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June 27, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years after young Megan Kanka's murder led to a national groundswell for more information on sex criminals living at large, a CD-ROM indexing California's worst offenders arrives in Orange County. The database contained on single, shiny disc will be available Tuesday at nine Orange County sites. The packaging bears the name and face of the 7-year-old New Jersey girl whose July 1994 rape and murder led to the controversial law that created it.
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December 16, 2007 | Will Self, Will Self is the author of many books, including "The Book of Dave: A Novel." His latest book, with Ralph Steadman, is "Psychogeography."
On a recent plane flight from Heathrow Airport to Glasgow, Scotland, I entered into a typical -- but, for all that, grindingly depressing -- altercation. I had been assigned the window seat, while the aisle seat was occupied by a man two decades younger and a head-and-a-half shorter than myself. I pointed this out to him and suggested that he might have some compassion for his elder, taller better, but he demurred, saying that he wanted to "get out quickly" at our destination.
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BUSINESS
July 21, 1997 | JOSEPH GELMIS, NEWSDAY
Computerdom's most sophisticated artificial life form is the Norn, a cute, bug-eyed virtual pet with floppy ears and a Mickey Mouse-like falsetto voice, currently being bred and nurtured--and traded, via the Web and e-mail--by 150,000 users in Europe and Australia. The Norn's home is a CD-ROM called "Creatures," developed by CyberLife Technology Ltd. of Cambridge, England.
NEWS
October 14, 2003 | Leslie Carlson
This is ideal software for people who love to pore over maps, which for some just happen to be the most intriguing part of a backcountry expedition like the Whitney Trail. You can trace your route with a slightly shaky pen tool, then create a trail profile with a mouse click. It's like sketching your trail on a topo map that automatically tells you how high and how far you'll be going.
BUSINESS
June 17, 1996
Richard Nixon's audiotapes were pretty interesting, but let's face it, they were recorded on yesterday's technology. This is the digital age, so Graphix Zone in Irvine figured it was about time to put our only president to take early retirement on CD-ROM. Graphix Zone, best known for making multimedia CD--ROMs that feature music stars such as Bob Dylan, is scheduled to release its latest production, "Nixon The CD-ROM," today, exactly 24 years after the Watergate break-in.
BUSINESS
June 13, 1995 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Agnew Tech II of Westlake Village, a 9-year-old language translation service whose clients range from small advertising firms to Fortune 500 companies, has begun designing CD-ROM programs that communicate in multiple languages. Its clients are using the programs as promotional material and instruction manuals to do business abroad and in ethnic communities at home.
BUSINESS
August 18, 1997 | KIM KOMANDO
For about as long as there have been CD-ROMs, there have been CD-ROM recorders you could buy and attach to your computer--if you were independently wealthy and had nothing better to do than invest in a piece of equipment that could never possibly pay for itself. Back in the old days (say six or seven years ago), these recorders could set you back $10,000 or more. And because there were no clear-cut standards yet, recording a disc that someone else could actually use was iffy at best.
BUSINESS
October 10, 1995 | JACK SEARLES
Dataproducts Corp., a Simi Valley producer of computer printers, is distributing a free CD-ROM with a new series of laser printers offering step-by-step instructions on how to install and use the devices. The CD-ROM, called PrintWatch for Windows, includes easy-to-use software that allows customers to set up and control Dataproducts' Typhoon series network laser printers. Dataproducts, founded in 1962, is a subsidiary of the Japanese company Hitachi Koki.
BUSINESS
February 6, 1994 | DEAN TAKAHASHI
The success of companies like Virgin Interactive Entertainment and Interplay Productions Inc. has video game competitors scrambling to avoid being left behind. Sunsoft Inc. in Cypress, which expects sales of $80 million this year, has relied in the past on subcontractors to develop most of its Nintendo and Sega video games based on Warner Bros. cartoon characters. The company has waited for the CD-ROM market to grow before launching such games--and now the moment is at hand.
