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CompAmerica, the GiantKillers™, Announces the “Wonder PC” Program

(PRWEB) October 22, 2004

CompAmerica announces that its 'warmer, friendlier, more proactive service department' and “better products, service and breadth of choices” make up its “GiantKiller” offerings: "The Wonder PC's." They can be found by punching the “PCs >” button on its home page at

New LGA-775 PC's and CompAmerica’s own “VFTA” technology – which saves personal computers from primary hard drive failure by providing an automatic mirror image of the C: drive in real time – are featured in this section of its website.

“We can provide you anything from slim, widescreen 5 pound Centrino Laptops of our own to Cisco’s extraordinary Enterprise Routers, at a lower price. We have the technology people ready to program and install them for you! We simply eat their lunch!” stated CompAmerica’s Chairman Jack Shulman, discussing how it is that his company has a nearly zero failure rate, and isn’t overwhelmed with service requests on it’s 24x7 tech support lines. Shulman innovated the first desktop windowed personal computers in 1974 at a time when desktop computers “cost between $ 10 and $ 20,000, so consumers had no idea there were such things 20 years before Microsoft first released Windows 95.”

Shulman was also involved in the development of what became the PC architecture and other desktops in the 70’s, as well as heading up outside design and programming support for an IBM project called “Office of the Future” that led up to the PC, MAC, Windows and Mac/Os.

“It’s interesting how it is that marketing companies make it all look like one day someone stepped off the bus with a board and some floppies, and the next day there was PC Dos, then MAC/OS and Windows, and now the so-called ‘arrival’ of Linux. Linux, for example, arrived in 1965 not 2005. Those of us who innovate such inventions and discoveries are often completely or even deliberately forgotten in the perennial recycling of ideas that goes on in this industry. It is perverse to mis-attribute the origination of concept to Bill Gates or Paul Allan or Steve Jobs or Linus Torvald. While these marketing wizards do get incessantly wealthy as ball carriers in the current Generations of recycling/reintegrating our ideas, they did not originate any of those ideas. Those of us who invent the stuff are usually completely or even deliberately forgotten. We are left behind to get recycled by IBM and others as well, forced to come up with newer ideas while they hoard the vast quantities of revenue in outside businesses which leverage our past work. Such is what we believe about Dell, we believe them to be IBM PC Company with a modernized business model but MORE OF THE SAME products recycled into a 2nd and 3rd Generation marketing program. The recognizable traits of IBM recycling our handiwork is usually only recognizable to us, the originators. The consumers are usually well fooled.”

CompAmerica maintains a website at which has been deemed “highly innovative” by some. The website incorporates a “minimum number of clicks” (MNOC) architecture, a “streamlined shopping carts” approach, and an "Open Warehousing" design.

Payment is accepted electronically through secure payment or by phone or in person: checks, standard credit cards by phone, email or web, as well as PayPal by web, and Western Union.

The CompAmerica website is subdivided into several categories: PCs, Laptops, Servers, Industrial Computers and Technical Support. It claims to maintain the largest driver library of any computer manufacturer on the Internet. It also includes popular “Live Chat” and “Group Services”, along with a private intranet for IT and B2B buyers called the “B2B eStore”, which in partnership with, provides what may be the most concise, informative comparative shopping tool and intranet shopping cart system ever devised.

Visuals are simple; some products include a “select a picture” approach to providing full 3D views. A powerful Memory Configurator allows anyone to match memory to the product they are seeking to upgrade, and will also provide all the parameters they wanted to know about their own system, such as: fastest CPU, maximum Memory, type and style, bus speed and so forth. The Search engine is extremely fast at searching through nearly 8 million pages of information, and can find nearly any product in the industry or it’s equivalent.

CompAmerica has stated publicly that it believes companies on the web are “cleverly manipulating their shopping cart so as to lock you into purchasing a product, whether you want that one or not, they could be accused of bait and switch or worse, crate and switch.” Crate and Switch is the practice of subtly mis-stating the features of a product so it is not fully understood by the purchaser until they "uncrate it" after getting it to their home or office.

CompAmerica says that it's “Open Warehouse Web Architecture”, which also provides ADA Section 508 conforming products and services, is “next generation”, a site which uses the best practices to insure that consumers and IT and Business and Government are not patronized by the “Self Aggrandizement of No thought, Limited Choice, Cut Corners products” offered “in Dell Hell”.

