Laser Shortage to Stall High-Def Disc War?

Laser Shortage to Stall High-Def Disc War?

DigiTimes reports that several major vendors, including Sony and Matsushita, have suspended shipments of the blue laser diodes that drive both high-def disc formats. The rumored laser shortage could result in shipment delays for new models of Blu-ray and HD DVD players and drives past the upcoming holiday season, cooling the next-gen DVD format war until 2007.
Well what kind of person will you be a HD DVD person or a Blu-ray person when the formats hit shelves early next years? Or will you be one of teh lucky ones to have both. And ofcourse what are you watching it on Plasma or Projection?

AT&T Breached, Exposes 19,000 Identities

AT&T Breached, Exposes 19,000 Identities

News.com is reporting that a recent attack on AT&T’s systems saw thousands of customer’s personal data compromised. About 19,000 customers of AT&T’s online store who purchased equipment for a DSL connection were effected. From the article: “AT&T is offering to pay for credit monitoring services for customers whose accounts have been impacted because they could be at risk of identity fraud. The company also has made available a toll-free number to affected customers to call for more information.

New blog and new stuff.

Well this is my frist post with the new (to me anyways) wordpress 2.0 software. So far, so cool! I am anxious to start playing with the css possibilities so I can finally learn this stuff that I have been playing with for some time, and from what I have sen wordpress templates are supposed to be pretty easy to completely customize with css.

Welcome to my blog, which will hopefully now be my nightmare as I continue to experiment with css mods!

Kary

AOL Planning Move to Ad-Supported Model

AOL Planning Move to Ad-Supported Model

In recognition of the fact that its subscriber-based revenues continue to plummet, AOL is planning to shift to an ad-supported business model. AOL’s subscriber base, which peaked at 30 million users, now has less than 19 million subscribers and is still dropping — over 800,000 subscribers dropped the service in this year’s first quarter alone. In addition to seeing fewer AOL CDs, a shift to ad revenue also means some serious cuts in staff size, especially in the customer service and retention departments. From the article: ‘Time Warner plans to announce a series of changes at AOL that analysts say will mark the end of the company’s paid-subscriber model. The company will begin relying on advertising sales rather than monthly fees paid by customers, according to the Wall Street Journal. ‘I don’t know whether advertising will work, but my thinking is (the changes) are basically an acceptance of what is happening,’ says Joseph Bonner, a media and telecommunications analyst at Argus Research.

Semantic Web ready for mainstream use

Semantic Web ready for mainstream use

Speaking at the World Wide Web 2006 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Wednesday, Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web, said it is now time for Web developers and content producers to start using semantic languages in addition to HTML.

A panel discussion titled “The next wave of the Web” kicked off the second day of the conference and marked the start of the technical conference content. Nigel Shadbolt, professor of computer science at the University of Southampton, told the conference attendees that what has been achieved with the Web so far is astounding by itself.