Subject: Chicago Computer Guide This Week
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 12:14:49 -0500
Chicago Computer Guide This Week
For October 20-26, 2001

I.    This Week's Calendar of Events
II.   BusinessWeek's Live Returns To Chicago
III.  Tolerance
IV.   Financial Sponsorship of Your Alien Relatives
IV.   Chicago Computer Company News
V.    Chicago Computer Dealers

==============Special Event=====================

BusinessWeek presents:
Rethinking the Internet Live: Chicago
October 18-19, 2001
The Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
BusinessWeek's Rethinking the Internet conference will 
examine the firms that are successfully using the Internet to 
change business processes; measuring their costs against 
returns, and managing their corporations through the downturn. 
Join BusinessWeek and your peers as we explore how 
forward-thinking enterprises can initiate new business practices, 
fund them, measure their returns, and assess their impact on 
productivity across the organization, despite an uncertain 
economic climate.

Confirmed speakers include:

Ross Bott, Venture Partner, Redpoint Ventures
Ann Cairns, Vice President, Global e-Solutions Head, 
Citibank e-Business
Barbara A. Claitman, e-Business Director, Commercial 
Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Sam Colella, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners
Tim Geiken, Vice President, Electronic Commerce, Corporate 
Marketing, United Parcel Service
Mark T. Hogan, President, e-GM; Group Vice President, 
General Motors Corporation
Shafiq Khan, Vice President, eCommerce, Marriott International, Inc.
Edward Muñoz, President and CEO, Ticona
Michael J. Rowen, President, e-Commerce, Capital One 
Financial Corporation

For program details or to register, visit our website at, 
e-mail at or 
call (212) 512-2184.


I. This Week's Chicago Computer Events

Event: Revolutionizing the Movement of Data 
Over the Internet
Date:  Friday,  October 26, 2001
Time: 8 to 9:30 AM
Place: 1400 E. Touhy Avenue, Des Plaines, 60018
Price: Free with complimentary breakfast and Krispy Kremes
RSVP: Register at:
Contact email:
Contact Phone: 847-294-0300
Guest Presenter: Akamai (
As we migrate key business processes to the Internet, we face 
a common challenge: The architecture of the Internet was never 
designed for the type of applications we now routinely try to run 
over it. Come see how incredible new technology can enable you 
to eliminate the inconvenience and cost associated with integrating 
technology from multiple vendors and introducing new value-added 
services such as content transformation, dynamic content delivery, 
and content personalization based on line speed, geographic 
location and device type.

Event: Computer Central Shows
Date: October 28, 2001
Place: College of DuPage, Physical Education Building, Corner 
of Park Boulevard and College Road, Glen Ellyn, IL
Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Information: Check out
80% new merchandise, 20% reconditioned and pre-owned, 1000's 
of products available. More products and product variety than can 
be found in any retail store!

Event: BI Vision Chicago
Date: October 30th 
Place: Hyatt Regency Downtown
Information:  Please email Eric Kavanagh at
mail to: or please go to the 
main conference site, - 
or call 512.329.6646 x33.
This event will explore forward-thinking concepts and technologies 
in Advanced Business Intelligence.  The event features two 
keynotes: one by Bank One Senior Vice President Randy Grossman, 
entitled "Lessons Learned from Six Years in the Data Mines"; and 
one by digiMine CEO and Co-Founder Usama Fayyad, entitled 
"Growing Profits in a Tough Economy through Business 
Intelligence and Data Mining".

Event: Giant Computer Show and Sale
Date: November 4, 2001
Place: Orland Park Civic Center, 147th St. & LaGrange Rd., 
Orland Park, IL
Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm
Information: You can call the hotline at 708-974-3123 or go to
Dealers from throughout the Midwest converge to offer bargains 
on most computers and peripherals.


II. BusinessWeek's Live Returns to Chicago

Only two years ago in October 1999, the theme of 
BusinessWeek’s Live Chicago event was "Is your 
business e-ready?" Over 400 business leaders from all sectors 
flocked to this conference to arm themselves for the imminent 
e-business transformation. How quickly times change.
Show ends today! Click on, to read more.

III.  Tolerance
by Wayne M. Krakau

We interrupt this series on broadband communications with this 
special bulletin on diversity in the computer industry, in light of 
the recent terrorist attacks.
Click here,, 
for more.

IV. Financial Sponsorship Of Your Alien Relatives:
An Introduction To The I-864 Affidavit of Support

For many foreigners seeking to obtain permanent U.S. residence 
through family-based or employment-based applications, the issue 
of the Affidavit of Support has been a very confusing and 
sometimes very difficult requirement. Click on

V. Chicago Computer Company News

iNest Realty Reports Record Month For New Sales
Contracts Achieved During September

CHICAGO, IL -- iNest Realty (, the online 
real estate broker offering a patent pending cash back incentive 
program on new home purchases, recorded its best month in 
company history during September, posting 77 new sales 
contracts. "Achieving record sales in September, despite the terrible 
tragedy of September 11, demonstrates that iNest is offering a service 
that meets the needs of new home buyers and home builders. Further, 
it indicates that Americans are moving ahead with the major events in 
their lives", said Andy Wolf, iNest's President and CEO. 
iNest has assisted over 750 clients in home searches that have led 
to signed sales contracts totaling over $135 million in sales, saving
homebuyers more than $1.35 million in the process. 


