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The next big thing


iftccn years is a long time to be
reporting on any subject, but
in covering th e t u m u ltuous
personal computer business, I muse
sometimes that technology years are
like doggie years
seven of 'em
warp into one human year. So, in
the course of a human decade and a
half, we'vc seen personal computers
go from arcane curiosity to mainstreain lifestyle additive.
I'm not one to wax sentimental about the good old
days,however, because in spite of the remarkable technology adventure we' ve lived through, I i mpatiently
await the next, next big thing. Too many comic books
and too much science fiction in my youth, I suppose,
but part of mc is always complaining: what docs it take
to get some decent 24th century technology around
here?

Dream job
That's why covering the digital scene as a tech journalist
(I' ve been at i t s i nce 1989) and w o r king at T h e
Colupilter Paper in particular (just shy of nine years,
more than tive as Editor) is such a blast. There's a constant stream of new developments to talk about, some
important; new technologies to evaluate, some useful;
and always that lingering hunger for more that keeps
the hunt going.
I'm proud of what we' ve been able to achieve with
The Computer Paper. IVe have our share of critics; many
dismiss us as mere mouthpieces I'or th 'kVintel duopoly.
Some Mac users (tough crowd) have given us backhanded coinpliments saying our Mac coverage sucks
less than it used to, and LinLLv fans, while generally

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appreciative of any publication that furthcrs the open
Couipilrer Paper's nc w E d i t o r: M e g an J o h nston.
s ource way, patiently try t o e d ucate us about th e
Formerly 'ICP's Managing Fditor and second-in-comnuances when we gloss over some fine point.
mand, Megan has run thc day-to-day editorial operaBut the feedback via phone, letters, email, people
tion for the past few years. She's worked behind the
coming by our booth at trade shows or even stopping
scenes, somewhat out of public view, hut she's been
Ine on the strcct, has been overwhelmingly positive.
largcl> responsible for making the gu> in the big chair
School teachers request extra copies because they hnd
look good. It's time she sat in that chair herself, so
TCP a good teaching aid. More than a few readers have
beginning next month, you' ll be reading her bon mots
proclaimed TCP to be their technology bible. Perhaps
on this pag. TCP's Products Editor, Scan Carruthers,
the most consistent ongoing praise we receive is for
has also been promoted to Senior Products Editordelivering the story of technology and the shopping
and he will be taking on more editorial desk duties.
opportunities from a Canadian point of v i ew. And
A few years ago, 1 wa booted partway upstairs and
whether praises or pans, it's clear that we are engaging
given
the additional title of Editorial Director. Th boot
more than a fcsv of you who take the time to pick us up
up
is
now
complete, and although I' ll continue to be
each month. That's the best part, because the mortal
involved
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TCP, I' ll also bc part of a small team tryfear of any publication is to be judged irrelevant by its
ing to find new opportunities for th company. And I' ll
readers.
So, thanks to allofyou, for the encouragement
still be doing what I' ve ahvavs liked to do looking for
and support and criticism all thcsc years.
The c o m pany t h a t p ub l i shes TC P Canada the next big thing.
Computer Paper Inc. is a different entity than what
Enjoy the future!
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Psion rules!
When discussingthe history of the pocket
computer, I do wish your feature writers
would not keep giving the impression that
the
only
s ystems/players o f
s ignificance
hav e
been thePalm OS and
the WindowsCE. Psion
was successfully selling EPOC-based, brilliantly designed and
featuredpocket computers, with a sophisticated an d h i g h ly
robust OS, well b efore Palm OS and
Windows CE. Until very recently, Psion
pocket computers were available [that]
w ere technically competitive with, o r
ahead of,Palm OS and Windows CE in most
respects.
I have a Psion 5mx with approximately
three- to four-year-oldtechnology, but
there is still nothing on the market of
comparable size, weight, and price [that]
can equal its performance in all areas,
[that] would tempt me to trade up.
Further,the Symbian/Epoch technology is
still being successfully developed by
Nokia,whose Nokia 9210i etc. are every
bit asgood as the best of Palm OS and
Windows CE, and in some areas uniquely
better. Psion and Nokia products are readily available to Canadians through the
Internet, and deserve more mention.
Helming, via email
TCPreplies: We' ve been covering this platform since around the Psion 3, but since
the hardware and operating systems divisions went their separate ways, there hasn't been too much to report since the Psion

cards. At what maximum speed will a USB


2.0 and FireWire function if I install the
card onan old machine, forinstance a 400
MHz PentiumII?
If I install (for example) the Adaptec
DuoConnect, with its three FireWire and
four USB2.0 ports, how many of the ports
can Iuse at the same time?
Theodor Schain
TCP replies: The theoretical throughput of
USB Z.Ois480 megabits persecond (Mbps)
and FireWire is 400 Mbps. As long as you' re
plugging them into the same type of card
slot, they should have the potential of
delivering the same throughput. However, it
should be noted that that's possible only if
the rest of your system is up to the task.
(In other words, if your computer runs very
slowly because of the combination of hardware you use, or because there's too much
software running in the background, don' t
count on getting full throughput.)
With the DuoConnect, all of the portsboth internal and external should be
available for use. (Some other cards with
both internal and external ports may knock
one of your external ports offtine if you
hook up to on internal port.) Again, as all
seven ports here wilt be sharing the
same PCI slot, you may not get full
performance out of every single
port, especially if the rest of
your system is already running more slowly, as
g
above. You wo uld
J.
have a maximum
of 480 Mbps
t o s h a re

Jargon, what jargon?


I enjoyreading The Computer Paper as I
have been involved with computers since
before many of your readers were born.
Punch cards and creating rep cards to
avoid large scale rekeying were second
nature to me.
But Ifind that reading today's computer magazines is like when I read Le Devoir
when I am inMontreal,I understand the
gist of the article but not the nitty gritty.
The language ofcomputers has expanded
as rapidly as the technology, if not more
widely.Those words I am confident you
won't find i n y our Funk and Wagnatt's
Encyclopedia.Some of the terms are, of
course, proprietary names, but after they
have been onthe market for a week or so
they become a lingua franca. I am willing
to bet thatI am not alone. Admittedly,
some of the following expressions I'm
familiar with, but a book or a [Web] site
would really be nice to be able to look
them up when I am indoubt. I may be
presumptuous but maybe you too might
liketo check out some of them.
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Here are a few terms, expressions
and tradenames that are
assumed to bethe cat, dog,
hat,and mat of the industry I found in the current edition of your
publication:
Bluetooth,
A ir Po r t ,
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ADC,

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phones.

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Hi Daniel,

Hyper-conundrum
I read your interesting article 'Say hello to
Hyper Threading' (TCP,January 2003). I
am about topurchase a computer with an
ASUS motherboardmodel P4PE/L, which is
Hyper Threading compatible, OS will be
W indows XPProfessional.I can't afford the
new 3.06 GHz processor.
Question: IfI choose a 2.4/533 512
Northwood P4 Intelprocessor instead of
the 3.06 GHz, will I still have some performance improvement due to Hyper
Threading, or is it better then to use a
non-Hyper Threading regular 533 FSB
motherboard?
Regards and thanks,
Daniel Schwob
TCPreplies: From our understanding, you
shouldn't actually receive any benefit from
a hyperthreoding-enabled motherboard
when you' re using a non-hyperthreading
processor,apart from any advantage
added by other newer components
unrelated to the hyperthreading.
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the ability to upgrade to the
hyperthreading-enabled
processor down the
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P ageihfaker. He w anted m e t o d o a
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when the big coinpanies will send you
their products for revieiv. L>spite the
long hours, I am having fun and the

ifteen years ago, in early December

1987 (I , l m w r i t ing t hi s before


Christmas I'or a February issue
deadline), I arrived back in Vailcouver
from Toronto. I had a freshly minted
MBA, a wife and three kids, a Xi(ac Plus
and LasrAVriter, and no job, A friend of
mine had just been to San Francisco .md
brought bacl' two free newspapers dedicated to coinputers, Alicra/inies and
Con/pa/r
C w r r enis. T he y wer e
newsprint, with I'ull-colour covers, and
over 100 pages each. Looking at them, I
thought, " 4'e could d o t h i s h ere i n
Vancouver." So we did.
The marketplace we entered had
already seen a felv efforts at computer
publishing. An annual directory called
CHIP had come and gone. There was a
Victoria-based s o f t war e n e w sletter
called
Insi i lc
Sof/ i are. C a na r l a
Con/pates, based on Toronto Con/puts.',
was being circulated in small numbers
and had n o l o cal advertisers. David
Chalk's Doppler Coinputers had a glossy
magazine t'or a while called Doppler's
Caiiiputer Bw>er giga i iie. It was prima-

rily based on ad co-op dollars from the


company's suppliers and did no t l ast
long because of its lack of appeal to
other competitive dealers. Thre was
another publication circulating at the
time, called Conipw/r Conswniers CJuide,
published by a computer dealer, but it
soon dropped away.
The first issue of Thc Canipw/er Paper
came out in February 1988. It was 16
pages, with a black, blue and yellow
cover, contained 21 advertisers and articles about Canadian pa >roll software,

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over the next decade,had fiv offices
a cross Canada, distribution i n m o s t
major cities, and a monthlyreadership
of half a million.
Sonic of the hardware featured in that
first issue of The Cotnpwter Paper included a 10 iWII Iz 286 CPU with a high-resolution TTL monitor and a Roland dot
matrix printer for $1,988. For another
$325 you could add a 20 ih(B hard drive
to the basic floppy-only system. On the
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of th population might be interested in
computers. It was still a pretty nerdy
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In looking at my old files from this
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talking about The Coipiiter Pripcr. It is
dated April of 1988: "The response from
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Things are starting to come together
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and met a number of people f'rom those
early >ears, still active in the business.
Th names ma> change but the same
faces kep shoulug up.
AV started in the right place at the
right time and rode an incredible wave
of enthusiasm and growth in the conlputr marketplac. Th speed, power,
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software have jutnped light years ahead
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t hose days we had t o w a l k t o t h e
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drifts."
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momentary lull, but I believe that th
next 15 years will bring more remarkable
change within the industry. Ix',o doubt
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The first great decade of personal computing


By Graeme Bennett

n many ways, the years 1987 and


1988 were a time of transition. Eightand 16-bit c o m p uters suddenly
seemed outmoded, as more powerful
32-bit processors from M otorola and
Intel powered a new class of machines.
The first CD-ROMs were bringing a new
level of sophistication to software titles
and computer-based reference libraries.
It was an exciting time to be in the
computer business.In February 1987,
C ommodore ha d j u s t r e l eased t h e
Amiga 500 and Amiga 2000. At the time,
I was the president of a software development company, enjoying brisk sales of
a range of products for the Motorolabased Atari ST and Commodore Amiga
computers. One of our products became
a top-10-selling Amiga title, making us
quite a lot of money.
Around this time, in the parking lot
behind my recording studio, we collected the sound effects for Accolade's stillin-development game, Hardball II, with

a young Don Mattrick (now president of


Electronic Arts Canada). Hardball II
subsequently won a Software Publishers
Association award for best sports game
of the year.
In March 1987, Apple released its first
colour Iacintosh. Suddenly, the Amiga
and Atari ST didn't seem so advanced.
Atari and Amiga owners had to console
t hemselves with t h e f a c t t h a t t h e i r
machines were considerably less expensive. The Mac II, with its millions of
colours and open architecture, cost seve ral thousand d o llars an Atari o r
Amiga could be had for a few hundred.
Sensing the shifting tide, I paid a great
deal of money for a Macintosh 11 and
13-inch AppleColor monitor around
this time. A p ar t o f m e s t ill c raved
" power w i t h ou t t he p r i c e, " bu t
H yperCard, released by A p pl e t h a t
August, reassured me that the Mac was
the platform with the best software.
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Acer 107 Keyboard
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Acer Wheel Mouse
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Samsung 753DF 17 Flat Monitor +$210
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NEC AS75F 17" Flat Monitor +5220
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exploit) set it far ahead of the primitive


PC graphics of the day, things were moving quickly in the PC world. In April
1987, the VGA standard and a higherresolution 8514/A display adapter were
announced by IBM. By the fall, VGA
adapters were a hot commodity. A rapidly growing Canadian company called
ATl, founded in 1985, couldn't seem to
make enough ntthem.
A few years earlier, Apple had touted
the Macintosh as "The computer for the
rest ot us." Suddenly, that slogan seeiiied
like an anachronism, as the burgeoning
market for PC cloncs was rapidly driving down the cost of IBlsi-compatible
components a step that would, over
the coming years, ultimately render
Atari and Conimodore irrelevant.
By the autumn of 1987, the PC market
w as r e a ll y ga i n i n g momentum.
Microsoft released Bookshelf, its first
CD-ROTI application in September, and
a m o nt h l a t er, s h i pped E xcel f o r
Windows, the first PC-conipatible version of the spreadsheet it had shown to a
reportedly unimpressed Steve Jobs back
in 1985.
The first A m iga v i rus emerged in
November 1987 and, within the next few
months, affected almost every Amiga
user who swapped floppies with others.
I remember walking into a scene ot pandemonium at a local computer store,
where sales people were horrif ied to dis-

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was infected. They even found viruses
on the w r i te-protected floppy d i sks
inside shrink-wrapped packages on the
store shelves!
Less than a month later, the first widely distributed virus affecting IBM PCs
was discovered. Th: PCs of the day were
running Windows '.0. IBM shipped its
millionth PS/n and, t hat D ecember,
launched OS/2 1.0. illicrosoft stock hit
5100 per share. Microsoft had already
sold half a million computer mice and,
by the end of the year, a million copies of
Windows.
All at once, it seemed that the next era
of computing was upon us. The time
had come for the PC. A lew months
later, I picked up the rather thin first
issue of a new publication called The
Coinpiiter P aper a n d wat c h ed i t s
progress closely in the Inonths ahead. I
visited The Coipuler Paper's Vancouver

otfice one day and was offered a job. I

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Personalities of the early PC era


By Geof Wheelwright
Sir Clive
I

ifteen years, huh~ It seems like 50.

When The Coniputer Paper was


born, I was five years into a niney ear stint o f w o r k in g and l i v in g i n
London, England and was involved in
launching my own technology magazines and newsletters.
lvly father-in-law, who owned a sewing
machine store on West Broadway in
Vancouver,
mentioned on the phone one
day that this technology publishing business must be hitting the big time because
a new title, called The Cotnpttter Paper,
had just been published in Vancouver.
And he knew about it because he had
j ust sold a s e w in g m a chine t o t h e
founder of th e p ublication, a young,
amiable chap called Kirtan Singh Khalsa
(a.k.a. Douglas Alder).
It was a fascinating tiine in the technology business. We were past the t'ew
flush of any fledgling industry and some

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real leaders were starting to emerge. And


they were real characters, every one of

them. Over the years, I was fortunate


enough to meet many of them.

Sqslem" '

, nkjetmart
w ww .

