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Nov 20, 2000, 15:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"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 lists."

"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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