2007/04/10

Recommendations for the week: NN for 10 Apr 2007

These weekly technology issue lists are waaaay too long, but let's save that discussion for another day; here are myDigitechnician's recommendations for the past seven days:
  1. My Favorite: Item I.1 below, covering the story of Charles Simonyi's blast-off for the International Space Station, because I'm a fan of civilian aerospace innovation.
  2. Biggest Short-term Economic Impact: Item H.5, cautioning that AMD's announcement of first quarter 2007 revenue forecast cutbacks may be a harbinger of a general tech cooldown.
  3. Cool-And-Useful Tech: Item E.1, with a bunch of links regarding new features for Google Maps. While reading about the Google Maps, also be alert for other mapping options mentioned in the articles. One of these days, we need to do an Internet Maps session at NEW NET.
  4. Best Tech Think Piece: This category is a tie between two items; Item H.2, with Ray Ozzie giving his version of Microsoft's approach to the right mix of online and offline computing, and Item J.3, which gives a brief overview of the huge 'monster in the closet' challenge facing the world of computer programming -- CPUs and GPUs are going multi-core and many-core, but nobody knows how to program for anything but single core. Ooops...
  5. Most Fun: Items G.1 and G.2, new games for the Wii. I've used a Wii, and it's pure fun. Once you try it, you'll be hooked.
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NEW NET at Atlanta Bread Company tonight !

Below is the final list of issues for the Monday, 10 April 2007, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 7:00 pm weekly gathering at Atlanta Bread Company (West) by the Fox River Mall, 650 North Casaloma Drive, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA.

A. The ‘net

  1. MySpace Will Hold Presidential Primary http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/04/03/myspace-will-hold-presidential-primary/
  2. Drinks with Dell http://www.buzzmachine.com/2007/04/03/drinks-with-dell/
  3. Live Search Maps Adds New Features And Firefox 3D Support http://searchengineland.com/070403-151436.php
  4. Get a (Second) Life! (register now for a DDJ SL Summit Apr 28) http://www.ddj.com/dept/global/198702201
  5. If You Don’t Use Del.icio.us, You Will Now http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/04/05/if-you-dont-use-delicious-you-will-now/
  6. Web 2.0: End of Innocence http://gigaom.com/2007/04/05/web-20-end-of-innocence/
  7. Best Buy to Open 'Geek Squad Island' in 'Second Life' http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,264325,00.html
  8. Dreaming in the "Cloud" with the XIOS web operating system http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070408-dreaming-in-the-cloud-with-the-xios-web-operating-system.html
  9. Principal sues ex-students over MySpace profiles http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6174506.html
  10. Does email have a future? http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=4812
  11. Wilfing on the web, the new British pastime http://technology.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,2053536,00.html

B. Security, Privacy & Digital Controls

  1. New attack cracks WEP in record time http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070404-new-attack-cracks-wep-in-record-time.html
  2. Hackers Promise 'Nude Britney Spears' Pix To Plant .ANI Exploit http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20070405/tc_cmp/198800300
  3. Japanese Yahoo loses millions of e-mails http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/04/07/japanese_yahoo_loses_millions_of_emails
  4. More state governments defy congress and reject Real ID as next step to 1984 http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070409-more-state-governments-defy-congress-and-reject-real-id.html

C. Mobile Computing & Communicating

  1. Verizon Admits 5GB Wireless Broadband Cap for “Unlimited” Service http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/82762
  2. 12 tips before you buy Nokia N95 http://gigaom.com/2007/04/07/nokia-n95-review/
  3. FCC: Still No In-Flight Cell Phone Calls http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20070404/tc_nf/51248
  4. Palm Announces New Linux Based Mobile Platform http://www.palminfocenter.com/news/9351/palm-announces-new-linux-based-mobile-platform/

