Show of 9-7-2002

  • PEW Internet Project
    • Digital Disconnect: Widening Gap between students and their school
      • Internet-Saavy Students have incorporated Internet in lives using five different metaphors
        • Virtual Textbook, Virtual Tutor, Virtual Study Group, Virtual Guidance Counselor, and Virtual Locker
      • School systems still view it as an extension of the library only
      • Students want better coordination of Internet use with school assignments
      • Students recommend further training for teachers
    • Broadband Differences: How High Speed Connectivity Changes Online Behavior
      • Those with Broadband access
      • Become creators and managers of online content
      • Satisfy a wide range of queries for information
      • Engage in multiple Internet activities on a daily basis
      • A surprising result. Broadband users value upload speeds as well as download speeds. This support online content creation and file sharing.
  • Apple Keeps x86 Version of OS-X Alive
    • Mac OS X running on an x86 architecture is dubbed Marklar
    • Name references a race of aliens on the ?South Park? cartoons
    • It has been ongoing since the Mac transition to Unix in the last 90?s
    • Apple has not commented publicly
    • Can run on Intel or AMD chips, but would require a complete rewrite of Mac Apps
    • Apple is using it for negotiation with Motorola
  • Forgent Enforces JPEG Patent Claim
    • JPEG Compression was patented by Compression Labs (Patent 4,698,672)
    • Patent specifically mentions digital cameras, web browsers, phones, and scanners
    • Forgent bought Compression Labs in 1997
    • Forgent signed an agreement with Sony in April, 2002
    • $15M in royalties were earned in the first three months
  • PC Makers Try Alternatives to Microsoft Suites
    • Dell is now shipping without Windows OS
    • HP is shipping with Corel, WordPerfect, and Quattro Pro
    • Sun is shipping with Star Office
  • Wal-Mart to Ship $199 PC
    • Lindows OS
    • 800 MHz Via C3 Processor
  • Dupont-area coffee shop offers free Web access
    • Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOT), Wi-Fi access is free
    • CyberStop Cafe is at 1513 17th Street NW
    • They even have a webcam on their website
  • Free vs. Wireless Conflict (continued)
    • T-Mobile is rolling out a paid service in all StarBuck
    • Conflict in Portland with community wireless channel solved
    • Look for more conflicts as the airwaves get crowded
  • E-Suds in Dorm Rooms
    • Washers driers allow payment by cell phone or student ID card
    • Notify user when load is done by email or cell phone call
    • Can be checked remotely to see if they are in use
    • This is a trend for all vending machines
  • Tokyo Based LCD Company to make a privacy display
    • Appears black without special polarizing glasses
    • Remove the on screen polarizer so the screen appears white to the naked eye
    • Good for financial institution, but 3-D movie glasses may reveal info.
  • 75th Anniversary of the Invention of Television
    • Invented by Philo T. Farnsworth on September 7th, 1927
    • Philo was 14, living on a farm in Utah
    • Sketched his idea for his high school science teacher
    • One year later on September 7, 2002 he transmitted a straight line image
    • He won a patent fight with RCA David Sarnoff Labs and RCA agreed to pay him a royalty of the use of the idea.
    • A Johnny Carson once joked, ?if it weren?t for Philo T. Farnsworth, we might still be eating frozen ?radio dinners.?
  • China and the Internet
    • Lastest ploy is to block Google
    • China typically restricts the news and Internet during key polical events
    • Next Congress is scheduled for November
  • Verisign May Lose Domain Sale Rights
    • ICANN placed Verisign on warning for incorrect database information
    • 17 specific violations cited over the past 18 months
    • 17 out of 10.3 million records fournd flawed
    • Given a week to correct problem
  • Janis Ian, recording artist, favors MP3 downloads
    • Great editors published August 1, 2002
    • A modest proposal for record companies
    • Get together a form a large site
    • Populate it with out of circulation songs
    • Permit downloaded for a reasonable fee (25 cents per song)
    • Share proceed equitably
  • Mailbag
    • Listening to MP3 on the Website (changed file association) Robert Taylor
    • Saving documents in PDF format (use Mac OS X) Greg Coats
    • Playing regional DVDs (a clarification) Greg Coats
      • Methods to work around the region DVD problem
        • First, many DVD’s do not have regional limitations (Check DVD Planet)
        • Second, many DVD players will play all regions (Check HKFlix)
      • Regional DVD classisfications are explained at CodeFree DVD
    • Cannot print text copied from website into word (change font color to black or automatic) Gene Snyder
  • Stratford News
    • Next Start ? September 9th
    • Will be at the Digital Edge this weekend
    • Both Saturday and Sunday in the Convention Center
    • I will be at the booth from 2 to 3 each afternoon
      • Emphasis in Grad Program (telecommunications, security, e-business)
      • Emphasis in Undergrad Program (complex webdesign, wide area networks, security)