist to make scanning half of the Northern Hemisphere sky accessible by
Internetbrowserwith asortofStarEngttsh Query language.A command suchas"Dud aU galaxies with a pulsar with brightnessSumter than 25 within 200,000 light yean' will generate a list
of objects, hopefuUywithin a minute any of whose details, iactudiug an image, csn be retrieved
within a tvw seconds.

This feat uot only requires asmart query languagethat understands StarEagtish, but a very
sophisticated hardware interfacethatautomaticallysaasaad dtasstUesgalacticobjectsaudestimates distancebased onspectral composition. light shtft, and other astropkystcat properties.
Astronomywill be mvotutiauized becauseSDSS is uot alone, there are at least a half dozen
otherequivalent static sunieys ofthe heavens underway. Despite the fact thatthese static sur-

English-like query language, browser-basedprocessing, aad, most importantly, their abgity to


interface seamlessly with other huge distribtrted databases.

Onedatabasewag even remarked the sky'sthelimiton the iasiqhtsinto targescaledatabase


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Right now the undisputed technical and market leader in mobile database solutions is

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Transact SQL or Java stored procedwes and


its open API allows links through ODBC,
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FinaUy, developers are not limited to the
SQL AnywhereStudio but cancall upon such

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Continuedfrom page68
tant, Srctor is the Internet boom. In develop-

with delivery, fulgllment, and business-tobusiness back offlce dealings. This pattern
will emerge as the major wireless database
vendor offerings are examined in detail
below.

sumer arenas.
Many people have seen the IBM television
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trying to getchangeto buy acan of pop kom


a vending machine, only to see a young girl

NT, 2000, and 9x, Novell Netware 3w and


above, and various Savours of Unix and

Liaux. And in the important mobile areoa,


SQL Anywhere supports the two major players: Palm OS and Windows CE.

HTTP, HTML XML, Java, Javagcript, WAP,


and WML Its own stored procedures can use

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Perhaps two of the most important features of SQL Anywhere are the Wireless
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The laner allows mobile users to deploy


down into embedded processorsand devices
using as small as a 50KB footprint, yet still
uu: industry standard SQL indudbtg multitable joins, indexes, referential integrity and
fuB-transaction processing. UltraLite sup-

ports a choice of JavaJDBC, embedded SQL


or C++-basedAPIs for development, induding links to iAnywhere WirelessServer.
With Wireless Server, iAnywhere databases
can now support both disconnected in use
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to write Java servlets that generate XML output that the server can in turn transform

through XSLinto device speciScmarkup laoguages. induding wirelessmarkup language


(WML) and handbeld markup device language (HDML).
Communication to the mobile devices is

by WAP or other third-party protocols.


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Portal to access and update portfoho information via several wirdess devices.

variations inevitable in products that have


been trimmed to meet the very small footprint required by mobile databases But in
other features the two databases have fairly

Similar to the Sprint offering, Banco di


Milano, a Snancial co-operative with over
100,000 members, is personalizing its
products and services offerings. Customers

similar oflerings, such as database synhro-

can now accesstheir banking and other


Snancial services using wireless access
developed w i t h IBM We bSphere's

nization, security encryption, plus Java-XML


and other API support.
Mobile Connect and Synchronization
Server pmvide two synchronization options,

whileTranscoding Publisher and SecureWay


Wireless Gateway provide a robust development and delivery platform for easily deploy-

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Compudng pnwiding anyoneauthorized auu
to any data, anytime, anywhere on any device.
We havealready seenhow privacy and securhy concerns can be jeopardized by such a
broad strategy. But it also presents anumber of

often the transfer is direct and therefore


more eflicient. This capability allows the
creation of "virtual views or databases" and,

technical chagenges that me just now being met.


What will be explored here is what is var-

processeslike the Groove system, from

Transcoding Publisher and other mobile

iously called enterprise application Integra-

services.

tion; messaging and information inter-

change;knowledge management and n-tier


This list could easily be 20 times longer as

companies scramble to provide a competitive


advantage by personalizing their services on
the Web and thmugh mobile and wireless
accessoptions.

ing existing or new database applications to


wireless users with appropriate security

mechanisms.

heterogeneous, distributed, t r ansaction


processing. I simply call it the last frontier of
information technology.
This is the tough (and as we have just

emphasizing its Oracle 9i Application Server


Wireless Edition. Like Sybase and IBM,
Orale will transform XML-database input

Saunanap

seen, legally and polticafly challenging) task


of integrating large scale databases. Three
new technologies are helping to make appli-

With the Cellular Telephone Industry

cation integration doser to reality: XML,

Assodation pmjecting that L25 billion cdl-

external joins, and messaging middleware.

