Ask Charles A Question / NN Issues for 17 April 2007

Charles Simonyi has only a few more days left on the International Space Station, so if you want to ask him a question while he's up there, do it soon.

To ask him a question, go to his website, http://charlesinspace.com, click on the "ASK CHARLES" link at the top center of the page, then click on the "ASK CHARLES A QUESTION" box in the lower center of the page.

The reason I've been blogging about Charles Simonyi's space adventure recently is because I think it would be an ultimate adventure at this point in time, but also because it's my contention civilian activity in space-related ventures is ready to explode in terms of innovation, dollars and opportunities. Most people like to hear things that reinforce their opinions, especially if their opinions aren't in the majority. So it was gratifying yesterday when I read a NYT article about TED online videos and ended up watching a 20 minute Burt Rutan video wherein Burt reinforced (I think) my opinion about the imminent flurry of activity we should expect in civilian aerospace. Burt would know a lot more about the subject than would I, so if you're interested in this topic and want to hear his viewpoint, check out his video at the above link.


Below is the final list of issues for the TUESDAY, 17 April 02007, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 6:45 - 9:00 pm weekly gathering upstairs at Tom's Drive In, 501 N Westhill Blvd, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA.

The ‘net

  1. The Map Room blog (good model for ‘expert’ blogs) http://www.mcwetboy.net/maproom/
  2. Facebook unveils new site design amid growth surge http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKNAAD110120070411
  3. How SET accelerates P2P filesharing http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070411-inside-the-set-p2p-system.html
  4. VisiblePath Is A Lot Like LinkedIn, Except It’s Useful http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/04/12/visualpath-a-lot-like-linkedin-except-its-useful/
  5. Most Americans filing taxes online http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070414/ap_on_bi_ge/taxes_ap_poll
  6. Women outnumber men online in United States http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070412/tc_afp/usitinternetwomen
  7. Vonage: No tech 'workaround' http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/telecom/2007-04-15-vonage-usat_N.htm
  8. Curriki: McNealy touts open-source education site http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070417/ap_on_bi_ge/sun_mcnealy
  9. Black Belt Scheduling With Google Calendar http://lifehacker.com/software/google-calendar/geek-to-live--black-belt-scheduling-with-google-calendar-250939.php
  10. 100 Megabits to the home by 2015? http://gigaom.com/2007/04/16/100-megabits-to-the-home-by-2015/
  11. UW-Madison launches new high-speed research network http://wistechnology.com/article.php?id=3852

Security, Privacy & Digital Controls

  1. Grisoft Offers Free Anti-Rootkit Security Software http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/004069.html
  2. Bug hunters face online-apps dilemma http://news.com.com/Bug+hunters+face+online-apps+dilemma/2100-7348_3-6175737.html?tag=st.txt.caro
  3. 'Hacker Boot Camp' teaches security tactics http://www.philly.com/inquirer/business/20070415_Hacker_Boot_Camp_teaches_security_tactics.html

Mobile Computing & Communicating

  1. Sun Acquires Java-Based Mobile Phone OS http://www.eweek.com/article2/0%2C1759%2C2113881%2C00.asp
  2. Ultrasmall, ultratricky http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/business/17072316.htm
  3. Orange Launches Windows Mobile 6.0 SPV E650 http://www.biosmagazine.co.uk/article.php?id=4965 http://www.cnet.com.au/software/operatingsystems/0,239029541,339273742,00.htm

Open Source

  1. Apache Battles Sun Over Java License http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130574-c,opensource/article.html
  2. Palm Will Create Its Own Linux Platform http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20070411/bs_nf/51420
  3. What Makes An Open Source Project Successful? http://www.ddj.com/dept/opensource/199001077
  4. Intel's MID UMPCs: So long XP/Vista, hello Linux http://www.engadget.com/2007/04/16/intels-mid-umpcs-so-long-xp-vista-hello-linux/


