Show of 12-28-2002

  • Favorite Topics from 2002
    • Text Messaging for Cell Phones
    • Setting up a Wireless Network at Home
    • Internet Security (worms, viruses, Trojans, hackers)
    • HDTV and surround sound
    • MP3 Players and Digital Cameras
    • DVD Players (DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD+RW and DVD+R)
  • Casualties of Technology
    • Convergence of Voice and Data ? Long Distance Phone Companies
    • Wireless (Cell Phones, LANS) ? Local Phone Companies
    • Digital Camera ? Film Companies
    • Commodity PCs more speed than needed ?? Hardware Manufacturers
    • Ubiquitous Internet Access ? National ISPs that charge a lot (AOL perhaps)
    • Voice Recognition and Intelligent Software ? Desktop PC with traditional apps
    • Widespread use of e-mail — Postal service
  • Student Gets Award for School Computer Hack
    • Reid Ellison, a 15-year old changed a grade at Anzar High School from A to D+
    • School project to hack into the school computer system
    • Weak password (Sylvia, the school secretary?s name) was the problem
    • Reid prepared a security policy for the school to tighten up standards
  • Vivato pushed wireless LAN to 7 km
    • 802.11b (2.4 GHz) phased array antennas
    • Use real time beam steering to increase SNR
    • Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) included (new Wi-Fi security standard)
    • FCC approval of phased array issued December 16, 2002
  • Marriott to add Wi-Fi to 400 Hotels
    • Dual band 802.11a and 802.11b
    • Teaming with STSN at competitor of T-Mobile (Starbuck?s provider)
  • High Flying Ideas for Wireless Net
    • Sanwire is working with 21st Century Airships
    • High Tech Blimps carry 4,000 pounds of telecommunications gear
    • Stratelilites Float up to 13 miles into the stratosphere
    • Communicate with users using 802.11
    • Needs FCC approval
  • Bush Administration Proposes Monitoring Internet
    • Proposal is part of report, ?The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace?
    • Includes a centalized system to enable broad monitoring of the Internet
    • Report to be released early next year
    • ISP are concerned about privacy and violation of wiretap laws
    • Richard Clarke indicated that it would not include monitoring emails
    • Details are fuzzy. Controversy is high
  • Segway Human Transporter Available from Amazon
  • China Pushes Home Grow Chip
    • The Dragon CPU operates between 200 and 260 Mhz
    • Equivalent to Pentium I
    • Will be used for personal computers, mobile phones, televisions
    • Target production 1 million in 2003
  • WebCams a boom to home security
    • Wireless Webcams can link to high speed Internet access
    • Can be viewed from any remote location with Internet access
    • D-Links Wireless WebCam has built-in webserver for easy access
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