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FRIDAY - AUGUST 29, 2008 - ISSUE NO. 326

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Dear Friends of Wireless Messaging,

My friend Scott Forsythe, president of the AAPC, sent out the following message this week to all the members. Since it also addresses all paging carriers — members or not — Scott gave me permission to include it in this issue of the newsletter. He and I agree that all paging carriers should elect to participate in the nationwide Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS). This is IMPORTANT!

From: Scott Forsythe
Date: August 28, 2008 1:59:38 PM CDT
Subject: CMAS - Election to Participate

Dear Fellow AAPC Members:

You have probably received notices from Ken Hardman, and have read statements in Brad Dye's Newsletter, indicating the FCC's requirement for CMRS licensees to officially indicate their intent to participate in the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) by September 8th.

I want to express the importance of your participation in CMAS and to urge you to file the appropriate letter stating your company's intent to be a valuable contributor to this worthy project. AAPC members have spent countless hours and expense promoting the power of paging to the FCC in the wake of recent national disasters. Now, the FCC wants paging to step up to the table and do its part in providing a new national alert system.

Take action! Use the template provided by Ken Hardman, or the one in Brad's newsletter. You must file the document using the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), which is relatively painless. Call me if you need help.

This is important! ALL paging carriers, whether AAPC members or not, should take this opportunity to put paging back on the map as a vital communications tool for alerting the public. It's part of our future.

If you are already planning on submitting your election to participate, thank you!

If you aren't sure, or don't understand the consequences or the process, please contact me. I will be happy to answer your questions to the best of my ability.

Scott Forsythe
President, AAPC
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The other important issue that I want to bring to your attention this week is:

Bush approves campus security legislation

Colleges now required to 'immediately notify' students, staff during emergencies

Updated: August 22nd, 2008 03:01 PM GMT-05:00

Colleges will now be required to "immediately notify" their students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus, such as an active shooter situation, under higher education legislation signed into law Thursday by President George W. Bush. The move follows calls for faster action after shootings at several campuses across the country, including the deaths of 32 students and employees at Virginia Tech in 2007.

"Immediate notification of an emergency will empower students and employees to better be able to protect themselves and save lives," said Jonathan Kassa, the Executive Director of Security On Campus, Inc., a national non-profit organization that worked with both families of the Virginia Tech shooting victims and campus law enforcement to help develop the new warning provision.

This provision "will go a long way to make our nation's campuses and students safer and improve colleges' readiness and in the event of emergencies," added U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy (NY-4), one of the leading proponents of the measure in Congress. "Using both high and low tech means, many institutions across the country have already adopted this approach and are issuing campus-wide emergency notifications."

The new provision, adopted as an amendment to the Jeanne Clery Act campus crime reporting law, also calls for colleges to test and publicize their emergency response and evacuation procedures once a year. Other campus safety measures in the new law include a federal matching grants program to fund campus emergency response and notification improvements, an expansion of the reporting of hate crime statistics, and new fire safety reporting requirements.

Security On Campus, Inc. (SOC) was founded in 1987 by Jeanne Clery's parents Connie & Howard after she was raped and murdered in her on-campus residence hall at college, by a fellow student whom she didn't know. SOC worked to secure passage of the Jeanne Clery Act, originally known as the Campus Security Act, in 1990 and continues to be the nation's leading voice for the improvement of campus safety. SOC is headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

(Thanks to Curtis Rock of WaveWare Technologies.)

Now on to more news and views. . .

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There is no charge for subscription and there are no membership restrictions. Readers are a very select group of wireless industry professionals, and include the senior managers of many of the world's major Paging and Wireless Data companies. There is an even mix of operations managers, marketing people, and engineers — so I try to include items of interest to all three groups. It's all about staying up-to-date with business trends and technology. I regularly get readers' comments, so this newsletter has become a community forum for the Paging, and Wireless Data communities. You are welcome to contribute your ideas and opinions. Unless otherwise requested, all correspondence addressed to me is subject to publication in the newsletter and on my web site. I am very careful to protect the anonymity of those who request it.

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(from Computerworld magazine)

Don't miss the interview of Wayne Green, near the end of this week's newsletter.

I have followed his writings for over fifty years. He has definitely been a technology visionary.

Eccentric? Yes. Off his rocker? Maybe. A genius? Definitely — and a great man.


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Keynote Presentation Announced

“New Technologies, New Competitors and Now a New President … What Should I Know?”

Dr. Coleman D. Bazelon, Principle of The Battle Group

On November 6, 2008, the first day of Enterprise Wireless 2008, there will be a newly elected President of the United States. What will this mean? How will the spectrum policies of a President McCain or a President Obama impact wireless communications? What changes can we expect to see at the FCC? Will these changes threaten your business or create new opportunities?

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Coleman D. Bazelon, a principal of The Brattle Group and a telecommunications and economic policy advisor to leading wireless manufacturers, commercial operators, and government agencies, will address these questions. Specific topics Dr. Bazelon will address include:

  • How can you move from a focus on wireless technology in your business to one on strategy and why does that matter?
  • Why does the TV White Space initiative matter to your business?
  • How can your business, no matter the size, actually affect spectrum policy?
  • What can you learn from the macroeconomics of wireless communications to use in tactical planning for your business and to assist you in making wise supplier choices?

Dr. Bazelon is a leading expert on radio spectrum management reforms. While at the Congressional Budget Office, he estimated the budgetary and private sector impacts of spectrum-related legislative proposals, and advised on auction design. Currently, he is engaged in numerous wireless policy issues before the FCC and Congress. While Dr. Bazelon can describe the view from 30,000 feet on spectrum policy, he will also provide critical advice on how to deal with the upcoming changes of a new Administration, the impact that these changes will have on your business, and when you can expect these changes, whether you are a supplier, an enterprise wireless user, or a wireless sales and service provider.

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Taylor County first responders realize long-awaited connection

Posted: Monday, Aug 25th, 2008
BY: Karen M. Brown Statesman Staff Writer

Flemington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Geoffrey Marshall displays a headset associated with the long-awaited radio systems for Taylor County fire and emergency medical departments.

