Show of 12-14-2002

  • eBay is Toy Industry Barometer
    • What is popular on eBay today, will be a toy tomorrow
    • eBay has become a bellwether for behavior
      • willingness to pay
      • popular trends
  • Start your own eBay business
  • Find Out Who is Making Polical Contributions
    • Opensecrets.org catalogs all reported polical contributions
    • Search by zipcode, donor, candidate, interest area, and more….
    • Easy to use and very revealing
  • Microsoft Bought Off Other Remaining States
    • Nine States and District of Columbia sued
    • Seven States and District of Columbia accepted settlement
    • Two states (West Virginia and Massachusetts) did not
    • Microsoft offered sweet deal to those accepting
      • MS would cover all legal fees
      • Provide additional pot of money to enforce settlement
    • California (which has financed most of appeal) agreed
  • Robotic for Kids (and for Dads)
    • Lego Mindstorms
      • Lego Robotics Inventions System 2.0 ($189.00)
      • Lego Ultimate Accessory Kit ($58.00)
    • Mindstorms Books
      • 10 Cool Lego Mindstorms Projects, Syngress Press, ($29.00)
      • Programming LEGO? Mindstorms? with Java, Syngress Press ($29.00)
    • Robot Store — our favorite
  • UPS (Brown) Uses Both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
    • Bar Code reader (worn like ring) send data to Wi-Fi radio via Bluetooth
    • Wi-Fi radio (worn on belt) connects to central computer
    • System currently being tested in four package-sorting centers
    • No interference reported
  • Online Sales Soaring
    • $6.2B in sales for November
    • Up 22 percent from a year ago
    • 40% of shoppers said price was the key reason
  • Wi-Fi Sales Continue to Soar
    • $2 Billion in 2002
    • Public hot spots wave now supported by Intel, IBM, and AT&T
  • MS Internet Explorer Security Hole
    • Version 5.5 and 6 can be exploited
    • Patch available
    • Termed critical by Microsoft (belatedly)
    • Permits hacker to take over computer, alter data
  • IT Career Trends
    • Web Applications and e-Business
    • Networking and Security
    • Distributed Computing
    • Long Term Health on Sector
  • SPAM Not a Problem for Business
    • Businesses receive substantially less SPAM than personal email accounts
    • Usage pattern differences are the key
    • Personal email addresses are used in ways that facilitate harvesting
      • discussion groups
      • contests
      • mailing lists
      • personals
    • A SPAM filled email account probably indicated surfing on the job
  • Mailbag
  • Stratford News
    • Orphans Party last weekend (Stratford, ACF, and Epicurians Club)
    • Winter Graduation Held This Morning
    • Next Start January 6th