Thursday, February 28, 2008

Fastest road vehicle

I want one!!!!!

British-built Acabion is fastest road vehicle

By Tom Chivers

A new 340mph "car", built with jet fighter technology and partly designed and built in Britain, is the fastest-ever road vehicle.

The Acabion GTBO reaches 300mph in just thirty seconds, say its designers.


The Acabion GTBO "road streamliner" is capable of 340mph and can do 0 - 300mph in just thirty seconds

Based on the cockpit of a jet fighter and using aerodynamic techniques used in aerospace design, the GTBO is a full 90mph quicker than its nearest rival, the Bugatti Veyron, which takes 55 seconds to reach its 250mph top speed.

Two-wheeled, but with twin stabilising wheels at the back for low-speed manoeuvring - not unlike those used on children's bicycles - the GTBO packs an astonishing 800 brake horsepower in its 1,300cc turbo-charged engine.

However, it weighs just 700lb, half the weight of the original Mini.

The engine and power train are designed in Britain by engineers from the race and dragster community.

An electric version, itself capable of 300mph, is also planned. Its designer, Dr Peter Maskus - a former engineer for Porsche - denies that it is a car or a motorbike at all, preferring to describe it as a "road streamliner".

"The Acabion GTBO minimises weight and maximises power and aerodynamic efficiency. The effects are just out of this world", he said.

"The GTBO is the trendsetter towards a new generation of crafts in two categories, both hyper efficient.

"One category is pure electric for city traffic and distances up to 300 miles.

"The other category is petrol driven with 10 times the punch and a range of up to 1000 miles per fuel-stop.

"They both boost the jet-like GTBO to jet-fighter punch and to new dimensions of both efficiency and speed."

Dr Maskus claims that designs such as these are the future for high-efficiency, low-emission transport.

"Building cars based on carriages was a logical thing to do back in 1886. It is the most silly thing to do in the 21st century," he said, adding that the GTBO was capable of such high speeds due to its "slippery shape".

"The GTBO is built with Formula 1 and jet fighter materials and according to Formula 1 and jet fighter production standards.

"We certify each craft according to German standards and then generate country specific legalisation based on that - it will be sold in the UK and the US," he said, promising that the GTBO would be in production within three years.

"Our grandchildren will probably laugh at how slow and how inefficient cars have been," he added.

However, those grandchildren may not get to spend much time in it. A one-seater that will cost approximately £1.5 million for its first production models, it is unlikely to see much service as a family car.


List of sites for Cisco Professionals

Follow this link to a listing of useful websites for Cisco professionals and those seeking certifications. CISCO SITES

Friday, February 22, 2008

Tool Turns Google into Vulnerability Scanne

Tool Turns Google into Vulnerability Scanner
By Ryan Naraine

Incredible lapse in security at Obama rally!

Read this article on security change at an Obama rally.

http://www.star-telegram.com/251/story/486413.html

Monday, February 18, 2008

DIY UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)

Another Installment on how to use off the shelf RC equipment to create an UAV. COOL.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Business Idea Workshop

You have 14 days left to register for the Has God Given You a Business Idea Workshop that will be held on March 1, 2008.

New Update: All participants can attend the full day workshop for only $65.00. We recognize the current climate that Michigan is in right now and our goal is that you are able to attend the workshop to get the powerful information to help grow your business this year. Register on-line today at www.HasGodGivenYouABusinessIdea.com Seating is limited. We hope to see you there!

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  • New All 2008 God Idea Workshop Vendors will receive one Free DVD from the Level lI Series
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This Vendor Offer Ends 2/15/08


Friday, February 15, 2008

IT staff still in short supply,

IT staff still in short supply, but hiring pace may slow


Amid all this talk of unemployment, IT workers continue to be in short supply, according to a CIO Insight analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
A record 3.76 million workers in the United States held IT jobs last year, a record and up 8.5 percent from 2006, the analysis showed. The rapid growth in employment lowered last year's IT unemployment rate to 2.1 percent, from 2.5 percent in 2006, the lowest level recorded since the government redefined IT occupations in 2000. While those are great numbers for IT jobseekers, they aren't welcomed by CIOs fighting among themselves for limited human resources. More at this link. However, CIOs also say they plan to increase their staffs at a slower pace in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to a survey of 1,400 CIOs from a national IT staffing company. More at this link.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Black IT Employment Reaches a Post-Internet-Bust High

Wow ,the 100th post to the blog.

