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March 24, 1997 | MARY PURPURA and PAOLO PONTONIERE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For 13 years, from 1981 to 1994, Greg Williamson, Chris Carlsson and Jim Swanson devoted much of their time and energy to producing a unique, anti-establishment magazine called Processed World. The publication offered stinging critiques of the corporate world and the dehumanizing dimensions of computer technology, and the printed magazine was often distributed with street theater to underscore the point.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE
A Castaic man was charged Friday with four counts of allegedly selling obscene CD-ROMs depicting bestiality and scatology to undercover Los Angeles police officers at a computer show at the Sherman Oaks Entertainment Center in September. Marshall Jay Lefcourt, 45, allegedly sold CD-ROMs to investigators who viewed them on a computer in a police vehicle parked outside the venue, according to Los Angeles City prosecutor Lynn Magnandonovan.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1994 | Jack Searles
Technicolor Inc.'s Camarillo plant has added a compact-disc duplicating unit to its video operation, and is already turning out 65,000 CDs and CD-ROMs daily. Since the operation was launched in February, the company says it has produced 2 million CDs and CD-ROMs--1 million of them in the past month alone. CD-ROMs, which account for 60% of the output, look like ordinary CDs but combine audio, video and text content. The expansion has added 110 new workers at the former Everest & Jennings Inc.
BUSINESS
August 23, 1994
Two Irvine-based companies Monday announced new computer systems to allow users to record video or audio segments, company data or other digital information onto CD-ROMs. Pinnacle Micro Inc. said it will begin selling a recording system for CD-ROM, which stands for compact disc, read-only memory, for $2,995 for Macintosh computers and $3,195 for computers using Windows. The system features double-speed recording, the company said. Shipments are to begin in September.
BUSINESS
October 28, 1997 | BARBARA MURPHY
Synthonics Technologies in Westlake Village has reached an agreement with the Smithsonian Institution to create a multimedia CD-ROM that will let consumers use a home computer to experience hundreds of artifacts housed in the institute's 16 museums. Featured as the centerpiece of the CD-ROM will be many artifacts presented as accurate 3-D replicas.
BUSINESS
June 1, 1994 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Western Digital Corp. said Tuesday that it has entered into a strategic relationship with Sanyo Electric Co. to develop a semiconductor chip that would make it easier to connect a CD-ROM player to a personal computer. The deal, announced in Tokyo, will have the two companies working together in creating the chip for CD-ROMs, one of the fastest-growing segments of the peripheral market.
BUSINESS
February 24, 1997 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new technology recently introduced by Western Digital Corp. could give hard drives a much more important role in the computer world. The technology, dubbed SDX for storage data acceleration, is designed to improve the performance of CD-ROM drives by using the computer's hard disk as a sort of loading dock for information. Any time a CD-ROM is loaded into the computer, its data would be temporarily stored on a designated portion of the computer's hard drive called a cache.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 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 will arrive in Los Angeles County and across the state Tuesday morning. The database contained on a single computer disc will be available at all Los Angeles County sheriff's stations, as well as four Los Angeles Police Department divisions and Long Beach police headquarters.
BUSINESS
May 16, 1995 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Dream Quest Images of Simi Valley, two-time Academy Award-winning creator that does visual effects for movies and television, announced last week that it is working on its first interactive CD-ROM video game. The project is a joint effort with Knowledge Adventure Inc. of La Crescenta, a developer of multimedia software.
BUSINESS
March 29, 1994 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marking the long-awaited coming of age for CD-ROMs, the Software Publisher's Assn. is expected to announce today that sales soared in the fourth quarter of 1993 as this fledgling personal computer medium became one of the "must haves" of the holiday season. According to a survey of 62 publishers, CD-ROM sales totaled $102 million in the October-December period, equaling the combined sales for the prior three quarters of 1993. Total revenues for 1993 came to $202 million.
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