I'he tirst computer industry kingpin I


remeinber meeting back in 1983 was a
guy called Clive Sinclair (he was later
knighted and you now have to call him
Sir Clive Sinclair). kle produced the first
popular home computer in the U.K. (a
small, black and white system with a
membrane keyboard and I KB of memory, known as the ZX-81); one of the
first U.K.-designed home colour computers (the Z X S pectrum); th e f i r st
British-designed, mass-market handheld
TV; a fleetingly popular monochrome
notebook system (called the Z88); one of
the first integrated computer/telephone
systems (known as the One Per Desk);
and many other lesser inventions including an electric car and a fold-up bicycle.
With hi s g i n ger h ai r a n d n e a tly
t rimmed m o u stache an d b e ard, h e
reminded me of a well-groomed fox. His

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The first great decade


Continued frompage 24
soon became the resident PC expertmy distaste for c o m mand p r o m pts
notwithstanding. It seemed immensely
ironic to me at the time that the employees at TCP widely perceived as a PCcentric publication were almost exclusively Mac users.
By October 1988, even the exciting
innovations of 1987 weren't looking so
advanced anymore, asApple chief Jobs,
always thinking a few steps ahead, had
just announced the long-awaited NeXT
Cube, sporting a 17-inch monitor (and
Display PostScript!), Unix-based operating system, a high-capacity rewritable
optical drive and no floppy drive. It' s
amazing that, 15 years later, this feature
set can still be considered forward-look-

ing.
I a m t e m p ted t o d r a w p a r allels
between 2002 to 2003 and that pivotal
1987/1988 era. In each case, a new, more
powerful generation of p r ocessors is
poised to emerge. Piracy still threatens
smaller software developers, and pen
computing now
r e p o sitioned as
"tablet computing" is still being touted as the next big thing.
Jobs is probably still thinking 15 years
in the future. However, the world today
is a much different place. I' ll probably
never see another "gold rush" as dramatic as the one of those early days, or the
first years of the dot-corn boom.
Some say the real golden age the
third great age of computing will be
when our computers, handhelds, and
networks "just work I see glimmers of
this possible future from time to time,
when I run Mac OS X, Windows XP, or
some of the friendlier Linux distributions on my various computers, but it' s
c lear there's still plenty of r oo m f o r
improvement.
The trouble is not everyone wants the
kind of system design(s) that may be
required for appliance-like functionality
and industrial-strength security. Fewer
options mean fewer potential conflicts.
Increased surveillance, we are t old,
means greater security. I know one thing
for sure: just as there are those who
refuse to give up their beloved command
prompts, there will be some who will be
unwilling to give up freedom for this
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popular "transportable" c o m p uter,
known as the Osborne One.
It was a sewing machine-sized computer that ran the old CP/M computer
operating system, had a fold-down keyboard that unclipped from the base of
the unit, and a 52-character s'creen. It
also included a popular word-processor
package known as WordStar.
B y the standards of t h e d ay, t h e
Osborne One was a huge success and
Adam's company grew by l eaps and

Personalities of the early PC era


Continued frompage 26
reputation for cleverness also matched
that of the woodland creature, particularly the way he sold his products.
Sinclair was famous for getting a good
idea to a prototype stage, making plans
for fast-track manufacturing, then taking pre-orders for the product by mail.
Those pre-orders, in turn, would fund
the actual manufacturing.
A product of Cambridge University
and an intellectual boffin at heart (he
was a leading light in the British MENSA
community), Sinclair's head for business
never seemed as strong as his head for
innovative ideas. He has boomed and
busted a number of times, but always
seems to surface with new ideas.

bounds (something he later chronicled


in
hi s
memo i r ,
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Unfortunately, Osborne did not learn
the one lesson his years of observing the
early years of the computer industry
should have taught him: keep your eye
on IBM.
While Osborne was busy enjoying his
first flush of success, a breakaway group
of IBM staffers in Florida developed and
l aunched a d e sktop c o m puter t h a t
became known as the IBM PC. Within
two years of its launch, it was widely
cloned and copied, and IBM PC-style
systems dominated the market.

In the beginning there was (also) Adam


Another entrepreneurial character I met
during that period was former technology journalist Adam Osborne. In the early
1980s, Osborne went from being industry observer to heing an active participant with the release of the world's first

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table napkin at a restaurant one night,
and New York-based Rosen came up
w ith the first $1 million to f und t h e
adventure that became Compaq (which
was acquired i n 2 0 0 2 b y H e w l ettPackard). It was a busy time for Rosen, as
he also put up the first $1 million to fund
Lotus Developments (creator of th classic Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, and now a
division of IBM).
I first crossed paths with Rosen and
Canion in London in late 1982. They
were fresh from showing off their wares
at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas.
Rosen walked into my office carrying a
Compaq transportable and a copy of
Lotus 1-2-3. He and Canion demonstrated the products and then we went
f or a n e n j oyable l u nch a t o n e o f
London's many fine French restaurants.
I kept up with Ben Rosen for many
years and would regularly have "power
breakfasts" with him and his business
partner L.J. Sevin whenever they came to
London. Rosen stayed with C ompaq

O sborne f ailed t o r e c ognize t h e


impact of this change quickly enough.
And his company faded from view within a few years. I caught up with Osborne
shortly after this adventure when he
launched a n o ther c o m p any c a l led
Paperback Software on the premise
that software should be sold like paperbaI:k books and just "shouldn't cost so
much." The idea was good, but the products were mediocre, and the spreadsheet
was enough like Lotus 1-2-3 that the
company ended up in messy and expensive litigation with Lotus Development.
And Osborne neverregained his former
glory after misjudging the importance of
the IBM PC.

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the impact of IBM's entry into the market. They were led by a soft-spoken former Texas Instruments engineer called
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watcher, Ben Rnsen.
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The company had won the contract to
put its operating system on IBM's PC,
had a few games that enjoyed a measure
o f p o p u larity ( s u c h a s O ly m p i c
Decathlon and Flight Simulator), and
was beginning to dabble in producing
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questions as we went along.
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applies as much to Microsoft today as it
did when he talked to me about it 10
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Five ways to leave your old computer


By Geof Wheelwright

up becoming a dedicated device for


receiving taxes (many systems sold
between 1994 and 1999 came with builtin fax modems and t'ax software), or th
system you dedicate for printing invoices, menus, or flyer.
I guess the main point herc is that the
o ld system could t ake some o f t h c
demand and burden offyour new computer it there is a job that it can still do
well and that that job is done by someone else.
If you are the only user of the
computer, you will almost certainly want
to use the newer system instead of the
old one. In that situation, it may make
sense to gct rid of the old system.

No one wantsto throw out


theirtrusty system aftermany
yearsof good service, but the
need to run newer applications which typically demand
greater processing power, more

h at do you do w ith an o l d
contputcrt No o n e w ants to
throw out their trusty systm
after many years of good service, but the
need to run newer applications which
typically demand greater processing
power, more memory,extra storage, and
additional h ardware often requires
that you to do just that.
'I'here are a number of choices avail-

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requires that you to do just
that.

able to you at that point. You can reallocate the old machine within your house
(or your company), dedicate it to a simple task, give it away to a friend, donate
it to a charity, or scil it.

Option >: Give it to a friend

Option l: Keeping it in the family


If your old system is the only computer
in th house (prior to buying its replacement), you may want to just keep it. If
you have several children, for example,
one of them may wish to usc it for simple word-processing, basic Web-browsing, playing older games or even just
learning basic keyboard, mouse, and
computer operation skills.
Be aware, however, that members of
your family will quickly start comparing
the capabilities of the old system with
the new one. If, for example, your old
system is only capable of running a sixyear-old version of Microsott Works as
its primary productivity applicationand your new machine runs Windows
XP and Office XP your kids may b
more inclined to wait for time on the
new system than bother with the old
one.
The other issue to consider is how

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much time you are willing to spend in


maintaining the old system. Older versions of lviicrosoft Windows, for example, were much more prone to errors and
crashing than Windows XP and you
may not w ish to turn yourself into a
"tech support" resource for the rest of
your family. Likewise, hard disks may
reach the limits of their MTRF (mean
time between failure) rates, power supplies can fail, and on-board memory
may reach the cnd of its life.
There is always the possibility, however, that your system will experience none
of those problems and that it will continue to quite happily run a limitd sct of
applications well into the future with
t'ew problems. You' ll have to make a
judgment call on that. And that brings
us to thc next option.

Option 2: Dedicate it to a single task


Unlike almost any other kind of device,
we expect our computers to do a huge
number of different things every day:
from email to Web browsing to spreadsheet work to p laying lvIP3 files and
DVD movies. Rut it doesn't have to be
that way.
If your old computer is capable of
doipg a single task extremely well, you
may just want it to continue doing that.
Word-processing is a perfect example of'
such an application. Most older computers arc highly f u nctional as slightly
enhanced typewriters provided that
you have a coinpatible printer (and you
can still gct th ribbons, ink cartridges,
or toner cartridges for them).
Similarly, your old computer may cnd

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If you are going to give your old system


to a friend, make sure he or shc is a really good friend and your friend knows
something about the care and rnaintenance ofolder computers. Also, be clear
about whether or not you are giving or
"loaning" the systein to your friend.
I' ll tell you why I say all of this. Late
lilst year, I was out walking illy dog on a
cold, November day when I spotted an
old Toshiba notebook computer lying
discarded in an alley near my house. The
computer and the "brick style" power
supply that went along with it were covered in m o r ning dew, but o therxvise
seemed to be in good shape.
I picked up the computer and we went
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I did all this because I was concerned

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Continued
thatthe abandoned computer may have
been the result of a burglary that had
perhaps been interrupted. It turned out
to be nothing nearly as dramatic as that.
In an effort to figure out who owned
the computer, I ran Microsoft Office to
see who the software was registered to. A
name came on the screen and I th en
looked the person up in the phone book
and called him to find out if he had been
the victim of a botched burglary.
Unfortunately, all I did was strain an
old friendship. It turned out that the
c omputer was owned by a f e llow i n
another part of town who had loaned his
old notebook to one of my neighbours.
As it turned out, my neighbour was not
able to get much use out of the notebook, so took it to a computer consultant who informed him that it was of little use. So he ditched it in the alley. He
later told me that he figured someone
would pick it up and get some use from
it.

Instead, after my call to the guy who


actually owned the notebook, my neighbour had to march over to my house,

pick it up, then return it to his friendwith apologies for having thrown it out.
So consider whether or not you want
to give your old computer to a friend. It
just might not bc worth it.

Option 4: Selling your old computer


Selling your old computer is a t ricky
business. There's a lot that can go wrong
w ith old systems and you want t o
make sure that if you do sell it, the buyer
is totally aware that you do so without
any guarantees or warranties. It should
be sold entirely "as is." You do not want
to have to continue to provide support
for it once it leaves your hand.
Also remember that resale prices are
only going to be a tiny fraction of what
you paid for your system. To get an idea
of prices, drop into a local used computer shop and you' ll see what I mean. The
fact is that the $1,000 or so charged for a
new entry-level system buys far more
computer than the $500 or so you' ll be
lucky to get for your old machine.
And that new system will come with
the latest operating system, enough
memory to support all the latest applications, and so on. So the long and short of

it is that you are unlikely to make much


money at all by selling your used system.

Option 5: Donating your computer


This is probably the most sensible option
of all. There are a number of charities
that specialize in taking in old computers, and refurbishing and repurposing
them.
The Computers fo r S c hools ( cfsope.icgcca/) program is probably the lnost
coinprehensive and best-known such
scheme in Canada. It boasts that it has
found new homes for more than 395,000
computers since it started in 1993. In
British Columbia alone, the group estimates that it redirects more than 250
tons of computer equipment from landfills each year.
The program is designed not only to
encourage the further use of old computers, but it also helps train students in
the repair and refurbishment of old systems, which could help them find technology-related work when they graduate.
And a number of government departments are participants in the scheme.
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graduates.
Of course, this is by no means the only
charitable group o r a gency that can
make use of older computers. It is, however, one of the few that actually devotes
and cultivates resources to refurbish and
service older systems.
One caveat to any of the computer
donation plans is that you shouldn' t
expect a whole lot in the way of a tax
receipt for your donated system. Canada
Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA,
the new name forRevenue Canada) only
allows the issuance of receipts for a reasonable resale value for your old system not the price you paid for it new
six years ago.
In other words, the tax receipt (if the
donor receiving it is registered to issue
such a receipt) is only going to be written for the kind of sum you would reasonably expect to receive if you were to
sell it to a used computer shop. You may

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Working on the horizon


By Harl Siylgh Khalsa

n its early years, the fledgling publishing company that produced The
Cotlrttter Pctper was a lean operation. O u r mar k e tplace ad v antages
included very low advertising rates, low
operating cost, and, above all, being in
the right place at the right time. In other
words, TCP was just another publishing
startup, searching for d sales.
Why did success smile upon us?
One of' the key answers may be that
the staff lived and breathed the communication/technology revolution that was
being doculnented in the paper. TCP's
mission was to p r ovide information
about e m e r gin g PC tec h n o l ogy.
Figuratively, we were scanning the horizon for new tools and techniques to
present to our readers. In order to keep
us current, Doug Alder set up shop out
on that horizon out there on the leading and bleeding eclge of publishing,
where new technologies could be used to

DTP was becoming mainstream. For the


TCP staff, the consequence of early
adoption was often living purs,cttorv; just
when we would integrate one process
into our repertoire, a new technology
would come along, foriing us to adapt to

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our advantage.
Throughout TCPs early years, desktop publishing tools radically altered the
steps that prepared information to go
"on the press." Part of our advantage was

that we were early doptc.rs of those prepress tools. We walked our "print," so to
speak. Whereas in 19EI6 I could not find
a career counselor in Toronto who knew
what desktop publishing was, by 19I19

We often stulnbled. But like children


learning to walk, we would always get up
after a fall and try again. Through trial
and error, we c hose the t o ols t h at
worked. O u r
d i f f i cult e x p e r iences
became source materialfor numerous
TCP articles. Sometimes our readers
learned of the rough terrain out on th
horizon after we had recovered from
some production nightlnare.
Popular fascination with the whole
gamut of emerging computer technology grew geometricall > during t hose
years. We were f'ortunate at TCP to hire
stafffor tasks other than pre-press who
also loved learning the ways of' the new
tools. For e x ample, ou r s a les staff

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Fifteen years ahead


dards initiatives begun late last century
(around the time TCP hit the streets) to
provide various transactional services to
m oving v e h i cles "telematics," f o r
short.
One component of this grand plan is
Range
Dedicated
Short
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functions, and other transactional functions within ITS. But the DSRC standards committee recently surprised the
entire ITS industry by c hoosing the
next-generation wireless LAN standard
802.11a as the link for vehicle-powered,
high-speed, wireless, two-way communication (www.itscanada.ca).
T he market p o t ential f o r D S R C
devices alone billions of units over 10
years may well exceed that of the existing conventional PC and PDA markets
combined, some experts predict.
Continued on page38

By Christopher Blythe

ard to believe this is the 15th


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r emember d r o o lin g o v e r a
multi-thousand dollar 386-based PC XT
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one ad Ifound recentlyfrom June, 1988.
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ahead? What might readers expect to see
gracing the pages of TCP in 2017?

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interface long a sore point with TCP
readers takes hold.
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PC. The ITS is a family of global stan-

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Fifteen years ahead


Continuedfrom page 56
Nanotechnology
You may have heardof nanotechnology
a lready. If n o t , y o u a r c a b ou t t o :
Hollywood movies, science magazines,
and television shows the whole nine
yards! Even jurassic Park author, Michael
Crichton, is onto nanotech in his latest
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and tnlerances less than ] 00 liiilioilletres,

especially," and, "thc manipulation of


individual atoms and molecules."
Don't laugh. It's been at least two years
since well-known Sun M i c rosystcms
futurist Bill Joy shocked the world by
loudly drawing attention to th potential
negativeimpact nanotech can have on
mankind, warning of the "extreine evil"
that could bc unleashed should nanotechnology get loose and become a
"self-replicating mechanical 'virus.'" So
the big guys are taking it seriously.

EconomicXP

Nanotcch i s a b ou t b a c teria s i ze
machines. That's right. Little devices,
replete with moving parts, built atom by
atom and sinall enough to be deployed
into microscopic places. A syringe full of
li'ttle lllachllles, designed to ilctcct and

destroy specihc viruses or cancer cells


upon injection into the bodv, is a commonly painted image.
Now there are signs of nanotcch soon
Unlocking the secrets to a working coinputcr/body intcrfacc. Science, I'm told,
defined the basic cheinical, electrical,
a nd mechanical requirements for a
body/machine link-up some years back.
The mechanical specs, however, remain
problematic in that they are impossible
to implement using current technology.
Could nanotech be used to build the
n>icroscopic connectors ncccssar > to
bring such a vision forward?

New phones
Back down to earth, cellphones and PDA
rnakcrs have been on tour lately filling us
in on a plethora of devices corning your
way over th e n ext several in onths. I
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H AND S

ON

Long lookers
TCP Lab observes the world through digicams with 5X or greater zooms
part, albeit with a t o n o f e l ectronics
between the eyepiece and the shutter.
Sony, nnthe other hand, takes a different view on how to serve a digital photographer in the 21st century. The DSCF717 is a capable camera in the tradi-

By David Tanaka
here's nothing like a t elephoto
lens to bring the action in close,
but most digital cameras today
have just 3X zooms what's a shutterbug to do'.
In our search tor an answer, TCP Lab
came up with seven digital cameras with
big telephoto lenses. We asked product
manufacturers to send us any model that
had a fixed lens with at least a 5X optical
zoom range. We receivedthree-, fourand five-megapixel models with optical
zooms ranging from 5X to 10X, with
street prices between $700 and $2,000.
Maximum t elephoto fo r t h i s g r o up
ranges from 190 mm to 380 mm (using
35 mm film camera equivalents). That
magnifies subjects from four to eight
times compared to what you would see
with your unaided eyes.

