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Pat McClung

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

Xybernaut wearable PC not always a good fit

Ghostbusters, Star Trek and Terminator come to mind when you see someone wearing the Xybernaut Mobile Assistant IV.

AMD chip tops Intel

In a neverending battle for bragging rights, Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. are at it again to see which company can produce the fastest desktop processor. Last week, Intel released a 600 MHz Pentium III, and this week AMD is announcing the release of its 600 MHz processor, the Athlon

Notebook class of '99 earns high honors

Testing by Pat McClung You couldn't ask for much more from the notebook computer industry. Since the FCW Test Center's annual notebook roundup last August, vendors have improved nearly every aspect of their systems, from processor speeds and hard drive capacity to system weight and battery life - a

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

FlexScan L66: A sound choice in flat-panel displays

How many times have you thought to yourself, 'If I could get rid of this monster monitor, I would have so much more room to work?' Well, the answer is here: flatpanel displays. Eizo Nanao Technologies Inc. has made the thought of getting rid of that hulking old CRT monitor even more enticing with

Iomega provides a better way to handle floppies

You're a busy executive who travels several times a month, but your agency doesn't have enough notebooks to assign one to each person. So you are constantly juggling a halfdozen floppy disks, transferring files and presentations from one notebook to the next. Each time you go through this drill, y

IBM security kit proves easy to use, affordable

You are on your way home from a business trip. At the airport, you set your briefcase down while you buy a cup of coffee. In a split second, the briefcase with your notebook PC inside is stolen. The company's insurance will cover the cost of replacing the notebook, but you are worried about the pro