Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #57
May 8th, 2005
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Here is my selection of articles that were not commented here — except if I missed them.

Web site maps home searches
Jason Burroughs, a 31-year-old technical support staffer at Dell, pored through thousands of property listings in Austin, Texas, before stumbling across a new Internet site that changed his approach to house hunting.
Source: Eric Dash, The New York Times, May 1, 2005

‘Tags’ Ease Sifting of Digital Data
Here’s how we tend to organize our digital photos: We stick them into a folder on our computer and label it “Hawaii trip,” or whatever. Here’s a new way: Forget folders or albums. Just “tag” the photos based on what’s actually in each frame.
Source: Associated Press, May 1, 2005

An MTV Host Moves to Radio, Giving Voice to Audible Blogs
It was an offer even the podfather could not refuse: the chance to be host of a radio program devoted solely to podcasts, or homemade radio shows formatted for digital audio players. Adam Curry will produce and be host of a four-hour program every weekday starting May 13 on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Source: Ken Belson, The New York Times, May 2, 2005 (Free registration, but permanent link)

Data for 600,000 Time Warner employees MIA
Personal information for 600,000 current and former Time Warner employees has been lost, the company announced on Monday, potentially setting the stage for one of the largest cases yet of identity theft.
Source: Dawn Kawamoto, CNET News.com, May 2, 2005

Visual software for organizing ideas
MindManager, a program for organizing and presenting ideas that now competes with Microsoft PowerPoint, is being used at organizations including the U.S. Coast Guard, Genencor International and Oxygen Media.
Source: Benjamin Pimentel, San Francisco Chronicle, May 2, 2005

AT&T Exec Offers Top 10 Predictions
Hossein Eslambolchi, CTO and CIO of AT&T, delivered a visionary keynote at Interop in Las Vegas in the form of a Top 10 List. Read his Top 10 predictions for networked communications in descending order.
Source: Dan Neel, CRN, May 3, 2005

MIT Predictions about Information Technology
Here are three IT events that the MIT sees coming: Kill the Bots! (Software thwarts malicious hackers); Dethroning the Transistor (A new molecular logic switch); and Brighter Silicon (Toward more-efficient optical devices).
Source: Monya Baker, Technology Review, May 2005

Reuters launches mobile news service
UK-based global news agency Reuters has launched a mobile news service in the UK and US. The service is easily downloadable at on handsets by linking to mobile.reuters.co.uk.
Source: Leigh Phillips, Digital Media Europe, May 3, 2005

European Train Operator Pilots Wi-Fi at 300 Kilometers per Hour
European train operator, Thalys, recently announced the availability of wireless Internet access on its Paris to Brussels route at transfer rates comparable to a faster variant of digital subscriber line (DSL) known as Asymmetric DSL plus. The maximum bandwidth is four Mbit/s downstream and two Mbit/s upstream at 300 km/h. [The European Space Agency offers more details in Broadband to Trains.]
Source: Government Technology, May 4, 2005

UK computer boffins build sign language avatar
Computer scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have joined forces with animation specialists at Televirtual, and the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) to create a signing avatar capable of translating written web pages into British sign language.
Source: Lucy Sherriff, The Register, May 4, 2005

Big Brother Isn’t Here Yet
Federal and state judges approved 1,710 wiretaps covering wire, oral and electronic communications in 2004. That works out to less than one tapped phone line for every 100,000 people in the U.S. […] The most wiretap-crazy country in the world is Italy. Law enforcement officials there eavesdrop on 172 phones lines for every 100,000 people.
Source: Arik Hesseldahl, Forbes.com, May 6, 2005

See you next week…


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