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.

News

Fast pan-UK broadband 'needed by 2012'

http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/publications/list/default.htm?TypeID=2&Item=17

http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/publications/list/reports/ICT_for_the_UKs_Future.pdf

The Government’s ‘Digital Britain’ report published in June 2009

http://www.culture.gov.uk/images/publications/digitalbritain-finalreport-jun09.pdf

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

http://www.riigikantselei.ee/e_cabinet/

http://www.riigikantselei.ee/e_cabinet/7_contents_contents.html

http://www.valitsus.ee/brf/inded.php?id=34868

http://www.valitsus.ee/brf/index.php?id=7168

http://www.valitsus.ee/brf/inded.php?id=22416

http://www.vvk.ee/inded.php?id=11178

http://www.valitsus.ee/?id=6570

http://www.asi.ee/portfolio

http://www.mod.gov.ee/?op=staff

http://www.asi.ee/news

http://www.tartu.ee

http://www.biopark.ee

http://www.ut.ee

http://www.elva.ee

http://www.enics.com/g3.cms/s_page/50590

http://www.ulemistecity.ee/est

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

http://www.mauermuseum.de/english/frame-index-mauer.html

http://www.dailysoft.com/berlinwall/

http://www.newseum.org/berlinwall/

http://www.cs.utah.edu/~hatch/berlin_wall.html

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.

http://www.skoda.co.uk

Info on Skoda car scrappage scheme

http://www.skoda.co.uk/ourcars/offers/scrappage.aspx

Skoda Museum, Mlada Boleslav

http://new.skoda-auto.com/COM/Pages/Home.aspx

A sight for sore eyes

Video about 3D TV technology

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:

This video shows the display Phoenix Fireworks used to win the British Fireworks Championships.

This video shows how Flashpoint Fireworks captured the British Musical Fireworks title.

http://www.britishfireworks.co.uk

http://www.fireone.com

www.pyromate.com

www.infinityvisions.com/pyrodigital.htm

www.phoenixfireworks.co.uk

www.flashpoint-fireworks.co.uk

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.

www.sonypictures.net/movies/terminatorsalvation/

www.terminatorsalvation.warnerbros.com

www.lucasfilm.com

www.ilm.com

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

http://kn.theiet.org/magazine/reports/data-centres/index.cfm

IET Technical & Professional Networks

http://kn.theiet.org/communities/betnet/index.cfm

Video:

http://chris.pirillo.com/future-of-the-data-center

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.

www.butcherspetcare.com

www.ca.com

www.easysoftware.net

www.ibm.com

www.optier.com

IET Technical & Professional Networks

http://kn.theiet.org/communities/management/index.cfm

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:

http://www.pmi.org.uk/

Association for Project Management:

http://www.apm.org.uk/

PRINCE2:

http://www.prince2.com/default.asp

Cranfield’s MSc in Programme and Project Management:

http://www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/p630/Programmes-and-Executive-Development/MSc

City University’s MSc in Project Management, Finance and Risk:

http://www.city.ac.uk/study/courses/engineering-maths/project-management-finance-risk-msc.html

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.

http://www.ok-labs.com/

http://www.nicta.com.au/

http://ertos.nicta.com.au/research/sel4/

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:

www.worldbank.org

Fair trade in Eastern Europe:

 www.organic-market.info

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.

http://mit.edu/newsoffice/2008/Díaz-pulitzer-0407.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junot_Díaz

The global engineer

Dea Birkett appraises travelators (or moving walkways) – a technology that seems to be slowing down with time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moving_walkway

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327174.900-airport-travelators-actually-slow-passengers-down.html

http://www.kone.com/COUNTRIES/EN_GB/PRODUCTS/AUTOWALKS/Pages/default.aspx

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.

www.frauenkirche-dresden.de

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