Show of 11-9-2002

  • Tech Talk Guest: Bruce Potter
    • Founder of Novawireless
    • Community advocate for wireless broadband access (free or cost recovery model)
    • Security and Unix expert
    • Author of O?Rielly book on Wireless Security
  • BAE Systems, Integrated Systems Division, is Now Hiring!
    • Tech Talk Guest: Susie Wagner, Director of Human Resources
    • Over 70 vacancies in Reston
      • Imagery and Geospatial Integrated Systems (IGIS)
      • Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4)
      • Require clearance beyond secret
    • ?Job Fair
      • Wednesday, November 13th, 4:30 to 7:00 PM
      • To be conducted at Reston Location
      • Reservations not required
  • Survey Shows Women Prefer HDTV over Diamonds
    • Guys, This is the perfect excuse for Christmas and Holidays
    • Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) interviewed 1,000 women
      • 58% would prefer an HDTV over 1-carat diamond
      • 64% would rather have a digital camera than a pair of half-carat diamond earrings
    • CEA confirms the following
      • Women spend $55 billion each year on technology products
      • Women initiate 49% of all electronics purchases
  • Spam Stats
    • Brightmail the leading ISP Spam Filter has released the following Stats
    • Total Spam Volume
      • 5.3M Spam attacks in October, 2002
      • Up from 1.6M in October 2001
    • Spam Distribution
      • Financial?36%
      • Adult–12%
      • Products?31%
  • NIST seeks input on computer security
  • Election Fallout for Technology
    • No change in House
    • Republican Majority in Senate
      • Department of Homeland Security, which includes online security
      • Would hold Federal agencies to tougher computer standards and encourage private sector to share vulnerability info with Feds
      • Expect R&D tax incentives
      • Republican rated 85% and Dems 64% favorable by Information Technology Council
      • ?Fritz? Hollings will be replaced by John McCain as Senate Commerce Committee Chair
        • Fritz favored embedded digital rights software
        • Fritz opposed to broadband deregulation (Tausin-Dingle bill)
  • Bank Error Exposes E-mail Addresses
    • Bank of the West Exposed 3,300 e-mail addresses in e-mail alerting members of ATM downtime
    • Sent to a list using the To: field, instead of the BCC: field
    • Several years ago AT&T and Seagate Software made a similar mistake
  • Touch Screen Ballots Pass Test on Election Day
    • 16% of counties have them nationwide
      • 510 counties to date
      • Georgia deployed 22,000 successfully. Most problems were human error
      • 200 counties nationwide used them (California, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, and Texas)
    • 75% are expected to have them within six years
  • The Week of the PC Tablet
    • Weigh 3 to 4 pounds, cost $2,000
    • Some resemble etch-a-sketch and others look like hybrid tablets and laptops
    • Toshiba, HP, Acer, Fujitsu, ViewSonic are in the game
    • Dell computers is holding back
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