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CES 2003
By Terry Currier
The Consumer Electronics Show
(CES) was in Las Vegas January 9-12.
It is not just a computer show. They
have automobile accessories, cooking
utilities, cameras, wireless connectivity
(big this year), and of course
computers. It is now much larger than
Comdex and much better organized.
Information presented here is taken
from the two days I spend there and the
ShowStoppers and PressClub I
attended. Is it complete? No. I did not
see everything, and there is not enough
time or space. This report will be two
parts, one little bit of information.
When I state the prices I round up the
price, I find it easy to think of it in
those terms.
Digital Cameras
Argus Camera
• The PDA 1500 uses
CompactFlash and takes pictures up to 1.3 Megapixels. It
has a rotary head and an optical
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By Siles Bazerman
s some of you
already know, on
February 24 I had an
angioplasty and a stent
placed in my right
cardiac artery. On March 31 I had
surgery on my left knee, and I will be
having surgery on my right knee in
about three months. Because of this and
some very pleasant family events, my
mind has not been exactly on writing
this column. Believe it or not, I do have
other things in my life besides
computers. If you want to see some of
them visit my web site
These efforts also take up a great
deal of my time.
During my series of tests for these
surgeries, I was fascinated to watch the
computerized real time data recording
and analysis now available. I remember
when my father had similar tests done
in the 1960s. The information was not
available for analysis for days. Mine
was available within minutes. Progress
is also very evident in the
miniaturization of equipment like
cameras and scanning devices, and the
precise computer control of these
Before this sounds like “General
Hospital,” let’s get on to the topic at
hand. I have finally given up on
monitoring Windows ME newsgroups,
as several things have happened to
them. The same questions are being
asked every day as people will not take
the time to do a search on Google
groups to see if it has already been
answered. A few people have hijacked
the Windows ME General group and
treat it as their own private social club.
Lastly, the same few “knowledgeable
people” continue to give out
misinformation and berate others for
not already having the knowledge how
to solve their problems. I will still
monitor several Windows Xp
newsgroups until I become bored with
Lately I installed a DVD-ROM drive
in place of my CDR. I still can play and
read CDs but also can play and read
DVDs. One day I hope to replace it
with a DVD RW/R unit, but I am
waiting until either I am given one as a
gift or the choice between DVD-r/-RW
and DVD+R/+RW is decided. At this
time I have been told that
DVD+R/+RW is technically better but
DVD-R/-RW is more compatible with
existing programs. Sony has the right
idea with a unit that will read, write,
and rewrite to both formats as well as
CDR and CDRW. However, it is the
most expensive of the home user types.
Above that are the professional grades.
I want this device for use as a primary
backup unit, as I hate swapping
removable hard drives to get backup
done, and I do not want to sit and insert
five or six CDs. I like starting the
backup or imaging program and then
going to bed. In the morning the
backup or image is done. Using my
tape drive involves mounting a SCSI
card and an external drive and then
having my computer slow down
because of the added card and drivers.
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Windows 95,98,Me,Xp
Word for Windows
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viewfinder, is WinCE 3.0 or
Pocket PC 2002 compatible,
and fits into the compact card
slot of a pocket PC. The
PDA-1500 has a suggested retail price (SRP) in the U.S. of
• The DC-1540 3-in-1 can be
used as a digital camera, a PC
cam or a video camera and then
can be folded up to fit in a
pocket or purse. It offers two
megabytes of internal memory
and the convenience of USB
plug and play compatibility,
plus consumers get everything
they need to send video or still
images using a PC. You can fit
up to 80 pictures with a resolution of 352x288. It also features
a 10-second self timer, and a
frame rate of 25 frames per second for transmitting video images. It comes with a editing
software package from
ArcSoft. The SRP in the U.S. is
• The SL-2660 and SL-2650 give
consumers the functionality of
a digital still camera, a video
cam, a PC cam, and a security
cam all in one package. They
offer 1.3 megapixels, 16 MB
flash memory, a strobe flash,
and a rechargeable Li-ion battery. The Sl-2660 also has a
1.3-inch TFT screen on the
back of the camera. The
SL-2660 has a SRP in the U.S.
