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A CD-ROM by any other name

The demise of the Federal Information Resources Management Regulation (FIRMR) presents a question that we know has been eating at the entire federal IT community: What will GSA now call its FIRMR/Federal Acquisition Regulation CD-ROM?

Wonder no longer. The FIRMR/FAR disc has a new and equally catchy name: the U.S. Government Management Policy CD-ROM.

But wait there's more. One no longer has to go to the Government Printing Office to obtain the disc. Beginning next month the National Technical Information Service will assume production.

Now that's a switch

What does the Pentagon have in common with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences? If nothing else they use the same telecommunications hardware.

A week after Xylan Corp. let out the word that its OmniSwitch and PizzaSwitch were set for deployment in the Pentagon and other Washington D.C.-area locations as part of the Defense Department's Tempo network the company issued a second press release that said the same equipment will be used for the EmmyCast which is a live interactive Internet broadcast and companion piece to the Emmy Awards telecast.

Wired couch potatoes even those in the Pentagon will be able participate in the EmmyCast via the Web at www.emmys.org on Sept. 8 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. Beloved "Brady Bunch" mom Florence Henderson - whose name we predict will soon become synonymous with high technology - will host the EmmyCast the Xylan release said. Xylan switches will form the backbone network for the Netcast.

Of campaigns and computers

Now anyone with a PC and a modem can be an expert in political campaign strategyAll one needs according to the folks at Campaigns & Elections magazine is a copy of the new book Phil Noble's Guide to the Internet and Politics.

Noble who is the president of a political and public affairs consulting company has produced a book that "describes how to use the Internet to win political campaigns " according to the magazine's press release. "It provides political professionals with an easy way to find their way around cyberspace and to maximize new political tools to win campaigns."

We wonder if this book is aimed at the D.C. (Dole and Clinton) market.

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