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Archive for April, 2005

City Clouds: Dumb Idea?

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 29th, 2005

Verizon Chairman and CEO Ivan Seidenberg last week told the San Francisco Chronicle that city plans to build networks could be one of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever heard. But backers of municipal networks are fighting hard against such claims, reports Telephony Magazine. They are winning the support of a high-tech community worried that Asia […]

Space Radar Launch

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 29th, 2005

Imagine there’s no heaven…it’s easy if you try. No hell below us…above us only sky (MP3) – George Bush sings Sometime between 8:00 and 10:30 p.m. tonight, a spy satellite payload may be launched from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40. A 9-minute, 30-second ascent is expected to deliver a National Reconnaissance Office radar imaging satellite into […]

X Marks Spotlight

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 29th, 2005

Apple’s new Tiger goes on the prowl tonight at 6pm, along with a new OSX server. C/Net, E-Week, MacWorld, Computer World, PC Magazine, ArsTech, and OS News explain the key features of the OS X 10.4. Among the 200 new features are Automator, Dashboard, Quicktime 7, an updated version of web browser Safari, and the […]

PoE-Powered Touchscreen

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 29th, 2005

The BBC reports that UK firm DSP Design has made a PC that gets its power via Ethernet cable using Power-over-Ethernet (PoE). The Poet 6000 draws only 12 watts. It replaces a monitor with a flat-panel screen and uses low power components. It has a touch screen and DSP expects it to be used in […]

TechDirt Profiled

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 29th, 2005

TechDirt was profiled in the San Francisco Cronicle today: In the cutthroat business environment of Silicon Valley, industry information is perhaps the best tool for success. With the right kind of dirt, you’re golden; without inside scoops, you’re just about as clueless as the average Joe. Enter Techdirt, a Belmont company designed to educate the […]

3.6 GHz: VoIP or Not?

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 29th, 2005

The new 3650-3700 Mhz band, recently opened up by the FCC, has (apparently) some restrictions for WiMax that could limit its utilitity for voice backhaul. This article from Broadband Wireless World indicates difficulties with the contention-based protocol required in the new band: Some of the more pointed talk at the Broadband Wireless World show held […]