2007/05/15

NEW NET Issues List for 15 Apr 2007

Steve Jobs is unquestionably one of the most charismatic CEOs in the news, and the quote below from the recent Apple shareholder meeting only reinforced that point, with his quip placing first in the competition for Tech Quote of the Week.

Shareholders pressed Jobs about what determines his compensation. Jobs has for years taken $1 a year in salary, and the Apple co-founder said: "I get 50 cents a year for just showing up. The other 50 cents is based on my performance."

Oh, by the way, Steve was the Fortune 500's top paid CEO. In some ways it's nice when the top person is rewarded primarily for their company's stock doing well. On the other hand, I abhor favorable monthly and quarterly financial numbers being the sole focus of a company. Fortunately, Steve's prime directive does not appear to be the short term numbers that most of Wall Street seems to focus on.

Below is the final list of issues for the TUESDAY, 15 May 02007, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 6:59 - 9:00 pm weekly gathering upstairs at Tom's Drive In, 501 N Westhill Blvd, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. Lots of interesting tech news this week. Too many articles listed below, but they were all good, and I didn't have time to winnow out the least deserving.


The ‘net

  1. socialDragon: Advertisers get a piece of Average Joe http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20070512/tc_infoworld/88423
  2. Yahoo to end North American auctions http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070510/ap_on_hi_te/yahoo_auctions
  3. Fancy Java in action: Iris photo editing http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9718577-7.html
  4. Fix your photos online with Phixr http://lifehacker.com/software/image-editing/fix-your-photos-online-with-phixr-251001.php
  5. Flash! Vermont Legislature Passes E-State Bill http://blog.tomevslin.com/2007/05/flash_vermont_l.html
  6. Windows Live Folders Part III http://liveside.net/blogs/main/archive/2007/05/12/windows-live-folders-part-iii.aspx
  7. GetMail For Hotmail http://www.e-eeasy.com/GetMail.aspx (and YPOPS or FreePOPS?)
  8. Wal-mart selling Skype hardware & pre-paid cards http://gigaom.com/2007/05/14/walmart-skype/
  9. Microsoft online storage disappears overnight http://weblog.infoworld.com/techwatch/archives/011870.html
  10. Instant messaging: feature or product? http://venturebeat.com/2007/05/14/instant-messaging-feature-or-product/

Security, Privacy & Digital Controls

  1. Windows Update KO's Norton Internet Security http://news.yahoo.com/s/zd/20070511/tc_zd/207323
  2. Local agencies test sites for ID software http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2007-05-09-facial-recognition-tech_N.htm
  3. DHS privacy committee joins Real ID opposition http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/05/11/DHS-privacy-committee-opposes-Real-ID_1.html
  4. US intelligence wants ability to censor satellite images http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070509-us-intelligence-wants-ability-to-censor-satellite-images.html
  5. Intel’s embedded anti-malware could help business and consumer http://blogs.zdnet.com/Foremski/?p=182
  6. Tracking Himself: The 'Orwell Project' http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/11/AR2007051102030.html
  7. Massive DDoS attacks target Estonia; Russia accused http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070514-massive-ddos-attacks-target-estonia-russia-accused.html
  8. House reaffirms FISA as "exclusive means by which electronic surveillance may be conducted" http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070514-house-reaffirms-fisa-as-exclusive-means-by-which-electronic-surveillance-may-be-conducted.html
  9. Symantec: malware can hijack Windows Update, bypass firewall http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070513-symantec-malware-can-hijack-windows-update.html

Mobile Computing & Communicating

  1. Review: And now, a mid-sized BlackBerry http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070509/ap_on_hi_te/tech_test_blackberry
  2. nVidia's Newest Mobile GPU Gems http://news.yahoo.com/s/zd/20070509/tc_zd/207105
  3. Helio's New Ocean: Phone & Email http://online.wsj.com/article/SB117875455785297883.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
  4. Mobile web is rubbish http://www.tech.co.uk/gadgets/phones/mobile-phones/news/mobile-web-is-rubbish-say-uk-students
  5. LG: first with colour e-paper display http://www.printweek.com/news/657042/LG-claims-world-first-colour-e-paper-display/
  6. Les Echos launches subscription e-paper http://www.editorsweblog.org/news/2007/05/france_les_echos_launches_subscription_e.php
  7. Will iPhone spark wireless wars? http://gigaom.com/2007/05/14/will-iphone-spark-wireless-wars/

