Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

High Technology Briefs

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

High Technology Briefs

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The Moore-Norman Vo-tech, 4701 12th Ave. NW in Norman, is offering several short-term computer courses and workshops through its Adult Training and Development program. Courses for persons age 16 or older are taught in a Macintosh or MS-DOS computer laboratory environment, allowing for hands-on training and personalized instruction.

Topics include WordPerfect 5.1 and 6.0, PageMaker 5.0 and Windows, plus orientation courses for seniors. Lengths, meeting times and tuition costs vary. For further information or to enroll, call the vo-tech's Office of Business and Industry Services, 364-5763, ext. 260. . . The troubles for Microsoft's Windows 95 keep building _ and the software, which will replace the current Windows 3.1 _ isn't even on shelves yet.

The trade magazine, InfoWorld, reports in its March 20 edition that some device drivers could cause the system to crash. Device drivers are tiny software programs that allow computers to communicate with accessories such as a mouse, sound card, monitor or scanner. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's executive vice president of worldwide sales, acknowledged the problem and conceded there's not much Microsoft can do about it.

Here's the problem. Windows 95 will come with built-in support for a long list of drivers. And no problems are expected with those programs. But it is impossible to track every driver for every device _ there are just too many. And Microsoft has no U.S. testing lab to certify device drivers (the company says it is too expensive). It does, by the way, have a Taiwan-based lab that deals with computer systems and peripherals made for sales in that part of the world. . . Samsung Electronics is introducing a new lightweight laptop designed for multimedia presentations. The SENS700 486 Multimedia Notebook PC has built-in stereo speakers and a backlit color screen. It sells at prices beginning around $2,300 _ that's with 4 megabytes of RAM and a 80486DX2/50 chip _ and weighs about 6 pounds. . . If a household has kids and a mother who graduated from college, it's likely a personal computer can be found in the home.

The March edition of the 13 Report, published by McCann-Erickson Atlanta, a branch office of the national advertising agency, reports that PCs can be found in 59 percent of households with a college-educated mother. That percentage drops to 33 percent if Mom just has a high school education.

The same report said sexual differences aren't that important as a predictor of PC ownership. For households that have a PC, 53 percent of the male children are regular users of the machine, 47 percent of the female children. There is a sexual difference, however, in the way the PC is used. Almost all of the females (98 percent) used the PC for schoolwork. That percentage declined to 75 percent for boys. …

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