  1. Google to buy DoubleClick for $3.1 billion http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20070414/tc_infoworld/87695
  2. Google's Worldwide Developer Day is May 31 http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130672-c,companynews/article.html
  3. Google Tips Its Hand On Voice Search With Speech Patent http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20070414/tc_cmp/199000808
  4. Microsoft Urges Review of Google-DoubleClick Deal http://tinyurl.com/2h84yc (New York Times)

General Technology

  1. Fun and profit with obsolete computers http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9584_22-6175961.html
  2. Move Over Nanotube, Here Comes Graphene http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa004&articleID=DCCF6BAB-E7F2-99DF-3598F37C1D4966C9
  3. HP Pushes Ink Jet Printing to 70 Pages per Minute http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2113010,00.asp
  4. Apple's Leopard delay may signal deeper problems http://origin.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_5652124
  5. Taiwan's Via Scores Big Win With HP http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130699-c,techindustrytrends/article.html
  6. The Trouble With Home Networking http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/04/12/the-trouble-with-home-networking/
  7. AMD's 65nm GPU: why the future of GPUs is smaller, faster, cooler http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070412-amds-65nm-gpu-why-the-future-of-gpus-is-smaller-faster-cooler.html
  8. Color is key to Microsoft's next-generation bar code http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/311712_software16.html
  9. Protecting the throne: Adobe debuts Creative Suite 3 http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2003667798_adobe16.html
  10. Microsoft, Adobe Set A Collision Course on Web http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB117668634225970835-FVRZcPo5bJpxrx7Rw6KfN6j_UFY_20070515.html
  11. Fotowoosh Will Turn Any Picture Into A 3D Image http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/04/15/fotowoosh-will-turn-any-picture-into-3d-image/
  12. LH Top 10: Free Computer System Recovery Tools http://lifehacker.com/software/lifehacker-top-10/lh-top-10--free-computer-system-recovery-tools-251903.php
  13. Intel's Spring IDF brings details on Penryn and SoC plans http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070416-intels-spring-idf-brings-details-on-penryn-soc-plans-and-discrete-gpu.html

Leisure & Entertainment

  1. Nintendo Upgrades Wii Internet Channel http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20070412/bs_nf/51454
  2. Sony discontinues 20GB PS3 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070413/ap_on_hi_te/playstation3
  3. `Guitar' team rocks; PSP cuts http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070411/ap_en_ot/games_news_bytes
  4. New patent hints at Apple TV 2.0 http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070415-new-patent-hints-at-apple-tv-expansion.html
  5. THQ turns its back on ports, embraces console-specific development http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070416-thq-turns-their-back-on-ports-embraces-console-specific-development.html

Economy and Technology

  1. Price Wars Hit Seagate http://news.yahoo.com/s/bw/20070411/bs_bw/apr2007pi20070410641831
  2. Samsung posts weak Q1 on chips, outlook tough http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070413/bs_nm/samsung_result_dc
  3. Creativity, Innovation and the Cultural Parade http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/15/business/yourmoney/15ping.html
  4. Is Microsoft bidding up acquisitions on purpose? http://scobleizer.com/2007/04/15/is-microsoft-bidding-up-acquisitions-on-purpose/

Civilian Aerospace

  1. Jump in: There's space for everyone! http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_5665214
  2. Simonyi : ISS a Cozy and Complicated Place http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/070413_simonyi_inflight.html
  3. Cash-strapped NASA looks to private industry http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18082415/

Supercomputing & GPUs

  1. Sony in talks on commercial use for PS3 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/1238b9f2-e799-11db-8098-000b5df10621.html
  2. Another Look at GPGPU http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1385786.html
  3. Supercomputing Comes to the Rust Belt http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/apr2007/tc20070412_406858.htm
  4. ORNL Doubles Performance of Cray Supercomputer to 119 Teraflops http://biz.yahoo.com/iw/070411/0237515.html



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