New products for the week of September 11
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NetApp Multiprotocol Filer
- data-access server for Windows and UNIX clients
($3,950 - $10,950)
Company: Network Appliance Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (415) 428-5203
Platforms: NetApp F220, F330 and F540
Description: Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT and UNIX clients can use the same network file server for data storage. Users of both the UNIX and NT versions of an application software package can access the same server data at the same time in native mode. The network protocol communicates directly with the core operating system, as opposed to requiring translation to another protocol supported on the file server. Adds native support for CIFS, the protocol used by Microsoft Windows, Windows 95 and Windows NT, to existing NFS file services. Provides file service interoperability with all Windows operating systems, including Windows NT (client and server), Windows 95 and Windows for Workgroups. A single filer can be configured to provide either NFS-only, CIFS-only or simultaneous NFS/CIFS data access.
Network Computer (NC) line
- thin-client computers
($649 - $799)
Company: Boundless Technologies (Austin, TX)
Telephone: (512) 349-5800
Fax: (512) 346-7062
Platforms: DOS, Windows (3.1, 95 and NT), Internet, corporate
Description: A network computer line aimed at companies desiring to replace older PCs and terminals to gain the advantages of thin-client computing. Provides end-users with capabilities similar to LAN-based PCs, including multimedia support and on-demand access to data and applications. Provides centralized administration, security and control benefits. Computers are network-ready and easy to maintain, since software upgrades are made on the server instead of the desktop. Offers high-performance graphics, digital video, optional audio and telephony capabilities, such as for use in call center environments. A modular logic unit design allows customers to select the performance, processing power and multimedia support that is right for their needs. Flagship model scaleable configurations range from a 25 MHz Intel i960 local processor and 1 MB of VRAM to a higher-performance graphics system with 2 MB VRAM and a 33 MHz processor. The entire family offers flexible connectivity with twisted pair (10BaseT) standard or thin (10Base2) Ethernet optional; one parallel port, two serial ports, a PS/2 mouse port and a PS/2 keyboard port.
Chemscape Chime 1.0
- Netscape Navigator plug-in
Company: MDL Information Systems Inc. (San Leandro, CA)
Telephone: (510) 895-1313
Platforms: Netscape Navigator platforms
Description: A Netscape Navigator plug-in which can display 2D and 3D structures embedded within an HTML page or table. Among other applications, it is being used in online electronic journals to display 2D and 3D renderings of popular structure formats, such as MDL Molfile or PDB files. It incorporates 3D rendering and RasMol scripting.
- Internet News Delivery system
Company: Highwind Software (Marlborough, MA)
Telephone: (508) 303-6875
Platforms: Sparc and Intel platforms running Solaris 2.5
Description: Internet news delivery system (an NNTP Transit Hub) for Internet Service Providers who supply Usenet feeds to their customers. Customizes the bandwidth and queuing characteristics of every customer feed, down to a Newsgroup and/or Distribution granularity. Can handle complex news configurations. Receiving and sending redundant feeds, overlapping feeds, partial feeds, and restricted feeds are supported. Supports the full NNTP standard including the streaming extensions. Uses less system resources since disk space is used only for queuing. There is no expiring of articles, no reason to throttle the server, and no periods of decreased performance.
- diagnostic tool
Company: Electris Software
Telephone: (011) 44 161 284 0216
Platforms: SunOS 4.1.x and Solaris 2.5
Description: UNIX Diagnostic Tool traces the execution of unfamiliar software systems. It reveals the internal functioning of software subsystems by instrumenting shared libraries at the operating system level. This allows a record of execution to be generated even of systems that are unknown. File access can be checked to ensure that a software subsystem is properly integrated into the desired configuration. Failure of a subsystem can often result in a system failure or enable a covert channel which may be exploited by an unauthorized person. LibC/Inside is a shared library, which is able to instrument library calls used by a dynamically linked executable. It logs all data passed to a library call and any parameters returned from it. This provides an accurate audit trail of the execution of a program, without access to source code. This information can be used for many applications, including: locating configuration problems, software development, examining how third party software functions, locating security vulnerabilities in security critical software, and examining software for suspect activities, including virus, trojan or backdoor code.
