IBM PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY - AUGUST 2001 Tuesday 7 August 2001 PDF Print WIRELESS IN THE CLASSROOM IBM is delivering wireless mobile computing to schools through an innovative program for grades K-12. The Wireless ThinkPad Cart delivers on-demand computing resource, network connectivity, and courseware access in schools that are not yet fully wired for networking and Internet access. Because it can move from room to room, it also avoids the problem of overcrowded computer labs. HIDDEN COMPUTING COSTS IN A DOWNTURNED ECONOMY: IS PC MANAGEABILITY IMPORTANT FOR SMALL BUSINESS? Given current economic conditions, most companies are looking to cut costs out of their bottom line. Earlier this year, Meta Group found that the primary IT priorities for U.S. companies are to reduce costs, reduce cycle time, project management, migration, and increase productivity. Because small companies have few dedicated IT resources to manage PCs, and because the purchase price of a business PC represents only 20 percent of the overall cost of owning it, manageability tools have become an integral part of IT planning. TAKING DISTANCE LEARNING TO THE EXTREME In a program called Arctic Blast, a two-person team carried IBM ThinkPads on a 2,500-mile trek to Grise Fiord, the northernmost inhabited village in North America. During the expedition, K-12 students across North America engaged in Lotus Sametime chats, allowing real-time dialogue with the explorers regarding their experiences. Online 'study circles' also provided a collaborative environment for students and teachers to communicate and exchange ideas. An opportunity to discuss the effects of the Internet on real-time exploration and distance education, with explorers Paul Pregont and Mille Pregont Porsild. THE MOBILE PROFESSIONAL'S IDEAL With the advanced wireless and security technologies, the ThinkPad T23 is still the perfect balance of power and portability for users who work in the office, on the road and everyone in between. ThinkPad T23 notebooks (select models) have integrated wireless technology to give users more freedom of movement but still stay connected to the network. The embedded security subsystem is also available on ThinkPad T23 notebooks and is unique in the industry. It provides smart card like technology at a fraction of the cost; it provides peace of mind that e-mail and files can have an extra level of protection as they travel across the Internet. It also helps prevent hackers from accessing files via the Internet and helps prevent a thief from getting into those files if the notebook is stolen. PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY TIPS -- UPGRADING YOUR PC Is your computer really any different than your next door neighbour's? Today, both hi-tech and low-tech users are upgrading their PCs with options that can personalise that same base machine for purposes as diverse as e-mailing photos of an African safari halfway around the world to making your mobile office the size of a keyring. About IBM PCD A leader in terms of performance, technology and service, IBM's Personal Computing Division (PCD) designs, manufactures, markets and finances industry-standard personal computers for individuals and businesses of all sizes throughout all sectors of activity. PCD's award winning PC line up has been recognised for its quality, design, ease-of-use, performance, manageability, durability and reliability Media Contacts: Clare Behling PR Manager, IBM PCD UK and Ireland Tel: 0207 202 3259 email@example.com Ghezala Beg/Joanna Lane Brodeur Worldwide (On behalf of IBM) Tel: 01753 790700 firstname.lastname@example.org This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.