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March 28, 1997 Weekend Edition

Breaking News
o Testers deliver early word on DB2--'it works as promised'
o Making sense of the Java phenomenon
o Wang creates office of the president; rewards CEO
o Sun, Lotus strings grow tighter
o Modular PC maker Nexar to go public
o Adaptec buys Skipstone for $7.5M

 
Spencer F. Katt
Katt-ching up on the latest international incidents.


News
Ellison does the Apple tease
Larry Ellison has fired up the rumor mill by telling a California newspaper that his investment group will decide in the next few weeks whether Oracle will try to buy Apple.



  News
56K inches closer,
reality intrudes

56K: x2 and K56Flex The advent of 56K-bps modems is bringing a mixture of anticipation and confusion.

Sure, everyone is eager for the faster Internet access that 56K promises. But some of the realities of deploying this new technology are clouding the anticipation.

The lack of a standard between the competing x2 and K56Flex technologies for 56K transmissions and the difficulty of connecting at 56K from many locations are causing some to pause. Even those who want 56K modems now may have a hard time finding them -- prompting many potential buyers to delay their purchases until a clearer picture emerges.

Commentary
Bill Machrone56K modems are here ... well, sort of
56K-bps modems are headed to your neighborhood -- but whether they'll actually work once they get there is another question altogether. Bill Machrone explains.

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News
JavaSoft to debut 'lightweight' versions of Java
At JavaOne next week, JavaSoft will unveil four versions of Java intended to run on PDAs, smart phones and other noncomputer devices.

News
Intel, Kodak to develop digital photography standard
The collaboration, to develop a standard way to use digital cameras and PCs, represents one front in Intel's multimedia offensive.


Dennis Hayes, chairman of Hayes Microcomputer Products Inc., gives PC Week Radio's Steve Kovsky a reality check on high-speed 56K modems.


Steve Forbes says the U.S. must make reforms in education, the legal system, and regulatory agencies, and taxation to continue as a world leader.

Video
Mike Howard says businesses may find DSL technology attractive, while a Gigabit Ethernet versus ATM rivalry is overblown.

Video
Frank Dzubeck assesses what's hot and what's not at ComNet. Frank says ATM products are continuing to gain ground steadily. Gigabit Ethernet products, while not yet shipping in large numbers, will find greatest acceptance linking servers.

Video
Frank Ingari says remote access is one of the top challenges facing IT professionals.

 

  Still behind Informix and Oracle in the database race, Sybase CEO Mitchell Kertzman discusses his company's slow and steady return to profitability (6:37).  
  Just how much will we buy online, and when? Walter Forbes, CEO of E-commerce giant CUC International, tells us (5:38).  
  Vantive CEO John Luongo is sitting pretty. Business is up 300 percent because client/server customer service systems are hot.  
  When it comes to viruses, a corporation's worst enemies might be its own employees, says McAfee CEO William Larson. Maybe that's why McAfee stock is trading near its 52-week high.  

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