Auction fever. While Web sites such as and hawk their auction services as a way for consumers to clear their clutter, CablExpress Corp. of Syracuse, N.Y., is promoting a buyback site for unwanted networking items.

A page of the company's site, at, takes down info about aging equipment and promises a reply in about an hour giving the potential value in cash or trade-in on new networking equipment.

An e-mailed list of several old 14.4- and 28.8-Kbps modems drew a friendly reply in about 20 minutes. CablExpress buyer Jodi Levy offered a $10 purchase credit per modem, adding, 'We don't usually consider modems network hardware, but I'm definitely interested in routers, switches, hubs or network interface cards.'

Contact CablExpress at 800-982-5197.

Stretching time. Transmeta Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif., says its ultra-low-power, Linux-based Crusoe processor will give portable computer users all-day computing on one battery.

Although it's not yet available, the 700-MHz Crusoe TM5400 is aimed at the 4-pound-notebook market.

Meanwhile, market leader Intel Corp. has just released its 650-MHz Mobile Pentium III.

Early reports from notebook makers about Intel's SpeedStep feature indicate a performance dip of 20 percent for a 10 percent gain in operating time.

Full disclosure. WinWhatWhere Corp. of Kennewick, Wash., announced last month that its Investigator 2.05 usage-monitoring software now requires users to acknowledge at bootup that their keystrokes are being watched.

Investigator 2.05, which runs under Microsoft Windows 9x, NT 4.0 or Windows 2000, requires 12M of free storage and 8M of RAM.

It can e-mail data about keyboard and app activity to any address.

The notification banner also can display a group's computer use policy as a reminder.

The default banner reads, 'Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring.

'If it reveals evidence of criminal activity, system personnel may provide the evidence to law enforcement personnel.'

Users who suspect an unauthorized person or hacker has secretly installed Investigator on their systems can download another WinWhatWhere program, W3iDetect, to remove the unregistered monitoring software.

The $99 Investigator 2.05 is downloadable for a 14-day free trial from

'Susan M. Menke, [email protected],

and Michael Cheek, [email protected]


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