into appropriate wireless protocols. Orade


also has e-Location services that its Wireless
Edition can take advantage of, aflowing
mobile users to, for example, Snd afl the
restaurants or drug stores within (50 m of
their current location. In addition, Orade 8i
Lite offers a small footprint database for use
in Linux and Windows CE environs.
Microsoft also has two new entries into the
marketplace: Mobile Information Server and
a lite version of SQL Server 2000. These offeringshave very attractive priejperformance
numbers offset by fairly large footprints (I
MB) and lack of cross-platform portability:
Mobile Information Server only runs in
Windows 2000, and the lite version of SQL
Server 2000 urrendy only runs on Windows

phones will be in operation by 2005, mobile


and wireless applications and databases are

XML is everywhere and in databases it


has become the interlace ofchoicefortrans-

hereto stay.However, as one an quickly see


among the difFerent mobile database o(feiings,
developers are not just buying a mobile database,they're buying aB the infrastructure nec-

laung and exchanging small to medium size


chunks of data. The key to XML's effective-

Orade, despite its database technology, is

essary to make that databasehighly

and Windows CE.

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The number of new mobile applications is
often running ahead of the standards and
technology. Nonetheless,here are some
example mobile applications:

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Databases literagy are everywhere. They create a persistent memory of events and ations
thatcan be more readily accessed and anaIyzetk more often for better than for worse.
As these databases accumulate, aggrandize,and become more interconnected,the
world will qualitatively know more about
itself and its scientific, social, economic. and
political behaviours than ever before.
These databases and the Internet that
interconnects them will become a world
conscience in the original sense of the Latin
word known and acted upon together. We
will be able to know as much about ourselves as we are to look at.
The Greek philosophical exhortafion has
been "man know tbyselfyln a data-based
world that might well become "humanity
dare to know yourself in afl your wondrous.

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Software colossus Microsoft Corp. (http//wwwmiioiokcom) snd online data
provider Thomson Corp. (hap//wwuthomssn.com) have reportedly takeo a US$50csigion stake in a
staitupentity aimed at providing accounting snd other back-offi
ce suppo* to smallbusinesses.
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by the 425,000-stember American Institute ofCertified Pub(iAcouataats (AIEPA), according tn
a press release st the site.
The site, which is slated for launch this spring, will provide general ledger systems, procure.
ment, banking. payroll planning, human resources, sad customer relationship management.
The startup plans further funding rounds after bringing ia Microsoft and Thomson as sbategic
investors. "We will probably do another round in preparation for ao IPO," Cps2biz chief executive
o%er Brett Pisser said ia a Reuters report, adding that the new portal hopes to leverage the tmst
that certified accouataats have with small business owners.

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bontiers of database systems. After this, it


will be mostly scale up and scale out how
big the databases can get and how interactive

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databases (again, XML is employed here).


Theseare some oftheadvancesattheSnal

databases. This aBows data in one database


to be matched up and exchanged with optimum speed. XML may be used, but more

a rareview ofthe planetfrom the two robot-

Lotus Notes creator Ray Ozzy, allow for


much more flexible, richer communication and interaction between systems and

devious, and diverse ways." Ci

fassiai spacecraft ii making a flyby of the


giant planet Jupiter, and st the same time
the Galileo spacecraft hss been exploring
Jupiter since 1995. This site offers Web users

wireless extension to a S AP timesheet


application that allows workers to enter
time and project data &om mobile bandhelds into a SAP system; and one that
allows users to enter Sybase Enterprise

New software agents and peer-to-peer

nal joins facility being built in many Web

tdstn

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show with two applications: a mobile and

can interchange data at anytime


The one drawback, because of tbe overhead
of the tagi, is that exchanging large to huge volumes of data can be ine(ficient relative to other
data movement tedmologiei like data warehousing's extract, transform, and load routines.
instead, think of XML as the universal
translator between data stored in dii'ferent
filetypes or databases.
Next to XML in importance is the exter-

gan Jupiter from a spamshlp's oya

Wireless to allow Sprint customers to personalize their wireless connections. With


it, Sprint users can select content and how
it is laid out with several easy-to-use formatting options.
Sybase iAnywhere Solutions won best of

tags plus defining schemas, any two systems

portfolio updates or dynamic pickup and


delivery scheduling. (2

Sprint PCS offers MyWirelessWeb, which


uses Oracle's 9i Application Server

ope
rable.

There are some standalone or infrequent


update database operations (particularly in
the industrial and process ontrol Selds,
which require little support beyond "floppies
delivered by hand" ), but many new wireless
and mobile applications want to make connections on regular and secure basis. As we
have seen in the sample applications. the
meat of the new small database applications
is for disconnected but frequent updates
assoiated with mobile workers or depots,
kiosks, and vending machines. And there is a
small but rapidly growing segment with continued, mobile connections such as mobile

ness is its standardized tags combined with


metadata schemes. By using these standard

as noted, raises some privacy concerns.


