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IT Trends for Thursday, April 8, 2004

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Thursday, April 08, 2004

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FlashMob I: A First Step Toward Practical Instant Supercomputing

By Greg Benson, University of San Francisco

FlashMob Computing started as a challenge. Could we convince enough people to bring their conventional computers to a single location in order to build a temporary supercomputer, one that could compete with the fastest and most expensive computers in the world? Since its inception in February of this year, the idea of FlashMob Computing transformed from a challenge to a new paradigm for enabling any group of people to pool together computing power for the purpose of working on scientific problems of interest to them. Unlike traditional supercomputers, which are expensive and not accessible to the general public, a FlashMob supercomputer is temporary, made up of ordinary computers, and is built to work on a specific problem. We set out to prove, through an elaborate experiment, that instant supercomputing is viable.
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Dell and Oracle Team Up for Cost-Effective Technology

Dell and Oracle are on a quest to broaden the customer-base in the business-critical computing arena. Dell will be the first Oracle partner to package and shrink-wrap the Oracle Standard Edition One allowing the customer to enter into a contract, simply by breaking the seal.
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Students Build Non-Profit Web sites

The Art Institutes’ Multimedia and Web Design departments across the country have asked their students to join in on National Volunteer Month to Web-raise for many organizations such as: victim centers, community centers, and libraries. The experience for many students is a value and an asset giving them an opportunity to gain ‘real world’ experience.
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Sakai Open Source Project Releases Specs

The Sakai Project has released preliminary specifications for higher education open-source software using JavaServer Faces. The Sakai Technology Portability Profile specs will ensure software being developed will operate across the systems of the University of Michigan, Stanford University, Indiana University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Sun Enters Microsoft's Orbit

Sun Microsystems settles and resolves all disputes for $1.6 billion by signing a 'broad operating agreement' with Microsoft. All of which will lead to cooperation between the the two companies.

Database-Protection Bill Introduced

Students, educators, and other Internet users who use information databases such as LexisNexis a subscription-based online archive will be largely impacted. The bill will make it a crime for anyone to copy or redistribute large portions of factual databases. (ALA)
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New Content System Deployed at Johns Hopkins U.

The Johns Hopkins University Selects Digital Asset Management (DAM) Software to Improve Higher Education Content Distribution and Sharing a leading provider of enterprise content management solutions, today announced its WebWare ActiveMedia digital asset management system has been implemented at The Johns Hopkins University.
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Internet2 Changing Ways of Research

First on land, now in the depths of the ocean—Internet2 evolves underwater making it possible for scientists and oceanographers to work on the ocean floor from the comfort of their university laboratories.
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UCSD Wins Pentagon Funding for Ad-hoc Wireless Networking

Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego will lead a six-university effort to enable troops to set up mobile communications networks on the battlefield, using lightweight wireless equipment during commando raids and in other hostile and rapidly changing environments. (Space Daily)
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Iowa Colleges Hit Hard By Viruses

The University of Northern Iowa this fall will require students who live in residence halls to have their computers scanned for viruses before connecting to the UNI network. Iowa State University and the University of Iowa are considering the same strategy. (Des Moines Register)
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Digital Exchange Using Campuseai Consortium

The Campuseai Consortium includes 25 universities and K-12 school districts representing over 500,000 students, staff, and faculty. The collaboration will offer those who join an opportunity to exchange, develop. and share resources on the Campuseai Consortium portal.
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Grant Funds Computer Worm Research

Richard Ford, Ph.D, professor in computer science research at Florida Tech has earned a $76,000 grant from Cisco System's Critical Infrastructure Assurance Group. The grant is to investigate the spread of computer worms in a "realistic" computing environment.
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Power over Ethernet Pioneer Launches Educational Grant Program

PowerDsine Program will Award $100,000 in Power over Ethernet Hardware to Educational Institutions Deploying Wireless LAN Access Points, VoIP Phones or IP Surveillance Cameras.

All grants under the PowerDsine Educational Grant Program will be awarded to eligible institutions of higher learning, including state and federal universities or colleges, public and private universities or colleges and local, regional, state and federal K-12 schools.
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Unicon Offers Unique Support Options for uPortal

Unicon, a provider of enterprise portals, offers institutions a choice of three uPortal support packages: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each tier of support includes access to Unicon's uPortal technical staff, online access to searchable knowledge base, ability to log and track incidents, and 24-hour response time. Each level is enhanced based on the development phase.
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Google Plus E-Mail Equals Gmail

Google plans to offer an e-mail service, called Gmail that would give account owners 1GB of free storage. Gmail would also offer search capabilities allowing users to find specific pieces of information buried within tens of thousands of e-mails.
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The Impact of Wireless Network on Instructional Computing

Howard Strauss, manager of technology outreach as Princeton University

Despite the popularity of the technology, wireless is only beginning to show its potential uses for instruction. Howard Strauss comments about the use of the technology, both in the classroom and remotely.

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