"The Agenda Computing booth was popular when I stopped by, and
there seemed to be a lot of interest in the handheld. I got a brief
tour from one the engineers working on the project. According to
the gentleman I spoke to, though the developer release is mere days
from shipping, it looks lke the general consumer release of the
Agenda will slip into the beginning of next year. He attributed the
delay to ongoing work on the software for the system. Agenda has
also picked up a new president since I last interviewed folks from
the company. Brad LaRonde has assumed leadership. Brad's a
prominent and responsive presence on the Agenda developer mailing
"Also present on the main convention floor was ZapMedia and
Intervideo, the LinDVD people I mentioned in the last newsletter.
ZapMedia is producing a Linux-based DVD player and MP3 jukeboc with
Internet connectivity (dial-up and broadband, with the ability to
be dropped into a LAN fairly easily). The ZapMedia device, which
they plan to sell for around $600, comes with a remote control and
remote keyboard. The company is pushing very hard to form
partnerships for customized Internet content for the device, and
they showed me how there will be links to the USA Today web site
and content from USA Today readily accessible from the device."
"By way of a demonstration, the ZapMedia people were playing a
DVD that had full access to all the menus and features you get with
a DVD console. We also visited a few web sites and found that the
browser was still a little buggy but serviceable. They expained
that it performs better on a t.v. than the flatpanel display they
had it connected to."
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