Depth of the field


You can set any of t hese cameras on
automatic and expect to take very good
pictures the built-in auto exposure
and focusing systems are quite capable
of making intelligent decisions in that

tional sense, but also has a number of

regard. But some in this group will give


you as much freedom overthose parameters as you want. The Fujifilm FinePix
S 602, Minolta D i m age 7 Hi , N i k o n
CoolPix 5700, and Sony C ybershot
DSC-F717 arethe cream of their respective makers'consumer crop, and are
more or less competing for the same
c ustomer: the advanced amateur o r
someone who seriously pursues photog-

raphy as a hobby. These are precision


instruments that offer the user control
over s~rtually every aspect of picture taking.
The FinePi, Dimage, and CoolPix do
the least to upset the headspace of film
photographers in their transition to digital. They are first and foremost cameras,
with controls and actions marked in the
language of photography for the most

unique features. Camera traditionalists


would probably scoff at some of these,
but theyextend photography beyond a
medium for the photo enthusiast, and
into a broader utility for daily living. For
example, the Multi Burst mode allows
you, with a single shutter click, to capture a sequence of 16 shots within a single frame time slices o f your g o l f
swing, for example.
The Fujifilm S3800 and H e wlettPackard P850 are at the point-and-shoot
end of things. They offer users the ability to override some of the automatic settings, but neither offers a fully manual
mode. However, both offer generally
accurate automatic exposure systems
that shield the user from having to think
about f-stops and shutter speeds, which
is precisely what they should do, given
their target user.

Continued onpage 44

TCP Lab: Big zooms all, but othenvise a varied lqt


dard USB port,so if you damage or lose
one of the cameras in this lab report
your cable,you won't be able to go down
should be consideredpocket camto thelocaloffice supply store and pick up
eras (some will fit in an overcoat
pocket if you don't mind the bulge) a standard mini-USB cable.
Here are highlights of other commonalbecauseeven the smallest of the lot the
ities
and differences:
FinePix3800, Camedia C730, and CoolPix

All
have an asymmetrical layout: lens at
5700 form a blocky shape. Overall,these
the
outeredge of one side of the body
models show quite a spread in design,
and
handgripat the other.
w ith c onsiderable variation i n size,

All
h
ave p op-up f lashes and rearergonomics, user interface, and price.
mounted
LCDs for composing/reviewThe Fujif
ilm S3800 and Hewlett-Packard
ing.
P850 emphasize point-and-shoot simplici All will record video clips. The Fujifilm
ty, but the others have a lot of individual
S602 is unusual. in that it can record
buttons and knobs.So, if you're new to
640x480 pixelsat 30 frames per second
digital cameras or a specific brand, you' ll
up to thestorage capacity of the card
want tostudy the manual to learn which
(about 15 minutes on a 1 GB microbutton or knob does what.
drive). The others are more limited.
And if you are coming from another

All use an electronic viewfinder (EVF),


brand, you may be in for some serious
which isproduced on a small LCD that
relearning,as there does not seem to be
you lookat through an eyepiece, like a
any agreement on a common way to
video camcorder. The image differs from
implement controls,
other than the shutwhat you get with the ground glass
ter-release button.
screen of a 35 mm single lens reflex
Nikon and Fujifilm also use a non-stanw
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camera. It can be problematic in some


situations,and on some cameras the
image appearscoarser than on others.
Three have articulated viewfinders that
allow you tocompose a shot from an
angle other than eye level (say, if you
want aworm's eye view). The Nikon has
a swivel-twist LCO, the Minolta has a
camcorder-stylefl
ip-up eyepiece, and
the Sony'sbody pivots independently of
the lens.
Minolta Dimage is the only model with
a manual zoom, which you control by
turning a ring on the lens barrel just
as you would on a 35 mm SLR.
Dimage, Sony, and Fujifilm S602 have
manual focusing rings on the lens barrel in case you want to override the
auto focus.
Olympus, Minolta,
and Sony implement
a real-time luminance histogram as an
exposureaid.When activated, it shows
up as a small window in the viewfinder
or LCD display, showing you the distri-

bution of dark and light values.


Sony and N ikon u se a p r o prietary
Lithium Ion battery; the rest use four
AA cells (nickel metal hydride recom-

mended).
FinepixS3800 and the Olympus Camedia
use the new xD PictureCard, but the
Olympus which has dual storage
slots also accepts SmartMedia cards.
FinepixS602 also has dual slots,accomand
modating
Sma r tMedia
CompactFlash (including 1 GB microdrives).
Nikon and Minoltamodels also accept
microdrives, along with CF solid state
memory in their CF IflI card slot.
HP
model
uses
Secure
Digital/MultiMediaCard storage media.
Sony, as one would expect, uses the
Sony-developedMemoryStick.
Nikon and Minolta store images optionally in a raw format, which prosumers
will appreciate.
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The Camcdia C730 is in the mid-band


of Olympus's camera lineup, but the
10X zoom lens makes it a rare find in
this product class. I.ike the four highend models in this roundup, it includes
advanced exposure modes like shutter
and aperture priority, as well as full
manual control.
Noticeable by its absence is Canon,
which inforrried us that the PowerShot
Pro 90IS, which has a 10X optical zoom,
has been discontinued, and it currently
d ocsn't have a model with a 5 X o r
greater optical zoom.
O ne manufacturer
to keep an eye on is
Panasonic. At a photo trade show last
fall, it introduced the Lunrix DMC-FZI
that has a 12X optical zoom but we
don't know if or when thc camera will be
coming to Canada.

Itow we evaluated this lot


We spent about three weeks with these
cameras, taking as many pictures as we
could under a variety of conditions. The
weather in Southern Ontario was so grey
and overcastfor much of this period
that we went t o t h e Royal Botanical
Gardens in Burlington to look for some
colourful subjects to shoot. As a result,
most of the test prints were of flowers.
For an informal picture quality test,
we printed out the best two or three pictures !rom each camera at SX10.75 in.
onto letter-size Epson Premium Glossy
photo paper with an Fpson Stylus Photo
925 printer. Without i dentifying the
cameras, we passed the prints around
TCP's art department for comments.
Interestingly, although people definitely had their favourites, it was not
obvious to anyone which pictures were
taken with which camera. The pictures
from the Sony, Minolta, and iVikon were
correctlyidentifi
ed once each as from
the highest-resolution camera, but 4
shot from th e Fuiililm F inepix 3800
blew most people away.
Thc conclusions we take!rom this is
that the three-megapixel cameras have
what it takes to make gorgeous Sx10
glossies of flowers at least. The higherend cameras give enthusiasts room to
grow in their hobby, and for printmaking larger than this, are the way to go for
no-compromise imaging.
FinePix 3800
From: Fuji Photo Film Canada, wwwfuIifilm.ca

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Cant/nuedfrom page 44
Price: 5700
Pros: Very compact, clean design with just a few
easy to understand controls. Lens bezel is threaded to accommodate filters or auxiliary lenses.
Con: USB connector is non-standard. Position of
power switch makes it easy to inadvertently turn
camera on.
x'..

hit

needs to get. Most of the few buttons


and knobs the camera does have are
clustered on the right side of the camera,
and easily accessible with your thum b
and index finger. We didn't care for the
placement of the power switch, which is
embedded on a rotating ring that surrounds the shutter. On several occasions,

we accidentally turned the camera on as


we p u t it back into the camera bag.
But on the plus side, it has a big handgr ip i n c orporated into the right side of
bo d y , which makes the camera very easy
to hold comfortably. Rubber inserts on
th e ' b a c k and f r ont o f t h e h andgrip,
where your thumb and fingers come in

TCP
Lab:What about digital zoom~
f you're thinking you could get a 15X zoom because a camera has a 3X optical and
5X digitalzoom, don't put too much faith in that equation. A digitalzoom isactually just an in-camera crop of the central part of an image. The resulting pictures are
either of poorer quality or of a smaller dimension than the camera's maximum size capability.
Most ofthe cameras in this Lab Test offera digitalzoom, and used in moderation, they
can giveyou even greater reach, but the camera makers themselves (at least some of
them) warn of degraded image quality when you use a digital zoom. I find it somewhat
puzzling that manufacturers would go to the considerable effort of putting big optical
zooms onthese models, but then offer users a way to fuzz it all up with a digital zoom.
The Sony labelling is particularly odd in this respect. It has "10X Prerision Digital
Zoom" marked onthe F717, but makes no mention of the very fine Carl Zeiss 5X optical
lens ituses yet, the manual cautions about image degradation when the digital zoom
is used.
HP's P850 is labelled as having a 56X zoom, which is technically accurate but glosses
over the important distinction between optical and digital zooming. The P850's 8X opticalzoom, which gives the equivalent of a 300 mm telephoto on a 35 mm film camera, is
noteworthy in itself.
The rest in this group thankfully label the camera's optical zoom properties.
David Tanaka

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FinePix S602
From: Fuji Photo Film Canada, wwwfujifiim.ca
Price: 5I,I00
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Long lookers
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The S602 is at the top of Fujifilm's consumer linc, and though built on a design
that's now a couple of years old, it still
feels modern. The largely plastic body,
while probably iust as durable, docsn't
h ave the built-like-a-tank feel ol t h e
CoolPix 5700 or Dimagc 7I li. One very
welcome feature on the S602 is a microdrivc-compatible CF II slot in addition
to thc Sn)arttvledia slot.
One area where the S602 might seem
to bc falling behind is in pixel count:
Sony, Nikon, and M i nolta have fivcmcgapixcl models at the top of t h eir
consumer lines, while the S602 has a
three-megapixcl sensor. An argument
can bc made that the S602's SupcrCCD
chip offers higher resolution than orthodox. CCD designs ot' the same pixel
count and the camera will save sixmegapixcl images. Plus the S602 is a fcw
hundred dollars cheaper than the premium models from the other manutacturcrs.
The S602 handgrip feels big, but in
extended use, the bigger dimensions
allow a more comfortable grip with your
fingers curling less as you grasp thc unit.
But I felt less confident using the camera
without a strap, because the portion of
the body where your thumb rests is
hard, slick plastic.
I liked the control layout on the S602
a lot. The exposure compensation button is right next to the shutter, so vou
iust move your trigger finger over slightly, depress the button, and dial in the
correction with the conveniently placed
thumb wheel. I.il ewisc, thc macro button and manual focus switch are on thc
right side of the lens barrel, easily accessible with the thumb of your left hand.
As we were wrapping up this report,
Fujifilm announced an upgrade to this
model. Called the FincPix S602FS, the
mild refresh adds a threaded manual
cable release socket and a PC Sync socket for external flash and it's all black
(thc model we tested is black and a

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From Hewlett-Packard of Canada, www.hp.ca


Price: 5800
Pro: Good price for a lour-megapixel camera,
especially with the impressive 8Xoptical zoom.
Menu and interface simple, easy to understand.
Con: Autofocus preview, 56X zoom label misleadIrtg.

I lewlett-Packard's mission is to b r i n g

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digital photography to the masses, and


the PhotoSmart P850 is its top tool to
fulfill that goal. Extreme photo hobbyists will find little to get excited about
with this camera, but for those who just
want to capture special moments without having to become a technician, this
camera is worth a look.

ys

Like the Fujifilm S3800, it is definitely


aimed at the point-and-shoot crowd,
with a few controls that let users adjust
exposure and other settings but without overwhelming them with choices.
Further catering t o t h e e ase-of-use
crowd, the P850 has a built-in utility
called Instant Share, which allows you to
select photos to be printed. The P850
can also be directly connected to an HP
DeskJet or PhotoSmart printer, bypassing a computer altogether.
The Instant Share utility also allows
you to load email addresses into the
camera from a computer, and tag them
to images. When you connect the camera to a computer (with an Internet connection) emails are sent to the appropriate addresses notifying them that you' ve
sent them a picture, giving the LTRL
(HP's picture hosting site) where the
images can be viewed.
This model implements the autofocus
preview in an annoying way. As with
other cameras, you push the shutter button part-way down to activate the autofocus. But unlike others, which sharpen
the view in real time as the focus is
established, on the H P yo u h ave to
release the shutter button before the
focus is updated in the viewfinder.
KVe don't think much of digital zooming, which is actually just an in-camera
crop of a smaller portion of the scene, so
didn't like that HP labels the camera as
having a 56X zoom. The 8X o p tical
zoom is unusual enough to allow HP
bragging rights without glossing over,
and possibly confusing the consumer
about, t h e i mpo r t an t d i s t i n ction
between optical and digital zooms.

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CoolPix 5700
From: Nikon of Canada, www.nikon.ca
Price: S1,750
Pro: Solid feel, SXzoom gives versatile wide-totelephoto range. Clear electronic viewfinder.
Con: Awkward location of power switch. Non-standard USB plug.

The Coolpix 5700 has a lot that will satisfy and not much to disappoint the prosumcr. iVhen the review unit arrived, I
was surprised at how small it is. before
than the others, it has the feel of a finely
crafted instrument; the solid metal case

contributes to that impression.


As with the Fujifilm units, I didn't care
for the placement of the power switch
on the tip of the handgrip: I accidently
turned it on when putting it in a camera
bag many times. Initially the placement
and grouping of controls didn't inake
sense to me. It took only about 10 minutes of hddling with the various controls
and a quick read of some of the manual
before I felt settled. Still, of the high-end
cameras in this report, I liked the control
system the least.
Chalk it u p t o p ersonal preference,
because once you get down to the business of taking pictures, the controls you
are most likely to use are conveniently
placed.
Exposure compensation is the same
procedure as on the Fujifilm S602press the compensation button near
your trigger finger and adjust with the
thumbwheel. Likewise, exposure and
focus lock is a single button, near the
thumb of your left hand very handy.
The 8X optical zoom gives a good range,

TCPLab: Tips for shooting long


I. Use a tripod
A good way toimprove the sharpness of
your images overall is to use a tripod.
When using any of these cameras at the
longer focal lengths, a tripod becomes atf
the more importantbecause any camera
movement will b e m agnified, creating
blurred images. A rule of thumb in 35 mm
photographyisthat the minimum shutter
speed toensure a clear handhefd shot is
the inverseof the focallength. So at 200
m m, you should
use a shutter speed of at
leastI/200 second or use a tripod.

2. Use exposure and focus lock


Digital cameras have gained a bad reputation for shutter lag. You press the shutter
button andthen, after what seems like an
eternity, the camera captures the tail end
of the precious moment. Shutter tag is
especially frustrating when you are trying
to take a picture of a moving object at full
telephoto, since the action quickly slips jn
and out ofthe frame say you're on the
sidelines watching your son or daughter
closing in on the goal.
Using manual focus and AF.lock or
manual exposure control can go a long
way toshortening the time it takes forthe
digicam shutter to fire. A tot of shutter fag
is created by the camera calculating the
correct focus and exposure. When you
attempt tophotograph a moving subject,

the light levels and subject distances are


constantlychanging so the AE and AF systems are continually recalculating the correct value.
Turning to manual focus will bypass the
auto focussystem, and setting the distance to infinity (or the hyperfocal distance ifyou know about that) will put
most ofthe scene from 3 m or 4 m and
beyond infocus. Likewise,taking an exposure reading and then locking it in using
AE lock,or setting the shutter speed and
aperture yourself in manual mode, will
bypassthe AE system. You may find you
stillneed to keep the shutter button partway down,but when you depress it allthe
way, the shutter should fire immediately.
3. Mind the focus
Depth offield (the zone of sharp focus)
can be quiteshallow on Long tefephotos.
This can beused to good artistic effect
(e.g.,main subject in focus and background softlyout of focus), but it also
means you need to be aware of what part
of thephoto is in focus and make adjustments eitherby using a manual focusing
option, or picking the correct autofocus
zone ifyour camera supports adjustable
zones. Picking a s mall a perture will
increase depth of field, but will also force
you touse a slower shutter speed to maintain the correct exposure.
David Tanaka

50 FEBRUARY 2003 THE COMPUTER PAPER BC EDITION www.canadacomputes.mm

from a respectable 35 mm at wide angle


to 280 mm at full telephoto. The electronic viewfinder is very clear, and the
LCD screen is a tlip-and-twist design
that allows you to compose a shot when
the camera isabove or below your eyc
level or facing you, for self portraits.

more dramatic than between 190 mm


and 210 mm on the telephoto end.
Because of its weight, size, and the
manual zooming ring, it feels more like a
35 mm SLR than the others. This camera
would probably give the least culture
shock to a 35 min photographer who' s
going to digital.

Dimage 7Hi
From; Minolta Canada, www.minolta.ca
Price. S2,000
Pro: Manual focus and zoom rings on lens barrel.
Widest wide angle of this group. Locking mode
dial. Clear viewfinder.
Con: Most expensive camera in this roundup.

