IT Trends :: Thursday, October 19, 2006

Deals, Contracts, Awards

All Allen University Students Given Cell Phones to Promote Safety

The program, in collaboration with Sprint, provides a cell phone to every Allen University student, along with functionality for checking assignments, text-messaging faculty, and more. By January the university hopes to have its central computer system programmed with a security feature that gives students the option of alerting the university of their whereabouts. Is shelling out $10K+ each month worth it? Allen U’s VP of operations, Tony Spearman, thinks the answer is “yes.”…

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Building the Largest Computing Monoculture in History

Nope, not Windows. It’s the network of 100 million laptops that “One Laptop Per Child” will produce in its first year. So, of course, the program has been all over the world recruiting hackers to help it provide decent security for all of those $100 machines. The key goal is to prevent irreversible damage to the machines…

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