Last updated February 16, 2000
Industry that Jim Built
We all know how dependent
the PC industry is on Microsoft and Intel. The continued health and growth of
even the largest PC vendors are subject to the launch of new generations of faster
chips and upgraded systems and applications that take advantage of the increased
speed. But did you know that Bill and Andy are in turn equally dependent on the
launch of Jim's upgrades?
Information Website Goes Online
Be it Christmas,
New Year's, or Oshogatsu, the end-of-year holidays are never as joy-filled
for those suffering from cancer. However, those in Japan fighting the dreaded
disease received a very nice Christmas present in 1999; Internet-based access
to those going through the same fight.
Character Domain Name Limit Broken
by Thomas Caldwell
A San Francisco-based company has announced it will be offering
registration services for Internet Domain addresses that exceed
the current limit of 26 characters.
Domain Registrars (http://www.registrars.com)
announced in December they will begin offering Internet domain registration
of up to 64 characters in length, the first company to do so.
was established in 1997 and was accredited by the International
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in April 1999.
are an estimated 6.5 million registered domain names in use on the
Internet, with some 30,000 being added every day.
PCs for Japan market
Compaq Computer (Japan) will market desktop business PCs designed
for the Japanese market from mid-January. The DeskPro EC Series
will be monitor-integrated PCs which will likely be powered by a
466MHz Pentium Celeron processor and come with an 8GB HDD (detailed
specs have yet to be decided). More than 20% smaller than the company's
current models, the EC Series will include models priced below JPY100,000.
The company is aiming to ship more than 100,000 units in 2000.
production falls at Chiba company
Showa Denko will reduce its hard disk production capacity by more
than 30% from early 2000. Since October, the company's hard disk
sales have sharply decreased due to the rapid increase in disk capacity.
The company, which has an annual capacity of 44 million units at
its Chiba plant, will stop operating some of the plant's production
lines and transfer some workers in an effort to shave manufacturing
costs. Predicting that demand for hard disks from digital consumer
electronics makers will pick up, Showa denko expects to resume the
lines' operations after 2001.
maker to produce software overseas
Fujitsu FIP has begun marketing civil engineering software overseas.
Through Fujitsu Korea, the company exports four applications localized
from the FCENA series of civil engineering design software packages.
The series has 20 types of software and has shipped some 7,000 packages
to a total of 1,200 Japanese firms operating outside of Japan. The
company is aiming to ship 100 and 400 packages in Korea in fiscal
1999 and 2000, respectively. In anticipation of growing demand in
Southeast Asia, the company is considering exporting the series
to other countries in the region as well.
multimedia PHS phone
In fall 2000, NTT DoCoMo will release a PHS handset that will be
able to send and receive color images. The unit will be equipped
with a compact camera and an LCD panel, and comply with the MPEG4
standard supporting 64Kbps, fast enough to send six to eight images
per second in color, a significant improvement over with Kyocera's
32Kbps handset marketed by DDI Pocket that can send only one or
two images per second. Plans also call for launching a content distribution
service taking advantage of voice and color images to provide feature
news and sightseeing information.
cost DSL service for home and corporate users
Nippon Kotsumo will launch a DSL (digital subscriber line) service
in early 2000, targeting both individual and corporate users. The
company will charge individual users JPY69,000 and JPY144,000 per
year for 640Kbps and 1.6Mbps downlink services, respectively. There
will be a separate charge of JPY50,000 for subscription setup and
installation. The company will offer corporate users the same speeds
for both uplink and downlink, and they will pay JPY18,000-228,000
per month including access line and Internet access charges for
speeds ranging from 144Kbps to 3Mbps. The company will initially
use modems and other equipment made by Lucent Technologies, and
plans to lower equipment cost by replacing modems with PCI cards
in the future.
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