Engadget got a passel of pictures of upcoming Dell phones that will be hitting AT&T (and probably some store shelves in an unlocked GSM variety) sometime between later this year and sometime next year, depending on the model. If Dell’s renders of these phones are borne out in real life then we’ve got some real winners on our hands…even Windows Mob…er…Phone 7 users get something cool.
Scratch that…WinPhone users get the coolest device of them all…Google’s Android OS makes a good showing though…
Flash (superthin Android bar phone, 3.5″ screen)
Smoke (Pixi-like Android bar phone, 2.8″ screen)
Thunder (Android bar phone, 4.1″ screen)
Lightning (Windows Phone 7 vertical slider, 4.1″ screen)
The Lightning and Smoke are unique form-factor-wise for phones of their caliber…definitely not enough to get me to change carriers from my beloved Sprint but if the Lightning showed up with WiMAX and Android it would be a very serious contender to the HTC Evo 4G, set to launch this summer.
Sorry for the lack of posts in recent history. Busy and stuff.
However the silence must be broken to note a rather rocking web application: Schedule Miner.
Made by one of Mines’s own, a freshman-plus-a-ridiculous-amount-of-transfer-credit in the Computer Science program, the web app takes the Boring, rather difficult to use Trailhead course scheduling system and condenses its information into a clean, fast, easy-to-use course discovery and selection engine.
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In a recent article I mentioned that Qwest didn’t include antivirus software with their internet subscriptions. Actually, they do. It’s just hard to find. Go here to grab it; you must be using a Qwest connection at the time of your download.
Or if you would rather back your stuff up with an ISP-branded solution than Mozy, Qwest offers that too.
So I signed up to host a Windows 7 launch party (Thursday October 22, after the Campus Crusade for Christ meeting). I was accepted, and my party pack came in the mail, via UPS, today.
Below is a rather exhaustive bunch of photos describing every piece of the pack. Sorry about the photo quality…apparently my twelve-megapixel camera does horribly in low light. If anyone wants me to reshoot a picture or two, that’s no problem Click on any picture for the full, huge, 12-megapixel version.
The box is colorful but nothing out of the ordinary. No, you can't know where I live without asking me first.
Here's what the box looked like when I first opened it. That's my bed by the way, in case you were wondering.
This is all of the smaller stuff in the package, as I got it, plastic wrap (iff applicable) intact.
The white thing at left is the rather large Windows 7 poster. The colorful thing on the right is, as it turns out, party bags.
More after the break…
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No, I’m not just talking about AVG (linked to FileForum because they have a full offline installer versus Download.com’s annoying “web stub”). Mines actually has a site license for Symantec’s corporate antivirus application, which students can download and install on their own computers after entering their Mines multipass.
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Over the past year or so, a lot has changed with the Mines network and computer system. We’re moving as quickly as possible to GMail for student email addresses and to a unified login for everything else. This login is called MultiPass.
One big use of MultiPass is for the Mines VPN, used for accessing on-campus resources from off-campus. Geekier folks will choose to just SSH into imagine.mines.edu with their username and multipass password, however if you want to route your internet traffic through the Mines campus the VPN, available at secure.mines.edu, is the way to go.
One cool thing about the latest VPN update, which also improves compatibility with next-generation operating systems like Snow Leopard and 64-bit versions of Windows, is that you can now log into the VPN from on-campus. If you’re wondering why you would ever want to do such a thing, note that the Mines wireless networks (CSMWireless, ResNetWireless, etc.) are unsecured, so normally any data sent over a wireless link is up for grabs for anyone with the right software.
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So today while I was scanning the 1913 Prospector (here’s the 1914 one) I listened to the latest episode of Security Now, a favorite podcast of mine that I haven’t heard in a long while.
The crux of this week’s ‘cast: GSM, the voice and data standard used the world over for mobile phones, is hopelessly flawed in a security sense and can be cracked in several different ways. The cost for the correct apparatus to crack the encryption: just a few thousand dollars. The expertise required: minimal. Read for yourself. Or here.
Granted, you probably won’t get your conversations spied upon, unless some enterprising Mines student with a wad of cash has nothing better to do and your T-Mobile or AT&T phone is not running in 3G mode at the time (though the latter can be forced). Still, it’s best not to have sensitive conversations over your non-3G phone (which includes the first-generation iPhone) if that non-3G phone is running off of AT&T or T-Mobile.
Today I saw an eWeek story about Qwest turning up 100 gigabits of capacity on their network backbone, thanks to Alcatel-Lucent’s networking equipment. This is a far cry from trying to sell the backbone network, as the company had tried to do a few months back. Qwest is the first provider that I know of to use straight 100 Gbps equipment (rather than 10 Gbps or 40 Gbps on multiple wavelengths and/or fiber strands) though plenty of providers (like Cogent, Level3 and XO Communications) have more than 100 Gbps of capacity on many of their backbone links.
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Last week I called in to CNet’s “The Real Deal” show. They had a guest in the studio whose job is, in effect, milking every last bit out of DSL so telephone companies can hold off on expensive fiber upgrades. One important thing to note is that the main deployment costs of fiber is the digging, stringing, etc. required to run any sort of wireline infrastructure. The fiber itself, and the electronics on the ends, are relatively cheap compared with, for example, coaxial hardline cable (the low-loss cabling that serves Comcast’s and other providers’ cable internet to your home).
If you want to hear my call, it’s at about 16:07 (minutes:seconds) into the video, a bit earlier in the audio. My question was simply whether Qwest, with their new VDSL2 technology, was able to reach as far as the last-generation (ADSL2+) technology. Or, put another way, would this next-gen technology mean that less people would get internet above 7 Mbps than if Qwest had just stuck with ADSL2+. The answer: VDSL2, on newer equipment, will fall back to ADSL2+ on longer loop (wire) lengths. Fun stuff.
Fellow techie and club advisor to The Oredigger David Frossard passed this along. For those of you toting an iPhone or iPod Touch around, this little application might save you a few bucks on books with the greatest of ease.