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A Year 2000 problem recently deleted 90K items from a Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) inventory. Correcting the problem took 400 hours. DLA supports over 1,400 weapons systems, and has 86 automated information systems containing 39M lines of code. The GAO is pushing them to "take fundamental steps" and set priorities for fixing Y2K problems. [Science News, 13Sep97. EduP.]

Ravinder Kachru et al., of SRI International, claim to be less than four years from marketing a holographic storage system for Internet servers. A memory unit the size of a sugar cube can access hundreds of thousands of holograms at 10GB/second. Varying the color of light used could theoretically increase capacity by 1M times. Reliability problems have pretty much been solved. The developers are spinning off a for-profit company, DenseNet, to work on making the technology cheaper. [Science. Eric Berger, UPI Science News, 02Oct97. Bill Park.]

Biometric units for identifying fingerprints have dropped to $300, from $1,200 last year. By next year we may be seeing them in keyboards or mice, reducing the need for passwords. [IBD, 01Oct97.]

MIT's Lincoln Laboratory is developing a tiny reconnaissance plane less then 6" long and weighing two ounces. They are working on small-scale sensors and micro-electromechanical systems, and hope to have a two-gram, one-cubic-centimeter camera for 1M-pixel images. The prototype plane, or "flying chip," will cruise at 100 meters, at 20-30 mph, for up to an hour. [Technology Review, Oct97. NewtNews.]

Rumors say that Apple is now planning for System 8 to be its desktop operating system, with Rhapsody for servers and eventually power users -- much like Windows NT.

There are still 25M Macs in use, but new sales have fallen from 4M to 2M/year. Very few Mac-only developers are left. Still, it's a good sign that MacSoft has finally released a Mac version of the Micropose Civilization II game. Sales have been "brisk, surpassing expectations." [Cox News. SJM, 28Sep97, 4F.]

Heidi Roizen, retired Apple VP of developer relations, has joined the board of Be, Inc. [SJM, 26Sep97, 1C.]

Gateway 2000 Inc., which bought the Amiga brand and patents in March, says it will introduce a new line of Amiga desktop machines within a year. It may support industry-standard graphics cards, universal serial bus ports, and several operating systems. Over 400 companies have asked for developers' licenses since 16Sep97. Amiga was a leader in desktop graphics, animation, 3D, and video editing (competing with SGI rendering engines and Avid digital video editing systems). It could also run most Mac programs. Clubs and newsgroups are still active, including alt.amiga. and comp.sys.amiga. The small, stable Amiga operating system might be good in consumer electronics -- palmtops, TVs, security systems, etc. [Karen Whitehouse, ZDNN, 26Sep97. Matteo Castelli , it.comp.emulatori.] (Commodore, now bankrupt, is widely faulted for neglect and poor marketing of an excellent computer and operating system.)