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Chicago Computer Guide This Week
For September 1-7, 2001
I. This Week's Calendar of Events
II. Taking Back An Online Reputation
III. Computer Law - Follow-up
IV. When A Killer App Can Be A Killer
V. Chicago Computer Company News
VI. Chicago Computer Dealers
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001
Event Sponsor: Geneer
Event Name/Topic: "Developers' Tips & Secrets for
Motient's Terrestrial Network and Motorola's DataTAC
Event Type: Midwest Wireless Application Developers SIG.
Time: 6 to 8:30 PM
Speakers: Rod Massie, Director of Systems Development
Location:Marriott Suites, 8535 W. Higgins Road,
Price: Free with complimentary food and beverages
RSVP: Register at: http://www.geneer.com/mwadsig
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 847-294-0300
Geneer is pleased to announce the creation our Midwest
Wireless Application Developers Special Interest Group (SIG).
Developed for technical professionals by technical professionals,
this new, non-commercial SIG is designed to promote discussion
of wireless developer tips and tools and provides the opportunity
to network and learn.
We cordially invite you to the first meeting of the Midwest
Wireless Application Developers SIG. Our Guest Presenter is
Motient Corporation ( www.motient.com), provider of eLinkSM
and BlackBerry by Motient wireless email services:
Guest Speaker: Rod Massie, Director of Systems Development
for Motient Topic: Developers' Tips & Secrets for Motient's
Terrestrial Network and Motorola's DataTAC Technology
The Motient network currently reaches over 220 million people
and enables two-way wireless data communications to a variety
of devices and numerous business segments. This presentation
provides a detailed look into the intricacies of the network and
vital information for developing compatible applications. Topics
covered by Rod in this meeting include:
· Motient Network Technology
· Wireless Data System Architecture
· Implementation and Connectivity Options
· SCR Vs. Binary SCR
· Host Routing and Message Flows
To register, visit http://www.geneer.com and look for the
wireless SIG icon.
I. This Week's Chicago Computer Events**:
Event: Diamondcluster Insight Forum
Date: September 10-12, 2001
Place: Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 301 E. Water St., Chicago, IL
Information: Go to http://www.insight.diamondcluster.com for
The two-day event features leading thinkers from business,
academia, and science who will explore the realities surrounding
today's customer (who thanks to the Internet is better informed,
less patient, and more demanding than ever) and chart how market
leaders build and synchronize successful customer relationships.
Event: CSA Marketing Roundtable Presents:
Writing to impress a seminar for high tech marketers
Date: September 11, 2001
Place: Sears Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3350,
Chicago, IL 60606
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Information: Register now online at http://www.csa.org/workshop.html
As communications professionals - and as
in any business - writing skills are paramount. Our writing
needs to be clear, concise and easy to follow; it must also
be catchy and memorable. Everything from ad copy, press
releases and websites to memos, letters and e-mail will be
covered in this thought and action provoking workshop. In
this half-day program, writing instructor Clyde Leland will
discuss all of these topics (plus the difference between
"that" and "which"), using real-world examples and in-class
Event: MobileEXPO with Illinois Technology**
Showcase & ProjectWorld
Date: September 11-13, 2001
Location: Lakeside Center at McCormick Place,
Information: Contact Paige Miller at (415) 641-2450
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a CIO, CTO or Project Manager planning to
buy, implement or develop a mobile and wireless solution,
MobileEXPO is the place to shape your mobile future!
MobileEXPO brings together the top mobile and wireless
companies to showcase their products and services. Plus,
experts deliver practical approaches and information through
in-depth tutorials and breakout sessions spanning three
intensive tracks over two days.
Event: Illinois Technology Showcase (ITEC)
Date: September 12-13, 2001
Time: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Place: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.,
Information: Go to www.goitec.com or contact Thaddeus
Woosley at email@example.com
North America's fastest-growing exhibition and conference
returns to Chicago! The Illinois Technology Showcase is the
region's most collaborative IT event that serves as a forum for
Corporate, Education and Government leaders to facilitate
discussion, education and evaluation of IT solutions and their
impact on the region's marketplace.