"Ultimately, it's the Human Factor that makes the difference. A compassionate, interested vendor who understands technology is far easier to work with and far more accurate at fullfilling your precise needs, than a pushy, aggressive salesman who has scripts on how to mislead you into buying more than you need, while getting less than you thought. Our sales staff are all cross trained system engineers, and that means you get the right products at the right time with the right features, backed by common sense!" added Shulman.

“” and “” were developed by a team of experienced web developers who elected to go with a “slightly lower tech, higher degree of customer choice” environment that “didn’t automate everything, with natural jumping off points for the public that would allow them to elect to make a phone call to a Human Being at CompAmerica, who could advise them more cogently, without the kind of ‘sell them a PC at any cost, without any real choice’ processes” that others allegedly provide.

CompAmerica is a leader in industry innovations who can be reached by phone at 888-ASK-CSS-1, and by email at e-mail protected from spam bots.

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Stampede Technologies Delivers WebRider—the First in Series of Enterprise Web Performance Solutions–at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2004

ORLANDO, FL (PRWEB) October 22, 2004

Stampede® Technologies, Inc. ( announced today at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2004 the availability of WebRider™ the first in its series of Web performance acceleration solutions. Responding to enterprise customer requests for better-performing advanced enterprise Web and portal applications, Stampede’s WebRider delivers the newest and most innovative Web performance acceleration solution on the market. Visitors to Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2004 October 19-21, 2004 are invited to learn first-hand the benefits and value of WebRider performance acceleration at Stampede’s Booth #313 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. WebRider is available for immediate shipment.

“Companies have learned to leverage the Web to streamline a multitude of business processes,” said Gordon Dorworth, Stampede Technologies’ president and CEO. “As they become more dependent on the Web for mission-critical applications, performance counts. Faster applications and Web delivery have a huge impact on productivity, and thus, on the bottom line. WebRider is the newest in Stampede’s line of products that demonstrate our commitment to providing solutions that offer real savings and increase performance for companies.”

Built on the Linux OS, and taking full advantage of 64-bit processing, WebRider operates seamlessly with leading enterprise applications, including Peoplesoft, Plumtree, WebSphere Portal Server, IBM Team Workplace, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Outlook Web Access, Domino Web Access, IBM Lotus Workplace and more. Very easy to install and deploy, WebRider optimizes XML, J2EE and .NET environments, introducing significant financial savings; while at the same time increasing performance, response times and scalability of enterprise servers. Compatible with industry-standard hardware to support an enterprise’s migration to Web-based applications, WebRider is currently certified for compatibility with the IBM eServer line. Compatibility certification is underway for other hardware platforms.

WebRider employs performance-enhancing technologies that no other products have, because Stampede Technologies holds the patents for them: Turbostreaming, SSL termination, intelligent cache validation, image transformation, content-aware streaming and adaptive compression bring significant performance enhancement. And, WebRider tracks bandwidth and throughput savings so that companies can quantify its value with the reports it generates.

WebRider enables:

•Accelerated Data Flow. WebRider’s unique software approach uses enhanced compression, data streaming and cache schemes to take full advantage of 64-bit processing, so Web-based applications operate at blazing speeds.

•Reduced Network Processing Burden. By taking over such functions as SSL encryption, GZIP compression and TCP connection management, WebRider allows enterprise servers to concentrate CPU power on activities that are more important.

•Provide Incredible Flexibility and Adaptability. Only WebRider is designed to offer all of these benefits to users of the leading Web-based applications built on XML, J2EE and .NET platforms.

•Demonstrable Results. WebRider monitors Web traffic and generate reports that quantify the savings.

Availability and Pricing

WebRider is available now. It can be purchased as a software-only solution, or Stampede can pre-install the application on an IBM eServer and ship the entire integrated software/hardware solution. Price quotes based on license and configuration choices are available from Stampede Technologies; contact for a quote.

About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the IT industry's largest and most strategic conference, providing business leaders with a look at the future of IT. For more than 10,000 IT professionals from the world's leading enterprises, Gartner's annual Symposium/ITxpo events are key components of their annual planning efforts. Attendees are responsible for more than $ 35 billion in IT spending for their respective companies, and rely on Gartner Symposium/ITxpo to gain insight into how their organizations can use technology to address business challenges and improve operational efficiency. For more information, please visit

About Stampede Technologies, Inc.

