Product News

A grab bag of gadgets and gizmos.

by / April 3, 2001
1) Mac OS X

Mac OS X is a combination of Darwin A modified form of the open-source UNIX-based operating system FreeBSD, and Aqua, an intuitive new graphical user interface. Darwin features protected memory, support for multiple processors and preemptive multitasking. Combined with a new ease in porting UNIX applications to the Mac platform, OS X is ready for the enterprise. Aqua masks this power under a gorgeous user interface that features larger icons, PDF-based graphics and an innovative "dock" to store programs and files. For more information, call Apple at 800-MY-APPLE, or visit the Web site.

2) Toshibas PDR-M65

Toshibas new PDR-M65 digital camera combines cutting-edge technology with a low price. The PDR-M65 features a 3.3 megapixel CCD, which allows it to capture extremely high-resolution images -- up to 2048 x 1536 pixels. The camera has a 3X optical zoom complemented by a 2X digital zoom. The PDR-M65 comes with 8MB of SmartMedia storage, expandable up to 64MB. The camera syncs with either Windows-based PCs or Macs through the USB port for fast and easy file transfers. For more information, call Toshiba at 800/288-1354, or visit the Web site.

3) Panasonic 4.7GB DVD-RAM

Panasonic introduced new 4.7GB DVD-RAM drives at the fall Comdex show in Las Vegas. DVD-RAM is the writeable DVD media supported by Panasonic, Toshiba and Hitachi. The 4.7GB storage per side matched what is available on DVD-ROM, the format used for DVD movies. DVD-RAM can be used to store or move large amounts of data. The DVDs are readable in DVD-ROM drives as well as DVD players. With video-editing software, a small run of movies can be made and distributed in the DVD format. For more information, call Panasonic at 408/945-5600, or visit the Web site.

4) Iomega Peerless Drive System

Iomega is back with their new Peerless drive storage system. The company makes Peerless disks in 5GB, 10GB and 20GB capacities. Peerless drives can move across platforms from Windows to Mac, and they are rewritable, another advantage over DVD-RAM. The drives connect to FireWire or USB ports, with SCSI support on the way. The Peerless system with a 5GB disk can be purchased for $249. Additional disks can be purchased for $129 to $199, depending on size. For more information visit Iomegas Web site.
John Marcotte Contributing Writer