The Dimage 7Hi was the big surprise in


this group for me I liked it far more
than I thought I w ould, and I t o u nd
myself reaching for it often. The other
cameras have arear surface that's more
or less flat, but on the Dimage the section that houses the lens extends backw ard f ro m t h e b o dy . I t h o l d s t h e
vieWfinder (a v ery clear one), LCD
screen, and the four AA cells, which are
on the bottom of the camera, running
parallel to the lens. It's an unusual design
that I thought would be ungainly until I
started using it. I found it to be well balanced, but the big plus was that moving
the handgrip forward in relation to the
eyepiece creates a shooting position
that's thc most comfortable.
LIkewise, the control system initially
mystified me, but once I read the manual and discovered the basic methodology, it made a lot of sense, and proved
efficient. The surface is cluttered with
lots of d i als and buttons. The basic
method for adjusting a setting is to turn
the relevant dial to the function you
want to access, press the button in the
centre of the dial to activate the selection, t hen a d just u s ing a s e parate
thumbwheel. It sounds involved, but it
a ctually works very w ell, o nce you
understand it.
Tlie Diiiiage has th best wide-angle

coverage of this group, going to 28 mm


(35 mm film equivalent). The difference
between 35 mm and 28 m m i s m u ch

Camedia C-730
From: Olympus, www.olympusamerica.corn
Price: S900
Pro: Longest telephoto. Very compact.
Con: Nomanualfocus.Focuslock cum bersome.

At around $900 in stores, the C-730 costs


a few hundred dollars more than the
other consumer-level three-megapixel
cameras it might be competing with. If a
long telephoto is what you' re after, however, this unit gives you the longest reach
(equivalent to 380 mm) as well as the
biggest range (IOX) in this roundup. The
C-730 uses an electronic viewfinder but
its proportions are more like rangefinder cameras, and it l o oks less cutting
edge almost plain compared to the
others. There are no rubber insets to
improve grip, but the camera body is relatively small, so that's not a big detract ioii.

The simplicity of design has its advantages. It has f'ewer buttons and dials than
t he five-megapixel cameras, but t h e
inost common controls are there, so less
time is needed to master this camera.
And what a reach. With a maximum
telephoto of 380 mm (35 mm equivalent), objects are magnified almost eight
times compared to what you see normally with the unaided eye.
One feature this camera really needs is
a more accessiblemanual focus mode.
With the extreme telephoto and a moving subject, I m i ssed a lo t o f s h o ts
because the auto focus was hunting and
the action passed before the camera took
the shot. In order to implement manual
focus, you have to hold the menu OK
button down for one second, then select
manual focus. On other cameras, this is
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Working on the horizon


Continued frompage 54
attempted to stay up-to-date with thc
changing worM of desktop publishing.
By doing so, they were able to advise or
even coach our clients as they incorporated desktop publishing into their own
businesses. Our advantages continued to
increase.
It was in sales that technology gave us
our greatest edge. Following the advice
of some savvy telemarketcrs, TCP conducted advertising sales as a telemarketing operation. In those days cell phones,
email, or even computer networks were
far from ubiquitous, so our most important telemarketing tools were our homegrown database and the fax machine.
After Doug got the original database
working, it became almost a collective
development effort. Sales staff followed

The Computer Paper hits Hogtown


Continued frompage 40
people, and t h c To r onto C oniputes!
crowd, since Doug had bought out his
Toronto rival several months before, and
moved both teams into the same space.
While I developed a strategy for the

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w ith Doug. When asked to what h e
attributed the success of The Carpater
Paper, hc responded that good fortune
was most important, followed by good
people. How true.
Getting husincss momentum going at
TCP required an ample dose of good
fortune. It also required that a small,
capable group use emerging technologies to create a publishing advantage that
lcd to TCPs ultimate success. 0
Hari Singh Khalsa is a vedic astrologer in
Vancouver. He was the first full-time employee at
The Computer Paperand was Associate Publisher
when he left I 1 years later. His current interest in
metaphysics began late one deadline evening
when searching for an answer to the question:
' yyhy is this happening?" He can be reached at

his lead by learning the inner workings


o f the database, collaborating on t he
changes required for TCP's expanding
business.
Fax technology, while it seems old hat
today, was far from universal in 1988.
This simple technology of transferring
graphic information over phone lines
enablccl TCP sales staff to communicate
ad concepts with clients using a inodest
amount of the client's prime business
time. Wc employed fax communication
to a greater degree than other publishers
of thc day. The sales efficiency gained
from the usc of the database and fax
allowed TCP sales staff to sell most of
the publication's pages plus take on
other tasks in administration, distribution, and even pre-prcss. We were a small
group doing many jobs.

Work out on the horizon was not all


hardship and t rial. As 7'/le Corpater

bcnchmarking reviews, Doug arranged


for us to rent a huge, bare roont elsewhere in the building to house the new
Test Lab. I put in a bunch of long wooden tables, power bars and a phone, and
started calling all the major computer,
monitor, and printer companies in the

Toronto area and across the country. In


fact, the Test Lab had been located in the
n ew Toronto office, rather than t h c
Vancouver headoffice,because about 90
percent ofthe major PC hardware and
peripheral brand head offices were located in the Toronto region.

guage title, Quebec Micro!, skyrocketed


to over a million each month, as more
and more Canadians got into home and
small business computing for the first
time, and searched for accurate, Canadaspecific product reviews and retail ads.

PC mania

With the long hangover of the dotcom


bubble's bursting, and the uncertainty
post-Sept. 11, The Conipiiter Paper has
become a more sober publication in a
more sober industry. It has ahvays tried
to be useful to its readers, offering editorial content of objective, accurate stories
about how to usc technology to make a
better life, and at the same time to provide a range of vendors' ads, that is both
a refl ecti o o f t h e v er y c ompetitive
Canadian retail industry, and an up-todate,easy-to-use buying guide for the
consumer.
The hot spots in the tech industry in
2003 are different than they were a
decade ago. Instead of the PC-centric
market in 1993, the focus is now on
mobile computing, wired and wireless
data and voice networking, digital entertainment media, new user interfaces and
form factors, ease of use, and increasing
productivity in learning, doing business,
and communication.
Jeff Evans,The Computer Paper's first technical
editor, set up the Test Lab in 1994, makingTCP
Canada's first tech publication to provide made-inCanada comparative benchmarks for computer
hardware. He wasalso the founding editor of
Canada Computer Paper's award winning Web
site,
www.canadacomputes.corn.

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departments at software and hardware
vendors started to take notice. AVe hcvan
to receive evaluation copies and loaner
units of new products on the chance we
inight write about them. It sccined to us
as it cool new toys were ours to play with
just for the asking. TCP was, at that time,
a die-hard iilac shop (dictated by our
tastes as well as by publishing efficiencies); As a result, wc pounced on the
Mac-related toys. The DOS/PC products
werc often forwarded to PC enthusiasts
for their evaluation. Even today there
remains a fascination with all the new
toys that TCP editors have to evaluate.
It's nice work if you can gct it.
In the mid-'90s the business weekly,

Doug's timing in his Ontario expansion


was perfect: the early to mid-'90s, when
hc entered the Toronto market, battled
and absorbed his main competitor, and
staked the Test Lab, was the Golden Age
of the personal computer as a mass market phenomenon. Every year, PC sales
soared 15 to 25 percent higher than thc
previous year. Moore's Law chugged
along, and computer processors doubled
in speed every 12 to 18 months, and all
the other components of PC systcmsmonitors, printers, hard drives, graphics,
audiand memory increased in capability and dropped in price.
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TCP Lab looks at five pen-based computing options
By Sean Carruthers
th t he introduction of t h e
Tablet PC edition of Windows
XP, Microsoft is m a king a
bold bet that mobile users are interested
in pen-based computing. The market for
handheld devices like Palni and Pocket
PC has been fairly strong, so why wouldn't people want to add a stylus to their
notebook-sized computer?
It's a sticky question. Most notebook
computers users have learned to interact
with them reasonably efficiently; throwing a pen into the equation is bound to
be disorienting, at least for a while. This
disorientation is compounded when you
choose a slate-format Tablet PC, which
eliminates the keyboard altogether. The
question that a lot of people will surely
ask is, "why do I even need a pen when
the keyboard works just fine)"
It's a fair question. In the short term,
only users with very specific needs may

want to pursue the Tablet PC. One such


obvious use would be for any user who
needs a portable machine for taking
notes, that consist of a mix between diagrams and text (flowcharting, mathematical equations, chemical diagrams,
or prototype sketches, for example).
Another use would be for inventory-taking applications. And, of course, there
are those who just prefer to write things
down instead of typing.

The case for the Tablet PC

the screen orientation button.


Tablet PCs can often be docked and used with
external equipment hke CDdrives, keyboards,
mice, and monitors, which means your portable
"notepad" can also function as your workstation.
The OS allows you to save files with "ink" titles:
just handwrite the names of files, then search
for them later by your handwritten titles.
Handwriting recognition has improved; the system is able to understand cursive handwriting
more routinely, even on strange angles.
"Ink" capabilities will be bundled into future

Devices run full version of Windows XP with


Tablet
PC enhancements,which meansthey can
be used as fully functional portable computers.
Stylus input is a more natural method of input
for a lot of users.
Screen is not touch-sensitive like those found
on PDAs. Instead, it uses magnetics to sense
the stylus so your finger will not move cursor.
A Tablet PC screen is designed to switch
between portrait and landscape orientation to
suit the way you work, with just a touch of the

versions of Microsoft Office products. An


update pack is already available for Office XP.

The case against Tablet PC


Tablet PCs are almost identical to notebooks, so
they are much heavier than PDAs.Carrying one
under your arm could get tiring over the course
of a whole day.
If you choose (or get stuck with) a slate format
Tablet PC, you' ll have to relearn how to input
data
and quite possibly relearn penmanship.

Alternately, you can hunt and peck using a


small on-screen keyboard, which isn't ideal if
you need to enter data with any speed.
Ifyou'vedone any pen-based computin
g in the
past, it may be a bit hard to get used to the fact
that you can lay your hand against the screen
without affecting the cursor position.
Because the pe%creen interface uses magnetics, you lose the on-screen input capability if
you lose the stylus. It is also more expensive to
replace than the type of plain plastic stick that
comes with a PDA.
Generally speaking, battery life is still an issue
(as lt is with notebooks)
and that's problematic
for a device that's meant to be carried around
all day.
Tablet PC's still have a price premium compared
to notebooks, and even then you' ll probably
have to make do with a smaller screen and a
smaller keyboard or
no keyboard at all!

If you' re still interested in checking


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look at some of the first models to hit
the market!

Acer TraveIMate C100 (TMC102Ti)


From: Acer Inc., global.acer.corn
Estimated price: S3,499
Pro: Both keyboard and slate in one. Very lighL
Extra battery. External CD drive.
Con: Keyboard and screen very small. Not much
horsepower.

Acer's Travclhtate C100 was one of the


first Tablet PCs we laid eyes on, a fcw
months b e fore M i c r osoft o f f i cially
launched the Tablet PC. We' ve scen a few
other inanutacturcrs' tablets since, but
the CI00 continues to impress. It's a
convertible model, which means it has a
keyboard and can be used like a notebook, or with the click of two tabs where
the screen meets the body, spun and
folded into slate mode. In either orientation it's very compact at least 2 cm
smaller (hoth in width and height) than
most other models xve'vc seen which
inakes it very easy to carry around.
That said, there arc soine relatively
minor design issues worth note. The
convertible 10.4-inch screen is nice, but
we found the tabs that arc supposed to
keep the screen in place are fairly easy to
"pop out" while the unit is being carried
in a notebook bag. Also, while the clip
that tastens thc screen to the body ot the
unit (when closed or in slate niode) is
very innovative, it's a hit ditticult to use
and may actually bc broken otf accidentally if you' re not carctul. Lastly, while
thc keys are laid out on a f iv-degree
curve to maximize usability in this small
form factor, some are still very small and
may pose problems if your hngers aren't
used to the scale (wc kept hitting Page
Lfp or Page Down when trying to usc the
cursor keys during our evaluation).
A more serious problem is with the
o verall p e rformance o f t h e C1 0 0 .
Though the machine comes with an 800
MHz Mobile Pentiuiii III processor and

Form
CPU (all Pentium III) speed
Memory
Hard drive size
Screen size (in.) with 1,024x768 res.
USB ports
FireWire port
Expansion slots
Ethernet/modem included
802.11b wireless networking
VGA out
Input method
Eraser functioriaiity on stylus
External peripherals included
Removable battery
Dimensions (WxDxH, cm)
Wei ht(k )
Sandra CPU
Arithmetic benchmark
Dhrystone ALU (MIPS)
Whetstone FPU (Mflops)
Sandra CPUMultimedia benchmark
Integer (it/s)
Floating Point (it/s)
PCMark 2002 benchmark
CPU
Memory
Hard drive

Electr ovaya
Acer
TravelMate C100 TMC102Ti Scribbler
slate
convertible
866 MHz
800 MHz
256 MB
256 MB
20 GB
30 GB

yes
PC Card, Smart Card

10.4
2
yes
PC Card, CF

10.4
2
yes
PC Card

yes/ yes

yes/ yes

es/ yes
yes

10.4
2

yes

es
stylUs
button
wireless keyboard
yes

Toshiba
PortE E 3500
convertible
1.33 GHz
256 MB
40 GB
12.1
2
no
PC Card, CF,SD

~es/ yes
yes
yes

Viewsonic
Tablet PC V1100
slate
866 MHz
256 MB
20 GB
10.4
2

yes
PC Card, CF

yes/ yes
yes

via dongle

stylus / Touchpad
other end
none
yes
29. Sx3x23.4

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NA
USB keyboard
yes
25.3x28.8x2.9

1.85

1.55

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1.4

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none
no
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1.93

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1,073

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5,142

7,074
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2,694*
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2,493
1,571
313

stylus / Touchpad
other end
CD, extra battery
yes

1,464
313

Electrovaya Scribbler
From: Elecirovaya, www.electrovaya rom

Estimated price range: 53,499 to 54,399


Models available:

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no

via dongle

256 MB of Rz&I, it tends to choke when


you hit it with anything really demanding, like serious image processing in
Photoshop to give just one example. It
should bestressed that for general use,
the CI00 should be just fine, and that it
isn't any different from similarly configured models from other manufacturers.
So, take note if you' re a power user.
The C100 comes with a tcw very nice
extras. Although a compact stylus tucks
into the top of the screen, there's also a
larger stylus included in the box. It's one
of the few models we' ve seen that comes
with an external CD drive, which means
you don't have to invest extra money in
an optical drive.
Even btter, the TM C102Ti model
coiiies with an additional battery and
built-in 802.11h wirclcss networking,
w hich a r e n o t i n c l u de d o n thc
TirMC102T model. (The TMCI02Ti also
humps the hard drive capacity up from
20 GB to 30 GB, which is even nicer.)

Model CPU (Pill) izA Vi HD

Fujitsu
5 listic ST4110B
slate
800 MHz
256 MB
40 GB

Battery life Price

374*

22x2.23x30.1
2
1.45

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roductiom
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(
MHz 512 MB 30 CB l20 Wh S4,399
'Comesirrrrh trngerpnni reader.

Pro: Exceptionally long battery life. Recessed buttons.


Con: Heavy. Not very stylish. Port covers awkward.

Canada's own Electrovaya has mad a


name for itself in the battery business,
thanks to its linc of long-life PowcrPad
hatterics for notebooks. On thc surface,
the. Tablet PC would seeiii like an odd
category for Electrovaya to get into, but
i t actually makes sense one of t h e
biggest concerns with mobile computing

3,840
1705
455

is how long the battery will last.


That's the tack Electrovaya has taken
with its Scribbler line of slate-format
Tablet PCs, building in a rechargeable
battery designed to provide
between eight and 12 hours of runtinie
between charges: which m eans you
c ould theoretically walk around wi t h
your Scribblerfor the entire work day
betore having to plug it in again.
Because this is the company's first
foray into the world of computers, it' s
probably understandable that the design
of the Scribbler is, well, on the basic side.
That's a polite way of sa6ng it's functional but it's not going to win any beauty contests. The casing is very functional, and the controls are definitely innovative: to operate any of the "buttons"
along thc front of t h e Scribbler, you
actually have to insert the tip of your stylus into a little hole, which means you
can't accidentally depress any buttons
during regular operation.
It also has a launch button specifically
for Windows Journal, and a thumb-cursor for easy scrolling and selection. The
design has a c o u ple o f d r a wbacks,
though; the rubberized strips covering
thc ports are a bit awkward when you

anywh
ere

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have anything plugged in (Ethernet, PC
Card, or headphones,for example). If
you use this as a desktop replacement

you' ll probably want to just rip the strips


off altogether.Because floppy and CD
are not included, you' ll need to get them
separately if y o u' ll r equire external
drives to do your work.
Another potential issue is the battery.
The Scribbler uses one of electrovaya's
thin long-life cells, but it's sealed inside
the unit behind a panel that's screwed
down. It's not really user-serviceable,
and you can't just flip another battery in
if you' re out of juice, like you can with
most other Tablet PC or notebook models. Because the battery is designed to
run for up to 12 hours, that shouldn't be
a huge concern. If you d o r equire a
longer runtime than the internal battery
will provide, you can always team the
Scribbler up with electrovaya's external
PowerPad.
(One note with regards to the benchmarking: The unit we l ooked at was
actually a pre-production sample that
contains the same functionality as the
shipping units, but which had slightly
different specs from those models. We
have listed the breakdown of the different models' specs above. The review
model included an 866 MHz Pentium
Ill processor, but only 256 MB of memory and a 20 GB hard drive. Because of
that, you can expect slightly slower performance from the SC-300 model and
slightly better performance out of the
SC-500.)