Black IT Employment Reaches a Post-Internet-Bust High
By Eric Chabrow
2008-01-25



The number of African Americans employed in computer-related jobs rose 10.3% in 2007.

Employment among African-American IT professionals rose by 10.3 percent in 2007, reaching levels not seen since the Internet boom. Still, the percentage of blacks among all employed IT workers is lower than it was at the beginning of the decade.

African Americans held 267,000 IT managerial and staff jobs in the United States last year, representing 7.1 percent of employed business-technology pros, according to a CIO Insight analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Black IT employment peaked in 2001 at 296,000. That’s nearly 9.8 percent, or 29,000 jobs, higher than last year’s employment statistic. IT employment among blacks reached a decade low of 229,000 in 2002, the year following the 2001 recession and the dot-com bubble burst.

As a comparison, the number of employed IT pros with Asian ancestry soared last year to 638,000, a rise of 98,000, or 18.1 percent. Asians represented 17 percent of employed business technologist.

At the beginning of the decade, Asians embodied 12.4 percent of employed IT managers and workers. Blacks represented 8.4 percent and whites 78.6 percent of all IT pros in 2000.

The proportion of white IT pros has steadily decreased since 2002 to 74.3 percent last year, it’s the lowest percentage ever. That comes despite an increase in white IT employment, which grew by 177,000, or 6.8 percent, to 2,791,000 in 2007.

Why are fewer African Americans employed in IT today than at the beginning of the decade? In an interview with CIO Insight last summer, Gina Billings, president of the National Black Data Processing Association, blames globalization, in which many American IT workers lost their jobs this decade as more IT work is outsourced overseas. African-Americans, who proportionally joined the profession later than their white colleagues, got caught in the ritual of last hired, first fired. Those experienced pros laid off, she says, entered other fields, discouraged about job prospects within IT.

Monday, February 04, 2008

BDPA Detroit Chpater Presidents Letter

President Photo



Greetings BDPA-Detroit Members:



I would like to introduce myself, I am Anquanette Clegg, your 2008 - 2009 BDPA - Detroit Chapter President. I am currently employed at Compuware Corporation, and committed to excellence and looking forward to providing a wide spectrum of resources to our members, corporate sponsors, partners, and the community. In the next 2 years, I along with the 2008 Board of Directors will have the pleasure of helping BDPA-Detroit realize its mission and objectives by delivering programs and activities that are designed to take our members "from the classroom to the boardroom".


Please join me in welcoming our 2008 Board of Directors:

Vice President of Business Management / President Elect: Markita Wadley

Vice President of Finance: Loraine Stewart-David

Vice President of Strategy and Planning: Roslyn Cleckley

Vice President of Membership Management: Don Lang

Vice President of Membership Services: Ronald Reed

Immediate Past President: Anthony Garrett-Leverett

Secretary: Tamika Smith



Current Director Roles:

Director of TAC: Cliff Samuels Jr.

Director of Communications: William Bowen

HSCC Coordinator: Glynis Talley


This year the Detroit Board of Directors and I met for an entire weekend in Southfield to plan the Chapter's Objectives and Goals. One common theme that reigned throughout the retreat is that we must understand our current members and be able to deliver an answer to the infamous question "What can BDPA do for me?"


We believe our 2008 Objectives will help us respond to our members concerns. Below is a list of objectives we feel will help us deliver an answer to your question:


Deliver Programs and Professional Development courses to build and strengthen our members' proficiency and effective application of Information Technology. We are currently working on providing Project Management Professional (PMP) Test Preparation courses.

