Thursday, December 27, 2007

The real story behind "The Great Debaters" Movie

Read this NY Times article on The Great Debaters and also go see the movie. This is an excellent movie for all to see and hopefully will inspire some of our black youth.

Picture of the real Wiley College debate team

Monday, December 17, 2007

Hi-tech tools divide social sites

Hi-tech tools divide social sites
Social network sites are moving to make it much easier for software developers to write add-ons for the hugely popular web destinations.

Bebo, Facebook, Meebo and Friendster have unveiled plans to help them become more than places to keep in touch.

The add-ons will allow users to add extras, such as video and music clips, to the personal profiles they maintain.

The alliances behind the technologies also reveal the fierce competition between social sites for users.

Tough choices

In one of the broader announcements Bebo unveiled its Open Application platform which will produce a set of common interfaces that developers can use to create programs and applications that will work with the social network site.

At the launch Bebo unveiled partnerships with more than 40 developers, including NBC Universal, Flixster and Gap. A sample application produced using the tools allows Beboers to create an interactive avatar that models Gap clothes.

Significantly, Bebo's interface tools will work with Facebook's already announced development system. This will make it possible for the many developers who have written applications for Facebook to use their code almost unchanged for the Bebo network.

Despite the tie-up on tools, Bebo and Facebook will not become a unified network.

MySpace - 29 million
Facebook - 15 million
Friendster - 5.9 million
Orkut - 9.6 million
Bebo - 4.8 million
Source: ComScore July 2007
Bebo said it would also support Google's Open Social initiative which aims to create a unified system of tools that can be used on any and every social network site. The Open Social tools are due to appear in early 2008.

Social networking giant MySpace is backing Google's initiative.

In a further boost for Facebook instant messaging network Meebo announced its support for the tool set. Meebo said it had no plans to support Google's initiative.

At the same time Friendster announced that its development tools would be "open" so they can work on as many networks as possible. It has declared its support for Google's Open Social initiative.

Finally, Facebook has announced plans to license its development system to other sites. Since it was announced in May 2007 more than 7,000 applications have been written for Facebook.

This series of announcements shows how keenly contested this sector of the hi-tech market has become.

The deals and technological tie-ups are all about building up as large an audience as possible in a bid to dominate the sector.

Story from BBC NEWS:

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wordless Wednesday- On Thursday

Comcast again screwing the customers.

We are having the same problem in the high rise I live in. They are forcing you to buy the digital package if you want it or not. Bastards!!!

Clinton Twp., Comcast fight over community channels digital switch
Clinton Township and Comcast Corp. are scheduled to meet today in a dispute over the location of the township's community TV channel on Comcast's system. Township officials are angry that Comcast is proposing to move its community access channel locations up into the 900s on its 1,000-channel digital cable system, which requires a set-top box. Township Director of Cable TV Linda Badamo received 311 resident comments in opposition to Comcast's plan to move the channels. She said residents are upset that Comcast is forcing them to get a cable box to view the channels and subscribers are prepared to switch to WOW cable if Comcast does not keep the channels as they are today. More.

Web 2.0 stuff in plain english

Visit the site below to learn about some the Web 2.0 tech in plain english.

Monday, December 10, 2007

The Detroit Lions Christmas Song.

(sing like We Wish you a Merry Christmas)

We wish we could win a game now,
We wish we could win a game now,
We wish we could win a game now,
And have a winning season.

We lose games at the last second,
We lose games at the last second,
We lose games at the last second,
And blow the playoff spot.

We have no offensive line,
We have no running game,
We have a pitiful quarterback,
And here we are again, LOSERS!!!

The Lions were 6 and 2 a few short weeks ago and now they are 6 and 7. Another season blow by the Lions. They only had to win half of their remaining games to get to the playoff but alas, another wishful season down the drain. The Lions are the only Detroit team not able to play in a championship game in the last 10 years. Time for the fans and tax payers to demand their monies worth from this team. We pay taxes to support the new Ford Field and up with $50.00 parking fees to watch the game. Time to ship the Lions back to Pontiac and rename their the Pontiac Pussycats.

Well, the only bright spot is our record is better than the Miami Dolphins who may go in the history books as having the undefeated season and a winless season.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Malware through Google search

Sunbelt Software: Google search results delivering massive malware attacks by ZDNet's Larry Dignan -- For the last two days, security software firm Sunbelt Software has been all over what could develop into a scary trend: Rigged Google search results that deliver big malware payloads. On Monday, Sunbelt reported “we’re seeing a large amount of seeded search results which lead to malware sites.” The search terms leading you to these malware [...]

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007

Philly Wi-Fi Network Hits Snags, Delays

Wireless Oakland still being installed but no wireless Detroit. We miss you Detroit Wireless Project..

Philly Wi-Fi Network Hits Snags, Delays

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Alfred Zaccaria was finally going to leave the world of dial-up for high-speed access to the Internet without having to pay a lot more for service.

Or so he thought.

A 63-year-old landlord in northeast Philadelphia, he signed up for EarthLink's Wi-Fi Internet service in June for $6.95 a month, a rate that would rise to the regular price of $19.95 after six months. Five months later, he still can't get it to work despite moving his wireless modem from room to room and closer to windows to get a better signal.

"I'm paying them and they're not giving me the service," said Zaccaria, who's stuck with a one-year contract and a $70 modem whose return date has passed. "It seems unjust."

Three years after Mayor John Street announced Philadelphia would be the first major U.S. city to have its own network for wireless Internet access, the project is nearly a year behind schedule and beset by cost overruns.

Technical problems and restructuring at EarthLink Inc., the Atlanta-based Internet service provider that won the 10-year contract to set up and manage the network, slowed the process. But its future grew much murkier Friday, with Earthlink's announcement that it is considering "strategic alternatives" - in other words, a possible sale - for its municipal Wi-Fi business.

"Making significant further investments in this business could be inconsistent with our objective of maximizing shareholder value," the company has decided, Chief Executive Rolla P. Huff said in a statement.

Shares of EarthLink rose by 13 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $7.27 amid heavy trading Friday, then climbed another 85 cents, or 11.7 percent, after-hours.

Earthlink, which did not disclose what other paths the unit could follow, said the division is worth about $40 million.

The company has struggled to generate revenue as its dial-up customers have turned to high-speed services. It brokered a joint venture with SK Telecom to form wireless company Helio and launched its municipal wireless service.

Terry Phillis, Philadelphia's chief information officer, said his city's 135-square-mile network is 75 percent complete and EarthLink is committed to finishing it. Earthlink vowed Friday to continue working with its municipal partners.

It's not clear who will own or run Philadelphia's network once it's built, though the city could take it over and find another company to operate it.

Consumer complaints have reached the office of City Councilman Frank Rizzo, who said he also had trouble connecting to EarthLink's Wi-Fi hot spots around the city and has called for a hearing on it.

"I started to get e-mails from people complaining the service doesn't work well, and that bothered me," Rizzo said.

