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September 28, 1998|By Gareth Branwyn

Removable storage goes portable with Pocket Zip drive

Like it or not, Iomega's Zip drive has become the de facto standard for removable hard disk storage, with millions of units in circulation. While the external Zip drive is not huge - it's light enough to carry with a laptop - the drive is not as portable as it could be and needs an AC power source to work. Addonics Technologies has solved the portability problem with its $299 Pocket Zip.

The Pocket Zip weighs 13 ounces and measures 7 inches by 4.4 inches by 0.9 inches. It uses a PC card slot to connect to your laptop and is powered by the laptop's battery. While this feature will sap your computer's battery life, you can use the Pocket Zip on a plane, in your car, or any other place you can't use a conventional Zip drive. The unit transfers data at 1.4 MB per second.

You can also connect the Pocket Zip to an AC outlet to save your battery. An AC/DC power adapter is included, along with a Zip disk loaded with utility programs. To use the Pocket Zip, you need a laptop equipped with a Type I or Type II PCMCIA slot.

Information: 800-787-8580 or www.addonics.com

Computer processors run hot. This heat build-up increases molecular resistance in the processor's transistors and interconnections. The result can be a lazy computer (think of how you feel on a hot and humid summer day). Heat can even shorten processor life. Adding an extra cooling fan can help, but the performance boost is not significant.

KryoTech, a small start-up in Columbia, S.C., had a wacky idea: refrigerate the processor! The result is the Cool K6-2, a PC with its own refrigeration system. By cooling one of Advanced Micro Devices' 333 MHz K6-2 processors to a chilly -40 C, the Cool K6-2 runs at a blistering 450 MHz.

Truth be told, most users don't need this much brute power, but hard-core gamers, graphic artists and other high-performance users can benefit from the speed boost. Because the Cool K6-2 uses a moderate-speed, relatively inexpensive AMD processor,

the price is reasonably low. A bare-bones unit costs $1,695. You have to add your own drives, sound and video cards, monitor, DTC modem, etc., making it a do-it-yourself project.

Maybe future versions will keep your soda and lunch cold too.

Information: 803-926-0066 or www.kryotech.com

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