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Easy Number-Cruncher

Do you remember sitting in Statistics 101 in college and thinking, What a bore! When will I ever use this esoteric stuff? Thenyears lateryour employer or a client asks you to perform a statistical analysis of some sales data, and you wish you had saved your textbook. Thats when Winks, a software program from TexaSoft, comes to the rescue.

While you have to know something about statistics to get started, surprisingly, between the menu-driven program and the user manual, you can get up to speed in short order.

Winks comes in a basic edition for $99 and a professional one for $229. To try it out, you can download an evaluation copy from A DOS versionKwikstat 4.3also is available. More information: TexaSoft, P.O. Box 1169, Cedar Hill, Texas 75106; 972-291-2115;

Is It Time for a Check-Up?

A long with a computers ability to connect to other systemsincluding networks and the Internetcomes a greater probability of internal problems on your PC. Check-It software allows you to look inside your PC to make sure your hardware is running as efficiently as possible.

Check-It acts as a troubleshooter for your PC: locating, analyzing and fixing hardware glitches and errors. It monitors the computers activity to alert you to any detectable changes in your hardware or software. It also backs up your important system files on a regular basis to make disaster recovery less of a disaster.

The suggested retail price for Check-It is $49.95. More information: TouchStone Software Corp., 2124 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California 92648; 714-969-7746;

An Electronic Office Manager

Todo Manager can help anyone in a small office with multiple assignments decide which to tackle first. Once you input each projects time estimates, urgency and due dates, the software sorts the to-do items, taking time constraints into consideration, to show what needs to be done and when.

Todo Manager comes in a single-user version or a five-user shareware package so progress reports and staff updates can be routed and shared with your coworkers and managers. By viewing your progress onscreen, you can quickly analyze where time and resources need to be directed.

The suggested retail price for the single-user version is $79.95. The five-user package retails for $375. More information: Micro Logic, P.O. Box 70, Department P, Hackensack, New Jersey 07602; 201-342-6518;

Alternative to Traditional Voice Mail

Have you ever wanted your phone answering system to be more omniscientto not only tell you whos calling but allow you to choose the most appropriate response (instead of a standard voice-mail greeting) and without interrupting your current call? Xantels Connex software is the answer.

Once installed on your PC, this software serves as an onscreen phone operator that not only knows by name and contact phone number who is calling you but also allows you to forward the call to any number of personalized messages. For example: I know youre waiting, Mr. Jones, and I will be with you in a moment or I know thats you calling, Mother, but Ill have to get back to you later. Connex also alerts you to incoming fax and e-mail messages and can file or reroute them at your request.

The suggested retail price for Xantels Connex starts at $5,000 per client. More information: Xantel Corp., 3710 East University Drive, Suite 4, Phoenix, Arizona 85034; 602-437-6400;


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