By: J.D. Hildebrand
Abstract: Cars get smarter. Activist joins ICANN. HP buys historic garage. Congress mulls Web-filter mandate. Patch offered for IE security hole.
By J.D. Hildebrand
Today is the 289th day of 2000; 76 days remain in the year. Happy Monday!
16 is a big day in the history of literature. Lexicographer Noah
Webster was born 242 years ago, in 1758. Poet and playwright Oscar
Wilde was born 146 years ago, in 1854 -- that's him at right. Playwright Eugene
O'Neill was born 112 years ago, in 1888. And German novelist Gunter
Grass was born 73 years ago, on 16 October 1927.
CARS GET SMARTER. In the news today are several announcements
regarding the trend toward embedding ever-greater intelligence in automobiles.
covers Windows CE for Automotive, a new version of Windows CE designed
especially for use in cars. The operating system is intended to run on something
called the Mobile Productivity Center, which ZDNet describes as "a sort of
docking station that connects a traditional cell phone and a Palm V computer to
the vehicle's audio system." The idea is that CE for Automotive will
provide a voice-control links to Internet services. Or, as we might as well
begin calling it now, to Car .Net services.
CNet passes along analysts' projections regarding the convergence of
automobiles and high-tech. "Analysts predict that by 2006, nearly 50
percent of all new cars -- and 90 percent of luxury vehicles -- will have some
kind of Internet capability," CNet states in this
report. CNet describes Car .Net as a set of standards and defined services
for automobile-based computing.
Here is a news
release covering Microsoft's announcement.
Microsoft isn't the only company exploring the convergence between
automobiles and intelligent, Internet-based services. In fact, this field is
exploding. Here are some data points:
ACTIVIST ELECTED TO INTERNET GOVERNING BODY. Salon has prepared this
article about Karl Auerbach, the German radical who has been elected to ICANN's
board of directors. "I feel like I just signed up to replace
Sisyphus," Auerbach says, "so that he can go to Hawaii while I
undertake to roll the boulder up the mountain every day..." For more on
Auerbach, check out his home
page. And while you're at it, read through this thought-provoking Harvard
Law School debate over Internet governance, which Auerbach
HP BUYS HISTORIC GARAGE. Garages
are integral to the history
of Silicon Valley. In a nod to its history -- and a feel-good marketing move
almost certain to land the company in the newspapers (1,
-- Hewlett-Packard has purchased the
very garage where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded the company in the
1930s. Today, Hewlett-Packard is a $42 billion company eager to convince
customers that it still has the spirit of an entrepreneurial start-up.
CONGRESS MULLS CONTROVERSIAL WEB-FILTER MANDATE. CNN published this
report about a Congressional initiative to require the installation and use
of Web-filtering software on computers used in schools and libraries. The idea
is that these institutions would lose federal funding unless they agreed to
restrict users' access to the Internet. "This is ensuring that the
government is not paying for access to pornography through libraries," says
John Albaugh, chief of staff for Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Oklahoma. An unlikely
coalition of groups, ranging from state chapters of the Christian Coalition to
the American Civil Liberties Union, is opposing the measure.
PATCH OFFERED FOR INTERNET EXPLORER SECURITY HOLE. My in-box is always
overflowing with announcements of updates and security patches for various
programs. I ignore most of them -- most of the problems addressed in these
messages are minor and unlikely to strike me. Or that's what I figure. But this
report from Computerworld caught my attention. It's a security hole
in Internet Explorer that allows Java applets to execute any code in any ActiveX
control on users' systems. This capability could give a malicious Web-site
operator unrestricted access to users' PCs. I've already installed the patch.
Speaking of security, Network World Fusion reports
that more than 50 percent of small businesses will suffer Internet-based
attacks. The story, based on a Gartner Group report, offers very little good
HOT SOURCE CODE! COME AND GET IT! Don't forget to pick up the
source code to StarOffice. Fetch yourself a copy at www.openoffice.org.
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