Event: Midwest Oracle Users' Group Fall Conference
Date: September 17-18, 2001
Place: University of Illinois-Chicago Illini Union,
828 S. Wolcott Ave., Chicago
Time: 1-5pm (17th); 8:00am - 4:30pm (18th)
Information: To register, email Barb Dully at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call her at 630/960-2909, ext. 1047. Cost for the two days
is $75 for MOUG members, $95 for others. Companies who
register three or more attendees will receive an additional
$10 discount per person.
**Courtesy of Techvenue.com
II. Taking Back An Online Reputation
By Michael Cloutier
In June of 2000 when Greg Halpern, CEO of Mundelein-based
Circle Group Internet, was informed by his network administrator
of the more than 100 complaints received about the massive
pornographic spam sent through their e-mail server, many of which
were sent to children, he was shocked. Click here
III. Dot biz and Dot info - The Update
(c) Larry M. Zanger, 2001, all rights reserved.
Last month, I presented an overview of the implementation of
the first two of seven new top-level domain names that the
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
approved last fall.
Click here: http://www.chicago-computer.com/septzang.htm
IV. When A Killer App Can Be A Real Killer
By Michael Carruth
Apple has done a masterful job of developing, then bringing X
to the public, and in evangelizing its use to all us loyal subjects.
They now need to put the king-size squeeze on major developers
to get the mainstream applications on the proverbial street. If
this does not happen, it seems logical that hardware sales will suffer.
See how at http://www.chicago-computer.com/septcarruth.htm.
V. Chicago Computer Company News
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer to Speak Out on '.NET Effect' of
New Web Services Platform at Chicago Software Association
Sept. 19 Event
CHICAGO, IL/PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago Software Association
(CSA) just announced that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will address
the Chicago business community during a special "Networking Session
and Luncheon" on Sept. 19, beginning at 11:30 a.m., in the Navy Pier
Grand Ballroom. One of the technology industry's most respected and
passionate CEOs, Ballmer will discuss how a new generation of
XML-enabled platforms, services and tools will transform the way
organizations do business.
The event is part of a series of unique seminars and conferences that
CSA sponsors to bring together a cross-section of technology leaders
to share their viewpoints with businesses and organizations in the
Chicago area. Following Ballmer's address, he will preside over a Q&A
session for event attendees. Those interested in attending the seminar
can register online by visiting the CSA Website at
"We are pleased and excited to be welcoming Steve to Chicago,"
said Candace Renwall, executive director of the 575-member CSA.
"As he leads Microsoft in the development of its .NET strategy, Steve
is in a unique position to explain how a new generation of software
technology will revolutionize America's businesses."
The Greater Chicagoland area has been identified as a New Economy
incubator for the next wave of growth in the knowledge- and
technology-based industries, according to a just-issued study
conducted by the world-renowned consulting firm McKinsey &
Company. The comprehensive research study was commissioned by
the Mayor's Council of Technology Advisors, and personally by Chicago
Mayor Richard M. Daley. In the study, McKinsey & Company identified
three promising technology-related sectors in the Chicagoland area that
are poised for substantial and rapid growth: software development,
wireless/software and biomedical (including biotechnology, medical
diagnostics and medical devices). The Chicago Software Association was
named by Mayor Daley to lead the software development growth initiative
outlined in the McKinsey study.
WorldWIT Appoints First President
CHICAGO, IL/PRNewswire/ -- WorldWIT, Inc.
(World Women in Technology) http://www.WorldWIT.org , a
free global networking group for professional businesswomen,
just announced that Laura Meyer has been named president
of the company.
"We are fortunate to have Laura heading up WorldWIT,"
said Liz Ryan, founder and CEO of WorldWIT, Inc. "With her
background in building First Tuesday and her extensive
international experience, she brings the skills and contacts we
need to further expand WorldWIT."
Prior to joining WorldWIT, Inc., Ms. Meyer was the North
American Director of Operations with First Tuesday, an
international networking group active in more than 100 cities.
She spent 13 years in Europe, most recently as a senior consultant
with Cambridge Technology Partners in Amsterdam.
Previously, Ms.Meyer was a financial manager with the Wm. Wrigley Jr.
company in Amsterdam and was instrumental in implementing an
enterprise resource planning system at the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company
chewing gum manufacturing facility in Poland.
