Windows Code Released on Internet
Souce code leaked last Thursday leading to a file-swapping frenzy
Dated July 25, 2000, source code represents Windows 2000 Service Pack 1
Leaked code include 30,915 files
Included 13.5 million lines of code
Window NT breach
28 million likes of code
Chunks of code were riddled with hidden notes and profanity
Mix of assembler, C, and C++
A mixture of running code and junk.
BetaNews.com reported leak Traced Back to
Core dump revealed Linux OS used by Mainsoft
Most likely traced to machine used by Mainsoft?s Director of Technology, Eyal Alaluf
He is probably not the one who leaked the code. Audit trail to easily established
Mainsoft is a ?software porting? company, specializing in Porting Windows Applications to a Unix environment
One of two partners under the Windows Interface Source Environment (WISE)
Under the Shared Source Initiative, 127 university and companies have access to the code
FCC Formally Considers Regulating Voice over IP
Majority of commissioners favor minimal regulation
This is good for consumers….expect the competition to heat up and prices to drop
FCC VoIP Page explains the technology to consumers
2004 Government Tech Investment
According to Washington Technology
Smart Cards ? Green Light
DOD issues 10,000 to 14,000 per day
Patent, Trademark, IRS, Agriculture all use them
Downside: lack of interagency standards
Outlook: DOD developing an identity management system that will permit authentication across several agencies and vendors
Web Services ? Green Light
Integration is? high on the list (Federal Enterprise Architecture Initiative)
Downside: Standards up in the air (J2EE or .Net still undecided)
Outlook: Standards will forced decisions in 2004
Voice over IP ? Yellow Light
Some agencies have rolled out VoIP service to save dollars (Commerce)
Reliability still an issue
Conventional phone service getting cheaper, very reliable
New offices are good candidates
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ? Yellow Light
DOD wants RFID for its logistics chain (just like WalMart)
Agriculture has another candidate for RFID: cattle
Prices coming down (now about 20 cents a chip) helped by WalMart?s 2005 deployment date
Downside: No real traction outside of DOD
Wireless ? Red Light
Benefits are fantastic.
Technology is maturing quickly, spurred by widespread consumer acceptance
Security remains top concerns
NIST?s report was pretty negative until better security can be embedded
Biometrics ? Red Light
Technology not mature. Not ready for heavy use
Biometrics standards are still a dream
Not much traction outside of defense, intelligence, and law enforcement.
Congress is on the war path, elections are approaching
Last month, Congress passed legislation that banned Federal agencies from sending work overseas
Want to take action to stem the loss of Business Process Operations (BPO) to India
Indian BPO should grow to $12 billion by 2006
Fortune 100s will move 2 million jobs to India by 2008
851,000 from the US
Indian BPO Industry cries foul, saying that its software market is open
WebSites of the Week
Technorati is a conversation engine.
It tells you what’s being said, right now, about every blog or site that has something to say — and says it so well that others point to them.
1,686,641 weblogs watched.
87,384,391 active links.
230,703,374 links tracked
Sections Include: Search, Top 100, Recent BlogsNewcomers, Current Events, Breaking News, Watchlists
Website : www.dodgeball.com
Text messaging service for mobile phones to track your buddies and their location
Circles: Use your mobile phone to tell us where you are and we’ll broadcast your whereabouts to all your friends.
Guide: Use your mobile phone to look up addresses and cross-streets or find the closest pool table or Ms. Pac Man machine
Scout: Use your mobile phone to broadcast messages to people within 10 blocks of your current location
O?Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
February 9-12, 2004 in San Diego
O?Reilly?s chance to listen to the Alpha Geeks
This conference is a good barometer of software development trends
Digital Democracy Teach-In (Joe Trippi)
Social software enabled Howard Dean
Social software could not save the campaign and mobilize supporters
Track One: Interfaces and Services
We spend more time staring with mobile laptops, palmtops, and hiptops.
We’re moving to lighter-weight, componentized, flexible interfaces.
We?re reconsidering the browser interface, and discovering what happens when you turn web pages back into their underlying applications and data.
Track 2: Social Software
Software designed to support the interactions of groups of people. Friendster, Technorati, LinkedIn, and FOAF (friend-of-a-friend networks)
Silly experiments like Flash Mobs and serious ones, like Howard Dean’s use of MeetUp for his presidential campaign.
This is the track with the most papers and the most energy….read these papers
Tech Talk’s websites of the week came from this category
Track 3: Untethered
Cellular telephone users disperse and gather dynamically as they transmit short notes billions of times a month.
Devices on desktops, in pockets, and built into cars loosely couple via Bluetooth into a personal area network.
Track 4: Location
GPS technology, from handheld receivers to automobiles and cell phones, enables us to fix events in space just as easily as we can in time.
Suddenly, everyone can be both a producer and consumer of geographic information and location-based services.
Yet hidden in this seeming utopia of location-based services lie yet-to-be addressed questions about privacy and security.
Track 5: Hardware
Hardware hacks expand the machine in new and powerful ways
Arrays of sensors and RFID tags are connecting and interacting
What are the future apps and implications of sub-micro computing?
Track 6:Business Models
We feature a range of technologies that are growing just below the horizon of commercial viability
Place a spotlight on projects and people who are likely to become very important to the future of Internet computing
Equally important is a careful study of what the new business models will look like.
Will they be a return to the traditional, times being as they are? Or is there room to innovate? Who is putting a stake in the ground and attempting to build the new applications, network, and online culture?
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