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Snow business
Dan Egan thrives on doing the implausible. Egan grew up in Milton and went on to become one of the planet's best-known extreme skiers. As a featured player in a dozen Warren Miller documentaries, including ''Endless Winter,'' Egan ripped up remote peaks that hadn't been skied before in Siberia, Turkey, Yugoslavia, and the Arctic. He once jumped out of the aerial tram at Cannon Mountain in New Hamp-

Technology fun comes to summer camp
Camp Wing in Duxbury is just like the summer camp of your childhood. Blue-sky days, splash fights in the pool, fishing on the lake, ghost stories in the bunk, learning how to use PhotoShop software, crafting a website, mastering computer animation, maintaining a weblog. Oh, and lanyards, too. In a log cabin outfitted with 16 desktop computers, an LCD projector, and enough software to run a small Web design agency, groups of campers tromp in throughout the course of the day. The tech program at Camp Wing is run by a Waltham nonprofit called WiredWoods. The goal is to get campers interested in using computers creatively -- rather than just surfing the Web and dashing off instant messages.

Good service can't help small Net providers
Atrip in the Internet Wayback Machine to the early '90s, Sherman! Before your phone company or cable provider ever imagined that you might want access to this thing called the Internet, there were small, independent companies like Shore.net, The World, and The Internet Access Company that offered to connect you to the Net for a monthly fee. You dialed a local phone number, and your modem shrieked a high-pitched greeting to the modem on the other end, eventually linking you to the Internet at speeds as fast as 28k, 33k, or a breathtaking 56k.

A scorecard to track tech's next big thing
Let's make a bet. Have a look at the list, on Page C2, of the 50 largest publicly traded tech companies in Massachusetts.

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