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IBM has a new 32-bit OS/2 Warp (for Intel processors) in 10K-unit public beta test. Code-named Merlin, it includes IBM's VoiceType control and dictation with no need for training or additional hardware. A Java Developers Kit and run-time code are included, along with support for Internet access, OpenGL, TrueType fonts, OpenDoc, and the Open32 API extensions. . [Timothy F. Sipples , comp.os.os2.announce, 6/25/96.]

Client/server hasn't been a complete success, given that it costs $7K/year per user vs. just over $2K/year for long-term mainframe support. The average cost per transaction is $.46 by client-server, $.03 by mainframe. [Information Week, 5/37/96, p. 44. Flash Information.] (Different types of transactions, maybe? Anyway, there's now a new name for client/server: Intranets. Wired magazine this month called them "a clever kind of shell game going on in MIS departments." Not that second- generation client/server won't be a good thing... [Web Informant, 6/22/96.])

Microsoft has a series of case studies and articles on Intranets: and . An excellent white paper from Netscape is . [Network News, 6/23/96.]

O'Reilly & Assoc. is offering its Website 1.1 webserver free to educators. Download it from , along with three chapters of their book on building your own website. [Educom UPDATE, 6/1/96.]

Adobe Systems (Mountain View) has announced Acrobat 3.0 for Windows and Mac (available 8/96) and other platforms (9/96). This version will integrate with various browsers, including Microsoft's ActiveX controls (formerly known as OLE). PDF readers will be free, but the authoring program suite will cost $295. Beta versions of Acrobat Reader 3.0 and related software are available now for free on . [WEBster, 6/11/96.]

Verity's free SearchPDF for Web Servers v1.0 will find and display documents that have been indexed with Acrobat Catalog, highlighting the search terms. . [WEBster, 6/25/96.]

Automated information agents might save themselves a lot of work if they could talk to other agents on the Web and pick up partial solutions from related search efforts. That's the premise of Firefly technology from Agents, Inc., a spin-off from the MIT Media Lab. [Forbes, 7/1/96, p. 79. EDUPAGE.] "Check out Firefly at!" [Mark D. Smucker , 6/96.] (I can imagine a web of such agents replacing our encyclopedias and technical literature. Instead of searching for information, it would be pumped to them by related agents -- much as I send news to you. Each agent would have it's own world view, which could differ significantly from that of its neighbors -- no need for consistency. Knowledge would come with attitude and social connections, just as it does from people.)