Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Covering NASA's big picture

Your article 'NASA takes the wireless leap,' about the wireless inventory system at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida GCN, Aug. 2, Page 30] is a good story about big spaces and big savings.

In the Sept. 27 Product Preference Survey, GCN gets the word on what feds want from their word processing programs and how they rank the leading processors. It's a neck-and-neck race between Corel WordPerfect and Microsoft Word 97.

Get the scoop on fast network interface cards for high-bandwidth LANs and WANs. There is an array to choose from, including 155-Mbps ATM NICs, 100- and 200-Mbps FDDI models, and even a few Gigabit NICs. They're all covered in the next issue's Buyers Guide.

Snapshot focuses on the Agriculture Department, which is trying to balance federal electronic filing initiatives with the needs of farmers whose operations are not computerized. The agency's chief information officer talks about a bill that would require Agriculture to quickly establish an electronic filing and retrieval system.

In Product Reviews, the lab tells you everything you should know about year 2000, with a final look at products for assessing and fixing PC clients.

The article gives credit to the right people for their ingenuity in creating for NASA the world's biggest LAN.

A couple of things need tweaking, though, and I would appreciate it if you would share them with your readers.

First of all, the installation took much less time than the six years mentioned in the article; in fact, it took less than a year. In addition, Ed Venable's title is senior staff to the director of vertical processing of United Space Alliance LLC.

Noel B. Hawke

Marketing communications

Government Systems Division

Intermec Technologies Corp.

Everett, Wash.

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