of $170 and the SL-2650 of
• ST-2520, ST-2550: The ST line
of 4-in-1 digital cameras provide a digital still, video still,
web cam and security cam all
in one. ST-2520 captures 1.3
megapixels pictures and has
8MB memory at a SRP of
$140, ST2550 captures 2.1
megapixels pictures and has
16MB memory at a SRP of
• DC-3810 is a high-end digital
camera with CCD of 5.2
megapixels. It includes 3X optical zoom, a multi-function
strobe flash, a self-timer, a
1.8-inch color LCD screen,
auto-focus capability, 16MB
CompactFlash card, 12 frame
VGA out, TV out, and USB interface. The suggested retail
price in the U.S. is $500.
• USB-1800 is a 4-in-1 camera: a
digital camera, a PC cam, a
video camera and an internal
USB port. Offering 16MB of
internal memory it can also be
used as a storage device for
documents and large data files.
The USB-1800 has a SRP in
the U.S. of $100.
• USB-1810 is a necklace CAM
offering a 350K VGA
(640X480 resolution) digital
camera and memory stick, a deluxe metal body, 32MB flash
memory and a rechargeable
Li-ion battery The USB-1810
has a SRP of $100.
Olympus was showing their new
“Stylus Digital” line of digital cameras.
The first members of the Stylus Digital
family include the 3.2 Megapixel
Stylus 300 Digital and the 4.0
Megapixel Stylus 400 Digital cameras.
Measuring an ultra-compact 3.8" long x
2.2" high x 1.3" wide, and weighing
just 5.8 ounces. They utilize the new
xD-Picture Card™ memory media. The
card’s small size (about the same as a
postage stamp) and an Olympus
dedicated miniature Li-Ion
rechargeable battery help keep the
camera size down. Both models ship
with a 16MB xD-Picture Card™. They
have a 1.5" color LCD view finder
display on the back. Menu navigation is
easy to control with the push of arrow
buttons. Transferring images to the
computer is easy with the
Auto-Connect USB (that does not
require software drivers) for hassle-free
image downloads. Images may also be
viewed on a television with the video
cable. The all-glass lens (with
aspherical lens elements) that’s
specially designed for digital cameras,
and provides the equivalent of 35 to
105mm, f3.1/5.1 in 35mm photography.
The Macro Mode allows users to take
close up photographs to capture details
like the wings of a butterfly. Other
controls include Digital ESP
multi-pattern and spot metering; auto
white balance; multiple flash settings
including slow sync flash; and auto
bracketing and exposure compensation.
The cameras comes with a built-in
flash that offers 6 settings to provide
the widest range of options. The
cameras also capture QuickTime™
video so users can create short movies
that can be sent over the Internet to
co-workers, friends and family. The
Stylus 300 Digital ($400) will be
available in February 2003, and the
Stylus 400 Digital ($500) will be
available in April 2003. Zoom 12x (3x
optical and 4x digital combined [5x at
VGA]), ISO Auto, 80 – 320
Oregon Scientific
• DS6618 is only 85.5 x 54 x
6mm, and has a suggested price
of $100. Features Autobrite™
automatic brightness adaptive
technology to automatically adjusts the exposure so that details in both bright and dim
areas of a picture are clear.
Only 1/4-inch thick, and
weighs 1.2 ounces. Comes with
8MB of internal memory that
stores approximately 26 photos
at VGA (640x480) resolution.
• DS8228 is a 2.1 Mega-pixel
(1688 x 1248) camera with digital recording feature. It has a
compact flash memory and optional 8mb internal memory for
picture storage. There is a 3x
digital zoom for fixed focus
close-ups (macro mode). Offers
three photo quality modes fine, normal, or basic, and three
variable resolutions 1600x1200, 1280x960, or
640x480. The camera has preset scene exposure for portrait,
landscape, sports, and black
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and white options. For optimum
use of light, the flash features
red-eye reduction, night scene
auto exposure, and auto white
• The new KX-HCM250 network
camera allows remote viewing of
high-quality, 640 x 480 live
video images over the Internet. It
requires no direct PC connection
and works with any
802.11b-compatible router or
Ethernet connection and an AC
source. It features a built-in web
server and its own web page
where automatically uploaded
images can be viewed. To remotely view live images on a
personal computer, simply open a
standard web browser and type in
the camera’s Internet address.
