Archive for February, 2003

Calsch

Wednesday, February 19th, 2003

Calendaring and Scheduling (calsch) Charter

The IETF calendaring and scheduling working group

Wireless and Internet Market Statistics

Wednesday, February 19th, 2003

A good overview of the wireless market, from the Wall Street Journal:

WSJ.com – Ones and Zeros

Topline facts:

- 51% of the US population in major metropolitan areas owns a mobile phone.

- look, feel, size, and weight matter for people considering a new phone

- 67% of the US population are online
- 13% of the US population have broadband
- PDA shipments are down, with Palm in the #1 spot (34%), and Sony in #2 (14%)
- VC deals are down 48%

Mobile Digital Cameras

Wednesday, February 12th, 2003

Steve Jarrett, a guy I think knows the mobile computing space very well, brought up a great point today: this year the number of mobile phones with cameras will exceed the number of digital cameras out there (around 20 million). At the same time, the 1 megapixel barrier will be broken: significant in that 1 megapixels is what you need to print a decent quality 4×6″ photograph. A big year coming.

Posteritati

Wednesday, February 12th, 2003

Posteritati Movie Posters Online Gallery

Movie Posters site from New York. Looks like a great place for original collectable movie posters. I can vouch for the selection of Kurosawa film posters they have!

Roger Ebert review of Cidade de Deus

Wednesday, February 12th, 2003

CITY OF GOD (CIDADE DE DEUS) / **** (R)

Ebert’s four-star review of “Cidade De Deus”

Brain Arbitrage

Monday, February 10th, 2003

Wipro as brain arbitrage

Interesting article on Wipro, India’s IT outsourcing leader, and its ambition to become a business solution provider

Foreign IT Outsourcing

Wednesday, February 5th, 2003

IT services firms eye foreign labor – Tech News – CNET.com

CNET article that says:

Gartner said Thursday that its November 2002 survey of 36 outsourcing companies showed that “offshore application management,” or providing such management from an overseas office, was ranked as the highest-growth service opportunity in 2003. Application management means overseeing business software such as SAP or Oracle systems, and includes tasks such as fixing bugs and installing upgrades.

Virgin Mobile

Wednesday, February 5th, 2003

Virgin Mobile off to good start – Tech News – CNET.com

From CNET.

350,000 subscribers, in 6 months’ time (since July).

Apparently competes with Nextel’s Boost Mobile, also aimed at the 18-25 demographic.

2 SMS messages a day…

High Flight

Sunday, February 2nd, 2003

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds…and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of…wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

–’High Flight’ by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Columbia

Saturday, February 1st, 2003

Cause of Fiery Fall Is Unknown; Ship Was Fleet’s Oldest
(link above is to the New York Times)

February 1 is a day that no one can ever forget.

Just when it all seems so easy, and so routine, and a only few among us follow the space program with any regularity, something like this unfortunately happens. And it shows us that we live in a country where we can push the limits of our collective reach everyday and hardly even notice.

Would that today had stayed commonplace and boring — and spared seven exceptional lives.

Rest In Peace, crew of STS-107.