Archive for October, 2003

Boeing’s Connexion Service

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003

Boeing is offering a WiFi in-flight service that will cost around $35 for fast Internet connectivity on long international flights. So far, All Nippon Airways, Lufthansa, and Scandanavia Airlines have signed to offer the service in 2004, and supposedly British Airways is close.

WSJ’s Mossberg: Tired of Viruses, Get a Mac

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003

A Mossbery article I didn’t see coming: if you’re tired of viruses, he says, look into a Mac.

I’ve certainly enjoyed the fact that owning a computer with less than 5% market share means most viruses won’t affect me. But reading this makes me wonder if Mac OS X really is more secure.

Another thought crosses my mind: how can Apple, with far less of an R&D budget than Microsoft, build a stronger operating system (if the head of Symantec’s Mac products group is to be believed)? After all, Apple, with much less of a budget for R&D, builds its own hardware, software, and peripherals (iPod), plus runs retail stores across the country. How? By using UNIX at its core, it gets to tap the collective R&D investments of the UNIX and open source communities, for starters.

Chicago Based Company delivering mobile IM

Friday, October 10th, 2003

A Chicago-based startup in wireless (don’t see too many of them).

The Oyster

Wednesday, October 8th, 2003

Cool ergo laptop docking station

via BoingBoing.

Wireless Cars

Wednesday, October 8th, 2003

From Bluetooth, Wi-fi expected on 25 million vehicles within 5 years :

“Protocols based on 802.11, such as DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communications), promise to fill the need for longer range, higher bandwidth applications that will not only link vehicles with roadside data access points, but between each other.” (my emphasis)

YES.

via Glen Fleishman

Linksys doesn’t stop

Wednesday, October 8th, 2003

I used to think the hardware business took longer to release a product than software, but Linksys seems to have changed all that. Here’s a cool new product – 802.11b/g access point, router, Internet firewall, and VPN all rolled into one.

For $250.

And it can be a Boingo Hotspot as well.

Brilliant.

via Glen Fleishman

AirForce One – low power consumption WiFi

Wednesday, October 8th, 2003

A Yahoo news article on Broadcom’s new super low power consumption 802.11b chipset.

It’s hard to argue with these kinds of claimed numbers:

- $12 a chipset
- 97% less power consumption than Intel Centrino in standby mode
- 70% less transmit power consumption
- 90% less receive power consumption
- 802.11g “not that far away”

OSAF’s Chandler Version 0.2 Released

Wednesday, October 8th, 2003

Mitch Kapor’s Open Source Applications Foundation released version 0.2 of its Chandler application.

Panther coming, October 24th

Wednesday, October 8th, 2003

Panther’s on its way in 16 days and counting

Arnold Wins!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003

Let’s see what an outsider can do with our messed up state. I’m looking forward to repealing the car tax and making California more business-friendly for starters.