Subject: Chicago Computer Guide This Week
Chicago Computer Guide This Week
For February 21-27, 2002

I.    This Week's Calendar of Events
II.   Upgrade Problems Never Mentioned In Your A+ Class
III.  ABN AMRO Creates A New "Legacy"
IV.   Macworld San Francisco
V.    Heightened Security Hits The Internet Email Lifestyle
VI.   Chicago Computer Company News
VII.  Chicago Computer Dealers

I. This Week's Chicago Computer Events

Event: Illinois Technology Conference for Educators**
Date:  February 26 - March 1
Time: 7:30 - 5:00
Place: Pheasant Run, St. Charles, Illinois
Cost: Presessions, $125; One day , $95;  Two days, $170
Information: Go to or phone Linda Wallin 
at 847-561-2007 or
The conference has been designed to meet the needs and 
interests of administrators, principals, technology coordinators, 
curriculum specialists, special education instructors, teachers, 
business managers, and support staff/clerical. 

Event: Microsoft .NET: Extending the Possibilities**
Date: February 27 & 28 
Place: Holiday Inn Chicago City Centre, 300 East Ohio Street 
Chicago, IL 60611
Cost: $129.00
Information: Go to or call Heidi Saastamoinen
at 425-706-0802 or via email at
This two-day course is designed to get you up to speed on the history 
and development of Web-based services with the .NET framework. 
We'll teach you the basics of how to build a Web service, and go 
on to cover more complex issues such as server-centric and 
distributed Web service environmental design considerations. (All
attendees should have previous experience developing software on 
the Windows platform.) Session topics will include: design 
considerations such as the Server-Centric Environment and the 
Distributed Web Service Environment; streams and serializable 
objects; issues concerning security and authentication; ADO.NET 
and Dataset.

Event: Spring Comdex
Date:   March 5-7, 2002
Place:  McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Tues, Wed.); 9:00am - 1:00pm (Thurs.)
Information: For more information and to register go to
With more than 275 exhibitors, there is no better place to compare 
products and meet face-to-face vendors offering a wide range of 
technologies.The focus of the program this year is the eMobility 
Conference. You'll also find the popular Extreme Knowledge and 
High-Velocity Computing Conferences, as well as short, specialized 
Tutorials to meet more specific needs.

Event:  Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) 
Chapter Meeting
Date:    Friday March 8, 2002.
Time:    7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Format: Buffet Breakfast and Presentation 
Location:  Clarion Barcelo Hotel, 5615 N. Cumberland Avenue, 
Cost:  Advance Registration  Prior to Program: $30 for IMC Members,  
$40 for Non-Member (Guests with members are charged the member 
rate).  At Door (without Advance Registration), add $10 to above 
The breakfast meeting will feature Merit Gest, Vice President of 
Total Selling Solutions, Inc., a Northbrook, Illinois based authorized 
licensee of the Sandler Sales Institute, a national sales training 
organization.  Total Selling Solutions, Inc., specializes in business 
development strategies, sales productivity training and executive 



II. Upgrade Problems Never Mentioned In Your A+ Class
by Paul Robertz

It's been a while since I have written about a strange mixture of 
components inside a particular PC. Although I spend most of my 
time these days wrestling with eBay auctions or sorting out potentially 
useful used hardware from that destined for the scrap dealers, I 
still enjoy tech work.
Click here for more:

III.  ABN AMRO Creates A New "Legacy"
Edited By Scott Brown
    Today's corporations are under more pressure than ever to improve 
internal and external business processes and IT is seen as the starting 
point. Companies expect IT departments to help employees do more 
with less, to collaborate with partners for increased productivity, and 
offer customers better service over more channels.
For more go to,

IV.  Macworld San Francisco
By John Christopherson and Steve Burke

This year's Macworld San Francisco introduced us to some new and 
exciting Apple products. Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, unveiled the new 
iMac, a new lineup of iBooks and iPhoto, another free software title 
that completes Apple's Digital Hub strategy. for more.

V. Heightened Security Hits The Internet Email Lifestyle
By Ray Hanania

I know that in the wake of September 11, we are all a little 
security sensitive. So, if you are a little security sensitive, 
you won't mind me saying that I am a little paranoid about 
it all.
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V. Chicago Computer Company News

9.5 Million Of PennMedia's Subscribers Want High Speed Access

    CHICAGO, IL -- (INTERNET WIRE) -- PennMedia, the world's 
largest e-mail publisher, revealed today that 9.5 million of its users 
high speed access, according to a recent NRRI/ BIGResearch study 
    The study also revealed that consumers appear to be evenly split 
between their preferences for either Cable or DSL, with 34% undecided. 
This appears to be an exciting opportunity for the cable (AT&T 
Comcast, AOL Time Warner, Cox Communications, Charter) and DSL 
(Verizon, Earthlink, DirectTV DSL, SBC) providers to make significant 
subscriber gains. Itís a marketing jump ball. The demand is there and 
high speed providers with the best marketing programs can easily scoop 
up the lionís share of the new users. 
     The phenomenon resembles 1996 when people first started to go 
in big numbers. It looks like 2002 could be a turning point in terms of 
widespread switch to high speed. The stats vary but eMarketer reports 
by the end of the year there will be 21.2 million broadband households. 
     PennMedia,, is the largest network of 
delivered via email on the Internet with over 900 different opt in 
ranging from daily recipes to daily jokes. The subscriber base exceeds 
million. PennMedia is a privately held company based in the south 
of Chicago. Some of Pennís clients include Kraft, Microsoft, Dole, 
USPS and  Johnson & Johnson. 