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Jobs unveils G4 PowerBook


NacWorld debut for 64 desktops, iTunesand iDVDsoftware
a minimum of 128 MB of RAM and a G3
processor or better. If your machine is not

Oy Justla Siemens
his year's MacWorld i n

up to this, and you are planning to replace


it soon anyway, try to aim for July, as Jobs
has said that is when nll Macs wis begin
shipping with OS X installed.

S an

Francisco was the largest ever with


a record attendance of more than

T
93,000 people.Apple's chief executive
officer, SteveJobs, had a lot of surprises in
store for the Ma faithful, and a few dis-

New nest Impressive specs


wab e few rlsappolahaerffs

appointments as weIL His keynote address

Apple replaced the entire PowerMac G4


line with new, faster models, but there are

was broken down into four parts: new features and ship date for O S X w ere
announced; new PowerMec G4s were

a few disappointments. The configura-

shown; new Apple software, induding

tions now run from 466 MHz to 733 MHz

iTunes and iDVD, was introduced; and

and are single processor only with the

Powergooks with G4 processors were


unveiled. We' ll run 'em down in the same

exception of a dual-533 Mbz modd that


must be ordered directly from Apple. The

new G4sfeature 133MHz busspeeds(up


from 100 MHz), 4x AGP (up &om 2x),
and four PCI slots (up froin three).
However, they lose one RAM slot (having
three instead of four) and they no longer
come standard with an internal Zip drive,
although you can still add one for an
GSdaring Mararord uhbess. additional charge.
The new G4s finaay add the ability to

order Steve did starting with the least

impressive, OS X

OS Xeeleese ebs prgce eaaeuaced


Jobs did his best to get the crowd excited
about Mac OS X but considering this
marked the third time he's demonstrated
the Aqua user interface, and that most of
the MacWorld crowd has tried the public
beta themselves, this part of the keynote
was the least interesting. The key bits of

Jobsunvub ne ~

information for prospective OS X customers


were the releasedate (Mar. 24) and the price

Airport; and, Unsay, the dock now supports


pop-up folders much like those in OS 8.5

(US$129, which converts to about $195

through 9.1. Overall, though, Aqua looks


much the same as we' ve seen it before, and

desktop again; the menu bar clock; complete


support fo r t h e l ocation manager and

Canadian).
Also, Apple seems to have listened carefidly to the feedback fmm the beta period, and
in response has added many dassic Mac OS
features to OS X, induding: theApplemenu,
which is back to its usual place; the trash and
hard drive icons, which can be placed on the

the system wiU still be a jarring transition for


those who have used the classic Mac OS for
years.
If you want the new OS, but don't want to

pay the dose to $200, first consider that the


new operating system will most hkely require

burn CDs, and on the 733 MHz system,


DVDs as well. However, with the exception of
the 733 MHz con6guration, none of the new
models can play DVDs, which could be a
potential problem when software starts to

ship on DVD-ROMs in the coming months


and years.
The new machines are faster though. and
as but the 466 MHz model 6naUy getrid of
the aged ATI Rage 128 card. Now, nVidia is
Apple's card pmvider of choice, and the bunContinued on page 78

Canadian firm's
software adds
detailed graphics
to POA screens

nOttawa-based software company says its

upcoming program wii


i speU an end to
stodgygraphicsand downgraded Internet

experiences on penonat digital assistants (PDAs).

BitRash Inc.
's (hsp//wnwbiri
lash.com)new
"killer epp" is designed to bring rih media to
handke(d computers, AU you need is an
Intemetwnabted cell phone or POA and the
company'
sproducttoview PowerPointpresentations,chart
sandgraphson the go.
We've taken a totally diiferent approach to

rendering graphics." said Nick Desbarats,


Bitfl
ash's director of product management and
co-founder, during a telephone interview.
The company's server.dient solution removes
unnecessary data from graphics. As a result pic-

tures
,mapsand slides appearatthe osefs PDA
in a matterofseconds, Oesbarats said.

"We have a high degree of ptafform independence. Usually our competitors are platform
dependent or they sacrifice graphical sophistication.We're the only company that'
s managed
to presewe both."
Bitfiash's product, based on its proprietary

ReilerisGraphicsEngine, is meantfor enterprisecustomes first, "but we can build on the plaffenn fiom
thereand reach a broadermari
uk" Desbaats said.
Butwillthe broader marketaccept this soft-

ware? After alk surfing the Internet by POAor


cell phone isn'ta graphically rich experienceand some say it shouldn't be. Mobile access
means info first, pretty last.

