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Web 2.0 and Terror

December 3, 2006

The New York Times has a long article on how behind the tech curve US spy agencies are. They need a technology upgrade. Apparently they need spy software 2.0. I read the first page and then was forced to finish up an article for Customer Interaction Solutions Magazine.

Israel Technology

December 3, 2006

Ancient Iranian Nanotubes

November 29, 2006

I was stuck on an airplane yesterday and I don't often read the New York Times. Even if I did, I would have to be careful about letting Tom Keating know about it. Anyway, politics aside the newspaper was pretty informative and I learned a great deal about the super strong swords known as Damascus sabers made by Assad Ullah who lived in Iran. Apparently the swords have many carbon nanotubes in them.   The steel also contains nanoscale wires of cementite, an extremely hard carbon-iron compound, that were probably formed inside the nanotubes, like the filling in a cannoli. These nanowires give Damascus sabers another distinctive characteristic: a moiré pattern of banding on the steel.   Apparently these swords were used against the Europeans during the crusades. I probably slept through this portion of history class by the way so I have no lucid comments to share with you on the battles.

Spamademic

November 28, 2006

We at TMC have been overloaded with spam and this week alone was possibly the worst in our history. The problem is becoming an epidemic and we are not alone. Take a look at some findings from a CNN UK article on the proliferation of spam.   Perhaps the most amazing part of the article is the concept of a spam gang.

Too Busy Reading Spam to Read This Article

November 20, 2006

I spent some time in Canada away from internet connections and as such I am hundreds of e-mails behind. One of these e-mails came from Tom Keating and it points to an article which explains how spam is skyrocketing due to botnets. I for one did not need this article to learn that we are under attack. I just hope the attack ends soon as I really feel the pain of massive amounts of junk.   It would appear being in the spam filtering business is a great place to be for the foreseeable future.

Sucker List

November 18, 2006

Cantata Layoffs

November 15, 2006

The word on the street is that approximately 50 people (see update) were laid off at Cantata yesterday out of a workforce of 300. Most of the people who were let go are shocked. Sources tell me the reason for the layoffs are soft sales numbers and some speculate the company is facing increased competition in its Excel Switching line. Apparently competitors are providing lower cost solutions.

Dems Bullish on Tech

November 13, 2006

Regardless of your political affiliation you must realize the technology boom was stronger under the Clinton administration than Bush. Sure Al Gore didn’t invent the Internet but at least he used it. The fact that Dick Cheney didn’t know what Napster was during his first campaign and the fact the president uses the terms “the Google” and “the Internets” is pathetic. How can the US be leaders in tech if our leaders are so oblivious to the space? Even lovers of the Bush administration realize he has done as much for technology as Kevin Federline has done for Britney Spears.

So from a technology perspective let’s welcome the Democrats with open arms.

Cash that Check -- Go to Jail

November 9, 2006

Apparently it is becoming increasingly possible to go to jail when you receive a fraudulent check. This can happen when selling products on craigslist and eBay.   An article in the San Francisco Chronicle explains San Francisco resident Matthew Shinnick tried to sell a pair of mountain bikes on Craigslist late last year. He attracted a buyer, received a check in the mail -- and ended up handcuffed by police in a downtown Bank of America branch and jailed for almost 12 hours.

Shinnick, it appears, was a victim of the classic "Nigerian 419" scam, adapted in this case to sucker in unwary Craigslist users.

Typically, the scam involves a bogus check being sent by a fraudster as a part of a transaction. The transaction is subsequently canceled and, before the bank has spotted the check as a phony, the fraudster requests some or all of his money back -- money that the victim unknowingly pays out of his own pocket.

Shinnick said he wasn't aware of the scam while he was negotiating to sell his bikes -- his first foray onto Craigslist.





Inter-Tel Buyout Withdrawal

November 8, 2006


Vector Capital and former Inter-Tel CEO Steven Mihaylo said they withdraw their bid for Inter-Tel. Recently Inter-Tel shareholders rejected the takeover proposal. 11,272,46 shares were voted against the Mihaylo Resolution, representing slightly over 50% of the 22,524,535 shares of the Company's common stock that were represented in person or by proxy.

Stockholders who voted, other than Mihaylo, rejected the resolution by approximately a two to one margin. This is obviously a very substantial number. Mihaylo owns approximately 19.4% of Inter-Tel's outstanding common shares.

Personally I think current management at the company is doing a good job and it would seem shareholders agree.




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