Show of 6-28-2003

  • Tech Talk Guests
    • Adil Rajput
      • Program Director, Stratford Graduate School
      • MBA in Finance and Doctorate in Computer Science
      • Over a decade of experience in the IT and telecommunication industry
      • Chief Technology Officer, HiTech Dimensions
        • Work focuses on offshore development
        • Management consulting and seminars in IT
        • Industry expert in web technologies
      • Contact Adil Rajput
    • Omir Hasan
      • Faculty, Stratford University
      • Production Manager, Rewards Plus
      • Five years of experience in leading development of high end solutions and their deployment
      • Contact Omair Hasan
  • ITAA Report on IT Career Trends
    • Status of the IT industry in the US
    • Statistics on the job market
    • Skills that will be in demand for the near future
    • Off shore development.
    • The major players in the industry and DC area
      • Sun, Oracle and Microsoft
  • Middleware and its affect on Enterprise wide software development
  • .NET versus J2EE debate
  • Certification versus Academic degrees
    • What makes the professional more marketable
    • What kind of certifications are out there
    • What role should be played by the academics
    • Where is the industry heading
  • Do Not Call Registry Opened This Week
    • The National Do Not Call Registry is open for business
    • The Federal Government created the national registry to make it easier and more efficient for you to stop getting telemarketing sales calls you don’t want.
    • Log onto the http://donotcall.gov to register you phone number now
    • Phone registration (1-888-382-1222) will open to the entire nation on July 7.
    • Registration is free.
    • States will begin enforcing the National Do Not Call Registry on Oct. 1, 2003
  • Defense Department Will Require Ipv6 in 2008
  • Telcos Duke it out in Iraq
    • Tecore Wireless Systems (www.tecore.com), a private company in Columbia, Maryland, said it would lay the groundwork for phone companies to offer wireless in Iraq.
    • Tecore sells cellular infrastructure and software to carriers in Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates and other parts of the Middle East. It plans to begin building a distribution center in Iraq by the end of summer, the company said.
    • U.S. government awarded WorldCom a $45 million contract to build a cell network in Iraq
    • Pentagon also gave Motorola a $10 to $25 million contract — depending on options the company exercises — to install radio communications for security forces in Baghdad.
    • Iraq has never had a cell-phone system, but analysts say it would be easy and cheap to install.
  • ICANN Relinquishes Power Under Pressure
    • Country domains now under the control of each country instead of under the control of ICANN
    • Great Britain controls uk; France controls fr; etc.
    • After an all-night session on Wednesday night, the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) was finally formed
    • ICANN under new president/CEO Paul Twomey behaved pragmatically and conceded all control save over IANA and global interoperability
  • Almost Dead: NT Support
    • Microsoft’s telephone support for the seven year-old system will end this month.
    • In addition, from July 1 onward there will be no new hotfixes for workstation versions of NT 4.
    • Remaining (die-hard) NT 4 users will have to make do with basic online self-help support until the official expiry date of the product on June 30 2004.
    • Most corporations have gone to Windows 2000 already and skipped XP.
  • Cell Phone Number Portability (Update)
    • Verizon Wireless Chief Executive Denny Strigl said Tuesday that unlike rivals, Verizon won’t collect monthly or one-time fees from subscribers who want to keep their original telephone number after switching carriers.
    • This is a real about face for Verizon after their stinger court defeat. Kudo to the leadership
    • Now the other telcos should follow suit and not charge
    • Representatives for AT&T Wireless, Nextel Communications and Sprint PCS said their companies have no plans to stop collecting LNP (Local Number Portability) fees.
      • AT&T is $1.75 per month
      • Nextel is $1.55 per month
      • Sprint will begin collecting an unspecified LNP fee in July
    • Verizon now believes the implementation costs work out to about 15 cents per customer per month, small enough for the carriers to try to absorb?especially if they have reciprocal agreements.
  • MS Worker Software Racket
    • A Microsoft worker has been charged with stealing $17 million of software from Microsoft’s internal store in the second case of its type in recent months
    • Richard Gregg, 43, and a Windows program coordinator, has pleaded not guilty to 62 counts of mail and computer fraud, Gregg, who denies the charges, has been released on bail.
    • From January to October 2002, Gregg allegedly ordered 5,436 copies of software such as Windows XP, SQL Server, Exchange and Office with retail prices over $17 million which he subsequently resold.
  • Stratford News
    • Corporate Training Launch at Stratford
    • Grad Program Detail (EBM and Telecommunications)
    • Next start August 4th