Users can remotely control the
camera to pan and tilt, giving
them a wide viewing range for
monitoring homes or business.
Available now it has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price
(MSRP) of $750.
• The new DMC-FZ1 high-performance Lumix camera is one of
two new 2003 models being
launched in February, to be followed by additional models later
this spring. All Lumix cameras
feature an SD Memory Card/
MultiMediaCard slot and built-in
USB port. New features include
super 12x optical zoom (equivalent to a 35-420mm zoom lens on
a 35mm film camera) and F2.8
brightness throughout the entire
zoom range. Also new for this
year is the Mega Optical Image
Stabilization (O.I.S.) feature,
which reduces jitter when shooting distant and fast-moving subjects. Another feature is a newly
developed digital signal processor, which increases processing
speed so that sequential shots can
be taken quicker without having
to wait for the image to be writPage 4
ten to the memory card. It features a Leica DC-VARIO
ELMARIT lens, 2 mega pixel
resolution, stabilization function,
a special panning mode, 4 frames
per second “burst” shooting, and
an included lens hood to diminish
flare and ghosting when photographing extremely bright scenes.
The MSRP is $450.
• DMC-F1 features a full metal
body, F2.8 Leica DC
1.25” 3.2 mega pixel CCD.
Comes with 3x optical/2x digital
zoom, QuickTime motion image
recording with audio and burst
shooting. The MSRP is 400.
• Palmcorder® digital camcorders
new models PV-DV53 and
PV-DV73 feature LCD displays
of 2.5 inches or larger, high optical and digital zoom capability,
built-in auto lights and easy PC
connectivity. With IEEE
1394digital interfaces available
on both models (with an additional USB port available on the
PV-DV73), downloading video
images to a PC is simple.
MagicPix for rich videos under
low-light conditions. The addition of Dual Digital Electronic
Image Stabilization (EIS) compensates for hand and camcorder
jitter both during recording and
playback of previously recorded
video. The high-definition 10x
optical/700x digital zoom can
help users get exceptionally tight
shots of far-away subjects. With
Progressive PhotoShot™, users
can take still pictures with high
resolution, and smooth image
contours. By storing image data
in two fields instead of one, then
combining them with no time lag,
the camcorders can produce pictures with 1.5 times the resolution of standard recorded stills
• Palmcorder badge, models
PV-DV103 and PV-DV203 fit
easily in the palm of
the hand. Each model
measures 3-3/8 inches
high, 2-5/8 inches
wide and 4-7/8 inches
long, making this line
of mini DV camcorders among the smallest in the industry.
The PV-DV203 is a
multifunction 3 in 1
camcorder that features the benefits of a
digital camcorder,
digital still camera and web cam
camera. It is fully PC compatible
with IEEE 1394, and USB computer interfaces. It also incorporates a removable SD Memory
card for quick and secure storage
and transference of digital still
images. It will be available in
March with an MSRP of $600,
the PV-DV103 MSRP is $500.
• e-wear™ SV-AV20 and
SV-AV30 are 4-in-1 A/V SD recorders with a flip-out, 2-inch
LCD screen can play back MP3
and AAC audio, record and play
back MPEG-4 video, capture and
display digital still photos, and
function as a voice recorder. Cost
is $400, it is a 2Mb camera which
comes with a 64Mb SD card
(They have up to 512Mb SD
cards now.) The SV-AV30 adds a
docking station for recording and
viewing footage on a television.
Both units feature enhanced picture quality with an MPEG-4
frame rate (15 frames per second)
for video and 640 x 480 resolution for JPEG still pictures. A
swiveling 2-inch LCD screen and
two record buttons allow users
to shoot comfortably with the
unit in either the horizontal or
vertical position. A new 2x digital zoom helps bring subjects
into closer view. Both include a
built-in flash, and a built-in
USB interface. Planned for
April, 2003 SV-AV20 MSRP is
$300, including a 32MB SD
Memory Card. The SV-AV30,
which includes a 64MB SD
Memory Card as well as the
docking station, will have an
MSRP of $400.
