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LAB NOTES

Is Crusoe stranded? Transmeta Corp.'s forthcoming low-power processors for mobile computers don't seem to be taking over the market from Intel Corp.'s mobile processors.

Notebook makers have said the 700-MHz Crusoe TM5400 performs about as well as a 433-MHz Celeron and runs on battery about three hours'an hour longer than Intel's more powerful Pentium II and III mobile CPUs.

Two doors could open for the chip from Transmeta of Santa Clara, Calif., however.

IBM Corp. is rumored to be looking at Crusoe for notebook computers'a natural fit because IBM's chip foundry fabricates it.

Another possible adopter is a notebook maker in Taiwan; the island produces most of the notebook PCs sold in the United States.

Although Transmeta is off to a slow start with its processor for Microsoft Windows portables, it might have better success with WebPad tablets and other small, specialized devices that run Linux with the 400-MHz Crusoe TM3120.

Boxers or briefs? Vice President Al Gore, when asked about his computer preference by a 19-year-old computer whiz, responded, 'That's kind of a high-tech boxers-or-briefs question.' Gore went on to say that he had used an Apple Macintosh but that problems getting newer applications forced him to switch to a PC.

Gore's parting comment: 'Apple seems to be coming back with the iMac, don't you think?'

No word on his opinion of Microsoft Windows 2000.

Instant intelligence. Everybody could use a transplant of super brainpower, and Hewlett-Packard says its new, $20,000 OpenView VantagePoint enterprise management software delivers.

OpenView VantagePoint can manage an enterprise environment from an HP-UX, SunSoft Solaris or Microsoft Windows platform. It works with the new Solaris 8 and Windows 2000 operating systems, automatically fixing problems in user systems, servers and applications.

Now for the brain transplants: VantagePoint has Smart Plug-Ins for Microsoft SQL Server databases and for the One-To-One online transaction application from BroadVision Inc. of Redwood City, Calif.

Smart card for Win 2000. European smart card maker Schlumberger Ltd. has a plug-and-play smart card called Cryptoflex for use with Win 2000 Server and Professional, as well as Windows NT Workstation OSes.

The Cryptoflex card requires the Reflex client reader device but no extra software under Win 2000.

'Michael Cheek, mcheek@gcnlab.com, and'Susan M. Menke, smenke@gcn.com

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