SAMG - MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS - NOVEMBER 2003
LINUX - Kernel 2.6 on the verge of release
SCO claiming software theft from SUN, IBM,SGI, in fact every Linux user
Telstra replacing 85% Unix, Windows boxes in 3 years with Linux (Firefly) to cut $1.5 billion IT costs by half.
To India, EU, South America, NASA, DoD now add Japan, China, South Korea going Linux
Germany fine SCO 10,000 Euros for not providing evidence in their claim of software stealing.
IBM start "Linux - the future is open" advertising in USA - see www.ibm.com/open
Virgin Airlines in-flight movies run under Linux
MS - customers say registration, spyware, distrust are reasons for shifting away from MS
PIC - MicroChip rep at PIC Group November meeting - Aztronics
PIC Group December meeting on stepper motor control - Steve Knight
50 MHz frequency counter kit (Silicon Chip November issue) based on 16F84
auto-ranging, counts 0.1 Hz to >60 MHz
WiFi - D-Link 802.11b 22 Mbit cards on special for $99 at some DSE stores (de-listed)
2 client,one AP Belkin 11 Mbit kits for $150 at Harvey Norman
bridging function for client cards? or use APs.
Video - TV/video in to hard drive (similar to TiVo)
Alternative Power Generation - wind farms - Starfish Hill, Yorke Peninsula - talk next year
electric bikes/cars, Solar Challenge
Robotics - lots of motors, gears, in Tandy/DSE shops.
also December PIC Group meeting on steppers
Lead-free Solder - soon to be mandatory
usually Sn + Ag + trace elements
higher melting point, matt finish
DVD Burners - cheap DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW drives
lots of burner and movie player s/w
Internet - worms, viruses, virus checkers
auto-dialler malicious software - circuit
"from: rehrat" email
databases - SQL + PHP
SAMG - late notices on Web site
sending out email - individual & not mass mailings
Xmas - RatBag talk
Bring some soft drinks and cups (no alcohol at WEA please)
Parking - any need for parking map?
. . . compiled by Rick Matthews