Open Source

  1. A cynic rips open source http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;810329453;fp;4;fpid;1968336438
  2. Ubuntu Studio 7.04 is Here! http://blog.joejaxx.org/?p=7
  3. KDE 4.0 Alpha Arrives http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2129015,00.asp
  4. Microsoft says open source violates 235 patents http://news.com.com/2100-1014_3-6183437.html

SkyNet

  1. Google to focus on software: CEO http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070510/tc_nm/google_software_dc
  2. Google's A Good Buy http://www.forbes.com/personalfinance/2007/05/11/google-yahoo-starbucks-pf-ii-in_cb_0511soapbox_inl.html
  3. Picasa, Google Maps enrich photos with tales of your travels http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2003703725_ptpicasa12.html
  4. Google Plans to Secretly Track Your Online Gaming http://news.spong.com/article/12548?cb=471
  5. Google search by employer not illegal, say judges http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070510-google-search-by-employer-not-illegal-say-judges.html
  6. Adding Sounds To Google Earth http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2007/05/why_the_lion_ca.html
  7. Who’s Afraid of Google? http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/05/11/MNGRIPPB2N1.DTL

General Technology

  1. Who Will Support 'Whole Home Network'? (myDigitechnician!) http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20070504/tc_pcworld/131579
  2. LEDs emerge to fight fluorescents http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/environment/2007-05-10-led-lights_N.htm
  3. AMD Faces the Day After New Centrino http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20070510/tc_nf/52188
  4. Inside Apple: Stomping on Vista; iPhone Launch Crisis http://news.yahoo.com/s/zd/20070510/tc_zd/207134
  5. iPods and pacemakers do not mix http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2007/05/10/study-ipods-and-pacemakers-do-not-mix
  6. Stifling summers forecast by Nasa for US east coast http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article2530788.ece
  7. Backing up is hard to do http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2007/05/11/backing-up-is-hard-to-do
  8. Microsoft, SanDisk: smart USB drives http://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=199501125
  9. Sat nav driver's car hit by train http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/6646331.stm
  10. Woz Explains Apple Fanboyism http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/wozmodo/woz-explains-apple-fanboyism-259703.php
  11. Maximum pleasure from Apple mini http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2003703721_ptgett12.html
  12. Inside AMD's Phenom And Opteron Quad-Core Architectures http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=199501467
  13. AMD launches the Radeon HD 2000 series of GPUs http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070514-amd-launches-the-hd-2000-series.html

Leisure & Entertainment

  1. At USC, developing game coders http://news.com.com/2100-1043_3-6183014.html
  2. Soulcalibur Legends to be told on Wii http://www.gamespot.com/news/6170592.html
  3. D'oh! Simpsons Inside a Video Game! http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20070511/bs_nf/52221
  4. Microsoft eyes huge launch sales of "Halo 3" http://news.yahoo.com/i/1214
  5. EA has four new iPod games in the pipeline http://news.yahoo.com/s/macworld/20070509/tc_macworld/ea20070509
  6. EA losses widen 56 percent http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070508/ap_on_hi_te/earns_electronic_arts

Economy and Technology

  1. Google maintains it won't split stock http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070511/ap_on_hi_te/google_annual_meeting
  2. TMT test of cash, clicks and content http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070511/tc_nm/summit_preview_dc
  3. Tesla Motors Secures $45 Million Series D Investment http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=251410
  4. Microsoft delves further into manufacturing with Zune plant http://tinyurl.com/29zsnc

Civilian Aerospace

  1. Charles Simonyi to Chronicle ISS Flight in Book http://www.space.com/news/ap_070430_simonyi_bookplan.html
  2. Regolith Rumble: Moon Dirt Digging Contest http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/070511_regolith_challenge.html
  3. Rocket Racing Team Withdraws from League http://www.space.com/news/070507_rocketracing_team.html
  4. Methane Rocket Engine Successfully Tested http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/070507_methane_rocket.html
  5. Cremated Remains of 200 Lost in Mountains After Trip to Space http://www.space.com/news/070510_lost_ashes.html
  6. NASA's Moon Dirt Digging Contest Yields No Winners http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/ap_070513_regolithchal_nowin.html

Supercomputing & GPUs

  1. Filling the Gap http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1561446.html
  2. Burton Smith on Reinventing Computing http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1558933.html
  3. RapidMind Looks to Tame the Multicore Beast http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1560982.html
  4. Compilers and More: Precision and Accuracy http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/1556972.html

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