Show of 7-12-2003

  • Sumo-Bot ? Toy of the Week
    • Built by Parallax.com
    • Includes BASIC Stamp 2 Processor
    • Infrared sensors to detect your opponent and the edge of the Sumo Ring
    • Available from Amazon for $69.00
    • Teaches the basics of embedded control
    • Compete in Sumo Bot competitions
    • Drive in basic patterns
    • Avoid or seek objects using infrared light reflection
    • Interface with digital, resistive, and frequency sensors of your choice
    • Connects to Parallax Appmods
  • MS PocketPC Operating System
    • Dell Axim (Secure Memory Slot, Compact Memory Slot (Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Modem, Memory)
    • HP IPAC (Secure Memory slot
    • Features of Operating System
      • Uses ActiveSync to Synchronize with PC
      • Manages Contacts and Schedule
      • Includes Pocket Word and Pocket Excel
      • Includes PocketIE (using either direct Internet access or caching with AvantGo)
      • Input Methods
        • Synchronization (enter data in Outlook)
        • Block Recognizer (for those who love Palm)
        • Screen Keyboard
        • Letter Recognizer
    • Transcriber (the best)
  • Dissertation Could Be Security Threat
    • Sean Gorman, GMU Grad Student
    • Gorman created a mapped every business and industrial sector in the American economy, layered on top of the fiber-optic network that connects them
    • You can zoom into the map find choke points, critical links
    • Compiled map using publicly available information
    • Homeland security folks think it should be classified
  • Sensor Networks
  • Hearing Aids Require New Cell Phones
    • Current Digital Network Phones (CDMA) interfere with hearing with hearing aids
    • Old analog phones did not
    • Under new FCC rules phone makers will have to develop at least two phones that work with hearing aids
  • Warner Pushes for Collection of Online Sales Tax
    • Reversal of Gilmore?s Position
    • Governor is launching a major overhaul of the Virginia tax code (first since 1900)
    • When consumer?s order over the Internet they are required to pay a ?use tax? voluntarily
    • Sales tax must only be collected if company has a physical presence in the state
    • NVTC is opposed to this measure
  • Community of Credit Card Thieves Welcomes Newbie
    • Credit card ?power users? have made it easier to enter the business
    • Data gathered in Azusa Pacific University Honeypot project, which is part of the Honeynet Alliance
    • Researchers secretly watched intruder join IRC channels on DALnet dedicated to obtaining, verify, and swapping credit card numbers, along with matching names, addresses, and everything else a good credit carders needs to begin ordering goods and services
    • Moved through dozens of chat rooms (#ccinfo, #ccpower, #virgincc)
    • Found a friendly helpful atmosphere
    • Automated tools to verify numbers, banks, credit limits
    • Apparently they had access to cc databases through corrupt merchants who got a percentage
    • Offered free cc numbers to newbies to get them started
  • New Trojan Serves Porn
    • A new Trojan is turning home PCs into porn and SPAM relays
    • SPAM is used to harvest cc numbers when individual use credit card to gain access to porn site
  • Music Distribution History Repeats Itself
    • Early 1900
      • Records replaced sheet music
      • Telephones allowed record to be distributed without royalties
      • Tel-musici Company sends songs over the phone line
        • 3 cents per song with an annual guarantee of $18.
        • At the central office, the lines of musical subscribers are tapped to a manual board attended by an operator.
        • A number of phonographs are available, and a representative assortment of records kept on hand.
    • Today
      • MP3s replaced CDs
      • Internet allows distribution of songs without royalties
      • Napster, Kazaa, i-Tunes, and PressPlayknown as
  • Stratford University News
    • Corporate Training
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    • Seminar July 23rd, Trends in Technology
    • Next Start August 4th