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GPRS: Anytime, Anywhere Wireless Internet Access for LaptopsDell has released in Europe a notebook with GPRS wireless internet access installed. GPRS = General Packet Radio Service. Yes this is similar to the failed richochet wireless modems for laptops, but GPRS service is widely available in Europe, and spreading slowly but surely in the USA. Read about another cool "personal network" device based on GPRS from IXI Mobile- the pocket-sized router, which promises to link your handheld computer with your phone to the internet or other appliances (bluetooth connections) while you are on the go.
One School's Experience Replacing Macs with WindowsRead how one school IT manager felt tricked into moving to a Windows platform. Speaks volumes to the need for careful planning (not focusing only on low cost) before rolling out new systems.
English Losing Dominance on the WebEnglish has always dominated the World Wide Web, but new studies show that language diversity is more and more of a trend online. 43% of surfers are native English speakers - other neat statistics provided.
Access Database Design Tips New tips from O'Reilly on planning a database development using Access. This is not "database planning", but contains useful strategies for pursuing small information systems projects using Microsoft Access.
New Linux for Schools Networking Package ReleasedThe K12LTSP (pronounced "ktweltsp", or Linux Terminal Server Project) team has released version 2.0 of the networking packages, which allows schools to run multiple inexpensive "dumb" terminals or outdated computers off one Linux server. They claim that a similarly configured Windows-based network that runs $20K would cost only $6K with this Linux solution. Cool additions include Evolution (Outlook-like mail client), Windows/Mac file sharing utilities and OpenOffice, among other changes.
Reviews of 24 Broadband RoutersSharing your high speed (and in some cases your dial-up) Internet connection has never been cheaper. This review covers 24 units all under $400, with many in the $100-$200 range. Included are wireless as well as standard units, along with a pretty comprehensive array of ratings and charts.
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