Show of 7-27-2002

  • Tech Talk Guest: Bruce Mehlman
    • Current Position
      • Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy
      • US Department of Commerce
    • Prior Positions
      • Telecommunications Policy Counsel for Cisco Systems
      • Policy Director and General Council for House Leadership Office under J.C. Watts. Instrumental in Y2K and China trade legislation.
    • Bruce?s Current Focus
      • How can the US retain its global innovation leadership in 21st century?
      • How can regions and communities in the US and around the world best support knowledge clusters and technology entrepreneurship?
      • How can we accelerate the usage of broadband applications to maximize organizational productivity, competitiveness and societal benefit?
      • How can we get more American students studying and pursuing careers in math, science, and engineering?
    • Other Topics of Interest
      • Digital Content and Rights (file sharing and DVD copy protection)
      • State of 3G Phone Technology (will European and US standards converge)
      • Wi-Fi deployment (Good or bad for broadband?)
      • Telecommunications Act of 1996 and Tausin-Dingle (Good for broadband?)
      • Spectrum allocation (Does it impede innovation?)
      • Dot com meltdown (Lessons learned)
      • How do biotech and nanotech play into the future? (Role of Research clustering)
      • Bush?s High Tech Agenda
        • Secure $103B R&D budget, Make R&D tax credit permanent
        • Strengthen intellectual protection laws,
        • Improve K-12 math and science teaching,
        • Secure Tax cuts, Expand Free trade
        • Harden national defenses including infrastructure and cyber security, Emphasize E-government.
  • Peer-to-peer piracy prevention bill
    • Sponsored by Howard Berman, D-CA
    • His 26th District includes North Hollywood
    • Legalizes hacking of P2P networks like Kazaa or LimeWire
    • Will legalize antisocial Internet activities
    • Coming soon to a computer near ? Hollywood Hackers
  • SysAdmin Day — Special Acknowledgment Is Deserved
    • Annual event the last Friday of July? (July 26th)
    • Ted Kekatos came up with the idea three years ago
  • Wireless War Driver Charges with Hacking
    • Stepan Puffer indicted by Grand Jury on two counts of fraud for breaking into the Harris County district court?s wireless computer system
    • Puffer demonstrated it to the local newspaper
    • System was brought down the next day
  • Saving Memories of the Dot.com Excesses
    • Smith School of Business at Maryland University and Webmergers.com is collecting data from the dot.com era.
    • Effort lead by Professor David Kirsch
    • Greatest failure is WebVan, which burned $800M in two years
  • Princeton accused on hacking into Yale’s recruitment system
    • FBI was informed by Princeton last week
    • FBI is currently assessing the charges
    • Mr. Lemenager, from Princeton admitted accessing the system, but only to check its security.
  • China Third in Global Internet Usage
    • More than 45 million Chinese are now logging onto the Net
    • The average Chinese spends 8 hours and 20 minutes a week on the Net
    • Only the US and Japan have more citizens logging onto the Net
  • USA Today Site Hacked this Week
    • For 15 minutes several bogus stories were posted to the site
    • Incident reported to Fairfax County Police
    • Site was brought down for 3 hours to harden systems
  • Domain name fight heats up
    • Canada.biz sought by Molson Canadian Beer
    • Won in court, but Zak Muscovitch is appealing
    • Lack of formal appeal process is a problem
    • Another ICANN can of worms
  • Hip DJ?s now spinning MP3
    • Ben Kirendall leaves his records at home
    • Uses to 10G Hardrive packs for his iPod to play music
    • Calls himself the Podiatrist
  • Microsoft throws its weight behind 802.11b
    • XP already supports Wi-Fi natively
    • Will roll out a wireless portable monitor in January
  • Sratford News
    • Next Start is a week from Monday, August 5th
    • Master Program Seminar Series to begin September 17th
      • 30 years of Technology ? What?s next
      • Are you ready for onsite wireless?
      • E-Business ? who is making money and why?
      • Manage your Career ? Survival Skills for working through the System
      • Telecommunications and Security