Jerry Grasso, a spokesman for EarthLink, declined to disclose subscriber figures. But municipal officials have said they were disappointing there and in other cities.

Wireless Philadelphia, the nonprofit overseeing the project, has signed up only 440 households for the "Digital Inclusion" program for low-income residents, well below the goal for June of 1,000. Participants would get a refurbished computer, training, Internet access for a year, wireless equipment and tech support.

The network initially was to be finished last spring. Now, Wireless Philadelphia said it will be completed early next year.

Some delays were technical. EarthLink had to nearly double its number of Wi-Fi nodes to more than 40 per square mile to improve connectivity. And the company didn't require residents to buy or rent equipment to boost the signal indoors as necessary.

Then, in August, EarthLink announced it would cut 900 jobs, nearly half of its work force, and reassess the business model for its municipal broadband projects.

"We will not devote any new capital to the old municipal Wi-Fi model that has us taking all the risks," Huff told analysts then. "In my judgment, that model is simply unworkable."

Earthlink pulled out of San Francisco's Wi-Fi project in August, and Chicago and Cincinnati abandoned their efforts about the same time. The company paid Houston $5 million for missing the starting deadline for that city's Wi-Fi project and was mulling whether to walk away.

The announcement on Friday puts in limbo the investment in Houston, which Richard Lewis, that city's chief information technology officer, estimated at $40 million to $50 million.

EarthLink agreed to foot the bill for Philadelphia's network, give free accounts to the city, lease spots from the city for its Wi-Fi nodes and subsidize Internet access for low-income residents.

The company's decision was "long overdue," Anthony Townsend, a research director at Silicon Valley think tank the Institute for the Future, said Friday.

"It was pretty clear that it was going to be a long road," he said. "It's a fragmented market. You're dealing with clients and governments that move slowly and are very risk averse. They really didn't have a lot of options, and it turned out to be a lot harder than they expected."

Friday, November 16, 2007

Ubuntu scores first major pre-installed server win Nov. 15, 2007

Ubuntu scores first major pre-installed server win Nov. 15, 2007

Updated: Ubuntu is extremely popular on the desktop, but it's made comparatively little progress on servers. That's about to change. Dell is expected to announce in the first quarter of 2008 that it has certified Ubuntu Linux for its server lines.

In an interview with Rick Becker, Dell Product Group's vice president of solutions, Becker said that Dell is currently in the process of certifying Ubuntu for all its server lines. "But we are still several months away from announcing a certification. I'd say it'll be announced in Q1 next year."

Dell, however, is already selling pre-loaded Ubuntu on its servers. "At the moment, if a Dell customer asks us to pre-load Ubuntu on a server, we'll do it for them. We do the same for Red Hat and SUSE. Our open-source support group will work with them as best they can, but most developers who ask for Linux probably know more than we do about Ubuntu. In fact, we may ask them for advice," said Becker.

For now, Dell will direct customers who get pre-installed Ubuntu Linux on its servers to Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, and the Ubuntu community for support. "With Linux, it's not like you can just pick up the phone [and get support], as you know. We can't go too deeply into Ubuntu support at this time. We'll pre-load and resell it, and support the hardware with our Dell support folks. We'll refer people to the Ubuntu community if we need to," said Becker.

After all, explained Becker, "We're not into operating systems much. We'll let the other companies handle those. We're much more into providing the hardware and the management software, as well as optimizing how it runs on our servers, finding bugs, making sure the drivers work well, etc."

Just a day earlier, Dell had announced that it had formally certified Sun's Solaris on its servers. By March of next year, Dell, once an almost 100 percent Windows Server shop, will be offering pre-installed RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux), SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server), Solaris and Ubuntu Server to customers across its standalone, rack and blade server lines by the spring of 2008.

Gerry Carr, marketing manager for Canonical, said he was unable to comment directly on Dell's decision since "although it is our software, these are entirely Dell internal matters so we cannot comment on them. As a good partner, until and unless we are given specific permission to talk about any initiative, then we have to defer to Dell."

There is, however, no secret that Canonical has been working to get Ubuntu on the server and Dell's servers in specific. Carr and other Canonical executives are on record as saying that Canonical has been working on persuading server OEMs, and Dell in particular, of the advantages of offering Ubuntu on their servers since this summer.

Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical's CEO, added: "It would be superb for adoption--and would accelerate the positive trends we see already. We have indicators from several ISVs saying that Ubuntu is now their No. 1 or No. 2 server platform. These are more aggressive, newer ISVs, but even some proprietary heavyweights have started to come knocking about certification, support and joint sales, largely based on perceived momentum for the Ubuntu server platform among their customers.

"So I would be delighted if Dell took this step. I think it would be very reassuring to the people who are already deploying Ubuntu on the server; it would make Dell attractive to them as a supplier and it would catalyse another round of adoption by folks who require certification and support throughout their stack," Shuttleworth said.

Dell was also the first major PC OEM to offer pre-installed Linux on desktop and laptop lines. Dell began this move with Ubuntu-powered desktops and notebooks in May 2007. Sources at Dell indicate that the company will soon be offering pre-installed Ubuntu on more desktop and laptop lines with the latest version of Ubuntu 7.10.

"We have built a very productive relationship with Dell on the consumer range, which does continue to mature, and will build on that as the market requires it. The Dell folks have a knack for tracking demand and responding," Shuttleworth said.

Ubuntu's first major server success was getting Ubuntu certified on Sun's Fire T1000 and T2000 servers. Since then, Ubuntu has continued to work hard on its server support efforts. In July, for example, Canonical launched Landscape, its Web-based systems management program for Ubuntu servers and desktops, and the company has also expanded its support, training and certification efforts. In short, Canonical has been busy during 2007 setting up all the business infrastructure needed to support enterprise server customers.

As Carr said, there are no specific announcements to make at this time.

"Our position remains that we are keen to see Ubuntu on as many servers and as many desktops as we can get it onto," he said.

With Dell's forthcoming server certification, Canonical and Ubuntu are posed to make a major step forward in the server market.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols and Chris Preimesberger

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wal-Mart’s $200 PC - sold out

I thought LINUX was not popular. ;-) Go to link below to read article. This would have made an excellent gift for the Freedom Technology Christmas initiative.

No more inexpensive LINUX computer's at Wal-Mart

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

ADSL at 250 megabits per second?

This would make dealing with AT&T bearable. Would be awesome if priced at $20.00 a month.

ADSL at 250 megabits per second?

Some of you are old enough to remember that it was usual to catch a conversation between complete strangers when you were calling someone on the phone. This phenomenon, called cross-talk, also affects ADSL broadband connections today. But according to the Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian researcher, John Papandriopoulos, has developed an algorithm to reduce that interference. Of course, this means that ADSL connections can be faster. He says the new technology could deliver between 100 and 250 megabits per second. And it could become available worldwide within two or three years.

