IT Trends for Thursday, February 3, 2005

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OPINION

Driving While Talking on a Cell Phone = Driving While Drunk

Terry Calhoun, IT Trends Commentator
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
University of Michigan

How many of you see incidents in traffic where someone is clearly not fully “there?” Raise your hands. Yep. Almost everyone sees that on a daily basis. Sometimes on my relatively short drive to work (about 7 miles) I see a “cell phone driver” and follow them, counting the number of times they brake for no apparent reason, run stop signs, turn without signals, go off the road, or cross the center line. It’s truly amazing.

As you may know, I am a serious multitasker and defend my right to be such at work and at home. But as good as I am at that, I’ve tested myself with cell phones while driving (with a family member watching to take over the wheel) and I cannot safely drive and talk on a cell phone. It has nothing to do with my hands being busy, it has to do with my brain being engaged elsewhere, trying to figure out the 70 percent of communication that’s nonverbal, while I can only hear someone’s voice.

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IT NEWS

Computer Viruses Plague NYU

It's not the size of problem that it could be, but about 150 computers in academic departments at NYI were found to have viruses recently. It's blamed on some students not updating security software upon return to campus from the winter break. (Washington.Square.News)
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34 New Public BlitzMail Computers Suddenly Appear at Dartmouth

The plan was to "surprise" students with new computers, unexpectedly popping up around campus. But student assembly politicking roiled the rollout with tension and dissent. (The Dartmouth Online)
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Arizona State Network Downed by Unexplained Problem

It was such a short outage (three hours) that few were seriously inconvenienced, but the remaining unsettling information is that the cause is not yet determined. (ASU Web Devil)

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Students at Stanford Protest Mandatory Landline Service

They understand the financial exigencies behind the fees but are annoyed at having to pay for landline phones that many, or most, do not use. (The Stanford Daily)
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Central Michigan University Decides Not to Eliminate Landline Phones

Probably the major factor in CMU's decision is that it owns its own phone system and just would not realize large savings from the cut; further, about 2,200 landline phones in residence halls are routinely in use and do see service. (Central Michigan Life)
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“Folksonomies Tap People Power”

Rather than organizing all the world's data in the same way, proponents of "folksonomies" promote letting users add their own tags--which d'es add value to the data sets already available. (Wired News)
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RESOURCES

“Revenge of the Nerds” at Texas A&M

Written purely from the student viewpoint, this article implies that viruses aren't that much of a problem and that smarter students are protecting their computers better. Viruses are defined as "hate crimes against the stupid." (The Battalion Online)

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Technology Tools Reviewed

OmniWeb 5.1 and Skype 1.1 are the latest technology tools reviewed and recommended by The Scout Report, which is one of the Internet's best newsletters. (The Scout Report)

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DEALS, CONTRACTS, AWARDS

IBM Donates Data Storage Equipment to the U. of Arizona

The tape and disc storage system will allow a central storage location with plenty of space to store the research data of every faculty member and researcher on campus. (Tucson Citizen)
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U. of Maryland Closer to Download Service for Students

The pilot program has been delayed somewhat, but Maryland's Department of Procurement and Supply is currently reviewing bids from Napster, Rhapsody, Ruckus, iTunes, Music Rebellion, and CDigix. (diamondbackonline.com)
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Michigan Information Tech Center is New Home to Tech Orgs

Internet2, Merit, and others are finding a new home in the Michigan Information Technology Center. The 115,000 square-foot, $12M building on the U-M's North Campus, is state of the art in both its design and its IT infrastructure. (mlive.com)
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Thursday, February 03, 2005

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NEW PRODUCTS

Pulse Digital Ships Two New Versions of DVD Selectnet

Pulse Digital, developer of automated DVD production and digital asset management (DAM) solutions, announced that it is releasing the next version of its flagship product DVD SelectNet, the automated solution for authoring and producing professional quality DVD discs, on-demand.
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The World at Your Fingertips

VitalSource Technologies, Inc., is expanding its reference library by adding two reference works from the editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica. VitalSource customers will be able to choose between the Britannica Student Encyclopedia and the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia when they order IBM ThinkPad notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops preloaded with the VitalSource Library beginning in Spring 2005. In addition, Vital Source provides a feature that enables students to quickly access Concise or Student Encyclopedia articles while working in other documents.
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CommonSpot Content Server Version 4.5

PaperThin, Inc., a Web publishing and content management software vendor, announced the availability of CommonSpot Content Server version 4.5, the company’s flagship Web content management software. The release introduces expanded authoring features like rich text editing for Mac, collaborative authoring and email review, a Web Services-based content import facility, and a taxonomy module.
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