Lauttamus Communications (LC), winning bidder to install trunking radio systems for all Taylor County emergency entities, has nearly completed the extensive project. Twenty-eight-year veteran of the Flemington Volunteer Fire Department, Chief Geoff Marshall said the company, out of Wierton, West Virginia, has done an exemplary job at completing this installation in a professional and timely manner.

This upgrade is the third grant provided to FVFD by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Two previous grants allowed for a tanker truck (FY2006) and a thermal imaging system (FY2004).

The current grant provides 95 percent of the total costs for 29 mobile radios, 79 portable radios, and six base stations for fire departments in Boothsville, Flemington, Grafton, and Thornton as well as the Flemington Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Taylor County EMS. Five percent of the funding was provided by the Taylor County Commission as required by the grant agency.

The commission and the Harrison/Taylor 911 Center are currently in the process of coordinating the installation of a radio tower in Taylor County. Once this has been accomplished, a dispatcher can assign to all responders a “tac channel” in order to communicate directly with one another; this will preclude high-volume use of the primary dispatch channels. The system also allows for secure radio communications by providing digitally encrypted signals.

“I am pleased with the progress the company (LC) has made with these installations. The system will make communication and first response more coordinated and specific to the needs of the community we serve,” Marshall stated.

Source: Mountain Statesman

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Security drill on hostage event set for Sept. 26-27

How does a campus prepare for a disaster or an ultimate nightmare?

It’s something that you’re always working on, getting your emergency teams, faculty and staff, and students beefed up and drilled so should a crisis occur, you are ready to respond.

The university, the Bridgeport police, emergency responders from the city and the 14 communities in the county, and the state are holding such a drill on Sept. 26-27. It’s part of Homeland Security and civil preparedness.

The scenario will be a hostage taking at a conference at the Arnold Bernhard Center for the Arts and Humanities. A group of students as well as conference speakers will be taken captive by gunmen.

The University’s Security Department, led by Bill Horvath and April Vournelis, is conducting training for faculty, staff, residence directors, and students in preparation for the drill. At the time of the training exercise, students will be asked to contact their parents and family to let them know it is a drill and they are safe.

Scott Appleby, director of Bridgeport’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, said universities are not exempt from natural or man-made disasters. He cited the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007, the Northern Illinois University shootings earlier this year, the deadly hostage drama at a school in Besian, Russia, in 2004 or the hostage standoff at Fairfield University in 2002. Elements of those situations, he said, will be incorporated into the exercise at the University of Bridgeport. Deputy Police Chief Gary MacNamara, who was involved in resolving the Fairfield University incident, has been advising Horvath and Vournelis.

The two-day drill — from Friday afternoon on Sept. 26 to noon of the following day — will involve SWAT teams, hostage negotiators and emergency communications and fire units. It will require a shutdown of a part of the campus around the Bernhard Center. Students, neighbors, visitors and the curious will be kept away from the scene, just as if in a real-life situation.

UB President Neil Albert Salonen said that with the events of the past several years, it’s clear universities are not removed from violence and other risks. “This drill gives us and the city and region’s agency a practice so that all of us can be ready, should a crisis occur.”

The university’s Security Department and the services involved with its Emergency and Risk Management Committee, along with the city’s and the state’s Departments of Emergency Management and Homeland Security are involved with the planning of the exercise. It is primarily a City of Bridgeport test that will call on regional resources. But it will offer the university an important training experience.

The drill will test the incident command system and unified command, the emergency operations center, communications, the university and all participating groups in an expanding and long-duration exercise, Richard L. Fournier, Region 1 coordinator for the state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, said.

Source: University of Bridgeport

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Grant will provide Clark County first responders with new radios

Published: August 23, 2008 06:35 pm

Clark County will receive $252,169 to enhance public safety communications.

Gov. Mitch Daniels announced in July that $20 million in grants would be given to local first responders to enhance voice and data communication.

The funds are being used to purchase radios, add seven communication sites and provide training to use the system.

Brad Meixell, of the Clark County Office of Emergency Communications, said the Emergency Management Agency Advisory Board will meet Aug. 28 to discuss how to distribute the new radios.

Meixell said officials have received requests for 458 new radios by agencies in the county, but they will only be able to purchase about 84 with the money. They cost an average of about $3,000 each. Meixell said they are waiting to hear back about other grants that could help them buy new radios as well.

“We'll try to keep a countywide perspective,” Meixell said. “There are greater needs for different departments.”

The new radios will help departments upgrade from VHF to 800 MHz which are more reliable and becoming more widely used across the county.

“The statewide goal is to give all public safety professionals the ability to have communication systems that work with each other, and to make them affordable and available for every community,” Joe Wainscott, executive director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, said in a press release.

The funds are intended to help Project Hoosier SAFE-T, a communication network making it possible for Indiana public safety professionals to communicate across the state. According to the press release, the project supports both analog and digital radios and will provide 95 percent mobile radio coverage.


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Government*Horizons and Homeland Defense Journal Present

Risk and Crisis Communication in the 21st Century – Are We Ready?

A Thought Leaders Forum on the Trends and Innovations Shaping Best Practices

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With Keynote Speaker Russel L. Honoré, LTG (retired)

November 3, 2008
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Registration & Continental Breakfast: 7:30 am-8:25 am
Forum Hours: 8:25 am-3:30 pm
Networking Reception: 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

About this Forum:

Past crises such as 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina have paved the way in risk and crisis communications development. Both the strengths and weaknesses from these crises have been studied and analyzed in hopes to better prepare for future risk and crisis communications. However, with new threats constantly emerging- such as nuclear terrorism, pandemic flu and superbugs, climate change, and upheaval in global financial markets –it is important to understand the changing forces, trends, innovations, publics, and media which influence 21st century communication. Each of these factors has the ability to determine communication success or failure.

At the Risk and Crisis Communications in the 21st Century Forum, you will examine in-depth changes and progress made in risk and crisis communications, looming opportunities and threats to watch for, and practical applications for policy and practice. Through expert perspectives and small group interaction, the Forum will present insights, analysis and forecasts on the current state of risk and crisis communications, where it needs to be, the hurdles to overcome, and solutions to get there on both an individual and collective basis.

