Show of 12-27-2003

  • Email Received This Week
    • Getting rid of previous Windows Installations ? Ed Smock
    • IP Phones wont work in power outage ? Jean Jolkovski
    • File sharing through firewall using SPX/IPX ? Pat Neary
    • When are MP3s posted, love show ? Phil Scarbrough, Draper, Utah
    • I?m only Assistant Chief in Amarillo ? Rober Taylor
  • Technology Trends of 2003
    • Digital Cameras is out selling Film Cameras (Kodak makes a move)
    • PC performance goes up while prices drop (Consumer Nirvana)
    • MP3 Audio sales over the Internet (iTunes Music Store in the lead)
    • Computer Manufacturers have invaded the living room (Gateway?s Flat Panel TV)
    • Wireless is gaining ground (802.11g finally arrives)
    • VoIP gets making real headway
  • Top IT Career Trends of 2003
    • Security, Security, Security
      • Security Policy
      • Security Technology (especially wireless)
    • e-Business using databases connected via the Internet
      • Web services, Database Technology are central to this trend
      • ASP, JSP, PHP are all applicable
      • SQL Databases (Oracle, MSSQL, or MySQL)
    • Job re-structuring as some coding jobs move off-shore.
    • Information Technology is morphing into Information Management
      • IT has left the laboratory and is now in the executive suite
      • IT and Business must both be mastered in this new environment
  • Online Data Availability Causes Concern
    • Google has reverse phone number lookup
    • Just put in a phone number and get name and address
    • Some now fear to give out phone numbers
    • Database does not include cell phone numbers
  • Getting Started with VoIP
    • 10% of all calls are now VoIP
    • Try it out at home with your broadband connection
    • Skype — P2P calls are free to other skype-heads, Kazaa spinoff. 1.2 million downloads
    • Net2phone — Ring any phone in the word with pre-paid calling, about 1c per minute. 110,000 users
    • FreeWorldDialup — Calls are free to US and UK, super cheap world wide. Can only talk to other VoIPsters. 72,000 users
    • Vonage — Reach an conventional phone use your existing handset (free adapter) $35/month. 64,000 users
    • SIPphone — Free calls anywhere once you buy the $80 handset. Can only call other IP phones
  • Microsoft?s Top Challenges for 2004
    • Provided by research firm, Directions, recent analysis
    • Act like a more mature company in a mature market
      • Obeying the spirit of the antitrust settlement will allow further growth
        • Not providing API to RealNetworks is bad business
      • Current business model based on creating software ?grand slams? to force upgrades needs to be replaced
        • MS has not found an effective way to convert its installed based advantage into a steady revenue stream
        • Makes its money on upgrades
      • Provide a better road map for its product development
        • Customers need to be able to plan
    • Getting security under control
      • Enforce a consistent set of patch technologies and procedures across independent product groups
    • Keeping Linux at Bay
    • Rebuilding Partner Network to garner support for .Net
    • Simplify licensing programs
    • Improve system management technology
  • Uru: Ages Beyond Myst
    • Fourth in the ground breaking Myst sequence
    • Fantastic graphics and complicated challenging puzzles
    • ?Candidates? assist with the restoration of D?Ni
    • Tech Talk rating (10 out of 10)
    • Downside: required that I upgrade my video card
    • Previous games include
    • Uru retails for $49. Available for $45 from Amazon.
    • Check out the Ubisoft Store for some interesting Myst gift packages
  • Graphic Card Basics
    • Video card has a dedicated video processor to off-load tasks from the CPU
    • Video processor supports graphic commands (DirectX, Direct3D, OpenGL)
    • Buss basics of video (PCI versus AGP)
      • Acelerated Graphics Port (AGP)
        • Dedicated to the video card
        • AGP4x (1066 MB per second)
        • AGP8x (2132 MB per second)
      • Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)
      • Connects all components to the CPU (Drives, RAM, Nics)
        • PCI100 (100 MB per second
        • PCI133 (133 MB per second)
    • Graphic Card Ram (32MB minimum, 256 MB maximum)
    • Video Output (S-video output for connection to TV)
    • Dominant Chip Sets (ATI Radeon versus NVidia GeForce)
      • Get last year?s models for around $100
      • Get the two year old model for $50
      • These two companies keep getting better
      • Competition is lowering prices and raising performance
  • If you get a new PC with graphics integrated on the motherboard, make certain to get an AGP plug for expansion
  • What About MP3 Audio Quality?
    • CD quality
      • CD quality is 44,100 samples per second, 16 bit, stereo sound
      • Size is 44,100 * 60 * 2 (bytes) * 2 (tracks-stereo) = 10.5 MB per minute
      • Audio CDs hold about 700 MB, can have 70 minutes of music
      • For music 22050 samples, 16 bit, mono sound is good for Web delivery
    • MP3 Files
      • MP3: compression that uses perceptual criteria
      • Size and quality measured in throughout Kb/s (Kilobits/second): good is 128 Kb/s
      • CD quality mono (44,100 * 2 bytes) = 88.2 KB/s, or about 700 Kb/s:
      • MP3 compresses by factor of 6
    • Audio Box has tested MP3 quality
      • 5% can hear detect 3:1 compression quality loss
      • 10% can detect 6:1 compression quality loss
      • More than 50% can detect 10:1 compression quality loss
      • More than 50% can detect a ?difference? between MP3 and CD regardless of the compression
      • Test results at www.audioboxinc.com
  • Using GPS to track the kids
    • Big Brother, meet Big Mother
    • Wherify Wireless GPS let you pinpoint you kid?s location to within a few feet
    • Circle representing you child in displayed on a street map
    • Breadcrumb feature can trace movements over time
    • In an emergency, wearer can place a 911 call by pressing two buttons
    • $200 plus $20-$45/month service fee
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