Show of 8-2-2003

  • Siggraph Held Last Week in San Diego
    • ACM SIGGRAPH has grown from a handful of computer graphics enthusiasts to a diverse group of researchers, artists, developers, filmmakers, scientists, and other professionals who share an interest in computer graphics and interactive techniques.
    • This years exhibits included more complex animation
    • ?This all centers on Moore?s law, Darin Grant, Chair of this years convention, Software and hardware prices are going down and capabilities are going up.
    • Off-the-shelf software that stole the show: Maya and Adobe Photoshop.
    • Award winning Exigo was a nightmarish battle between armor-clad warriors and goblin, was created by several unknowns fro Hungary.
  • Joel on Software Book Review
    • Rick Chapman?s Book, ?In Search of Stupidity"
    • Why did Microsoft succeed?
      • ?#2 in 86 and #1 in 2001 in software company earnings ranking
      • Only software company to make both top ten lists
    • MS did not make a fatal mistake and stayed on top
      • Forced by programmers (like Netscape?s code rewrite)
      • Forced by WallStreet (like Ashton Take or Lotus)
    • Was run by programmers who were business men
  • Wi-Fi Bubble Is Bursting
    • Paid hot spots are a bust
    • T-Mobile is bleeding red ink
    • Free hotspots are low cost to install and can piggyback on a DSL connection
    • Great new idea for small business owners?give away connections..get customers
  • Using Wi-Fi for Home Media Broadcasting
    • The Old Way
      • Problems with the CD Jukebox
      • Wiring the Stereo System and All Those Speakers
    • The New Way
      • Use the Wireless LAN for Music Distribution
      • Rip CD songs into MP3 files
      • Place all MP3 in a central repository with suitable subdirectories
      • Download and install a free Broadcast Server (SHOUTcast from WinAmp)
      • Receivers need computer, wireless card, player.
      • Just point player at port 8000 of server and listen
  • Microsoft Security Flaw May Trigger Next Worm
    • Uses vulnerability in RPC portion of DCOM
    • Flaw in virtually every Windows computer
    • 75% of all computers in US affected
    • Code has been distributed for a worm attack against TCP Port 135
    • Won?t spread as fast as slammer which was UDP
    • Homeland Defense is urging all Windows users to install patch.
  • WorldCom in the Hot Seat Again
    • Redirecting traffic to by-pass origination and termination fees
    • Termination fees are usually 2 to 3 cents per minute on interstate calls
    • Traffic sent through Canada or laundered through small phone companies
    • Header information forged with fake originating address
    • Long distance calls may look like local calls on caller ID
    • Saved over $1B since 1994
    • Called ?Project Invader? or ?Project Scorpion?? Classified company secret.
    • US Governments may bar Worldcom from Federal Contracts
      • Temporary ban for 1 month.
      • GSA considering whether is should extended to 3 years
  • Data Dump Required Before Flights
    • Date of birth, home address, phone numbers will be checked
    • Look for people wanted for ?crimes of violence.?
    • Look for domestic groups accused of terrosism
    • Exclusions praised by Electronic Frontier Foundation
      • No health or financial data will be used.
      • Information will be retained for days, not years
      • No IRS or deadbeat dad databases will be used
  • Stratford ?Trends? Seminar Series
    • Trends in Information Systems (July 23, 2003) ? Richard Shurtz
    • Trends in Open Systems (August 26, 2003) ? Billy Ball
    • Other topics will include Information Security, Wireless Technology, Digital Design and Animation, Telecommunication Technology, Network Management, e-Business, Web Services, Security and Biometrics, 64 Bit Processing on the Desktop, and Broadband Regulatory Ease
  • DVD Standards (Revisited)
    • DVD-R and DVD-RW (first and most prevalent)
    • DVD+R and DVD+RW (a close second)
    • DVD-RAM (data backup only)
    • Latest multi-standard writers are the best bet
      • Get a Dual DVD Writer (+ and -) if backup is not important
      • Get multi-DVD writer (+, -, and RAM) if backup is important
  • Laptops Sales Dollars Top Desktop
    • Dollar value of laptop sales passed that of desktop computer sales in May
    • Hot Technologies Wi-Fi (b or g)
    • Centrino processor includes 802.11b option
    • Mobile processor ?M increase battery life
    • 15 inch screens the norm (Apple has a 17 inch screen)
    • Touchpad or Track Point instead of a mouse
    • Some sport HDTV widescreen?but pay the price in weight
    • Not much Bluetooth play
  • Stratford News
    • Dates to Remember
    • Next Start This Week, Then September 8th, 2003
    • Next Seminar August 26th, 2003
    • Program Update
      • New Digital Design and Animation Program
      • Networking and Security Undergraduate Programs
      • Includes Linux and Wireless
      • Enterprise Business Management
      • Telecommunications