Stampede Technologies is the leading provider of advanced, cost-effective solutions to accelerate information throughout an enterprise. Stampede’s patented technologies improve performance, improve response times and increase productivity with concrete justification for verifiable ROI. For more information on Stampede Technologies, visit

Stampede, WebRider, Stampede TurboGold, TurboGold, Multicator, AutoZip, JustZip is either registered trademarks or trademarks of Stampede Technologies, Inc.



NuonSoft releases Wallpaper Cycler 3.0

(PRWEB) October 25, 2004

NuonSoft has released Wallpaper Cycler 3.0, an easy to use program to get rid of that boring static wallpaper on your desktop. Use this program to change the wallpaper with a specified delay or at a specific time.

Wallpaper Cycler 3.0 is the completely rewritten version of Wallpaper Cycler 2.1 with greater possibilities and goes much further than most other wallpaper cyclers. The new category system of Wallpaper Cycler allows you to organize all your wallpapers in multi-level categories, link categories to folders on your hard disk for quick synchronization, assign shortcuts to categories to quickly jump to a category, assign time limits to categories, enable/disable categories, and much more. The number of wallpapers in your list is virtually unlimited.

Wallpaper Cycler now contains a layout system which allows you to make creative layouts for your wallpapers. Layouts make it possible to add a calendar, quotes, notes, webcam, and more to your wallpaper. You can assign a number of effects to each object in your layout such as blur, transparency, mask, brightness and much more. The effect system can be augmented with 3rd party effect DLLs with the aid of the effects SDK.

Wallpaper Cycler includes an advanced random choice algorithm, can monitor your CPU load when it wants to cycle, has several types of tiling modes, can automatically calculate a suitable desktop background color, can make the icons transparent on your desktop or hide them completely, supports system wide hotkeys, has shell integration and much much more.

Wallpaper Cycler 3.0 has three types of wallpapers: image, gradient and URL. URL wallpapers allow you to add webcams to your desktop. Wallpaper Cycler 3.0 supports much more image formats than previous versions, such as JPG, JPE, BMP, DIB, RLE, TIF, PNG, TGA, ICB, VDA, VST, JP2 (JPEG2000), JPC, PCX, DCX, PNM, PGM, PBM, PPM, RAS, ICO, ANI, EMF, and WMF.

More details about NuonSoft and Wallpaper Cycler can be found at .

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Hauppauge Releases Five TV/PVR cards for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

London, England (PRWEB) October 27, 2004

Hauppauge Digital, the world's leading developer and manufacturer of TV cards for PCs, has introduced a range of TV receivers certified for the Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005. The range will be available to resellers and system builders creating exciting new platforms based on MCE 2005.

Hauppauge is offering resellers special OEM 3-packs of the PVR-150. "MCE 2005 is going to be big news in the run up to Christmas, particularly for system builders and resellers prepared to offer ready-made packages. The addition of a Hauppauge TV card completes the MCE 2005 experience with TV and Recording on the desktop," said Yehia Oweiss, Managing Director of Hauppauge Digital.

Hauppauge has already been chosen to supply TV cards to many leading PC makers as part of their Media Center 2005 offerings, including HP, Fujitsu, FIC, Elonex, Evesham, Iqon, Quantum, and Medion. In addition, Hauppauge has technology partnerships with AMD, Intel and Scan to develop innovative form factor PCs to exploit the potential of MCE 2005.

The five new products from Hauppauge are:-

WinTV PVR-150 MCE    PCI analogue with MPEG-2 encoder    

PCI board with analogue TV tuner plus FM radio receiver to allow viewing and recording of TV/ radio broadcasts. An on-board MPEG-2 encoder removes burden from PC's CPU to ensure smooth recording. Two WinTV-PVR-150’s can be installed in a Windows XP system at a time, bringing the ability to watch one channel while recording another channel. In addition, the WinTV-PVR-150 has audio/video inputs to connect to and record from set top boxes such as satellite receivers and cable TV boxes.

A low profile version of the PVR-150 is available for low profile chassis. It is hardware and software compatible with the full height WinTV-PVR-150MCE.

WinTV PVR-500MCE     PCI dual analogue tuners with MPEG-2 encoder    

PCI board with dual TV tuners plus a single FM radio receiver to allow the watching or recording of two TV channels at a time. In addition, the WinTV-PVR-500MCE has two on board A/V connectors for audio/video inputs to connect to set top boxes such as satellite receivers and cable TV boxes.

