NEW NET Final List for Week of 09 Oct 2006

As winter approaches and the daylight time gets shorter, the list of things to do seems to be getting longer.

Hence the lack of a substantive entry for the myDigitechnician blog this afternoon. Gotta put the NEW NET final list of issues online before 1500 hours today, but don't have the time to write a post on one of the hundreds of topics of interest to me. Too many other things higher up on the list right now...


Below is the final list of issues for the Monday, 09 October 2006, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 6:50 pm weekly gathering at Mister Churro, 207 N. Richmond St., Appleton, Wisconsin, USA.
  1. Best Buy, SanDisk, RealNetworks Unveil Player, Digital Music Store http://www.informationweek.com/industries/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=193104971 YAIK – yet another iPod killer. Will Best Buy (or Microsoft Zune) succeed where others have failed? What is it that makes iPod special, and how long will the specialness last?
  2. More Than Half of the Nation's 117 Million Active Gamers Play Online, and 64% are Women http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/061005/nyth091.html?.v=66 This may be an interesting way in which myDigitechnician can provide some worthwhile info to its clients. How might small business leverage this for their websites?
  3. IE7 Is Coming This Month...Are you Ready? http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/10/06/IE7-Is-Coming-This-Month_2E002E002E00_Are-you-Ready_3F00_.aspx Make sure you understand how IE 7 will impact you personally or your clients, friends and relatives.
  4. AT&T DSL: no more contracts http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061004-7907.html AT&T announced consumer-friendly internet access with the list price the same for month-to-month or a one-year contract, although one free month with a contract makes the annual contract slightly less expensive.
  5. A List of Amazon S3 Backup Tools http://jeremy.zawodny.com/blog/archives/007641.html Another article about online data storage service, although S3 is aimed more at developers than consumers or small businesses.
  6. Chinese Hackers Hit Commerce Department http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=193105227 Does the US do less internet attacks on other countries than they do on the US? How can security and reasonable ‘net access be balanced. If government computers aren’t secure online, can consumer or business computers be safe online?
  7. China jamming test sparks U.S. satellite concerns http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2006-10-05-satellite-laser_x.htm Someone told me it would be difficult to maintain satellite ‘net access in a moving vehicle because a poorly targeted connection could ‘block or burn out’ adjacent satellites. Seems like satellite communications have a long way to go to be secure and robust.
  8. Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0 http://www.solutionwatch.com/515/back-to-school-with-the-class-of-web-20-part-2/ Security issues related to being on the net gives one pause when thinking about web applications and how digitally dependent we should be on internet applications and file storage.
  9. Totally wireless on campus http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20061003/tc_usatoday/totallywirelessoncampus Understanding the direction of new internet businesses and young people entering the job market after college is a good thing.
  10. PCI Express 2.0 nears completion http://news.com.com/PCI+Express+2.0+nears+completion/2100-1006_3-6123758.html Are you aware of the differences between PCI, PCI Express and PCI Express 2.0? Check out this article; it talks about graphics cards that “…slurp 225 or 300 watts of power…”
  11. 20 Smart Companies to Start Now http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2006/09/01/8384349/
  12. Sun to hold press conference in Second Life http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/10/06/sun_second_life/
  13. Bush defies Congress on DHS privacy reports http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061006-7928.html
  14. REVIEW: Writely mostly hits the mark http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061005/ap_on_hi_te/tech_test_writely
  15. Instant-Messaging Chats, Like E-Mail, Can Last Forever http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,218339,00.html
  16. Knocking the exuberance out of employees http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2006/10/knocking_the_ex.html
  17. Worth a read: VoIP Hacks http://macvoip.com/stn/?p=195


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