Show of 1-17-2004

  • Tech Talk Guest: John Hoskins
    • John has over fifteen years of experience as an information systems manager in jobs across the spectrum of the IT industry.
    • Senior Manager of the Internal Computing Network at AOL, where he lead deployment and support of systems and resources for over 15,000 employees at AOL.
    • He was also a Senior Manager of Call Center Operations at AOL
    • Manager of Information Technology in the Midatlantic for KPMG
    • John is currently the Network Manager at Velocity Trade, which offers the FloorPass Trading Platform.
  • Email of the Week
    • Setting Up a Wireless Network At Home ? Doug M
    • USB 2.0 on HP/Glad you back on the air ? Rob Lotier (Ocean City)
  • Wireless Networking 101
    • Tutorial: PC Magazine, October 2003
    • Dominant Standards
          • 802.11a (5 GHz, 54Mbps)
          • 802.11b (2.4GHz, 11Mbps)
          • 802.11g (2.4 GHz, 54Mbps)
    • Hardware Requirements
      • Cable Modem/DSL Modem ($120)
      • Wireless Access Point/Router ($120)
      • Performs Network Address Translation (NAT), interior address assignment (DHCP), packet filter (Firewall)
      • Wireless Network Interface Card for each computer ($65)
      • External Antenna for hard to reach places ($40 to $80). NIC must contain external antenna plug.
    • Issues
      • Interference with Bluetooth Devices (2.4 GHz)
      • Interference with Wireless Telephones (2.4 GHz)
      • Access point range (Central location, walls)
    • Access Point Configuration
      • Change SSID (Server Set Identifier)
      • Change Default Password
      • Enable WEP
      • Enable Mac Address Filtering
    • For Real Security, use VPN
    • Improvising Your Own Wireless Router
      • Connect one machine directly to Internet
      • Install a wireless NIC
      • Enable Internet Connection Sharing
      • Install Wireless NIC on other network machines
  • 125Mbps Networking with 802.11g
  • Verizon announced High Speed 3G Nationwide System
    • Connectivity at 300-500 kbps to compete with Wi-Fi
    • Available for $80/month in Washington
    • $1B investment in high speed CDMA network announced
    • Current offerings
        • 128kbps available with 3G for $39/mo
      • 14.4 kbsp with 2G/3G at no additional cost
    • I use the free 14.4kbps network when on travel without an Internet connection
  • Peer-to-Peer Network News
  • CES 2004: Technology Trends
    • Storage
      • Flash Memory
          • Size up (1-2 GB now available)
          • Prices down
      • Rotating Storage
        • 1.5 GB ‘Digital Capture Technology’ (DCT) platform. DCT is aimed at OEM manufacturers and consists of a cartridge about the size of a half-dollar coin and weighs just 9 g (0.3 oz). ($10)
        • 4 GB 1? mini-harddrives (Hitachi)
    • Digital Video Recorders with low cost, larger (250GB) harddrives
    • High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
        • Serial interface with 2.2 Gbps datarate (1920x1080p at 30 Hz)
    • Embedded PCs in consumer entertainment devices (e.g. Digital Video Recorders)
    • High Bandwidth Home Networking Standards
      • Audio, Video Routers
      • Cat 5, Cat 6, Coax now
      • Wireless not ready for primetime yet
        • X.10 will be a thing of the past
    • The Death of the CRT Television
      • Liquid Crystal (Rear Projection, Front Projection) —
      • Digital Light Processor (Rear Projection, Front Projection) ?TI
      • Liquid Crystal on Silicon (Rear Projection, Front Projection) ? Intel
    • Home Networked Appliances
      • Salton?s Internet Alarm Clock
        • Displays news headlines, local weather forecast
        • Remotely turn on $99 Salton coffee pot using 900Mz signal
      • Networked kitchen appliances
      • Web cams for security
      • Heating/air conditioning controls
  • Kodak Nixes Film Cameras in North America
    • Kodaks gradual seccessoin from the film business continues
    • Kodak will stop selling traditional 35 mm film cameras in the United States, Canada and Western Europe
    • company will also halt global production of Advanced Photo System (APS) cameras, a technology developed in cooperation with Fuji, Canon, Minolta and Nikon
    • The company has previously announced its intention of dropping film R&D
    • Kodak says it will continue to make 35 mm film, still its biggest moneymaker. Tech Talk mistakenly reported that this would also be dropped
  • Personal Firewall Day
    • January 15, 2003
    • Sponsored by TruSecure, McAfee, Microsoft, Sygate
    • Website: www.personalfirewallday.org
    • If you understand firewalls, share your knowledge with someone
  • Microsoft Anti-trust Update
  • Microsoft Class Action Lawsuit for DC
      • Who Qualifies: District of Columbia resident who purchased software between Feb 15, 1996 and Dec 31, 2002
      • Settlement
        • 10 for each Windows 95, 98, or Millenium
        • $5 for each MS-DOS, Windows 1.0 to 3.11, Windows NT, Windows 2000
        • $5 for each Microsoft Office, Word, or Excel
      • Phone: 1-877-208-9421
  • Stratford News
      • Masters Degrees e-Business, Telecommunications
      • Bachelor Degrees in IT, Business Administration, and Hospitality
      • Associated Degrees in Digital Design and Animation, Web Services and e-Business, Networking and Security, Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Business Administration
      • Website: www.stratford.edu
      • Phone number: 800-444-0804