WinTV PVR USB2 MCE    USB2.0 analogue tuner with MPEG-2 encoder    

External USB 2.0 box with a single TV tuner plus hardware MPEG encoder. Designed for use in both laptop and desktop computers, the WinTV PVR USB2-MCE can be used as either the only TV tuner in a system running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, or can be added as a second TV tuner to any system running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. This would allow the background recording of one TV channel while another TV channel is being watching the screen.

WinTV PVR NOVA-T MCE    PCI digital Freeview tuner    

PCI board with digital TV receiver for use with Freeview services in the UK. Allows for viewing and recording of Freeview programmes (which are broadcast in MPEG-2) as well as digital radio that is broadcast under Freeview (this is NOT DAB).

“Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 is one of the most compelling home user experiences we have seen for PCs,” said Yehia Oweiss, Managing Director of Hauppauge Digital UK. “Our WinTV MCE products add television viewing, television recording and radio to the media experience that consumers have come to expect from their PCs. Now with Media Center Edition 2005, the PC has become the central point for all media in the home.”

“Hauppauge is a market leader with a history of delivering high-quality receiver products, and we’re thrilled with its broad support for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, ” said Paul Randle, Windows Client Product Manager of Microsoft Corp. “Hauppauge’s new products, introduced today, will deliver great solutions for the high-quality TV features of Media Center Edition 2005.”.

Drivers for the Hauppauge WinTV MCE range are Microsoft WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Lab) certified.

About Hauppauge:

Hauppauge Digital, is the world leader in desktop TV products, with a range covering PC and Mac, analogue and digital, satellite television broadcast, teletext, FM stereo radio, Dolby surround and video capture. In addition the company has recently moved into the set-top box market with the Freeview receiver range. Prices range from £29 to £199 including VAT.

WinTV and DEC Product is available online and on the high street, from Amazon, Comet, Dabs, eBuyer, Inmac, Insight, John Lewis, Light Computer Systems, Maplin Electronics, MicroDirect, MicroWarehouse, Micro Anvika, PCUpgrader, PC World, Procom Direct, RS Components,, Scan, SMC Direct, Staples, Technomatic, Time Computers.

For further information please contact:

Yehia Oweiss


020 7378 1997

Peter Linton/ Ray Jones

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Review hardware for jouarnlists is available from Peter Linton. Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 will need to be sourced from Microsoft.


Cluster Resources, Inc. Brings Leading Cluster Workload Management Software to Mac OX C High Performance Computing Environments

Spanish Fork, UT (PRWEB) November 8, 2004 -

— Cluster Resources, Inc. today announced the release of Moab Cluster Suite 4.2 for Mac OS X. It is the first release of Cluster Resources' cluster management suite to support the Mac OS X platform and includes: Moab Workload Manager™, a policy-based workload management and scheduling engine; Moab Cluster Manager™, a graphical cluster administration interface, monitor, and reporting tool; and Moab Access Portal™, an end-user job submission and management portal. Moab Cluster Suite 4.2 also supports Linux and Unix-based server platforms and Mac OS X, Linux, Unix and Windows clients.

Mac OS X and Apple Computer's Xserve hardware continue to see growing success in the High performance computing market with the much publicized success of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's (Virginia Tech) supercomputer and other leading deployments. High Performance Computing sites are now able to leverage Apple Computer's renowned ease of use and superior price performance with Cluster Resources' cluster management solutions to

achieve new levels of control and efficiency.

“Moab Workload Manager on Mac OS X allows for the management of traditional compute resources, as well as storage, network and licenses. This provides organizations with unparalleled control over how, when and by whom the resources of a cluster are accessed delivering up to 90 to 99 percent utilization.” said David Jackson, Chief Technology Officer of Cluster Resources, Inc. “The Web and desktop GUI interfaces empower administrators with significant management capabilities and enable end-users to submit their own jobs and self-manage their use of the system.”

"With dual G5 processing power and up to 8GB of ECC memory, Xserve G5 is affordable, easy to manage and easy to cluster making it the perfect platform for high performance computing,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “Moab Cluster Suite 4.2 delivers a powerful management suite for complex computational clustering to our customers who benefit from the strong performance of Mac OS X and Xserve G5 servers."

One of the notable sites leading Mac OS X adoption in the cluster and grid space is Virginia Tech. Its System X cluster landed at number three on the Top500 list in November of 2003 and was recently upgraded to an Xserve G5 based cluster.

