(4-19-04) - What is spyware and why should Internet users be concerned? "Adware is advertising-supported software that displays pop-up advertisements whenever the program is running. Often the software is available online for free, and the advertisements create revenue for the company. Although it's seemingly harmless (aside from the intrusiveness and annoyance of pop-up ads), adware can install components onto your computer that track personal information (including your age, sex, location, buying preferences, or surfing habits) for marketing purposes. . ."
(4-16-04) 57 Crown Courts now have improved e-communications, 53 still to fix. "More than half of all Crown Courts in England and Wales now have a new IT infrastructure to speed up the delivery of justice. . . Modernised courts now have sophisticated IT and networks and, in many cases, facilities for the presentation of electronic and video evidence. The value of this new technology has been highlighted at the Central Criminal Court during recent high profile cases, most notably at the trial of Ian Huntley and Maxine Carr when evidence and court proceedings were displayed on large plasma screens around the court, in the jury box and in a nearby media annex. The technology provides staff with secure email facilities to share information with other criminal justice agencies . . .
(4-12-04). New courtroom technology speeds justice"The gadgets in an episode of the Jetsons cartoon series are no match for the technology in 410th state District Judge Michael Mayes' courtroom. From satellite feeds connected to the jail to displaying evidence for jurors, new courtroom technology is clearing the overloaded courts with a newfound efficiency.
"As far as I know, my courtroom is the only one in Texas that uses all the forms of technology," Mayes said Thursday. Harper's Landing residents at a temporary injunction hearing last week experienced the benefits first hand. "We had a full court that wanted to know what was going on," Mayes said. "So we used the video visualizer to post the documents up on the television screens." Witnesses in the hearing also viewed documents on a screen in the witness box when answering questions from the lawyers.
In a neighboring courtroom, an overflow crowd watched the hearing live from a satellite feed in the main courtroom. The 410th District courtroom contains seven television screens, including a couple in the jury box, allowing jurors to view evidence up close while it is being discussed. "It saves us a ton of time with jury exhibits," Mayes said. "We used the screen in a murder trial to show the jury bullet striations."
(4-2-04) You can take it with you: 13 tiny USB flash drives. A short review of the features of 13 flash drives. April 2, 2004. "There are gobs of products out there to help you send, store, and transport your data, but few can match the simplicity and sheer portability of a tiny USB flash drive. Like an old-school floppy disk retailored for the twenty-first century, USB flash drives offer the capacity of a modest hard drive, the portability of a cigarette lighter, and the plug-and-play simplicity of a modern peripheral. These portable devices go by a colorful assortment of names--keychain drives, memory sticks, iDucks, and so on--but they all work pretty much the same way. Plug one into a USB port on the back of your PC, and it'll show up like any other hard drive. Drag and drop your data onto it from your PC at work, pull out the drive, and plug it into your computer at home."