Oesbar
ats figures faster wireless connections a la the much hyped third-generation, or

3G, Internet means people wiU want more


than plain text.
Besides, BitRash's Reilexis paradigm ensures
small-scale graphical access. The Web site operator must buy into the technology. A saner
siphonscontentaccordingto the device and the

It's a 2.4 world

univeual resource locatm (URL).


As forthe smaU screens on POAs and cell
phones,Oesbarats said Bitfiash talus that into

Torvaldsannouncesreleaseoflong-awaited Linux upgrade

account The pictures come cl


ear, he said,

! If Linux is your life, your hfe

ongratulations

hasjust been upgraded to JA! You can now

hold your brmth and turn blue waiting for

the 2.6 kemeL Thank you, and have a nice day.

If,likeme,yousimplyenjoyusingLinus,then

l s

there'
s cause for minor celebration,for a new
bundleof Linux joy has been released into the
world by the mighty Linus Torvalds. The email
announcementfrom Torvalds was a comedic
masterpiece. It's hard to imagine Microsoft's Bill
Gates doing something like this: "Anxiously
awaitedfor the last too many months, 2.4.0

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w ith B r i af l

the

despite the 100x100 pixel display.

t able
man y
improvements.
none of which

Desbar
atssaid the productwould be ready in
March. However, he wouldn't give us a price,
saying that it is too soon to rel
ease such
details.
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that were faster on the dual-500 MHz G4.


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fasnes, IDVDhighlight soltwnse Plans

At 2.54 cm 41 in.), the new PowerBook G4


is thinner than a VAIO (which is 2.9 cm

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personal digital devices on the market. The


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CD burners, MP3 players, DV camcorders
and MP3 Player
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more useful and powerful. Towards this end,
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still some dual-processor-aware applications

and aB models now come with a minimum of


128 MB RAM no doubt in preparation for
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G4 is, once again, the fastest laptop in the

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above; and iDVD comes bundled with every

up with iTunes, iMovie, and even iDVD on

Apple SuperDrive (currently available only

the 733 MHz PowerMac G4 demos. The new


PowerBooks, however, seemed to steal the

As is his custom, Jobs ended the keynote with


case was the PowerBook G4.
Jobs started by talking about how Apple
makes the fastest laptops in the industry,
but that most people think Sony's VAIOs
are the sexiest and you can't underrate
good looks if you want to draw attention to
your product.
After talking in some detail about the new
portable's specs, he pulled the cover oif what
is now the slinunest, fastest, and, yes, sexiest

earliest. The prices are almost the same as the


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has been announced that most places will not

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on the 733 MHz G4, but will later be a


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made more impressive by their price: iTunes
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Best quality. .dollar for dollar

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iTunes is primarily an MP3 player, but with

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thick), and weighs in at just 2.3 kg (5.3 lb.).

show and wiB probably boost Apple's sales


the most in the next quarter, if they can get
them out on time.
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CD-RW drives were not announced for the
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MacWorld Tokyo in February.
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release manager right now."
Now, while the 2.4 release is a big deal
(source available at kerneLorg), it amuses me
somewhatthat it's a big deaL
The 2.4 series has been around for a while
now. There have been various test versions of

the 2.4 kernel, some distributions have even


taken cade from 2.4 and merged it into their
own 2.2 source, but regardless, this is the first
seri
ous mainstream release.
The joy of Linux isyou don't have to upgrade
unlessyou realy want to. I'm still very happy
running a 2.2.16 kernel and, from what Tve
seen,Ihave no realcause to upgrade to 2.4 yet.
Perhapsthe biggest addition to the 2.4 Linux
kernel is support for USB, which is fast becoming the connecttvtty standard for PC peripherals.
It's so common now that my father recently
had to buy a conversion kit for a printer just so
itwould work on a non-USB machine.
WhileI understand the attraction ofUSB, it".
certainly irritating to see the number of peripherals I can use with a non-USB quickly dimin-

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Raiserhas a system overhead from what I've
been told, and while this isn't a big deat for
those who have computers not quite ready for
the landfill, it is with the antique I'm running.
As al
ways, there have been a lot of changes
to the kernel, far too many to document here.
Eve only mentioned what I perceive as the really big benefits.

For a full list of changes, hap//wnwkemei.org


will sort you out.
WhileI'm not nearly as excited about this as
manyotherLinux users in fact,I'm quite cynical I have to congratulate the many souls who
do all the development work and get very little
credit.

ishing.
USB support is a significant advance for
Linus.For a while now the lack of USB support
has been a focalpoint of crifirism about Linux.
So, one big argument against using Linux has
now beenshut down with authority.
"But Windows has had support in i t f or
years!" That may be, but I paid nothing for my
operat
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bute it.
how about you?
Another major advancement is ReiserFS, a
journalling filesystem. This is an improvement
over the EXT2 filesystem. Filesystems aren' t
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Wirelessportalrevenues expected to soar


LONDON, England A recently published
report says wireless portals are set to take
off in much the same way regular Web portalshave in the last fi
ve years.
The study, entitled Wireless Portals:
Opportunities and Che//enges, from Strategy
Analytics (http.//www.strategyanatytics.<om/),

the report. said operators' portals will be


programmed as the default onto wireless
devices, and t h e majority o f w i reless
Internet users will not stray finm this.
He cautioned that network operators who
believe their position as access guardians to

says the number of users of wireless portals


is expected to grow from four million in

portalsuccess should beware.