“We achieved the underlying power required to be near the head of the Top500, and now with the Moab Cluster Suite we have the management and reporting we need to truly harness and control our powerful system,” said Kevin Shinpaugh, Director of Research and Cluster Computing of Virginia Tech. “Accounting for and allocating the millions of CPU hours available per year on System X is much easier now that we have Moab Cluster Suite. The reporting tools of Moab Cluster Manager clearly show us what has been done and Moab Workload Manager lets us express and enforce our rules.”

The Moab suite provides Mac OS X sites with an easy cross-over into the supercomputing arena, as users can engage in high performance computing without wasting time learning to maneuver through a difficult interface.

“Advanced and highly configurable workload management capabilities are essential for our computational science and engineering HPC environment,” said Michael Campbell, HPC Software Administrator at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). “We have multiple clusters, several hundred users and many research groups that span various departments and universities. This diverse user base ranges from individuals doing thesis work, to class projects, to huge production simulations requiring thousands of processors. The Moab suite provides a means by which these complex needs and changing priorities can be managed relatively easily from a single point of control.”

The Moab Cluster Suite can be used to enforce service level delivery to users, groups, projects or organizational units. Moab's service level enforcement can ensure the right resources are delivered and that response times are optimized. Reports can be generated to accurately monitor usage and can be used for cost sharing or bill-back purposes, using either virtual credits or actual financial charges.

“We wanted to enhance our cluster management as it was quite challenging to coordinate all the different applications, research groups and desired policy settings,” said David Osguthorpe, Director of Computational Biology of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

“Moab Workload Manager lets us set up global, cluster and user based rules and policies and automate them across the entire cluster. Our system is certainly more efficient now and we can give our users a better experience. That means more research gets done, our grant providers will be more pleased and we are better prepared to grow our system and the work that can be accomplished.”

The Moab Cluster Suite 4.2 is available for immediate release. Organizations interested in a free evaluation copy of Moab Cluster Suite or access to Cluster Resources' On-line Demonstration Cluster can visit

About Cluster Resources

Cluster Resources, Inc.TM is a leading provider of workload and resource management software and services for cluster, grid and utility-based computing environments. Drawing upon over a decade of industry experience, Cluster Resources is recognized as a leader in innovation and return on investment, delivering the software products and services that enable an organization to understand, control and fully optimize their computer resources, while minimizing the hardware required to meet objectives. For more information call (801) 873-3400 or (888) 221-2008 or visit

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Fighting Spam – Are You Doing it the Right Way?

(PRWEB) November 11, 2004

The inherent flaw of many spam filters is that they do too little, too late. This category includes the desktop filters and many server based spam routing filters. They do not solve the problem of spam handling. The mail administrators see a huge mass of spam going through their mail server system every day. Just a few years ago an Exchange server on a Pentium III had no problem serving a few thousand users. Now companies with a few hundred users have dual CPU Xenon running exchange 2003 in their budget or already in place. What happened? Did the emails get larger or the number of them greater? No, it is the spam these servers carry in their mail storage. That 2003 server may flex more muscles but it does not offer a solution to the basic problem. The spam still enters the exchange mail storage and may linger there for a long time.

The solution is simple. Don’t let the spam get near your exchange server. Think about it. Your old Exchange 5.5 Box with 80% less mail. It would perform well just like in the old days. To get 60%-90% spam is common among U.S. organizations. Storing it in the Exchange mail store or the individual workstation just does not make sense. Not convinced? Did you ever consider how many feet of tape of your backup contain just spam? Just think about the hours you backup spam every day and how much a bigger tape drive is going to cost.

There are filters that stop spam before it gets to the Exchange or SMTP server. These filters, in general, use the XWall principal by sitting in front of your mail server and stopping the spam before it gets to your server. That makes a huge difference. A company with 100 employees can expect to process and store 100,000 emails a week. Blocking spam ahead of their Exchange is likely to reduce the number of messages to a mere 20,000 per week. Xwall is one of the most sophisticated filters in the industry for stopping spam ahead of your server. XWall operates independently of Exchange. No plug-ins, no modifications to your Exchange server. That makes it compatible with all versions of MS-Exchange and many other mail servers. Its many filters are highly effective and configurable to accommodate companies, schools and institutions with anywhere from 20 to 10,000 users.