• StyleCam Blink II is a palm
size camera which takes VGA
resolution pictures (640x480)
and comes with 8Mb of
build-in SDRAM. With that
you can store 70 VGA pictures.
You can also capture up to 160
seconds of digital video at 15
fps at 320x240 resolution. It
comes with a tilt base to put on
or attach to a computer. They
give you photoImpression for
editing and retouching your
photos. With videoImpression
you can edit video and image
files. It also works with instant
messaging from AOL,
Netmeeting, Yahoo!, and Messenger. MSRP is $40.
• SC330 takes up to 3.3 resolution pictures and with the
16Mb of memory and
MovieMode you can record
live digital video. Video is captured at two modes 320x240
and 160x120, speed being 15
fps. It comes with an optional
CompactFlash card slot. Zoom
is 3x digital, continuous shots
up to 4 images. There is a self
timer, red eye reduction, white
balance control, and weight is 7
ounces. MSRP is $200
• StyleCam Deluxe will take up
to 1280x1024 resolution pictures, and includes 16Mb
SDRAM of built-in memory.
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You get photoImpression and
videoImpression for editing
and retouching your captures.
Movie resolution is 320x240
capture at 16 fps. It can capture
audio as well. Comes with an
easy mount stand for video
Vivitar Corporation
There was one I could not find
information on but thought was really
cool. They said was in the press kit, but
I could not find it. They have a set of
binoculars with a camera on it. So what
you see through them you could take a
VGA quality picture.
• The ViviCam 3825 is available
now. The V3825 is a compact,
feature-packed, 4 MP digital
zoom camera. Equipped with a
4 megapixel CCD image sensor, its 3X optical power zoom
lens ranges from 7 to 20 mm
(equivalent to 34 – 97 mm) and
is complemented with a macro
function. Optical zoom is supplemented with 2X digital
zoom capability. Images may
be reviewed on the 1.6” LCD
display. Users may select from
four resolution settings including 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200,
1280 x 960, and 640 x 480.
MGI Photo Suite SE and Photo
Vista editing software are included with the camera. Other
features include auto focus,
auto white balance, exposure
compensation control, built-in
flash, and a 10-second
self-timer. The
suggested retail
price is $470.
• The ViviCam
3745 is available
in February
2003. Equipped
with a 3
megapixel CCD
image sensor its
3X optical
power zoom lens
is complemented
with 2X digital zoom, and
macro capability. Images and
video clips may be reviewed on
the 1.5” LCD TFT display. In
addition it also has a movie
mode allowing for the capture
of movie clips. Users may select from two resolution and
three quality settings. Still image resolution may be set to either 2048 x 1536, or 1024 x
768 while motion JPEG video
clips are captured at a resolution of 320 x 240 in AVI format. Video clips captured may
be recorded to the extent of
available memory. Other features include auto focus, auto
white balance, exposure compensation control, an integral
four-mode flash, slideshow
playback mode, 4X playback
zoom (for still images), a
10-second self-timer, and a tripod-mounting socket. The SRP
is $400.
• ViviCam 3675 will be available
in February 2003. It has a 2.1
megapixel CCD image sensor,
and 3X optical power zoom
auto focus lens which is complemented with 2X digital
zoom, and macro capability.
Images and video clips may be
reviewed on the 1.6” LCD TFT
display. The 3X optical zoom
provides a 35 mm equivalence
of 33 mm to 98 mm. In addition it also has a movie mode
allowing for the capture of
movie clips. Still image resolution may be set to either 1600 x
1200, or 800 x 600 while Motion
JPEG video clips are captured at
a resolution of 320 x 240 in AVI
format. Users may also select
three levels of images sharpness
(soft, normal, or hard) depending
upon the subject. Video clips
captured with the V3675 may be
recorded to the extent of available memory. The SRP is $360.