Fujitsu Stylistic ST4110B


From: Fuiitsu Canada Inc., www.fujitsu.ca
Estimated price: 53,699
Pro: Slim design. Large hard drive. Integrated wireless networking. Wireless keyboard.
Con: Performance a bit slow. Using wireless keyboard a bit awkward. Strange headphone placement.
Fujitsu's participation in the world of
Tablet PC was to be expected, as the
company has offered pen-based units
with touch-screen capability for a dozen
years. The company's Tablet PC, the
Stylistic, is very aptly named. It's one of
the most stylish models we' ve looked at,
and having to send it back was heart-

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much is because it's extremely compact
and elegant it's less than 2.5 cm (I in.)
thick, but still manages to include a 40
GB hard drive, USB and FireWire ports,
a PC Card slot, and integrated 802.11b
wireless networking to supplement the
10/100 Ethernet and 56Kbps modem.

t,

Don' t
be selfishShare.
Sometimes the strongest
connections are the ones
you don't see. With no

The screen is a bit small at only 10.4


inches, but it's very crisp. The whole
thing fits into a sturdy magnesium alloy
case. The battery makes up the bottom
part of the bezel, which is a really nice
d esign touch, because it w i l l a l l ow
Fujitsu to bring out physically larger and
longer-lasting batteries down the road
w ithout c o m p romising t h e overall
design.
The inclusion of a wireless keyboard is
a very nice touch, because it means the
slate format isn't quite so limiting. The
only real concern about the keyboard's
usability is that it uses a line-of-sight
infrared connection to a sensor on the
front of the Tablet bezel, so you' ll have to
tilt the Stylistic into a vertical position to
use the keyboard comfortably. Because
of this, you may want to consider the
docking station option to make sure the
unit is held upright properly; it's $399
with a CD-ROM drive, and $639 with a
DVD/CD-RW combo d r ive. (Fujitsu
also offers a leather portfolio case and a
nylon attache case, both of which double
as stands for the Stylistic.)
If you don't want to go through that
hassle, the unit is still perfectly usable
with stylus input. The included pen can
be tethered to the tablet so you won' t
lose it. Because the end of the pen is a
tethering loop, the erase function on the
stylus has been moved down to the twoway button (push down for right-click,
push up for erase).
Even though there's a lot to like about
the Stylistic, there are a few potential
problems worth noting. First, the head-

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phone jack is located along the top of the
screen, which means your headphone
cord will drape down over the screen
when you' re using the unit in portrait
m ode. M o r e p r o b l ematic i s the
machine's overall hnrscpowcr: with an
800 MHz mobil Pentium III processor
and only 256 MB of RAM, it may choke
a hit i f y o u t h r o w a n y thing r eally
demanding at it (like multimedia); for
general usc it's just fine.
If you want to save a few dollars, take
a look at the Stylistic ST4110A, which
omits the 802.11b wireless component
and has a 20 GB hard drive instead of a
40 GB model. This version will run you
$3,399. All o f t h ese models can he
ordered dircctlv I'rom Fujitsu.

Other manufacturers have gone with


reasonably modest Tablet PC conttguratinns, but Toshiba's having none of that.
The Portege 3500 is sct up with enough
processing power tn dn a lnt of desktop
P Cs p r oud a 1.33 G H z mob i l e

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Pro: Fast processor, Big screen. Integrated wireless
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priced. Both CFand SDslots.
Con: No floppy or CD drives. Potentially battery
hungry.

256 lstB of RAM (16 MB of which are


used for video) and a large 40 GB hard
drive.
This particular model is convertible,
allowing you to usc it in n ntehnnk or
slate mode. Unlike th e A cer m o del

above, it docsn't use side clips tn keep thc


12.1-inch screen in place. Instead it has a
heavy-duty hinge that clicks into place
internally at th e extremities (it t akes
enough of a push to get it turning that it
won't likely bc knocked out of the proper orientation accidentally).
Thc design was well thought out for
the most part. Thc screen is held tightly
against th bod> with a tah-and-bucklcstyle fastener that flips into the right
position depending on your orientation.
The screen automatically reorients into
portrait mode when ynu switch into
slate format. There's even a lock button
next tn the power switch, so you won' t
power off the tablet hy mistake when
you grab the Portcgc by the bottom
edge. If there's a complaint about the
design, it's that it's slightl > thicker on the
hinge side, which may f'eel awkward.
Thc overall design is very elegant, and
manages to cram in a lo t o t t eaturcs.
There are slots for both SccurcDigital
and CompactFlash removable media,
right next to thc PC Card slot. It also has
three choices for networking: 10/100
Ethernet, a 56Kbps modem, and built-in

802.11h wireless, which ynu can casil >'


turn otf using a small switch on the side,
when ynu want to save battery power.
Thc two biggest omissions herc are the
lack of FireWire and thc fact that there' s
no tloppy or CD drive, even though the
Portege is a notebook-style Tablet.
It's p o ssible t h a t t h e Po r t dgc"s
strengths could become a weakness out
in the field: thc larger screen, the faster
processor and the integrated wireless are
all features that will suck back battery
power. It's easv enough to adjust your
usage tn minm1tzc problems, though (by
turning off' the wireless component, for
example), and the very fact that Toshiba
is otfering a very powertul version of the
Tablet PC for around the same price as
the competition's morc n1odest units
more than makes up for that.
ViewSonic Tablet PC V1100
From; Viev6onic Corp., www.viewsonic.corn
Estimated price: 53,249
Pro: Company's experbse in display tech. Compact
design. Included USBkeyboard. Integrated wireless networking.

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a dedicated button. You can always use
the focus lock, but you need to hold the

shutter button down halfway, which


requires a subtle touch. That 380 mm
telephoto really pulls things in close, so
h aving a m a n ual o v erride i s q u i t e
important to reduce shutter lag. L1ut for
static scenes, this is not an issue and you
can really enioy the long lens.

Cybershot DSC-F717
From: Sony of Canada, www.sony.ca
Price: 5 1,500
Pro: Easy to use with good user interface.
innovative features.
Con: Largest Memory Stick is 128 MB,which will
restrict the number of high-resolution TIFFsyou
cantake beforeyou need to download.

As with the Dimagc, I was initially a little put off by the DSC-F717's design, but
ended up appreciating all the features
S ony packed into t his u nit. I t l o o k s
unbalanced, and it is plus the short
b ody makes th e h a ndgrip f eel t o o
small however, that's of little consequence when you actually start using thc
camera. It encourages you to rest the big
lens barrel in the upturned palm of your

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accounts or i ndexing Web pages for
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left hand, and once in t hat position,
everything seems to fall nicely into place.
The articulated body allows you to hold
the camera above or below cye level and
still have a clear view ot' the LCD on the
back.
The main control is a iog switch that
combines the functions of a r o tating
thumbwhecl and a button switch. Spin
the wheel to highlight one of several
availablc menus items, tor e x ample
exposure compensation, then push
down on the wheel to activate that function. This brings up the relevant submenu the exposure compensation
gauge in this case. You spin the wheel
one way or the other to dial in thc compensation, then push the wheel down
again to make the selection. I found it
took me no time to gct used to this spinclick navigation it's simple and gives
you control over a large number of tunctions using iust one wheel. But the menu
system uses white letters that turn yellow
when highlighted. These two colours are
sometimes hard to discriminate, especially under bright conditions. We would
have preferredmore contrast,say rcvcrsinv, the text on the active selection, or
using a colour like blue or green.

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TCPLab: Tele-extenders

ome manufacturers and third-party filter makers, like Tiffen, offer auxiliary lenses
for some models. These typically screw over the camera's existing Lens system using
a separateextension tube, and extend the reach of the existing telephoto by one
and a half
to five times.
I've been using a 1.5X tele-extender on my Canon G2 forthe past six months, and the
resultshave been a mixed bag. It brings the telephoto up to about 150 mm, which is
decent,but most of wide angle portion of the main lens is unusable because of serious
vignetting
with the tele-extender mounted and the camera set to wide angle, you get
a black frame and just a circular portion in the middle that's the active image area.
A mechanicalannoyance isthat the threads on the plastic extension tube are starting
to weardown, which makes it easy to cross-thread itwhen attaching itto the camera.
Also,even though the auxiliary lens and extension tube are from Canon, and designed
for theG2, not much has gone into theiraesthetics: they look cheap compared to the
camera. Functionover form, I suppose, and it does offer that extra reach when it's
impracticaL to move physically closer to a subject.
Taking tele-extenders to the extreme is an interesting subculture of birdwatchers using
the NikonCoolPix 9xx generation of cameras. Because these cameras have internal zoom
mechanisms and a relatively smaLl lens diameter, someone hit on the idea of adapting the
eyepiece of a telescope to the CoolPix to produce a really long telephoto and the digibirder was born.
David Tanaka

Some kcy controls are on the right of


the lens barrel, where your thumb falls
when you cradle the barrel in your left
palm. The zoom control is a two stage
switch push slightly and the lens slowly zooms in or out. Push all the way and
th zoom rate is accelerated. And it' s
very smooth.
Sony is pushing digital photography

into different directions, and the camera


has a few unique features. Onc is Clip
Motion, which i s i n t ended for W eb
work. The mode allows you to capture
up to tcn 160xl20-pixel images and save
them for use as animated GIFs. Another
mode, called Multi Burst, captures 16
a s i n gle
consecutive i mages i n
1,280x960-pixel frame wit h a s i n gle
shutter click. Ax'hcn you play it back in
the camera you see an action broken
into 16 freeze frames. Sony suggests this
is a tool for studying your golf or tennis
swing. J

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hits the mainstream

Web accessibili
By Todd Coopee and Jeff Horne

espitethe ubiquitous nature of


the I n t ernet a n d w h o l esale
a dvances in t e c hnology, t h e
World Wide Web still represents a barrier for people with disabilities.
Numerous studies have shown that at
least 10 percent of the online community uses assistive technologies to access
the Internet, while at the same time 95 to
99 percent of all Web sites are functionally inaccessible to the visually, hearing,
and/or mobility impaired.
From a business perspective, the statistics are even more compelling: consumers with disabilities have an estimated US$175 billion i n d i s cretionary
income. This is a c hronically underserved online audience with immense
buying power.
In addition t o a p o sitive potential
impact on the bottom line, developing
or redeveloping an online presence to
meet accessibility standards offers a variety of other benefits. Foremost is that
accessible Web sites are much better for
viewing in alternative formats, as their
content is more easily converted into
other Internet protocols, such as WAP. In
this case, an organization could roll out
access to online information from nonPC-based user agents, such as PDAs and
cell phones, at a much faster pace and at
a much lower cost.

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users than their inaccessible counterparts. As a whole, the disabled user com-

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that demonstrate an e f fort t o w ards
improving accessibility giving credence to the old adage that the best (and
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mouth.
Finally, an accessible Web site can help
reduce an organization's legal liability.
South ofthe border, the passage of the
American Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990
has resulted in a number of high-profile
lawsuits against multi-national corporations that have a Canadian presence. In
1 999, the National Federation of t h e
Blind sued America Online, forcing it to
make its integrated Web browser compatible with mainstream adaptive technology. Similar lawsuits were initiated
against Intuit and HttcR Block. Many
experts feel that it is only a matter of
time until Internet accessibility is universally mandated in the private sector
on a global basis.

So, what exactly makes a Web site inaccessiblel Common accessibility problems mclude.
images without ALTernative text;
uncaptioned audio;
iddeo without textual context;
pages with poor colour contrast;
improper use of structural elements
(like HTML tables) on a page;
and/or the lack of an alternative for
users who are incapable of executing
specialized scripts or accessing frames.
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O F F I C E T E C H N O L O GY

Web accessibility hits the mainstream


Continued from page64

like the Magnifier application included


w ith M i c r o soft I i Vindnws 2 0 00, f o r

KVeb tasks, like reading, searchillg, arid


purchasing goods and services much
inore challenging or even impossible fnr
someone with a disability tn carry out.
The best way to get a handle on accessibility is to understand the tools and
techniques used by the disabled community to render and snew Web content.
Some nf the tools include:
a lternative k eyboards an d i n p u t
devices;
Braille displays;
screen magnificrs;
voice browsers;
text hrnwsers;
screen readers;
and captioningsoftware.

cre
aillpic.

A majority of these tools are implemented in software or integrated directly into operating systenis, while others
combine software with specialized hardware to achieve desired results.

Visually impaired users


Duc to the graphical nature of the Web,
people with visual disabilities are often
the largest group of Wcb site visitors
with potential accessibility issues. A
visually impaired
person may have limited vision, be completely blind, or suffer
from colour blindness. To access online
information, people with reduced vision
oftcrl crrlploy screen rrragnification software to magnify the visible area of a Web
page up to 20 t imes its original size.
Most operating systems provide some
type nf integrated magnification utility,

Legally blind users, on the other hand,


employ screen readers software applications that literally read pages through
thc use of a synthetic voice. Freedom
Scientific Inc.'s (www.freedomscientific.corn)
JAWS for Windows is a leading screen
reader. In addition to its internal speech
synthesizer, JAAVS also outputs tn refreshable Braille displays giving the visually impaired another browsing option.
Pricing for JAWS begins at US$895 for
the standard edition and US$1,195 for
the professional editinn.

Hearing-impaired users
The increased use of sound, video plugins and multimedia programs, such as
Macrnmedia Flash, on the Internet has
thc greatest effect on people with hearing impairments. A hearing impaired
person relies heavily on visual cucs to
navigate the Web successfully. This
reliance requires that any audio content lik video or audio clips of television broadcasts provide synchrnnized
captions and/nr transcripts of the audio
portion of the content. All three of th
popular s t r eaming m e d i a pl a y ers
(Microsoft W i n d ows M e di a P l ayer,
RealNetwnrks RealPlayer, and Apple's
QuickTimc Player) provide built-in captioning support for the deaf.
To aid content providers with the task
of providing captinn and audio descript ions o f r i c h me d i a c o n t ent, t h e
CPB/WGBH N a t i o na l C e n te r fo r

Accessible Media (N CAlvl) has produced th M dia A ccess Generator


( i WIA( pie) u t i l i ty . R u n n in g u n d e r
Windows and Mac OS X, KIAGpie is free
to download (ncam.wgbh.org/webaccess/magpie/), and provides support for Apple's
Q uickTinre, th e W o r l d W i d e W e b
Consortium's (W 3C's) Synchronized
Multiniedia
In t e gration I . a n guage
(Shifll.), and Microsoft's Synchronized
Accessible Media Interchange (SAMI)
format.

Physically impaired users


Finally, the sheer amount of content and
the 'ability tn p rovide linkages across
multiple Web sites poses a variety of'
p otential problems for p e ople w i t h
physical impairmcnts. Depending on the
severity of their handicap, a physically
impaired person may rely on spccchrecognition applications, head-pointing
devices, mouth s t i cks, and i n f r ared
devices to rnirnic a traditional mouse
and keyboard setup of a PC.
Inc.'s
Scansoft
Dragon
NaturallySpeaking (www scansoft.corn/naturallyspeaking/) is the leading specch-rccngniti~n software on th e m arket today.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking offers a builtin vocabulary of m or e t han 250,000
standard and business terms and runs
on Windows-based PCs with minimal
hardware requirenients. Pricing for
Dragon N a t urallySpeakiilg star ts at
US$199 for the Preferred edition.

Getting started
Accessibility principles can be applied to

all levels of Web site developmentfrom s it e a r chitecture an d c o n t ent


nrganizatinn tn interface design to tcchnical dcvelnpmcnt and i m p lementation with minimal impact on project
rcsourccs and timclincs. For this reason,
working accessibility options into the
planning phase of ancw Wcb project
makes good business sense and will
eliminate the need for costly changes
once thc site is launched.
For ertisting Wcb sites, an obvious first
step is to identify problem areas in accessibility by using any number of online
validation tools and/or commercial software. The W3C provides an online listi ng o f
acce ssibilit y too l s at :
wwww3.org/(NAI/ER/existingtools.html. Armed
with this information, it makes the best
sense to focus on rctrofitting Web pages
that receive thc highest amount of traffic
while at the same time developing a
long-term plan to convert the remaining
pages.

