Helius Satellite Router
Helius Inc. of Orem, Utah, has developed the Helius Satellite Router, what it calls the first solution for K-12 schools in need of high-speed internet access and support from multiple locations.
The satellite router is a server network “appliance” that works with any existing local area network, including Windows NT, Novell NetWare, Macintosh, Linux, and Sun Solaris. The system has the capacity to connect up to 250 users to the internet at the same time. The router and companion software are contained all in one box and are designed for plug-and-play remote set-up.
Software includes Helius’ Virtual Technician software, which provides for remote set-up and support, and Helius Optimized software, which increases data throughput by 200-400 percent. Helius said there are no concerns about privacy or unauthorized access because the router is separate from existing network servers.
For connection to the internet, the router requires a mini satellite dish, satellite service, and an internet connection for outbound data requests.
Helius Satellite Router systems start at $2,499 for up to 30 concurrent users. Virtual Technician support is free for 90 days. Extended support agreements, which include automatic software upgrades, are available for $299 per year.
California-based ImaginOn Inc. has introduced an innovative new custom web browser and search engine called WebZinger. Unlike conventional browsers and search engines, WebZinger is completely automated and hands-free, the company said.
WebZinger is accessed on the desktop. The user types in search words and the system does it all from there, visiting and evaluating web sites, downloading data, generating a slide show, and producing a written report of all qualified sites. Other software applications can be running while WebZinger conducts its automated search.
ImaginOn said the product delivers faster searches by starting with addresses from four search engines and can evaluate three web sites at a time. The product also features a built-in real-time filter option that could come in handy for schools.
The product runs with Windows 98, Intel Pentium II, or Apple Mac G3 computer systems.
WebZinger retails for $29.95.
Winnebago Software, headquartered in Onalaska, Wis., has unveiled WebManager, an internet management solution that allows librarians and teachers to control student access to the web, from unlimited access to focused study.
WebManager is fully customizable to support decision making on the local level and can be geared to help a school enforce acceptable use policies. The flexible system allows computers to be grouped and scheduled for specific access events, including focused study. Students and faculty can be grouped according to any criteria, with access customized specifically for each group.
Another feature allows for individual login if desired, so that the program is customized for each individual user. WebManager comes with Dynamic Document Review (DDR), which analyzes web text on the fly, in context, and in multiple languages. DDR reviews word relationships, not just keywords, for a more intelligent site analysis.
Other features of WebManager include remote administration from any client computer and an unlimited number of locally defined content lists. WebManager is priced at $495 for 15 simultaneous user licenses, or $1,695 for 50 simultaneous users.
Savant Interactive, of Chicago, has released a PC version of its popular webSavant package, a CD-ROM-based web design tutorial. The set of four CD-ROMs uses QuickTime tutorial movies that teach everything from internet basics to the most sophisticated elements of web design, guiding the user through the steps it takes to build a web site from the ground up.
Suitable for all skill levels, the webSavant package offers 11 hours of narrated web design instruction. Included with webSavant are many of the software and shareware tools used in web site development. The CD-ROM package, initially offered only for Macintosh, is now available for both Macs and PCs. The webSavant set of 4 CD-ROMs sells for $199.
Mac OS X Server
Apple Computer has announced the release of a new server operating system called Mac OS X (“Ten”) Server. According to Apple, its new server operating system combines the power of UNIX with the ease of use of the Macintosh platform.
Built-in features include an Apache web server, WebObjects network application services, and Apple file services. Mac OS X Server also comes with NetBoot, a new feature which allows a network of Macs to be booted and configured from a single server. With NetBoot, all Macs on a network share the same base system and applications stored on the server. This feature enables full control of user access, allowing users to securely access their own applications, documents, and personal desktop preferences from any Mac on the network.
Mac OS X Server supports all Power Macintosh G3 or Macintosh Server G3 systems. The server operating system requires 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB hard drive, and a CD-ROM drive. It retails for $499 and also is available pre-configured on a Macintosh G3 server for $4999.