Provide timely consistent communication of Chapter Events. Information Exchange / Program meetings occur bi-monthly, beginning in February, on every 3rd Thursday at Tech Town from 6-8 PM.

Provide a new look and feel to our Chapter's website. Please take a look at the website! www.bdpa-detroit.org


Increase the number of Detroit Member Conference Participants. This year, the conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia August 6 - 9, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Peach Tree. For more details, visit www.bdpa.org.


Host an Awards Banquet to acknowledge contributions of our members, supporting and sponsoring corporations, recognize community volunteers, our HSCC Team, and to raise funds to support Chapter objectives.


Distribute quarterly emails to members to inform, and gain feedback on how we can improve the Chapter. We need to hear your voice, thoughts, and concerns!


While there is a great deal to be desired, we believe the above goals, will allow us to meet the needs of our members and take the Chapter to a level never seen before. As a Board, we are committed to serving you and as a member of this great organization, we need your support and time! Please take the time to get involved today!


Change and competition in a global market is inevitable in the technology profession. We must continue to learn and stay on the leading edge of technology. By remaining an active member, you will have access to the best in class benefits and resources that will support your career "from the classroom to the boardroom". You will have thousands of fellow members willing to mentor you in achieving your career goals and aspirations. A BDPA membership will cost you less than 21 cents a day to have the technical upper hand. Here are just some of the benefits available to our members:


  • Career Center: Free resume job posting/access in BDPA Job & Resume Career Database
  • IT Professional Development:
  • BDPA IT Institute
  • BDPA Technology Conference
  • Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF - Executive Protégé Program
  • Leadership and Career Development Opportunities
  • Conference Discounts (30% discount on conference registration deadlines apply)
  • BDPA Information Network
  • BDPA Digital Library (members-only access to online library)
  • Online tutorials
  • Market research
  • Industry news
  • Over 300 technology-related publications & journals
  • The BDPA Journal
  • Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine
  • Magazine Subscription Discount - free for conference registrants
  • Federal Credit Union Membership (Join with just a $5 minimum deposit)
  • DELL Computer Discounts
  • Gateway Computer Discounts
  • Online Shopping, theatre, sports, & travel discounts
  • Communication Forums



For more information on the above services, visit: www.bdpa.org.


Please feel free to contact me at Detroit-President@bdpa-detroit.org and thank you for your support. I look forward to serving as your Chapter President.



Sincerely,



__________________________________
Anquanette Clegg
Certified Project Manager, PMP
BDPA-Detroit President
Contact Number: 313-438-3519
Website: www.bdpa-detroit.org
"Dedicated to serving YOU"


Up Coming Events



Information Exchange Meeting - "Meet the Board"
When: February 21, 2008 - Thursday
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
We encourage you to come out and meet the Board and learn more about opportunities BDPA can provide you!



BDPA-Detroit will be recognized by The International Detroit Black Expo, INC as Organization of the Month in March. The Black Business Expo will be entitled, "Digital Divide".

Please join us the
Northwest Activity Center on March 7, 2008
from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. For more information on the event visit: www.DetroitBlackExpo.com


BDPA Technology Conference
When: August 6-9, 2008
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
For more information visit: www.bdpa-detroit.org


Volunteering Opportunities


High School Computer Comp


We are in need of lab assistants (at least one per day) for the following dates and times for HSCC Round 1 training.

Please notify Glynis Talley @ Detroit-HSCC-Coordinator@bdpa-detroit.org ASAP if you're available for any of the requested dates/times.


Saturday 2/9 - 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM, subject: HTML/CSS

Saturday 3/1 - 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM, subject: Build a personal web page project

Saturday 3/8 - 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM, subject: Team Web Page project



S.I.T.E.S Director

Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES) Programs within BDPA are designed to expose our youth to the concepts of computers and give them expertise in industry skills. The SITES Director is responsible for delivering and managing these programs for the chapter for our K - 12 youth. This includes coordinating with our National Organization in relation to the SITES Programs and administering these actual programs in our community. This includes the HSCC Program and National Competition at the Annual Conference.