• Vivicam 5 is the smallest in the
Vivitar lineup at 2”x2”. With 8
Mb of internal memory it can
store 45 images at VGA resolution (640x480). Images can be
downloaded through a USB port.
The SRP is $70.
CMC has a number of PDAs
including the PPC-500 which uses the
WinCE operating system. It has
expansion slots for CompactFlash and
SD memory. It has an Intel
StrongARM 206Mhz processor, and
color display. Software includes
handwriting recognition, calendar,
contact, task, notes, Pocket Word,
Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet
Explorer, Windows Media Player, and
solitaire. The LX-100 uses a LINPUS
linux operating system and comes
with 8Mb of SDRAM and 4Mb of
Flash memory. The EX-880 has the
same amount of memory and uses a
Motorola Dragon Ball processor. It’s
display is a color LCD, and uses
CompactFlash for external memory.
Hewlett-Packard (HP)
The iPAQ Pocket PC h5400 series
and h390 series use a Intel Xscale
400MHz PXA250 processor. The
h5400 comes with 48Mb of Flash
ROM and 64Mb of RAM. The h3900
series has 32 or 48Mb of Flash ROM.
Both have TFT color (up to 65,536
colors) touchscreen display. Both
use input by handwriting, keyboard or
voice recording. They use the
Windows Pocket PC 2002 operating
system. This gives the user Pocket
Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Internet
Explorer, Windows Media Player,
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solitaire, and more. You can expand
them with slide wireless packs.
Oregon Scientific
Entry Level Organizer (Model
#PDA188, MRSP $29.95) is designed
specifically to take the intimidation
out of “a digital day timer”. It has a
large easy-to-read LCD touch-screen,
256K non-volatile flash memory and
has plenty of storage with up to 384K
characters available through its
compression data technology. The
contact folder on the PDA188 is
formatted in three partitions for
categorizing the personal telephone
directory and address book, which
makes contacts quick and easy to
locate. A monthly calendar,
individual day or full week viewing
option is available so that the user can
see a plan for the day, week and
month. Handles date and time
schedules, reminder alarm for an
important appointment or special
occasion, date and time, and note
pages for memos, grocery lists,
“to-do” lists, and tasks. Other features
include a calculator, a foreign
currency converter, time display, a
world time clock, and
synchronization to any PC with data
transfer to such programs as
Microsoft Outlook and Goldmine.
Donate a Phone
A way for charities to raise money
from old cell phones. ReCellular Inc.,
will purchase them and send money
to the organization, the phones are
refurbish, and reprogrammed. They
even cover the cost of shipping the
phones to the processing facility. Any
phone not able to be repaired is
recycled according environmental
laws (not just thrown in trash.)
Charitable organizations will receive
over $10 million this year from
ReCellular and literally 2 million
phones will be recycled and not end
up in landfills.
Oregon Scientific
Thermo Dect Phone (Model
TW338): As a 2.4 GHz cordless
phone with Caller ID, the base unit
also functions as a display for weather
conditions, time and temperature,
while the receiver has an additional
sensor for reporting current
temperature for its surroundings.
Features an easy-to-see backlit LCD
display that displays the time,
10-memory speed dial, storage of up
to 40 Caller ID numbers, and
The KX-TG2258S digital cordless
telephone features a number of
innovative technologies for people
who are hearing-impaired, including
Talking Caller ID, which is capable of
phonetically speaking names received
by the Caller ID, and Panasonic’s
exclusive Voice Enhancer Technology
to enhance the whole spectrum of the
human voice for improved audibility.
They also had nine new 2.4GHz
GigaRange® cordless phones,
5.8GHz cordless phones and other
cordless models. All had most of the
above features.
The Sanyo SCP-5300 is not only
wireless, but also a camera phone. It
has a 2.1 inch TFT 65,535 color LCD
display. Pictures can be taken with the
camera open or closed. It can store up
to 79 images and can zoom in up to
16x. Sold at Radio Shack.