You can see on the left a photo of John Papandriopoulos, a research fellow at the Centre for Ultra-Broadband Information Networks (CUBINlab). Papandriopoulos completed his Ph.D. in 2006 within the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia. The picture on the left shows Papandriopoulos handling a “Ph.D. submission balloon” on October 25, 2006. (Credit: John Papandriopoulos)

Here are some quotes from the Sydney Morning Herald article. “‘Many years ago people used to pick up the phone and make a phone call and you’d be able to hear a faint or distant telephone conversation taking place, and that’s called cross-talk,’ Dr Papandriopoulos said when attempting to explain how his algorithm worked. ‘That is not an issue for voice calls these days but it becomes a problem when you’re trying to wring more bandwidth out of these existing copper telephone wires [which power ADSL broadband connections]. This cross-talk in current day DSL networks effectively produces noise onto other lines, and this noise reduces the speed of your connection.’ Dr Papandriopoulos said his algorithm served to minimise that interference and thus maximise the line speed.”

In an October 23, 2007 news release, the University of Melbourne announced it gave Papandriopoulos a Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence for his research. It also gives additional details. “Dr Papandriopoulos developed two methods — patented as SCALE and SCAPE — as part of his PhD in the University’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He says the new techniques can dramatically reduce the interference which slows down data transmission in typical DSL networks and use less power in the process.”

But this news release doesn’t provide details about the algorithm, except this. “Dr Papandriopoulos used complex mathematical modeling and optimisation techniques to develop the system, which he says can be used with existing telecommunications networks without laying kilometers of expensive fibre optic cabling. He says to facilitate the faster data transmission speeds, telecommunications providers would need to change their operational systems and consumers purchase new modems.”

Of course, I wanted to know more and read more about Papandriopoulos research, but here is what he writes on his home page. “My Ph.D. dissertation is currently bound by a confidentiality agreement due to intellectual property issues. It will be made available on my website in PDF form as soon as these restrictions are lifted.”

I can understand why. Lots of money are involved. And by the way, Papandriopoulos got a new job at ASSIA — which stands for “Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment), a start-up company developing new ways to optimize the performance of DSL networks, and chaired by Stanford University engineering professor John Cioffi. Here is what states Papandriopoulos about the future of ADSL. “Research by Prof. John Cioffi’s group at Stanford University has recently concentrated on the next-wave of DSL technology, that can offer speeds of 1-2Gbps over copper. That research, however, is likely to be many more years away from implementation and deployment. Our technology can assist with raising broadband speeds over DSL in the much shorter term.”

Sources: Asher Moses, Sydney Morning Herald, November 5, 2007; and various websites

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Meeting of the Conference Planning Committee for Blogging Whiel Brown

Blogging While Brown

Meeting of the Conference Planning Committee

Posted: 30 Oct 2007 12:23 PM CDT

Alrighty then,

Welcome new members who have indicated interest in serving on the Panels Committee. We need to have a conference call to discuss the process for determining how we are gong to select the conference workshops/sessions/seminars. Continue to post topics you are interested in seeing at the conference and continue to encourage your blogging friends and readers to weigh in.

We will need to draft the guidelines for submitting a workshop proposal, the deadlines, and also discuss the keynotes. If you have some draft guidelines from a previous conference that you have worked on, please post those on the Google Group.

If you have proposed deadlines for the various steps in the process, please post those as well so we can discuss as much as we can online before the meeting. At the conference call, please come prepared to indicate what specific responsibility or role you want to play in the process.

To the new folks, the way this works is I have listed a number of proposed meeting times, you should reply back to bloggingwhilebrown (at) indicating which times you are NOT available for a conference call. So in review, don't email me saying when your ARE available. Email me indicating when you are NOT available. As always, even if you are unable to attend, you can have input by providing feedback via email or by posting on the Google Group.

Remind folks that the deadline for early registration is November 1st. We are off to a great start considering we haven't come up with a marketing plan. The folks on the last call can attest to the fact that I stick to schedule.

So here are the proposed times ALL TIMES ARE CST:
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11:30AM to 12:15PM CST
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Again, let me know when you are NOT available. If you are not available at all then memorialize your thoughts and send them in an email. We are also looking for someone to act at the Coordinator of the Panels Committee.

If you are interested in serving on any of the conference planning committees, you need to join our Google Group. You can use the widget in the sidebar or you can send an email asking for an invitation to bloggingwhilebrown at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Layoff Lifeboat:

I was out of work for over a year in Detroit and you will experience nearly everything mentioned below. I would add that the key to getting back in the career field is networking with friends and involvement in professional organizations such as BDPA will help. The IT position I am in today is a result of networking with a BDPA members. Also stay busy. Volunteer in the community using you skill set. I helped refurbish laptop computers for students and their parents to use. This will be a difficult time but can be transformed into a time of locating you true passion.

The Layoff Lifeboat: How to Get Back to Work

Nobody wants to talk about layoffs. They're humbling, humiliating, draining and have a huge fiscal and professional drain on those that have been affected by them. But if you work in IT, it is rare to not know at least one person who has been down that road, and how hard it was for them to get back on their feet.

Joshua Muskovitz, a senior developer at SRC, headquartered in Orange, Calif. had the bad fortune to be laid off two months before 9/11.

"People were really excited to hire IT after 9/11," he quipped sarcastically. "The job market was devastated."

It took him a year to get back on his feet, and even that was an arduous process, beginning with teaching at the local ITT Technical school in Albany, N.Y., where he is based, which "paid almost to the penny what unemployment did, as in, not even close to enough" to taking on contract work before finally getting a full-time job with benefits.

In this year, he learned a lot. As if being unemployed isn't bad enough, there is a stigma attached to it.

"You have to constantly explain why you are unemployed. You have maybe a small window of time, a few weeks or a month, where people won't ask, though, so its best to get started looking as soon as you can," said Muskovitz.

Furthermore, as is often the case in IT layoffs, you are not alone in being laid off—often it is an entire department or company that is let go at the same time, which means that the market is flooded with people just like you.

"If you dally, they're going to get there first. You won't miss out on a job because you're not qualified, but it gets a little dog-eat-dog out there. Layoffs tend to come in cycles; they're anything but sporadic," said Muskovitz.

The good news is that advice on how to get back on your feet after being laid off isn't just for those who have recently lost their jobs—it can serve as protection if you ever do, and as anyone who has ever lost a job before knows, you can never play it too safe.

1. Look for the Signs

A little-discussed fact of job loss is that, quite often, the months and weeks leading up to a layoff weren't exactly the best of times. In fact, layoffs are rarely a sudden event.

"A company doesn't just look at the bank account one day and—gasp!—we didn't know we were running low! They knew it was coming. Everyone knows it coming, whether there is word of a big meeting or sale that could determine the future of the company or whether management is moping around," said Muskovitz. "It wasn't really a great job up until the very minute you got laid off."

