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January 1999 Newsletter of the

Front Range Unix Users Group

Cndnsd Vrsn: 4:00 Thursday January 14 ACS Rm 123 - Hand-Held Computing


Developing Software for Hand-Held Computing Devices

Our January meeting will be held on Thursday, January 14, in room 123 of the CU Academic Computing Center at 4:00 P.M. Continuing the trend towards smaller and smaller general-purpose computers, several useful handheld computers have now become popular, led by the Palm III and various Windows CE models. Mark Rochkind will very briefly review several popular machines, considering hardware and software architecture. Next, development tools and methods will be described based on the speaker's intense, but limited, recent experience. Finally, prospects for software portability among the machines will be discussed, including the current state of Java support.

Marc Rochkind is VP of Engineering at inFact Technologies Inc. (formerly Product Knowledge Inc.), where he is responsible for the development of a problem-resolution system that's deployed in call centers, over the Web, and on stand-alone computers (like the Palm). He's best known in Unix circles for the development of the Source Code Control System, which he worked on about a quarter-century ago at Bell Labs, and the book "Advanced Unix Programming." He was also the founder and CEO of XVT Software Inc., which developed and marketed a toolkit for writing portable GUI applications.

Meeting Location

This meeting will be in room 123 of the CU Academic Computing Center building at Arapahoe and Marine Streets in Boulder. Marine St intersects Arapahoe at 38th St; the Computing Center is on the southwest corner.

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We've Moved!

Those of you visiting the FRUUG Web site recently will notice that we've moved to the cozy new location of simply Please update your links to point to our new simplified URL. The FRUUG Web site is now being hosted by Steve Gaede and Lone Eagle Systems Inc.

Our Last Meeting

Our December meeting was on Y2K-- the Inflexible Deadline, presented by Evi Nemeth of the University of Colorado. Evi's viewgraphs are on our previous meetings page, and include quite a few interesting tidbits, including a number of other dates that could present problems. Be sure to check out the last two pages which includes a nice history of the calendar in the form of a response to a VMS trouble report submitted years ago.

FRUUG Library Notes

In preparation for our January meeting, O'Reilly and Associates has forwarded us a copy of "Palm Pilot, The Ultimate Guide," complete with CD-ROM. Come have a browse through the library and be the first to check out this new title.

You may check books out using your business card as your library card; you must be on the membership list to check books out. Books are due at the meeting following the one in which they are checked out. If you don't return your library books by the next meeting, you might find yourself on our overdue book list. We count on you returning books on time so that other members may have the chance to use them as well.

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