|Ken Novak's Weblog
Purpose of this blog: to retain annotated bookmarks for my future reference, and to offer others my filter technology and other news. Note that this blog is categorized. Use the category links to find items that match your interests.
Subscribe to get this blog by e-mail.
New: Read what I'm reading on Bloglines.
Monday, March 03, 2003
: "The PowerPad 160 is the ultimate notebook battery, giving you up to 6 times more power than ever before. With the highest energy density of any rechargeable battery commercially available, you won't find this level of performance anywhere else! The PowerPad's SuperPolymer Lithium Ion technology keeps you going with more than a full day of portable power." Lists for about $500. 10:12:01 PM
Alvarion wireless cusotmer stories: "Alvarion has 50% of the global market share for fixed wireless broadband services. Here are three of its customers:
- Widwest Wireless (commercial business). 300,000 cellular subscribers in a "property model" -- they bought a license to spectrum. They've setup a subsidiary, ClearWave to handle the wireless. Covers 54 communities in 137 townships in Minnesota. 50 wireless broadband sites using 2.4GHz, usie 5GHz for backhaul. 1,200 customers in first month. Serving towns with as few as 270 people. It costs about $700 to connect a new customer, and the monthly cost for wireline and wireless backhaul runs about $14,500. Installing a new cel costs $2-$6K -- each tower runs about 180 customers. Towers run atop water-towers or piggyback on their cellular towers. Towers are profitable about 18 months after going up.
- Owensboro Municipal Utility (publicly owned nonprofit). Serve a market with cable, DSL, and fixed-wireless competition. For rural communities to remain economically viable, they must have broadband. Hence a nonprofit with very low rates. Largest municipal utility in Kentucky. Operating in heavily forested, hill country. Installation is free, residential serivce is $25/month (512k down/128k up).
- City of Pratt, Kansas Police Dept (civil public safety operator). Intention is to connect to departmental LANs from vehicles (how do you update the virus definitions in a cop car's PC?) and to replace cellphone with VoIP. 60 sqmi coverage. Gaining 2h productivity/officer/day -- saving $21k/month
171 nations reach smoking control treaty
: "The groundbreaking pact, reached after three and a half years of marathon talks, includes rules on product regulation, tobacco taxation and tough norms to ban or restrict advertising and promotion -- and to combat smuggling or illicit trade. It also provides measures against the risk of passive smoking. The deal was clinched after developing countries from the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa, put up a "united front" and pushed for tough provisions opposed by the United States and Germany and some other countries, senior health diplomats said. The decision in the end to back the accord by China, Cuba and Japan, which had earlier threatened a tough line on certain provisions, also surprised many negotiators. On Tuesday, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids alleged the United States was trying to water down provisions aimed at reaching a strong treaty and called on it to withdraw from the talks. The U.S. government "squandered an opportunity" to lead said Dr. Munster and added, "Ít has instead chosen to be the handmaiden of the tobacco industry.".. Germany and the United States gave clear indications they had concerns with some provisions related to advertising, marketing and labeling. The United States said it "cannot accept" provisions related to packaging and labeling, advertising and sales and by minors, and which fail to take take into account the separation of powers and the role of states. "The United States has systematically tried to undermine the strength of virtually every key issue in this convention. It's pretty disgraceful," Ira Shapiro, consultant adviser to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and a former senior U.S. trade negotiator, told United Press International" 9:27:19 AM