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Spatializer Audio Laboratories and 4Front Technologies Provide Linux Users With Improved Internet and MP3 Audio Capabilities

Santa Clara, CA - November 14, 2000- Spatializer Audio Laboratories, Inc. and 4Front Technologies announced today the successful launch of StreamFX™ for Linux, a software plug-in for XMMS. XMMS is a cross platform MP3 and Multimedia player that has become the most popular audio application on Linux and now comes bundled with all popular Linux distributions, such as Corel Linux, SuSE, Mandrake, and Red Hat Linux. XMMS is also available for other UNIX operating systems like FreeBSD, Solaris, AIX, and HPUX.

StreamFX 3-D Stereo creates a dramatic and enveloping sound experience out of any pair of regular speakers or headphones. Spatializer 3D-Stereo is a long- time favorite of both movie and sound studios in addition to numerous audio product manufacturers. Push the Space slider higher, and listen as 3D-Stereo widens and deepens the sound field to surround with audio so rich and ambient, that you'll feel like you're listening in a concert hall. Simply clicking on the "Headphones"- button generates the same equally immersive experience over headphones creating a dramatic 'out-of-head' audio experience. StreamFX Vi.B.E. produces a dynamic bass response from even the lowest-end speakers or headphones. Spatializer Vi.B.E uses proprietary technology to generate realistic bass frequencies that are unaffected by your system response. Just adjust the slider to your own preference and hear the bass come through like never before.
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Spatializer Audio Laboratories and 4Front Technologies Provide Linux Users With Improved Internet and MP3 Audio Capabilities

Fujitsu Launches New Company to Focus on High-Performance, High-Availability Open Systems Environments

Rave Computer Association, Inc. Forms Partnership with Europe One of United Kingdom

Reports of the Death of SBus Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

GraphOn Corp. Ships Bridges for UNIX 1.1 Web-enabling Software

Continuous Computing Announces 12-inch Deep CompactPCI System for Central Offices

Intuitive Systems Announces Optimizeit 4.0 for Linux and Sun Solaris

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Spellabyte's software factory
Spellabyte couldn't afford to hire programmers until his venture capital check came in. So he was making do with retired hedgehogs. These old hedgehogs had very stiff prickly spines and rolled around in paper tape which was read and then burned onto CD-ROM. The resulting software had some interesting features.
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Why are most Sun resellers invisible on the web?

For large systems, Solaris on SPARC will continue to be a better choice than NT for many years. These are the real reasons why...

Should Sun Microsystems make its own brand of "Intel Inside®" PC's?

SPARC resellers - are they important? Do we really need them? Resellers were important in the development of the SPARC market in the 1990's. Will the web change that?

Sun Microsystems needs Intel and Microsoft to be successful - to fuel the insatiable demand for SPARC servers.

Will Sun Succeed in the STORAGE market? - part #1

Will Sun Succeed in the STORAGE market? - part #2
Fujitsu Technology Solutions Fujitsu Launches New Company to Focus on High-Performance, High-Availability Open Systems Environments

Sunnyvale, California, November 14, 2000 – Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc., was launched today, bringing together resources and expertise of subsidiaries and leveraging the global R&D and manufacturing capabilities of Fujitsu Limited. The new company's focus on open systems is in response to the marketplace's open systems direction and requirements for applications portability, cost containment, interoperability, easier and faster introduction of new technology, and less reliance on proprietary products. Fujitsu Technology Solutions will work with its partners to deliver enterprise and e-business customers new server and storage solutions for high-availability open systems environments. The Fujitsu Technology Solutions product line consists of the following: -
  • Open systems UNIX servers powered by SPARC64 processors for the Solaris operating environment
  • Intel Architecture-based servers with industry-leading technology
  • Advanced storage systems with unique functionality
  • Network storage for agile data transfer
  • Integrated media content system for streaming media over the Internet

Fujitsu Technology Solutions brings with it Fujitsu's deep experience in resilient technology; Amdahl's heritage in large-scale enterprise systems for compute-intensive 24x7 environments; and an impressive customer base established in North America by Amdahl, including world-leading companies in the finance, communications, manufacturing, e-business, retail, and other compute-intensive industries. The new company's open systems products will provide further choice and innovation to customers that require mission-critical performance from their high-end computing systems. ...Fujitsu Technology Solutions profile
Rave Computer Association

Europe One
Rave Computer Association, Inc. Forms Partnership with Europe One of United Kingdom

Sterling Heights, Michigan – November 13, 2000 - Rave Computer Association, Inc. is proud to announce its strategic partnership with Europe One, Ltd, a city-based e-commerce solution provider in the United Kingdom.

With telecom server space in the United Kingdom at a premium, many corporations recognizing that the square footage of an IT room is more important and costly than the actual equipment itself. To solve this ever-growing problem, Europe One Ltd, has signed an exclusive contract with Rave Computer Association Inc, based in Michigan, United States, to supply their pioneering 1U Rack-mounted Sun UltraSPARC servers in the United Kingdom. ...Europe One profile, ...Rave Computer Association profile
JNI Reports of the Death of SBus Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Editor's intro:- in a press release issued SAN DIEGO, Nov. 13, 2000 - JNI® Corporation issued a number of statements in response to speculation about the company. Older readers may remember that this publication was originally called the SBus Product Directory. We've survived and thrived despite a name change, bought on by Sun's adoption of PCI, and a paradigm shift from paper to the web. And I can confirm that interest in SBus cards remains strong, alongside all the other new host buses such as compactPCI and PMC which have also occurred in the SPARC market since then. I've extracted the following from JNI's press release because of its wider interest...

