Show of 7-25-2009

  • Email and Forum Questions
    • Email from Mike: Hi, Great show. Sorry that it left our local FM station. I actually looked for you on the web & just listened to your last show via download.
    • On the point concerning Padmasree Warrior & the concerns of her commoditizing the Razor which was then challenged by the iPhone ? I completely agree that just about everything should be commoditized and her critics should criticize her only in as much as Motorola lost their creative edge in not introducing a smart phone to replace the razor ? which is what the iPhone is. It is not so much that Motorola left profit dollars on the table by reducing their Razor phone versus the new iPhone which started off at a high price point ? but that the Razor was already outdated & it was a matter of time before the traditional cell market fractured even more into various niche pockets.
    • On an unrelated note, you should refer the Jeff Jarvis book, What Would Google Do?, an easy reading for those who have a business that they are trying to improve.  Let me know what your thoughts are on the book if you have read it. Thanks, Mike
    • Tech Talk Answers: You observations about Razr and the iPhone a right on the money. I have not read What Would Google Do? yet, but it is on my to do list. A great suggestion for the Book of the Week.
    • Email from George: For years, I have used an email service with an annual fee. I want to change to a free service now. I have hundreds of old emails stored on their servers. Is there any way I can transfer the old emails to a new email provider in bulk? We would probably transfer to Gmail or Yahoo.
    • Tech Talk Answers: There is no consistent way to move those messages. You could forward them all, one by one, sending them from your old account to your new account’s email address.
    • If the old service supports "pop3" access, and the new service supports remote account retrieval via "pop3", you can at least move the contents of the inbox this way. While that’s typically intended for downloading to a desktop email program, it can be used to copy mail as well.
    • Gmail has a Check mail using POP3: (Get your mail from other accounts in Gmail using POP3.)" as an option. You have to copy all emails that you wish to copy into the inbox. Then you will have to create folders in the new account. Folders and contacts cannot be transferred.
  • Profiles in IT: Jack Ma
    • Jack Ma is the founder and CEO of the Alibaba.com a business-to-business service that connects importers and exporters in China with counterparts worldwide.
    • Jack Ma was born October 15, 1964 in Hangzhou, China.
    • Ma showed little promise as a child.
    • He was an indifferent student who failed college entrance examinations twice.
    • Finally, at age 20, he won entrance into Hangzhou Normal College.
    • During college, Ma exhibited one outstanding talent, his ability to learn English.
    • Ma taught English for five years at an electronics technology college in Hangzhou.
    • He started a translation agency, his first company, which led to a business trip to the United States in 1995, where he discovered the Internet.
    • Ma first started building websites for companies with the help of friends in the US.
    • After serving as head of the China International Electronic Commerce Center ‘s Infoshare division, he founded Alibaba.com in 1999.
    • Alibaba is a poor woodcutter in the Arabian Nights who gained entrance to the treasure cave of the 40 thieves by saying the magic words "Open, Sesame!"
    • In 2003, Ma’s Alibaba launched Taobao.com, a consumer to consumer auction website that is equivalent to eBay and Amazon. It includes Alipay, an escrow-based payment system.
    • Last year’s annual transaction volume on Taobao reached nearly $15 billion in 2008, exceeding the largest off-line retail chain in China.
    • In 2007, Ma’s Alibaba Group founded Alisoft, which low-cost financial management tools using the Software as a Service delivery model.
    • Alibaba.com, which went public in Nov. 2007 as the second-biggest Internet IPO in history after Google. It trades in Hong Kong.
    • In late 2008, Ma merged Yahoo! China , which Alibaba acquired in 2005, with Koubei to create Yahoo!Koubei designed as a classified listings service (like Craigslist).
    • Ma now serves as chairman and CEO of Alibaba Group, which has five major subsidiaries — Alibaba.com; Taobao, Alipay, Alisoft and Yahoo!Koubei.
    • Alibaba.com is making a new push into global markets in 2009, including plans to spend upwards of $30 million in marketing in the US and UK .
    • In May 2009, Ma was honored by Time magazine with inclusion into the Time 100 list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
    • Almost everything about Jack Ma is counterintuitive.
      • His greatest delight is using small to conquer big, quick to conquer slow and intuitive insight to conquer conventional wisdom.
      • These abstractions are based on the moves of martial arts.
      • Ma’s business model focuses on ways information technology can make small companies more competitive and profitable.
    • Ma told a crowd of shareholders at Thursday’s annual general meeting that shareholders were last on his list of priorities, after customers and employees.
    • Ma made the decision at the onset of the global economic crisis to sacrifice his company’s profit margin to save China ‘s small-and-medium enterprises,
    • Ma says his goal is not to create "the most profitable company in China or the world" but to give China a brand that will last, even if short-term profits must be sacrificed.
  • Skype singled out as threat to Russia ‘s security
    • Russia moved to clamp down on Skype and its peers, telling lawmakers that the Internet phone services are a threat to Russian businesses and to national security.
    • In partnership with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s political party, the lobby created a working group to draft legal safeguards against what they said were the risks of Skype and other Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone services.
    • VoIP software has used the Internet to let hundreds of millions of people talk long-distance for free, or at far cheaper rates than traditional service providers can offer.
    • At a meeting of the lobby this week, telecom executives portrayed the most popular VoIP programs like Skype and Icq as foreign threats.
    • Skype was not immediately available for comment.
    • The VP of TTK, a telecoms unit of state-owned Russian Railways, called on regulators to stop VoIP services from causing "a likely and uncontrolled fall in profits for the core telecom operators."