Dick Tracy would have loved their
wrist watch radio telephones. I know
I did, I went back to work telling
them they should replace the two
pound bricks they carry. They could
be used just like walkie-talkies for up
to two miles. They also showed
2.4Ghz wireless with 40
name/number directory. Three line
display shows caller ID, call waiting
and talk timer (GH9457RM). Also
introduced was a 5.8Ghz cordless
analog phone with digital answer
machine, and caller ID on call
waiting. (GH5830BK.) Both units
have Multi-Handset systems which
you can add up to nine handsets.
These have dual keypad, built-in
speakerphone, two-way intercom
between base or handsets, and more.
I have had a digital watch for years
and love them for the alarm ability.
Well my watch stopped working
(would not switch over) so I was
interested in looking at them.
Oregon Scientific
The Altimeter Weather Watch sport
watch (Model #RP107, MSRP $300) is
bundled with PC software and a
docking station (RZ910), and computer
port linkage (RS232) for downloading
information from exercise routines or
mounting onto equipment such as
bicycle handlebar. It measures altitude
and vertical speed (feet per second),
while monitoring outside temperature
(Fahrenheit) and barometric pressure
for current and 12-24-hour weather
forecast. With a chronograph stopwatch
timer that extends up to just under 100
hours, and a heart rate monitor with
wireless chest strap it can be
programmed for an audible and visual
alarm for your optimal heart rate
training zone, as well as altitude alarm
warning, daily alarm and three other
event alarms (MSRP $200).
Outlook to download phone numbers,
contacts, schedules, and other
information. It has multiple alarm,
time, and time zone capability. The user
can allocate memory to features used
the most. Such as more alarms or
appointments. Contacts can have
addresses, four phone numbers, and
email address. Appointments can be set
for daily, weekday, weekend, weekly,
monthly, yearly, or one day. There is
even a reminder feature for each
appointment. The man who showed it
to me had a sense of humor. He
programmed the watches for the others.
What they didn’t know was that he set
the alarms to go off at 2:00 a.m. and
every half hour after. Due out in Spring
2003 for about $90. Their Ironman
Bodylink System is a network of
devices worn on the body to gather
sports monitoring information.
Next month I’ll report on wireless
networks, DVD, the PVR’s (personal
video recorders), and other products I
saw. I did not include a lot of pictures
here because the size would be huge.
The last time I did that the PDF was
3Mb. I will put this on the club’s web
site with pictures so you can see them
right away, or of course you can click
on the links to take you to the
companies web sites. Look for
The new Ironman with Data Link
USB connection works with Microsoft
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Also tape is a sequential backup and
much time is wasted in trying to restore
one file about 75 percent of the way in.
CD and hard drives are random access
and will find the file quickly.
I backup with Stomp Backup MYPC
and image with Drive Image 2002 by
PowerQuest. Both programs work well,
but I have never gotten the emergency
restore set to work in Stomp. Drive
Image works from a boot disk for a full
restore or in Windows, using Image
Editor, I can restore any file(s).
With the DVD player, the best
program I have found for viewing a
movie or video is PowerDVD XP from
Cyberlink. My DVD player came with a
basic or lite version, but I found the full
upgrade well worth the cost. Using an
ATI All-in-Wonder card (Rage 128), I
can play the DVD on my TV, play the
TV on my computer, or watch the DVD
on the computer. It did require installing
the latest ATI drivers for XP and
running six cables between HAL
(computer) and the Satellite control box
and the VCR. Your installation may
vary depending on the equipment you
have and what you want to do. One
incentive I had for doing this is my
knee surgery. I now can lay on a couch
and watch DVDs, check email and surf
the internet while elevating my leg.
From AVerMedia
By Terry Currier
verVision300 is called a
document camera because its basic
design is a camera that points down
and takes pictures (displays) what is
in front of the lens. This makes it
easy to put documents down and
show them on a screen for everyone
to read. You can do that without
having to scan them in or make
transparencies first. Really ideal for
schools and law offices, but it really
is more than just that. The camera
can pick up more than just text on a
document. It will see and show
whatever is put in front of the lens.
There are two VGA ports on
it—one for output. This can be
hooked up to a monitor or, for
presentations, a video projector.
