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Palm Typist

Entering text into a Palm Pilot can be a chore. The Graffiti handwriting system works, but it takes a long time to master. And the hunt-and-peck keyboard makes for slow going. Textware Solutions has what it claims is a more speedy solution. FitalyStamp for Palm organizers lets users pick letters off a special overlay that fits on the Palm text-entry area. The overlay includes a special keyboard that purportedly places 84 percent of the most commonly used letters within a 3/8-inch radius, making it easier to find the letter you need. Textware claims that text-entry speeds of 50 words per minute or more are possible. The product costs $35. For more information, visit www.fitaly.com or call 781 272-3200.

Silent Watcher

How much time do employees spend doing personal jobs on the corporate network? Probably more than you'd like to know. SurfControl may be able to help stem the bandwidth flow with SuperScout 3.0, the latest release of the company's Internet filtering and bandwidth management tool. SuperScout's filters read from a regularly updated list of some 1.4 million sites, identified by category. Administrators can determine what kinds of sites employees can visit and when. The product can also restrict bandwidth usage by file extension -- for instance, limiting bandwidth for MP3 files on music sites while allowing full-bandwidth streaming video from news providers. The product also provides real-time monitoring as well as more than 45 status reports. The product costs $1,195 (or $1,690 with the addition of Virtual Control Agent) for a 50-user license. For more information, visit www.surfcontrol.com or call 831 431-1800.

Storage Solution

Exabyte Corp. has unveiled the 430 M2 tape library, a 1.8-terabyte (maximum) storage system designed for departmental and workgroup applications. The system takes up five units of rack space and offers as many as four M2 tape drives and 30 cartridges. The system comes ready for Ethernet connections and includes Exabyte Library Monitor software. Fibre Channel interface options are also available. The drives are filed upgradable, and the library is compatible with major third-party applications. List price for the 430 M2 begins at $22,000. For more information, visit www.exabyte.com or call 800 445-7736.

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