Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 14, 1998 · Page 15
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Technolo Who's shopping o A profile of the people who buy through the Internet: (Sender 32% ferriaJe 68% male Iducation 26% Post grad./Some college 27% A**L. ^ftiiie -,;" »,..„ 50+ 11* 25% w "^ a _-„, Less than $50,000 32% Under 40 f?nr?ft™ 18% $100,000 Over $100,000 36% College graduate What are they buying? Sales, in 2001 millions 1997 (projected) PCs, software $860 $3,800 Travel $650 $7,400 Entertainment $300 $2,700 Books, music $160 $ Gifts, flowers $150 $800 SOURCES: Ernst & Young Internet report, Forrester Research Geography 52% Metro area or Its suburbs 19% * 9% Town/city Medium . size city less than 50,000 The Miami Herald, KRT Infographlcs Mom to give birth, live on the Internet ByJNIIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press Writer ORLANDO, Fla. - Elizabeth plans to bring a deck of cards to play poker with her two daughters while they wait for her contractions to begin. And then she will let whoever wants to watch her give birth. America's Health Network, with 7.2 million cable TV subscribers, plans to broadcast Tuesday's delivery of Elizabeth's baby boy on its Web site. It's being billed as the world's first Internet delivery. In the room will be Elizabeth's doctors, her husband, her three kids, two cameras, a.cam- eraman, a pteducer, & •WSrrator and an online audience of perhaps thousands. ' The Orlando-based company said: it wanted to show the birth for people curious about how babies are delivered and for pregnant women nervous about having their first child. "It's such a miraculous and • wonderful event," said Dr. Walter Larimore, the show's host. "If there's a problem, we'll show a problem. This is a real family and real people." Elizabeth, 40, who doesn't want her last name to be used, said she is no exhibitionist; she wants to help educate other women. • I "I remember with (my first child) I was so overwhelmed, and it wasn't at all what I expected," :she said. "It's neat that any- body can watch it and not be afraid." She was approached by her doctor about the idea because of her history of easy childbirth and quick labor. "They at first wanted us to use aliases," Elizabeth said. "But I said how in the world am I going to remember to call my husband 'John' in the middle of labor?" Her doctors were planning to induce labor even before they were approached by the cable network. Elizabeth s middle child, 11-year-old Joey, was delivered in 2 1/2 hours. Complications can arise with a woman in her 40s, but her doctors, Barb Whalen and Stephen Carjan, said they expect a straightforward delivery. However, if the lives of mother and child are threatened, the broadcast will cease, they said. The Internet broadcast will begin 6 a.m. EOT Tuesday with 'Elizabeth's arrival at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women. Then it's a matter of waiting. Internet users who want to see the birth can go to www.ahn.com, click on a baby icon and download software from the Real Broadcast Network. "It's live. Nothing has been rehearsed," said Liz Poole, the producer who will be in the delivery room. "We're being very flexible, following Mother Nature." Compaq cutting 2,000 jobs By DAVID E. KALISH AP Business Writer NEW YORK - Compaq Computer Corp., hours after getting the gp-ahead from shareholders to acquire Digital Equipment Corp., said it will cut 2,000 jqbs as part of the $9 billion acquisition - the biggest ever in the high-tech industry. The cuts will come over the next: year among Compaq's 31,500 workers. The move was disclosed to analysts Thursday, after Digital shareholders voted to sell the computer company to Compaq and formally end the industry pioneer's 42 years of independence. The companies had already been expected to cut 15,000 jobs at Digital, about one-fourth of that company's work force. The companies have so far refused to specify where job cuts will be made. In: an emotional meeting in Westford, Mass., about 72 percent of-Compaq's shareholders voted for the deal, erasing the last hurdle to the merger and making the company the second-largest computer maker in the world, behind IBM.: Compaq, already the world's largest maker of personal computers, also is absorbing Tandem Computer, a maker of big business computers that it bought for $3 billion last year. Compaq says it won't make money for the second quarter in a row this year. And it will also have to pay for job cuts and other expenses that come with combining with Digital. Still, Compaq hopes to use Digital to expand into high-end corporate computers and to strengthen its presence in the lucrative business of helping companies set up, run and service their networks. The stockholders' approval marks the end of the most difficult decade in Digital's 42-year history. Once the world's third-largest computer maker, the company has seen its fortunes plummet since its heyday in the late 1980s. After pioneering the computer network as an alternative to the mainframe, Digital missed the explosion in demand for desktop computers, lost billions and was forced to shed more than half its work force. More than 60,000 Digital employees have been let go in the past six years. COMPUBUG Adding speed to your personal computer By LARRY BLASKO Associated Press Writer Personal computing speeds double about every year, as do the chances of bankruptcy if you keep buying new systems to keep up. The 100- or 120-megahertz Pentium you bought two years ago seemed pretty perky then, but a fair amount of gaming software now wants to see at least 133 megahertz under the hood. If you're otherwise happy with your system, upgrading the processor might be a very easy and economical way to get a big power boost. Kingston Technology Co. is offering the TurboChip 233, an upgrade package based on the Intel 233-megahertz processor with MMX technology. The expected retail is $299. The company's base in the United States is in Fountain Valley, Calif. The promotional material says anyone can "quickly and easily replace their existing socket 5 or socket 7 cpu" and, for once, the promotional mater- ial is right. Opening up my Gateway 2000, it was easy to spot the factory-installed. 120-megahertz Pentium. Like most machines of its time and later, the chip is seated in a ZIP (Zero Insertion Force) socket. All that was required was to remove a heat-sink retaining clip and release the latching lever that holds onto the pins of the chip. The old chip came out cleanly and the TurboChip 233 slid smoothly into place once I had aligned the Pin One points on both chip and socket (easy to do because on both, the corner for Pin One has been beveled.) Veterans of earlier CPU upgrades will be concerned with voltages and bus clock speeds. Kingston has taken care of the voltage issue with an onboard voltage regulator, and while the chip gives optimum performance at a 66-megahertz system bus speed, it will work with others. For most, as happened with my system, changing the bus speed to 66 megahertz is just a matter of reading original system documentation and flipping a couple of dip switches. Because getting rid of heat is a major issue with the higher- powered processors, the Tur- boChip 233 includes a built-in fan that you connect to any free power-supply cable. The whole upgrade process, from cover off to cover on, took less than 15 minutes, and the amount of technical skill required was about that needed to change a camera battery. The only caution is that some older 75- and 90-megahertz Pentium system BIOS don't support the faster chip. Double- check your system documentation or contact your manufacturer to make certain if you are in doubt. And BIOS upgrades are also available. The results? The perceived improvement is between two and three times faster. Graphics applications, especially, began to leap instead of lumber. And a quick run of a couple of games showed marked improvement in motion. Windows 95, already behav- ing itself better because of ;m earlier memory upgrade, hummed along nicely. Which reminds me to remind you th;it memory prices are extremely low. so as long as you've got the case open, add some memory, which Kingston also sells. Kingston Tcclinologv products arc widely available at retail. You can contact Kingston at (800)-337-84IO or on the Internet at littp://\\'ww.kint>sion.coin. The company won 't sell direct, hut will direct you to a distributor. Questions and comments are welcome. Send them to Computing. P.O. Hox 626. Summit, NJ 07901. Or e-mail via the Internet Larry—Blasko "at" ap.org. 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