As nihilistic a view as that statement may seem, the smartest move is to see these signs coming, and not wait until the axe finally drops to face the facts, whether that means getting back in touch with contacts, updating your resume or asking friends if their companies are hiring.

"On the day that you are laid off, or ideally before that, you want a Rolodex full of contacts. My big rally against open networking is that you can have 10 thousand contacts and not know any of them. Make sure you really know some people," said Muskovitz.

While no layoff is easy, getting gears into motion beforehand can help people get back on their feet faster, because the job market usually operates on a first come, first serve basis.

"If you really in your heart believe that the day is coming, don't wait until you are laid off to start looking for a job. On that day you are with a thousand other people. Be the first person," said Muskovitz.

2. Apply for Unemployment That Very Day

Even though it will be the very last thing that you will want to do—swallow your pride, get your papers together and march to the bureaucratic nightmare that your town's unemployment office will inevitably be—it has to be the first.

"Your benefits are based entirely on the day you go to apply. If you wait a day, you get one day les. You may not want to deal with it; you may be sure you are going to get a new job tomorrow, but you must," said Muskovitz.

There are other reasons as well, some of which vary by state.

"Here in Washington, there is a one-week period before you can start collecting. But, most layoffs happen on a Friday, so if you can get there on Friday, the week ends [on] Saturday, so those two days will count as seven" Robert Poulk, a Redmond-based senior enterprise systems troubleshooter, currently working on contract, who called himself all-too-seasoned in the ins and outs of unemployment.

Muskovitz, like others, made no bones about this process: applying for unemployment is "an awful, awful thing."

"People who apply for it are made to feel guilty about it, despite the fact that it is an entitlement. You have paid into this fund. It's your money, go get it," said Muskovitz. "It's really not a handout but it's very much treated that way."

Muskovitz admits that it was a bit of a culture shock to go from being a white collar professional to being ordered to look for a job every day, be able to constantly prove this or else your only source of income would be taken away. The job-placement services that are offered are not always technology-focused.

"The first rule, though, is to put your pride in the bank and go deliver pizzas if you must," he said.

3. Mope, Cry or Imbibe, But Stay Classy

After the initial trip to the unemployment office is made, it is sometimes okay to give yourself a day or so to decompress, especially if, like in Muskovtiz's case, it has been a "not very enjoyable" job.

"There is a lot of tension, and the next day, you're not raring to go. I gave myself a week or two to take a vacation, sit outside, look at the clouds and not work," said Muskovitz.

He had been able to buy himself a little bit of time by negotiating a severance package [See Tip 10] beforehand, but even if you have not done the same, it's okay to take a day to get your head together, especially if you have until the end of the month, for example, before your job is eliminated.

Yet even if you have advanced noticed, it's important not to flip your bosses or coworkers the proverbial bird or act in any way unprofessional.

"The most important thing to do is to realize that the company did not want to do this. It was a last resort. So serve out your time, be a professional and hopefully make some connections. Be the guy that left with class, because it keeps that door open for you if business conditions change," Jim Lanzalotto, vice president of strategy and marketing at Yoh Services, a provider of talent and outsourcing services based in Philadelphia, told eWEEK.

4. Cut Back On All Excess Expenses, Get Insurance

The unemployment office may be a sobering event, but the visit is rarely as mood-killing as receiving the first check itself. While the exact amount received varies from state to state, in general it approximates 50 percent or less than your weekly earnings, with a set maximum that also varies by where you life.

At best, once your severance (if any) runs out, you'll be living on half your prior income, and there will be no choice but to cut back on any and all excess expenses. "The longer you can hold out, the better for everyone," explains Muskovitz.

Health insurance must be arranged as well, and even though it will cost an arm and a leg (no pun intended), it is essential that you remain covered, or you will do yourself an unintentional disservice.

"Every time you change jobs, your new insurance will demand proof of continued coverage, or they will only give you limited benefits for a period of time," Muskovitz said.

5. Perfect Your Resume

In general, unemployment insurance lasts for 26 weeks (about six months), but in times of extended high unemployment, benefits may be extended by 13 weeks or more. Nevertheless, once you're done moping, arranging unemployment pay and health insurance, its time to get down to the brass tacks of job hunting and buff your resume to a high shine.

Of course, not everyone agrees that you should wait until you need a new job to get this in order, in fact many argue that you should be updating it even when your next job hunt may be years off.

"I really believe that the process of updating your resume should not be an event-driven thing. You should always be updating it, to be ready for both internal [and] external activities. Maybe there is a promotion you want, or a move to another department… Don't let anyone make you feel that you are disloyal to keep it updated. If you're in charge of your brand, this is your brochure," said Lanzalotto.

Your resume should be flawless; as this is not a place where mistakes are easily forgiven. There should be no typos, it should look clean and neat and it should be totally coherent.

"If they can't take the time and trouble to get one piece of paper right, why do I want to risk my business on them? It's not rocket science to get it perfect. Ask your friends to take a look at it, buy them a beer," said Muskovitz, who has been the point person for hiring in many of his jobs.

"The very first place you lose your chance at a job is for your resume to have typos and or be in any way incoherent."

6. Tell Everyone in the Whole World That You Need Help

Losing a job, even if it was your company that failed or could no longer afford to keep you aboard, is humiliating. Few have gone through what is often called "the horror of unemployment" without it taking a toll on their self-esteem. Many deal with this by keeping the arduous process of getting back on their feet again to themselves, but this is the wrong way to handle it.

"Nobody is going to guess that you are looking for a job. If you appropriately communicate what you want to do, people generally want to help you, so reach out to your contacts," said Lanzalotto.

Muskovitz says that this is no time to be stoic and pretend that things are okay when they are not. During a year-long bout of unemployment, he even went so far as to make a t-shirt that said "Hire Me" with a list of his skills on it. He'd wear it to mixers.

"As soon as you know you've lost your job, start calling in favors. If you had a friend that suddenly lost their job, you would do everything in your power to help them out, but only if you knew there was a problem. The way you find a new opportunity is to enlist as many human beings as possible to help you find it," said Muskovitz.

You never know when the bag boy at the grocery store has a mother with a consulting business that needs help, he added.

7. Your New Job is Finding a Job

Those who have been laid off and those who advise them agree on one thing: you must come out of the gate fighting.

"That first week, you are still in a work mode and you have to take advantage of that. If you get used to staying home and sleeping late, your pace changes. When you're shocked and pissed off is a good time to leverage this energy and get the engines running," said Poulk.

In treating job-hunting as your job, maintaining a routine can help combat the funk that surrounds not knowing where your next paycheck is coming from.

"Every single morning, go out, buy the newspaper and read the classified [section]. Go to all of the job boards and post your resume everywhere and go to Google and find that one magic phrase that nobody else has thought of and e-mail everyone that you know," said Muskovitz.

Muskovitz would have business cards made with his contact information on it and have them and a stack of resumes everywhere, including his car. He'd have lunch at a diner and run into a friend and give the friend two cards, one for them and one for anyone else they know.

