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By John J. McLaughlin, FlashBack, Inc.

October  1995
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Product: DW3300 Channel Gateway mainframe block multiplexer channel interface
Company: Data/Ware Development, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Telephone: (800) 335 4444 x226 or (619) 453 7774 x226
Fax: (619) 453 2794
Platforms: Solaris 2, SPARC-compatible
Description: A mainframe block-multiplexer channel interface for a SPARC-compatible. Allows a Sun to connect directly to a mainframe and appear as multiple devices at once.

Product: DrawingSlate II cordless graphics tablet for Suns
(from $280)
Company: Calcomp (Anaheim, CA)
Telephone: (800) 932-1212, (714) 821-2000
Fax: (714) 821-2832
Platforms: Sun, Intel compatibles, and Macintosh
Description: A family of thin, low-cost, lightweight, cordless graphics tablets. It has two modes of use: tablet and mouse. Users have a choice of pointing devices, either a cordless electronic pen (click-tip or pressure-sensitive) or a cordless 4- or 16-button cursor. DrawingSlate II is available for all Suns via a serial port.

Product: MultYcon-SUN console management system
(From $498)
Company: Elsner Technologies Company (Fort Worth, TX)
Telephone: (800) 243-2228 or (817) 626-4110
Fax: (817) 626-5330
Platforms: Supports mixed configurations in a base unit, including any combination of PCs, Sun, SGI, RS/6000, AS/400, DEC Alpha and other mini and mainframe systems
Description: The MultYcon-SUN Console Management System uses a centralized administration console to monitor all servers on a network. It supports all models of Sun servers and workstations. Using this system, IS professionals may monitor, configure and maintain up to 1,024 computers. As a hardware-based solution, MultYcon is OS-independent and uses standard I/O connections.


Product: Applixware interface to Arbor Software's Essbase OLAP product
Company: Applix (Westboro, MA)
Telephone: (800) 8-Applix; (508) 870-0300
Fax: (508) 366-9313
Platforms: Solaris; Windows NT
Description: An interface between Essbase and Applixware, permitting users to gather, further analyze and distribute information to the enterprise. Applixware is a suite consisting of a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics, charting, and e-mail.

Product: Eloquence text-to-speech software
Company: Eloquent Technology, Inc. (Ithaca, NY)
Telephone: (607) 266-7025
Fax: (607) 266-7030
Platforms: SPARCstations, RS/6000, SGI; Windows-based PCs (486/25 and above)
Description: Text-to-speech software that produces "human-like" speech. Input text can be entered in standard English, including abbreviations and phonetic symbols. Eloquence handles a variety of pronunciations including proper names, acronyms, abbreviations, and fractions. It has an annotation scheme that allows users to mimic many human emotions including custom voices (e.g., male, female, child), voice quality (e.g., degree of hoarseness, pitch level), and intonational effects (e.g., emphasis, excitement, boredom).

Product: FleXprint and FleXimage PostScript print server software
(FleXprint - from $695, FleXimage - $195)
Company: AutoGraph International, Inc.
Telephone: (408) 436-7227
Fax: (408) 436-7255
Platforms: Unix
Description: FleXprint 1.0 is printing software designed to be compatible with current and future Adobe PostScript level-2 printers. The Motif-based GUI gives the user control of printer features including print quality, tray selection and color correction. FleXimage exchanges image file formats between various applications and saves screen captures in a variety of supported formats.

Product: GEORGE automatic documentation tool
($5,000 for a single Unix workstation; $7,500 for a 5-pack; $1,500 for add-on licenses)
Company: UniPress Software, Inc. (Edison, NJ)
Telephone: (908) 287-2100
Fax: (908) 287-4929
Platforms: Solaris 1 and 2, HP 9000 700/800
Description: Creates internals documentation from users' source code (C and C++) into FrameMaker, Interleaf, HTML, and MS Word RTF formats. Documents created by GEORGE are automatically hypertexted, allowing direct on-line access to documentation and source code with navigation across the code base. Automatic indexing of the code ensures accurate listings of the documentation, on-line or printed, via a mix of textual and/or graphical representations. GEORGE's automatic output can be supplemented by user text, graphic, and table information. In addition, it merges prior user additions into new documents, reporting any differences or problems to the user.

Product: MLAB mathematical and statistical modeling
($395 for PC (DOS), Macintosh (Motorola, PowerPC), NeXTStep (Motorola, Intel, HP); $495 for Sun SPARC (Solaris 1), Silicon Graphics, RS/6000, DEC Alpha (OSF/1).)
Company: Civilized Software, Inc. (Bethesda, MD)
Telephone: (301) 652-4714
Fax: (301) 656-1069
Platforms: Unix versions for SPARC, NeXTStep (Motorola, Intel, HP), RS/6000, DEC Alpha, SGI, and Convex. PC and Macintosh
Description: MLAB (Modeling LABoratory) is an interactive mathematical and statistical modeling program. It includes curve-fitting, differential equations, statistics, and graphics. Civilized Software says the software provides more than 30 command types and more than 400 built-in functions from the areas of elementary mathematics, transcendental functions, probability and statics, linear algebra, optimization, cluster analysis, combinatorics, numeric input/output, and graphics. A 100-day trial version costs $100.

