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May 19, 2008

LOTD for May 19

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 7:38 pm

My conference ended 40 minutes earlier than planned today (travel problems for 2 speakers), so I used the time to catch up with things. I put this LOTD together in 20 minutes…lots of stuff today!

SRC got an SDR contract with the Navy for $28.4 mil over one year and up to $164.9 mil if the options are exercised:
http://www.washingtontechnology.com/online/1_1/32815-1.html

Lieutenant General William Caldwell, IV, Commanding General of the US Army Combined Arms Center, has *instructed* his faculty and staff to create their own blogs. Some branches of the military are banning blogging…but this is an example of an officer who is really supporting blogging:
http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/2008/05/welcome-to-the-blogosphere/

Boeing is making a gunship that is armed with lasers instead of bullets! The laser could take out a cellular tower or vehicle from 15 miles away silently and with *no* collateral (read: innocent bystanders) damage:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/05/laser-gunship-c.html

Romania may buy $4.5 bil in F-16s…great for Lockheed and the Texas economy, but a move that may not make much sense for Romania’s needs:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/05/romania-may-spe.html

The Defense Language Institute has created a site that enables every soldier to get a working knowledge of Arabic or Pashto and a background in the culture of Iraq and Afghanistan:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/05/defense-languag.html

Vodafone, Verizon, or AT&T may bid $2 bil to buy a 50% stake in Huawei’s handset division:
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/31240.php

Microsoft has finally released XP Service Pack 3…but if you have an HP laptop with AMD inside, do NOT install it because the Service Pack “upgrade” will cause your machine to continuously reboot! Who would have ever expected there to be problems with a Windows OS?
http://weblog.infoworld.com/robertxcringely/archives/2008/05/hp_amd_and_xp_s.html?source=NLC-NOTES&cgd=2008-05-19

Lots of interesting things going on right now with Microsoft and Yahoo, including a new proposal Microsoft made to Yahoo for a different deal where Microsoft doesn’t buy all of Yahoo:
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9946767-7.html?tag=cnetfd.mt

http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/digital-downloads/search/e3i7bc9299cb2505649477825bd9e70f3f2

Microsoft is entering the consumer market again, this time trying to sell its Surface product–where a desk or countertop becomes a touch-screen computer:
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/digital-downloads/broadband/e3i7bc9299cb25056492006f5ae4e95fe36

Mountain-view based MetroFi is really struggling and may shut down its muni-WiFi business within 30 days…that includes the shutdown of San Jose’s muni-WiFi network unless the city buys the network:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121098167451900241.html?mod=telecommunications_primary_hs

Hulu and Joost are both growing in users and offerings in their attempt to compete with YouTube:
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/digital-downloads/broadband/e3i9b83c368b1406722b665f6cd94c0b0a9

The WWE (pro wrestling) now has a website for kids in addition to a magazine targeted for kids:
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/digital-downloads/gaming/e3i9b83c368b1406722a4c9dffb35a0f740

Cable internet providers Comcast and Cox throttle down the data rate for BitTorrent users:
http://web20.telecomtv.com/pages/?newsid=43185&id=e9381817-0593-417a-8639-c4c53e2a2a10&view=news

Analysts gave their opinion on the CBS acquisition of CNET:
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/digital-downloads/broadband/e3i9b83c368b1406722c02d1e37271fe57a

It is pretty sad that female athletes in general are being celebrated more for their attractiveness instead of their athletic achievement.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orl-adelson1908may19,0,1683234.column

Article about kids and the Wii. Lori was unhappy that they never mentioned Big Brain Academy, which is a great educational game for kids. Our kids do not get to play Wii Sports or the other games they mentioned in the article, but they do get 10-15 minutes in Big Brain Academy 3 times per week. It is a great game to chart their progress and see how they are learning to do the various tasks:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20080518-9999-1n18wiitot.html

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