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Carolyn Duffy Marsan


Dot-mil leads DNS security upgrade

Government agencies are expected to be early adopters of a technology that promises to improve Internet security by preventing hackers from hijacking Web traffic

Does COPPA apply to your web site?

A lot of general-audience Web sites may not be aware that they fall under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998

Engine promises precise XML searches

Xdex, which ships this week, is the first offtheshelf indexing engine for XML and promises to deliver highperformance, contextsensitive searches

Tektronix refreshes color printers, reduces pricing

Tektronix Inc. last week revamped its entire color printer line, unveiling four laser and solidink printers that cost as much as 50 percent less than existing models. The announcement, the largest in Tektronix's history, was designed to dramatically lower the outofpocket cost for workgroups that

Pulsar introduces secure and mobile PCs

Pulsar Data Systems Inc. will unveil its first namebranded products this week at the EGov '98 Show in Washington, D.C., as part of an ongoing effort by the Lanham, Md.based PC reseller to build its services and integration business. The products are the first in a series expected from Pulsar's T

Lotus introduces new Notes client

The next version of Lotus Notes, scheduled to ship in the second half of 1998, will feature a revamped user interface modeled after a World Wide Web browser that is designed to cut training costs for large customers, including federal agencies, according to Lotus Development Corp. officials gathered at the fifth annual Lotusphere technical conference here last week.

Resellers put System Commander software utility on GSA schedule

System Commander a widely used consumer software utility that allows users to run multiple operating systems on a single desktop is now available for government buyers. V Communications Inc. the maker of System Commander last week negotiated General Services Administration schedule contracts with G

Oracle chief touts network computer

If Larry Ellison has his way there will be a network computer in every American home. And these small easytouse systems costing about $500 will be the primary means of communication between government agencies and citizens. Ellison chief executive officer of Oracle Corp. is a proponent of a new c

Last-minute bargains lure desktop shoppers

With two weeks left in the busy government buying season and a budget of $2 000 what desktop machine can you put on your desk? According to an informal survey undertaken by Federal Computer Week PC vendors and resellers are offering a wide range of desktop configurations for about $2 000 the pric

Dell unveils Pentium Pro servers

Dell Computer Corp. will unveil today a new entrylevel server the first in a series of announcements designed to replace the company's entire server line with Pentium Probased systems before the end of the year. Dell reports that federal sales of its current Pentiumbased servers have more than d

NT 4.0 sales blitz ahead

Microsoft Corp. is putting on a fullcourt press for its new release of Windows NT securing more than 30 contracting vehicles to sell the workstation and server versions of the software during the last few weeks of the federal buying season. Microsoft released its final "gold" beta of NT 4.0 last

Army tests terminals, awaits award

FORT HUACHUCA Ariz. With the Army expecting to award a $300 million contract for a new generation of mobile satellite terminals this month soldiers here are giving rave reviews to the six prototype systems the Army has already received. The prototypes were built by GTE Corp. under a $10.2 million

Proxima introduces projection system

Proxima Corp., a San Diegobased maker of presentation devices, last week announced two new highresolution projector and panel systems that will be targeted at federal customers. The announcements are the latest in a series of product rollouts expected this spring and summer. In May, for example,

SMS revamps jukebox line, introduces modular units

SMS Data Products Group Inc. has overhauled its jukebox line with the recent introduction of modular, upgradable units that can be daisychained, rackmounted or operated in standalone mode. The new Millenia Series, offered at the same price point as the company's older NETower line, features a me

SCO announces Internet products; BTG, DLT, GBC/Globelle to resell wares

The Santa Cruz Operation Inc., a leading Unix vendor in the federal market, will announce today the first two offerings in its planned line of Internet products. In both offerings, SCO has integrated bestselling Internet packages from Netscape Communications Corp., Morning Star and others with its

Hardware/software testing facility opens

The Army has consolidated eight laboratories dedicated to testing commercial hardware and software products into a new 42,000squarefoot building at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. The $4.2 million building officially opened last week. The new testing facility, the largest of its kind in the Defense Departme