Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Introduction to SONET

The Synchronous Optical NETwork (SONET) standard for fiber optic networks was developed in the mid-1980s. It remains in widespread use today. In a nutshell, SONET allows multiple technologies and vendor products to interoperate by defining standard physical network interfaces.

read more here >> Introduction to SONET

Sangean intros WFR-20 tabletop WiFi radio - Engadget

Check out this WiFi radio :

Sangean intros WFR-20 tabletop WiFi radio - Engadget

It's been nearly a year since we've heard from Sangean, but the company is hitting back with a swank new WiFi internet radio that's shaped a good deal like its past units. The WFR-20 offers up 'direct access to over 6,000 Internet Radio stations (and 21,242 on-demand streams) in 250 locations from 60 genres,' and you can organize your favorites in the My Stations folder. Additionally, it's designed to operate with or without a PC, and if you have a networked computer nearby with Windows Media Player, you can have 'full access to your digital media library using the UPnP Server.' Furthermore, you'll find a three-line display, four alarms, an aux input, dual five-watt speakers, and a wireless remote to boot, but there's no word on a price or release date just yet.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters:

An example of standards organizations being used:

"If This Was a Month Ago, OOXML Would Be Over Posted by ScuttleMonkey on Monday September 03, @06:28PM from the games-of-corporate-chess dept. Microsoft Andy Updegrove writes 'Public announcements of how Participating members of ISO have voted on OOXML are now rolling in one at a time, and the trend thus far is meaningfully weighted towards 'No with comments.' By my count, there are now four announced Yes votes, with comments, two abstentions, and seven public No with comments votes for OOXML in ISO/IEC JT1. Korea has reportedly voted no as well, and I expect at least Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom to announce 'No with comments' today or tomorrow. There will be more no votes on the roster when the final results are announced in a day or two. But even if the 11 votes I know of now were the only votes, the vote would now have failed — but for the 11 countries that upgraded their status from Observer to Participating member status in the last few weeks. Without those extra 11 'P' countries, it would only require 10 votes to block OOXML from immediate approval. If most or all of those additional 'P' members vote 'yes' as expected, it will confirm suspicions that Microsoft has promoted extra votes in favor of OOXML not only within National Bodies, but within ISO itself.'"