Internet-in-a-car down, Internet-in-the-bathroom to go.

I Find Karma (
Tue, 29 Apr 97 09:55:12 PDT

from Educom
> As part of a demonstration of technological feasibility, a Mercedes
> E420 automobile has been outfitted by Daimler-Benz research engineers
> with equipment to allow its driver and passengers access to the
> Internet and the World Wide Web. The idea is that, sometime in the
> future, it will be routinely possible for drivers to do such things as
> receive customized traffic alerts, allow car repair centers to conduct
> remote diagnoses of automobile breakdowns, and do e-mail.

Do email from a car!? Whoa.

> The demonstration vehicle is equipped with three flat-panel displays,
> a wireless digital cellular phone and modem, a palmtop computer for
> transferring data to the car system, and a global positioning
> navigational system that uses satellite transmissions to display map
> data and other information. (New York Times 29 Apr 97)


And I know we talked about this before, but...

> The Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding research projects at
> the University of Utah, MIT, the University of Arizona and BBN Planet
> in the hope of developing a new "active network" architecture that
> would enhance the performance and flexibility of the Internet. "An IP
> packet is passive," says a computer scientist at the University of
> Utah. "Any IP-directed action is hardwired into the router. This new
> work involves injecting code into the packets."

Hardwired into the router? Do I hear... munchkins?

> The smarter packets could then convey to the receiving computer what
> information is wanted, allowing them to modify router information
> accordingly. The data could then be handled in the most efficient way
> possible. (InfoWorld Electric 25 Apr 97)

Efficiency is key.

> Microsoft's NetMeeting software, which will be incorporated into the
> next version of its Explorer Web browser, will enable users to place
> telephone calls to conventional telephone handsets, in addition to
> conducting videoconferences over the Internet and collaborating on
> word processing and spreadsheet documents. Company officials say 60
> companies have agreed to develop products compatible with NetMeeting.
> (Wall Street Journal 28 Apr 97)

Sweet! Call you in India, Rohit...

> Chipmaker VLSI Technology has developed a way to make computer chips
> with lines of circuitry just 0.20 microns in width (one micron is one
> one-hundredth the width of a strand of human hair). The announcement
> catapults VLSI to the top of the heap in the ongoing competition to
> pack more circuitry onto silicon chips. VLSI's previous best effort
> was 0.35, and even the most advanced competitors, such as Intel and
> Motorola, are just now shifting to 0.25 production. "For a short
> window, companies can get a market advantage," says a market research
> analyst. "But for the long run, it's just the ante to stay in the
> game." (Wall Street Journal 28 Apr 97)

And our friend at R&D at IBM TJ Watson center is fabbing in 0.18 ... man
are they ahead of the curve!

BTW, I added some more stuff to


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