Some of the most influential leaders in risk and crisis communications will discuss the impact of emerging forces and trends on current leadership, strategy development and innovations. For instance, the following questions will be addressed:

  • How are high stress and high concern events changing the rules and strategies for our communications?
  • Are our crisis communications plans, systems and strategies robust enough to withstand high intensity, resource constrained, and oftentimes multiple events?
  • How prepared are our leaders (professional communicators, public officials, subject matter experts, etc.) to communicate during times of crisis when the stakes are high and potential consequences could jeopardize trust and credibility with employees, the media, and the public?

In addition to mapping out the negative effects of today’s emerging forces, communications leaders will recommend specific solutions to improve the aftermath of crisis, reduce future risks, and produce more effective and efficient communications plans for the rest of the 21st century.

The forum is organized in three parts:

  • Part 1: Top Trends – Expert panel discussions on the top issues, trends and innovations that will help define the next generation of effective risk and crisis communication policy and practice.
  • Part 2: Best Practices -- Dr. Vincent T. Covello and other renowned national and international experts in risk and crisis communication will share their vision for best practice in a changing world.
  • Part 3: Futures-Framework – You will engage in top-specific break-out sessions to map-out a “futures-framework” based on lessons learned from previous crises, future forces and trends, and best practice and innovations.

What You Will Learn:

  • Best practices in communication leadership during times of crises
  • State of the media and building trust in an instant news world
  • Special focus: Catastrophic communications: What to communicate before, during and after a mega-disaster or mass fatality event
  • In the trenches: success stories (and less successful stories) in risk and crisis communication practice
  • Opportunities and innovations in risk and crisis communication policy, strategy and practice
  • Top trends in the application of new and emerging media to risk and crisis communication
  • Changing dynamics and collaborative models for public-private partnerships
  • Science- and evidence-based approaches to risk and crisis communications
  • And more!

Who Should Attend:

  • Government, commercial and not-for profit executives, directors and managers
  • Homeland Defense and Public Safety professionals
  • Law enforcement, fire fighting, and emergency medical services personnel
  • Elected government leaders and support staff members
  • PIOs, key spokespersons, communications professionals, etc.
  • Emergency planners and managers
  • Disaster planning, response and recovery team leaders
  • Facility engineers and public works officers
  • Security infrastructure executives and managers
  • Risk assessment, management and communications professionals
  • Facility executives, directors and managers

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Source: Homeland Defense Journal (Thanks to Jerry Creasey.)

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Motorola offers hefty compensation package to co-CEO

Dow Jones Newswires
12:57 PM CDT, August 29, 2008

Motorola Inc. said Friday that Co-Chief Executive Gregory Brown will receive a base salary of at least $1.2 million.

The telecommunications company previously established the terms in January and this employment agreement sets those pre-established terms, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Brown, who is also the chief executive of Motorola's broadband mobility solutions business, could receive an annual bonus of not less than 220 percent of his base salary and a 2008 special bonus of not less than 130 percent of his base salary, based on satisfaction of performance goals, according to the filing.

The co-CEO's long range incentive plan has a target of not less then 350 percent of his base salary for 2008, and not less than 250 percent of his base salary for each following fiscal year.

Brown also will receive 583,123 shares of restricted stock as well as an option to purchase 2.32 million shares of common stock, according to filing.

Shares of the Schaumburg-based company traded Friday afternoon at $9.48, down 9 cents.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Lowenstein: Who will be the next king of wireless data?

May 21, 2008

By Mark Lowenstein

mark lowenstein I am very pleased to inaugurate this series of monthly opinion columns with Fierce Wireless, reprising the role I had for several years at Wireless Week. As many of you might know, I was most recently vice president, market strategy at Verizon Wireless. I have moved back to Boston and re-launched Mobile Ecosystem, the consulting firm I ran for five years following my role as leader of the Yankee Group's wireless practices.

So, let's get right into it with a provocative question: Name two or three companies who have built a substantial, sustainable business out of the $100+ billion in data revenues that the U.S. operators have reported this decade. Let's look at what has happened recently to some of the companies that were so instrumental in building the first generation of wireless data:

  • OpenWave: Operates mobile data gateways in more than 70 carriers around the globe, and its browser is on more than a quarter of the world's phones. Market cap is less than $100 million.
  • Verisign. Buying spree included M-Qube, which had emerged as the leading firm powering mobile marketing and off-deck content, and Jamba, one of the leading ringtone providers. Most of senior management team has left and the firm plans to divest of several wireless assets.
  • Infospace. Rode the ringtone wave for a time, but lost share in mobile portal business. Was acquired by Motricity in December 2007 for a modest $135 million.
  • Motricity. Along with Infospace, operates the "vending machines" and powers the mobile Web for the majority of North America operators. Yet this company has burned through some $300 million of its investors' money, has never reported a profit, and just laid off one-third of its staff.
  • Qualcomm (BREW). Qualcomm's BREW platform has successfully powered several leading operators' wireless data offerings. But the signals are pretty clear that signature operators are looking to reduce their dependence on BREW with the movement toward a more open development framework.
  • Handmark and Handango. These are two leading content aggregators that have done a respectable job of building a solid content library and some meaningful partnerships. Both have raised a substantial amount of money and are still looking to break out.

Now, here's another question: Thinking about all the companies you work with, the press you see, the columns you read, and the events you attend - who are the four companies that are receiving the most attention as key players in the next generation of wireless data? I would posit they are Google, Apple, MySpace and Facebook. Up there but trailing slightly behind are Nokia, RIM and Yahoo. And maybe Microsoft or AOL if combined with someone else to counter Google.

So here's what's interesting: device revenues aside (for Nokia, RIM, and Apple), few of this second wave of players is an incumbent in the wireless data value chain, and none is generating meaningful revenues today from wireless data content or applications. Also notable, if not obvious, is that the list is dominated by today's Internet kingpins, which is ironic because we've been saying for years that the mobile Internet will not be the same as the wired Internet.

Even though these companies are receiving plenty of hype and attention, their success in wireless is not a foregone conclusion. Their plans are based on the movement toward a more open, Internet model for the development of content and applications—and we are still in the very early stages of that. The monetization scheme is also highly predicated on the success of mobile advertising in various forms.

