Stories by Anne B. McDonald

Camping tech: Outdoor gadget excess

Even geeks and gadget fans go outside once in a while. This innovative gear will make you the envy of other campers while you're enjoying the great outdoors.

Web-Based Print Shops Deliver the Job Fast

You need copies of an important report--now. You've sweated the content, but you don't have a cover or a snazzy binding to boost the look. No time to schlep to a copy shop. Where to turn? Custom Internet printing to the rescue!

Sun Shines Up StarOffice

SAN FRANCISCO (06/23/2000) - Look for an upgrade of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s
StarOffice this summer. The software suite, Sun's alternative to Microsoft
Office, is free and supports Windows 9x and 2000, OS/2, Linux, and Sun's
Solaris Operating Environment (both SPARC and Intel platforms). StarOffice has
modules for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawing, graphics,
scheduling, database functions, e-mail, and more. The new version, 5.2, is
expected to have better file-format compatibility with Microsoft applications,
among other improvements. Sun Microsystems; 800/872-4786;
www.sun.com/products/staroffice.

Personal Digital Video Recorders Upstage VCRs

Take total control of your TV with personal digital TV recorders, now equipped with improved show-selection features and more memory than earlier incarnations possessed. These so-called hard disk recorders--basically hard drives in VCR-size boxes--let you specify what you want to see, when you want to see it, and with what special effects. Using an HDR to fine-tune your entertainment options is amusingly addictive--and the device's powers are light-years beyond any VCR's capabilities.