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Leading Taiwanese Hardware Manufacturers to Deliver FarStone Products

Partnerships with ASUSTeK Computer and OPTI will distribute lite versions of RestoreIT® Network and VirtualDrive® to the Asia Pacific

Irvine, CA — August 16, 2005 — FarStone Technology, a developer of data recovery and CD-DVD emulation software, has partnered with ASUSTeK Computer and OPTI, two leading hardware manufacturers in Taiwan. Both companies will deliver lite versions of select FarStone software products, such as VirtualDrive 9 and RestoreIT Network, to customers in the Asia Pacific.

ASUSTeK Computer will bundle a lite version of VirtualDrive 9 with select VGA graphics cards and notebooks. These will be sold through their worldwide distribution network starting in September 2005. “We expect a big increase in the amount of orders for our graphics cards bundled with VirtualDrive in the Q4 of this year,” said ASUS Product Manager, Sean Lai.

OPTI to will bundle a lite version of VirtualDrive 9 with OPTI’s Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) devices, and RestoreIT Network with select high-end models. These bundles will be sold through OPTI’s worldwide distribution network and are expected to ship in September 2005.

“These new partnerships validate our business model for delivering FarStone Technology software titles through market leaders like OPTI and ASUSTek,” said Thomas Lin, FarStone CEO and founder. “FarStone software will add value to the customer and create a new revenue stream for our partners and stakeholders. We are excited about these new agreements and their potential.”

About VirtualDrive 9

FarStone’s VirtualDrive offers easy management of CD and DVD collections. Users create “virtual CDs,” or images of their CDs and DVDs and run them as files directly on the hard drive. Since there’s no need to load physical discs to play disc-based applications, original CDs and DVDs san be safely stored and are protected from loss and damage.

About RestoreIT Network

RestoreIT Network is a LAN-based data backup and recovery application. An administrative console allows remote control of backup activities and displays network connections, logs client computer use, and views client screens in real time. RestoreIT Network offers ongoing, automatic system backup of every computer on a network; it can also automatically reset all networked computers at the end of the day to a predetermined configuration. This latter feature is particularly useful for school labs and public libraries, which can quickly eliminate unwanted downloads and restore damaged system files.

About FarStone

Founded in 1993, FarStone Technology develops data backup, hard disk imaging, and CD emulation software. FarStone is an ISO 9001 certified software publisher holding multiple technology patents. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, the company licenses its software to corporations, small businesses, educational institutions and consumers worldwide. FarStone’s technology partners include Intel, NEC, Phoenix Technologies and Toshiba.

About ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, ASUS is a global corporation with more than 5,200 employees worldwide. With sales offices in Taiwan, the United States, and Germany, and production facilities in Taiwan, and China, ASUS manufacturers barebones systems, motherboards, graphic cards, networking hardware, notebooks, optical storage, servers, and PDAs. ASUS maintains a 20% worldwide market share with over 40 million motherboards shipped. ASUS customers include top-tier OEMs, distributors, VARs, and system integrators in over 50 countries. Its extensive sales network includes over 300 channel partners and industry vendors offering technical expertise and support to end-users.

About OPTI

Founded in 1991, OPTI was originally a brand name for UPS products under the ViewSonic group. In the late 1990’s, OPTI separated itself from ViewSonic and evolved from a purely manufacturing company into a marketing-oriented company, focusing on market needs and customer service. Today, OPTI is the third largest uninterruptible power supply company in Taiwan with an international distribution of some of world’s best backup power supply products.

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