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Andreas Uiterwijk

Keeping Data Within Reach

Storage options include online, offline and near-line solutions on media such as tape, hard disks and CD-ROMs. In many cases, the best storage solution is a combination of these options.

Security game: Playing for keeps

Would you be interested in a way to train network administrators about security that is fun and inexpensive? The Defense Information Systems Agency has produced a new interactive training CD that might fit the bill.

Keeping data within reach

In the Information Age, government agencies must find ways to handle data generated, shared and demanded at everincreasing rates. And it's not just handling the volume of data that poses a problem. Today's information technology managers need to store all that data securely and determine how often

Sit up straight!

Proposed regulations aimed at reducing aches and pains caused by poorly designed working environments could be a real headache for federal information technology managers whose employees spend hours at a time hunched over their computers. Under the regulations proposed last month by the Occupationa

Entry-level servers: Workgroup workhorses

The latest entrylevel workgroup servers, 500 MHz Intel Corp. Pentium IIIs, are ideal for small workgroups. These file and print servers are not meant for department level use or critical data storage. Rather, they are basic workhorses for printing, email and standard file storage, and perfect fo

How to give old PCs a new lease on life

Are you looking for a way to extend the life of your older Intel Corp. Pentium PC systems and make them Year 2000-compliant at the same time? These two tasks seem incompatible at first, but the FCW Test Center has come up with a solution.

500 MHz Pentium IIIs: Better than ever

Testing by Pat McClung and Andreas Uiterwijk The latest 500 MHz Pentium III PCs are fast, wellbuilt and easier to manage than ever. But the most intriguing new feature for government buyers is the unique serial number hardcoded into the processor. The serial number offers advantages to government

Gateway presents a sleek Profile

Tired of your PC taking up precious real estate on your desk? The Profile PC recently introduced by Gateway Inc. and coming soon to the General Services Administration schedule incorporates the best desktop features with the spacesaving abilities of a notebook computer. The first thing you wil

Phaser 740N gives low-cost color output

In October, Tektronix Inc. shook up the printer market with the announcement of the first $2,000 workgroup color printer, the Phaser 740. We recently had the opportunity to test one of these models and found it to be a good buy for government agencies that want to bring quality color printing to th

ATL, Seagate team for easy backup

As government agencies look to back up more data that doesn't require instant access, such as desktop files and email, the demand for inexpensive nearline storage is rising. We evaluated one storage solution designed to meet this demand: ATL Products' ATL P1000 tape storage library running Seagat

FCW issues hacker challenge

Testing by Andreas Uiterwijk and Chip Pettirossi So you think your network is secure just because you have a firewall? Think again. No network that allows external traffic is 100 percent secure, no matter what kind of firewall is in place. Any type of traffic entering and exiting a network opens up

Hard Bodies

If you need a notebook computer that can take a littleor a lotof abuse, consider buying a ruggedized model.

IBM unleashes 333 MHz Pentium II workstation

At a time when government workstation buyers are considering Windows NT systems as replacements to traditional Unix machines for 3D graphics applications, IBM Corp.'s new IntelliStation M Pro offers a flashy design, solid performance and a refreshed feature set that will surely attract attention.

Pentium Upgrades: When Do They Make Sense?

Your agency probably has many older Pentium PCs bought two or three years ago when they were the fastest systems around. Now however these PCs are finding it difficult to handle today's complex Webbased and multimedia applications.