Be on the wave or under it
The News – 03/15/04
Past Their Expiration Date
Needless to say, things have been very busy here at StratVantage Central,
what with starting up a new company and all. Now that The WiMAX Guys has installed
wireless hotspots for its first big client, the Grand Hotel Minneapolis, I’ve
got to clear out these old links before they get too moldy. Don’t worry, there’s
always something new to write about. I’ve got another 40 some pages of great
stuff to sort through with more shipments coming every day.
- Shameless Self-Promotion Dept.: It’s here: A new
company from StratVantage – The WiMAX Guys. The service has
two parts. The first is targeted at consumers and small businesses
who buy the wireless networking gear,
but can’t get it to work. We visit and get it up and running
fast. The second part of the business is new installs for
people who want to set up wireless hotspots. Check out the
Website at www.TheWiMAXGuys.com.
I provided some background info for my colleague, Marcia Jedd,
who prepared an interesting white paper called Six Ways to Increase Marketing ROI. Check it out.
My article, Why
Your Company Needs a Professional Wireless Network,
was published in the Reside newsletter, which also published
my article about Short Messaging Service (SMS), Wherever
they go, there you are.
My second article for Fawcette Technical Publications’
Enterprise Architect magazine, Companies
Collaborate on IT Practices, reports on a best practices
sharing effort called Project Avalanche. My feature article,
Computing Takes Off in the Enterprise, was published
in the magazine’s inaugural issue last May. (Registration
required to view.)
My article, Innovative
Marketers Target Unwired Customers was published in
the NetSuds newsletter in May.
Several issues ago I debuted SNS Begware, an opportunity
for you, gentle reader, to express your appreciation by tipping
your server via PayPal. See the sidebar for more info. Total
in the kitty so far: $86.48.
- Throwing Stones at Windows
Alert SNS Reader Andy Stevko sent along a
link to an interesting series of files that contain comments
put into the Windows 2000 code. When programmers write code,
especially for a huge project like W2K, they often make remarks
revealing their opinions on a variety of subjects, including
the quality of their compatriots’ coding. When the Windows
2000 operating system code was stolen and published on the
Internet not long ago, we got an unprecedented look into the
minds of Microsoft’s programming staff.
While there’s a fair amount of fairly typical profanity and
vulgarity in the comments, as well as dissing of other
Microsoft products, the most revealing comments regard the
special, undocumented features Microsoft puts in its operating
systems to give advantages to their other products, such as
the Office suite. Microsoft has vigorously denied such practices
for years, but now they’re caught red handed, assuming, of
course, that the comments are original and unaltered.
- Catch the Bzz:
Alert SNS Reader Dave Harkins sent along a BzzCard,
which is a way normal people can advertise products they love.
This could be a fabulous way to finally make the Holy Grail
of viral marketing work for big business.
- Outside In Wi-Fi:
Startup BelAir Networks thinks the best way to unwire
a hotel or office building is from the outside, by siting
a big access point outside and beaming the signals into the
- Gartner Predicts: Gartner analyst
Art Lill says the confluence of pervasive wireless,
real-time infrastructure, service-oriented architecture and
low power-consumption mobile devices will be a catalyst that
could transform or kill entire industries and spawn new ones.
“What's happening in the music industry is nothing compared
to what will happen to the pharmaceutical, publishing, media,
advertising, retail, transport and financial services industries,”
- Spammers Fight Back With Porn: Spamhaus
is an anti-spam organization that many spammers obviously
are not in love with. So some spammers have turned their spam
arsenals against them. Spammers have sent emails that inform
the recipients that they have subscribed to a child pornography
mail order service and that a set of CDs containing pornographic
images of children is already being mailed out to them. If
the recipient believes they have received the message in error
then they are asked to contact the administrators and cancel
their order. Of course, this message has caused many upright
citizens to fire off messages – to, unfortunately, Spamhaus,
as it turns out. Quite a mess, really
- Who’s Using Your Wi-Fi?
So you don’t care if a stranger uses your Internet connection,
eh? After all, it doesn’t cost you any more per month on your
home broadband account. Well, how about if that stranger downloads
child porn, or sends out a million spams,
and your Internet service provider gives your name up to the
Feds? Toronto police stopped a car last December in which
the driver was watching porn, apparently streamed from an
open home Wi-Fi connection.
Everyone needs security, even if you’ve got nothing to hide.
- Social Networking the Latest Rage:
You could argue that people have used the Internet for social
networking from its inception. But the latest craze involves
services that allow people to search for those with common
interests online, and even make business connections. I personally
belong to several of these networks, including LinkedIn,
Ryze, and Huminity. Each has slightly different
rules, but using each is like playing a big game of Six Degrees
Of Kevin Bacon. In some networks,
you can connect directly to people you’re interested. In others,
you need to send requests through intermediaries who then
“recommend” you to the target person. In the last month, I’ve
connected with a techie in Holland and a wireless businessman in New Zealand, neither of whom I’d ever even heard of before.
Here’s a list of various social networking services:
- Older Workers In
Demand: Renee Ward, founder of seniors4hire,
a Web placement organization specializing in the plus 50 set,
says, “Older workers are intelligent, experienced, flexible,
and they have the soft skills needed to blend in well at a
new company.” Ward says younger workers often have bad attitudes
and of course they lack the significant experience of older
workers. Kinda makes you proud to be a boomer, even
though I really hate it when people call us “aging boomers.”
We’re all aging, aren’t we? As Dylan said, “He who is not
busy being born, is busy dying.”
The good news for all unemployed workers comes from the
Department of Labor, which estimates that 26 million Americans
will retire from the current 147 million person labor force
by 2008 and 4.6 million jobs will go unfilled.
- Who’s Spying On You?
Spyware is software that runs undetected on your computer
and sends information to the Internet. Sometimes Spyware
merely compromises your privacy. Sometimes it steals your
passwords and credit card numbers. This article gives a good
overview. If you want to protect yourself from spyware,
which has the loveliest click through agreement I’ve ever
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