Most people agree that stopping spam before it gets to the Exchange server is the way to do it. Some, however, worry about losing that one important email. Processing all the spam through exchange into the user's junk mail folder sounds like a solution, but it’s more likely that important email will be overlooked in the sea of spam. ESATInformer offers a solution . You can stop the spam ahead of your server and still let your users have access to messages labeled as spam. With XWall and ESATInformer, Exchange is not burdened with carrying the spam. Instead, Esatinformer can retrieve these messages by user request from the XWall archive. The archive keeps messages for a specified number of days, set entirely by you. The user gets a spam report, typically daily. The report lists the spam subject and from address by the level of spam content. The borderline spam is listed on top of the report. The heavy spam is on the bottom. Instead of having to look through 200 spam messages the typical power users may look at the first 10 to 15 subjects and flies over the rest saving valuable time while reducing errors to a minimum. If he sees something he likes to have a closer look at, one click sends a retrieve request which is automatically processed.

XWall and ESATInformer are effective tools in the fight against spam. Consultants and installers know the value of the server based approach, the low cost and unlimited user count these tools offer. The XWall/ESATInformer combo presents a complete spam solution to customers at an affordable price. Xwall and ESAT are widely used in large corporations, schools and universities. The spam control system can be directly purchased from Ceratec as software or as a preinstalled hardware solution in form of the XWallBox spam appliance. Ceratec also provides technical support by phone, email and forum. For more information, call us at (512) 285-2620 or visit the Ceratec websites at or

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Conceptomatics Announces the ConceptServer 1.00

(PRWEB) November 12, 2004

The ConceptServer is used as a fast text-processing back end for text mining, automatic categorization, text summarization, spidering, indexing, and agent-based applications.

"The ConceptServer lets organizations efficiently mine large volumes of textual data that previously may have been too costly to analyze in a timely manner," said Douglas Snead, Technical Vice President of Conceptomatics.

The ConceptServer rapidly processes asynchronous client requests to automatically classify and categorize textual data. The server replies are standard XML envelopes which detail categories assigned to the text. The categories may then be used as "tags" to augment full text indexing and other Information Retrieval (IR) tasks.

To classify text, the ConceptServer uses a thesaurus-like vocabulary known as a "Concept Dictionary." A "Concept Dictionary" is an XML document that details topic categories, key words and phrases associated with categories, as well as relationships between categories. For example, the key words "cannabis" and "THC" might index to the same concept.

The Conceptomatics ConceptServer typically processes anywhere from about 8 up to more than 40 news articles a second, depending on the size of the document to be examined, size of the Concept Dictionary used, CPU speed, and system load.

Several ConceptServer back end processors are currently running on pilot web sites, where they continuously processes textual data. Each ConceptServer uses a dictionary specialized for the client and for the topics desired.

For more information write:

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Pronexus and CYGCOM Introduce ReadiVoIP, a Starter Kit for Rapid Enterprise Application Development in VoIP

Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) November 19, 2004

Pronexus Inc., a leading provider of computer telephony and speech software solutions, today announced the availability of ReadiVoIP, the ‘Rapid Enterprise Application Development in VoIP’ starter kit. This special package enables developers to create, test, and deploy hardware-free IP telephony applications for the unmatched price of US$ 495. ReadiVoIP is upgradeable to a full development platform for the promotional price of US$ 1,750, which includes one year of unlimited eSupport by CYGCOM.

The ReadiVoIP starter kit delivers cost savings and enhanced productivity to VoIP applications by bundling VBVoice from Pronexus, Host Media Processing software (HMP) from Intel and an IP phone. Intel® NetStructure™ Host Media Processing (HMP) software allows users to quickly and cost-effectively deploy software-only IP media servers. The media processing functions are handled on the host CPU, increasing performance while lowering overall system costs. Pronexus’ VBVoice further facilitates the development of VoIP applications by seamlessly supporting HMP software from Intel in a visual call flow environment integrated into Microsoft Visual Studio .NET.

“The combination of Intel® NetStructure™ Host Media Processing (HMP) and VBVoice accelerates the development of sophisticated VoIP applications, allowing users to quickly experience the benefits of software-only IP telephony with all of the features and performance expected of DSP-based solutions,” said Jim Machi, director of marketing, Modular Communications Building Block Division, Intel. “By using standards-based building blocks from Intel in their platform, solution providers will be able to deliver flexible, scalable solutions to the marketplace.”

