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Walt Plosila, for eight years president of the Montgomery County High Technology Council and of the Suburban Maryland Tech Council as well, has told his board he's accepted a position with North Carolina. On leave on the day the bomshell dropped, the nationally renowned Plosila has been widely sought throughout the country. Council Chairman Lew Shuster has asked long-time member Jack Harris to serve as interim president and chair a national search committee.

Hughes Info Tech CEO Wayne Shelton is leading a tech-industry drive to update the patient care computer system for Hospice of Northern Virginia, where caseworkers currently have to return to Arlington daily to enter data on their typical 200-patient caseload, most of whom remain in their own homes during the final stages of terminal illness. Already signed on with Shelton are GRC CEO Jim Roth, Booz*Allen President Gary Mather, Intergraph's Andy Wilkinson, BTG's Ed Bersoff and DynCorp's Dan Bannister.

M Street? General Instrument CEO Dan Akerson castigated the "bureaucrats on M Street" -- where FCC offices are located -- for setting video encryption standards under the Markey-Fields provision that Akerson contends will hand market dominance to the Japanese. Akerson made the remarkson on the TV program TechnoPolitics.

As the beneficiary of an ARPA investment, tiny OIS saw its pink sheet performance rise from under $2 per share to the $6 to $7 range. What does this mean for the AT&T, Xerox and Standish Instruments flat -panel manufacturing consortium, which is in line for $50 mil? Perhaps, if research reports hold up that industry is outspending government -- even ARPA? -- it's just catch-up time for the three.

Conspicuous by its absence at Boston's MacWorld: the Newton.

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