1999 to 350 million in 2005, riding on the


backofan increase in the number ofwireless
portals and the success of the mobile

the wireless Internet guarantees wireless


"Contro
lofaccess conveys no such privilege and therefore operators need to provide
a strong value proposition in order to reduce
portal churn," he said.

"This will certainly be the case in regions

Internet generally.
Over this period, the research firm says,
wireless portal revenues will be dominated by
advertising and mobile-commerce transactions.
NiteshPateL an analyst with the firm's
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where the fi
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and fi
xed portals have a very high chance of
extending their existing customers' usage to
incWde their wireless portal," he added.
Newsbytes

Microsoft previews ONce for OS X


Among third-party developers participating in MacWorld in January, Microsoft announced a number of products it has in development fm Mac users.
Microsof
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time,purchasers of the current suite,Dffi
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OS X for US$149 (which is half the suggested retail price).
The company also announced availability of the beta release of Outlook 24)01 for the Mac.
Microsoft says Outtook 2001 for Mac offers seamless interoperability with the millions of Outlook
users running Windows. The massaging and collaboration client allows them to share contacts,
schedules, tasks lists, and more. The finalversion of Outlook 2001 for Mac is expected to be
available in the summer.

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service is slow, support is terrible, and there


are more than enough complaints to launch
several class-action lawsuits south of the bor-

Testing
and
tweaking
broadband

der. And, depending on which pmvince you


live in, you' ve also seen the Rogers ads that

anack Bell's DSL for being slow,and the Befi


ads that attack Roger's cable service for being

shared. While there is some truth to all of


theastories and I can certainly validate

each of the issues


none provides a significant obstacle to enjoyment of high-speed
connection to the Net.
It's also necessary to put these stories in
context. No matter how good the Toyota

I'm a citizen ofthe Internet.


I go online for news, to research
everything fmmaccidentally discovered the setting
mOVieS tOdiShWaSherS d thelpedmemakemydeision.

and the articles I write. yh p~~~a

Camry is, there are still a few people who


have badexperiences.The percentage of bad
experiences for broadband customers is
probably higher than Camry drivers,but is
probably lessthan five percent.
There is one specific problem rdated to
DSL.The fartheraway you are&om thecentral office (CO) providing your service, the
sloweryour connection. This means that not
all HSE customers receive the same level of

service. I was lucky, and wasable to receive


orders (100 times) faster. (The difference
betweenmy28.8Kbpsmodem andmyOHome
cable connection is greater than 100 tunes.)
Neither of the two main services available

dh ~
I no longer have any use for a com- in Canada (cable and DSL provided by
COnneCtiOn puter that doesn'have
t an Internet Rogersand Bell,Shaw and Telus,or resold
through ISPsdepending on where you live)
l fOr connexion.
require
s new cables or ties up your phone
for pleasure.Ineed itforbm mem and
line and they're alwayson. Unlike OHome,
o~ e for news, to research every- HSE requires a connection proces, but even

A high-Speed

thing from movies I want to see, a


dishwasher I plan to buy, and for the articles

the full rated speed I megabit per second

(Mbps) of the modem. Customers at the


fringes of the DSL service range receive
approximately 25 percent of that speed.
Both services have misleading ads that
exaggerate thedeficienciesof the competitor.
Of course the Internet is shared. In fact, it' s
easy to see how cable is shared after afi it' s

just one cableand that your phone line is

my lifeStyle.
Sy Ineerlen Hemhsnn

P la y o n th e W e b

that is faster than the time required to log-in


to a dial-up service.

dedicated.
However, whether it's done sooner or later,
both services share their connection to the

ve just called Bell's Sympatico service to

I'm writing. I do some shopping, send and

If you' re ready to sign up for broadband

DSL Internet connection. It's not because


I'm unhappy with the service. I' ve had HSE
for close to two years and, with the exception
of a few hours, I'd rate the service as pretty

receivehundreds of emailsevery week communicate with friends and cofieagues using


instant mewagbtg, and so on. As a Windows
beta tester, I'm frequently downloading the
latest 450 MB build. Through newsgroups
and Napster I' ve also accumulated a sizable

service, it pays to be a Canadian. In a recent


issue of PC Magazine devoted to U.S. broad-

MP3 collection.
With broadband you don't go online, you
are online. Broadband changeshow you fed

cable services. That rate is more like dial-up


compared to the 460Kbps that was the lowest

As for the msn who falls asleep or misses


out on his anniversary dinner (as recent ads
have'depicted) waiting for a file todownload,
in my experience,you can't tell the difference
betweenbroadbandDSLand cable on astan-

of the averages I measured during my six-

dard Windows 98 system certainly not

about and how you use the Internet. You' ll be


listening to the radio online, even watching
the occasional movie wdl, shorts anyway.

month comparison test.

while you're browsing the Web.


