Volume 36 Issue 5 • May 1999

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  • IEEE Spectrum - [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): c1
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  • Newslog

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): 1
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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):2 - 4
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):6 - 8
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  • Insisting on the impossible: the life of Edwin Land

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):14 - 16
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  • Infinite loop: How apple, the world's most insanely great computer went insane

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):16 - 17
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  • Calendar

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):18 - 66R15
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  • Washington watch

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):18I6 - 18I8
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  • Champagne supercomputer on a beer budget

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):19 - 22
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  • Free software [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): 24
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  • The path to open-source systems

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):25 - 31
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    A new model for software development and distribution, called open-source, promises to breath new life into Unix software and increase competition in operating systems. Arising from the historical openness of the academic and engineering environment, it is starting to attract commercial interest as well. View full abstract»

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  • Battling for local phone customers

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):32 - 37
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    The long-distance giant AT&T is girding its loins for an attempt to wrest the residential phone customer from local telephone companies around the United States. This paper takes a look at the Midwestern region and evaluates whether its strategy will "play in Peoria". View full abstract»

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  • Is bigger better?

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):38 - 44
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  • Fuel cells for homes and hospitals

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):45 - 52
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    Along with promising car and bus applications, fuel cells in stationary versions are being designed to power single homes and large buildings. Some systems gain more output power by operating the cell in combination with a gas turbine. The author discusses the basic principles of fuel cells and fuel processing technology. Fuel cells for residential applications and combined gas turbine/fuel cell s... View full abstract»

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  • Cable: it's not just for TV

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):53 - 59
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    Hybrid fiber-coaxial-cable systems can download data from the Internet at up to 30 Mb/s while also carrying multiple telephone channels and broadcast radio and TV signals-both analog and digital. This paper concentrates on single-access technology-cable modems. The cable modem packs the Internet data in the form of 10BASE-T frames, which are fed over an Rj-45 connection to the Ethernet network int... View full abstract»

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  • The emerging knowledge-based economy

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):60 - 65
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    The continuous developments in communications and information technology have forged stronger links between nations, creating networks between nations, companies, and peoples. Paradoxically, this increases opportunities for both cooperation and conflict. Where once nations fought over trade routes and raw materials, the future will see knowledge as the prize. Battles will be about intellectual pro... View full abstract»

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  • Web sights

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): 66
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  • Thirty years ago...

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): 66R2
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  • Recent books

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):66R5 - 66R6
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  • EEs' tools & toy

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):74 - 77
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