ReadiVoIP includes:

• Pronexus VBVoice 5.2, 90-day enhanced evaluation version – VBVoice is a rapid application development environment for business-critical speech and telephony solutions. The tool combines an easy-to-use visual call flow environment, with fully programmable controls. Developers can leverage familiar programming skills in industry-standard languages such as VB.NET, C# and other languages supported by Visual Studio .NET. Four runtime licenses are included in the bundle.

• Four Intel® NetStructure™ Host Media Processing (HMP) Resources –This standard-based software from Intel enables customers to build full-featured, scalable, and cost-effective software-only IP media servers. It offers flexibility in configuring media processing features and cost of ownership savings, because it only requires a standard computer without involving any proprietary hardware. This allows customers to quickly and cost effectively bring additional features and technologies to their applications.

• Uniden IP Phone - Equipped with an integrated Ethernet switch and using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Uniden’s UIP 200 VoIP phone will facilitate the testing phase of the application development process.

• CYGCOM eSupport - three months of Internet-based priority support services with a 24 hour response time to assist and provide availability to knowledge-based resources during the 90 day evaluation period.

“Enterprise organizations are increasingly turning to VoIP,” commented Jeff Valliant, President & CEO of CYGCOM. “ReadiVoIP contains all the necessary elements, including support, for enterprise developers to evaluate the potential for Voice over IP before committing to a full fledge deployment.”

“VBVoice 5.2 lets developers realize the promise of HMP,” commented Gary T. Hannah, President & CEO at Pronexus. “We are pleased to offer developers the opportunity to experience the power of HMP at a minimal investment through this bundle”.

Join the ReadiVoIP Webinar

To find out how you can get started with ReadiVoIP and to learn more about the benefits of software-only telephony, join Pronexus, Intel and CYGCOM for the ‘Getting Started with VoIP and Intel® NetStructure™ Host Media Processing Software’ webinar. The webcast will be held on December 1, 2004, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST. Register today at

Pricing and Availability

The ReadiVoIP starter kit is available directly from CYGCOM, an Intel authorized distributor, at For additional information on pricing Pronexus’ range of tools, solutions and services, visit For additional Intel product information visit,

About Pronexus

Founded in 1993, Pronexus Inc. is a leader in Computer Telephony and Speech. It is the developer of the award-winning VBVoice™, and the new VBSALT™, Rapid Application Development tools for business-critical telephony and speech solutions. Pronexus also provides VeoSuite, a range of turnkey speech applications for Microsoft Speech Server and a complement of professional services that voice-enable a variety of industries and applications. Comprehensive support and acclaimed training complete the firm’s offerings.

About CYGCOM Integrated Technologies Inc.

CYGCOM is a leading Microsoft Speech Distribution Partner, Microsoft OEM and an authorized Value Added Distributor of Intel products. CYGCOM distributes speech and telephony integration products from the industry’s most reputable manufacturers. CYGCOM offers solutions that are complete, powerful, fully programmable, scalable, and capable of running mission-critical enterprise communications applications. Through it’s US and Canadian facilities, CYGCOM provides products, consulting services, on-site technical support, eSupport, helpdesk, systems integrations, education and marketing services for channel customers. For more information, please visit

More information:

Sonia Langenberg

Marketing Communications

Pronexus Inc.

Tel: (613) 271 8989 just say “Sonia”

Intel and Intel NetStructure are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.



Southern California MacFair 2004 Attendees Help Clean Up the Environment By Properly Disposing of Over Five Tons of Their Obsolete Electronic Equipment

Norwalk, CA (PRWEB) November 19, 2004

Over 800 Macintosh enthusiasts descended on Cerritos College over three days this past weekend, November 12-14th for the Southern California MacFair 2004. It brought together 40 Mac related companies, 43 Mac seminars and 25 intensive Mac workshops. For the third year in a row, it was the largest Mac community get together in the southwest US.

In addition, this year the Southern California MacFair 2004 made arrangements to provide attendees free disposal of their old computer equipment including monitors, CPU, fax machines, printers, servers, phone systems and virtually any office electronics product. In two days, attendees disposed of over 11,280 pounds of electronic waste.

"We are thrilled that SoCal MacFair attendees properly disposed of over 5.5 tons of their obsolete electronics and that their old Macs didn't end up in landfills," said Keith Mueller, the show's organizer.