NEWS
September 28, 2000 | ROBERT SMAUS
Wonder what's eating your plants, or what that powdery stuff is on the leaves? Puzzled by the holes that appear nightly in the lawn or the vegetable seedlings that simply disappear? These and other questions are answered in a new University of California CD-ROM called "The UC Guide to Solving Garden and Landscape Problems." According to one of its authors, Mary Louise Flint, the CD-ROM has 2,800 information screens and 4,800 color photos, far more than any other CD-ROM on garden pest management.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 4, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Ever wonder how many times Louis Armstrong recorded his hit number "Struttin' With Some Barbecue"? The answer is more than 50, from the original performance in 1927 with the Hot Five to a 1967 date with his All-Stars. Or if that reaches too far into the past, how about something more associated with pop music -- like whether there are any jazz versions of Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The answer is: yes, indeed.
NEWS
October 20, 2002 | Martha Irvine, Associated Press Writer
Something's missing at Sun Valley Charter High School in Ramona, Calif. There are no textbooks, only computers. That means students there don't have to lug heavy backpacks -- a familiar ritual for many young Americans who carry books from class to class and home at day's end. Growing back-pain complaints prompted a California law limiting textbook weight. But some say assignments from the Internet, "e-books" or CD-ROMs will be the real solution.
NEWS
September 5, 2002 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The new "American Idol" may have been crowned last night in the star-studded two-hour finale of the Fox summer series but the competition to uncover the next pop superstar won't necessarily have to wait for "American Idol 2," now slated to come to TV early next year. The contest continues with the Nov. 1 release of the "American Idol CD-ROM."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2002 | LAURA LOH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Court stenographer Lena Villegas runs a continuous narrow strip of paper swiftly through her fingers, reading from it as easily as if it were newsprint. "Koupbl aou phaeu teupb w kwror tkrebgt," reads the paper. "Counsel, you may continue with your direct," Villegas translates aloud. Years of training and experience have made Villegas, 54, a master of stenotype shorthand, which is used to record the proceedings in courts across the country.
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January 24, 2002 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Given only a chair, table, vase and area rug, some people can create an inviting living room space. Give me the same objects and you might as well have a yard sale. I didn't get the gene for interior design, although I am an appreciator, much in the way I enjoy architecture, music, painting, indoor plants and other endeavors for which I have no talent. When a room is right, I know it--but creating one of those comforting spaces I see in magazines is beyond my ken.
NEWS
December 20, 2001 | DAVE WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Question: Popular Photography has the following tip in the February 2001 issue: "Always use a felt-tip pen specifically made for writing on digital media. Using the wrong pen can cause the ink to etch its way into the top protective coating of the CD and continue to travel into the dye area where the data is stored." What the article does not say is where one can buy a felt-tip pen specifically made for writing on a CD disc. Are there different brands, and how does one know a pen is safe to use?
BUSINESS
July 28, 1998 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Flamboyant British pop vocalist Boy George and his popular 1980s band Culture Club have reunited for an American tour more than a decade after the group last topped the music charts. No doubt, this is good news to the musician's fans throughout the United States. But perhaps no one is more excited by the turn of events than David Carlson, founder and director of the Gateway Arts multimedia design firm of Newbury Park.
BUSINESS
August 17, 1993 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Todd Rundgren has one. Ice-T wants one. Peter Gabriel is about to come out with one. David Bowie and Motley Crue have them in development. And record companies have started scouting around for technogeeks with rhythm who can produce them. Interactive CD-ROMs are in, and the recording industry is rushing to experiment with a product that some executives believe will be bigger than the music video--and a lot more profitable.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2001 | ALEX PHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Subscriptions for Electronic Arts Inc.'s ambitious online game, "Majestic," have fallen far below expectations, forcing the video game publisher to switch strategies and sell the game instead as a CD-ROM through stores. "Majestic" was a $20-million gamble to attract a broad audience to EA.com, the company's online subsidiary.
NEWS
June 21, 2001 | JIM HEID, jim@jimheid.com
Going somewhere? You might not want to rely too heavily on your Mac for help. Mapping and travel Web sites such as MapQuest and Expedia work just fine on Macs, as do online reservation and airline sites. But the selection of travel-planning CD-ROM packages for the Mac is sparse, and the programs that are available take a back seat to their Windows counterparts.
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