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HotCall lets you surf the Net To browse the Internet. The most common Internet browsing today is done on the Web. Before the Web, the Internet was "surfed" via Archie, Gopher, WAIS and other search facilities. See surfing and how to access the Internet.  and answer your phone at the same time

If you spend a lot of time online, it's a sure bet you've missed your share of incoming calls. To keep your connection, you typically have to disable To turn off; deactivate. See disabled.  your phone's Call Waiting feature. Most calls were probably not important enough to cause much grief, but occasionally an important call is impeded im·pede  
tr.v. im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing, im·pedes
To retard or obstruct the progress of. See Synonyms at hinder1.

[Latin imped
 by your time on the Net. Home office users are especially plagued by this problem unless they have a dedicated line. Command Communications hopes to solve it with its latest device, HotCall 2000.

HotCall alerts users when they are connected to the Net and have an incoming call. The device is very easy to set up and get started, but it can only be used on lines that have Call Waiting provided by a local phone company. To get started, just connect the unit to the phone, outlet and modem via the ports on the back of the device. Don't forget to enable Call Waiting in your Internet connection settings. Once online, you'll be alerted to incoming calls by a ring from the unit and a flashing red light.

When the red light appears, you have the option of answering the call or allowing it to go straight into voice mail. (You'll need to subscribe to Verb 1. subscribe to - receive or obtain regularly; "We take the Times every day"
subscribe, take

buy, purchase - obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction; "The family purchased a new car"; "The conglomerate acquired a new company";
 your local phone company's voice mail service.) Unfortunately Hotcall 2000 is not compatible with answering machines, so the only way you can screen your calls is to actually answer the phone. The company, quite accurately, states that users of the device can return to their Internet session within a few seconds. During testing, "a few seconds" turned out to be no more than 10--plenty of time to decide that a call isn't important enough to interrupt A signal that gets the attention of the CPU and is usually generated when I/O is required. For example, hardware interrupts are generated when a key is pressed or when the mouse is moved. Software interrupts are generated by a program requiring disk input or output.  your browsing. If you can't decide in under 10 seconds, your connection to the Net will be terminated and you'll have to reconnect.

Home office users, who often use a single line for phone, fax and Internet, should welcome the addition of HotCall to the plethora plethora /pleth·o·ra/ (pleth´ah-rah)
1. an excess of blood.

2. by extension, a red florid complexion.pletho´ric

 of devices and wires already infringing on their space. It'll help put an end to the days when you have to ask people to call to make sure the line is free before sending a fax. To screen calls more completely, try HotCall plus. It works in conjunction with Type 2 Caller ID A telephone company service that sends the caller's telephone number between the first and second ring of the call. If the calling number is not blocked, the calling number is displayed on the handset or base station of the called party.  to show the number of the second party so you don't even have to bother answering to find out if the call warrants terminating your Internet connection.


* HotCall: $89.95

* HotCall plus: $99.50

For more information, call Teledynamics L.L.P. at 800-847-5629.

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BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates, Greenbelt, MD, A membership organization founded in 1975 by Earl A. Pace Jr. and David Wimberly. It is the largest national professional organization representing minorities in the information industry with more than 55 chapters.  Information Technology Thought Leaders will hold its 21st Annual National Conference August 17-22 in Atlanta. The event offers a technology expo, youth conference for high schoolers interested in IT careers, career fair and senior management forum. Jerry Gregoire, CIO CIO: see American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

(Chief Information Officer) The executive officer in charge of information processing in an organization.
 of Dell Computers, will be one of the keynote speakers. Sessions include Black America and the Digital Economy: Deal Us In! For more information call 301-429-2702 or 800-727-BDPA or register at
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Title Annotation:the HotCall 2000 lets Internet users screen calls
Publication:Black Enterprise
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Date:Aug 1, 1999
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