Some of the more exciting start-ups in wireless today are taking an Internet-centric approach to wireless. Look at how JumpTap and Medio, two companies with early traction in mobile search, are placing greater emphasis on advertising, or how AdMob is trying to be the "DoubleClick of wireless." And how about the seemingly dozens of companies that are taking a "widget" out of the Apple playbook (OK, I apologize) and are building, yes, widgets/tiles/applets for the mobile device.

Even as we discuss the evolution to a more Internet-like model, I think the "walled garden" will continue to be an important force. This vertically integrated approach still delivers a superior user experience, despite more limited content offerings. A good example: RIM's Facebook application is the best execution yet, in my view, of mobile social networking. But this only works on a Blackberry—and by the way, RIM is not making any additional money from this or any other app on (yet). Hmmm...

What we could see is a "shifting" of the walled garden, to include some viable additions or counters to the operators. My view on the strongest contenders:

  • Apple. In addition to the iPhone, iTunes could become a powerful distribution mechanism for mobile content, as has happened recently with TV and movies in addition to music.
  • Nokia. We discount them in the U.S. because of their relatively low market share here. If you look at the moves they have made over the past three years, they are clearly looking to take on Apple and Google in the evolution of wireless.
  • Yahoo (along with someone). They are gaining traction with operators around the globe after years of false starts. They could be the closest the operators get to a true partner in search and advertising, especially if Google is perceived to be an increasing threat.
  • RIM. A dark horse candidate. They have maintained share in the smartphone market and are accelerating their product development cycle. But they need to play a greater role in the multimedia and applications universe. To compete on a larger stage, they will have to make some acquisitions, or develop more meaningful partnerships with the Internetarati.

So, for my first column, lots of food for thought...and debate. I'd love to hear your comments. Please feel free to email me.

Mark Lowenstein is managing director of Mobile Ecosystem. He can be reached at

Source: FierceWireless

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Verizon Wireless Blitz consumer QWERTY phone

Focusing on basic messaging and multimedia capabilities, the Verizon Wireless Blitz QWERTY phone is now available for $70.

By Sindre Lia, Monday 25 August 2008

blitz Verizon Wireless today released the Verizon Wireless Blitz, a new messaging phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Aimed at heavy texters, the Verizon Wireless Blitz is manufactured by UTStarcom. Compare it to other Verizon Wireless consumer QWERTY phones here.

In addition to a QWERTY keyboard, the Verizon Wireless Blitz sports a 1.3-megapixel camera, music player supporting MP3 and WMA formats and a microSD memory slot supporting 4GB microSD cards. The Verizon Wireless Blitz will come pre-installed with V Cast Music with Rhapsody, though over-the-air music downloads are not supported. The QWERTY phone is also VZ Navigator capable.

Other features include a 2.2" screen with a resolution of 220 by 176 pixels, Stereo Bluetooth support, speakerphone, voice commands and dedicated music, camera and messaging keys. The Verizon Wireless Blitz is also TTY/TDD capable.

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Callers make ridiculous requests to 911

August 26th, 2008 @ 7:55pm
By Lori Prichard

Having a major appliance go kaput, a scary looking spider in your house, even locking yourself in your car, all of these could seem like emergencies. But do you call 911 for help with them? Some people do.

The Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC) takes anywhere from 2,500 to 3,000 calls a day. Depending on the day, hundreds of those calls could be like these.

Dispatch: 911: "What is the nature of your emergency?

Caller, "I have this cricket outside my room and I'm going to kill it. So, does that mean it's cricket-cide?

Dispatch: "I'm sorry what?

Caller: "If I kill the cricket, does that make it a cricket-cide?

That caller wanted to kill the cricket but doesn't want to be charged with a crime. Dispatchers say the real crime is the amount of time this call took, three minutes in all, three precious minutes that could have kept someone with a real emergency waiting.

Geana Randall, with VECC, said, "Think of it in your own situation. If you had an emergency right then, would you want someone blocking that line with a non-emergency call?"

And those non-emergency calls come in daily to the VECC 911 dispatch center. Some callers just don't want to take the time to look a number up. "What number do I call to get the time?" one caller asked. Clearly, the number to call is not 911 for that call, or this one.

Caller: "We have a spider in the house that bites, and the family's home. I'll open the door, but I need someone to come in to look at the spider and make sure we're OK."

Dispatch: "How big is the spider?"

Caller: "It's just a little one."

Randall said, "We just want people to use common sense and think about it."

But many of these calls lack common sense, like one from a woman who locked herself and her keys inside her car.

Caller: "I'm locked inside of my car, and I'm kind of having a panic attack."

Dispatch: "There should be a button on the side of the door, and you should be able to flip that and it will open up."

Caller: "What? How? Where? It won't unlock. There's absolutely no, oh wait, there we go."

A good rule of thumb is to only call 911 to stop a crime, save a life or put out a fire. For non-emergency calls, take the time to look the number up in your phone book.

Source: KSL TV

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Honeywell Emergency Notification Service Gives Delaware State University Fast, Reliable Communications

Instant Alert Plus to Connect University with Thousands of Students and Staff

Last update: 9:04 a.m. EDT Aug. 27, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug 27, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ — Honeywell today announced that Delaware State University (DSU) in Dover, Del., will use the Instant Aler® Plus notification service to help communicate with students, faculty and staff in an emergency.

DSU previously relied on e-mail, fliers and door-to-door outreach to circulate information. With Instant Alert Plus, the university can now quickly reach people both on and off campus with a clear, consistent message via any communication device — phone, cell phone, pager, e-mail or PDA. The service can send up to 175,000 30-second phone calls and 125,000 text messages in 15 minutes.

"Instant Alert Plus will help us get important information to more people in less time," said James Overton, chief of police at DSU, which experienced a campus shooting in September 2007. "We never want to go through that type of event again, but if a major emergency arises we are prepared and have the ability to get the word out quickly."

The service also allows DSU to integrate information from its current student and employee databases during set up. As a result, the university is able to leverage existing contact details instead of having to manually enter data, or requiring students and staff to sign up for the service and input their information. This helps ensure that most of the school community will receive critical alerts.

