September 1996

RTG's Web Site

RTG is on the World Wide Web. Our URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is:

The main purpose of our Web site is to present RTG Bills, our time and billing software for small law firms. You can download a free demo version of RTG Bills and RTG Timer.

Product Updates

In the future we expect to offer product updates on the Web as well. For example, suppose you buy the current version of RTG Bills, version 1.08. In a few months we may have an update to version 1.09, which you could download from the Web site. The update is not the full program. It is a special program which can modify the old version so it is identical to the new version. If you haven't purchased version 1.08 (or upgraded to it from a previous version) then the update will not work at all.

In this way we can provide minor enhancements and bug fixes at no charge to current users of our products. Of course, major enhancements will still need to be purchased, with a discount offered to current users of the product. This is standard practice for software upgrades.

Back Issues Of RTG News

One area of our Web site is devoted to this newsletter. You can read the current issue (formatted a bit differently) and you can also get back issues. Right now we have all 1994 through 1996 newsletters. We will eventually add excerpts from some "classic" early issues.

RTG Names

RTG Names is a name and address program for Windows. You can get it absolutely free from our web site. If you do not have Internet access, you can still order RTG Names by mail for $15.

If you use RTG Bills for client billing, you can export client names and addresses from RTG Bills and import them into RTG Names.

Law Library

The RTG web site includes a page of links to law-related sites on the World Wide Web. For example, we have links to the full text of the U.S. Code (at Cornell) and to Martindale-Hubbell, where you can search for information about an attorney (free of charge).

Rather than try to include every such site (there are hundreds), we have a few main sites listed, plus links to sites which have still more links. We encourage suggestions for further useful links.

Ordering Software

You cannot order RTG software directly over the Internet. For now, we have an order form you can print and send to us with a check.

Of course, if you want the demo version of RTG Bills and RTG Timer, or if you want RTG Names, you can get them immediately simply by downloading them with your web browser.

Configure A PC On The Web

Gateway 2000, a PC vendor, has a convenient way to get a price quote for a PC, configured just the way you want it, using the World Wide Web. At the Gateway 2000 web site,

you choose the basic computer model first. For example, their "Professional Systems" include three Pentium models (133 MHz, 166 MHz, and 200 MHz) and one Pentium Pro model (180 MHz).

Next you see a form to fill out, with defaults shown for each item. The Pentium 133 model comes with 16 MB of RAM, a 1 GB hard disk, and a 15" monitor. If you want to add RAM, a drop-down list tells you what is available and the cost. Add $160 for 32 MB instead of 16. Upgrade to a 2 GB disk for $75. Subtract $355 for no monitor. Other choices include cache size, CD-ROM drive, fax/modem, graphics cards, tape backup, and software.

When you have made all your selections, you click a button and their computer sends you a page which shows your choices and the total price. Print the page with your web browser for a permanent record. You can even order the computer on the web, although we didn't try that.

Memory Upgrades

RAM prices are low now, so it is a good time to add memory to your computer.

486 computers usually have eight RAM sockets and you must fill four at a time with 30-pin "single inline memory modules" (SIMMs) of the same capacity (in megabytes). A machine with eight megabytes (MB) usually has eight 1-MB SIMMs, but a machine with 16 MB generally has four 4-MB SIMMs. A typical specification would be "4MBx9 - 70NS," which indicates a 4-MB SIMM with parity (9 bits instead of 8) and a speed of 70 nanoseconds (ns).

Pentium computers usually have four RAM sockets and you must fill two at a time with 72-pin SIMMs of the same size. A machine purchased with 16 MB will have two 8-MB SIMMs, but if you upgraded from 8 MB to 16 MB you will have four 4-MB SIMMs.

72-pin SIMMs come with or without parity ("2x32" is 8 MB without parity, "2x36" is with parity). Parity detects an error in the memory chips so your computer knows if there is a problem. Nevertheless, it costs more and most people buy the less expensive SIMMs without parity. There is also a higher-speed design called "Extended Data Output" (EDO), which is a little faster and a little more expensive.

RTG Bills and RTG Timer are trademarks of RTG Data Systems. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the companies with which they are associated.

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