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Consumer Electronics Show 2002<:LINEBREAK:>Interesting new products demonstrated this year, including an "IP broadband videophone" from Leadteck Research that provides voice/video/conferencing and network/broadband connectivity in a nice consumer grade video camera for just under $1000. And Digital Closet has introduced a home networking system that amps up the data transmission rate of existing phone wires for IP networking.<:LINEBREAK:>
Microsoft School Deal Proposal Called Anti-Competitive<:LINEBREAK:>Microsoft has been attempting to end over 100 private class action lawsuits by offering to donate over $1 billion in money, software, services and training to about 12,500 underprivileged public schools. A judge recently dismissed this proposal, claiming it is itself anti-competitive. How true this is - Apple would have a hell of a time retaining its strong school market in the face of Microsoft giveaways. But of course the big loser here are the schools. The lawsuits involve claims that Microsoft overcharged for its software by using its monopoly power (among other things). <:LINEBREAK:>
3D Graphic Design on the Cheap<:LINEBREAK:>Here is one technology that has been typically out of reach for all but the most enterprising agencies. Now Alias/Wavefront is releasing an edition of their 3D modeling software free of charge for non-commercial use. One big catch: the file format used by the free software is proprietary and non-standard - to get the standard formats you have to buy the full software. Nevertheless, this could be a good way to get to know 3D modeling.<:LINEBREAK:>
Linux System Administration Training - Complete with Free Laptop!<:LINEBREAK:>Who says there is no support for Linux? LinuxCertified is offering a weekend-long system administration training for IT professionals in Cupertino on January 19-20. Well the laptop is not entirely free, as the bootcamp itself is $1675, and the laptop itself is a refurbished 233 Mhz Pentium, but it's a great idea to get hands on training with Linux and get to take home the fruits of your labor, too.<:LINEBREAK:>
Bridging the Digital Divide<:LINEBREAK:>Nice moderately-sized piece on the digital divide, containing statistics and references. It is arguing that Linux can bridge this divide, but I find it more interesting for its general digital divide discussion.<:LINEBREAK:>
Mini-PCs to Rule?<:LINEBREAK:>A look into a PC trend becoming popular in Asia that may prove to be tough competition for larger desktop computers popular now. A third of the size of typical tower systems, with all the same capabilities. The computer case has needed a shake-up for a long time now.<:LINEBREAK:>
A Look into LCD Monitors<:LINEBREAK:>LCD monitors have become much more affordable this year. They are also smaller than typical CRT monitors, and are easier on your eyes and your electricity bill, which has many cost-conscious and space-starved agencies looking to them for upgrading their current desktop monitors. Tom's Hardware reviews several models.
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