Show of 6-30-2007

  • Tech Talk Guest
  • Great American Networks, a Local Success
    • Web site: www.greatamericannetworks.us
    • Wireless ISP Provider
      • Washington DC WISP covers the Washington Monument, the Western side of the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery, the Pentagon, Tysons Corner, Freedom Park (13th & K) DC, SW DC Water Front and parts of Rosslyn Virginia.
      • Provides Point-to-Point business class services to any location within Washington DC, Alexandria Virginia and much of Fairfax County.
      • Installs turnkey wide-area W-Fi network for any building (residential or business)
    • Wireless Hotspot Provider
      • Will provide a wireless hotspot for your business
      • Will provides credit card if requested
      • Your customers will have access to wireless networks world wide.
    • Projects in Other Countries
      • Partnered with WISP providers in Camp Taji and Camp Victory, near Baghdad, Iraq providing a low cost service to the troops
      • Mesh network in Kenya
  • War Driving Security Report
    • Laptop with Netstumbler installed
    • 3db Dipole Antenna through moonroof
    • Wi-Fi PCMIA card (Orinnoco)
    • Took survey between my house and station this morning.
    • Results
      • Number of access points — 420
      • Encrypted access points – 272 (65%)
      • Unencrypted access points – 148 (35%)
      • 802.11b (11 Mbps) — 55 (13%)
      • 802.11g (54 Mbps) – 365 (87%)
  • Blu-Ray versus HD DVD – Impact of Porn
    • Porn film producers say that they are being blocked from moving their content to the high definition Blu-ray format.
    • Digital Playground, a porn production house has said that it is being forced to opt for HD DVD because Blu-ray disc manufacturers are refusing to print the movies because Sony has told them ‘do it and you lose your licence’.
    • Others in the porn industry like Bangbros. and Pink Visual have already standardized on HD DVD, citing cheaper costs, and many others are expected to follow.
    • Why is this important?
      • Much early [and current] revenue on the Net was porn related and funded.
      • Porn was also a deciding factor in making VHS the format of choice against Betamax in the video tape format/player wars of the late 1970s and 1980s.
      • Betamax was also developed by Sony.
    • Is banning porn from Blu-ray going to hurt the format? Probably
  • Anonymizer for iTunes DRM-free files
    • If you buy a DRM-free MP3 song from iTunes your name and email address will be embedded in the song.
    • Ratiatum.com, a French company, has just launched a free software application to strip that information from your MP3.
    • Download from www.privatunes.com
    • The software will strip your name from the file and create a backup of the original file for you records.
    • Source code for this program will be released in the near future.
    • Expect a legal challenge
  • Satellite Destruction Using Google Earth And Orbitron
    • Download Sebastian Stoff’s Orbitron (http://stoff.pl/)satellite tracking software
    • Download Google Earth (http://earth.google.com/) to visualize your attack.
    • Target China’s Feng Yun 1C weather satellite. The Chinese don’t appear to care much for their weather satellites?
    • You plot the satellite’s position ten minutes hence using your computer and you feed the predicted latitude, longitude, and altitude to your launch pad control center.
    • Using literature that’s been available since the 1960s, compute the amount of fuel needed to get your one-stage rocket and its warhead to the satellite’s future position.
    • Plot a "solution" or flight plan that takes into account the liftoff phase, the controlled orbit insertion phase, and the ballistic fall onto the target.
    • Explained in Paper titled: Risk and vulnerability games. The anti-satellite weaponry (ASAT) by Adrian Gheorghe, Old Dominion University , and Dan Vamanu, National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering in Bucharest, Romania
    • "In theory, the ASAT ballistic hit looks quite a doable stunt. One may safely assume that any country in possession of intermediate range vectors may mount an ASAT adventure."
  • More About Google Earth
    • Web site: http://earth.google.com/
    • Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips.
      • Fly to your house. Just type in an address, press Search, and you’ll zoom right in.
      • Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
      • Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings.
      • Save and share your searches and favorites.
    • Since Google Earth was launched, users have been exploring our world and creating content overlays (KML files) to share their explorations with others.
    • user-created KML files are highlighted each week in the Google Earth Gallery (http://earth.google.com/gallery/)
    • You can plan a trip and fly over your path from start to finish.
  • What Server OS will the next President be Running?
    • All the candidates have web sites up and running.
    • What operating system are they using?
    • All candidates
      • Linux (48%)
      • Windows (43%)
      • FreeBSD (9%)
    • Democrats
      • Linux (70%)
      • Windows (10%)
      • FreeBSD (20%)
    • Republicans
      • Linux (31%)
      • Windows (69%)
      • FreeBSD (0%)
    • The Dems are predominantly Open Source… except for Hillary Clinton
    • The Republicans are predominantly Microsoft with the exception of Ron Paul, Jim Gilmore, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney.
  • Apple iPhone
    • Officially released 6:00 PM Friday
      • 4G model — $499
      • 8 G model — 599
    • Combo device (cell phone, iPod, web browser, 2 MP camera)
      • Very slick touch screen interface with not buttons
      • 24-hour battery life
    • Cell phone features
      • GSM (2G not 3G)
      • Required carrier AT&T (locked SIM)
      • 450 minutes for $60 per month (unlimited data)
      • 1350 minutes for $100 per month (unlimited data)
      • Click on address book name to listen to voice mail
      • Text message with full qwerty keyboard image
    • iPod features
      • 4G model (800 songs)
      • 8G model (1800 songs)
      • Memory not expandable
      • Low memory compared to iPod (30 G or 80 G)
      • Great photo album (aspect changes when you rotate phone, accelerometer)
      • Easily email photo
      • Watch video on screen double the size of an iPod
      • Read eBooks (many soon to be released)
    • Browser features
      • Called a touch-screen Internet communicator
      • Slow Internet link because it is only 2G GSM
      • Email access with easily opened attachments (word, excel, etc)
      • Easy to read email.
      • Not compatible with corporate email servers — not a blackberry substitute
      • See entire web page and double click to zoom
      • Drag finger on screen to scroll around
    • Innovative interface
      • Use your finger, not a stylus
      • Very intuitive and fun to use
      • Very innovative with no buttons
    • Should you buy now?
      • Short answer is no
      • Tech Talk recommendation is to wait for next model
      • Next model will have more memory and be 3G GSM