Congressional Internet Caucus Update
Tuesday, May 7th
Wireless Internet Access with Marty Cooper
Marty Cooper is Chairman and CEO of
ArrayComm and Father of the Cellular Phone
2Mbps speeds to everyone?s cell phone is possible, if the spectrum is available.
Much of the spectrum has been reserved since the 1920?s. Unfortunately those who "own it" have no incentive to improve the spectral efficiency.
There is no lack of specturm, only a lack of spectral efficiency.
Spectral Auctioning system rewards deep pockets, not innovative technology that improves spectral efficiency.
FCC should delay further auctions until a coherent policy is established
Need to synchronize with European standards for 3G for worldwide economy of scale
New technology will make some existing companies obsolete, if they don?t adapt
Marty will be a Tech Talk guest on June 1 st
Melissa Virus Update (continuation of last week’s story)
What happened to the person whose AOL account was stolen?
Scott Steinmetz, 37, civil engineer
Contacted by FBI
Nearly lost his job
Probably lost his password through social engineering
?Please submit your password to reconstruct our damaged database? is the biggest scam
How secure is your password?
A few useful technique
Use first letters of phrase known to you
Then substitute number so letter (like 3 for E, 5 for h)
is a great country in Ecuador South America
"eiagcisa," which become " 3iagisa"
Don’t share your password with anyone.
Meet The Chipsons
ID Chips implanted in family Florida
The Jacobs from , are being called the Chipsons Boca Raton, Florida
Implant used Verichip technology
Device may include GPS, medical history, ID
Size of a grain of rice
Will require FDA approval if medial info is included on chip
Company sees a market to 2 to 3 million over the next few years
Security Flaw in FormMail
FormMail is the most popular Perl e-mail gateway
A patched version was released on
April 21, 2002
This security hole in the program has been exploited by spammers
I highlight this to show how spammers are able to continue to operate, despite legislation
Senate Hates Macs
Senate Office Sargeant At Arms (SAA), the office responsible for the IT infrastructure at Capitol Hill is strongly anti-Mac, according to Wired.com
Mac holdouts include
Ted Kennedy (D-Mass)
Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota)
Office of the Democratic Policy Committee
The most vocal Mac rebel is Ngozi Pole, in Kennedy?s Office. He rails against the ?SAA Mac Bigots? in the Wired.com article
SAA wants to simplify support by going to an all-windows system
First Fallout of the HP-Compaq Merger
HP plans to discontinue HP Jornado and concentrate on the Compaq iPac
TI makes chips for the Jornado
Intel makes the chips for the iPac
TI and Intel are now fighting for the chip business
Stupid Lawsuit of the Week
British Telecom is suing Prodigy for Hyperlink Patent Violation
Issues warnings to 16 other ISPs
Dates back to 1970?s research
British Telecom was then called British Post Office
1989 Patent 4,873,662 for its invention of ?information handling system and terminal apparatus therefore.?? Patent remains valid until 2006. US
Xybernaut Wearable Computer Helps Disabled Kids
Helped 9-year old Jeremy, who suffers from autism, to communicate
His teacher, Lisa Zverloff, asked XyberNaut for a loaner
Asked for the 2 pound device with flat-panel display.
Revolutionized Jeremy?s life (He could communicate, order food, etc.)
Success repeated with Keven, a Cerebral Palsy student
Xybernaut is a local company that is struggling for survival
Lost 106M over past ten years
Stock dropped from $6 to 77 cents
Northern Virginia ?War Drivers? Caught in Baltimore
Don Bailey and Company were scoping out Wi-Fi networks in Balitmore
Mapping available APs
Interviewed by Sun Baltimore
Don was a Tech Talk guest about one month ago
Open House Graduate School
Tuesday, May 14 th, 4 to 7PM.
e-Business and Telecommunication Systems
Wireless Security with Alan Habib and Dr. Fred Ricci
Combining Business Administration and IT
Next Start: May 27 th