Next issue
The second part of this article svill take a
more in-depth look at applying some of
the accessibility principles outlined by
the W3C to Web pages, as well as showcase some popular IVeb sites with varying degrees of support for accessibility
standards. 0
Todd Coopee and Jeff Horne, principals at
Industrial Media lnc. (www.industrialmedia.ca),
specialize in building online presence for organizations in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.
They can be reached at tcoopee@industrialmedia.ca and jhorne@industrialmedia.ca.

W3C standardsand Canadian look and feel guidelines


major proponent of universal access
to information on the Web isthe
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C),
an international, vendor-neutral consortium consistingof more than 400 membersthat promote the growth and interoperability of the Web. The lack of formal
accessibility guide(ines for Web developers
and designersspurred the W3C to develop
the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI),
givingthem the task of focusing on Web
accessibility in f i v e areas: technology,
guidelines, tools, education and outreach,
and research and development.
The WAI released an initial set of Web
Content
Acc e ssibilit y
Gui d e l ines
(www.w3.org/
TR/SCAG 10-TECHS/) in May
1999.The specification contains 14 guidelines that provide general principles of

accessibleWeb page design and corresponding "check-points" that outline how


to implement the guidelines in HTML.
Guideline1,forexample, states the necessity to "provide equivalent alternatives to
auditory and visual content." This ensures
text-equivalents are available to users
who cannotview images or hear audio.
In addition to the specification, the
WAI also drafted an accessibility checklist
to serve as atool to review Web sites.
Checklist items are broken down into one
of three priorities, based on their overall
impact on accessibility. The checklist is
comprised of 17 high-priority, 33 mediumpriority, and 16 lower-priority rules.
The completespecification and accompanying check lists are available on the
W3C Web site at: wwww3c.org/TR/WCAGIO/.

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Version 2. 0 o f W A I ' s We b C ontent


Accessibility Guidelines is currently in
working draft format. Currently, no release
date forthe updated guidelines has been
set.

A Canadian perspective
In Canada,the federal government's Web
sites are leading the accessibility charge.
Leveraging the recommendations ofthe
WAI, the Treasury Board of Canada
Secretariatapproved the Common Look
and, Feel (CL&F) Standards and Guidelines

(wwwcio-dpi.gc.ca/clf-upe/) for Government of


Canada Internetsites in May 2000.
These guidelines were designed to make
any federalgovernment Web site accessible toanyone with a computer that has
accessto the Internet.

All federal Web sites are slated to conform to CL8 Fstandards by the end of
December 2002.
Canadian private-sector companies are
also getting into the accessibility act.
Ottawa-based Watchfire Corp. (wwwwatchfire.corn), a developer of Web site management solutions, recently acquired Bobbya popular online tool for measuring accessibi(ity from the Center for A pplied
Special Technology (CAST). Hobby is slated to be integrated into WebXM,
Watchfire'
s Web site management platform
and WebQA, its Web site testing tool for
Web developers.Bobby is one of many
commercia( and freeware software app(ications available for gauging the accessibility ofa Web site.
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By Christine Walewski

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ntatives of the retailers and

software manufacturersthat comprise the Canadian Coalition for Fair


Digital Access (CCFDA, at www.ccfda.ca/)
gathered in Toronto in mid-December to
announce ajoint campaign to inform consumers of the hidden levies applied to
recording media.
When the private copying of music was
legalized in December 1999, a charge was
imposed on certaincomputer and electronic products as a result of a proposal
made by the Canadian PrivateCopying
Collective (CPCC, at www.cpcc.ca/), a collective of recording companies, publishers
and performers. The proposal was passed
and made part of the federal Copyright
Act. The levy is currently applied to audio
cassettes, recordable and rewriteable data
and audio CDs, and mini discs.
The CCFDA is asking that the federal
government repealthe law that created

Approximate retail price of


100-pack blank CD-Rsbefore levy
Current levy per 100-pack blank CD-Rs
CPCC's proposed levy per
100-pack blank CD-Rs
Increase over existing levy
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Paul Tsaparis, president and chief executive of H ewlett-Packard Canada


(www.hp.ca),says that even the current
levycasts too wide a net.
"Fewer thanhalf of blank CDs are used
to copy music," Tsaparis said. "Those who

do not copy music actually subsidize


those who do."
Accordingto the CCFDA, a 100-pack of
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blank CDs currently includes a $21 levy in
its $50 price tag. If the new proposal is
the original levy. In addition, it wants the
approved,the levy could be as high as
Copyright Board o f C a nada (www.cb$59, creating an $88 retail price tag for
cda.gc.ca/) to deny a new CPCC proposal,
the CDs before tax.
which is scheduled for review beginning
The CCFDA says that o t her consejan. 21.
quences ofthe passing of the new levy
That proposal, announced in March
may includea decrease in the number of
2002, seeksto increase the cost of the
emerging technologiesin Canada as a
currentlevy and broaden its scope to
resultof software and hardware manufacinclude items like MP3 players, blank
turers' reluctance to develop products for
DVDs, andflash memory cards.
an unstablemarket,the development of a
The CCFDA says the new Levy would also
black market, and an increase in crossbe applied to digital cameras and PDAsborder U.S. shopping.
regardless of whether or not these items
The U.S. equivalent of the levy falls
are used for copying music.
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under the Audio Home Recording Act,


established in 1992, which applies a three
percent levy to the wholesale price and
encompasses only d i g i ta l r e cording
media.
The CCFDA says $28 million in Levies
have beenpaid in the past two-and-a-half
years, none of which has been dispersed
to the copyright holders entitled to it.
The coalition's campaign will take the
form of in-store signs posted by participating retailers, Web messages and
newsletters, as well as labels on CDs indicatingwhat percentage of the cost is the
result of the existing levy (up to 42 percent).
Sixteen Canadian retailers and software
and hardware manufacturers are currently
members of the coalition, including Best
Buy C anada/Future S h op , C o s t co
Wholesale, Hewlett-Packard Canada, Intel
of Canada,and Staples Business Depot.
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new software and hardware products for
the Mac platform,and possibly some new
gear from Apple as well. In the meantime,
here issome news from the end of 2002.

Samsung unveil
s new widescreen LCD
Since the release ofthe 17-inch iMac,
many have wondered when a widescreen
17-inch display would be released for
Power Macs. Although Apple has not
announced one yet,we expect it will in
the next sixmonths. In the meantime,
Samsung hasstepped up to the plate with
the 172W, a Mac OS-and PC-compatible
17-inch widescreen LCD.
Though the172W has a diff
erent resolution than the iMac G4 display, its aspect
ratioisthe same, roughly 16:10. Samsung
(www.samsung.ca)
manufactures the screens
Apple uses in its Studio Display line, so
the 172W is similar to the current 17-inch
Studio Display, but is slightly shorter and
wider. The 172W resolution is limited to
1,280x768, as opposed to 1,280x1,024 on
the current 17-inch Studio Display.
The iMac G4 screen has a higher resolution, resulting in smaller on-screen text,
whereas the 172W has about thesame
resolution as the Studio Display. As far as
performance,the display uses one of the
newer paneLs with a low refresh of 25 milliseconds or better, as well as 400-to-1
contrast. This should help eliminate the
ghosting and murkinessseen on some
older LCDs.
The specsaren't quite as good as the
Studio Display or Formac Gallery Lines, but
then this display is aimed more towards
consumers than graphics professionals.
Having awidescreen LCD would be perfect
for watchingDVDs or playing games that
supportwidescreen mode. It's also handy
for Web browsing since you can have two
windows open sideby side. However, the

r esolution i s a b i t l o w f o r serious
Photoshop or page layout work.
The 172W canconnect to your computer viathe VGA connector,which gives you
an analogue connection, or via DVI, which
will result in a cleaner digital connechon.
Digital displays tend to have sharper text,
more vibrant colours and better detail
overall than their analogue counterparts,
but it's still nice that Samsung gives the
option ofboth types.
If you have a Mac with ADC built in,
you can purchase an ADC-to-DVI adapter
for about$50 to $60 from severalcompanies, including Dr. Bott (www.drbottcom/).
The 172W isreasonably priced at US$699,
and we expectthe street price to be under
$1,000 here.The display was set to ship
before the end of December, but we
expect i t
w i l l i n mid-January. The
Samsung 172W featuresSamsung's standard three-year warranty, which is good
for a product in this class. In comparison,
the Apple Cinema and Studio Displays
offer only a one-year warranty (unless
purchased with a computer and an Apple
Care policy). At p ress time, Samsung
Canada hadn'tadded the 172W to its Web
site,but it did have specs for the 172T,
which isthe same model but with a standard aspect screen.

Real Player One final release


After several months in beta, Real Player
One (www.real.corn) is now final for Mac OS.
The OS X-compatible Real One Player is
available in paid (Gold) and free versions.
As usuaL, you really have to dig around
the RealWeb site to find the free copy,
but trustus, it's there.
The Real One playerfeatures a much
improved interface over Real Player 8 for
Mac, and if you' re running OS X, Real
Player is now much more stable. Under
Classic or OS 9, Real Player frequently
either locked up the Finder or just crashed
in the middleof streaming content. The
OS X versiondoesn't appear to have any of
these problems, and the final release fully
supports OS X 10.2. Although we still find
QuickTime to have the best quality for
streaming, there will always be content
that's only available in Real Video format.

Available for about $89, the IceKey is


designedto be a perfect match foriBooks,
eMacs,and iMacs. The white IceKey won't
be a perfectmatch with Apple's Power
lines,though there is no reason beyond
aestheticsthat it can't be used with any
USB-equipped Mac.
Like Apple'sPro model, the IceKey has
a standardextended keyboard layout with
full-size arrow keys, F1 to F15 keys, plus
the volume and mute controlsand eject
keys Applehas added to its newest keyboards. A driver is required for the eject
and sound controlkeys, and both OS 9
and OS Xversions come with the included
CD (theycan also be downloaded from the
Macally Web site).
Unlike Apple'sstandard keyboard, the
IceKeyuses scissor action keys with a very
short travel distance, like iBook and
PowerBook built-in keyboards. The result
is a key feel with well defined action and
a good tactile click with each key press.
People who like quiet keyboards may find
the IceKey a bit louder than a normal
Apple keyboard,but it's not the loudest
keyboard out there. It's like using a laptop
keyboard on your desk, and has the same
firm feel, unlike the the spongy or soft
action ofmany extended keyboards.
The IceKey is also significantly thinner
than a standard desktop keyboard. It is
also very light, making it better for travelling or fitting on a keyboard tray.
Having used the I ceKey for several
days, the difference in feel is enough for
this writer to make it my new permanent
keyboard.I have no doubt that in time
more companies wiLL be offering keyboardsusing a laptop key technology for
desktop users. While the feel of the
IceKey may not be for everyone, it'
s
always good tohave more choices, especially with something as personal as a

keyboard.

Also, Apple's Pro Keyboard sells for $99


(black key version) and $109 (white key
version),so at $89 the IceKey is a good
value. If you' re looking to replace your
keyboard,it's worth giving the IceKey a
try. All it takes is five minutes to tell if
you' re going to love it or hate it.

Apple intros FireWire over IP


MacAIly IceKey
The Macally IceKey (www.macally.corn/) was
first unveiled several months ago, but we
have now seen the firstunits to enter
Canada andthey are pretty much as cool
as we'd hoped.

Though itseems more like a technology


demo than anything else,Apple's new
TCP/IP over FireWire software surely hints
at something i n t eresting to c ome.
Originally released to t h e p u blic via
Apple's software downloads site,the

installer was pulled after 24 hours and is


now only a vailable f rom t h e A p ple
Developer Connection site.
In its current version, the software
installs a kernel extension that allows you
to set up an IP address over the FireWire
interface.
You can share files between two
Macs by simply plugging a six-pin FireWire
cable intoeach Mac, then using the IP
addressto connect and mount the drive of
the othermachines.
Another possibility would be to share a
high-speed Internetconnection between
two Macs without having to buy a firewall
or router.Just connect the Internet to
one Mac viaEthernet, and then connect
the second Mac over FireWire. In the sharing preference pane turn on Internet sharing, and the Mac that'sconnected over
FireWire would grab an IP and be able to
surf at fuLl speed.
All of this could be done with regular
Ethernet,but there is the added confusion
of needing a crossover cable, or a regular
cable ifyou have a hub. Also, since
FireWire has a maximum data transfer rate
of 400 Mbpsand most Macs are limited to
100 Mbps Ethernet, FireWire over IP does
offer the possibiLity of moving more files
more quickly between two machines.
Why bother putting the effort into this
though? Well, for Apple there is the future
possibility of running Rendezvous over
FireWire, allowing devices to automahcally discover each other over a FireWireconnected network. You could connect to
a friend's machine and their hard drive
would automatically appear on your desktop, much like using FireWire Target Disk
mode, butwithout having to reboot one
of theMacs while holding the T key.
Another possibility is that there might
be a new devicein the works an updated iPod or a PDA that will be able to use
thistechnology.You could have a device
that worksautonomously but needs to be
connected to aMac via FireWire to connect tothe Internet for updates.
Eitherway, at this point it's not something you'd want to install on your work
machines because it'sonly a preview
release and may hamper stability. If you
want totry it out you need to register at
the Apple Developer Connection site it' s
free and you alsoget access to update
developer tools for OS X. 0
Iustin Siemens, a Mac ITspecialist based in
Vancouver, can be reached at
jsiemens@mac.corn.

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GUI: Thenext generation


e w software projects ever rest, so
it should be no
surprisethat both the
G NOME an d
KD E
teams are w orking
hard on t h eir n ext
generationGUIs. New
GUI releases tend to
be a combination of
bug fixes, feature
enhancements,and new tools. Let's take a
look atwhere GNOME and KDE are going in
their next incarnations.
CNOME's 2.2
It seems that GNOME 2.0 was j u st
released, and yet here we are talking
about GNOME 2.2. No, this isn't a major
jump in numbering. GNOME follows the
same method ofnumbering releases that
the Linux kernel team does, having all
odd-numbered items (GNOME 2.1, for
example) be the experimental versions
and the evens (such as 2.2) being the
"trustworthy" versions.
If youuse GNOME often, you probably
get frustrated at times with its ability to
render fonts. To the non-programmer it
doesn'tseem that throwing text onto a
screen should be a big deal, but it's quite
a complicated process, and the GUI-building world is always looking for the next
revolution in this area. While it might not
be revolutionary, GNOME's font support in

2.2 will improve through a combination of


adding f o ntconfig ( wwwfontconfig.org),
which willhelp you to automate font
management, atraditional headache, and
Xft. Xftis somewhat of a middleman,
selecting fonts using fontconfig,then
renderingthem on the screen using the X
Window System protocols.
A number of "look" improvements are
coming, too. GNOME's Accessibility
Project received the 2002 Helen Keller
award,but that hasn't made the developers lazy. There are high contrast themes
coming for those who need visuals to really stand out, orchange everything to
extralarge fonts. On the other end of the
spectrum there are the uttra-snazzy multimonitor (multi-headed) setups, which will
have more features inthe GNOME 2.2
panel.
The gedittext editor continues to grow
and get new features.While this may
seem a bit silly for a text editor, remember that some people still like to build
and editHTML in a text editor,and new
items like auto-indentation will definitely
help for that use. Folks who like a little

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the improvedGNOME performance.

