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Virtual Copier or organizer? Go to ftp://ftp.virtualcopier.com/2.1/VC21DCTr.exe to download a trial version of Virtual Copier software from Imagination Software Inc. of Silver Spring, Md. It files and retrieves scanned paper documents for printing, copying, e-mailing or use in several groupware applications.

Virtual Copier runs on Microsoft Windows platforms and works with networked digital copiers. It manages paper document images within Lotus Notes, Xerox DocuShare, Microsoft Exchange and soon, SQL Server 2000.

After the file is downloaded, double-click to install'no password is needed. See www.virtualcopier.com for more information. And don't forget to e-mail your flattened face to be posted on the Virtual Copier Wall of Fame.

Aladdin makes Web debris vanish. To keep snoopers from watching what you do on your Macintosh, install iClean from Aladdin Systems Inc. of Watsonville, Calif.

Aladdin claims to clean up accumulated and unwanted cache files, cookies and histories. It also provides a detailed summary of items that can be deleted and tells how many megabytes of wasted storage can be recovered.

IClean is meant to be run after each Internet surfing session to remove lingering tracks of information in your computer's hard drive and cache memory.

The $30 iClean package requires at least a Power Macintosh running Mac OS 7.5.3 or a higher version with at least 8M of RAM. It's part of Aladdin's Spring Cleaning 3.5 uninstaller for the Mac.

Visit www.aladdinsys.com/iclean/index.html to learn more about iClean.

Linux alert. Open Source Development Network, a unit of VA Linux Systems Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., recently signed up as founding members Compaq Computer Corp., EMC Corp. of Hopkinton, Mass., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Intel Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc.

OSDN will network multiple Linux organizations and news resources at a new beta site, www.OSDN.com.

Sun, which last month launched a driver verification program for peripherals connected to Intel platforms running the SunSoft Solaris operating system, now is giving away a porting kit for Linux drivers.

The kit, downloadable from www.sun.com/solaris/ndpkit.html, converts PCI-based driver source code into binary Solaris drivers for Intel platforms. Existing Linux network drivers that users have written for Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Fiber Distributed Data Interface or token-ring devices can have their corresponding Solaris binary network drivers ported and verified under the Solaris Device Driver Verification Program [GCN, Aug. 14, Page 38].

'Carlos A. Soto

E-mail: csoto@gcnlab.com

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