Even while downloading, it would haveto

t 'cancel my High Speed Ed)tion (HSE)


close to perfection.
For the last six months I' ve also had
RogersOHome cable Internet service. It rates
pretty dose to perfection too, but I can' t

afford to keep both. So I had to pick one. It


wasn't an easy decision to make.
Until the last few weeks, the speed of the

two serviceswasabsolutely comparable. Even


after analyzing the hundreds of speed tests,
there was not a dear-cut winner. Then. I

SAVE

To qualifyasabroadband, aserviceshould
be at least an order of magnitude (10 times)
faster than a dial-up connection, possibly two

band services,the monthly fee ranges fmm


US$40 to US$80. The top of the scale for the
average throughput charts in the artide is 80

kilobits per second (Kbps) for both DSL and

Sehsteen Ihe Premkee end Ihe znzmfy


lf you've followed coverage of broadband
servicesin the newspapers,you already know
the bad news. There are frequent outages. the

Internet amongall of their customers. It'smy


impression that both services provision
approximately the same amount of Internet
bandwidth per customer.

be anenormous fi
)e for the speed difference
to be significant.
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the actual bandwidth available to you is to
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mally. Ideally, you shouldn't have to wait at


all, but of course even pages that are stored
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see how busy the connection is.


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tedious and often unrewarding task.


Measuring can be impossible.
Newsbin is a shareware application that
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hard drive while you do more important


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The Newsbin transfer rate wasactually the one
significant difference that I could see between
SHome and HSE. Newsbin maximized the
HSE connected at about 860Kbps (or about
108KBps). Considering that the overhead for
the various transfer protocols adds up to about
13 percent, that is very dose to the maximum
possible with the Nortd OneMegModem provided by Sympatico for the HSE service.
The SHome transfer rate for Newsbin was
over 2,400Kbps (or about 300KBps) nearly
three times faster. I'm not sure how that
relates to 14,000Kbps rating of the Terayon
cable modem Rogers supplied.However
exciting it was to see that transfer rate. I was

not abletoachieveanything approaching that


on 6le transfers from other sites.
For other testing, I had chosen large Blas
kom a number of sites and was measuring my
throughput daily on both HSE and SHome.
The sites I picked were Yahoo, Matmx, and
Microsoft large companies with powerful

servers and big pipeshoping they would


pmvide realistic and fast numbers.
It quickly became obvious that although
there were days or times when one or the
other service was a little faster, in general they
were comparable. For any site/Ble. either ser-

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The Internet's TGP/IP protocol is designed to
be reliable. When a packet of information is
sent, the recipient sends an acknowledgement
to indicate that it has been received and was
error-free. If it was not received. or there were
errors, it is sent again. New data is not sent
until the sender receives the acknowledgernent for the previous data.
If you had to wait for each individual pack-

et to be acknowledged, large Ble transfers


could be interminable. The time between
sending the packet and receiving the

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vice's average transfer rate was in the 60KBps


to 100KBps range. At any rate apprrmching
IOOKBps, I could see that the HSE service was
delivering the maximum throughput.
The Newsbin experience demonstrated that
the SHame cable service was potentially three
times faster, but I had trouble duplicating that
speed with other sites. If SHome could provide a transfer rate that was reliably faster than
IOOKBps, it would put the OneMegModembound HSE service out of contention.

naw masthrge transl'm meaver 200KBps.

acknowledgement. also caged the bandwidth


delay or latency, would have a signiscant
impact on tbe transfer processeven if it is
measured in milliseconds.
Microsoft's implementation of TCP/IP
indudes a buffer, easel a receive window (or
RWin). This buffer accumulates a number of
packetsto create a more efscient transfer.
Ideally, this bulfer is large enough that the
server never stops sending data while waiting
for an acknowledgement to arrive.
The default RWin setting in Windows was
designed for the e(Bdent transfer af packets
on a local area network (LAN), where the

speed ishigh and the latency is low.