Students, faculty and staff will be able to update their contact details and add new devices through the DSU Web site.

In several recent examples, Instant Alert Plus customers have been able to reach more than 95 percent of their contacts, which is considerably higher than the 20 to 50 percent range that is common with campus notification technology.

Customized Control

To activate an alert, administrators only need to place a phone call or type a message on an Internet-connected computer. Instant Alert Plus uses a series of distributed, redundant call center networks to distribute the information, making it one of the most reliable means of emergency communication available.

Along with broadcasting news, DSU can create an unlimited number of lists and alerts for specific groups, such as residents of a specific dorm or emergency responders. This gives school officials the ability to quickly send messages to contacts who may be in immediate danger or to responders regarding the location of an emergency.

Two-Way Communication

DSU will use the polling feature of Instant Alert Plus to solicit feedback from students, faculty and staff. Other features include the ability to automatically bridge message recipients into a conference call, which is particularly important when administrators are off campus and decisions need to be made immediately. The service also includes real-time, Web-based reports that show who has and has not received a particular alert.

"Planning is key to handling a difficult situation," said Luca Mazzei, vice president of marketing and strategy at Honeywell Building Solutions. "By pulling information from its existing databases and using Instant Alert Plus, DSU is not only preparing for an emergency, but taking the necessary steps to achieve the best outcome."

Created for municipalities, colleges and universities, businesses, and healthcare and industrial facilities, Instant Alert Plus is an extension of Instant Alert for Schools, a notification service that helps K-12 school districts improve communication and emergency preparedness. More than 2,300 schools nationwide use Instant Alert to connect with parents and guardians.

For more information about Honeywell Instant Alert Plus or Instant Alert for Schools, call 800-345-6770 ext. 601 or visit

Honeywell International is a $38 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For additional information, please visit Honeywell Building Solutions is part of the Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions business group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry. For more information about Building Solutions, access

This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intend, expect, project, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management's assumptions and assessments in light of past experience and trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other relevant factors. They are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by our forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements are also subject to risks and uncertainties, which can affect our performance in both the near- and long-term. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Instant Alert® is a registered trademark of Honeywell International Inc.

Source: MarketWatch

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Who's to blame for the iPhone 3G data speed snafu?

August 25, 2008
By Jason Ankeny

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The people have spoken, and they say operators are to blame for the iPhone 3G's data speed issues, not Apple. An informal study asked readers from across the globe to test their iPhone 3G speeds and submit their findings via interactive map--more than 2,600 iPhone users contributed to the poll, which determined that 3G outperforms EDGE in most cases, in some regions achieving data speeds seven times faster. But in other areas, 3G performed just as slowly as EDGE, and in still other regions, users couldn't even connect to 3G at all. While participants in Australia reported the slowest average 3G download speeds—about 759 Kbps—the vast majority of 0 Kbps speeds came from readers in the U.S., home to 63 of the 80 participants who reported network connection failures. Users in Germany and the Netherlands fared far better, reporting the fastest average 3G download speeds of about 2,000 Kbps.

Other findings of the report: European T-Mobile subscribers reported the fastest 3G download speeds—1,822 Kbps on average—with Canadian operator Rogers Wireless and its Fido subsidiary in second at 1,330 Kbps on average. AT&T, Telstra, Telia and Softbank all tied for third with average download speeds of about 990 Kbps, and Australian operators Optus and Virgin brought up the rear at just 390 Kbps on average. The study adds that even in major metropolitan areas, service is spotty at best: Ten of 30 participants from the San Francisco area reported 3G speeds almost as slow as EDGE.

The good news for Apple: The study strongly suggests its hardware is not to blame for the iPhone 3G's problems. The bad news for Apple: This is not an issue that's going away anytime soon, or a dilemma the computing giant can solve by means of a software update. The responsibility rests with its operator partners. Of course, tell that Alabama resident Jessica Alena Smith, who last week filed a lawsuit claiming the iPhone's 3G performance and reliability have failed to measure up to claims made by Apple in its marketing campaign. The iPhone 3G may be slow, but the public relations debacle is definitely picking up speed.


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Bango: U.S. Mobile Web Usage to Surpass U.K.

By Wireless Week Staff
WirelessWeek - August 26, 2008

Bango confirmed that mobile Web usage is not only gaining traction in the United States but soon will surpass the United Kingdom, where consumers have accessed the Internet from phones for years.

According to Bango data, the top five countries accessing the mobile Web via Bango in July 2008 are the United Kingdom at 19.35%; the United States at 18.88%; India at 10.82%; South Africa at 8.82%; and Indonesia at 4.08%. Bango identifies users by country and network of origin. The ranking is produced by measuring the number of user visits to mobile Websites from each country.

“The USA share of the browsing market has grown as an increasing number of phones come with bigger screens and service contracts that include unlimited Internet access,” said Adam Kerr, vice president of Bango North America, in a press release. “We fully expect the U.S. will overtake the U.K. in this ranking as early as this month.”

Source: Wireless Week

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European court won't stop UK hacker's extradition to US

by Peter Sayer, IDG News Service Aug 28, 2008 8:46 am

The European Court of Human Rights has refused U.K. hacker Gary McKinnon's appeal against demands for his extradition to the U.S.

McKinnon stands accused of breaking into computers belonging to NASA and the U.S. military, and had appealed against his extradition under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights. He had claimed that the conditions of detention he would face if convicted in the U.S. would breach a European prohibition on inhumane or degrading treatment.

The court said Thursday it had refused his appeal, and will not prevent his extradition. The court had previously ordered that his extradition be delayed until midnight Friday while it considered his request.

It was in 2002 that a U.S. court first indicted McKinnon for the offenses, committed in 2001, although he was not arrested by U.K. police until 2005. The U.K. government first approved his extradition in 2006.

McKinnon has never visited the U.S., and the offenses of which McKinnon is accused were committed in the U.K., his lawyers Kaim Todner LLP said.

"We maintain that any prosecution of our client ought therefore to be carried out by the appropriate British authorities," the London law firm said. "U.K. citizens are at the mercy of the ever-increasing tendency of overseas prosecutors to extend their jurisdiction to crimes allegedly committed in this country."

