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New and Noteworthy: KOffice in the works; Alpine offers iPod connector; more

New and Noteworthy: KOffice in the works; Alpine offers iPod connector; more

KOffice in the works eWeek reports on a new open-source productivity suite that runs natively in Mac OS X. "Even as the Mac community speculates about an impending beta version of Microsoft Office for Mac OS X, a new-and free-productivity suite has found a toehold on Apple Computer Inc.'s operating system. Developers Benjamin Reed and Benjamin Meyer this week announced the first running version of a Mac OS X port of KOffice, a comprehensive suite of applications originally created for Unix's KDE graphical desktop." More.

Alpine offers iPod connector At this week's other trade show, CES, Alpine Electronics is demonstrating a solution that enables consumers to connect and control their iPod from their in-vehicle sound system. More.

DiskJockey offers copying, diagnostics FireWire Depot has debuted the "Disk Jockey" a hard disk copy and diagnostic tool that allows users to copy data between IDE hard disk drives while maintaining all of the attributes of the original hard disk, including hidden folders, multiple partitions and operating system files. The Disk Jockey also mirrors data between two hard disk drives, spans two hard disks to look like one logical volume to the computer, tests hard disk drives at the block level and verifies data that has been copied between drives is intact. The Disk Jockey can also mount hard disk drives to the desktop of your Windows or Macintosh computer to be used as standard desktop storage. The Disk Jockey can also erase hard disk drives quickly and securely using either a one-pass or three-pass erase per the National Security Administration (NSA) guidelines. More.

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