NEW NET Issues List for 08 Jul 2008

Below is the final list of issues for the TUESDAY, 08 Jul 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.

There were more interesting tech articles and posts online than normal in the past week, resulting in what may be a record for NEW NET overload -- 88 links for you this week.

Web browsers are the focus of this week's NEW NET meeting. Firefox 3 has been out for a couple weeks with no apparent widespread disastrous side effects. Those cautious surfers who were letting others do the "new version taste-testing" should now consider moving from their old browser to Firefox 3. Luke will lead the discussion tonight with the issues below up for your questions and input:
  • Memory usage: better in Firefox 3 than Firefox 2?
  • Is Firefox 3 'faster' than other browsers?
  • Other pros and cons of Firefox 3
  • Browser comparisons using virtual machines
  • Alternatives to Firefox 3: IE7, Safari, Opera 9.5, others
  • Tweaks, Tips and Add-Ons for Firefox 3
(If we're lucky, Mac/iPhone users will show up to discuss browsers on Apple products!)

Will also likely be discussion related to Andy's new website idea. Maybe even some discussion of items on this week's NEW NET issues list!!!
  1. The ‘net

  2. Firefoxing away to Version 3 http://www.techtree.com/India/Reviews/Firefoxing_away_to_Version_3/551-90812-597.html
  3. Equipt: Office subscription service ready to go http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-9982212-56.html
  4. Meraki: free wifi in San Francisco http://venturebeat.com/2008/07/03/meraki-brings-free-wifi-to-100000-san-franciscans/
  5. Thank you, Adobe Reader 9! http://blog.micropledge.com/2008/07/adobe-reader-9/
  6. BoingBoing: our blog and our rules http://www.mathewingram.com/work/2008/07/03/boingboing-its-our-blog-and-our-rules/
  7. BoingBoing: Violet Blue controversy's implications http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/webscout/2008/07/boingboing-blog.html
  8. Tips for Working Online with the New Standard, PDF http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20080702/tc_pcworld/147890
  9. Gnip: Grand Central Station for the Social Web http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/gnip_grand_central_station.php
  10. Announcing Tech.NewsJunk.Com http://www.scripting.com/stories/2008/07/04/announcingTechnewsjunkcom.html
  11. Tune out co-workers, other sounds with SimplyNoise http://www.webware.com/8301-1_109-9984006-2.html
  12. Seesmic Starts Adding Features http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2008/07/seesmic-starts-adding-features.html
  13. Y Combinator’s Anyvite Takes On Evite, Keeps Things Simple http://tinyurl.com/6efw2t (TechCrunch)
  14. Downforeveryoneorjustme.com http://www.lockergnome.com/blade/2008/07/06/is-that-web-site-down-or-is-it-just-me/
  15. Vivaty Scenes Make AIM and Facebook Chat Virtual Worlds http://mashable.com/2008/07/08/vivaty-scenes/
  16. The Importance Of Blog Linking Seems to Be Declining http://www.louisgray.com/live/2008/07/importance-of-blog-linking-seems-to-be.html
  17. MyYahoo 2.0 Goes Live for All http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/myyahoo_20_goes_live.php
  18. Linden Labs and IBM Break the Metaverse Barrier, Teleport Across Virtual Worlds http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/virtual_world_interoperability.php
  19. Has The Cafe Moved Online? http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/2008/07/has-the-debate.html

Security, Privacy & Digital Controls

  1. 637 million browser users at risk http://news.cnet.com/8301-10789_3-9981954-57.html
  2. Diary of a deliberately spammed housewife http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/070108-mcafee-spam-experiment.html
  3. Chinese Bloggers Scale The 'Great Firewall' In Riot's Aftermath http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121493163092919829.html
  4. Amazon: Hey Spammers, Get Off My Cloud! http://tinyurl.com/4mczhp (Washington Post)
  5. Groups sue U.S. over cell phone tracking http://www.nytimes.com/idg/IDG_852573C4006938808525747A0049B6CA.html
  6. Iran Parliament to Debate Death Penalty for Bloggers http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/iranian_deth_penalty_for_bloggers.php
  7. Thieves steal millions from Citibank customers http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9982500-7.html
  8. Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail’s CAPTCHA broken by spammers http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=1418
  9. Passport Record System Open To Abuse http://www.courant.com/news/nationworld/hc-passports0704.artjul04,0,5384602.story
  10. Google, privacy and Street View http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/technology/2008/07/google_privacy_and_street_view.html
  11. Google trying to take privacy seriously http://blogs.zdnet.com/Google/?p=1085
  12. Web companies organize massive effort to patch fundamental Internet flaw http://venturebeat.com/2008/07/08/web-companies-organize-massive-effort-to-patch-fundamental-internet-flaw/
  13. Apple just gave out my Apple ID password because someone asked http://blog.karppinen.fi/2008/07/apple-just-gave-out-my-apple-i.html

Mobile Computing & Communicating

  1. What if 23 Million People Used Bluetooth? http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2324535,00.asp
  2. Digital Pens to Write on Any Paper http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/03/technology/personaltech/03pogue.html
  3. Openmoko Neo FreeRunner on Sale July 4 http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/07/post-1.html
  4. Nokia 6220 Smartphone Released http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20080704/tc_cmp/208802507
  5. Toshiba Portege G810 http://www.mobiletechreview.com/phones/Toshiba-Portege-G810.htm
  6. Where the iPhone failed (and the gPhone might win) http://tinyurl.com/6dxn7h (Business Week)
  7. Electronic Papyrus: The Digital Book, Unfurled http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/technology/06novelties.html
  8. Ultra Mobile PC Buyer's Guide http://tinyurl.com/6mn4bw (InformationWeek)
  9. Laptops and Airports: A Bad Mix? http://webworkerdaily.com/2008/07/07/laptops-and-airports-a-bad-mix/
  10. TinyApps: Small Is Beautiful http://webworkerdaily.com/2008/07/07/tinyapps-small-is-beautiful/
  11. $100 rebate on Eee PC 900, lowers price to $449 http://www.liliputing.com/2008/07/asus-offers-100-rebate-on-eee-pc-900.html

