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Intel Cuts Chip Prices<:LINEBREAK:>Expect some cheaper Pentium IV systems soon, as Intel has slashed prices for these processors in some cases over 40%. AMD is expected to follow suit<:LINEBREAK:>
Employee Contributions Made Easy via the Web<:LINEBREAK:>HP and Cisco are using a software from CreateHope called the Giving Station to enable their employees to make contributions to nonprofits.<:LINEBREAK:>
Using Open Source to Bridge the Digital Divide: One Model for Success<:LINEBREAK:>Here is one good case study of a program using open source software to provide low income communities with Internet access from the home. The LINC project (Low Income Networking and Communication) of the Welfare Law Center has a goal of increasing the ability of LINC Project partner groups to use open-source software to support their organizing work. They are also documenting the whole project to provide details of their experiences for others doing similar projects. The LINC project site also contains a number of resources related to technology and advocacy.<:LINEBREAK:>
Building Knowledge Networks<:LINEBREAK:>International Institute for Sustainable Development - it's a large PDF report on collaboration and knowledge networks, and information about the technology tools that assist. The IISD site has a wealth of information on sustainable development best practices and resources.<:LINEBREAK:>
The Emerging Tablet PC<:LINEBREAK:>Two years ago Microsoft proposed an alternative to the laptop that allowed for a more intuitive input process than using the keyboard. Microsoft has since launched a product line, which has been followed by HP and other companies. Whether this will catch on is still up in the air. This article describes the Evo from HP, which uses a 1GHz Transmeta chip, reducing the power consumed over standard Intel processors. <:LINEBREAK:>
Sun Implements the Virtual Office<:LINEBREAK:>Seems that Sun has implemented an unusual type of virtual office - unusual at least for a company that is not necessarily highly mobile. Called the iWork program, staff no longer have permanent offices, but "check in" using an ID card to receive an office assignment, and move their office belongings from a locker to their desk assignment. The plan is to have more staff working from home, and save by reducing the need for office space by 50%.
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