Security consultant Graham Cluley of Sophos said the decision sent a warning to hackers.

"The message is clear — if you hack into computers you have to realize that the legal consequences could be severe. Others should take note of McKinnon's predicament and ask themselves: do I want to end up in his situation?" Cluley wrote.

McKinnon's lawyers said they will make one further appeal against the extradition, to the U.K. Home Secretary. The appeal will be on medical grounds, as McKinnon has recently been diagnosed as suffering from Asperger Syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by obsessive behavior and deficiencies in social interaction.

Source: Macworld

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Second Semi-Annual Conference and Round Table Meeting, 2008

Is Paging Ready for Globalization?

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DAY 1, Wednesday, October 1, 2008
13:00 Registration
13:30 Get-together Coffee
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14:30 Session 2
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• Hindering Factors for Globalization
• Niche Global Opportunities for Text Messaging
17:30 END OF DAY 1
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DAY 2, Thursday, October 2. 2008
09:00 Session 4
• Asia
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• Europe
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10:45 Session 5
• Manufacturers views
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Day 3, Friday, October 3, 2008
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Registration Fee:
The attendance fee is as follows:

EMMA Members, whose membership is paid for 2008:
Euro 150 per delegate.

Euro 495 per delegate or 990 per company (several delegates from the same company may attend).

The attendance fee includes access to all sessions, soft drinks during the sessions, coffee breaks, plus: Organized visits mentioned in the program and Gala Dinner; lunch on Days 2 and 3; and copies of the presentations in electronic format distributed after the conference.

Registration Form:
Please fill the attached registration form and e-mail it to the EMMA Secretariat, as soon as possible to enable us run logistics smoothly.

Hotel Reservations:
You will receive information about hotel accommodation together with the confirmation of your registration to the Conference. The EMMA special rate for this event in Deluxe rooms at the Marriott Warsaw Hotel is PLN 400 (€ 119) for Single occupancy (PLN 440 for double occupancy), inclusive of breakfast, exclusive of service and VAT. Hotel Reservation Form.

Cancellation Policy
In case of impediment to attend after registration, you may be replaced by another member of your company without penalty.

Cancellations received at the Secretariat up to September 7 will result in a charge of Euro 25 per person.

Cancellations received at the Secretariat on or after September 8 , and no-show, will give no right to refund, as EMMA is liable to the hotel for the number of delegates confirmed three weeks before the event.


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Tech visionary Wayne Green: Still on a mission

Living proof that one person can kick-start an industry. Or two, or three ...

By Robert L. Mitchell

August 15, 2008 (Computerworld) Before there were cell phones, before there were laptops, before there were PCs, there was Wayne Green, a ham radio enthusiast turned magazine publisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Starting in the early 1960s with an army of can-do, build-it-yourself amateur radio fans behind him, Green encouraged readers of 73 magazine (73 means "best regards" in ham radio lingo), his first and longest-lived publication, to push the limits on the electronic bits and pieces that would evolve into today's e-mail systems, cellular networks and PCs.

Green was there at the dawn of the microcomputer revolution, committed to two ideas that were novelties at the time: that home enthusiasts could build and program their own computers, and that they'd be willing to subscribe to magazines and buy books that told them how to do so.

He was one of the world's first microcomputer software distributors — his Instant Software company sold reader-submitted programs that could be loaded automatically from cassette tapes. He predicted the rise of the "pico" computer, better known as the laptop. And he encouraged his readers to build a grass-roots wireless telephony network — a nationwide array of amateur radio repeater towers that was the precursor to today's cellular networks.

Starting in 1975, Green built a small publishing empire in rural Peterborough, N.H., that included the magazines BYTE, Kilobaud (later called Microcomputing), 80-Micro (for enthusiasts of the TRS-80), inCider (for Apple II fans), Hot CoCo (TRS-80 Color Computers) and RUN (Commodore-64).

He rubbed elbows with high-tech elites such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and met international figures such as King Hussein of Jordan, an amateur radio buff.

Then he abruptly sold out — in 1983, to IDG (Computerworld's parent company) for $16 million — and, he says, never looked back.

Green went on to found a few shorter-lived publications — Pico, for laptops, and Tele, which covered the nascent cellular industry — as well as CD Review, which helped establish the compact disc as the successor to the music LP. Later still, he founded Cold Fusion Journal, covering the controversial field of "tabletop" nuclear energy, a subject about which he remains passionate. All titles have since ceased publication, with 73 magazine finally folding in 2003 after a 43-year run.

Now 86, Green lives in a 250-year-old farmhouse on 200 acres along the back roads of Hancock, N.H., from which he runs Wayne Green Books, a cottage business that offers titles such as The Secret Guide to Health and Moondoggle — Apollo Hoax Expose.

wayne green Tech visionary Wayne Green, 86, at his 250-year-old N.H. farmhouse.

Famous for his outspoken editorials over the years, Green's views have, if anything, become more controversial. A self-proclaimed "conspiracy factist," Green is convinced that man never set foot on the moon, that cell phones cause brain tumors, that the foods we eat are toxic, that the IRS and the Federal Reserve should be abolished, and that big oil has undermined efforts to prevent the development of cold fusion as a cheap and unlimited source of energy for America.

For all that, Green is not a pessimist, nor is he wallowing in the past. For him, only what's ahead matters. "I'm always impatient with [the pace of] new technologies. I live mostly in the future," he says.

Computerworld national correspondent Robert L. Mitchell, who formerly worked for Green, caught up with Green at his farmhouse to look back on his role in the computer revolution; to find out what the upbeat entrepreneur, visionary and high-tech publisher has been doing since; and to hear what comes next.

Your first exposure to technology was with amateur radio. How did that come about?

In 1936, I went to Sunday school, and a fellow came in with a box of radio parts and said, "Do you want these?" I said, "You bet." So I took them home. There was an article in Popular Mechanics on how to build a cigar box radio. So I built it and it worked. It changed my life.

[Later] I was an engineer at WPIX New York. While I was there, I [asked] permission to have a ham station on the top of the building. It was a 38-story building, and boy, did I have a line of sight from the top of the building.

