Looking for a graduation presents for your favorite students? How to Survive Your Freshman Year from Hundreds of Heads, with advice and funny stories from students across the country, could be just the thing.
Hundreds of Heads Books, 2221 Peachtree Road, Suite D-230, Atlanta, GA 30309; (404) 872-0064;
Publications International has announced the release of two new products: My First Story Reader, a small, electronic storybook designed for children aged six months to three years, and the Story Reader Deluxe Fun Set, a kit targeted at kids aged three to eight, which includes a full-sized storybook, a sing-along microphone and songbook, and a carrying case.
Publications International, Ltd., 7373 North Cicero Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712; (800) 745-9299;
Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security, a new book from O'Reilly, is devoted entirely to the security features of the BSD operating systems. The book provides real-world examples that allow the reader to configure and deploy secure systems.
O'Reilly Media, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472; (800) 998-9938;
Cisco Systems has announced their new CiscoSecure Wireless Solution for K-12, providing integrated, wireless network connectivity and Cisco security features.
Cisco Systems, Inc.,170 West Tasman Dr., San Jose, CA 95134; (800) 553-6387;
The Software MacKiev 3-D Weather Globe & Atlas combines high resolution NASA maps with real-time cloud-cover, seven-day weather forecasts, night/day lines, time zones, and famous routes. An Internet connection is required for updated forecasts.
The Software MacKiev Company, 30-31 Union Wharf, Boston, MA 02109; (617) 227-6681;
Serious Magic has announced the availability of close-captioning for its Visual Communicator 2 product. This feature, which is available as a free download from the Serious Magic Web site, allows for compliance with Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act, which requires information technology be accessible to people with disabilities.
Serious Magic, 101 Parkshore Drive, Suite 250, Folsom, CA 95630; (916) 985-8000;
Teacher Tools that allow you to create worksheets, tests, and other learning materials for a variety of subjects are now available from the Mythic Wave Productions Web site. The software can be downloaded off the site, or you can have a CD shipped to you. Prices range from $39.95 to $59.95. Site licenses are available.
Mythic Wave Productions, Inc., 21053 Devonshire St. #201, Chatsworth, CA 91311; (818) 700-1998; www.clipartforteachers.com
New from Optoma is the H79 high performance digital projector. The projector features a 4500:1 contrast ratio, power zoom, power focus, and native 720p resolution. The suggested retail price is $9,999.
Optoma Technology, Inc., 715 Sycamore Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035; (888) 289-6786;
The TriLink wireless data logger from Fourier Systems uses Bluetooth technology to allow students to collect experiment data and beam the results to computers, handhelds, mobile phones, digital cameras, and other devices. More than 50 different data sensors are included. Pricing starts at $200 per unit with volume discounts available.
Fourier Systems, Inc., 3803 Wood Gardens Court, Kingwood, TX 77339; (866) 352-6994;www.fourier-sys.com
The new Latitude X1 from Dell is the company's smallest and lightest notebook computer, weighing two-and-a-half pounds. Starting at $1,699, the computer includes an Intel Pentium M processor, a 12.1-inch display, and integrated wireless capability.
Dell Inc., One Dell Way, Round Rock, Texas 78682; (800) 999-3355;
palmOne has introduced the Tungsten E2 handheld, which features a 320 x 320 color display; 32MB of flash memory with 26MB of actual storage capacity; and built-in Bluetooth wireless technology. In addition, the $249 unit comes with DataViz's Documents to Go software.
palmOne, Inc., 400 N. McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035; (888) 223-4817;