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Linux in the Palm of Your Hand; Agenda Computing Demonstrates Its Pocket-Sized Portable PC at CES.

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Agenda Computing, Inc. of Irvine, Calif. will exhibit and demonstrate the Agenda VR3, a new Linux-based portable PC, this week during the Consumer Electronics Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center from Jan. 6-9, 2001, at the Silver Lot No. 24513.

The $199 four-ounce, pocket-sized PC has the power, speed and storage resources to run most current and future desktop-class computer applications. The Agenda VR3 has an open operating system offering compatibility with both PC and Linux-based applications.

"Agenda Computing recognizes that digital and wireless technological advancements will transform the way people communicate and organize their work and play," said Brad LaRonde, President of Agenda Computing. "We created this portable PC to address consumers' needs. The Agenda VR3 transforms the way people stay connected on-the-go by providing powerful PC capabilities in an affordable, slim, light-weight device."

The Agenda VR3 comes with a large viewable area and an easy-to-read 160x240 pixel LCD screen with 16 grayscale shades. Agenda Computing's handwriting recognition capability allows users to write anywhere on the screen.

The VR3's 66 MHz 32-bit MIPS processor (roughly four times the speed of comparably priced competitive handhelds) enables users to work on multiple applications simultaneously. This multi-tasking capability permits consumers to download or send e-mails while working on something else at the same time. A 56 kbps modem (available soon) enables users to connect to an ISP via dialup accounts for e-mail, or to simply connect to any phone line to send faxes.

The Linux operating system allows for quick and easy interaction between PCs and the Agenda VR3. With the specialized QuickSync software, the Agenda VR3 can communicate with both PC and Linux applications. The industry-standard infrared port allows for the transfer of information, such as vcards, between the Agenda VR3s and other compatible devices, including Palm handhelds.

The Agenda VR3 comes with 8MB RAM and 16MB flash storage for a MSRP of $199. The Agenda VR3 Developer Edition is available for purchase online, at The Agenda VR3 is expected to ship to consumers by the end of Q1 2001.

Those interested in meeting at CES should visit the Agenda booth during exhibition hours from 10-5 daily or contact Jason Yeung at

About Agenda Computing Inc.

With headquarters in Irvine, Agenda Computing focuses on developing, marketing, distributing and customer service for the Agenda VR3, the portable PC device.

Agenda Computing is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the publicly traded electronics manufacturing giant, Kessel International Holdings, based in Hong Kong. Corporate & product information and customer support is available on Agenda's Web site at
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