NTRIGUE Net Client for Macintosh and UNIX
- access Windows applications via Internet or intranet
Company: Insignia Solutions (Santa Clara, CA)
Telephone: (800) 848-7677
Platforms: Macintosh, Unix
Description: Allows Mac and UNIX desktops to access Windows applications remotely over corporate intranets and the Internet. Lets users access applications when working remotely, using their Web browsers to run Windows applications. Using a Net Client as a helper application, customers can run Windows applications by clicking on a Web page in which a reference to the application has been embedded. Tens of thousands of Windows applications can be run over the Internet with no need to rewrite them in Java or download them to the desktop. Net Clients are also well suited for use within corporate intranets where LAN traffic is highly congested, since they use minimal network resources. They also use minimal RAM, leaving the workstation free for other applications.
NetCharts Version 1.4
- HTML charts and diagrams for Web applications
Company: NetFactory, Inc. (Laurel, MD)
Telephone: (301) 317-5978
Fax: (301) 490-2437
Description: A collection of interactive, HTML configurable, bar charts, pie charts, XY charts, box charts, and diagrams which can be incorporated into Web and/or Java applications. HTML authors can incorporate data charts, diagrams or interactive image maps into their documents. Any chart can be dynamically updated, allowing it to be used in various system management applications, and Java programmers can customize NetCharts objects without the need to access source code. Dynamic data element labeling allows the HTML author or Java programmer to specify a label to be displayed when the user hovers the pointer (mouse) over a data element. This can be used to display help text, or other descriptive information about a data element. The drill down feature provides an association of data elements and Uniform Resource Locators (URL's).
TRADE'ex Market Maker
- creates industry-wide markets on the Web
Company: TRADE'ex Electronic Commerce Systems, Inc. (Tampa, FL)
Telephone: (888) 4-TRADEX
Fax: (813) 222-5658
Description: Two Java compliant solutions for the commercial marketplace. TRADE'ex Market Maker supports electronic commerce over the Internet by allowing governments, large companies, and trade associations to organize industry-wide markets bringing together multiple buyers and sellers into one location on the World Wide Web. It allows an organization to operate a live trading market where buyers and sellers can trade interactively. It gives buyers the options of purchasing directly from the prices on the screen or negotiating with sellers through a bid/ask feature. Sellers can also change prices directly on-screen, develop on-line promotions, and offer multi-tiered price structures. In-depth product information can be accessed for any product and purchase orders are handled directly on-line. The "backoffice" administrator version includes five full featured modules; user, product, sales, management, accounting and reporting giving the administrator full control over the market activities. Also, the TRADE'ex Distributor is a business to business electronic commerce solution for companies conducting wholesale transactions through their Web site. Wholesalers can negotiate, close and ship orders to their customer base.
- design flow manager
Company: Runtime Design Automation (Sunnyvale, CA)
Telephone: (408) 524-0460
Fax: (408) 481-9873
Platforms: Sun-OS and Solaris, HAL, HP-UX, Linux, AIX 4.1
Description: Design flow manager helps designers deal with the complexity of the design process by controlling and managing design files, design tools, and network computing resources. Reduces the number of design iterations and insures a safer design process, especially in the critical last stages of a design. It is for designers who are using multiple tools and resources to design complex software and/or hardware systems. Using run-time tracing, it builds a graph of all dependencies between the files and the tools involved in the design process. This dependency graph is used to provide services such as documentation and visualization of the design flow, representation of the design status, and warnings for any attempt to use invalid files. Because the dependency graph also represents the design flow, it is used to manage and control the propagation of the latest design changes by invoking tools in the correct order. Since the dependency graph captures parallelism, VOV can also provide network computing services, including resource management, priority scheduling, queuing, load sharing, and load balancing.