Can you talk about how you promoted teletype over ham radio messaging, which was really a precursor to e-mail?

At the top end of the ham band, I heard these strange noises. Someone said, "That's Johnny Williams in Flushing with his hand teletype." So I went out to see him and the next thing you know I built a converter for a ham teletype. It was like e-mail is today, where you can send a message to anyone that can receive you. It turned on the printer automatically, received the message, and then turned everything off and sent a little "beep-beep" acknowledging the message.

And that's when you first got into publishing.

I said to Williams, "You've got to get a newsletter going on this and get more people involved," [but] he didn't have time for that.

So I started an amateur radio teletype newsletter. Within a couple of years I had 2,000 subscribers and a column in CQ Magazine, one of the three ham radio magazines at that time. [Then] for five years I was editor of CQ, and that was an adventure in itself. I got a free trip around the world, all expenses paid and visited 26 countries with a ham station on board the plane.

Then you launched 73, a competing magazine, which promoted emerging technologies as do-it-yourself projects, like your amateur radio repeater network and the advent of "cells."

A few ham clubs in the country were extending the range of their handy talkies and mobile units. A handy talkie is a little two-way radio that you can hold in your hand.

They were putting repeater stations on top of mountains and tall buildings to extend the range. The station's receiver was tuned to the frequency you were transmitting on, and it would rebroadcast on a different frequency, which you could pick up on your handy talkie. In that way, instead of talking for a mile or two, you could talk [to people] 200 miles away.

I put one up on the local mountain here in Peterborough and made it so that any amateur driving anywhere in New England could talk to any other one. I published hundreds of articles and developed the technology. The next thing I knew a group of hams out in Chicago put a transmitter on top of the Sears building and then put receivers around town to pick up the stations that were weak. And they called them "cells." Within three years, we had 8,000, and they were all over the world.

I wrote in my editorials and said, "Look, I'm able to ski the mountains of New Hampshire and Colorado with a little handy talkie in my pocket and make telephone calls anywhere in the world through the local ham repeater. Everyone is going to want to be able to do this."

Well, Art Housholder, who worked for Motorola, went to the top people, said, "Look at this," and showed them my editorial. And that's where we got cell phones. That's where it happened.

I was able to make telephone calls anywhere in the world through a local repeater. I said, 'Everyone is going to want to be able to do this.'


Do you use a cell phone?

No. They burn out brain cells.

But you could use one with a head set.


You say yourself that the cell phone is a successor to ham radio. Why haven't you embraced the technology with the same enthusiasm that you held for ham?

With ham radio, the only thing I was interested in was what was next. When we started sending pictures with slow-scan television, I got into that. And when single sideband came along, I pioneered that. [With cellular radio] there was nothing to pioneer. That's old technology. I'm always working on next week instead of last week.

Which leads us to BYTE magazine, the first publication for microcomputers. How did you make the leap from ham radio to microcomputers?

In January 1975, [Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems], a little outfit in Albuquerque, put out a computer kit for hobbyists, and I had been publishing a bunch of computer articles about it in 73. I got one of the kits and I put it together and I said, "Wow, I see a future in this."

The only way to have a technology develop rapidly is to have a publication. So I tried to think up a short name. I liked 73 for ham radio, which means "best regards" [in ham radio speak] and I came up with BYTE.

So the MITS Altair 8800 was your first computer?

Yes, the Altair 8800. I built it. It included a box and all of the parts and some switches on the front panel. There was an outfit, Southwest Technical Products, down in San Antonio that was putting out a keyboard, so I got one of those, and I got it to work with the computer.

I took the first issue of BYTE to a friend of mine, Ed Juge, who had been an advertiser in 73 with his Juge Electronics for hams, and I said, "This is going to be big." He eventually folded up Juge Electronics and went to work for Radio Shack [which developed the TRS-80 microcomputer].

You famously lost control of BYTE in the early years. What happened?

I had a problem with the IRS. I hadn't done anything wrong, but that didn't make any difference. I ended up having to pay a $20,000 fine.

I had gotten back together with my first wife (we had been separated for 10 years or so). She brought in a lawyer, and he said, "Look, you'd better put things in her name until this IRS thing is totally out of sight." So we put the magazine in her name.

After the fifth issue, she and a boyfriend of hers moved everything out one night. I went out to give a talk to a ham radio club and I came back and the office was empty and the back issues were gone. I went to a lawyer and he said, "You have a choice. It's going to take several years of legal work or you can start a new magazine." So I started Microcomputing.

Then came the other magazines ...

Then I said well, the best selling computer out there by far, 40% of the market, was the Radio Shack TRS-80. Let's do a magazine on that. That was the first computer magazine for a specific computer. In two years, it was the third largest magazine in the country. By 1982, it was around 500 pages. One month, BYTE magazine was the largest, with 800 pages, 80-Micro was third and Vogue was in the middle.

Then I started inCider for the Apple II, RUN for the Commodore and Hot CoCo for the Radio Shack Color Computer.

And [I started] Instant Software, because there was very little out there for software for these things. I said to readers, "If you develop a program, send it in; we'll get it commercial and you'll get a royalty on it." So they kept coming in and we ended up with about 250 programs. Ed Juge's program was one of the first, the Lunar Lander program.

You printed program listings in the magazine and sold readers tapes so that they could load the programs automatically using a cassette tape player.

Yes. We had a wall of tape recorders so we could make the cassette tapes. We had wonderful business programs.

Then, in 1983, you sold everything to IDG. Why?

I needed something new to do, and there was nothing new there, just the same old, same old.

How much money did you have to work with after the IDG buyout?

It was $16 million. I just used that to build new businesses. IDG was holding the money, and I just spent it. [laughs]

After selling off the magazines, you seemed to stray from the technology field. You haven't been as involved with PCs or trends such as the rise of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Did your interests change?

I went on to compact discs. They had just been introduced in 1982, and the universal reaction of the music magazines and the hi-fi magazines was, "We don't need another technology." So I started CD Review and had the readers review every CD they bought for performance and sound quality. Within a year, it was the largest selling music magazine.

