Web links issue 19
For your further delight and edification online, E&T highlights here a collection of other web resources, should you wish to research more information about topics raised in issue 19 of E&T magazine.
Fast pan-UK broadband 'needed by 2012'
The Government’s ‘Digital Britain’ report published in June 2009
Emerging Estonian technologies
Vitali Vitaliev revisits Estonia, a former province of the Soviet Empire and his childhood’s favourite holiday destination, to find one of the most technologically advanced and IT-savviest nations in the world
The technology of escapes
Alexey Novikov chronicles some truly ingenious escapes over, through, across and underneath the world’s most sinister engineering structure - the Berlin Wall
The evolution of Skoda
In an ultra-competitive industry suffering from chronic overcapacity, just how has Skoda managed to become the UK’s best-loved car? Pelle Neroth investigates.
Info on Skoda car scrappage scheme
Skoda Museum, Mlada Boleslav
A sight for sore eyes
Fireworks under control
Fireworks at events like the British Fireworks Championships use sophisticated control systems such as, FireOne, Pyromate and Pyrodigital to create the magic.
Videos of the winning displays:
Terminator Salvation behind the scenes
Terminator Salvation behind the scenes takes a look at how the movie was made at George Lucas’ Light & Magic studio, including interviews with McG, Shane Hurlbut, Ben Snow, Charlie Gibson and Christian Alzmann.
Data centres: the next 10 years
Data centres: what are the trends and market forces that will shape their development over the coming five-to-ten years? E&T solicits predictive views from 12 data centre sector experts.
E&T data centres Special Report
IET Technical & Professional Networks
Return on investment: when push comes to crunch
Return on investment – ROI – used to be a simple way of measuring how soon new IT would start to pay for itself; now it’s become a headline metric for contract negotiations. But has its value been squeezed too far? Keri Allan reports.
IET Technical & Professional Networks
Manufacturing needs project management skills, too
When things go wrong for a manufacturer, all too often it's down to a shortage of proper project management skills and training, discovers Malcolm Wheatley.
UK chapter of Project Management Institute:
Association for Project Management:
Cranfield’s MSc in Programme and Project Management:
City University’s MSc in Project Management, Finance and Risk:
VoIP eavesdropping proves complex
VoIP calls are more difficult to tap than those traveling over the PSTN. But deep packet inspection techniques and the UK government’s proposed Intercept Modernisation Programme may provide new ways of tackling the problem, according to Christine Evans-Pughe.
Tapping telephone used to be relatively easy, but the rise of VoIP services such as Skype and ZFone has created new problems for the security services. This feature looks at why it’s difficult, and some of the responses to the problem, such as deep packet inspection and the UK government’s planned Intercept Modernisation Programme.
Formally proven virtual machine kernel helps protect mobile phone security
Mobile phone security gets a boost from a formally proven hypervisor program.
How to do business with Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe: cheap available labour and low manufacturing costs should combine to make Eastern Europe a good business venue. But detailed knowledge of the markets is essential. By Wilf Altman.
The World Bank:
Fair trade in Eastern Europe:
David Lipton on Eastern Europe in the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics: www.econlib.org/library/Enc1/EasternEurope.html
Junot Diaz: teaching creativity to engineers at MIT
An influential writer has been employed by leading US science, engineering and technology university to teach creativity. Paul Dempsey finds out why MIT is teaching engineers to think laterally.
The global engineer
Dea Birkett appraises travelators (or moving walkways) – a technology that seems to be slowing down with time.
After All: Rebirth of Dresden’s Frauenkirche
Loving and thorough restoration of Dresden’s famous Frauenkirche was not just a spectacular engineering feat, but also a triumph of democracy and westernisation, assures Vitali Vitaliev.