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UC Davis Gets Wireless Data Service

March 01, 2000
Mobile computer users throughout the country routinely use Palm? devices for email and scheduling. Police officers use laptops and other specialized devices to transmit and retrieve information instantly. Researchers access live Web pages while on trains. How? Through wireless Internet access. This service (a.k.a. Wireless IP or Wireless Mobile Data) is now available to UC Davis affiliates along with other voice and data services offered through IT-Communications Resources. How does this service work? When you sign up for this service (offered at UC Davis via AT&T), your wireless modem is assigned an IP address. (IP addresses are a series of numbers assigned by the National Information Center that uniquely identify computers on the Internet.) It is through this IP address that the wireless network recognizes you as authorized user. The Internet connection is instantaneous: no need to plug in, find a phone jack, or change your IP address to access the campus network. All it takes is firing up the "IP Stack" software that comes with the wireless modem. However, be aware that Wireless IP does not work at the speeds to which we have grown accustomed (typically 28 to 56 kilobits per second over a modem line). This network transmits data at a speed of up to 19.2 kilobits per second.

Is Windows 2000 for me? Probably not

February 18, 2000
With Microsoft ready to release its latest operating system onto the market with great fanfare, many students may be asking whether Windows 2000 is right for them. The short answer: unless you're a computer guru and enjoy a challenge, or are currently using Windows NT 4.0, the answer is probably no.

How I searched for search engines...

February 04, 2000
World Wide Web-based search engines drive me crazy. With UC Davis being a place where everybody is researching something all the time, a good search engine seems like it would be every student's best friend. However, it seems like there are hundreds of engines out there, each claiming it is bigger, faster and more accurate than the rest. How am I, one little student with no extra time on my hands, supposed to figure out which one I should use?

Windows 2000: W2K Replaces Y2K as Campus Issue

February 01, 2000
Windows 2000, set for release to the general public on February 17, has several components designed to replace Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Server, and Enterprise Server. Contrary to what you may have heard, Windows 2000 is not intended to be a replacement for Windows 95 or 98 for the home or small office user. "Windows Me" (short for Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition) is the new version of the OS for the home/small office market and is scheduled for release later this year.

Beauty and the Beast: Mp3s and Napster

January 21, 2000
First of all, I have a confession to make, and it's a bit embarrassing. As a young kid, I was an inveterate shoplifter. Clothes, toys, baseball cards - sure, these meant a lot to me as a 10-year-old, but not enough to steal them. Not nearly as much as the one precious commodity of my pre-pubescent years, the source of my early temptation, corruption, and ultimate lasting shame: supermarket candy. Not just any old candy, mind you, but the shining light of Safeway's third aisle - Brach's butterscotch disks. I worshipped the things (still do, actually). Sadly, a cavity-filled dentist visit led to my mother's hasty, ill-formed decision that candy no longer occupied a place in little J's food pyramid. I was thereafter emotionally destroyed, and desperate to find a path to my favorite thing on earth (besides my blanket Spike).

Look what I got for Christmas: A virus!

January 07, 2000
So it's January 2000, and hey, we're all still here in Davis. The New Year party hats have just recently been tossed aside, and now, as you unpack and figure out which garbage can to donate that "kinda sorta new millennium" clock your Uncle Lefty gave you for Christmas, your computer stares at you like a long lost friend.

Holiday checklist- family, gifts, email

December 03, 1999
You've been bruising it through midterms and papers all quarter long, and all that's left to hurdle are finals. Winter break, the oasis from mid- quarter stress, finally seems within reach, and none too soon.

Y2K Tiger Teams Spring Into Action

December 01, 1999
Although most agree the Year 2000 (Y2K) Problem is not going to be the end of civilization as we know it, UC Davis is preparing for Y2K as it would for any other potential emergency, as defined in the Campus Emergency Policy (UCD Policy & Procedure Manual, Section 290-05) and the campus emergency management program (http://planit.ucdavis.edu/ howto/index.html). Starting on Wednesday, December 15, all individuals affiliated with UC Davis will be able to call (530) 752-1727, 24 hours a day, for assistance with campus-related Year 2000 issues. This number will remain active through January 14 (or as needed) and will provide a centralized Year 2000 communication hub for the UC Davis community.