IT Trends :: Thursday, June 1, 2006

New Technology

MIT P'et's 'Seeing Machine' Could Give Blind Access to Internet

After 10 years of research, a senior fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Advanced Visual Studies has created a $4,000 device that uses "light-emitting diodes" to help the visually impaired use the Internet. The black and white version of this machine has been tested on 10 people so far and the color version is almost ready for clinical trials… (Network World)

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Tales from the Front: GWU Automates IP Address Management

George Washington University looks to save some money by purchasing four BlueCat Adonis 1000 machines. This very technical article explains that "GWU has an all-IP, all-Cisco network, which has multiple gigabits/second of bandwidth in the core and 100Mbps of bandwidth to workstations." The old system was working, but required a lot of overhead with security and patches. That’s why the institution ran a procurement for appliances to handle DNS, DHCP, and IP address management… (NetworkWorld)

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U-M Library Launches Deep Blue: More Access to U-M Scholarship

The University of Michigan is sharing more than 24,000 research items with the public via a new searchable Internet library system. This press release describes the site as "a customized version of the DSpace software created by MIT and Hewlett-Packard. It was designed and is managed by U-M's Library Information Technology group, standard-setters for quality research and innovation via initiatives ranging from Making of America to the Google Print project."… (University of Michigan)

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Heroic Computer Dies to Save World from Master's Thesis

A solid fake news piece from the Onion: "Faculty and staff of the English Department will gather at the Brandeis IT center Friday to honor the ThinkPad with a Purple Hard Drive, traditionally awarded to computers that die at least 100 pages into a dangerously boring thesis."… (The Onion)

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