She served earlier as a management consultant with Alexander
Proudfoot SA, now Proudfoot Consulting.
"I joined the ChicWIT list serv when I first came to Chicago and
found it to be a quick and friendly personal and professional
"It helped me to adapt to my new city and to connect with other
ChicWIT alone has more than 2,500 members, and WorldWIT
has more than 10,000 members globally. The lists grow daily. "It
makes it all the more meaningful to me personally, to be part of
growing WorldWIT even further," stated Meyer.
In addition to the moderated list-servs in nearly 40 markets around
the world, WorldWIT provides value-added resources, including
holding free networking events and job-fairs in cities with local
monthly columns on the website written by experts on financial and
career topics; a pool of professional experts available to speak at
meetings and conferences; ementoring programs for girls; and
partnering with other academic and corporate organizations to
conduct research involving the WorldWIT community.
The recent survey of WorldWIT women conducted by GLS
Consulting on what women want in the workplace and at home has
been used by the media, professional speakers and educational
institutions worldwide as part of their programs.
In the two years since WorldWIT's founding, the organization has
grown to almost 10,000 members from five different continents. There
are nearly 40 local chapters where members keep in touch with each
other through list-servs, as well as through local networking events.
The newest WorldWIT groups include NigeriaWIT, RockyWIT in Colorado,
Milw-WIT in Milwaukee, KCWIT in Kansas City, DallasWIT, SouthAfricaWIT,
RainWIT in Seattle, DesertWIT in Las Vegas and RocketCityWIT in
To join any of the WorldWIT lists, get Laura Meyer's photo or to get
additional information, please visit http://www.WorldWIT.org .
Open Channel Software Achieves "Critical Mass" for Launching
Innovative New Product Solutions
CHICAGO, IL - A full 18 months before the technology market
"dot-bombed," the founders of Open Channel Software (OCS)
knew that they were onto a winning formula. Their concept was
simple but profound: create a vehicle for the hosting and
commercialization of potentially thousands of software applications
developed in academic and scientific institutions.
OCS stands poised to commercially launch several leading-edge
applications, doing for highly technical products what Red Hat, Inc.
has done for Linux.
By hosting and facilitating the distribution of thousands of
Open Channel will have the 'pick of the litter' with regard to which
products to commercialize. The initial concept and business model for
Open Channel Software was developed in early 1999 by vice president
of business development Douglas Curry, in collaboration with Professors
Stuart Kurtz and Ridgeway Scott, both on the faculty at the University
Curry had successfully evaluated early-stage software and educational
programs, and developing vehicles to commercialize these curricula and
technologies via licenses and starting up companies, as manager of the
Content Venture Project at the University of Chicago for Arch
From its modest office/loft space on the north side of Chicago, OCS is
quietly poised to commercialize three to five applications this year.
According to CEO John Kennedy, some of the products being prepared
for commercial launch include an innovative, open source, network
administration software for Unix environments, applications that
originated at NASA as well as software that literally saves lives.
"One type of medical software that we're really excited about,
says Kennedy, takes standard MRI images and builds a movie
of a beating heart, allowing for the first time a safe means of
doing heart stress analysis.
Another application helps predict when patients that are undergoing
kidney dialysis will suffer stenosis, or the closing of the access
This application helps identify problems early enough so that they can
be treated with drugs, extending the life of the ports by 50 percent,
in some cases."
So far, OCS is hosting more than 150 academic and research
software applications, organized by approximately 24 disciplines that
range from aerodynamics to A.I. and expert systems to chemistry,
thermodynamics and meteorology. Perhaps more notably, technology
transfer experts at internationally prestigious academic and scientific
institutions are very supportive of OCS' efforts.
The OCS Web site offers truly innovative, cutting-edge programs
focused around certain categories, or Disciplines. OCS actively
promotes the software that it sponsors, in order to build and maintain
a community of involved users. If software has sufficient commercial
viability, OCS provides the resources that are required to bring that
software to commercial distribution, proactively markets it, and offers
fee-based support and services to its customers.
Please contact OCS by visiting the organization's Website,
http://www.openchannelsoftware.org or by phoning 773-334-8177
to learn more about the Open Channel Foundation, its software
Disciplines, products and services, or to become a participating
VI. Chicago Computer Dealers
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