Show of 11-23-2002

  • Monster SUV Fit for James Bond
    • Smart Truck is funded by the Army’s TACOM
    • Bond-like countermeasures with TouchScreen activation
      • Blinding Lights, Explosion Suppression, High Voltage Door Handles
      • Lightweight Armor, Bulletproof Glass, Oil Slicks,
      • Pepper Spray Dispensers, Smoke Screen, Tack Dispenser
    • Biocentric/AuthenTec Fingerprint Identification, Quad-steering, and Mobile Video
    • Solid state Windows CE touch screen computer
    • Satellite and terrestrial wireless communications with GPS and mapping.
    • Weapon is raised from the cap of the vehicle through sliding doors. Enemy targets are spotted by the four cameras, for both day and night operation.
  • DARPA Total Information Awareness Program
    • Funded by DARPA Information Awareness Office, John Poindexter, Office Director
    • DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is home to many innovative ideas (e.g. the Internet)
    • Project seeks to use data mining techniques to analyze and consolidate a wide range of intelligence and commercial databases. ACLU "disturbed" with this new program.
    • Other Programs Information Awareness Office
  • Silicon Retina Vision Update
    • Device made by Second Sight in Santa Clarita, California
    • Miniature camera attached to glasses that sent signal to wireless receiver behind ear. Signal sent to electronic chip attached to retina
    • Two blind patients have seen a sixteen pixel image
    • Increasing that to 1000 pixels will be like low resolution TV
    • Will be at least five years before devices are widely available
  • Internet Provisions in Homeland Security Bill
    • ISP like AOL or MSN could give government subscriber info without warrant
    • Police would gain added wiretap authority
    • Raises possibility of life imprisonment for hacking, if intent was to kill or harm.
    • Government given authority to trace e-mail and other traffic during a cyber attack
    • ACLU expected to file suit
  • Papermate Pendulum Pen
    • Automatically adjust to writing angle
    • Tip rotates to stay vertical
    • Only cost $4
  • Asteroid Threat Reassessed
    • Scientist now estimate the asteroid that hit Siberia in 1908 will only hit earth once every 1000 years.
    • Equivalent to 10 Megaton of TNT
    • In an inhabited area, would kill millions of people
    • Based on geosynchronous satellite images looking to rocket launches
    • Between 1994 and 2002, over 300 impacts have been observed
  • Pedal Power Drives Computers in Laos
    • Five villages are linked to the Internet as part of project funded by Jhai Foundation
    • Custom built PC features
      • Use flash memory instead of hard drive and operate with 20W
      • Are powered with car battery that is charged with bicycle crank
      • Are connected by 802.11 wireless to solar powered relay that is beamed to town (30 km away)
      • Use customized Linux OS with Loa script
    • Residents will use computers for crop market timing, selling handicrafts, using spreadsheets, telephoning relatives.
  • How to Keep Track for Digital Pictures
    • First There was the Digital Camera, Now We have Digital Files
    • Windows XP has build in tools for managing photos
      • Users the file and directory metaphor
    • ThumbsPlus5 from Cerius Software ($79)
      • Image database that uses same metaphor
    • Picasa from Lifescape Solutions ($29)
      • Second generation digital photo management system
      • Based on photographs, including dates subject matter
  • Home Security Tutorial
    • Published by cert.org
    • Outlines what each home computer user must do to protect themselves
    • This 30-page report is easy to read and to implement
  • Peer-to-Peer Goes Legit
    • RadioFreeVirgin provides 50 commercial-free streams for $5/month
    • Since there is no file transfer, there is no copyright infringement
    • A service of Virgin Atlantic Airlines
  • Internet Population Jumps
    • Users jump to 655 Million worldwide, up 30% from last year
    • Value of goods purchased $2.3B, up 50% from last year
    • About 18% of all purchasing is done over the Web
  • Microsoft News
    • Oversight Committee Takes Shape
      • DOJ and Nine States Nominate Harry Saal to committee
      • Microsoft Nominates Franklin Fite to committee
      • Saal and Fite will select third member
    • Microsoft Warns of Critical Security Flaw
      • Affects Windows 2000, Millennium, and 98, but not XP
      • Allows hackers to change hard drive using MS Data Access Components (MDAC)
      • 65th security bulletin issued by MS this year
  • Hot Laptop Burns Penis
    • New Pentium 4 Processors Generate Lots of Heat
    • Laptop case is frequently designed to serve as a heat sink and radiator….bottom gets hot!
    • One man did not heed these warnings.
    • Suffered second degree burns?..in a most private area.
  • Rich’s Game Picks for Holiday Gifts
  • MailBag
    • We have got lots of letters
  • Stratford News
    • Next start is January 6th