"I'd put classified ads in the paper offering to do one-on-one computer tutoring or maintenance. I'd help people who were computer-phobic. Odds are, if you are technically inclined, you've been doing this anyway for friends. Now get some work out of it," said Muskovitz.

8. Don't Take It Out on the Wrong People Having to ask friends for help and relying on social services for paychecks is emotionally draining.

"People have a lot of pride and this wears them down. It's awful and terrible and horrible, but if you've kept up your healthcare, take advantage of the mental health services available if you must. Find people to talk to," said Muskovitz.

Muskovitz said that being unemployed humbled him. While unemployed, he'd look at people on the street and finally understood how few steps there were between himself and the homeless guy he stepped over on the sidewalk. It was a sobering experience and finding people to talk to was essential to his well-being.

"It's better than taking it out on your family," he said.

9. Take a Deep Breath When You Reach the Shore

When you finally land a new job, it's the best day in the world. But, your job recovery process is not over yet.

"When you get that gig, celebrate. And then, thank everyone who helped you. Send them an e-mail, a letter. People appreciate that follow-through," said Lanzalotto, who sees the help friends have given as a responsibility as well as a gift. "Now it will be your job to reach out to other people who might run into the same problem."

Furthermore, don't be surprised if you are not completely out of the woods, financially or emotionally.

"It's not an immediate jump back into 'well.' If you're in a leaky boat and you plug the hole, you still have water in the boat. Even if you are on a day-to-day basis more or less back where you were, you accumulate baggage," said Muskovitz, who said that seven years later, he still carried debt from his year without a job.

10. Negotiate Severance Pay This Time Around

There's an old adage about if you make a mistake once, it's forgivable, but making the same mistake again is less so. IT and other professionals who have been laid off even once quickly learn to try to negotiate severance packages at the start of a job.

After being laid off from a company once, then rehired, Muskovitz did just this, and when layoffs came around again a year later, others had only two weeks pay while he had three months.

"It happened four times total, so I got wise—it helped a lot," he said.

Even recruiters agree it can be in the best interest of a scorned professional.

"It's almost like a prenuptial agreement, but its appropriate because if you're going somewhere, your hope is that relationship is going to work and you hope you're going to be a great player and as asset to them. But if this doesn't work out, you want to get something fair back," said Lanzalotto.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ad Server Hijacked

Details of hijacked 24/7 ad server emerge

Hackers have hijacked a server operated by Internet advertising company 24/7 Real Media and are using it to seed legitimate Web sites with ads carrying attack code, Symantec said Friday.

Windows users who visited sites with the attacking ads were infected if they browsed with Microsoft's Internet Explorer and had RealNetworks' popular RealPlayer media player program installed on their PCs, Symantec said in an analysis written by three company researchers. This is the first time that malware has piggybacked on Internet ads served from a major advertising firm.

The attack should be a warning to the Web, said Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Network Security Inc. "So much of the content we consume today comes from many syndication services," Storms said in an e-mail interview. "We trust that the content provided to us by Internet 'blue chips' is safe from malware.

"This should be a wakeup call for sites which offer syndicated content," Storms said. "They need to take a more active role in ensuring the security of [that] content."

Working off reports last week that RealPlayer and Internet Explorer could be exploited to infect Windows computers, Symantec researchers Aaron Adams, Raymond Ball and Anthony Roe used a compromised company honeypot to trace an attack back to 24/7 Real Media's server. Although Symantec didn't speculate on how the server was compromised, it did lay out the attack's progression.

How the hack worked

After they'd gotten access to the server, the attackers added code that embedded an IFrame in every advertisement. The invisible IFrame contained instructions to redirect any browser that rendered the ad to another, unauthorized IP address. In other words, users who surfed to a theoretically trustworthy site that contained ads inserted by New York-based 24/7 were, in fact, secretly shunted to the second, malicious site.

Script hosted on that second site sniffed users' machines to determine if they were vulnerable to the unpatched RealPlayer vulnerability before actually launching an attack, according to Symantec. "The script first tests the user-agent supplied by the browser ensuring that it is Internet 6 or 7 and the system is identified as NT 5.1 [Windows XP] or NT 5.0 [Windows 2000]," Adams, Ball and Roe said in a report. Other sniff tests included one to identify the version of RealPlayer on the vulnerable PC.

If the computer met the attack criteria, a second exploit script was executed, which in turn downloaded and installed a Trojan horse to the PC. The Trojan horse was a variation of "Zonebac," malware first detected last year that disables a slew of security software and lowers Internet Explorer's security settings, said the analysts. On Friday, Symantec called the original Zonebac "fairly unsophisticated" but added that the variant in the RealPlayer attack "retrieves information from numerous Web sites."

Symantec was not available over the weekend to answer questions about the nature of that information or to provide any other details of the attack.

"What's most interesting about the exploit is where it is hosted," the three researchers said. "The compromise of an ad server can greatly increase the effectiveness of the attack. It is so effective because it allows an attacker to target victims that are browsing trusted or well-known Web sites."

In the specific attack that Symantec monitored, the advertisement -- which was for job-hunting site -- had been placed on a site hosted by, a Web hosting service owned by Lycos Inc. that offers both free and for-a-fee plans. "The Web site that triggered the breach on the DeepSight honeypot was ',' containing [an] embedded script ... which loaded the compromised advertisement and then in turn loaded the exploit," said the Adams, Ball and Roe report. "To emphasize the severity of this attack, [the ad script] is embedded and called in every user Web page (URLs formatted like '') at least," they added.

Ground control to major mess

Tripod places ads on sites hosted under its free plan; customers who pay hosting fees, however, do not have ads stuck on their sites' pages.

It's not known if the only sites served with ads containing the IFrame were Tripod's. There were hints, however, that Tripod might not be the only tainted domain. Last Wednesday, for example, NASA issued a warning to workers of a surge in attacks on Windows PCs running Internet Explorer and RealPlayer. According to the space agency's bulletin, the attacks had come from "well-known news sites which may be hosting advertisements from ad servers that redirect the users to malware hosting sites." Friday, NASA spokesman Mike Mewhinney declined to name the news sites the agency suspected of displaying rogue ads.

Because 24/7 Real Media's ad research is significant, the IFrame-infected ads may have been placed on a large number of Web sites. According to the most recent data from Internet audience measurement firm comScore, 24/7's ads reached 50% of all Americans online last month. The company's reach placed it at No. 15 on comScore's September Top 50.

24/7 Real Media did not respond to e-mails sent Friday and Sunday.

Symantec couldn't pin down the start date of the attack, but it did note that the malicious site had hosted exploit code since at least Oct. 8. "There is a possibility that this IP [has been] controlled by the same attackers for quite some time and that they are using it to launch numerous low-key attacks," said Adams, Ball and Roe.

