Wednesday, October 25, 2000

NSA Spring Board for Start-Up

"One of the most promising firms on the U.S. computer security market at present draws its expertise directly from the NSA's research laboratories," according Intelligence Online. The Netsec company, founded by two former NSA men, Jerry Harold and Ken Ammon.The company's president, Harold, worked for 12 years in the NSA's "Puzzle Palace" at Fort Meade. Among the firm's 59 workers six others also come from NSA, NSA's deputy head of Defensive Information of System Engineering and Operation.

What One-Click Beast, It's Hour Come Round at Last, Slouches Toward Barnes & Noble to be Born?

Folks, meet the next publishing paradigm...
'International Publisher, Fondo de Cultura Economica, Links Product Codes
to the Web'

Mexico City, Mexico, October 25, 2000 - At a meeting for editors from
the publishing industry this morning, NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:
NEOM) and Fondo de Cultura Economica (FCE) unveiled FCE's PaperClick enabled
e-commerce web site. FCE has mapped 8,000 titles so that readers just
enter the book's product code (bar codes obtained from the ISBN) in the
PaperClick Go Window on its website ( and a web page comes
up with a synopsis of the title, publication information, and a button
to purchase the book.

For example, the product code for Richard Pozas' " Juan Perez Jolote's
biografia de un tzotzil" is 9789681603281. When this number is entered
in the PaperClick Go Window on the FCE site, or any other site with a
PaperClick Go Window worldwide, the page for this book appears.

"Navigating directly from a book to the web is seamless for our customers
now," said Victor Salamanca, IS operations officer for FCE. "We wanted
a one step operation from our home page to each publication and we have
it. How many times have you searched for a book by title or author and
not been able to remember either name? The one number associated with
the book can be distributed by professors to students; from one friend
to another; and listed in advertisements. PaperClick offers convenience
and portability - you need only to enter the number associated with the
product code on the book to reach expanded web content. Unlike some other
systems, you do not need to use a scanning device.' "

Newsweek: The ‘Semantic Web'
"Q&A with Tim Berners-Lee. At the moment the data is processed for human
consumption, and if it is to be reprocessed [for machines] it first has to be
undressed into raw data. That is very cumbersome. The Semantic Web says,
"Let's get the data on the Web with its meaning."
----from Tomalak's Realm

New lightweight browser based on the gecko engine
"K-Meleon is the Windows answer to Galeon. Thus, K-Meleon is a lite Web browser based on gecko (the mozilla rendering engine). It's fast, it has a light interface, and it is fully standards-compliant. To make it simple, K-Meleon could be considered as the unbloated Mozilla version for Windows. K-Meleon interface tries to mimic the IE MFC interface as much as possible. For convenience, it also uses the IE bookmarking system."


Tuesday, October 24, 2000