Please contact Anquanette Clegg - Detroit-President@bdpa-detroit.org if you are interested in volunteering for this position.



Sincerely,

Anquanette Clegg


Certified Project Manager, PMP
BDPA-Detroit President
Contact Number: 313-438-3519
Website: www.bdpa-detroit.org


"Dedicated to serving YOU"




BDPA | Tech Town | 440 Burroughs | Suite 115 | Detroit | MI | 48202

Friday, February 01, 2008

5 smart fixes for Windows

5 smart fixes for dumb PC annoyances

Is Windows bugging you about USB devices that aren't even plugged in anymore? Or harassing you with bogus security alerts? Or popping up lots of unnecessary notifications? I have all the fixes--plus a cool, free Clipboard substitute.

1. Safely Remove External Devices

The Hassle: I disconnected an external USB drive, but I can still see it in Windows Explorer. And every few seconds I get a 'Delayed Write Failed' error message. It's a pain in the neck--and confusing.The Fix: The case of the phantom flash drive, eh? The Safely Remove Hardware tool (the green arrow in the system tray) is meant to complete any reads or writes and then flush disk buffers on the device. Not using it--and just disconnecting the device--is a game of high-tech Russian roulette that can result in corrupted files.

You probably know the safest way to disconnect such hardware: Click the green arrow icon, highlight the device, and click Stop.

If you're constantly swapping flash drives and other USB external add-ons, you might want some extra help. USB Safely Remove--a handy, $20 program--gives you more ways to handle multiple USB devices. For instance, the tool allows you to stop peripherals via keyboard shortcuts and lets advanced users employ command-line batch files to stop multiple gadgets.

2. End Windows Security Alert Nags

The Hassle: I update my antivirus program daily, but the red Windows Security Alert still warns that my system is at risk. Why?

The Fix: Windows sometimes wacks out with warnings; the one that you're talking about can appear if you disable a component of your antivirus. As long as you're positive your antivirus program (or firewall, for that matter) is working and updated, zap the Windows alert: Click the pop-up balloon warning to open the Windows Security Center. Choose Recommendations in the Virus Protection panel and check I have an antivirus program that I'll monitor myself.

3. Stop Yellow Balloon Alerts

The Hassle: When I send anything to my networked printer, Windows XP pops up a yellow confirmation bubble telling me the item printed. How can I turn that annoying option off?

The Fix: In Control Panel, choose Printers and Faxes. Click File, Server Properties, and select the Advanced tab. Near the bottom, uncheck the box for Notify when remote documents are printed. In Vista, follow the same steps, but uncheck Show informational notifications for network printers. (On your network, you may have to right-click the printer involved and click Run as Administrator first.)

4. Make E-Mail Programs Recognize Web Links

The Hassle: I tried another browser, didn't like it, and uninstalled it. But now that I'm back to using Internet Explorer, none of the links that I click in e-mail or on a Web site work.

The Fix: When you uninstalled the other browser, it didn't restore default rights to Internet Explorer. From the Control Panel, open Internet Options, select Programs, and choose Internet Explorer as the default browser. If the links still don't work, use SetBrowser to reset your browser through brute force.

Note: Despite the warning posted on the creator's site, the SetBrowser program works fine with Firefox.

5. Quick Tip: Get Your Product Key

One day you might need to retrieve your product key--the CD key--for your Windows installation or for Microsoft Office. Save yourself a headache by running Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder. The utility is free but is supported by donations.

* Tool of the Month: Manage Your Clips

You use Windows' Clipboard, right? You'll love Polar's MultiClipboard, a free utility with skills that are light-years beyond Windows' cut-and-paste function. You use Ctrl-C as usual, but in the background MultiClipboard captures and saves everything you send to the Clipboard. When you are ready to paste, Ctrl-V works for the last clip, or instead you can bring up MultiClipboard with a hot-key and pick from the saved clips--including images, multiple files, and text. On a network, you have the option of sharing clips; you can make clipped items permanent and assign a shortcut key to each one, too. Get it from Polar Software's Polar MultiClipboard page.