The major labels said, "We hate your magazine because you forced us to rebuild our studios and put in all new equipment, but your readers are spending $30 million a month and we can't ignore that."

How was it that you were so prescient at identifying the technology trends such as the microcomputer, cellular phone, the CD and the laptop revolution, to name a few? How were you able to see those things coming?

Well, I'm smart. And I have one other big plus: I don't believe in anything. Belief is a prison for the mind. In every science, in medicine, every new thought has been fought by the establishment.

I don't believe in anything. Belief is a prison for the mind. In every science, in medicine, every new thought has been fought by the establishment.


I sat down with [Ken] Olsen at Digital [Equipment Corp.] I said, "Microcomputers are the way to go." He said, "No." I sat down with Edson deCastro at Data General. I said, "You've got to start adopting microcomputers." He said, "No. They're toys."

I sat down with An Wang and said, "You've got to start adapting to microcomputers." He said, "I know computers better than anybody else in the world, and [micros are] never going to be anything."

I had a vision of what was possible because I knew the technology. When anything comes in at one-tenth the price, it's going to clobber the competition, and it did.

Many of the folks who were entrepreneurs in those early days have retired or left the business. Bill Gates now runs a health care nonprofit. Has the age of the entrepreneurs passed?

We haven't got any big leaders in the field. The industry has slowed down a lot. Microsoft has not been a big help. They're dragging their heels all the time on technology. Apple isn't marvelous, but they're a hell of a lot better; they're out there first with everything.

You were friends with people such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, yet you chose a different path. How come you're not a retired billionaire today, or running another company as your second act, like Jobs, or cashing in your chips and running a health care nonprofit, like Gates?

Well, the main problem is that I've never been interested in making money. I always say, "Gee, somebody ought to do that. Oh, maybe it's me." [But then] I'm always on to the next thing. That's why I sold everything. I'd done that.

I've visited 146 countries. There's none I want to go back to. The ones I want to see are the ones I haven't been to yet. I like to do new things.

While some people have described you as a visionary and entrepreneur, others have described you as less strong when it comes to the nuts and bolts of building and running a business. How do you respond to that?

The magazines I were building were growing by 50% a year for eight years. How's that for management? I think the people who worked for me liked working for me and enjoyed it. I gave responsibility to people.

So what's the next big thing in technology?

What would you think of a $20,000 car that never needs fuel — with a proven technology? You've heard of cold fusion? When I heard about it I said, "Wow, it needs a magazine." So I started Cold Fusion Journal in 1994. I finally gave up publishing that because the developers kind of disappeared or got killed and there was nothing new coming in.

Killed? People were murdered?

When I published Cold Fusion Journal, I got Eugene Mallove [to be] the editor. Well, he went off to start another magazine, but he made the mistake of trying to organize a congressional hearing on cold fusion. So he got murdered.

Law enforcement speculated his death was the result of a robbery gone wrong. Who would want to murder him?

Who wouldn't in the oil business? We're talking about a unit about the size of a dishwasher that could provide all of the heat and electricity that a home would need.

What do you think it would take for cold fusion to become a reality?

Not much. Somebody has to put a couple of million into the development and R&D for practical units. It's been proven. Jim Patterson, an inventor down in Sarasota, Fla., demonstrated a cold fusion cell at a conference, and he had it carefully metered. He had 1 watt of power going in and 1,000 watts going out for the length of the conference.

Are you doing anything to promote the technology today?

No, I'm waiting for the opportunity. Opportunity will tell me when to do something.

What are you doing in the meantime?

I'm publishing New Hampshire ToDo magazine. I'm pushing my book The Secret Guide to Health, which explains how you can cure any illness with no drugs. You don't need pharmaceuticals at all if you don't make yourself sick. If your immune system is strong, nothing bothers you. And you have a strong immune system if you don't put poisons in your body. It's that simple.

You have said that you no longer believe that Americans went to the moon. That the events of 9/11 are incorrect. That fluoride is bad for people, and that most of the food supply is toxic. That cell phones cause brain tumors. And that the Fed should be abolished. Are you a conspiracy theorist?

I'm into conspiracy facts. Whenever something unusual comes along and there's a conspiracy theory I say, "OK, let's read about it and find out what the story is here. Let's get the data."

With regard to the trip to the moon, it's pretty simple. You've seen the pictures of people with the moon dust. You can't have dust on the moon. You can't have dust unless you have atmosphere of some kind. But that's just one [piece of evidence]. We didn't have the technology at that time. They were using slide rules.

Of all your accomplishments to date, of what are you most proud?

I feel that I have changed the world more than any other living person.


I feel most proud at having changed the world. The cell phones, the personal computers. I feel that I have changed the world more than any other living person by pushing these technologies. Somebody else would have done it, but I did it, and I'd like to go on and be the one that spreads health throughout the world, puts the medical industry in the business of accidents only and gets rid of oil.

Also I would love to revolutionize the school system and make it so that we are actually teaching people to think.

Any plans to retire?

Why would I want to retire? I enjoy making things happen.

Well, you are 86 years old.

I was doing a TV show over in Manchester [N.H.] four years ago, and one of the other fellows there was a psychic. I met him one day when I was taping, and he shook hands with me and looked at me and said, "You're going to live to be 120!" So I figure I have a few years left.


Back in 1976 I had heard about Apple Computer, so I stopped by Steve Jobs' family's house. He was staying with his family and he took me out to the garage and showed me the Apple I. He said, "What do you think?" And I said, "I think you've got a winner there."

Previously, computers all had a motherboard with plug-in board for this, that and the other thing — for the processor and memory and the I/Os. This had everything on one board, and I said, "That's a good step ahead."

We talked for a while, and Steve said, "What do you think we ought to do?" I said, "Well, in two weeks there is going to be the first personal computer show [PC 76] in Atlantic City. You ought to be there." He said, "I can't afford to fly." I said, "Take a bus. Be there."

So he came up to Atlantic City in August. I had a booth for my magazine, and right opposite me was the Apple booth with Steve Jobs. At the end of the show he came over and said, "Wayne, Wayne, I'm in business! I've got 12 orders!"

Source: Computerworld

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