Product: Patrol 3.0 systems management and monitoring
Company: BMC Software, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Telephone: (800) 841-2031 (713) 918-8800
Fax: (713) 918-8000
Platforms: Solaris, Solaris X86, AIX, Bull, DG, HP-UX, ICL, NCR, Olivetti, OpenVMS, OSF, OS/2, Pyramid, SCO Unix, Siemens, Sequent, SGI, UnixWare
Description: Patrol 3.0 supports centralized, active monitoring, and automated management for heterogeneous applications, databases, and underlying resources. Patrol 3.0 allegedly scales to more than 1,000 servers, and is interoperable with leading system and network management frameworks, and integrates with help desk systems to provide comprehensive management and monitoring for any sized client/server environment.

Product: SeOS Security for open systems
($1,000 per server, $150 per user, volume discounts)
Company: Memco Software Inc. (New York, NY)
Telephone: (800) 862-2602, (212) 286-8820
Fax: fax 212/286-9150
Platforms: Solaris 1 and 2, AIX, HP-UX
Description: SeOS provides Unix security by addressing Unix's loopholes and controlling "who can do what, and when" in Unix. SeOS restricts the superuser and protects resources such as userIDs, servers, processes, login's, files, execution of privileged programs, and network connections from unauthorized access. SeOS provides logging and auditing.

Product: Secure WebServer 1.1 Secure HTTP server
Company: Open Market (Cambridge, MA)
Telephone: (617) 621-9500
Fax: (617) 621-1703
Platforms: Solaris 1 and 2, AIX, BSD/386, Digital Unix, HP-UX, Irix
Description: Unifies the two approaches (S-HTTP and SSL) for security on the World Wide Web. It allegedly supports requests from any of the 800 browser variants that communicate using HTTP, Secure-HTTP or SSL. The Secure WebServer supports all three simultaneously. It uses a multi-threaded architecture designed to support thousands of simultaneous requests.

Product: SmartSockets Message-oriented middleware toolkit for interprocess communication (IPC)
Company: Talarian Corp. (Mountain View CA)
Telephone: (415) 965-8050
Fax: (415) 965-9077
Platforms: Unix, VMS, Windows, Windows NT
Description: A application development toolkit that enables processes to communicate across different operating system platforms through the use of messages. SmartSockets takes care of network interfaces, guarantees delivery of messages, handles communication protocols, and deals with recovery after system/network problems.

Product: TotalNET Administration Services (TNAS) network management and administration
Company: Syntax (Federal Way, WA)
Telephone: (208) 838-2626
Fax: (206) 838-9836
Platforms: Solaris for SPARC and x86, IBM AIX
Description: TNAS is a Unix-based tool that gives IS administrators access to configuration and status of an entire network. Its functions include administration of users, passwords, data access rights, configuration data, and replication.

Product: VUFlex 2000 retrieval tool for document management systems
Company: Audre Recognition Systems Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Telephone: (619) 451-2260
Fax: (619) 451-0267
Platforms: Sun or HP workstations; Pentium PCs with Solaris x86
Description: Provides database retrieval of engineering drawings, electrical schematics, maps, and technical publications. VUFlex automatically recognizes text on documents of any size and generates an ASCII file to enable flexible, full text searches by electronic document management systems. Other features include overnight batch processing, automatic indexing, and automatic raster cleanup.

Product: WabiServer Solaris server for Microsoft Windows applications
($1,000 for server license, $1,000 for 10 clients)
Company: SunSoft (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (800) SUNSOFT, (512) 434-1511
Fax: (415) 961-6070
FlashBack: 82.10
Platforms: Solaris SPARC and x86
Description: A server implementation of Wabi, a Windows-to-Unix translator. Gives multiple simultaneous users functionality of Wabi. Low-end SPARC systems and X terminals, previously unsupported by Wabi, can now act as full clients in a server implementation to run Microsoft Office, Lotus SmartSuite, and other Microsoft Windows applications. WabiServer provides MIS managers with more centralized management of their Microsoft Windows applications within the Solaris environment.


Product: ORACLE PL/SQL Programming by Steven Feuerstein
($39.95 -- includes diskette)
Company: O'Reilly & Associates (Sebastopol, CA)
Telephone: (707) 829-0515
Fax: (707) 829-0104
Description: PL/SQL is a procedural language used with Oracle, particularly in client-server applications. This book provides developers with a guide to building applications with PL/SQL. It's provides strategies, code architectures, tips, techniques, and fully realized code. Includes a disk containing many examples of PL/SQL programs. ISBN: 1-56592-142-9; Order number: 142-9; 916 pages

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