- query, reporting and charting of databases
Company: Infospace Inc. (San Mateo, CA)
Telephone: (415) 655-3700
Platforms: Java browsers, including Netscape Navigator, Microsoft
Description: A Java-based, thin-client application for query, reporting and charting on the Web and corporate intranets. Combines business-class graphics and reporting with access to any relational database, enabling users to design and run queries and analyze corporate data from industry-standard Web browsers. Offers business-class three-dimensional graphics, and report generation, scheduling and distribution. It generates underlying SQL statements, and its Gold designer version includes a comprehensive Structured Query Language (SQL) editor for direct entry of queries, including inner and outer joins, group by, and order by. The report generator creates a variety of reports, including interactive drill-down, matrix (or cross-tab) and multi-level break reports with both automatic and user-defined calculations. These reports can be viewed, saved and delivered in a variety of formats, including HTML, Java charts, Java tables, .GIF, VRML, and comma delimited CSV (Excel-compatible) files for maximum portability.
- server-based solution delivery environment
($495 per server/cpu)
Company: Htmlscript Corporation (San Diego, CA)
Telephone: (619) 490-2570
Platforms: most Unix and Unix-like operating systems
Description: New version 2.7 features include send/receive e-mail capability; Enables web pages to function as e-mail clients using POP and SMTP protocols. HTML authors can design Web pages that send and receive Internet e-mail. No Java applets, plug-ins, or separate e-mail applications are required. Using the new MAIL tag, Web pages can generate an instant e-mail reply to a user, based entirely on the information they supply. For example, if the Web form allows users to subscribe to various e-mail newsletters, the htmlscript features could generate on-the-fly customized e-mail verification messages, personally thanking the user (and using their name) for subscribing to newsletters X, Y and Z. Web pages can also receive e-mail and immediately make the e-mail messages available as Web documents. This not only frees e-mail from a specific workstation or platform (users could access their e-mail via any Web browser on any machine), but also enables new Web/e-mail applications such as customer support systems.
- exploring the Java Abstract Window Toolkit
Author: David M. Geary and Alan L. McClellan
Company: SunSoft Press/Prentice Hall
Telephone: (800) 382-3419 or (201) 236-7147
Platforms: Solaris, Windows 95 and Windows NT
Description: Book explores the Java Abstract Window Toolkit in detail, showing how to extend it to create custom components needed for Java applets and applications. Written for experienced programmers, it provides detailed coverage of every aspect of the AWT, including: Graphics, Colors, and Fonts, Image Manipulation, Event Handling, Dialogs, Menus, and AWT Layout Managers. Book comes with a user interface toolkit built on top of the AWT. The Graphic Java Toolkit (GJT) provides more than 30 custom components, including: Borders, Image Buttons, Boxes, Sprite Animation, Bargauges, Font Dialogs, Scrollers, Toolbars, and Rubberbanding. The book also includes class diagrams for both the AWT and the GJT. The accompanying CD-ROM includes the complete source code for the GJT, along with the example code from the book ready to run on Solaris, Windows 95 and Windows NT systems, as well as the complete 1.0.2 release of the Java Developer's Kit (JDK).
UNIX Systems Programming for SVR4
- how UNIX interacts with applications
Author: David A. Curr
Company: O'Reilly & Associates (Sebastopol, CA)
Telephone: (707) 829-0515, (800) 998-9938
Fax: (707) 829-0104
Platforms: Unix System v.4
Description: Latest book in publisher's UNIX Programming series. Provides systems programmers with details of how UNIX interacts with applications. An examination of systems programming, this book is a guide to writing an application from scratch or porting an application to any System V.4 platform. The first part of the book presents simple functions and concepts supported by code fragment examples and short demonstration programs. These examples become building blocks for the application program examples that appear later in the book to illustrate more advanced, complex functions. Includes: working with I/O routines, the I/O library, managing files and directories, reading, printing, and setting the system time and date, determining who is logged in, times users log in and out, how to change a program's effective user ID or group ID, and writing set user ID programs, changing system configuration parameters for resource limits, and more.
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