NEW NET Issues List for 19 Feb 2008

Below is the final list of issues for the TUESDAY, 19 February 2008, NEW NET (Northeast Wisconsin Network for Economy and Technology) 7:00 - 9:00 pm weekly gathering upstairs at Tom's Drive In, 501 N Westhill Blvd, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA.

Drew F will be joining us this week to discuss the work he's doing on the subject of innovation networks. If you aren't able to participate in tonight's NEW NET meeting but want to know more about what Drew is doing, contact me and I'll put you in touch with Drew.

The ‘net

  1. Crash: Amazon's S3 utility goes down http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2008/02/amazons_s3_util.php
  2. Jeff Barr: Can anyone stop this man? http://scobleizer.com/2008/02/14/can-anyone-stop-this-man/
  3. Mozilla Announces Mozilla Messaging with Firefox 3 Features http://ascher.ca/blog/2008/02/19/mozilla-messaging/ http://webworkerdaily.com/2008/02/19/mozilla-announces-mozilla-messaging-firefox-3-features-and-we-delight/ “…in Ascher’s blog post he admits what many web workers and Internet enthusiasts know deep in their hearts: email is broken…”
  4. Newspond: News Aggregator Extraordinaire http://mashable.com/2008/02/19/newspond/
  5. Scribd’s iPaper Plan http://gigaom.com/2008/02/19/scribd-ipaper/
  6. Search Engines: Intense Competition Drives Better User Experiences http://www.keynote.com/benchmark/new_media/article_intense_competition.shtml

Security, Privacy & Digital Controls

  1. $54 million Best Buy lawsuit stupid, but necessary http://tinyurl.com/2c45jh (Ars technica)
  2. A veto of the FISA bill endangers Americans http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23173388/ “…The House's failure to pass the bipartisan Senate bill would jeopardize the security of our citizens…it will become harder for us to uncover terrorist plots…
  3. Comcast Defends Internet Practices http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gxRiQSVfgK4sLbVRE_X4MOlM9q0AD8UP4VUG3
  4. Virus from China the gift that keeps on giving http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/15/BU47V0VOH.DTL “…Deborah Hale at SANS suggested that PC users find friends with Macintosh or Linux machines and have them check for malware before plugging any device into a PC.…”
  5. Error Gave F.B.I. Unauthorized Access to E-Mail http://tinyurl.com/2jbnqa (NY Times)

Mobile Computing & Communicating

  1. Indie coffeehouses tell Starbucks: Bring on your free Wi-Fi http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9062638
  2. The real impact of iPhone and Android http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=2023
  3. IPhone Users Are Prodigious Googlers http://www.ft.com/cms/s/667f13de-da60-11dc-9bb9-0000779fd2ac.html
  4. Users' love affair with iPhone stumps MWC panel http://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=206504012
  5. GPS about finding friends, not route http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20080215/tc_infoworld/95366
  6. AT&T and Palm launch the GSM Palm Centro for US$99.99 http://blogs.zdnet.com/mobile-gadgeteer/?p=896

Open Source

  1. Sun Snags Innotek -- Should I Wince? http://informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2008/02/sun_snags_innot.html
  2. Private equity firm pours $100 million into SCO money pit http://tinyurl.com/33ul5t (Ars technica)
  3. 3D OpenGL Transitions: OpenOffice Impress http://www.oooninja.com/2008/02/eye-candy-3d-opengl-transitions-impress.html
  4. Google funds Photoshop-on-Linux work http://www.news.com/8301-13580_3-9874297-39.html?tag=nefd.blgs


  1. Google's big bucks back green ideas http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/stories/2008/02/16/google0217.html “…Beavers said every proposal she makes "needs to make sense" financially. That said, none of her energy proposals has been turned down, Beavers added. "The biggest stress of my job is that I'm not doing enough," she said. "One day our CEO told me I'm not making his life difficult enough, basically…”
  2. The real difference between Microsoft and Google http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=2025
  3. Easy to Create Your Own Google Earth Layers http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2008/02/google-makes-it.html
  4. The Faces and Voices of Google http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/123/google.html “…No one has built a Google.org before, so we don't have the vocabulary for it. We think of ourselves as a hybrid philanthropy and an experiment….We began with thousands of ideas…We made it a straight-out competition: Show up on Monday armed with your data and your plan--where we'd give grants, where we'd make investments, the outcomes--and prove it. Then we got together and ranked each idea. Does it fit on the scale of changing the world? …”

General Technology

  1. Lenovo X300: Building the Perfect Laptop http://www.businessweek.com/print/magazine/content/08_08/b4072042350389.htm
  2. Everex CloudBook Review http://blog.laptopmag.com/everex-cloudbook-mini-review-verdict-needs-more-time-in-the-oven
  3. Borders opens bookshelves to digital services http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/2008-02-13-borders-downloads_N.htm
  4. Former OLPC CTO predicts a $75 laptop by 2010 http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20080215/tc_infoworld/95377
  5. Elon Musk on rockets, sports cars, and solar power http://tinyurl.com/228a32 (News.com)
  6. Microsoft: Free Software to Nurture Future Coders http://www.news.com/8301-13860_3-9873185-56.html?tag=newsmap

Leisure & Entertainment

  1. Save The Planet With IBM's PowerUp Game http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20080216/tc_cmp/206504424
  2. Spore to go on sale in September http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7242563.stm
  3. EA co-ops Red Alert 3 on PC, 360, PS3 http://www.gamespot.com/news/6186018.html
  4. Wii to Displace Xbox 360 by End of 2008 http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,142531-c,gameconsoles/article.html
  5. Apple plans 2GB iPod Shuffle, cuts price on 1GB player http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9874170-7.html?tag=nefd.top
  6. Adobe Director 11 takes aim at video game market http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9871126-7.html?tag=nefd.blgs
  7. Good January for Sony's games business http://www.reuters.com/article/industryNews/idUSN1921471820080219
  8. Magic: The Gathering Coming to Xbox Live Arcade and PC http://kotaku.com/357795/magic-the-gathering-coming-to-xbla

Economy and Technology

  1. Microsoft doesn’t want Yahoo! and Gphone is coming http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2008/pulpit_20080215_004309.html
  2. Study gives 50-50 odds Lake Mead will dry up by 2021 http://www.lvrj.com/news/15581197.html
  3. FEMA trailers toxic, tests show http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-trailers15feb15,1,1726106.story
  4. Wisconsin firm tied to troubled blood drug http://tinyurl.com/2gwnc6 (Chicago Tribune)

Civilian Aerospace

  1. Commercial 'Weightless Flights' Come To Moffett Field http://www.nbc11.com/news/15303187/detail.html
  2. The Rights Stuff http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/magazine/articles/2008/02/17/the_rights_stuff/
  3. Orbital 4th-Quarter Profit Doubles http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080214/earns_orbital_sciences.html?.v=1

Supercomputing & GPUs

  1. GeForce 8 graphics processors to gain PhysX support http://techreport.com/discussions.x/14147
  2. AMD Searches for an HPC Strategy http://www.hpcwire.com/hpc/2134499.html
  3. GPGPU: far more important than you think http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=11725



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