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already in its second release candidate
phase, soby the time you read this it's
probably already been released. That
doesn't mean that many people have
switched toit, however. Changing your
entire GUI environment is a bit daunting,
so let'stake a look at the new features
and you can decidefor yourself whether
you think it's worth it or not.
The KDE browser, Konqueror, is getting
an update. In 3.1, this tool will offer the
ability to have multiple Web pages open,
each under its own tab in the same
browser window. Konqueror also gains the
ability to search on more than just Web
page textcontent, adding metadata and
multimedia searches to its arsenal. Better
support for common Microsoft-specific
Web items, like "smart quotes," is also
included.
Other KDE applications, like Kview, get
new featuresas welb such as new plugins
and mousewheel support.KFile gets a
load ofnew items. Almost 20 new plugins
will allow this program to do things such
as addand access comments within JPEG
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NOTABLE >

Bell Canada launches free WiFi hot spots


By Jeff Evans
anadian telco giant Bell Canada
(vww.bell.ca) is launching a new,
free-of-charge test deployment of
wirclcss high-speed Internet service in
selected locations across Canada. At a
Dec. 10 ceremony at Toronto's venerable
Union Station r a i l t e r m i nal, T erry
Mosley, president o f B e l l O n t a r io,
declared the new AccessZone service
proof of "Bell Canada's commitment to
meeting the evolving needs of mobile
professionals and business travellers who
are becoming increasingly reliant on
wirclcss tcchn<>I<>gics for hi gh-speed
Internet access while away from home or

of'fice."
According t o B e l l r e p resentatives,
"seven or eight" p r o t o type t e rn1ltlals
have been built and put i nto service.
These "hot spot" devices are about the
same size and shape as a traditional public pay phone, connect to a high-speed (3
IvIbps) DSL line, and contain a wirclcss
S02.11 access point that can support up

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access program announced by its archrival Telus in early
December 2002.
to 30 wireless PC or handheld computer
users located within 9 m (30 ft.) of the
installation simultaneously.
The hrst group 1>ViFi hotspot access

points have been installed in a variety of


locations across the country: Toronto's
Union Station, the Via Rail Panorama
lounge in Montreal's Central Station, the

departure area at Montreal'Dorval


International
A ir p o r t , Ki ng s ton's
Confederation Park and hv1arina,and
Kingston's St. Lawrence College.
Other installations arc planned or
available at the Air Canada Mapl Leaf
Lounges (business class) at Pearson
I nternational A i r p or t ( T e r minal 2 ) ,
D orval I ' nternational A i r p o rt , a n d
C algary
Inte r n a t iona l
A i r po r t .
(Eventually they will be in all other Air
Canada Maple Leaf Lounges). Other
AcccssZonc installations >rill be opened
at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and
Frontcltac Public Library in Kingston.
The free test phase will last until midMarch, according to Bell.
The company rushed to stake out its
claim to public access IViFi at least in
part as a response to a similar, S6 million
KiFi access program announced hy its
archrival Telus in early December 2002.
The two Canadian telecom giants both
see a big market in public access WiFi
hot spots. According to a N o vember

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when viewing a document on-screen.Though the spellchecker
is a "must use" tool in Word, few people
use allof its features. This month, we do
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Though some users disable it, the Spell
Check As You Type option points out
potential spelling errors with a red wiggly
underline as you type. Right-clicking on
the underlined words opens the Spell
Check shortcutmenu, which offers a range
of options including alternate spellings
for theword. You can select one of the
options and the menu closes, letting you
continue towork on your document. Or,
you can pressAlt+ F7 to move to the next
error.
If youdon't have this option enabled,
you can turn iton by choosing Tools,
Options, Spelling 8 Grammar, then select
the CheckSpelling As You Type checkbox.
You canaLso select the Check Grammar As
You Type checkbox, which will underline
grammar gbtchesin green as you go.
However, if you' re colour blind, red and
green arejust about the worst choices of
colours possible! You can change them,
though, by running one of the macros
included with Word. To find it, choose
Tools,Templates and Add-Ins, click Add,
then browse tofind the file support.dot
(it will be in your program fileszimicrosoft
officezoffice10)macros folder). Click OK
twice toadd it.If you can't find the file,
you' ll need to install it from your original
CD (seeKnowledge Base article 284845 at
support.microsoftcompkbid=284845) .
Run the macro by choosing Tools,
Macro, Macros,then select Support.dot
(Global template) from the Macros dropdown list. From the Macro Name list
choose RegOptionsand click Run. Choose
the Spelling WavyUnderlineColor option,
click Choose Color, select the colour you
want to use,click OK, then Change. You
can repeat this for the Grammar checker's
wavy linestoo. When you're done, click

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appear.

Working with the dialogue


When you'
re spellchecking your document
by pressing F7 ( o r c h oosing Tools,
Spelling and Grammar) you are activating
the Spelling and Grammar dialogue. You
can move between thisdialogue and the
document you are editing by pressing
Control+Tab.When you're done, click the
Resume buttonin the dialogue to continue with your spell check.
Afteryou've spell checked a document
once andchosen Ignore Once or Ignore All
for reported errors, you' ll find they won' t
be reported again during the current editing session. However, they will be reported again if you close the document,
reopen it, and rerun spell check. If you
want Word torecheck a document in full
(including reporting previously ignored
e rrors), you don't have t o close and
reopen it.
Instead, choose Tools,Options,
Spelling 8, Grammar, and click Recheck
Document to clear the list of i g nored
words and spell
check as if you hadn't
checkedthe document previously.

Removing misspellings
It happens to everyone occasionally: you
clickthe Add to Dictionary button instead
of the Change button and add a misspelled word to your dictionary. The result
is thatthe typo won't be flagged as a
potential error unless you remove the mis-

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spelling from the dictionary. To do this in


Word 2002, c h oose Tools, Options,
Spelling 8
Gr a mmar, click Custom
Dictionaries, select the Default Dictionary,
and click Modify. A list of words you' ve
added to the dictionary will appear on the
screen. To remove one, simply select it,
and click Delete. When you' re done, click
OK three times to exit.
With earlier versions of Word, the
process is a little different. Choose Tools,
O ptions, Spelling 8
Grammar, click
Dictionaries, select the dictionary you
want to modify (there's probably only one
in this list), and click Edit. You' ll see a
new Word documentappear that contains
a listof the words you've added to your
dictionary. Find t he misspelled word,
selectit, and press the Delete key to
remove theword and the paragraph marker (there should be no blank line in place
of the removed word). Save the file by
choosingFile,Save, and answering Yes to
any prompt thatappears warning about
possible formatting losses (that's OK).
Close the file by choosing File Close. If
you hadAutomatic Spell Checking enabled
before you edited this file, you' ll have to
enable it a g ai n b y s e lecting Tools,
Options, and the Spelling 8 Grammar tab.

Selecting what to check


You can setup your document so that a
selectionof text won't be spell.checked
(macro or HTML code, for example). To do
this, selectthe text you don't want

checked, choose Tools, then Language.


Enable the Do Not Correct Spelling Or
Grammar checkbox and click OK. The spell
check will
now skip the selected text.
If you frequentlytype text you don't
want to be checked, you can create your
own Style so you won't have to go
through all
of the above steps each time.
To do this,select a paragraph that has
spell checking disabled, click in the Style
list box on the Formatting toolbar, and
type in a n am e for your style
(SpelKheck0ff, for example), and press
Enter. Now choose Format, Stylesand
Formatting to display the task pane,
right-clickon your new styleand choose
Modify, Enable the Add to template
checkbox and click OK. This adds the style
to your current template (which is most
probably normal.dot) so it is available to
all new documents based on thistemplate.
You canalso specify the language used
to spellcheck a document; for example,
you can use English (U.S.) or English
(Canada), depending on your spelling
preferences and the needs of your readers.
To do this,select the text you want to
change thespelling language for,choose
Tools,Language, and pick a language. If
the requisite language support is not
available, you' ll be prompted to install it
at this point. Once installed, Word will
swap from one language to anotheras
required by the optionsyou've set for
each pieceof text.

Add your own dictionary


When you're spell checking a document
and you clickthe Add to Dictionary button, Word adds the currentlyselected
word to a user dictionary. If you haven' t
specified otherwise, this dictionary is
called Custom.dic. It is really a simple list
of words added to the userdictionary,
which can be edited.
You can also have more than one custom dictionary. If you work in a l egal
practice,for example, you can buy a dictionary ofcommon legal words to use
with your spell checker. You can also build
your own dictionary as you work by
adding correctly spelled words every time
they are reported as errors. It' ll take some
work to build, but it doesn't cost anything
more than your time.
To create or add a n e w dictionary,
choose Tools, Options, Spelling 8
G rammar, a n d
click the Custom

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new dictionary or click Add to import one
you have purchased or downloaded from
the Internet.
If you' re creating your own dictionary,
make sure you regularly back it up so you
don't lose it if your hard drive crashes. It
is also possible to share a dictionary
you' ve created with others in your office.
To do this, copy your dictionary file to
their computer and then "install" it as
detailed above.
To ensure your custom dictionary is
used when Word spell checks your document, choose Tools,Options, Spelling 8
Grammar, and check that the Suggest
From Main Dictionary Only option is disabled. This ensures your custom dictionary will be used as a source of correctly
spelled words.
There are a couple of ways you can add
words to acustom dictionary. One is to
type theword in a document, run a spell
check and click Add to Dictionary when it
is reported as a possible error. You can
also add words usingthe same process
you used to remove misspellings: instead
of removinga word, though, you add one.
It'svery easy to do with Word 2002's custom dialogue.For Word 2000 or 97, just
type theword at the top ofthe list.W hile
the list appears in alphabetical order, you
don'thave to add the words alphabetically Word will reorder them when you next
add a word to this dictionary using the
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As dictionaries are only plain text files,
you can alsoopen any .dic file and add
words by typing them or by copying and
pasting from another file. Just make sure
you save the file with its .dic extension
and as a Text Only ( *.txt ) file again,
don't worryabout putting the words in
alphabetical order, Word will do that for
you.

Excluding words
Although you canedityour own custom
dictionaries, Word's own dictionary can' t
be edited. This can be frustrating if, for
example,you frequently use a word in the
wrong context but use a correct spelling
of theword: typing stationary instead of
stationery, for example. It would be nice
to be able to remove a word (in t his
example,we'd want to remove "stationary") from the dictionary so we'd be
prompted to change itwhenever it was
encountered.While you can't remove the
word,you can exclude them from the dictionary by creating an exclusion file. An

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Getting a grip on spam


By David F. Skoll
'despread use of email has
revolutionized
c o m m e rce.
Access to very cheap, very fast
electronic communication has greatly
expanded the reach of businesses, allowing even small businesses to have global
success. Over the last few years, however,
w e' ve
seen more and more of this in our
inboxes:
")) ) T H E ULTIMATE BULK EMAIL
SOLUTION!"
"Look Younger and Lose Weight in 3
Weeks!!!!"
"FREE 30 d a y s u pply o f H GH
9469mbw-7"
"dfs, $5.00 per 100MG dosefor Gen'ric
V'agra. Limited Time Fr ee Doctor
Consultation"
I'm talking about unsolicited commercial email, junk mail, spam.
Spam has become more and more
troublesome as spammers realize they
can mass-market their wares at practically no cost. According to some studies,
spam now accounts for 38 percent of all
email traffic. IDC says 31 billion junk
email messages are sent every day, with
projections that the number will double
by 2006.
Spam isn't merely an annoyance, it
costs businesses time a n d m o n e y.
Employees waste valuable time cleaning
out their mailboxes. Worst of all, spam is
lowering the business value of emaiL
What promised to be a fast, efficient
means of business communication is
turning out to be an exercise in junksorting and time-wasting.
In this article, we' ll look at the issues
at the root of the spam problem, learn

ta'

what spam-fighters are doing about it,


and offer concrete tips for reducing the
cost and risk of spam in your business.

The nature of spam


Several factors conspire t o i n c rease
spam's prevalence and make spamming
attractive to spammers:
SMTP the ubiquitous Simple Mail
Transfer P r o tocol u s e d o n the
Internet provides no way to authenticate the email addresses of senders.
Anyone can fake an email address.

Database Architect, Design R Analysis


Distributed Data Applications
w ith A SP.Net an d V B . N e t

(This has implications not only for


spam, but also for the latest crop of
viruses, which pretend to come from
someone other than the real sender.)
Sending an email message across the
world is as cheap as sending it next
door.Spammers can take advantage of
this by spamming from servers in
countries with weak or nonexistent
anti-spam laws.
People still rely heavily on email, so
spam is likely to reach its target. While
the Mozil la W e b b r o wser a l lows
blocking of p o p-up Web ads, and
some proxies block other Web and
instant-messaging ads, no-one is willing to close off email, because that
would defeat its purpose.
As long as spamming continues to be
cheap, reliable and non-traceable, it will
continue to be a p r oblem. Attacking
spam requires addressing one or more of
those three factors.

Thinking like a spammer

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To really understand how to stop spam,


we need to think like spammers. Let' s
put on our mass-mailing black hats and
become evil spammers for a moment.

The first thing we need is pre tection


from consumer backlash. We can easily
achieve this by either faking the sender
address completely, or using a disposable Hotmail or Yahoo email address as
the sender address. Statistics show that a
d isproportionate a m oun t o f sp a m
claims to come from free email services.
Next, we want to minimize our cost. If
we' re on a dialup line, we really don' t
want to send thousands or millions of
individual messages. It's much cheaper
to find a so-called "open relay" that will
forward messagesfor us. (An open relay
is a misconfigured email server that
accepts messages from anyone and relays
them to anyone. This lets us batch up the
messages, sending one message to perhaps hundreds of recipients, and leaving
it up to the open relay to redistribute
them to individual recipients. )
To further lower our cost, we don' t
want to deal with bounced messages or
errors. Our goal is to blast messages at as
many people as possible; we don't particularly care about reaching every single
recipient reliably. So we use special software that ignores errors, and we fake the
sending address so no bounced messages
come back.
Although we don't care about the reliability of an individual message, we do
care that, on the whole, the messages get
through. So we keep our message short
to avoid size restrictions, and we don' t
use any attachments, preferring plain
text or HTML mail.
In order to evade content-scanners,
we might use tricks like encoding our
message or splitting words with HTML
comments: some<!- >thing like this. We' ll
avoid unsophisticated content filters by
writing V'agra instead of Viagra, or using
g a p p y text.

Thinking like a spam fighter


Now, let's put on the white hats of spam
fighters. What tools do we have at our
disposal?
Spotting faked sender addresses is, in
general, impossible. However, if a
message comes from a n onexistent
domain, it makes sense to reject it.
Most mail server software can be configured to reject messages from nonexistent d o m a ins. U n f o r t unately,
these messagesaccount for a vanish-

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Cootif)ued frompage 24
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portable WiFi network that enables the
crew's 140 laptop users, including techsavvy Mick Jagger, to have constant,
effortless Internet connectivity. U

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Continued
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are examined for. certain characteristics.
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Viagra? Do they have ADV: in the subject?
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probably the most effective rule-based
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Statistical techniques rely on learning
what is spam and what isn' t. In "training
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which messages are spam and which
aren' t. The software looks at the messages and builds probability tables that
messages containing certain words or
phrases are or aren't spam. Eventually,
the tables become complete and accurateenough to separate spam from nnnspam without further training.
Trainable software can even be taught
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organizations, because different people
in the organization might have different
ideas about what is or isn't spam, and no
trainable filter is likely to work well for
everybody.

Getting a grip on spam


Contrnued trom page78
ingly small proportion of spam.
Blocking messages from free email
providers is likely not feasible. Thcrc
are simply too many legitimate users
of these services tn block them without negative business effects.
Blocking open relavs illa>' be a little
morc promising. There are databases
of open relays, updated in real time,
that lct you look up a machine with a
simple DNS request. We can block
i11ail from inachines in these databases. Unfortunately,
of course, there are
many more lazy administrators (and
hence open relays) than are listed in
open-relay databases.
Blocking "dialup" IP a ddresses can
help. This prevents sparnmcrs from
sending email directly from dialup or
DSL PCs, forcing them instead to use
their ISP's mail server and (presumably) be more accountable for their
email. The downside, of course, is that
ynu may block legitimate email, or
forget to update your database when
network addresses are rcassigned.
Detecting special spamwarc is a hitand-miss
p rop o s ition.
Some
spamware adds special headers to
email messages, and can thus be
detected. But m ost spamware tries
very hard not to be detectable, precisely in order tn seem legitimate.
Our last spam-fighting tool is content-scanning, and this is probably the
most f ai r a n d r e l i able m e t hod.
Spammers are usually not particularly
sophisticated, and although they may
usc silly tricks to try tn avoid contentscanncrs, most spam email has (tn put
it kindly) a certain literary style.
Thc twn m ost p r omising contentscanningtechniques are rule-based techniques and statistical techniques. With
rule-based techniques, email messages

Fighting back
So far, the spam-fighting techniques
noted focus on detecting likely spam.
But what do we do after detection?
Simply disposing of suspect messages
is a non-starter fnr m ost businesses,
because nn automated technique, however good, can guarantee not to block
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timate email. For companies that

depend on email for leads, this is unac'ccptablc. So most spam-fighting software simply marks suspect messages
with a special subject, or redirects it to a
special folder. However, someone still
has tr> wade through the junk to pull out
useful nuggets. This is not much of a
time-saver.
Some ( expensive) s e rvices h a ve
legions of spam editors who manually
examine messages and set up a database
nf which messagesarc spam. This database is readable by content-scanners on
mail servers, which then reiect spam
messages.
Distributed checksum services operate on a similar principle; once a message has been identified as spam hy some
number of volunteers, it is added to a
database and everyone else can reject it
automaticallv
To fightback effectively, ynu need a
multi-pronged approach:
If ynu run your own mail server, consider using real-time blacklists and
distributed checksum databases. Run
c ontent-scanning software on y o u r
server to identify spam.
If yo u use an ISP for your email,
choose one thatoffers an anti-spam
service, preferably one that allows you
t o create c ustom b l a cklists an d
whitclists. Avoid running anti-spam
software on on your desktop if you
can, because you still have to waste
time d ownloading an d a n alyzing
spam. Anti-spam scanning belongs on
the mail server.
Never reply to a spam message. Any
r eply simply c o n firms t ha t y o u r
address is valid and invites new spam.
If you want to complain, never do so
to administrators of t h e s ender's
domain, becausethe sending address
is likely to be faked. Instead, look for
the IP address of the mail relay and
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coniplain to network administrators


for that address. Ynu can find good
instructions for spam reporting at
www.spamcon.org.
Use anti-spam software that does not
automatically dispose of messages,
but that traps spam while at th same
t ime offering an e f ficient way t o
review and select valid m essages.
Software that sorts by a filter's spam
score, for example, makes it much easier to pick out valid email. Software
that lets you create blacklists and
whitelists of known sparnrncrs and
friendscan go a long way to reducing
your workload.
If you live in jurisdictions that allow it
(sadly, none in Canada dn), take legal
action against spammers. Technical
means can help reduce the reliability
and increase the cost of spamming,
but a lawsuit really hurts a spammer.

