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EarthLink’s Pilot of Wireless Email via BlackBerry Handhelds
The initial Pilot test of the BlackBerry Handheld e-mail device will be limited to 500 users for a cost of $34.95 (USD) per month, including unlimited messaging

tool belt  a solid wireless messaging tool, which has been tried and proven in the corporate world. The BlackBerry device uses a Push technology and is constantly connected. The device is easy to use and has an attractive form factor; one can attach BlackBerry to a belt, slip it into a pocket or drop it into a purse. As e-mail continues to become more and more important to users personal lives we expect to see more ISP's start to offer wireless access via BlackBerry devices, Palm devices, Wireless Access Phones, and

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Software Test Tools

Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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Question: When is Six Sigma not Six Sigma? Answer: When it's the Six Sigma Metric!!©


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