802.11b Bundle includes VPN software …
This is a very interesting bundle, since it is one of the first that includes some VPN software to provide security over 802.11b WLANs.

VPNs are one of the best solutions for security in these scenarios, since they provide security of communications over ANY medium … both wired and wireless!

Palm Targets WLANs. Offers bundle with WLAN card [allNetDevices Wireless News]

Distributed memory spaces for distributed applications …
One of the key requirements for an effective distributed application is a distributed memory space … something discussed by David Gelernter in Mirror Worlds.

This particular implementation has some interesting twists … an XML version tuplespace, implemented as a SOAP service. A very cool idea!

Rogue Wave release XML tuple space implementation. Ruple
is a technology that allows disparate applications to collaborate,
and is an implementation of Linda tuple spaces. [xmlhack]

Virtual Keyboards for data input …
These are two examples of the amazing leaps in technology in the area of man-machine interfaces. Both of these companies are using various techniques to detect the physical characteristics of the hand during typing. By detecting what your hands and fingers are doing, these devices can “guess” which keys you are typing!

I really have to say that I like the Senseboard better than the Samsung unit … but I’m going to guess that we will be seeing more and more of these types of devices being worn by the people around us!

PC World: Virtual Keyboards Let You Type in Air. Call it air guitar meets computer keyboard. Two firms here at Comdex, Samsung and Senseboard, are showing off gizmos that attach to your hands and track your finger movements so you can type without a keyboard to input data into a personal digital assistant or other handheld device. [Tomalak’s Realm]

Interesting “virus-free” Internet Cafe solution …
I was thinking of various solutions for securing Internet Cafe computers from viruses and trojan-horses. This is an issue for both the owner of the computer and the customer using it.

When a customer walks in to use the computer, they are expecting a system that is ready to use, and one that does not contain any viruses or software which might compromise their security. The issue is that viruses and trojan-horses can be installed by other customers – either by accident or by malicious intent.

What would happen, however, if I took my own operating system on my own CD-ROM into the cafe and booted it? I could then be reasonably assured that the entire computer would be running my OS and applications … on a storage medium that can not be infected. If my data is all stored out in the net, I would be able to access all of it.

Of course, this does not take into account the possibility of a ‘hacked’ keyboard or BIOS … but it’s getting much better!

Lnx Bootable Business Card 1.618 (development). A bootable rescue CD cut to the size and shape of a business card. [freshmeat.net]