Lost Packets: July 8, 2005

It’s all the rage

We’ve all heard of road rage and now comes the new phenomenon of PC rage. A recent survey in the United States found four out five PC users would swear at their machines with some smashing their keyboards, computers and mice. The study entitled “Rage Against the Machine” was conducted by the University of Maryland via an online multilingual survey. One of the findings noted 10 per cent of males have hit a computer, 20 per cent hit their monitor and have broken their computer while 80 per cent just cursed their PCs. The main culprit to people’s frustrations has been the amount of time it takes to fix their computer. Right now, PC rage seems to be confined to the U.S. and parts of Europe but is beginning to spread around the world.

Beauty and the Geek

It turns out that Miss Universe 2005, Natalie Glebova, is also an IT geek. The stunning beauty from Toronto studied information technology management at Ryerson University. The program combines business and technology in order to prepare students for a career in the information and communications technology industry. Glebova beat out 80 other contestants from around the world to take the title and she is the second Canadian to be crowned Miss Universe. Aside from studying IT, Glebova is also an accomplished pianist and composer and said will use her new title to raise awareness and money for HIV/AIDS research. She also dreams of opening up her own business.

EA: E-mail Anonymous

Hello my name is John and I am an e-mail-aholic. A recent study released last month by American Online revealed that Americans are addicted to e-mail. According to the AOL study, people on average check their in-boxes five times a day and a quarter of them cannot go more than three days without opening it. Forty-one per cent of respondents check their e-mail as soon as they wake-up. Even when on vacation, six out of 10 e-mail users felt it was very or somewhat important to have access to their account. As well, 77 per cent of those surveyed have more than one e-mail account. And, almost half of the participants admitted to sporadically checking personal e-mail accounts while at work. More than 4,000 people across 20 cities in the U.S. participated in the AOL survey.

How to start your own telco

The folks at the SeaBoard Group, a Canadian technology research and strategy consulting company, released a how-to-guide on starting your own telco so you can compete with the likes of Telus Corp. and Bell Canada. According to the guide, all one person would need is a Visa card (or any other major credit card) and to follow some steps to get you started. These include finding a co-location facility; ordering T1s; buying servers and line cards; and hiring network engineers that specialize in Linux. After all that, the guide suggests you start downloading and assembling then begin the task of marketing and finding customers. Voila, you are now the proud owner of your own telephone company. The guide was done in response to the CRTC’s recent ruling on VoIP services.For more details on the report, visit .

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