Knightsbridge Solutions Named One of the Nation's Fastest 
Growing Companies By Inc Magazine

    Chicago, IL/PRNewswire/ -- Knightsbridge Solutions has been named
one of America's entrepreneurial growth leaders by Inc magazine, which
yesterday released its annual ranking of the Inc 500, the nation's 
growing private companies.
    Started in 1982, the Inc 500 ranks the nation's leading 
firms according to sales growth over the previous five years.  Former 
500 companies that have gone on to become household names include 
Microsoft, Timberland, Domino's Pizza and Patagonia.
Knightsbridge, a systems integration and consulting firm, achieved 669
percent growth in the past five years, with sales growing from $2.5 
in 1996 to $19 million in 2000.  Knightsbridge implements 
data solutions that enable high-value business processes, from customer 
interaction strategies and database marketing, to supply chain 
and knowledge management.
    Reflecting the technology boom in the past five years, the largest 
percentage (38 percent) of Inc 500 companies were in "computer software 
and services," followed by "diversified services," such as human 
and advertising (21 percent).  Telecommunications was a distant third 
with 5
    To be eligible for this year's Inc 500, companies had to be 
and privately held through 2000, have at least $200,000 in sales in the 
base year of 1996, and have 2000 sales that exceeded 1999 sales.  
Holding companies, regulated banks and utilities were not eligible.  
verifies all information using tax forms and financial statements from 
public accountants and by conducting interviews with company officials.
    Knightsbridge is ranked 439 on the Inc 500 list.


Management Group Plans to Submit Bid to Buy Comdisco IT 
Leasing Business 

         CHICAGO, IL/PRNewswire/ -- A group of current and former 
employees of Comdisco Inc. has announced that on October 29th, 
2001, they plan to bid for the Comdisco IT Leasing business.  
    On July 16, 2001, Comdisco, Inc. and 50 domestic U.S. subsidiaries 
filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. 
Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern 
District of Illinois.  Representatives of Comdisco have state that, 
filing allows the company to provide for an orderly sale of some of its 
businesses, while resolving short-term liquidity issues ... "
     The Comdisco Acquisition Group is being led by former Chairman 
of the Board, President and CEO of Comdisco Jack Slevin, assisted by 
current and former employees of Comdisco.  The management team has 
engaged AMT Capital Partners of New York to act as its advisor.
     The team feels that the best possible outcome for the company, 
employees and customers is our proposal and bid for the management 
to buy out the IT Leasing business, which has been the flagship of 
Comdisco for 30 years. The team involves existing management and 
prior employees lead by former, CEO Jack Slevin.  
      The court approved bidding procedures for the sale of the IT 
Leasing business on August 9th, 2001.  The "bid deadline" for the IT 
Leasing business was set for September 30th, 2001, but was 
extended to Monday, October 29, 2001. The auction date will be 
Thursday, November 8, 2001, and the sale hearing date will be 
Thursday, November 15, 2001.  
    This transaction is still subject to the higher or otherwise better 
offers in a court-approved bidding process.


Travel Safely and Easily With the Latest Mobile Technology This 
Holiday Season 

     SKOKIE, Ill., /PRNewswire/ -- This season's new travel 
electronics pack a lot of power in a small space to help travelers 
reach their destination safely, quickly and with less hassle.  Millions 
of travelers will take to the highways this holiday season and the 
editors of Rand McNally have identifiedsome of the season's best 
products, available at Rand McNally Map & Travel Stores and at, to create a more enjoyable 
experience on the road.
     The Digital Vehicle Compass v6000 will keep drivers on the 
right path and make sure they arrive in time for turkey dinner. The 
compass provides precise direction and weather conditions, and 
illuminates for nighttime driving.
     Another option is Garmin's StreetPilot III GPS, which offers 
turn-by-turn routing in North America's major cities and uses both 
global positioning technology and automated voice prompts to 
map your route on a color display.
     A new navigation device takes the worry out of long road trips 
and provides convenience in a handheld format.  Based on the 
company's flagship Road Atlas, the Rand McNally Road Atlas 
PalmPak Travel Card fits right into the expansion card slot of the 
Palm m500 series and  m125 handhelds and provides 
city-to-city driving directions, highway exit amenities and points of 
     Before setting out for the company holiday party, be sure to bring 
along the Digital Alcohol Detector from Precision Navigation, Inc. to 
help ensure responsible driving and sound judgment before putting the 
keys into the ignition.  This handy tool accurately measures your blood 
alcohol level, so you'll know when to avoid getting behind the wheel.
     Keep your eyes and ears on the road with The Navigator Plus Car 
Kit. This accessory for your mobile phone makes it easier to 
while driving a car.  Just plug it into your dash to make your cell 
a high-quality car speakerphone.


VI. Chicago Computer Dealers

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of computer dealers and some of the lowest prices in town!

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