Inside Out!!

Inside Out!!Quirky stories, bon mots, jokes and funny things that happened on the way to the Web … In toon with Jan 22, 1986 “I keep getting me, Mr Ripley.” Ehud Tenenbaum , the 18-year-old Israeli hacker who broke into US military computers earlier this year, is cashing in his chips. His photograph is featured in a full page advert in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot, promoting Newron Computers. The ad slogan is: “To go far, you need the best equipment.” Tenenbaum certainly went far, using Internet connections, he and US-based hackers managed to break into dozens of military computer sites. Known as “The Analyzer”, Tenenbaum received a PC for his advertising role, a useful payment since his PCs have been confiscated by Israeli police. But he won’t have much time to hack into anymore computer sites for a while: the Israeli army drafted him earlier this month. Are you helping your company to solve its year 2000 date problems? Is it paying you any extra for your efforts? If not, then may be you should tell them about the Leeds City Council which is paying its IT staff a year 2000 loyalty bonus for helping solve its date change problems. All 150 members of the IT department received ?2,000 last month, after making 60 per cent of the council’s mainframe capacity compliant by the January target date. Hang on a minute…
These are the lengths people will go to to demonstrate their epoxy base adhesives. Alpha Metal’s Epibond is designed to hold surface mount components in place and not necessarily for aerobatics. The time machine… 1996: Low cost VoD at last! Broadcasters and telecommunications and cable operators are determined to turn video-on-demand (VoD) into a commercial reality come what may. Trials have been deployed around the world, proving that interactive services can be delivered over existing or dedicated broadband infrastructures, both copper and optical fibre, supported by broadband technologies such as ADSL or ATM. All trials require potentially sophisticated MPEG decoders in the user’s set top box receiver, all that is except a new UK trial being run by BT over its Westminster Cable franchise in London, which demonstrates a new approach which uses the existing cable TV infrastructure of coaxial cables. The result is that users do not need complex and expensive set-top boxes to receive the interactive TV services. Arguably this implementation of VoD is closer to commercialisation, than other broadband to the home trials, as it reuses the existing analogue infrastructure, which will simplify deployment and keep costs down.
Electronics Weekly, April 10, 1996 If Alistair Campbell , the PM’s press secretary, ever needs another job, he could find one in the semiconductor equipment industry applying his skills in getting everyone to sing from the same hymn sheet. EW asked three people from the same company last week whether the company would produce turnkey fabs complete with process technology. One said: “Customers want us to focus on our area of expertise”; flatly disagreeing, another exec opined that in 2000 the equipment supplier would ‘own the integrated process module and equipment design’; a third (the boss of the other two) sat diplomatically on the fence: “I’m not going to commit how far we’re going to go.” Which company? Well, it wasn’t called Harrow. Saddest of the rumours hitting the wires last week is that Jerry Sanders III, colourful founder and chairman of AMD, is grooming a successor. Europeans will never forget Sanders arriving in Munich for an Electronica in the 1980s with his girlfriend, now wife – Tawny Capriccio – wearing matching ankle length mink coats, one white one black. The same theme extended to his cars. With AMD’s operation principally split between Austin, Texas and Sunnyvale, California, Sanders kept a Rolls Royce in each location – one white, one black. Asked why, he responded: “So I know where I am!” Steve Bush’s invention of the week Hidetsugu Yagi was born in 1886 and got his engineering degree from Tokyo Imperial University. After studying in Germany, England and the US he returned to Japan. Having become a professor, he started a radio research program at Tohoku University in Miyaga and with student Shintaro Uda invented what has become the ubiquitous TV aerial. The Yagi-Uda array, often shortened to Yagi, was probably invented in 1924, but was formally announced in a paper in 1926. The aerial came at just the right time, when radio valves which could operate at high frequencies, where the Yagi is compact, were being developed. An English version of the paper appeared in 1928. It has often been remarked that in the chip business – the most demanding high-tech arena – national characteristics are very much to the fore. The Japanese bring patience, the Americans bring marketing, the Europeans bring science, the Chinese bring manufacturing, the Koreans bring enthusiasm and now the Russians are coming to the fore with their own speciality: exotic expectations. Announcing his new company Tru-Si Technologies recently, Dr Sergey Savastiouk said it would be ‘like Applied Materials’. When a sceptic queried ‘But smaller?’ Savastiouk replied ‘no’.

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