Late Friday, RealNetworks issued a patch for RealPlayer 10.5 and the RealPlayer 11 beta. It also urged users of earlier versions to first upgrade to 10.5 or 11, then apply the patch. Only Windows versions of RealPlayer are vulnerable, RealNetworks said in its advisory; Mac and Linux versions are not at risk.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

'Low-priced' laptop

Taiwan's Asustek launches 'low-priced' laptop

An Asustek employee displays laptop computer model Eee PC in Taipei. Leading Taiwan computer maker Asustek Computer Inc launched a low-cost laptop computer targeting children elderly people and low-income users in the developing world.
An Asustek employee displays laptop computer model "Eee PC" in Taipei. Leading Taiwan computer maker Asustek Computer Inc launched a low-cost laptop computer targeting children, elderly people and low-income users in the developing world.

Leading Taiwan computer maker Asustek Computer Inc on Tuesday launched a low-cost laptop computer targeting children, elderly people and low-income users in the developing world.

Asustek described "Eee PC" as easy to work, play and learn, which Asustek chief executive officer Johnny Shih said made it more competitive.

"The 'Eee PC' is our answer to where the next one billion users of personal computers are going to come from," Shih told reporters at the product launch news conference.

"We want to enable more users around the world -- housewives, the elderly and children -- to have access."

Asustek also aims to attract more general users hoping it could be seen as their second computer.

"Basically, we do not define the model as a low-priced computer. Rather, it is armed with innovative cutting-edge technology," company spokesman Beck Lee told AFP.

"Hopefully it would become the second computer of a number of PC users."

Weighing only 0.89 kilograms, the 7-inch Eee PC features compact mobility, wireless capability and large flash-based storage capacity.

Originally designed on the Linux operating system, the Eee PC will also become available with the option of shifting to Microsoft Corp's Windows platform when it hits store shelves next month.

The model launched Tuesday carries a price tag of 11,000 Taiwan dollars (337.4 US). Three other models of the line will hit the market before the end of next month, with separate prices of 7,999 Taiwan dollars (245.4 US), 9,900 Taiwan dollars (303.7 US), and 13,888 Taiwan dollars (426 US).

Asustek expected shipment of the PC model at 300,000 units in the three months to December.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Tech Security and You

LTU @ LTU' event to talk security

What are the current threats to data and networks? What is the current IT security landscape? What are forward-thinking organizations doing to protect themselves against data theft and hacker attacks?

Join WWJ Technology Editor Matt Roush for an informative breakfast program on “Tech Security and You,” Thursday, Oct. 25 at Lawrence Technological University. Speakers will include David Glenn, vice president at the Troy IT security firm Creative Breakthroughs Inc., and Matthias Horch, CEO of Southfield-based Secure-24 Inc., a managed services and hosting company that handles some of corporate America’s most sensitive data.

The event will take place in Lawrence Tech;s UTLC Gallery, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield.

It's all free -- coffee and bagels on us, beginning at 7:30 a.m., with the discussion running from 8 to 9 a.m. -- but reservations are required. Click here.

The event is presented by Lawrence Technological University, The Great Lakes IT Report and WWJ Newsradio 950

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

10 funniest Microsoft YouTube videos

Check out these classic parodies. The OPhone video is so real that you believe Microsoft just might actually make such a device.

Microsoft Parody

Noncertified IT pros earn more

Noncertified IT pros earn more than certified counterparts: survey

By Denise Dubie, Network World, 10/16/07

IT professionals who have acumen in diverse business areas but whose IT skills are noncertified are bringing in bigger salaries on average than their certified counterparts, according to Foote Partners, which attributes the growing imbalance to the melding of corporate and IT goals.

"The corner officially has been turned for IT professionals who choose to market the diversity of their talents, not just their technical skills," according to David Foote, co-founder, CEO and chief research officer at Foote Partners, which this week released the findings of its "IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index." The report monitors the pay of 74,000 IT professionals in the United States and Canada and what they earn for 315 certified and noncertified technical and management skills and certifications.

For instance, Foote Partners research shows the average premium pay for the 156 noncertified skills it tracks grew 8% in the past 12 months. On the other hand, the average earnings for 159 certified skills the research firm monitors declined 3.5% during the same time.

Foote estimates this trend will continue as the relationship between business and IT evolves. "The truth is that IT jobs have changed substantially in eight years," he writes. "The hurt that has been put on the marketplace reputation of skills certifications is only a drop in the pond of fundamental changes that will reform or destroy dozens of long-held IT industry conventions, beliefs and rituals."

Not all certifications are on the decline, however, Foote reports. IT security certifications have entered a growth phase, and the research firm expects to see that continue at a 5% to 7% rate for the next three years. Still, the firm contends that the trend to increased compensation for noncertified skills will not subside, and IT professionals will continue to need to have both technical knowledge and business savvy to succeed in the workplace. "IT professionals today have to be routinely knowledgeable about a whole lot of things that have to do with their employers' industry, customers and products, enough to take a strategic as well as tactical role in growing the business," he writes in the report.

The Foote Partners' research results are similar to recent findings from the Society for Information Management (SIM), which reported last week that IT management considered aligning IT and business and building business skills in IT among their top 10 concerns in 2007. In addition, the CIOs and IT executives responding to SIM's survey identified business intelligence and business process management among their top five application and technology developments in 2007. The shift in IT priorities from purely technical skills to business-related experience can be seen from administrators working in the IT trenches all the way up to the executive suites.

"CIOs are recognizing that they are going through a major transition from one of a more technical role to one that is more of a business management role," says Jerry Luftman, SIM's vice president of academic affairs. "We asked CIOs how they spend their time, and two-thirds of their time is spent on nontechnical issues -- just a few years ago, that number hovered around 50%.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

X-wing Flight

A not so successful X-wing flight for Luke!!

IPod Nano catches fire in man's pocket

This is a real problem with the new Li-Poly batteries. Overcharge them and they explode or if they get too hot they go boom. In the RC hobby world, you charge theses packs inside an old ammunition carrier to absorb the brunt of the explosion if the packs overcharge. Is this the price we have to pay for high capacity batteries?? Thank God we do not use nuclear batteries yet.

IPod Nano catches fire in man's pocket

An Atlanta man says his iPod Nano caught fire in his pants.

The nearly two year-old iPod caught fire in the pocket of Danny Williams at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where he is employed, according to Williams' mother, Elaine. The flames lasted 15 seconds and fire reached up to his chest, she said in a telephone interview.

Apple representatives were not immediately available for comment, but the company has since sent a packet to Danny to return the iPod Nano, she said.

Glossy paper in his pocket may have shielded him from getting burned by the fire, Danny Williams said in local news reports. "If TSA had come by and seen me smoking, they could have honestly thought I was a terrorist," Williams is quoted as saying.

The iPod contains a lithium-ion battery, which has a history of catching fire in laptops. Since December 2005 these batteries have been blamed for meltdowns and fires in several computers. Last year several manufacturers, including Apple, Dell, and Lenovo Group were forced to recall millions of the batteries.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Permanet computer memory!!

