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Dr. Mary Kay Allen, a pioneer in AI for military logistics, died of cancer 6/16 at age 38. She was president and CEO of Intellogistics, Inc. [IAKE Knowledgebase, 7/92.]

Delbert Yocam has joined Tektronix (Wilsonville, OR) as president and COO, raising Tek's stock price by $1 (to $21.25). Yocam was previously COO at Apple and then president and CEO of Momenta. [Rory J. O'Connor, SJM, 9/11.]

Bill Gates has said that Microsoft is committed to working more closely with the major university-oriented computer research centers. Microsoft is said to spend $10M/year on fundamental research. [Jim Mallory, Newsbytes. CC, 9/8.]

Microsoft has distributed Windows NT developer kits to the 5K people attending Win32. The new operating system will work on RISC processors, run most DOS and Windows programs, and have outstanding multitasking. It also requires lots of memory, won't run many utility programs, and needs entirely new device drivers. Conversion of most Windows programs will be relatively easy, unless you've written for the 326 Enhanced mode. [Paul Hoffman, MicroTimes, 8/31.]

"Undocumented Windows" is a new book listing more than 200 undocumented calls in the Windows operating environment. Competitors are upset that Microsoft reserved the calls for its own advantage. This may influence the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's investigation of Microsoft's business practices. [WSJ, 9/1. Tim Finin.] Microsoft claims the calls are minor and that many were mentioned in miscellaneous sources.

Several companies have found Sharp's Wizard to work well in vertical applications, including executive meeting synchronization. The Wizard is as powerful as IBM's original PC. (It doesn't run DOS, though.) Brooklyn Union Gas has used it for a Basic-language port of VP Expert. HP's 95LX is also popular, but less powerful for financial applications. Other competitors are the Poqet from Fujitsu Personal Systems Ltd. and Apple's announced Newton. [Michael Fitzgerald, CW, 8/31.]

Platform-independent USL Unix SVR4.2 is said to require only 4MB of RAM and 60MB of disk space. That makes it a lean implementation, with careful optimization of its built-in GUI interface. (Both Open Look and Motif GUIs are supported.) SVR4.2 will work better if given more resources, though. The kernel is said to be modular, taking up memory only as required by user applications. [Bennett Falk, MicroTimes, 8/31.]

UniLinx is a Unix information market, similar to the AMIX exchange. Users will access advice, training, bug fixes, text, products, and services for the Unix community -- perhaps even demos, online conferences, and interactive assistance. Vendors will pay storage and transaction fees. Unix Systems Labs hopes to start the service early next year, with Peter Watts at the helm. [Esther Dyson, Forbes, 9/14.]

America Online has seen little pressure for download billing. It's a business issue, not a technological one: software publishing companies are not eager to bypass their own dealers. If AMIX or UniLinx establishes the market, other information services will implement transaction billing. [Steve Case. Mary Eisenhart, MicroTimes, 8/31.]