2006/09/18

E-Seed Classes / NNf issues

Just finished speaking to an E-Seed class at the Appleton Library about entrepreneurship and business plan research.

Preparing for that speaking engagement and doing a few other unexpected tasks means an apology is due to any NEW NET people who looked at this blog for the final list of NEW NET issues for this week. That final list was supposed to be posted here by 3 pm Central time today, and that target was missed. I apologize to any who looked for it and couldn't find it.

In addition to the apology, it should be mentioned that the post titles for this blog now occasionally include the term "NNi issues" or "NNf issues." That stands for NEW NET initial list of tech/economy issues for the weekly gathering or final list of tech/economy issues for that week's meeting. That term is being added to the post to help people (myself included) more easily find the NEW NET issues list for the current week or for previous weeks.

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NEW NET at Atlanta Bread Company tonight !

Below is the final list of issues for the Monday, 18 September 2006, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 6:50 pm weekly gathering at Atlanta Bread Company (West) by the Fox River Mall, 650 North Casaloma Drive, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA.
  1. Senate Judiciary Committee approves Big Brother bills http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060914-7751.html
  2. Canada Gunman Blogged on Violence, Murder http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/14/AR2006091400572.html
  3. Green Bay teens were obsessed with Columbine massacre http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-ap-wi-school-bombs,1,7845042.story
  4. Ford to sack one-third of workforce http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,20421635-5005961,00.html
  5. Wii no loss leader, says Nintendo http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060915-7752.html
  6. Microsoft's Zune Won't Play Protected Windows Media http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004910.php
  7. Netvibes Five Million Users & Counting http://software.gigaom.com/2006/09/15/netvibes-five-million-users-counting/
  8. Sun CEO among the few chiefs who blog http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060917/ap_on_hi_te/blogging_sun_microsystems
  9. Security products sold despite freeware http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060917/ap_on_hi_te/free_security
  10. Seagate Claims Magnetic Storage Record http://news.digitaltrends.com/article11302.html
  11. Google and Microsoft vie for Earth domination http://uk.news.yahoo.com/12092006/152/google-microsoft-vie-earth-domination.html An updated Google Earth was released 12 Sep 2006, with a {“timescale slider used to scroll through time”}. Yoda’s real-time SkyNet/Big Brother monitoring may become a reality sooner than expected. Download it and try out the new feature.
  12. Google Interesting Items Module: Recommend Searches, Pages & Gadgets http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/060911-091407 Even though the new Google tool, Interesting Items For You, was given good reviews, it won’t likely land on this author’s computer for a while. One totally unnecessary thing is more interesting items. That category is already at 412% of capacity.
  13. Intuit and Google get together on QuickBooks http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060913-7738.html Smart move by both Google and Intuit to combine the top SMB accounting package with the top search engine and top SMB online ad-placing company. As more people make buying decisions online, this partnership is bound to be good for both sides.
  14. Google direct tap into the ‘net http://villagevoice.com/news/0637,gustin,74433,5.html Google’s new NYC HQ sits right over “one of the country's most important…physical connection points of the world's telecommunications networks and the World Wide Web.” Now we know where Neo will jack in! The article mentions Skynet…
  15. TOR anonymizing proxy servers seized in Germany on child porn charges http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060911-7709.html The bad news is, German authorities seized some TOR anonymizing proxy servers. The good news is TOR routers appear to be working as promised (keeping searches anonymous); the overall TOR system appears unaffected by the loss of seized servers.
  16. "Pirate parties" raid Europe, US http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060911-7710.html The Pirate parties are a good omen. To me it indicates a renewed interest in self-government and an attempt to use the information and communication power of the internet to make improvements on the political scene.
  17. Flash RAM replacement promises high speeds http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060911-7711.html PRAM (phase-change RAM) from Samsung is expected to be available in 2008, be “up to” 30 times faster than flash RAM, and last “up to” 10 times longer than flash. Guess that means I’ll soon be throwing out that slow puny 1 GB flash drive I just bought.
  18. News on new iPods http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060912-7723.html Lots of specs here on the new iPod lineup. An 8GB nano is available, and you can get Bejeweled & other games at iTMS for $5. Top of line is an 80GB iPod. Disney movie downloads are now available from Apple, and iTV is on its way…Apple vs TiVo?
  19. Live.com goes live http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060912-7724.html If you haven’t checked out live.com yet, you should. People have different ways of using the web, so it can be useful to try out different approaches to common tasks, e.g. “Image and Video searches…are more powerful...than their Google counterparts
  20. Chairman resigns, indictments likely in HP board brouhaha http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060912-7727.html For me, the most disturbing thing about this entire article was the second to last line. “Dunn will stay on HP's board after being replaced by HP President and CEO Mark Hurd as Chairman of the Board.”
  21. Facebook will be opened to ‘non-students’ http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/12/technology/12online.html Will Facebook cease being as popular amoung college students now that the doors are being thrown wide open? Maybe this is just an opportunity for another college student entrepreneur/geek to build something to take its somewhat exclusive place.
  22. Coming Zune http://seattleweekly.com/news/0637/zune.php Microsoft doesn’t seem to be gathering much marketing momentum for Zune. Its main value at this point appears to be as a way to keep Apple innovating on the iPod. The iPod has definite deficiencies; competitors efforts will make Apple fix those issues.
  23. The Carbonite Solution to Online Backups http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/09/17/the-carbonite-solution-to-online-backups/
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