DID YOU HEAR

DID YOU HEAR

' Think long-term. When it comes to preserving government documents, that means really long-term. You never know what millennium they'll turn up in. After all, today's scholars spend their careers scrutinizing documents from long-dead societies. During last month's Digital Government Research Conference in Redondo Beach, Calif., researchers from the West Semitic Research Project at the University of Southern California showed off their digital enhancements of ancient writings. One example depicted a government tax document carved into a clay tablet in 2000 B.C. Quipped Yigal Arens, a USC professor and project co-director, 'In 2000 years, people will use this technology to look at IRS forms.'

' What, no slot-machine slot? Convergence diverged last month when Sony Corp. announced plans to modify its PlayStation 2 console for streaming media via RealNetworks' RealPlayer. The PlayStation will get an Ethernet adapter and a 56-Kbps modem like a PC but'tah-dah'no phone jack.

' And speaking of phones. Verizon Wireless of Bedminster, N.J., reported last month that a third of 2,500 wireless phone users in a Web survey said they occasionally make calls while driving. Twelve percent said they talk nonstop. Nearly half consider reading maps while driving more dangerous than using their phones. Talk to [email protected].

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