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made Bob Schwabach the leading writer on personal computers
Available in Spanish
ONE HIGH-SPEED MODEM, MANY USERS
has a high speed modem that allows 64 users to connect
to one DSL line. DSL stands for "Digital Subscriber
Line" and allows transmission rates 10 to 20 times
faster than 56k modems over ordinary phone lines. Such
services are expensive (around $150 a month), but if one
line can be shared among many users, it's cheap.
Westell Wirespeed DSL modem with preloaded software lists
for $373 (call 630-898-2500; www.dsl-modems.com).
You would also need an Ethernet hub to distribute lines
to each computer, which in turn has to have an Ethernet
card installed to receive the lines from the hub. Hubs
run anywhere from $100 to $1,000, cards $30 to $80, depending
on speed and maker.
YOUR OWN WILL
Will Writer 2001 lets you look at the differences between
making a will and a living trust. The $30 program for
Windows and Macintosh continues to contain the standard
forms and advice for creating final wills and testaments
and the granting of "power of attorney." All
documents can be revised at any time.
reasons that are entirely baffling, Quicken Will Writer
is distributed by Mattel, maker of the Barbie Doll (call
800-395-0277; 319-378-7319; www.mattel.com).
can get 10,000 home plans in a six-CD set from Homestyles.com.
As you can tell from the name, the company is both a publisher
and a Web site (call 888-626-2026 or 651-602-5000; www.homestyles.com).
In fact, it claims to be the largest publisher of home
plans in North America.
are several big home-plan sets available on CD. Sierra
and Broderbund both make sets, and there are others from
more obscure publishers. The trouble with most of them
is that the selections are mundane. Common styles such
as Colonial, Cape Cod, Ranch, Bungalow, etc., are represented
in hundreds of variations, nearly all of them quite familiar
to anyone who has driven through a suburban subdivision.
The Homestyles set, however, includes modern designs along
can do virtual walk-throughs of more than 50 of the homes,
and there are color renderings of more than 2,000 home
facades. List price is $30, for Windows.
polls many other search engines and provides a summary
of the findings. This service claims to obtain the highest
relevancy rankings. In other words, the closest hit
to the subject you are looking for may come up as the
15th or 20th selection in a single search engine, but
7metasearch claims it can usually turn it up in the
first few listings. I tried the same search with the
Bullseye search tool, and the results were the same.
NOTE: I have written about several metasearch services,
most recently Copernic and Bullseye.
links to search services in more than 130 countries.
So, for example, if you are looking for a furniture
maker in a particular country, you can go to a search
engine service in that country and type in your keywords.
Unfortunately, the results nearly always come up in
the native language. If you can't read it, try the
free translation service at www.systran.com.
It doesn't cover all languages, but it's worth a shot.
lets you enlist the aid of a human researcher when
all else fails. It will cost you, though. ResearchMaven
puts a human on the trail of your information, but
charges run $100 to $500 per search report.
The "Internet Public Library" is a reference
service provided by the University of Michigan and
lensmaker Bell and Howell. More than 13,000 texts
are online, plus links to newspapers, magazines
and libraries worldwide. There are research sections
designed for children and teen-agers as well as
adults. It's an outstanding service.
www. midnightbeach.com/hs/ has links to resources,
organizations and people who provide help with schooling
children at home, with additional links to the home
pages of children schooled at home.
Your Own PC"
by Corey Sandler
has lots of photographs
(more than 100)
and clear advice
that give even
novices the help
they need to upgrade
older PCs. The
author was the
first editor of
of Computer Science,
by Ralston, Riley
eds. (Grove Dictionaries,
is large and heavy,
as any standard
should be, with
more than 900
Nice to have for
a school, newspaper
or news media.
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