Presidents Day News Update
Cheney Eng-Tow is busy putting together the March meeting of the Infragard of the Wasatch. The speaker will be from AT&T. Plan on March 6th at the Salt Lake City County building beginning at 1:00 PM.
Congress passed an omnibus bill with a 4.1 percent pay raise for federal employees. It will be a long time before state employees see anything like that again. At this point, I think we consider ourselves lucky if we're not layed off as part of the continual cuts.
Fred Lampropolous of Merit Medical will be speaking at Tech @Breakfast on February 28th. Fred is the motivation behind the Utah Ideas website.
Val Oveson spoke out about online services at last week's Utah Valley Tech Expo. He says that 300 potential online services are on the drawing board.
Dan Gillmor announces that Google has purchased Pyra Labs, the Blogger company. Blogger has 1.1 million registered users and about 200,000 active ones - of which I am one. Bill Gratsch calls this a "watershed" moment for blogging.
Stan Taylor says that superspies exist only in fiction. Dr. Taylor was my undergraduate advisor many years ago and an excellent professor. Unfortunately, on this one, I have to disagree with him, since I've met some of these people who don't exist. I won't say more beyond that. On the other hand, the majority of intelligence work is quite mundane as he suggests....
Utah CIO, Val Oveson, was on the cover of the Feb. 10th issue of Information Week.
Governor Leavitt discusses homeland security, radioactive waste "plan B", and the legislature during his February 13th news conference.
Statistical tables from the UN report, State of the World's Children
I know it's been a long time since Elias Cortez went down in a puff of smoke, but it still strikes me as odd that only five of 127 state agencies would be interested in the Oracle licensing.
Japan gets ready to take smart cards to a new level.
New revenue figures are due out for the State about noon today...