#012 Frankie Speaks 03/26/10 FemmeFrankie.com / TechJives.net produced by Chris Pope

03/26/10 Geeks: Is Apple distancing itself from AT&T?  Moms:Slingrider recall issued.  Musing: Where we’ve been and where we’re going – setting goals for self-improvement.  Frankie Speaks is a daily 10 mins+ look into the quirky goings on with Frankie’s(Bonnie Frankum) daily routine in which she plans to keep you entertained with some humor, some techie gadget reviews, and much more. This being a general topic show, she has alot of other fun things planned to go along with all that! This podcast is part of the TechJives.net network and is produced by Chris Pope

Apple has run out of iPads

Posted by Philip Elmer-DeWitt March 27, 2010 11:32 AM

Shipping for pre-orders has been pushed back more than a week, to April 12

The demand curve for Apple’s (AAPL) new tablet computer crossed the supply curve sometime overnight Friday.

By Saturday morning, the ship date for iPad pre-orders, originally set to guarantee delivery by April 3, had been pushed back to Tuesday April 12.

Customers who had already pre-ordered are still scheduled to get their iPads next Saturday.

Meanwhile, the option to reserve an iPad for pick-up at an Apple Store has disappeared from Apple.com entirely.

That does not mean that there will no iPads available for sale next Saturday. Customers who reserved them over the past two weeks were told at the time that their iPads could be picked up between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday April 3. After 3 p.m., any iPads that haven’t been collected may be made available, while supplies last, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the full story at CNN/Money.com

After DNS problem, Chinese root server is shut down

By Robert McMillan – March 26, 2010 07:59 PM ET

IDG News Service – A China-based root DNS server associated with networking problems in Chile and the U.S. has been disconnected from the Internet.

The action by the server’s operator, Netnod, appears to have resolved a problem that was causing some Internet sites to be inadvertently censored by a system set up in the People’s Republic of China.

On Wednesday, operators at NIC Chile noticed that several ISPs (Internet service providers) were providing faulty DNS information, apparently derived from China. China uses the DNS system to enforce Internet censorship on its so-called Great Firewall of China, and the ISPs were using this incorrect DNS information.

Read the full article at ComputerWorld.com

There’s Nothing Virtual About the VDI Vendor Wars

By Laura DiDio

E-Commerce Times

Part of the ECT News Network 03/24/10 5:00 AM PT

Vendor wars are nothing new. What makes the latest conflict for VDI market dominance different is the extreme actions the combatants are willing to take in order to retain and gain customers at their rivals’ expense. With last week’s joint announcements and deepening partnership, Citrix and Microsoft have jumped out to a lead, but it’s still too early to call the race.

There’s no hotter market in high tech this year than virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and you don’t need sales and unit shipment statistics to prove it. No, the best measurement of VDI’s hotness is the sudden flurry of vendor announcements accompanied by a concomitant rise in vendor vitriol.

The main players in the VDI market are actually two sets of pairs. It’s Citrix (Nasdaq: CTXS) and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) lining up against VMware (NYSE: VMW) and EMC (NYSE: EMC) for Round 2 in the ongoing virtualization wars. On March 18, Citrix and Microsoft came out swinging, landing the first potent, preemptive punches right where they hope will hurt VMware the most: in its pocketbook.

Read more at TechNewsWorld.com

Data stolen from firm that handles student loans in Virginia

By Martin Weil

Washington Post Staff Writer

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Personal data on 3.3 million people have been stolen from the company that guarantees student loans in Virginia and two other states, authorities said.

The theft occurred last weekend at the headquarters in St. Paul, Minn, of ECMC, which has been the designated federal student loan guaranty agency in Virginia since 1996. The nonprofit company also guarantees loans in Oregon and Connecticut.

Information that was taken included names, addresses, birth dates and social security numbers, ECMC said Friday in a news release. It said no bank or other financial account information was taken.

Read the full article at The Washington Post

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IPhone App to Sidestep AT&T

By DAVID POGUE

Published: March 24, 2010

For a little $1 iPhone app, Line2 sure has the potential to shake up an entire industry.

It can save you money. It can make calls where AT&T’s signal is weak, like indoors. It can turn an iPod Touch into a full-blown cellphone.

And it can ruin the sleep of cellphone executives everywhere.

Line2 gives your iPhone a second phone number — a second phone line, complete with its own contacts list, voice mail, and so on. The company behind it, Toktumi (get it?), imagines that you’ll distribute the Line2 number to business contacts, and your regular iPhone number to friends and family. Your second line can be an 800 number, if you wish, or you can transfer an existing number.

Read more at Pogue’s Posts, New York Times

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Big-time hacker from Miami sentenced in 3rd case

By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press Writer – Fri Mar 26, 7:06 pm ET

BOSTON – For the second time in as many days, a computer hacker accused of one of the largest-ever thefts of credit and debit card numbers stood before a federal judge and apologized for his actions.

“I have violated the sanctity of millions of individuals around the United States,” said Albert Gonzalez, in pleading for lenience. “I’m guilty of the crimes … I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

Federal Judge Douglas Woodlock sentenced Gonzalez to 20 years and a day in prison, but ordered that the term run concurrently with a 20-year term Gonzalez received from a different judge Thursday in two related cases.

The concurrent sentence means the 28-year-old Miami man, a one-time federal informant, will not serve any significant additional prison time.

Woodlock said he believed the sentence was sufficient to deliver a message of deterrence to other technologically-gifted individuals from pursuing similar crimes.

“You’re in your mid-20s. You’re going to be in your mid-40s when you get out,” the judge said to Gonzalez. “That’s a tremendous loss.”

Read more at Yahoo! News