Letters to the editor

Re: ‘Roid rage (Feb. 7)

Loved your “”steroids”” editorial. Now, if we could get marketers to stop using nouns as verbs and curb the spread of “”CorpSpeak”” we’d be all set.


Tamarack Creek Communications

Re: The right to bear ARM (Feb. 6)

In The right to bear ARM, you neglected to mention that before Intel and the PocketPC 2002, there was Apple and the Newton. The Newton with its StrongARM processor was the original PDA of this modern-day PDA revolution, unfortunately just a little ahead of its time, and as always, playing to a highly critical non-Apple marketplace. I still use mine, and may even be persuaded to switch to an iPaq now that I can sync it to my Macintosh using a product called PocketMac.

The StrongARM processor had a huge head start in the PDA space, and Apple was the one that put it out to the masses.

Fil Magnoli
IT Director
Vickers and Benson Arnold

Remember that the first large company to promote and use that architecture was Apple Computer in its now defunct Newton product line. Something it was heavily criticized for at the time, notwithstanding the fact that it created the handheld consumer market.

My Newton 130 runs fine thank you and is still a reasonably capable computing device. It does more than most of the handhelds today which are nearly as expensive as the Newton was then. This of course does not say much for the handheld market which is more into marketing technology than creating the technology. This is how companies like Microsoft became successful.

Louis Rifkin

Re: Inside the Microsoft Innovation awards (Feb. 4)

Clever article on the awards Sunday night. Thanks for the kind mention.

By the way, I think Microsoft runs the best partner program in the industry, period. We belong to several, and no one has helped our business grow like they have.

Jason Martin

Re: Whacking poetic (Feb. 1)

After five minutes, exothermic philately = 3,492,640,000. I guess I got lucky. What a way to waste time!

Mike Brede

My 5th try: 3c905 lustre — 37900 x 151000=5.7 billion. Now, are computer words good?

Mike Warnecke

Ed.’s Note: No

Re: Cloakware comes out of the shadows (Feb. 1)

I was quite interested in your article on Cloakware as this marketplace is evolving. As security is becoming more important and protection of access and data is coming into mainstream, products such as Cloakware’s Signature do offer alternatives to the basic biometric products out there.

You mentioned that putting a fingerprint scanner on a PDA would be difficult. Sony offers, or soon will offer a Palm-type PDA that has a fingerprint scanner built in. It should be available shortly and is targeting the financial marketplace.

Marshall Postnikoff

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