NEW NET Issues List for 29 Jul 2008; Rutan/Branson/Jetpack

Below is the final list of issues for the TUESDAY, 29 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.

This week's meeting will include a report from BarCampMadison2 and some discussion of the technology at EAA AirVenture 2008 (...as well as some thoughts about technology at AirVenture 2009...).

Two particularly exciting events happened today at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture 2008. The most fun and interesting was the chance to listen from a front row seat to Burt Rutan, Sir Richard Branson and Will Whitehorn talk about the unveiling of White Knight Two and general civilian aerospace topics. Key points made by Burt went something along the lines of 'don't be afraid to do wacky things', 'most revolutionary innovations will come from outside the formal education system' and 'for the really wacky things you want to do, ask forgiveness rather than permission.' Especially from parents... The other unique experience was being in the second row of a large crowd watching the public unveiling of the Martin Jetpack. Second row was ok with me for this event, since the crowd was warned about washback from the Jetpack...

The ‘net

  1. Lifehacker editors' favorite software/hdwe http://lifehacker.com/399296/the-lifehacker-editors-favorite-software-and-hardware
  2. Zimbra Desktop gives Yahoo Mail offline access http://www.download.com/8301-2007_4-9998418-12.html http://tinyurl.com/6na6uv (Ars technica)
  3. Microsoft tries to one-up Google PageRank http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-9999038-93.html
  4. XDrive, AOL Pictures, MyMobile And Bluestring To Shut Down http://tinyurl.com/6aa4rh (TechCrunch)
  5. Hasbro spells L-A-W-S-U-I-T for Facebook knockoff Scrabulous http://tinyurl.com/5dj53t (Ars technica) http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/38632/118/
  6. Medipedia launches http://healthcare.zdnet.com/?p=1178 http://tinyurl.com/6fl7k5 (Wall Street Journal)
  7. 50 Steps to Establishing a Consistent Social Media Practice http://tinyurl.com/6fwvvn (Chris Brogan)

Security, Privacy & Digital Controls

  1. Vulnerable to a DNS cache poisoning at home? http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-9998625-83.html
  2. EFF: Yahoo Music should compensate customers http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-9999244-93.html
  3. Oops - SF prosecutors put city passwords on public record http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10000342-83.html

Mobile Computing & Communicating

  1. It's Not Easy Being a Restaurant Guide, Jukebox, Game Console and Lightsaber http://tinyurl.com/5ocyze (WashingtonPost)
  2. Free Multiservice IM App Arrives on iPhone http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/07/free-multi-serv.html
  3. Developer nails copy/paste with upcoming iPhone app http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13549_7-10001171-30.html
  4. Mobile web standards announced today http://www.jkontherun.com/2008/07/mobile-web-stan.html

Open Source

  1. SourceForge 2008 Awards http://sourceforge.net/community/cca08/ (note Microsoft is a big sponsor… ;-)
  2. When worlds collide: Microsoft funds Apache http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-9999824-75.html
  3. Open Web Foundation formed http://news.yahoo.com/s/infoworld/20080725/tc_infoworld/107490
  4. Intel Releases Moblin Into the Wild http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20080723/tc_pcworld/148839


  1. Knol and void: The day I became a published Google 'expert' http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-9999282-93.html
  2. Cuil Isn't A Google Killer http://searchengineland.com/080728-024035.php http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/38601/118/
  3. Google Maps Redesign Rolled Out http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2008-07-29.html#n36
  4. More Google competition: True Knowledge takes a sniper’s approach to search http://tinyurl.com/6axu57 (VentureBeat)

General Technology

  1. New Phone Service is a Coward's Best Friend http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/ptech/07/22/cellphone.voicemail.ap/index.html
  2. Say So Long to an Old Companion: Cassette Tapes http://tinyurl.com/56tn38 (NY Times)
  3. Dell’s Studio Hybrid reignites the passion for the desktop PC http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/38623/135/
  4. India developing $10 laptop http://www.engadget.com/2008/07/29/india-developing-10-laptop-gartner-says-100-laptop-at-least/

Leisure & Entertainment

  1. Microsoft Promotes Live with Free Cross-Platform Play http://blog.wired.com/games/2008/07/microsoft-promo.html
  2. It's about time developers focus on the Wii http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10001441-17.html
  3. Digital Comics Coming to the Wii in Japan http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20080724/tc_pcworld/148852

Economy and Technology

  1. Apple’s newly launched App Store is going to transform the company, again http://tinyurl.com/5a6bse (VentureBeat)
  2. Gateway ends direct PC sales http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9999968-1.html
  3. Brandstreaming: What Is It & Who's Doing It? http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/brandstreaming.php

Civilian Aerospace

  1. Branson unveils space tourism jet http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7529978.stm
  2. Martin Jetpack unveiled in Oshkosh http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/07/29/1230228.aspx http://www.popsci.com/military-aviation-%2526-space/article/2008-07/flight-jetpack
  3. Space exploration comes to the classroom http://tinyurl.com/5c9fkt (Rocky Mountain News)
  4. Rocket Racing League Set for First Flight Demonstration http://www.space.com/news/080729-rocket-racing-debut.html

Supercomputing & GPUs

  1. MIT: neuroscience & artificial intelligence begin to intersect. http://www.technologyreview.com/read_article.aspx?id=17111 http://www.flickr.com/photos/27920304@N06/
  2. NVIDIA Keeps It Interesting http://www.hpcwire.com/blogs/25880919.html
  3. IBM Eureka Has NVIDIA GPUs At Its Core http://tinyurl.com/5kex4f (Design News)
  4. University Supercomputers to Aid Indiana Business Development http://tinyurl.com/6ntjuf (HPCwire)
  5. NVIDIA accelerates search for cure http://www.hpcwire.com/offthewire/NVIDIA_Accelerates_the_Search_for_a_Cure.html
  6. Ford Taps Quantum3D for Virtual Engineering http://tinyurl.com/6569ww
  7. Supercomputing moves beyond MPI http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/07/28/analysis-supercomputing-moves
  8. Five Multicore Chip Startups to Watch http://gigaom.com/2008/07/16/five-multicore-startups-to-watch/
  9. New multicore e-book http://insidehpc.com/2008/07/23/new-multicore-e-book/



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