    • Delegates at the meeting also warned that it has been impossible for police to spy on VoIP conversations.
    • The lobby, called the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, forecast that 40 percent of calls could be made through VoIP services by 2012.
    • The telecom executives proposed creating VoIP services inside their own firms, which would then make them safely available to the Russian public.
    • TTK’s press service said on Friday that it will take until September for the relevant legal amendments to be drafted by the special committee, whose members include top telecoms executives and lawmakers from Putin’s United Russia party
  • Microsoft agrees to unbundle Explorer from Windows
    • Microsoft will offer computer users a choice of Web browsers to ward off new European Union antitrust fines.
    • The European Commission has charged the company with monopoly abuse for tying the Internet Explorer browser to the Windows operating system installed on most of the world’s desktop computers.
    • It said Microsoft is suggesting that consumers pick a browser from several offered on a ballot screen in its new software release, Windows 7, which will go on sale Oct. 22.
    • Windows would still include Internet Explorer, but users would be able to disable it.
    • Computer manufacturers could also choose to install other browsers, set them as default and disable Internet Explorer.
    • Regulators did not say if this was to allow the company to avoid new fines on top of the 1.7 million Euros that Microsoft already has paid.
    • EU officials have warned that their case targets a possible violation of antitrust rules since 1996. Microsoft’s proposal affects only its latest browser.
    • The company’s proposal is close to what regulators called for in January when they asked Microsoft to offer several browsers on Windows.
    • The ballot screen option is also backed by Norwegian mobile Internet browser maker Opera Software ASA, which triggered the EU antitrust case.
  • Kingston Unveils 256GB USB Flash Drive
    • Kingston Technology Europe Ltd has launched the world’s first 256GB USB flash drive, the Kingston Technology DataTraveler® 300.
    • It is the highest capacity available for a USB in the market.
    • The Kingston DataTraveler 300 will enable users to carry around 51,000 images, or 54 DVD’s, or 365 CD’s, or a whole database of documents equal to a 1km paper tower.
    • The Kingston DataTraveler 300 is perfect for netbook and notebook users who want to extend the limited capacity of their machines.
    • Business users and consumers can also safeguard their data by initializing the Password Traveler software which will allow them to password protect their data in a privacy zone without the need of administrator rights.
    • The Kingston DataTraveler 300 is available only in 256GB and is backed by a five-year warranty and 24/7 Tech Support.
    • The devices has data transfer rates of up to 20 MB/sec. read and 10 MB/sec. write.
    • At 10 MB/sec, it would take 7 hours to write to the entire flash drive.
    • The Kingston DataTraveler is built to order only; customers who wish to purchase the drive can place an order with many reseller and e-tailers. The price has not been announced yet.
  • A Contest to Train Cyber Combatants
    • Private industry, academics, and government agencies are banding together to create a push to educate and train at least 10,000 students to become the future defenders of cyberspace.
    • On Monday, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the SANS Institute, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and several university and private-industry partners plan to announce the U.S. Cyber Challenge, a triathlon of competitions designed to inspire students to learn the technical skills needed to defend or attack computer networks.
    • The country has about 1,000 people that could compete in a cyber competition at a high level today. We actually need between 20,000 and 30,000.
    • The consortium behind the U.S. Cyber Challenge hopes that the competitions will boost interest in practical network-administration and computer-security skills.
    • The U.S. Cyber Challenge brings together three competitions under a single umbrella.
      • o First is the DC3’s Digital Forensics Competition, which pits teams against one another to solve a number of puzzles that an expert might come across when investigating a crime. Entrants analyze file signatures, check out suspicious software, decrypt files without the password, and parse header files.
      • The second contest is a capture-the-flag competition run by the SANS Institute and designed for college students and high-achieving high-school students. Teams get points for attacking other teams’ virtual machines and controlling certain services and files–the "flags."
      • A third competition aims to develop high-school students’ knowledge of network defense. The CyberPatriot High School Cyber Defense Competition, which is in its second year, teaches students the difficulty of protecting computer networks against attacks.
    • Aside from potentially funding the forensics challenge, the federal government has not announced funding for the U.S. Cyber Challenge. However, companies such as Google and state governments have already expressed interest in taking part.
  • Windows 7, Server 2008 R2 Move to Production
    • On July 22, at precisely 4:40 p.m. ET, Microsoft announced it had released to manufacturing Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
    • The Windows builds that are being released to manufacturing were compiled on Monday July 13. Specifically, it’s build 7600.16385.
    • While Microsoft did fine tuning and final testing in the last month, the final products won’t be very different from the last build testers saw.
    • PC makers will get the official version from Microsoft this week.
    • October 22, that is the date Microsoft is considering to be its worldwide consumer launch of Windows 7.
    • There will be a bunch of new hardware that has yet to be seen from a variety of
    • The business launch of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is slated for November 9.
    • This is also the first time MS we has not doubled systems requirements for a new Windows release.
  • Stratford IT Career Advice (Continued)
    • Behave like an IT professional
    • Read Industry Rags
    • Understand where the Field is Going
    • Know Your Standards Organizations
    • Join User Groups
    • Join Trade and Professional Associations
    • Check the Women in Information Technology Sites
  • Home Projects to Hone Your IT Skills
    • Set up SQL Database (MySql)
    • Set up Apache Web Sever with Linux OS
    • Build your own computer
    • Create a Database driven website (PHP, ASP, JSP)
    • Set up a Linux Cluster using Beowolf
    • Set up a software firewall using a Linux OS