In contrast, most Internet connections are
lower speed, but with substantially higher
latency. Up until a certain point, the default
RWin setting is 6ne. In the case of HSE, the
I,OOOKbps (or 125KBps) thmugbput with
the average latency that I experience enabled
it to operate at its peak
'Ibe new TCP/IP softwme in Wmdows ME
(also found in Windows 2000) uses a higher
defsuh RWmeaning Although that intonated my

are transfening 6les. TheWindows Ping utility will help you do this. Open an MS-DOS
pmmpt window and type ping and the name
of the server pingwwwcnetcom, for example.
Note that for security reasons, not aB servers

will reply to a pingcommand.


Latency isbasedboth on physical distance,
as well as the number of relays or hops that are
encounteredbetween your computer and the
server. Servers that are doser to me like the
Look Tucows resector will likdy pmduce
lower results. My ping time to Look was about
20ms, to Matrox 41rns. and to Yahoo 44ms.
Determining the instantaneous ping time
to a single server is not an eifective way to

determine your averagelatency. A tool called


DoctorPing (htlp//www.dslreporn tom/tools), however, will test your ping time to appmximately 100 sites and calculate the average.
My typical result was in the range of 70ms
to 80ms. The average of as DoctorPing users
is 90ms, and the very best average results
(30ms) are reported by users in the New York

City area. Hopefully the serversbeing pinged


on the list correspond to the servers you are

accessing.
The DoctorPing result does show the individual sites and times that were achieved in
addition to the average.
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Word d ocuments.
This month, we' ll
look at how they
affect your documents and how they
can be altered.
Even if you don' t
know what styles are,
you' re using them

to "update the style to reflect recent changes"


or "reapply the formatting of the style to the
selection." Select the former and dick OK.
Note that you must type the word Heading I
in the Style list box (even though it will

already appear there) to trigger the style


update process.

Now move away from the heading you


have selected to another heading (or type a
line of text to practie). Place your insertion

every time you use Word. They underlie all


the text you type in Word, creating the look of
yourdocument. So ,w henever you type a line
of text, sdd a header or a hyperlink the text
appears in a certain font type and size
because a style tells Word to make it look that
wa)'.

point inside the text and set it to Heading 1

by selecting that style Rom the dropdown


style list on the Formatting toolbar. Notice
how this time the text you've applied
the styk
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you h ave changed the degnition for the style Heading 1.

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You' ll dnd it easier to follow this month's


exploration of styles if you have your
Formatting toolbar visible on the screen. To
display it, choose View, Toolbars, then select

Formatting (if it is not checked). If it is sdected, pressEscape nvice to back out of the menu.
If you' re using Word 2000, your
Formatting and Standard toolbars likely

share the sametoolbar spaceand it will help

ca'

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to separate them for now. To do this. choose


Tools, Customize, Options, then dere(mt the

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Standard andFormatting ToolbarsShare One


Row checkbox and dick Close. (Reverse the
pmcessto renun to the original layout).

Header or the Footer styk to your text. To try


this, sdect View, Header and Footer, then,
when your cursor is in the heukr area, type a

unrmnLdngnnd normal ngyh

word, pms Tab, typeanother word. pressTab


again, type another word, then press Enter.

Whenever you dick the New button on

Nodce that the Style box on the toolbar shows

Word's Standard toolbar to create a new doc-

ument, Word opens up aspecial template Ele


called Normakdot. This template contains
basic information for your document: margin seuings, page size, and other feauues. It
also contains a very important style called
NormaL
lf you have your Formatting toolbar displayerk you' ll see that the style bm on its far

the style nameasHeaderyou didn't do anything to invoke this style, it is a special style
used bydegruh for all text in the header area
To see the formatting applied by the
Header style. pressShift + F1 aud dick on the
text. The Paragraph format indudes lush left
(the alignment of tbe ten) and there are two

tabstopssena centre tab in the middle of the

First, they contain complex fonnatdng so


can saveyoursdf the a ht of time and tweaking by applying these ready-to-go styha to a
piece of text. The Heading I style, for example, may be set to Ic-point bold Ariel with
extraspadng before and a&er the line.To
apply this format to a single heading would
require manysteps, and if you're worhng on

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contents will help your readersmouearound
tt more easi)y. You can do ths very qmckly d
you haveformatted your donunent headings

using styles
in particular, Heading 1.
Heading 2, and Heading 3.

stepsfor eachheading individually.

To create your tabk of contents, drat dnish


your document and ensure all your headings
are formatted using styles. Position your
insertion point where you want the table of
mntents to appear the begianing of the
document is a good pkce. Choose Insat.
index, then Tables, and dick the Table of
Contents tab. From the Formats list, choose a
format to use for the rable and, &om the
Show leach list, choose the lowest heading

Another benegt of using styks is that they


can be essay altered. So, if you decide that
you don't want to use Ariel for a heading

page and a right Rush tab on the right mar-

font, you simply changethe style so it usesa

Each time you press the Tab key you

new document and start typing, the style


name Normal will appear in the box. You can

move forward to one of these tab stops. The


result is that the drat word you typed is left
aligned, the second word is centred on the
page around the centre tab and the third

different font and every piece of text formatted with the Heading 1 style wi1I update automatically.