Open Source

  1. What's Holding OpenOffice Back? http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/63684.html
  2. Mass-market WiFi router invites Linux hackers http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS9390135932.html
  3. Linspire CEO defends Xandros buy-out http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-9982606-56.html
  4. Low-power mini-ITX board runs Linux http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS5320707472.html
  5. Which Linux Distributions Are Dying? http://codingexperiments.com/archives/149
  6. One live DVD, one ton of Linux games http://www.linux.com/feature/139589
  7. The critics are wrong: KDE 4 doesn't need a fork http://tinyurl.com/5xf3ml (Ars technica)
  8. Vista is “OK”, says Ubuntu-converted teenager http://education.zdnet.com/?p=1761


  1. Google, the press, and tearing down your heroes http://glinden.blogspot.com/2008/07/google-press-and-tearing-down-your.html
  2. Google Announces Plan To Destroy All Information It Can't Index http://www.theonion.com/content/node/40076
  3. Google Closing Dallas, Denver Office http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2008-07-03-n34.html
  4. Google Talk comes to the iPhone, Touch http://tinyurl.com/55qr8r (VentureBeat)
  5. Google forced to reveal YouTube viewing habits http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article4263925.ece
  6. Google Under Pressure as App Engine Requests Rise http://tinyurl.com/6ygyoz (PCWorld)
  7. Google Maps for mobile with voice search on BlackBerry Pearl http://tinyurl.com/4jsq9c (GoogleMobile)
  8. Remote sign out/info to help protect Gmail http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/remote-sign-out-and-info-to-help-you.html
  9. Gmail now blocking fake eBay, PayPal e-mails http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/080708/20080708005763.html
  10. Google Docs Goes Down - How Long is Too Long for You? http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_docs_is_down.php

General Technology

  1. Think Before You Voicemail http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/07/05/think-before-you-voicemail/
  2. Intel: an expensive many-core future is ahead of us http://tinyurl.com/4tdzek (Ars technica)
  3. Five ways to keep your PC cool on a hot summer day http://tinyurl.com/63owp8 (Ars technica)
  4. 'Containers' Out Perform Virtualization For KV Pharmaceuticals http://news.yahoo.com/s/cmp/20080704/tc_cmp/208802705
  5. Atheros connects a wireless world, makes it run faster http://news.yahoo.com/s/ibd/20080703/bs_ibd_ibd/20080703newamer
  6. Why I'm leaving Forrester http://blogs.forrester.com/charleneli/2008/07/why-im-leaving.html
  7. Kid-Proof Your PC with SteadyState http://lifehacker.com/397786/kid+proof-your-pc-with-steadystate
  8. NBC to use Olympics as research lab for new media viewership http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080707-nbc-to-use-olympics-as-research-lab-for-new-media-viewership.html

Leisure & Entertainment

  1. Microsoft isn't doing all it should to help PC gaming http://tinyurl.com/42zdaj (Ars technica)
  2. Sony PS3 Update Locks Consoles, Web Site Attacked http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20080703/tc_nf/60596
  3. Writers set slate for Strike.tv http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080703/wr_nm/strike_dc

Economy and Technology

  1. Blockbuster abandons Circuit City bid http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9982618-7.html
  2. Tech Giants Join Together To Head Off Patent Suits http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Infrastructure/Tech-Titans-Form-Patent-Trust/
  3. Nvidia's stock bloodbath - company admits faulty chips, shares plunge 22% http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/38237/135/
  4. Just how far are you going with FRCP compliance? http://education.zdnet.com/?p=1440
  5. Microsoft Crosses A Line http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/07/08/microsoft-crosses-a-line/

Civilian Aerospace

  1. Eight teams taking up ESA’s Lunar Robotics Challenge http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMGAASHKHF_index_0.html
  2. Winners of “Move An Asteroid 2008” International Competition http://www.spacegeneration.org/node/2024
  3. Student-Led Satellite Initiative for NASA http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2008/jul/HQ_08151_student_satellite.html
  4. Star man predicts a space trip in five years http://tinyurl.com/69ycfn (Salford Advertiser)
  5. Online game makes anyone a 'black hole hunter' http://www.newscientist.com/blog/space/2008/06/online-game-makes-anyone-black-hole_30.html
  6. UND unveils new space flight simulator http://tinyurl.com/6mbss3 (Grand Forks Herald)

Supercomputing & GPUs

  1. NVIDIA appoints first CUDA center of excellence http://www.gpgpu.org/cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi/2008/07/04#firstCUDACoE
  2. Desktop supercomputing http://www.theengineer.co.uk/Articles/306874/Desktop+supercomputing.htm
  3. A massively parallel future http://www.bangkokpost.com/020708_Database/02Jul2008_data001.php
  4. Beyond Graphics – The Present and Future of GP-GPU http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2324318,00.asp
  5. Core Convictions http://www.hpcwire.com/blogs/22846564.html
  6. Implementing Multi-Core: The Devil Is in the Detail http://www.chipdesignmag.com/display.php?articleId=2396



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