Compaq Unveils Innovative Productivity Tools for Internet-Driven Home and Home Office (PR Newswire)
Continuing to provide innovative products and services that work together to help customers communicate and create at work or at play, Compaq Computer Corp. today announced Windows XP compatibility for all new Presario PCs, as well as a variety of enhancements to their Presario lineup
My spin: As PC prices drop, more and more companies will look for innovative ways to add value to traditional PC sales.
Compaq also released the $129.99 IJ650 color ink jet printer, an economical answer to the computing needs of students, multiple PC households and most home offices. The IJ650 leads the industry with 2400 dpi resolution, providing photo-quality printing and a smaller ink drop size at a breakthrough price. The IJ650 will be available in participating retail locations July 1. And when consumers purchase a CPU, monitor and printer through retail, they will receive a $200 rebate between July 8 and October 21, 2001. For more information visit www.athome.compaq.com/printers.
For students, home offices and small businesses with more demanding imaging needs, Compaq offers the S200 high-performance flatbed scanner. With high-quality scanning at an incredible speed and quick, easy setup, the S200 makes it simple to post photos to web sites or share them with friends and family via Email. With the touch of a single button, users can scan images up to 8.5“ X 11.7” to add life to school projects or business presentations. The S200 has 48-bit color depth and scans at up to 1200 X 2400 dpi optical resolution, but can be expanded up to 9600 dpi, providing laser sharp text and brilliant color images. Coupled with the value-priced Presario PC and IJ650 printer, the S200 completes an ideal solution for tackling school projects or the presentation needs of a home office. Priced at $99, the S200 will be available through retail on July 1. For more information about the S200, visit www.athome.compaq.com/printers.

Indian tech firm invents cheap e-mail device
India’s iNabling technologies has invented a CHEAP E-MAIL DEVICE, the iStation, which doesn’t require a computer to send and receive messages. iStation, which resembles a laptop computer, costs 7,000 rupees ($149) plus a monthly access fee of 100 rupees and allows users to access e-mail through regular phone lines, routed to
iNabling’s Internet services. The Bangalore-based startup’s invention is the latest initiative to try and bridge the ‘digital divide’ in India, which has a booming software industry alongside 35 percent of citizens who cannot read or write. (Reuters) Full article
My spin: This is not a “small biz” story, but I thought it was a pretty interesting technology – especially one NOT from the USA.
Microsoft’s XP: Hardware changes a turnoff
Microsoft may have discovered the ultimate turnoff. The company’s new product-activation technology, which locks Office XP or Windows XP to a particular PC hardware configuration, can deactivate unexpectedly, rendering the software useless until a code number is obtained from Microsoft. The feature could present the biggest headache to people that frequently upgrade or change components on their PCs.
June 27, 2001, 4:00 a.m. PT Full story from Cnet
My spin: Well this is why I say NEVER take version 1 of a major release from Microsoft. This kind of problem is MAJOR. Do not upgrade to XP until OTHER users / gunieau pigs have had a chance to take this baby through it’s paces. What Cnet and others are warning about is that, a new security feature in Windows XP will deactivate your computer if it notices certain hardware changes – thinking possibly that you’ve installed it in another computer system, which is illegal!
Dell dogs PC rivals
As top dog in the PC industry, Dell Computer is looking to make its bite as nasty as its bark. With about 13 percent of the global PC business already in his company’s paws, Dell Chief Executive Michael Dell growled last week that the company is looking to grab 40 percent over the next several years. The question is whether its competitors will stick around to fight or settle for the scraps of an industry in which already slim profit margins continue to decline. June 27, 2001, 1:00 p.m. PT Full article
My spin: IBM is going head long into making it’s software and services it’s primary revenue generation, especially in the small business market. HP, Gateway, and Compaq are still very much “product” focused. Compaq does have a large base of resellers, so also is in the services game, but IBM’s farther along I think. In any case – DELL sure has the expertise and capacity to grow and take away a larger share of the PC business. If it’s just about price, Dell’s in as best a position as anyone to lower, lower, and lower prices!

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