Show of 1-4-2003

  • Confusion in Wireless Home Networking
    • 2.4 GHz (802.11b, 802.11g, and Bluetooth)
    • 5 GHz (802.11a)
    • Dual band (a & b) looks like a winner
    • Look for repeaters to be released soon
    • What do you need? (Firewall, Router, AP)
  • Confusion in HDTV may get better soon
    • Screens (Format, size, technology) ? Standard are stable
    • Tuners (Receivers, Cable Boxes) ? Finally some standards here
    • Agreement between Consumer Electronics Association and National Cable and Telecommunications Association will mean cable-ready HDTVs will be plug-and-play
    • If set-top box is required it will attached through a digital video interface connector (DVI)
    • Firewire (IEEE 1394) will connect to TV and DVD recorder
      • Audio (Surround Sound) ? Standards are stable
    • Recording Devices (DVD) ? Standards are evolving
  • Broadband Telecom Rules May Change
    • Powell set to loosen regulations for Baby Bells to share lines in order to get into broadband
    • Hollings no longer Chair of Senate Commerce Committee (a vocal critic of Powell)
    • New chair in John McCain (a Powell supporter)
  • Cocaine, Inc Goes High Tech
    • Cali Colombian Drug Cartel found using an $1.5M IBM AS400 Mainframe eight years ago
    • Business intelligence software to correlate phone calls on employees to key government and enforcemenet officials
    • Sophisticated supply chain management software now in use
    • Mapping of radar patterns to plan flight paths
    • Latest encryption techniques for distributed computing currently used for communications network
    • Reverse auctions to launder money uses the latest e-business technology
  • Internet was officially born 20 years ago
    • January 1, 1983 the 400 computers hooked to the ARPANet were switched to TCP/IP
    • TPC/IP, the protocol, was conceived 33 years ago in an ARPA research contract
  • TeleSea to Launch Wi-Fi for Networks
    • Reston Based Firm
    • Wi-Fi for major ports
    • Cruise lines to pay $500/month for access
  • Microsoft Ordered to Carry Java
    • Must include Sun Java Virtual Machine
    • Rather than only Microsoft?s version (which Sun says in not fully compatible)
  • Cloistered Nun Find Computer Vocation
    • Sister Marie Bernardina
    • One of 14 nuns cloistered at Carmel of Port Tobacco Monastery
    • 37 year old nun is Web Mistress of ICS Publications
    • Publishes works from Institute of Carmelite Studies in Washington
    • Convent also does Data Processing work for the Archdioceses of Washington
    • Sister Marie Bernardina spends two hours per day on the computer
  • Rat-Brained Robot
    • Steve Potter of Georgia Tech combines electronics and neurons
    • Placed a droplet of solution containing thousands of rat neurons onto silicon chip
    • Chip is embedded with 60 electrodes connected to an amplifier
    • Robot sends signals back to the neurons for training
    • Trying to develop concepts for self-healing computers
  • Holiday e-Commerce up 40 Percent (BizRate)
    • Computer hardware top selling ($6.24B, up 50%)
    • Electronics ($2.54B, up 38%)
    • Entertainment ($1.72B, up 61%
    • Apparel ($1.61B, up 10%)
  • Predictions for 2003 (from Canoe News)
    • Death of CD-ROM
    • Instant Message for Business
    • More Linux in Business
    • Web Access Prices to Go Up
    • Wireless to Continue Strong (not as standalone 802.11b)
    • Law enforcement information database sharing will be up
  • Stupid Move of the Year
    • In July, Flooz.com sells $1000 of Flooz currency for $800 to AmEx holders
    • Suspends offer one month later
    • Declared backruptcy in November (Flooz currency now worth nothing)
    • Listed as Numbers 5 & 6 in 101 Dumbest Moments in Business
  • IRS Expands Internet Usage
    • You can e-file and e-pay your taxes
    • You can?t e-scape your taxes
  • Stratford News
    • Grad Program Review
    • Undergrad Program Review
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