Nanoscale computer memory retrieves data 1,000 times faster

Nanoscale computer memory retrieves data 1,000 times faster
Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania have developed nanowires capable of storing computer data for 100,000 years and retrieving that data a thousand times faster than existing portable memory devices such as Flash memory and micro-drives, all using less power and space than current memory technologies.

Ritesh Agarwal, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and colleagues developed a self-assembling nanowire of germanium antimony telluride, a phase-changing material that switches between amorphous and crystalline structures, the key to read/write computer memory.

Fabrication of the nanoscale devices, roughly 100 atoms in diameter, was performed without conventional lithography, the blunt, top-down manufacturing process that employs strong chemicals and often produces unusable materials with space, size and efficiency limitations.

Instead, researchers used self-assembly, a process by which chemical reactants crystallize at lower temperatures mediated by nanoscale metal catalysts to spontaneously form nanowires that were 30-50 nanometers in diameter and 10 micrometers in length, and then they fabricated memory devices on silicon substrates.

“We measured the resulting nanowires for write-current amplitude, switching speed between amorphous and crystalline phases, long-term durability and data retention time,” Agarwal said.

Tests showed extremely low power consumption for data encoding (0.7mW per bit). They also indicated the data writing, erasing and retrieval (50 nanoseconds) to be 1,000 times faster than conventional Flash memory and indicated the device would not lose data even after approximately 100,000 years of use, all with the potential to realize terabit-level nonvolatile memory device density.

“This new form of memory has the potential to revolutionize the way we share information, transfer data and even download entertainment as consumers,” Agarwal said. “This represents a potential sea-change in the way we access and store data.”

Phase-change memory in general features faster read/write, better durability and simpler construction compared with other memory technologies such as Flash. The challenge has been to reduce the size of phase change materials by conventional lithographic techniques without damaging their useful properties. Self-assembled phase-change nanowires, as created by Penn researchers, operate with less power and are easier to scale, providing a useful new strategy for ideal memory that provides efficient and durable control of memory several orders of magnitude greater than current technologies.

“The atomic scale of the nanodevices may represent the ultimate size limit in current-induced phase transition systems for non-volatile memory applications,” Agarwal said.

Current solid-state technology for products like memory cards, digital cameras and personal data assistants traditionally utilize Flash memory, a non-volatile and durable computer memory that can be erased and reprogrammed electronically. Data on Flash drives provides most battery-powered devices with acceptable levels of durability and moderately fast data access. Yet the technology’s limits are apparent. Digital cameras can’t snap rapid-fire photos because it takes precious seconds to store the last photo to memory. If the memory device is fast, as in DRAM and SRAM used in computers, then it is volatile; if the plug on a desktop computer is pulled, all recent data entry is lost.

Therefore, a universal memory device is desired that can be scalable, fast, durable and nonvolatile, a difficult set of requirements which have now been demonstrated at Penn.

“Imagine being able to store hundreds of high-resolution movies in a small drive, downloading them and playing them without wasting time on data buffering, or imagine booting your laptop computer in a few seconds as you wouldn’t need to transfer the operating system to active memory” Agarwal said.

Source: University of Pennsylvania

Monday, September 24, 2007

Support FREE WI-FI

Goto the M2Z website and support free WI-FI. M2Z want to use the unused radio spectrum to provide internet access to all. Here is there brief promo:

Action Alert

Support M2Z's Free, Fast and Family-Friendly Broadband Plan
Everyone in America Deserves Broadband Internet

The landscape for high-speed Internet access is dominated by a small number of telecommunications firms and cable providers who have a monopoly over spectrum assets. In most corners of America, consumers can only choose between one or two providers. This lack of competition in the marketplace has resulted in limited product choice, high prices, a slow pace of technical innovation and poor customer service.

M2Z has assembled a group of leading technology vendors, consumer device and distribution partners and financial sponsors to support its innovative business model. As a new entrant, without any incumbent baggage, M2Z aims to improve the quality of people's lives and to spark a new cycle of innovation that will make America more competitive around the world through a free and nearly ubiquitous broadband service.

Join the growing movement! Thousands of Americans -- including mayors and city council members, state senators, U.S. senators and congressmen, public safety groups, colleges and universities -- have written letters to the FCC urging them to approve the M2Z application. And over 50,000 individuals have signed the petition to support M2Z.

Sign the Petition

Friday, September 21, 2007

Novell Users Group meeting

Detroit NUG Kick-off

Interested in Discussing Novell Technologies?

Please join as local Novell users get together to 're-launch' the Detroit Novell Users Group.

This month's event features a special guest presenter highlighting the advanced features of the new ZEN suite! We will also be looking for volunteers to make this group a success!

Please let us know if you would be interested in helping out! We look forward to seeing you there!

Event Details:

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
306 S. Washington Ave
Suite 212
Royal Oak, MI 48067

View Invitation (PDF, 74 KB)

Feel free to contact Sarah Woodruff at (248) 546-1800 or with questions.

Monday, September 17, 2007

iPhone now OPEN for use.

Is it time to buy the iPhone? You can change carriers and add software widgets.

Group releases free iPhone unlock hack

A hacker group released a free, open-source unlock for Apple.'s iPhone late Tuesday, just a day after a commercial company started selling something similar for as much as $99 through a network of online resellers.

The iPhone Dev Team, a dozen programmers who began their attempts to break the iPhone's reliance on AT&T in early July, have posted their hack on download servers. According to several sites, including Gizmodo and Engadget, the iPhone Dev Team unlock exploits the same iPhone bug as the for-money iPhoneSIMFree hack to do its magic. The two groups, however, came up with their solutions independently.

But the process isn't for the faint of heart. "This unlock is not for everybody!" the iPhone Dev Team warned. The procedure involves several separate programs -- some of which must be obtained elsewhere on the Internet -- and requires that iPhone owners execute commands from a shell screen on the Mac or PC.

Even so, reports have been posted to the team's site from users in more than 40 countries that the unlock hack works, and after a swap of the iPhone's included SIM card with one from another cellular service provider, that they've been able to access more than 90 different carriers. The iPhone's distinctive Visual Voicemail, which lets users select voice-mail messages rather than listen to them in the order they were received, is missing after an unlock; that feature relies on AT&T's back end. Some users have also reported that the iPhone's connection to YouTube no longer works after the hack is applied.

The iPhone Dev Team is already working on a one-click tool sporting a graphical interface that will unlock an iPhone, but it had not been released as of this morning. "A new version of the GUI tool is almost complete," the group said on its site.

It's likely, however, that any unlock will be undone by the next iPhone update, which Apple has said will be issued sometime this month to give the device new capabilities, such as Wi-Fi downloading from iTunes. The iPhoneSIMFree group, for example, has hammered the caveat into potential buyers' heads: "We cannot offer any guarantee should Apple Inc. choose to re-lock the phone after a future update," it stated in a FAQ.