"I cleaned out my garage and disposed of 5 monitors, 6 computers, 6 printers, 2 faxes and a copier. I saved $ 150 in disposal costs at the SoCal MacFair," stated Lance Handy, an attendee at the event.

The hands on workshops were extremely popular and were taught by some of the world’s most respected instructors. "Beverly Houwing's Adobe Illustrator class was overwhelming. So much to digest and remember." stated Mark Bausman of Font & Center Graphic Design "This has to be one of the best hands on courses I have been to and that includes the ones I have attended at Macworld!"

The seminars at the SoCal MacFair were enthusiastically well-received "Our third year at the SoCal MacFair and its still the best Mac event in Southern California. Specifically enjoyed Gordon Bell and his Prosoft products which are life savers for Mac people" stated Charles Clark of Laguna Woods. Dr. Murray Massin also of Laguna Woods commented on the Marilyn Miller and the Mac Show "Don't miss it! You will enjoy an hour of fantastic clever entertainment using David Pogue lyrics."

Exhibitors and Seminar presenters were equally thrilled at the huge outpouring from the Mac Community.

"The SoCal MacFair 2004 was a success for Fastmac on all levels! Not only did we double our show sales expectations; we made contacts that will be repeat customers. The attendees were all very passionate about their Macs and were a pleasure to meet. Put us on next year's vendor list!" stated Michael Lowdermilk of Fastmac.

"Even though our software tool is geared more for a corporation or a software company the Southern California MacFair 2004 resulted in a number of good leads. We spoke to a lot of great people and felt it was time well spent for our company," said Redstone software VP of Sales, John Brennan.

"SoCal MacFair is a class act! The fair was professional and very well attended; an added plus was the quality of the facilities, staff, and attendees in my workshops. Truly an excellent event! I would definitely participate again!" commented Mike Descher, Apple consultant and workshop trainer.

For more information on the Southern California MacFair 2004, please go to Contact: Keith Mueller, Show Manager, 949-721-9280

Contact: Keith Mueller

Show Manager

Southern California MacFair 2004




Crossware Releases Flash Programming Software for Freescale ColdFire Boards

Cambridge, UK (PRWEB) November 24, 2004

Crossware (, a leading embedded tools developer, has released flash programming software that can be used to program Freescale ColdFire® boards using its FireFly USB BDM (background debug mode) interface. This can save developers considerable amounts of time as FireFly can program flash more than 8 times faster than via a parallel port interface.

The flash software – available free of charge to users of Crossware’s FireFly interface - will simultaneously control up to 127 USB ports each connected to a separate ColdFire board. A single click of the mouse will program the selected software file into any or all of the connected boards.

The Crossware software can automatically generate a configuration script - required so that the target board can be correctly set up for flash programming - by examining the program that is to be downloaded. This feature eliminates the need for the script to be created manually.

Multiple program formats are supported including Motorola 'S' records, IEEE 695 and ELF. The software can be used with programs generated by any ColdFire tool chain as well as those generated with the Crossware ColdFire Development Suite.

Crossware developed its small yet powerful and fast FireFly BDM interface for Motorola’s ColdFire® family of chips. FireFly features a USB controller and requires no external crystal. The miniature debugger plugs directly into the target board minimizing signal delays and ensuring compatibility with the new generation of ColdFire chips running at up to 200 MHz.

The FireFly USB BDM interface is also driven by a new version of Crossware’s source level debugging software, which integrates seamlessly with the rest of its ColdFire Development Suite. The user interface is unchanged and so developers can simply replace their existing parallel port interface with the new USB debugger and immediately benefit from the improved performance. In addition, developers can also move to platforms such as the newer generation of notebook PCs, which do not have a parallel port.

For more information about the ColdFire USB Flash Programming Software or any product from Crossware, please contact Alan Harry, Crossware, Old Post House, Silver Street, Litlington, Royston, Herts, SG8 0QE, UK, tel: + 44 (0) 1763 853500 or fax + 44 (0) 1763 853330,

About Crossware (

Crossware is a leading developer of programmer-friendly C cross compilers and other development tools for embedded systems based on the 8051, ColdFire, 68000, CPU32 and other chip families. Host environments include Windows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The company, founded by Alan Harry in 1984, is headquartered in the UK at Litlington on the outskirts of Cambridge. Crossware’s products are used throughout the world by professional developers, educational establishments and hobbyists.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Alan Harry


Tel: + 44 (0) 1763 853500

Fax: + 44 (0) 1763 853330


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