The camera has a 850K-pixel CCD
sensor and will display up to
1024x768 XVGA/DVI resolution. It
has the ability to zoom in up to 8x
so it will even let you read that fine
print on the used car contract. The
input can be hooked up to a
computer, microscope or anything
with a VGA output. This then is
transmitted to the output projection.
The output can be at 1024x768,
800x600, or 640x48 resolution.
It is small in size. Folded flat it is
about 14” long, with the arm up it is
9”Lx6”Wx17”H and weighs only 3
pounds. The arm can move up down
or extended outward. The arm
extends out up to 22 inches from the
base unit. The camera can be turned
180 degrees. This allows you to not
only show what is directly below it,
but just like a camera up can point it
at any object you want to project.
They provide four laser points on
each corner to help correctly
position what you want to show.
This can really be helpful with
displaying small objects. With the
panel on the unit or remote control
you can pan the camera up, down,
left, or right. So if the image is not
quite center you can line it right up.
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There are no software drivers to
install—it is plug and show. It
comes with microscope adapter
included. You can purchase a
optional light box for viewing
35mm slides or negative film as
positive images. Other features
• Menu which lets you select
automatic or manually change
the amount of brightness, contrast, white balance, exposure
Switch between text and
graphic mode
Image mirroring
Image reverse
Change image to Negative /
Black and White / Color
Night View lights up the image so you can see it better
Freeze image on screen
On-screen presentation timer
AverVision300 is sold directly
from AVerMedia (408) 263-3828
The cost is $999. They have
other units with less zoom (4x)
and effect down to $499. It comes
with a three-year parts and labor
warranty. It is the type thing if you
need it when you will see this
you’ll want it right away. By the
way, I checked some other
document cameras and they were
more than double the cost.
File Rescue Plus™ 3.0
from Software Shelf
by Terry Currier
ile Rescue Plus 3.0 is designed to recover files which have been deleted. It will
work on an NTFS, FAT32, FAT16, or FAT12 formatted drive. It will work on
removable drives, including 3.5 floppy, Zip, and Jazz. It will also work on digital
camera media if the computer can see it as another drive. It can recover files
emptied from the Recycle Bin, or deleted from the command line. For digital
camera media, it will work on Flash Media, CompactFlash, SmartMedia, Secure
Digital, and Memory Stick.
Reminder: a deleted file is not truly gone. When you delete a file you are
telling the operating system it can now use the space the file was taking up. But
the file is still there until overwritten. Therefore your best chance to recover a file
accidentally or otherwise deleted is to try and get it back as soon as possible. Ergo
it also helps to have such a program already installed ahead of such an event,
since installing the recovery program afterward could overwrite the needed file.
There could be a
situation where the
software cannot be
installed on a computer
system. In that case, you
can use the files they
give you, Undelete.exe
and Unicows.dll, on a
floppy disk and run it
from the floppy drive.
When you first run
the File Rescue Plus
program a screen is
presented asking you
what you want it to look
for (scan mode). The choices are: look for deleted files, a cluster scan which
recovers files from a quick formatted or virus damage drive, or a picture rescue to
recover digital image files from a computer or digital camera media. After that it
will ask you what drive you want scanned, and if you want to look at all deleted
files. You can narrow the scan and look for a specific type only such as Microsoft
Word files.
A list of all the files it found deleted is presented. Select what you want to
undelete from that list. You can save the scanned list, but not the scan. If you
realize you needed another file, you will have to restart File Rescue and rerun the
scan. The scan is very quick. It took less than a minute to scan my drive. The scan
came up with a list of 558 deleted files. Now this was before I emptied the recycle
bin and defragged, which I thought was a lot. It literally looks at everything
which the you or system deleted. Any file you moved to another folder is a copy
from one and delete from the other. Open and close the file, the system creates a
link file. File Rescue Plus will lists them all. Files which are updated, such as
when you go on-line and the index files are changed, will be listed. Files which I
just looked at in ACDsee were listed as deleted files, which they were not. Even
just starting up AOL or Namo WebEditor caused it to list the all the associated
files as if they were deleted. That would be something I wish would be corrected,
that it would not be so sensitive.