Levenfeld Pearlstein Proud To Support Ilatc's Strive Awards 
Program Honoring Leading Tech Companies

   CHICAGO, IL -- As of late, the phrase "weathering the storm," has 
been the mantra echoed by many executives in todayís business 
environment, especially those working in the tech industry.  
Recognizing that hard economic times have befallen the tech scene, 
the Illinois Annual Technology Conference (ILATC), co-founded by 
the law firm Levenfeld Pearlstein, The Illinois Coalition and Porter 
Novelli, has announced its STRIVE Awards program.
   The program honors leading tech companies with a significant 
presence in the state of Illinois that exhibit strong business values 
consistent with the STRIVE philosophy.  These values include 
delivery of high quality products or services, innovation, sound 
business strategies for future growth and a high level of 
employer/employee loyalty.
    Standing for Success, Thrive, Results, Innovative, Value and 
Exceed, the STRIVE Awards will be presented to three outstanding 
technology companies at ILATC 2002, Striving Ahead: Business 
and Technology Embracing the Future, on Wednesday, April 24, 
2002, at the Standard Club.
    A panel of eight independent judges will select one winner and 
one runner up from each of the three revenue-based categories: 
1) up to $10 million; 2) $10 to $50 million; and 3) more than $50 
Interested individuals may obtain an application by simply downloading 
a PDF or Word file at  A $100 application fee is 
required, and applicants will receive two complimentary tickets to the 
conference.  The deadline for applications is Friday, March 8, 2002.
    Levenfeld Pearlstein, founded in 1999, has grown from 30 to nearly 
60 attorneys. The firm represents todayís dynamic companies and 
entrepreneurs in complex business transactions and litigation. Practice 
areas include real estate, corporate and securities, tax, litigation, 
employment law, wealth transfer, technology and finance and banking.  
For more information, visit


ANET Introduces Rescue Squad Service For Internet Users
Who Lose Their Connections

    Naperville, IL -- ANET Internet Solutions Inc., Naperville, IL, has 
introduced an emergency connections program called the Rescue 
Squad for businesses and residences suddenly left without Internet 
access when a broadband supplier shutters its operations.  
    "Businesses these days find it hard to operate without an Internet 
connection," said ANET Director of Sales Ben Liggett.  "Whenever 
some shakeup in the broadband industry rocks the Chicago area, 
ANET will activate its Rescue Squad emergency services group so 
that businesses and home offices get the connections they need 
right away."
      During times of emergency, a customer disconnected from another 
service will receive this help from ANET: 

∑       Immediate service from a live, emergency-desk staff member -one
        call to the Rescue Squad begins the installation process

∑       Rescued customers beginning a one-year service will receive the 
        first month's service at no charge 

∑       Rescued customers will have new ANET connections within 24 to 
        48 hours 

∑       24/7/365 service-for new customers and longtime clients 

∑       Consistently dependable service 

∑       Range of connection speeds: connections appropriate for each 

∑       Wireless service in areas of availability: no time spent laying 

Information about ANET's Rescue Squad emergency connection service 
is available from Ben Liggett, Director of Sales, ANET Internet 
tel. 630-637-0844 ext. 108, email: or 


ProLogis and Nippon Express Celebrate Grand Opening of 124,519 
Square Foot Build-To-Suit Facility in Chicago

    CHICAGO, IL /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ProLogis, a leading
global provider of distribution services and facilities, has announced 
the grand opening of a 124,519 square foot build-to-suit facility for 
Nippon Express U.S.A., Inc., a logistics services provider.  The 
will act as the regional import/export hub for the Nippon Express air 
cargo branch which has expanded its operations and is relocating from 
their nearby facility.
    Nippon Express has a longstanding relationship with ProLogis, 
seven other facilities totaling over 500,000 square feet in North 
and Europe.
    Robert Kritt, First Vice President for ProLogis added, "Nippon 
is a welcome addition to ProLogis Park O'Hare, which serves several 
logistics and airfreight related customers.  Having accommodated Nippon
Express in other markets, we are familiar with their requirements and 
confident that this facility will meet their needs."
    This facility marks the second phase of development at ProLogis 
O'Hare.  The park currently has five facilities totaling 605,210 square 
The two remaining facilities are designed for an additional 220,000 
feet and are scheduled for completion this year.


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