Monthly Archives: July 2003

News: The Sim Franchise Rolls On

By | July 31, 2003

 I don’t know whether to be excited or appalled at how Electronic Arts have turned the Sim thing into such a money-making business. Purists weren’t that enamored of Sim City 4, and my computer is not really powerful enough for it to be fun, and The Sims Online has not been the great follow-up to The Sims that… Read More »

Update: X1 Improvements On Their Way

By | July 31, 2003

 Further to my posting about X1, the indexing program, X1’s chief cook Mark Goodstein says they are promising an update soon that includes: PDF (Acrobat_ and Zip contents indexing. Attachments indexing and display (for Outlook and Eudora). Tighter Outlook integration (responding, moving, etc., from within X1). Some improvements in the interface and performance stuff. Sounds good. It’s good… Read More »

Mail: Is X1 Really A Rat?

By | July 31, 2003

 A reader wrote the following about X1, an search and indexing program which I reviewed recently:   I read your article, liked what I heard, and installed the product.  It is as good as you described. However, I had reason to run PestPatrol, due to some weird behavior against my ZoneAlarm Pro firewall. The run of PestPatrol identified a… Read More »

Column addon: RFID

By | July 31, 2003

  Further to my column in today’s FEER (subscription required) about the possibilities and pitfalls of Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, here’s the full text of answers from Alan Melling, Symbol Technology’s Senior Director, of EPC Solutions.   What are the real benefits of this technology?    Without a doubt, the ability to achieve 100 percent real-time asset visibility without… Read More »

News: Your Remote Can Now Make Coffee

By | July 30, 2003

  It’s inevitable, I guess, but your remote now looks more like a PDA than a PDA does. RCA have just released three new “universal learning remotes” which can control multiple components and can implement multiple commands with the SmartMacro? feature. “The new line of RCA LCD remote controls reflects a shift in the remote control business to higher… Read More »