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Thursday, January 15, 2004
Moderation rising in the Mideast: ""It's the end of radicalism," says Abdel Monem Said, director of the Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in ter for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo. "You have a general sense of accommodation taking place in the region." Dr. Said, who defines radicalism as the struggle for unobtainable goals, adds that "radical movements, whether pan-Islamic or pan-Arab, have come to the conclusion that continuation of confrontation with the status quo or the West in general is either futile or very costly. .. I hate to say it, but at least from the results we are seeing the Iraqi thing was like a jolt in the region - it put a cap on radical politics."" 10:00:26 PM
Renewable Energy Annual 2002: "Photovoltaic (PV) cell and module shipments by manufacturers rose 15 percent in 2002 to 112.1 peak megawatts in 2002. Shipments have grown every year since 1993. Domestic shipments grew faster than exports in 2002, in contrast to growth during the 1998-2000 period, which was fueled primarily by exports. Germany maintained its position as the predominant importer of U.S. PV cells and modules, importing 50 percent of shipments. Exports to Hong Kong rose 129 percent in 2002, becoming the second-largest U.S. export market with a 16 percent share.
The average unit price of PV cells decreased in 2002 by 14 percent to $2.12 per peak watt. Average module prices, however, increased 9 percent to $3.74 per watt in 2002. The total value of cell and module shipments increased from $305 million in 2001 to $342 million in 2002." Many tables. including:
Gadget Jacket Charged by the Sun
: Cool vest or jacket with many internal pockets, and add-on solar cells for recharging the devices: "the jacket has integrated solar panels that charge cell phones, PDAs, Game Boys, MP3 players and most any other mobile device its wearer slides into its multitude of interior pockets." The SCOTTeVEST site
claims the Secret Service uses them. 11:16:55 AM
Australian Company Solar Powers Mobile Phone Network in Oman: Nice pictures. Similar story on the company's site with a South Pacific Island satellite station: "Tokelau is a New Zealand dependency situated about 10 degrees south of the equator in the South Pacific, approximately 400km North of Western Samoa. The 3 main islands in the group comprise of Atafu, Fakaofo and Nukunonu. The location of Tokelau, remote even by South Pacific island standards, has meant that the local Government has had to rely on diesel generator sets for the provision of power, which presents big problems due to irregular shipping and handling of diesel fuel in drums through the shallow waters. The Telecommunication Tokelau Corporation (Tele Tok) recently turned to Solar Sales Pty. Ltd. for expanding their already existing solar power installations on all 3 islands. " Solar Sales is located near Perth, Australia. 10:37:29 AM
DNS will map RFID
: "The Auto-ID groups and now EPCglobal are in fact promoting the use of DNS as the means by which RFID tag identifiers are mapped to URIs that represent various sources of product data. Called the Object Name Service (ONS), the standard "...specifies how the Domain Name System is used to locate authoritative metadata and services associated with a given Electronic Product Code (EPC)."
Lest you think that it is a document only, with no momentum behind its implementation, Auto-ID / EPCglobal issued a request for proposals in the third quarter of 2003 for bids on the implementation and operation of the root network directory for the EPC Network being established by EPCglobal. The contract has reportedly been awarded to Verisign." 10:07:32 AM
NCT Group, Inc. - Articles
: Review of modem-oriented data compression packages from Propel.com, Artera.com or Proxyconn.com. 9:43:23 AM