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Paper or Plastic?

For those inclined, President Clinton's fiscal 2001 budget request can

be picked up in the cumbersome paper format or on CD-ROM. You'd think that

in this day and age, people would choose the CD-ROM, especially because

it costs $17 vs. $78 for the paper version. But most people still want the

weighty books. Either people are stuck in the 20th century or, on the flip

side, maybe it's a sign that technology still doesn't provide the same user-friendly

interface that paper does.

Goin' Courtin'

When Inacom Corp. announced in December it would sell off its Government

Systems Division, a number of resellers, including GTSI, Intelligent Decisions

Inc. and Federal Data Corp., were mentioned as possible buyers. But has

a new name been thrown into the mix? Chantilly, Va.-based CDW-G Inc. supposedly

has contacted Inacom executives in hopes of reaching an agreement. When

interviewed in December, Mark O'Donnell, vice president of Inacom Government

Systems, acknowledged that the company was in negotiations with a "large

government reseller" but would not disclose names. Inacom is expected to

complete negotiations by the end of March.

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