Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Looking for That Special Mother's Day Gift? -- Try Searching Cyberspace

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Looking for That Special Mother's Day Gift? -- Try Searching Cyberspace

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LOS ANGELES -- With only a few days until Mother's Day, the question "What to get mom?" can cycle endlessly, without resolution, without any new ideas. You're tired of all the Hallmark-y stuff, the flowers and bunnies and funny cards.

You want to get her something new, something `90s, something that lets mom know you're paying attention to the future!

So plug into the motherboard of cyberspace. The techno-rific list begins with Cybermom (from The Kuester Group; suggested retail price: $19.99), a nifty little computer utility that haunts the backwaters of your Windows machine and does, basically, what mom does. When installed on a kid's computer, Cybermom can take over many of the regular-mom duties: She offers advice, she reminds you about birthdays, she schedules your life and pops up sometimes with cleaning tips. Plus it comes in a funky box that looks like mom's Tide laundry detergent. Very postmodern. She'd be proud. And, freed from her usual tasks, she may have time to read. …

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