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Acer ALN-310 Dec Tulip Fast Ethernet Card (this is a great card much better than 3Com). Netgear FA310TX works great and dirt cheap.

Intel EtherExpress card is also a very card (I85229 chipset cards rock!) and tends to have great
driver support. But you need to have the $$$ for the Intel cards



Onsale atCost offers brand name monitors at verified wholesale prices. -- 19' 390 no shipping costs


Focus Keyboard (see pictures at FOCUS Keyboards) You will pay more for this board but, if you are looking for standard AT enhanced keyboard with the windows keys (104 keys total), I do not believe you will find a better one. It looks good (wish the pictures did it justice), feels good, will take a lot of abuse. An additional set of users defined programmable function keys which simplifies the input of a command or a string of characters to a single keystroke. This feature saves the user from the annoying repetitive key-in task by defining the most frequently used commands or words to the 12 Programmable Function Keys. If you want to do yourself a favor and spend the extra 20 or so bucks for a quality keyboard-- there are two most promising models to recommend:

Ergonomic Resources Browsing Avant Stellar Keyboard -- similar to Sun keyboard and macro programmable, so you can exchange caps lock and Ctrl key for more convenient operation. Very expensive.


Well constructed case and relible power supply are important, especially if you plan to upgrade your PC. The quality of the power supply is crucial, especially for Athlon and P4 CPUs. Also level of noise of power supply is *very* important. In this case you need to spend additional money for a noise-rated power supply. If you can spend additional money PC Power & Cooling power supplies should be considered. The company has "Silencer" series that have approximately a tenth the noise of a typical generic power supply.

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Linux and parallel port IDE devices

Second parallel port. You can install a second parallel port via an ISA or PCI expansion card. I would strongly recommend a PCI solution; the ISA parallel port cards I have tried in the past have been more hassle than I expected. Any Pentium computer will have one or more PCI slots. SIIG even offers a PCI card with two parallel ports on a single card. Expect to pay $40-$90 depending on the features of the expansion card.

ZDNet- Help & How-To- Add A Second Parallel Port

If you are going the parallel route you will probably be better off buying a switch. However, with Windows 98 and a USB port I highly recommend buying a USB scanner. Note, you can buy a USB hub, 1-to-4 and 1-to-7 are very common and transfer are not affected (you can daisy chain USB devices and hubs, 127 maximum USB devices per PC). Furthermore, there are parallel to USB converters available if you want to use USB with your parallel peripherals. Not only are transfer rates much faster with USB, but USB devices are Hot Swappable (i.e. you can connect/disconnect devices without rebooting, true plug-and-play). Good Luck.

USB Parallel Printer Adapters for your PC or Macintosh -- the Dell factory outlet store have them for $29.99
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uPar USB-Parallel Cable $39


UH420 -- USB hub $39

Epson Stylus 600

Printer is very cheap (you can find for $80 or so at Brand name cartridges are expensive and does not last long. Best prices can be found via CNET. I think Epson 600 is superb. The Epson prints pictures better on ordinary paper than the HP on photo paper. The only problem I had was when buying fake Inkjet toner, don't do it unless absolutely necessary! See also Aardvark Reviews - Epson Stylus Color 600

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Epson Compatible Cartridges Color S0200089 $19.95

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