Conclusions
Spam will always be with us, regardless
of thc technical tools or legal steps used
to combat i t . A s c o n t e nt-scanners
become more widespread, we' ll scc an
arms race between scanner authors and
spammers.
Content-scanning, real-time blacklists, and other technical measures will
succeed in blocking most spam, and are
worth i m p l ementing. L e ading-edge
spammers will always be a step ahead,
but the vast majority nf unsophisticated,
semi-literate spammcrs will be stopped
cold. J
David Skoll is president of Roaring Penguin
Software Inc. (www.roaringpenguin.corn), creator
of the open-source MIMEDefang email scanning
software and Canlt SpamTrap (www.canit.ca), a
commercial anti-spam and anti-virus solution. You
can email David at dfsroarrngpenguin.corn.

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CDRW LG
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DVD Liteon 16x / LG 16x .... . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 63/65
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are usingWord 2000/2002 and you're not
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Find, and Files or Folders to locate it. If
you find multiple versions, choose the
one withthe most recent date.
Your .exc file is a plain text file you create using Word,Notepad, or WordPadthe resultingfil
e must be saved as Text
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line, in this file, then save the file with
the correctname and location. If you
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create one .exc file for each .lex file.
When you're done, close and restart
Word andtype one of the excluded words.
Spellcheck the document and you'llfind
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ve used it in the correct context. You
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choose Ignore Once (Ignore All isn't an
option)and the Add to Dictionary button
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If youchange your mind about having
a word in your exclusion file, open each
.exc file, remove the word, and save it
again.
As you can see, there's more to Word's
spellchecker than meets the eye. It's a
great tool and, while you can never totally do away withthe need to proofread
your documents,there are ways to make
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By Keith Schengili-Roberts
n the last article, we looked at some
basic selectors: contextual, child, and
adjacent sibling selectors. But there
are other types of selectors available that
allow for a greater range of selective formatting. In this article, we look at the set
of selectors that lets you format attributes under anumber of different conditions.

Atbibute seledors
The set of a t t ribute selectors greatly
extendsthe functionality of the class and
id attributes.The basic idea of these
selectorsis that they let you format Web
objects utilizing attributes on a conditional basis so you can select a particular combination of elements to be formatted when itappears within a Web page.
The CascadingStyle Sheet 2.0 (CSS2)
specificationadded four ofthese attribute
selectors.
In each case, an attribute value
is enclosed within square brackets, and is

then followed by furtherCSS code that


does the actual formatting. Here are quick
descriptions for their use and purpose:
element[attribute] Matches
the
name ofthe attribute contained within
square brackets.
el e m ent[ a t t r i b u t e = " v a l u e" ] A
match is made when the attribute
equalsthe value of "value."
e l ement[ a t t r i b u t e - "value" ] A
match is made when the attribute
roughly matchesthe value of "value,"
in caseswhere the text "value" may be
part of a larger word.
e l e ment[ a t t r i b u t e ] ="value" ] A
match ismade whenever the attribute
m atchesthe first few letters of a value
whose firstfew letters match the text
"value."
The initial example is pretty simple:
wherever you have a particular type of
attribute appearing against a specific element, the browser formats it accordingly.
For example, take a look at the following

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In thiscase, any <h2> header in the
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whatever its
value will be coloured red. So a header
like <h2 class="header">This header is in
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because ituses the id attribute instead.
You cansee how this can be a powerful
tool, allowing you to rapidly add some
further modifying CSS code to further format existing CSS code on your Web
page in this case, any <h2> header that
uses theclass attribute.
Things getmore interesting when you
come to the second example,which is
where you can start adding further conditional statements to the selector, allowing
you to bemore choosey about what gets
formatted. Consider the following code
snippet:
<style>

h2[class=" header "] (color: red)


</style>
In thiscase, only <h2> headers containing a class attribute set to the value
"header"would be formatted red.Ifthere's
an <h2>header on the page with a class
value setto anything else, it won't be
considered amatch, and therefore won't
be turned to red. You can even use a
"null" value with this particular arrangement, whichcan be quite useful in some
circumstances. Let'ssay you have a
dynamicallygenerated Web page, and
occasionallyyou get elements that are
automaticallygenerated but are empty,
such asa "Next" link at the end of a slideshow Web presentationforexample. What
you could do is insert the following code
in theheader of your Web page:
<style>
a[href=""] (visibility: hidden)
</style>
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the third type of attribute selector tells
the browser to select against a particular
value whenever it appears, whether it be
the first, second, or third (or more) value
that appears within the value for a given
attribute. The following sample Web page
code shouldhelp make this concept clear:
<html>
<head>
<title>Attribute Selector Example</title>
<style>
p.goldilocks [font-weight: bold)
p[dass-="gold "] [color: gold)
</style>

CSSselectors: ParD
Carttiaued from page 86
tent in other words, when it doesn't
actually link to anything this particular
attribute selector will render it invisible.
The third type of a t t ribute selector
allows you to choose a particular value
within an attribute whenever there is
more than one value present. This is available because there are certain times when
you may wishto callupon more than one
type of class or id attribute formatting
within a page.
You can,in fact,have a single Web element on a pageformatted by more than
one class attribute for example, with each
valueseparated by a comma, The "=" in

</head>
<body>
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The fourthtype of attribute selector is
for usewhen you are trying to match a
particular type of hyphen-separated
(instead ofspace-separated) values contained within an attribute. It uses "[="
and telLsthe browser to look and match
against a given value only when it first
appears in a given sequence of hyphenseparated values contained within an
attribute.Again, a look at some actual
code may helpmakes things more clear:
<html>
<head>
<title>Untitled</title>
<style>
p[class]="hum "] (color: white; background-color:

Bears</p>

red]

<p class="goldilocks">Once there was a little girl


whose name wasGoldilocks.</p>
<p dass="goldilocks gold ">She ran into some
trouble with a trio of bears.</p>
</body>
</html>
In this case, the first paragraph is formatted normally, the second is rendered
in bold, and the third is displayed in boLd
and is a gold colour, with the gold formatting coming from the p[class-="gold"]
[color: gold) matching the "goLd" value in

</style>
</head>
<body>
="hum-bug">hum-bug</p>
<p class
<p dass="bug-hum">bug-hum</p>
<p dass="hum-bug-hum ">hum-bug-hum</p>
<p dass="bug-hum-bug">bug-hum-bug</p>
</body>
</html>
In thiscase we have a Web page where
we have the attribute selector looking for
matches to p[dassj="hum"], which uses

[color: white; background-color: red] to turn the


text whiteagainst a red background. In
the paragraphscontained within the body
of the page,only two paragraphs meet
this condition: those beginning with <p
class="hum-bug"> and <p class="hum-bughum">, becausethe value "hum" appears
at the beginning of the sequence of
hyphen-separatedvalues. The other two
paragraphsare not matched, since "hum"
does notappear at the beginning of the
hyphenated sequence of values.
As withmany of the selector types from
the last article, support for attribute
selectors is not yet implemented within
Internet Explorer. However, you will be
able tosee these code examples work the
way they were intended if you are running
a current edition Netscape Navigator,
Mozitla, or Opera browsers. Q
Next Time: What CSS3has in store for selectors. Keith Schengili-Roberts welcomes any comments, questions, suggestions, or HTML tips you
may have. Email Keith at: robertskorogers.corn.
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Information Science (www.fis.utoronto.ca) and his
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presentationdesign on the screen in an
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and immediatelyseeing the changes in
the playing version.

pointerinto a pen that you can use to


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an arrow to use to point to items, click
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slide.

Erase pen marks To remove the pen


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the next slide, click the Slide controls at
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Screen, then Erase Pen.

Smarter editing If you have an


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wheelthatcontrolszooming, you can use
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screen you may, for example, want to
circle a number or an important point. To
do this, click Control + P while making
your presentation to turn your mouse

Rehearseyour presentation Beforeyou


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de. Use this as a
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more.
Saving timing When you' re rehearsing
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automate thepresentation. You can even


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don't have accessto a computer, is to


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The sands of time


By Sean Carruthers

ifteen years ago, I was partway

through my first year at university.


My experience with cnmputers up
until at that point was a mixed bag, partly educational and partly home-based.
At the time, computers were not quite so
integrated into my life, but were still an
exciting novelty.
When I was about 12 years old, I took
a summer course at Brandon University
called Computers for Kids; they led us
into the computer lab and plunked us all
down in front of Commodore PETs. In a
way, they were the iMacs of their day:
they were found in schools all over the
place, they had an all-in-one design, and
the floppy was optional (instead, we did
most of our file storage with a cassette
deck). The graphics were pretty bad and
the screens glowed a slightly chilling
green, but at the time I thought I had
discovered nirvana. In follow-up courses
I learned that the computers could be
networked together (some of us spent
more time sending each other messages
than actually listening to the teacher),
and that you could use the computers
for serious mathematical work. I i vas
hooked.
Of course, it wasn't long before we got
a computer at home to keep my interest
going. My da d o r d ered the Sinclair
ZX81, one of the first computers aimed
at the consumer: it was easy to assemble
(if you chose to go that route), it was
fairly easy to use, plus it was inexpensive.

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meant we didn't have to buy a whole lot
of equipment to get started. The keyboard was innovative, featuring a numb er of soft-touch keys that not o n ly
acted as a standard keyboard, but were
also pre-programmed to give you an
entire word or command in the appropriate places, making it easier than ever
to write your own programs. It came
with only I KB of memory onboardt hankfully m y d a d s p r un g f o r t h e
weighty 16 KB RA M m o d ule, which
clamped onto an edge connector on the
rear.
While the ZX81 was a great way tn
start out, it was certainly limited the
graphicswere black and white only, and
the sound quality was-very limited.
Shortly afterwards, I stepped up to the

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Texas Instruments TI-99/4A, which had


polyphonic sound and a colour display.
Even better, ynu could also attach joysticks or insert program cartridges, just
like the Atari 2600. While the Sinclair
was fun to goof around on, the TI-99/4A
actually felt like real computing to me: it
came in a brushed metal casing, the keyboard felt good to type on, and there was
16 KB of RAM already onboard, with
room for even more expansion. I was
actually so happy with the TI-99/4A that
I didn't pay much attention to the Vic-20
o r the Commodore 64, even at t h e
height of their popularity. Again, I could
use the TV in nur basement for both the
picture and the sound, and I spent hours
and hours programming primitive driving games, graphics displays, and simple
musical numbers. But alas, even this was

not to last.
Through my junior high days, I supplemented my at-home computer explorations with semi-regular visits to the
S uperPET machines located i n the
school's main office. (Part of this was for
the fun of learning, but I have to admit
that a big chunk of it was the fact that
someone had figured out a way to get the
SuperPETs to play a fairly faithful version of Space Invaders.) When I finally
headed tohigh school, even that became
kid stuff when I discovered how fun it
was to play around on a VAX system; I
e ven stayed after school in o r der t o
spend time trying tn hack around the
school's network, only leaving when the
janitor finally hoofed us out.
When the first issue of The Cotnputer
Paper hit the streets, I was most likely sitting in a class at Brandon University, taking my first computer science course
from an instructor who kept referring to
himself as "your old uncle Gwynfor." At
that point, I was still at least a year away
from buying a Commodore Amiga 500
(complete with I M B o f RAM and no
hard drive). I i vas even further away
from buying my first IBM-based PC,
which was the first of my Wi n d owsbased computers.
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and learned so much since then, but it' s
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ou have a growing collection of digital pictures, so wouldn't it be neat


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hide on the boxes, and mergethe companies that market the last letter of the
companv name. The new PC is not just
new becaus some moron marketeer
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And ths new processing machines
are not your t'ather's ihfac. Bulbous fruit
boxs are not going to save the day.
What's going to win the computer wats
for the nexily shaped computrs is more
diffrnt than thinking dit'terent.
First off, th dsktop is all hut dead
and that's because we want to take our
computers with us wherever we go and a
beige box is not going to fit in pocket.
I lowver, there are t w o c o m p anis
working away in the secret labs of Silicon
Valley to ahive a pocket-sized computer. Now, I'm not talking Palm and Pocket
PC here. T h a t's y esterday's n ws.
Tomorrow's computer is about the size
of atrashy romance novel.
I wandrd over to San staten the
other week to get a glimpse of this booksized future and there, in th shadow of
Oracle's campus, was this little ottlce in a
low-slung complex with ninenginrs
tlnating around in it.
'I'h c ompany i s cal l e d T iq i t
(wwwtiqit.corn) and its pride and joy is the
eightphree, a 570 g (20 oz.) computer
that runs a full version of Windows XP.
The pocket computr which looks like
a RIM BlackBerry on steroids has a
300 XitHz N a t i onal S e miconductor
God processor. It sports 256 MB of
non-expandahle memory, and a 10GB
or 20 GB hard driv. It runs on a lithium-ion battery that stores about four
hours of power. It's got geek> guts and
tashion m aven a p pal. Th c b o o k i sh
computer comes in lnultiple colours like
steel blue and burgundy.
What's cool about this new product is

tuners, along with high-quality speakers.


Manutacturers will r emove th keyboards and offer outboard mice, thouh
perhaps these command-and-control
devices will clip on when they need to

that it's a desktop computer replacement. It is highly portahle and can be


u sed autonomously away f r ol n t h e
restraints of a desktop, thanks to an integ rated thumb-driven keyboard a n d
mouse stick. Plus it has an integrated 4inch, 18-bit LCD touch-screen capable
of d i s playing m o r e t h a n 2 6 2 ,000

tfavel.

colours.

The device is named alter the atomic


weight ot b i smuth, the densest nonr adioactive element. I n t h e spirit o t
anti-product monikrs like Unix, it was
d signed and named bv a h u nch o f
Stanford U n i versity e n gineers. 'I'h
machin's most desktop-like quality is
that it runs a tull version of Windows XP,
yt it's a quarter of the size of an average
laptop. To connect it to the world outside your pocket or purse, it has intgrated PC Card and SD card slots and
one USB port. The colnpany wanted
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integrated Bluetooth and W i -Fi. Th
designers argue t hat t h e c u s tomer
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them.
'I'iqit, which s t a nd s f or Ti ny
ubiQuitous Technology, figures salespeople, tleld workers, and ultra-mobile
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a full-fldgd desktop computer. There' s
no outboard CD burner or tloppy drive,
but you could tote anxtcrnal one with
you and connect it through the USB
Poft.

I think it could revolutionize what we


think of as a portable computer. It will
b availabl nxt year, likely branded hy
a yet-to-he-namd mainstream computer company, at a price of around
US$1,000 to US$1,500.
Of course, computer mutations ar
not all about small. Expect to see a new
category of notebook computer called
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supermodcl, expct it to be heavier and
more sophisticated. The weight ot the
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screens will be super-sized to 16-inch to
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Features on ths beasts will one day

The portly portables will also b chock


t'ull of new-t'angled connectors like USB
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latter, also called FirWir by Appl and
il.ink hy Sony, is now the standard way
to transter video between digital catllcorders and computers.
The senlingl) bacl ward trend toward
robust luggables willlikely appeal to studnts and those who don't travel much
with their gear, but want the option,
without the need t'or heais machinery.
"Thir power will be equal to what
you can do o n y ou r desktop today,"
explained Canadian Danny L-Yow,
one of four d i rectors responsible t'or
worldwid research and
at
Toshiha.
They will also cost about th same as a
desktop computer. Th nw machines
will start to arrive in 2003 and become
lnainstream by 2005 or 2006 or so

developm
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Xentex's split-screen FhpPadVoyager.

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driv bays, the computer is going to

The petite eightythree from Tiqit.

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