Saturday, November 27, 1999
11/27/99 10:16:04 AM
Thursday, November 25, 1999
11/25/99 10:20:20 PM
The roving_reporter on "viral regulation."
Ted Byfield's roving_reporter was introduced here in
TBTF for 1999-11-21.
Byfield now writes on the unsettling
tactic that may lurk behind the draft crypto-export regulations
released by, or leaked from, the Clinton administration. The big idea:
By linking export regulations to the type of license that governs a
given piece of software, it may be able to "infect" derivative
Tuesday, November 23, 1999
11/23/99 10:45:46 PM
11/23/99 12:12:44 AM
Cool stuff found at Comdex, part 1.
David Gessel <gessel at black-rose dot org> sent this list of what
caught his fancy at the recently concluded grandmother of all industry
Biometrics: Lots of scanners, the best seemed to be SecuGen, with
lots of products including a home door lock with a fingerprint scanner.
Coolest Micro-Tech: Hitachi Maxell, Toshiuki Kaneko was showing a tiny
chip with a new technique whereby a copper RF coil is put on the chip
itself, 14uM wire, 4uM gap. Application was micro transceiver (2mm
square) w/ many bytes of EEPRAM. The chip is remote powered, talks over
a gap of 3mm and can be co-molded into plastic (approx. 300 C max. temp.).
Cool Thermal Tech: CoolPoly has a specially filled polymer with a thermal
transfer rate of 10 W/mK (= stainless) to 100 W/mK (= die-cast aluminum).
Best Palm Accessory: Pocketscience -- Anywhere modem using acoustic
coupler technlogy (yes, like from 1970, except fast) and a flat-rate 800
service to enable email from any phone, including cell.
Coolest Camera: the Axis 2100 network camera. Light in, IP out.
Built-in Linux Web server. Or the Sony mega MD video camera 640MB MD disks,
ethernet port. Even smaller than the Axis 2100, but less programmable (no
Linux server inside).
Display Technology: Sanyo and Kodak showed (in the Sanyo booth)
organo-luminescent displays. Basically glowing LCDs. No backlight, no
polarizer, beautiful color.
Wireless: to say that
is way behind is like saying that
Microsoft is unloved. Ericsson showed a cool phone (P28) with a working
Bluetooth audio I/O module and a working Bluetooth headset.
Linux: the Linux expo was kinda weenie. More distribution vendors than app
11/23/99 12:12:10 AM
Cool stuff found at Comdex, part 2.
More David Gessel's best-of-Comdex.
Battery Tech: Maxel and Sanyo were showing polymer Li-ion batteries, but
electrofuel may have won the race with their Powerpad, at 180% more
watt-hours/kilo (their numbers).
Printers: I found the HP 970C's output really
unbelievable. Much better than any other sample I could find and sharper
and more vibrant than most dye-sub. Best workgroup laser:
Tektronix 780 color laser looked good. (Neither of these
opionions results from a comprehensive survey.)
Multiboot Made Easy: boot as many OS's as you want (100+) on your PC.
Best Motherboard: Supermicro PIIIDM6. In an ATX factor -- Dual PIII 733,
840 chipset, 4-GB PC133 SDRAM, 2x 64-bit 66-MHz PCI, 4x 32-bit, 1 AGP Pro, dual
Ultra3/160, dual Ultra DMA IDE, dual USB...
Best Palmtop: Psion 7. Sorry 3com heads, the Psion wee plastic pal has a
color browser and kicks. Seems the Ericsson investment was a good thing.
MP3 Players: Sony and Sanyo both showed very cool stick players, Sanyo's
with removable media like little palm pens. But the best is the MP-TRIO by
Digitra Systems, 2 multimedia cards (MMC, up to 32MB each), 27 grams, smaller
than a zippo. And it records. Up to 320kbps quality, FAT compatible.
Complaints: no audio I/O jack (it records so...), buttons on surface, parallel
port not USB.
http://www.digitra.com/ -- so far
11,000 whole hits on their homepage
Special Interest: PC room link. Hospitality service, in room PCs.
Commerce Systems: E-cash. Not clear how useful from either the demo or the
cutsheet, but theoretically versitile, emailable, Palm Pilot beamable cash.
B2B Systems: Not clear without trying them if they work, but:
11/23/99 12:11:43 AM