Show of 1-5-2002

  • Getting sold out tickets over the web
    • Ticket brokers are the only option
    • Maximum price regulated by NYC regulation.
    • Cannot exceed premium ticket cost.
    • You can check with NYC Consumer Affairs
    • Another listing for tickets from many brokers is FindShowTickets.
    • Find many brokers by using Google Search engine
      • For instance to find tickets for NYC use the key words (ticket brokers new york city)
  • IT Career Rundown
    • Is what you’re looking for in a job down another tech career path?
    • Here’s a checklist of some common positions to help you transition.
    • With the tech industry, your skills can lead you to a variety of positions.
    • Selected IT Careers for which Stratford has programs
      • Help desk (hardware, software, user interaction, troubleshooting)
      • Network specialist (troubleshooting, monitoring, upgrading networks)
      • Programmer (creating software for business , documenting, fixing code)
      • Website site development/maintenance (front-end, back-end design)
      • Systems administration (troubleshooting, monitoring, upgrading servers)
      • Database administration (troubleshooting, monitoring, upgrading database)
      • Wide Area Network Engineer (Cisco, Telecommunications)
      • Security Specialist (Firewalls, Security policy, enjoy countering wiley hacker)
      • Telecommunications Systems Engineer (design, deploy, maintain wireless systems)
      • E-Business Manager (CRM, ERP, Supply Chain Mgmt, distributed databases)
  • Security Issues
    • AOL Fixes Hole in Instant Messenger
      • Discovered by w00w00, an American firm started by a 19 year old.
      • Allowed hacker to take control of computer
      • Transfer and delete files
      • Could be exploited by worm
      • Patch now available
    • MS Fixes Hole in XP
      • Patch now available for Universal Plug and Play (UPNP) bug
      • Universal Plug and Play manages peer-to-peer connections
      • Too many, unused features activated in default install.
    • Home is where the hackers are
      • High value computers
      • High speed, continuous connections through DSL and Cable Modem
      • As good as business targets
  • Intel Roadmap Released
    • One-billion transistors by 2007
    • Up from only 42 million in Pentium 4
    • Process will shift from
      • 90 nanometer lithography in 2003
      • 65 nanometers in 2005
      • 45 nanometers in 2007
    • Packaging will be the key
      • Plastic organic bumps will be replaced
      • Move to bumpless package with buildup layers (BBUL) by 2005
    • Moving toward terahertz transistors
      • Fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI)
      • Every carrier needs to be turned off to reduce leakage
    • Sticking with extreme UV lithography, since e-beam lithography is too slow.
  • Court Back California Anti-Spam Law
    • e-mail must be identified as advertisement
    • Opt-out must be available
    • Sender must be identified
    • Stratford has be victimized by unlawful spammers
  • More Shoppers Disappointed Online
    • Jupiter Media Metrix Survey indicates Web sites in a number of industries are doing poorer
    •    Survey 250 automotive, BtoB, financial, health, music, packaged-good, retail, and travel sites between November 23rd and December 10th
    • Only 30% responded to and resolved customer inquires with the six-hour window which shoppers said they expected.
    • Although 90% said they would be happy with a two day response, 75 of the retailers could not respond that quickly.
    • All had automatic call routing systems.
    • Those that failed did not have automatic e-mail routing systems.
  • New NASA Bionic Eye Technology
    • To be tested in humans in 2002
    • Artificial retina includes 100,000 tiny ceramic detectors, each 1/20 the size of a human hair
    • Arrays attached to polymer film 1mm X 1mm in size
    • Polymer film will dissolve leaving only the array behind
    • Brain will have to reprogram itself to see
    • Ceramic is used rather than silicon for biocompatibility
    • Research performed at Space Vacuum Epitaxy Center in Houston
  • Stratford News
    • Classes start this week.
    • Still time to enroll
    • Call the school at 888-444-0804
    • Both Woodbridge and Tysons Corner Campuses are enrolling