Show of 1-12-2002

  • 2002 Comsumer Electronics Show
    • Held in Las Vegas this week
    • Sponsored by the Comsumer Electronics Association (CEA)
    • The most noticeable product this year: H-Y-P-E
    • The second most noticeable products: convergent PDA.
      • It?s not your Dad?s Palm anymore.
      • PDA?s with everything
        • Wireless Phone, Address Book, Schedules
        • Pocket PC (Word, Excel, etc)
        • Browser, MP3 Player, TV,Embedded Cameras
      • One example HipTop ($200) sports PDA functions, cell phone, web browser, e-mail reader, and pager.
      • Convergence of Wireless Devices Super Session
        • Cingular Wireless, Handspring, Audiovox, CNET, Wireless Week Magazine
        • Phone combos very poplular (Phone/MP3 or Phone/PDA)
        • Bluetooth or 802.11 will allow wireless synching with PCs
    • Home Media Servers may the next wave
      • Moxi Media Center is most complete product
        • The latest brainchild from WebTV co-founder Steve Perlman
        • An all-in-one, broadband-capable set-top box, the Moxi combines a satellite receiver or digital cable box with
          • Personal video recorder
          • CD/DVD player,
          • Digital music jukebox (holding roughly 6,000 tracks)
          • Internet gateway
          • Home media server.
          • Distribute recorded or live TV shows, music, pictures and games throughout the house without wires, by adding optional extension modules in other rooms.
          • Sports an 80G hard drive and probably 802.11 wireless technology.
          • Funded by AOL
      • Pioneer’s Digital Library Server is similar to Moxi
        • Organizes and transmits music, video clips, photos, and other digital content throughout the home
        • 60G hard drive would hold 1,500 CDs
        • Wireless This represents are real trend toward wireless connectivity in the home using 802.11b (10Mbps) or 802.11a (60Mbps)
  • High Definition Television (HDTV) Rundown
  • Unions Having Trouble Invading D-Coms
    • Webvan.com and Etown.com out of business
    • Amazon closing Seattle service center
    • Just we they think they can organize, the business goes belly up.
  • Judge Tosses Out Microsoft Settlement
    • Settle designed to settle 100 private class-action lawsuits
    • US District Judge Fredrick Motz agreed that settlement would be anticompetive
    • MS would give $1B in money, software, services, and training to 12,500 underprivileged school children.
    • Not enough administrative dollars.
    • Judge felt it unfair competition to Apple
  • Missed News from 2001
    • Computer Chip Inventor wins Nobel Prize October 2001
    • Jack St. Clair Kirby developed the Integrated Circuit at Texas Instruments around 1960.
    • Shares $915,000 prize with two others
    • Bell Labs invented transistor, TI invented integrated circuit, Intel invented programmable computer on a chip (CPU)
  • Security Update
  • Stratford News
    • Job Fair at Stratford Very Successful
    • 4-Your-Health Appearance (January 19th and 20th)
    • Next Start February 11th