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SOLO[R] has been around for almost 100 years, and its laptop cases come in a wide variety of styles including metal attache cases and backpacks. The two pictured here are the 15.4" ladies tote and the 15.4" laptop portfolio. Both will accommodate a 15.4" laptop. The ladies tote is 16.5" x 13" x 3.75". It has soft straps, pebble-grain textured vinyl, protective feet, and business organizer pockets. The Ride Along Pocket[TM] slips over a rolling luggage handle. The tan laptop portfolio is made of leather and has a padded pocket in the main compartment, disk and accessory pockets, cushioned carry handles, zip- down organizer compartment with pen loops and business card holders, accessory pockets, and cell-phone pocket. There's a full-length zippered pocket on the back and a removable/adjustable shoulder strap.


If you use your laptop for presentations or occasionally view movies on it and find the sound a little disappointing, the Sound Blaster[R] Audigy[R] 2 ZS sound card could provide the advanced sound system you've been looking for. The PCMCIA format card offers home theater sound quality with 256 times the clarity of the basic notebook sound. For movies, the Audigy card has built-in Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES decoding; for digital music, it features EAX Advanced HD Music Tools including bass boost, multiband graphic equalizer, audio cleanup, and full surround on 5.1 or 7.1 speakers. Smart Recorder software is included to let you record music and audio samples in 24-bit audio quality with high-fidelity 24-bit/96kHz inputs. The box includes the audio card, speaker docking cable, carrying case, Creative earphones, and software including Creative's DVD-Audio Sampler Disc.


Corsair, Inc., has released a new line of extremely rugged USB 2.0 flash drives called Flash Survivor[TM]. The flash drives are encased in CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milled aluminum of the type used in aircraft manufacture, and there's the additional protection of a rubber molded collar shielding that absorbs shocks and vibrations. The two end caps reinforce the metal tube to keep it from collapsing. The drive is water resistant to 200 meters (650 feet) at 20 atmospheres with an ethylene propylene diene monomer waterproof seal. Obviously designed for use in the field, the Survivor can also be the solution for anyone who has ever dropped and stepped on the drive with the final copy of their presentation. Two formats are currently available: Survivor GT 8GB and Survivor 4GB. Both drives provide sustained read/write speeds up to 34MB/second and 28MB/second, respectively. The GT drive can transfer 20 office files in less than a second or transfer a 1.6GB movie in about 80 seconds. Both drives are preloaded with a security application that lets you create a hidden, password-protected partition. The password is encrypted with 256-bit AES encryption.


deskUNPDF from Docudesk [R] is a PDF converter that lets you edit PDF documents when updating is necessary or when you want to reuse PDF content in other forms. The program quickly converts the entire document, including all the images, lines, and hyperlinks, and offers the most accurate choice of fonts while maintaining the text layout from the document being converted. The Accu-Text digitally maps text placement and chooses the best font and font size to maintain the look of the original, but you can override the choices to change the layout manually. With deskUNPDF, you convert PDFs to an editable DOC (Word) or TXT (text) format, and it will even convert PDFs that were created with Visio, CAD, or Quick-Books programs. Once you make your updates or edits, you return the document to the PDF format so that it can be read by the universal PDF viewer. A WYSIWYG (what-you-see- is-what-you-get) preview lets you check the settings before you complete the conversion. Usually the conversion is a simple two-step process where you open the PDF document and then click the convert button. You can convert the entire document or select a single page for conversion. deskUNPDF is available for single users at $39.95 or for small businesses in license packaging from five to 100 seats. Docudesk Docudesk also sells a companion program called desk-PDF, which is a modestly priced PDF writer that lets you create PDFs that are 100% Adobe Reader compatible from any application. The program features drag-and-drop creation and something called PDF instant e-mail, which allows deskPDF to automatically compose a new e-mail with your default e-mail program and attach newly generated PDFs.

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Title Annotation:briefs; Corsair Inc.; Solo Inc.
Publication:Strategic Finance
Date:Jun 1, 2007
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