Shift + Fi then dicking on the text you' ve

shaltcunx

a document that has a variety of heading


styles, you'd need to repeat the formatting

left displays the current style. If you create a


learn more about this format by pressing

The other heading stylesHeading 2 and


Heading 3are lower-level headings so teu
formatted using these styles will be smaller
than for the Heading 1. Word supplies nine
heuhng levels in all, but thesedunelevek are
srdacknt for most documents.You csnapply
any of thesethree stylesusing the styk dropdown list or by using tbc following keystmkc

To apply Heading I style to a heading in


your document, place your cursor inside the

typed. The popup bm shows details about


the font formauing and paragraph format-

word is right aligned.


W ord pmvides
style forspecialareasand

heading and selen Heading 1 &om the Styk


dropdown list on the Fonuauing toolbar.

style you've used in your document that pou

ting applied to the text these indude the

ekments of your document, such as the


Header, Footer, Footnote, Endnote, Heading,

Notice that the entire line of tcn will be formatted even though you didn't select ix A

example,you may have used Heading 1,

and last. Someof these are invoked merely by

Heading style is a paragraph style so a(facts

moving to a parncular part of a documentHeader, Footer, Footnote, and Endnote styles


all work this way. Other styles aren't used
unless you select them. For this reason, many

all the text in a paragraph.


You can also alter a style to change tbe way
your headings look in your current docu-

Heading2 and Heading 3 in your document,


but you may want only the drat two levels to
appear in the contents so, in this case you'd
choose "2" and dick OK.
The arble of contents will be created auto-

ment onlynot in othcn you have created or

matically, dispkying the headings Rum your

people don't know that some very useful


styleseven exist.

wig create. The easiest way to change a style is

document.
Ifyou change your document,right-

to do it "by example."
Highlight all the text in your heading and
alter the font style to italics, for crounp)e, by

dick in tbe tabk of contents, choose Update


Fiehj then choose either Update Ibe Fnge
NumbcnOnlyor UpdateEntncTabledepnding
on the dtangruyou've made,then chckOK

font face, size, and alignmentwhich are all


set by the Normal style.
You can also see the style's dednitions by

placing your cursor in the paragraph and


choosing Format, then Style. The Normal
style will be sdected in the Style list and a

description and preview of it will alsoappear


in the dialogue box. Notice that there are

many more styles in the list.

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Perhapsthe most useful stylesare theheading
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If you useWord 2000, the items in the table

styles can't be used to contml formatting


options like left or right alignment or tabsettings as these affect entire paragraphs.

ment. You can also navigate your document


in a similar way using Word's Document

URLs and email addresses, appear in your


document. Like other styles, you can change
the way hpeertintmlook if you alter the style

Btements that affect paragraphs can only be


of contents will be h ~
to th e docu- set usingParagraph styles.
Hyperlink is one example of a character
ment itself If you dick oa any item in the list
style. It controls the wayhyperlinks, such as
you'U be takm to that position in your docu-

Map feature which is available in Word 97

and 2000.To use the Document Map, your


document doesn't require a Table of
Contents. This feature is available for aay
document at any time. although it is more

usefulwhen you havea document formatted


rising styt es

To use it. choose View. then Documeat


Map, and your screen wi1l split in two with a
narmw column down the lel't of the window

that will display a "map"if you' ve applied


heading styles, the headingswill be listed in
this window.Youcan dick on any heading to
quiddy and that part of the document will

appear in themainediting window.IYsa great


way tomovequiddy tbmugh long ocumeats.

that controls their appearance. LeYs alter this

style using theStyle formatting options.


ChooseFormat, Style, then from the dmpdown list choose All Styles, and from the
Styleslist chooseHypergntc You'll seethe definition for the Hyperlink style appear in the
dialogue. Qick Modif'y, Format, then Font,
and change the colour and formanmg to be
appliml to hyperlinks in this dialogue and
dick OK, OK, then Qose. Now, every byperlink in your document will use this altered

format If you don't see URLs and email


addressesformatted as hyperlinks it will be
because autoformatting is turned oif. You can

turn it on by choosing Tools, AutoCorroct,


then select the AutoFormat AsYou Type tab
and enable the Internet And Network Paths

So gwwe've talked about paragraph stylesthose that affect entire paragraphs of texL
However there are also character styles. These
coatrol the font, size, and colour of text at the
character levd a word, or even a single let-

terornumber,within a paragraph.Character

With Hyperlinkscheckbox. Click OIC Ci


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