Resellers of the iPhoneSIMFree hack, who have priced the unlock as low as $45, have repeated the no-guarantee mantra.

Apple has repeatedly refused to comment on the various iPhone unlock hacks -- paid versions or free ones.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Finally, Impulse power.

This is the first step towards warp drive!!!

Photon Propulsion Breakthrough Could Cut Mars Transit From Six Months to a Week

PR Newswire via NewsEdge Corporation :

TUSTIN, Calif., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The aerospace industry has taken notice of a California researcher who, using off-the-shelf components, built and successfully demonstrated the world's first successful amplified photon thruster. Dr. Young Bae of the Bae Institute first demonstrated his Photonic Laser Thruster (PLT) with an amplification factor of 3,000 in December, 2006.

Major aerospace agencies and primary contractors have since invited Bae to present his work, including NASA JPL, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), and AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory). Senior Aerospace Engineer at AFRL, Dr. Franklin Mead, "Dr. Bae's PLT demonstration and measurement of photon thrust (is) pretty incredible. I don't think anyone has done this before. It has generated a lot of interest."

Recently, the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, a peer-reviewed AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) ( Journal, accepted Dr. Bae's PLT demonstration paper, "Photonic Laser Propulsion: Proof-of-Concept Demonstration" for publication this year. In his paper Bae documents in explicit detail how he overcame the inherent inefficiencies of traditional photon thrusters in generating thrust by amplification with the use of an innovative optical cavity concept. For decades rocket scientists have tried to overcome the inefficiency of photon thrusters by amplification based on optical cavities separated from laser sources, but failed. In contrast, Bae's patent-pending PLT breakthrough places the laser medium within a resonant optical cavity between two platforms to produce a very stable and reliable thrust that is unaffected by mirror movement and vibration -- ideal for spacecraft control or propulsion.

Dr. Bae will be presenting his PLT concepts, demonstration, and applications at the AIAA Space 2007 Conference 18-19 September 2007 in Long Beach, CA, in four sessions: Space Transportation Systems, Promising Space Concepts from the NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts (NIAC), Space Systems for the Next 50 Years, and Advanced Vehicle Systems.

The PLT research was partially funded by NIAC (NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts) as part of a spacecraft formation flight concept grant.

Bae's PLT demonstration produced a photon thrust of 35 uN, which is sufficient for several space missions currently envisioned, and is scalable to achieve much greater photon thrust for future space missions. Applications for PLT include: highly precise satellite formation flying configurations for building large synthetic apertures in space for earth or space observation, precision contaminant-free spacecraft docking operations, and propelling spacecraft to unprecedented speeds greater than 100 km/sec.

Bae, looking forward with anticipation, observes, "This is the tip of the iceberg. PLT has immense potential for the aerospace industry. For example, PLT powered spacecraft could transit the 100 million km to Mars in less than a week." Several aerospace players have expressed intent to collaborate with the Bae Institute to further develop and integrate PLT into civilian, military, and commercial space systems.

Laboratory photo images available for download:


The Bae Institute was founded in 2002 by Dr. Young K. Bae for the purpose of developing highly innovative space technologies for commercial and government applications. Dr. Bae has pursued advanced propulsion concepts such as photon, antimatter and fusion propulsion for more than 20 years at SRI International, Brookhaven National Lab, and the Air Force Research Lab after obtaining a Ph.D. in atomic and nuclear physics from UC Berkeley.

SOURCE Bae Institute

CONTACT: Dr. Young K. Bae, Bae Institute,, +1- 714-838-2881

Monday, September 10, 2007

Interesting Podcamp convention

The PodCamp for educators and those interested in education !

Where : American University Washington DC 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20016

When : Saturday Novemeber 10, 2007 9:00 - 5:00

Organizers: Vivian Vasquez & Andy Bilodeau

A PodCamp is a FREE BarCamp-style community UnConference for podcasters and listeners, bloggers and readers, and anyone interested in New Media. The first PodCamp was held September 8-10, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts. PodCamps are now being held worldwide.

You do NOT need to be a podcaster to attend a PodCamp. If you're interested in podcasting or blogging, if you're a podsafe musician (or want to be), or just someone curious about podcasting and new media, then please join us -- and bring a friend or colleague.

Register Here or send an e-mail to one of the organizers to have your name added to this list.
Vivian Vasquez & Andy Bilodeau

(NOTE: space is limited to 85 participants )

Vivian Vasquez - Organizer and host of the Critical Literacy in Practice (CLIP) Podcast, co-producer 100%Kids, Literary Map Podcast
Andy Bilodeau - Organizer and host of the AndyCast Podcast, co-producer 100% Kids,
Tammy Munson - Co-Host of Podtalk Divas & DivaMoms Radio and owner of New Media Virtual Assistant
Brec Cooke - American University
Carol Felderman - Virginia Tech, co-producer 100%Kids
Deborah Murphy - American University
Whitney Hoffman- The LD Podcast
Bess Altwerger - Towson University, Classroom Struggles
Adrea Lawrence - American University
Danielle Sodani, American U.
Connie Chubb, American U.
Sarah Irvine Belson - American U.
Leslie Ann Hall, Technology Director - WIN (Women's Information Network
Susan Cornett, Newark Charter School, Newark, DE
Denise Jarrell, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Centreville School, Delaware
Jeremy Brown, Special Education Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland
Pat Sine, Director, Office of Educational Technology, Collecge of Human Services, Education and Public Policy, University of Delaware


09:00 - 09:45 Opening
10:00 - 11:00 Panel Session I
11:00 - 11:20 Break
11:20 - 11:50 Round Table Sessions I
11:50 - 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 - 13:45 Afternoon General Session
14:00 - 15:00 Panel Session II
15:00 - 15:20 Break
15:20 - 15:50 Round Table Sessions II
16:00 - 16:30 Round Table Sessions III
16:35- 17:00 Closing

Session Information

Panel Session I and II : 3-4 presenters each (LCD projector available)
Round Table Session I, II, III : 12 simultaneous presentations to a small group at round tables

*NOTE: The session configurations may change based on the number of proposed sessions.

Track 1 - Getting started Tips and Tricks for New Podcasters
Track 2 - Integrating Podcasting and New Media in Educational Settings
Track 3 - Building Community and Networking with New Media
Track 4 - Advanced Podcast Production
Track 5 - Podcasting, New Media and the Classroom Curriculum


Podcamp EDU can only be as successful as 'WE' make it! So, remember to add your session to the following chart or send an e-mail to one of the organizers to have your session information added. Vivian Vasquez & Andy Bilodeau
Description and Session Type
New Technologies: Shifting Mindsets in Teaching and Learning
Opening Session
Vivian Vasquez
2, 5
The Four R's of Podcasting
Afternoon General Session
Andy Bilodeau
1, 4