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

Check out this post On the BDPA BEFT blog

Culminis, can it help IT professionals.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Few council members attend retreat's first day

This is inexcusable for members who were off for 5 weeks previous to this event to skip out. This is a waste of the $50,000 dollars of corporate monies donated to host this off site workshop. The council could have held the meeting in Detroit and used the monies to support an after school program for city youths since no one wanted to attend in AA. Kenneth Cockrel Jr should be ashamed of his weak leadership and not demanded that all members attend this event. All members had plenty of notice to shift their schedules for this meeting. The sad part is there were no repercussions for the members missing the meeting. No accountability for the council members actions. It is time for us to clean house at City Council and elect people who have a desire to make Detroit a better city and not further their own personal agendas.

Seven out of nine Detroit officials missed part or all of the sessions in Ann Arbor due to other commitments.

ANN ARBOR -- Attendance was sparse at portions of the first full day of the annual Detroit City Council retreat Wednesday.

Five of the nine members attended the retreat's morning session featuring a presentation by Detroit Renaissance President Doug Rothwell on stimulating the area's economy. And for about 90 minutes into the afternoon session on goal-setting for the next two years, only two members attended. By 3 p.m., five members were at the session.

The four-day, three-night retreat started Tuesday at Weber's Restaurant and Hotel in Ann Arbor and is open to the public. It was expected to cost nearly $50,000, paid by corporate donors.

Some council members didn't attend or were late because of other engagements. At least one, Councilman Kwame Kenyatta, said he skipped part of the agenda because the retreat's facilitator created the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Ricardo Solomon, a former Wayne County commissioner who is now a partner in the proposed retail center at Eight Mile and Woodward, was hired to facilitate the retreat. The proposed Shoppes at Gateway Park is expected to go before the council soon for a vote.

Kenyatta said he supports bringing more retail businesses and jobs into the city, but said he was concerned with Solomon having such a key role in helping the council set the agenda.

President Kenneth Cockrel Jr. said Solomon's role isn't a conflict. He is just a facilitator paid through corporate donations, he said. "He isn't dictating the agenda," Cockrel said.

Cockrel said ideally he would like all nine members to attend but said it is important that a majority of the members and council staffers attended at least a part of the session Wednesday aimed at setting an agenda.

President Pro Tem Monica Conyers and Councilwoman Martha Reeves didn't show up Wednesday. Reeves had a previous engagement, her staff said. Conyers spokesman Sam Riddle said she had a pension board meeting, and was caring for her two young children. Aides to Conyers and Reeves attended.

Councilwoman Barbara-Rose Collins and Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel missed most of the Wednesday sessions, arriving around 3 p.m. Sheila Cockrel was sick with the flu and Collins had a doctor's appointment that she couldn't reschedule.

Councilwoman Brenda Jones attended the morning session and part of the afternoon session. Councilwoman JoAnn Watson attended the morning session. Kenneth Cockrel Jr. and Councilwoman Alberta Tinsley-Talabi attended all the sessions.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Justice Department to oppose 'net neutrality'

This is just another blow to keep the Internet accessible to all. Then why pay for high speed access if you can be charged a fee to access sites with bigger pipes or to download large files quickly. Soon only the wealthly can enjoy the full benefits of high speed access.

Justice Department to oppose 'net neutrality'
The Justice Department Thursday said Internet service providers should be allowed to charge a fee for priority Web traffic. The agency told the Federal Communications Commission, which is reviewing high-speed Internet practices, that it is opposed to "Net neutrality," the principle that all Internet sites should be equally accessible to any Web user. Several phone and cable companies, such as AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp., have previously said they want the option to charge some users more money for loading certain content or Web sites faster than others. The Justice Department said imposing a Net neutrality regulation could hamper development of the Internet and prevent service providers from upgrading or expanding their networks. It could also shift the "entire burden of implementing costly network expansions and improvements onto consumers," the agency said in its filing. More.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Info Exchange Meeting 9/13/2007

This month, BPDA-Detroit welcomes Kelly Services to TechTown. If you know of anyone looking for a job, or would like to learn more about ITIL (, Information Technology Infrastructure Library, please attend this meeting. Pass this information to friends and coworkers you feel may be interested. Resumes will be accepted during this meeting.

Date: September, 13th 2007

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: BDPA-Detroit Headquarters

TechOne Building

440 Burroughs (Located N. or WSU between Cass and 2nd Ave)

Detroit, MI 48202

Speaker: Diane Mabry, Sr. Corporate Talent Acquisition Consultant – Kelly Services, and special guest

Subject: ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library), and career opportunities at Kelly Services

Look forward to seeing you, and make sure to bring a friend!!!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Calvin College prof builds $2,500 supercomputer

The ultimate gaming, hacking, podcasting MACHINE!!!

Microwulf: A Personal, Portable Beowulf Cluster

Microwulf is a personal, portable Beowulf cluster, providing over 26 Gflops of measured performance, for less than $2500. Its dimensions are just 11" x 12" x 17", making it small enough to fit on one's desktop or in a suitcase.

Joel Adams and Microwulf
Microwulf was designed and built by Calvin CS professor Joel Adams and senior Tim Brom.

For more details, click one of the links below:

Update: As of Aug 1, 2007, Microwulf can be built for $1256, improving its price/performance ratio to less than $48/Gflop. See the Cluster Monkey article above for the details.