Terry M. Flanagan, Ph.D, president and CEO, made the following statement:

"...about the assertion that Sun Microsystems will eventually phase out the SBus interface from its servers. This was excerpted from our "risk factors disclosure." We have consistently identified this as a risk in every document we have ever filed with the SEC. "Sun Microsystems has never, and I repeat, never, made any kind of announcement that they would eliminate the SBus from their Enterprise Servers. On Saturday, Sun spokesperson Elizabeth McNichols told the San Diego Union-Tribune, quote: "We have used JNI's interface for a number of years and our enterprise servers are still using it."

"Sun's Web site promotes the SBus interface, stating that more than 3 million SBus slots have been shipped as of 1999. In addition, Sun has recently introduced an updated line of their Enterprise servers that include up to 64 SBus slots. From all indications in the market today, from Sun, our major OEMs and our key customers, SBus is strong and growing. "Addressing a growing PCI market has been central to JNI's strategy for several years. Our goal has been to build a strong base of products using the PCI bus, and to eventually migrate from SBus to PCI bus as the market dictates. In addition, PCI supports all types of operating systems, whereas SBus runs only under Solaris operating system. By introducing PCI products, JNI has been able to broaden its support to servers running all the major operating systems used in storage networks today: Solaris, Windows NT and Windows 2000, HP-UX, AIX, Novell NetWare, and Mac OS. "Which leads to a final point about the SBus report from Friday, which implied that Sun is our major customer and that they buy 80% of our HBAs, such that a decision by Sun not to purchase our products would make this business go away. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sun is an OEM customer, but not a major customer for JNI. We have OEM contracts with all of the major storage system vendors in the world. ...JNI profile

See also:- other quotes from Mark Twain
GraphOn GraphOn Corp. Ships Bridges for UNIX 1.1 Web-enabling Software

LAS VEGAS - Nov. 13, 2000 - GraphOn Corporation today announced it is now shipping Version 1.1 of Bridges for UNIX, a high performance software solution that instantly web-enables UNIX applications for access over any WAN, LAN, dial-up or Internet connection by any PC or Internet-connected device. GraphOn Bridges for UNIX lets users access their business-critical UNIX applications through standard Web browsers from anywhere in the world without an X server on the client.

Bridges for UNIX 1.1 is supported on Solaris, HP/UX and Red Hat Linux server platforms. Features include the ability to cut and paste between the UNIX server and Windows clients, enhanced printing, simultaneous PseudoColor and True Color visuals and reduced amounts of data transferred during normal desktop operation.

Supported desktop platforms include Windows NT 4.0/95/98/2000, Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer. ...GraphOn profile
Continuous Computing Continuous Computing Announces 12-inch Deep CompactPCI System for Central Offices

SAN DIEGO, Tuesday, November 10, 2000 - Continuous Computing Corporation (CCPU) today announced its new 12-inch deep CompactPCI system designed for Central Office and other telecommunications applications. The system saves valuable space with a re-designed backplane that makes all cabling accessible from the front and allows lines and DSP cards to be replaced without detaching cables.

Designed for installation in Central Offices where space is at a premium, the 12-inch deep front-access form factor is advantageous because it allows frames to be put back-to-back or directly against a wall. The system enables the deployment of significant compute power in high-density configurations, pushing intelligence to the edge of the network.

"The two most important qualities of any Central Office system are scalability and reliability," said Ken Kalb, CEO of Continuous Computing. "This frame optimizes on both, providing a more robust platform at a significant space savings."

The new system provides the same functionality as a standard CompactPCI system and the absence of transition cards means fewer components and a longer mean time before failure (MTBF). ...Continuous Computing profile
Intuitive Systems Intuitive Systems Announces Optimizeit 4.0 for Linux and Sun Solaris

CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 8, 2000 - Intuitive Systems, Inc. today announced availability of Optimizeit 4.0 for Linux and Sun Sparc Solaris. Optimizeit 4.0, announced earlier this year for Microsoft Windows, is the latest version of its award-winning, comprehensive Java™ technology-based language profiling tool that allows developers to test and improve the performance of any Java programs including servlets, Enterprise JavaBeans™, Java Server Pages and complex server-based Java applications. New features include universal Java virtual machine support, offline profiling for testing of programs in production environments, and integration with even more application servers.

Optimizeit enables Java technology developers to understand and solve performance issues such as memory leaks, excessive object allocation, inefficient algorithms and inefficient processor use in their Java programs. Optimizeit combines scalability and ease-of-use in a complete profiling solution to provide the most comprehensive and accurate information on how Java programs use CPU and memory. Because it instantly integrates with most popular application servers, Optimizeit enables developers to profile their Web applications and track potential performance problems quickly and easily.

Optimizeit 4.0 is available now for Microsoft Windows, Sun SPARC Solaris and Linux. The product includes full support for Sun's Java Development Kit (JDK 1.1) and Java 2 v1.2 Software Development Kit Standard Edition. Pricing starts at $ 499. ...Intuitive Systems profile

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