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Syllabus News Update for Friday, Oct. 17, 2003.

Syllabus News Update: Friday, October 17, 2003
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News for Friday, Oct. 17, 2003
* Dartmouth Debuts WiFi Network for Campus Voice Calling
* Internet2 Unveils Easy, Multi-site IP Videoconferencing
* New Product: McGraw-Hill Offers Microsoft eLearning Tools
* Videoconferencing for Hearing Impaired in Rural Communities
* Chinese School of Software to Mint Linux Engineers
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Dartmouth College Debuts WiFi for Campus Voice Calling

Dartmouth College is setting up a WiFi network for
voice calling on campus. After a year of testing, the
school began its migration to Internet calling last
month, by distributing the telephone software to
incoming students. The first system being distributed,
which uses SymPhone System software from TeleSym Inc.,
runs on Pocket PC-based personal data assistants (PDAs).
TeleSym is also completing client software for the Palm
and Apple Macintosh operating systems.

Bob Johnson, director of network services at Dartmouth,
said, “when you call from computer to computer, the
quality can be indistinguishable from wired phones
and noticeably better than cell phones." Dartmouth
said it it will be the first college to fully deploy
voice-over-IP (VoIP) on its wireless networks.
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Internet2 Unveils Easy, Multi-site IP Videoconferencing

Internet2, the higher education research-network consortium,
will offer its members a videoconferencing service it says
would make setting up video meetings as simple as phone
conferencing. The service, based on H.323 video and audio
standards, would allow subscribers to reserve ports for
time-sensitive meetings, regularly scheduled distance
learning classes, as well as multi-party videoconferences
on the spur-of-the-moment.

Tyler Johnson, a telecom systems analyst at the University
of North Carolina added, called the service,” a vital
stride in developing virtual collaboration environments,”
carrying an “affordable cost and easily deployable technology.”
Internet2 provides the equipment, staffing, and expertise
to run this new service, which has been in development
for two years.

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New Product: McGraw-Hill Offers Microsoft eLearning Tools

McGraw-Hill Higher Education's eLearning group will offer
schools full access to the MicroSoft eLearning Library
(MELL). MELL provides training and reference resources
that includes the complete suite of Microsoft products.
The service is being marketed as a way to optimize campus
technologies by offering training, support, and administrative
tools to faculty, students, and staff. Support tools
include simulations, on-screen demos, and skill-building
routines. MELL includes development and support in three
editions: desktop, networking and programming.

Videoconferencing for Hearing Impaired in Rural Communities

The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) and SkyFrames, Inc.,
a broadband Internet service provider, will team up
to build satellite and wireless infrastructures that
support rural communities while addressing the needs
of deaf and hard of hearing people throughout the
Western Hemisphere. CHS will provide IP video conferencing
and ISDN gateway services to North American communities
needing to connect with the world via a video conferencing

Marc Serre, technology director of the Society, said the
lack of connectivity “not only has a negative impact
on the typical user, but especially on those users with
disabilities such as the deaf and hard of hearing people
who benefit greatly from communicating via web-based
video conferencing.”

Chinese School of Software to Mint Linux Engineers

Peking University's School of Software has signed with
Metroworks, a maker of software development tools, that
will allow it to create a series of embedded software
certification courses. One plan would be to create an
Embedded Systems Engineering Professional Certification
(ESEPC) program aimed at training up to 2500 Linux
operating system engineers by 2006., Peking University’s
School of Software was established on March 15, 2002, as
one of the national demonstrative software schools approved
by China's Ministry of Education and the National
Development Planning Committee. The school was the
first in China to establish a department dedicated to
the study of embedded systems design.

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