The list presented to you includes the file name, what folder it was deleted
from, size, date last modified and, most important, the condition of the file. You
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can also print the list and a print
preview is included. The list can be
sorted by clicking the appropriate
header bar over the file list.
The file condition tells you your
chances of recovery. The ratings are
excellent, good, fair or poor. The
chance of your recovering a deleted file
will depend on how long ago you
deleted it. Since then, did you defrag or
copy a number of programs onto the
hard drive? It will also depend on the
type of file. As a comparison, 558 files
were found on the first scan. After
defragging only 12 deleted files were
found, and those were just system type
files such as Internet History (index
data). Text or word processing files get
recovered easiest. With pictures you
have a fair chance. They almost always
will be recovered, but half the time
they will come out okay while the
other half, when you look at the picture
its not right. Zip files and executable
files will often have something wrong
with them, and PDF files almost always
never come back correctly.
From the list, select the file or files
you want recovered, and click on the
save file icon. The Save dialog will
appear. Simply choose the original
directory (Default) or another directory
on any available drive and click Save.
The file will be restored to its original
location or the chosen location. When
recovering more than one file, you
should not save the files back to the
same partition they were originally on,
since each write to the partition
changes the file structure, and could
prevent recovering other files.
One thing I did find in testing is that
I would usually save the recovered files
to a \temp folder I set up. In copying
some files to that folder I did a straight
delete (holding the shift key down
while pressing delete bypasses the
Recycle Bin). After starting up File
Rescue Plus and doing a scan of
deleted files, I notice those files were
not listed. I did it several times before I
realized that since I recovered the
deleted files there, it would not register
deleted files from there. By doing the
same process in other folders, File
Rescue Plus listed those properly.
All that said, how did it do? The
answer is, it depends. When I tried to
undelete some Word files it got back
three out of four but one could not be
read. Same with digital pictures. Zips,
PDFs, and executable files, I had no
luck with. However, when I deleted
files and then immediately used File
Rescue Plus to
bring them back, it
worked 100
percent of time on
all the files.
Where it really shone was in the
recovery of digital images from my
CompactFlash disk. Putting it in a
media reader makes the disk a
removable drive and File Rescue Plus
could read it. It not only listed the
files/images, but gave a thumbnail of
each deleted picture from which I could
select the undelete. You can recover
graphics or pictures even if you’ve
quick-formatted the media. It will
present a thumbnail for deleted or
corrupted picture files such as: .GIF
.JPG .PNG .TIFF .EPS, etc…
File Rescue Plus works with
Windows 95/98/ME, and Windows
The cost is $29.95 download or
$34.95 for the CD to be shipped to you.
I would consider it a good buy; just
remember to use it as soon as possible
after the deletion. I also recommend
getting such a program before you need
it, too long afterward may just be too
late. Get if from Software Shelf (800)
962-2290 or
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April 12 – 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Orange Coast College
Science Building Room #149
Belkin will show us some of their latest,
greatest products. Among them are UPS,
USB hubs, USB wireless network connectors, digital camera media readers—actually
just about anything to do with USB. Latest is
Belkin’s 54g Wireless Cable/DSL Gateway
Router that lets users share files and a broadband Internet connection among their computers without using networking cables. It
features 54g technology that makes accessing files and networked peripherals, such as
hard drives, printers, CD-ROMs, and DVDs,
easier than ever. 54g technology provides
you with networking speeds nearly five
times faster than the current Wi-Fi
(802.11b) standard. An integrated, 4-port
10/100Base-T Ethernet switch also allows
you to connect wired computers to the network. The Gateway Router uses the wireless 54g 2.4GHz standard to offer you the
widest working range—upto 1800
feet—and greater interoperability in mixed
networking environments. 54g technology is
backward compatible with the 802.11b
Wi-Fi networking standard so it allows you
to implement faster wireless technologies in
combination with existing 802.11b Wi-Fi
P. O. Box 9274
Newport Beach, CA 92658
Room #149
Science Bldg
PIG SIG: We will go to the
Red Robin Restaurant,
1307 W Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92704-7432
Phone: (714) 432-1111
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