D. Open Source

  1. Why I Switched from OpenOffice to Google Docs http://news.yahoo.com/s/zd/20070404/tc_zd/204601
  2. Firefox Also Vulnerable To .ANI Exploits http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20070406/tc_cmp/198800640
  3. MS Tech Summit: Redmond Still Trying To 'Get' Open-Source http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20070404/tc_cmp/198702233
  4. Debian 4.0 finally arrives! http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS8547892609.html

E. SkyNet

  1. New Google Map Features http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/310360_onlinemaps05.html http://www.smh.com.au/news/biztech/unleash-your-inner-cartographer/2007/04/05/1175366387361.html http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/map-making-so-easy-caveman-could-do-it.html http://maps.google.com/help/maps/userguide/ http://searchengineland.com/070405-020403.php
  2. Google Talk widget gets better http://www.webware.com/8301-1_109-9705507-2.html
  3. Google: Homes, not just homepages http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/homes-not-just-homepages.html
  4. Teaching Google To See Images http://searchengineland.com/070405-172235.php
  5. Google offers free voice-activated local search http://news.com.com/2061-10803_3-6174124.html
  6. Google Admits Using Outside Source for Chinese App http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130502-c,copyright/article.html
  7. Google Takes Partial Ownership Of Maxthon Browser (yuck?) http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/04/10/google-takes-partial-ownership-of-maxthon-browser/

F. General Technology

  1. Intel Adds vPro to Centrino http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130394/article.html
  2. Thunderbird 2.0 To Launch This Week http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/thunderbird_20.php
  3. ‘Get Things Done’ software http://bargiel.home.pl/iGTD/

G. Leisure & Entertainment

  1. Brothers In Arms hit Wii, DS http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=74988
  2. Review: 'Tiger Woods' game par for Wii http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070404/ap_on_hi_te/games_tiger_woods_wii
  3. You Had Me At 'Hobbit' http://www.forbes.com/technology/2007/04/05/lord-rings-online-tech-media-cx_de_0405lotro.html
  4. Battle aliens, save the world and learn chemistry http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070405/tc_nm/videogames_chemistry_dc
  5. Apple Stokes Music Standards War http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/apr2007/tc20070404_499334.htm
  6. What took them so long? (New ‘Tolkien’ book) http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article1613657.ece
  7. Electronic Arts plays catch-up after Wii shrug-off http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=amWmy6_JG16U

H. Economy and Technology

  1. [Traditional] Marketing in Second Life doesn’t work… here is why! http://gigaom.com/2007/04/04/3-reasons-why-marketing-in-second-life-doesnt-work/
  2. [Microsoft’s] Ray Ozzie's Vision for Connected Software http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=1698
  3. Think Short http://www.ysmblog.com/blog/2007/04/05/think-short/
  4. H.P. Tries to Create Printers That Love the Web http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/09/technology/09print.html
  5. AMD gives us a Tech reality check http://gigaom.com/2007/04/09/amd-gives-us-a-tech-reality-check/
  6. A Photo Trove, a Mounting Challenge http://tinyurl.com/35zxj7 (New York Times)

I. Civilian Aerospace

  1. Simonyi Blasts Off For Space Station http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/04/08/europe/EU-GEN-Russia-Space.php
  2. Some Fear Russia to Become Space Cabbie http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/04/08/ap3592261.html
  3. American Entrepreneur Charles Simonyi Prepares for Liftoff http://space.com/missionlaunches/070405_exp15_simonyi.html
  4. Fresh Crew, Space Tourist Arrive at Space Station http://space.com/missionlaunches/070409_exp15_postdock.html

J. Supercomputing & GPUs

  1. Apple Unveils Eight-Core Mac Pro http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2111258,00.asp
  2. New beer in wine bottles: NVIDIA to rebrand G80 as supercomputer chip http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070404-new-beer-in-wine-bottles-nvidia-to-rebrand-g80-as-supercomputer-chip.html
  3. Anyone Know Where We're Headed? http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1353322.html

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