Interview with Mike Outmesguine about Wi-Fi security

On the last day of the Mobile Media Conference in LA I talked with Mike Outmesguine of the Southern California Wireless Users Group (SOCALWUG). My question was, “What is best way we can use public wireless networks securely? (from the perspective of a user and wi-fi network provider)” The short answer: ENCRYPTION. Personal encryption and VPN solutions (like Hotspot VPN) for network to network solutions. Check out Mikes cool book called Wi-Fi Toys: 15 Cool Wireless Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment.

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Interview with Dan Smith about Serious Games

For this interview I spoke with Dan Smith, VP of Circulation at the ContraCosta Times (a newspaper in the Bay area of Northern California). We had just finished a tour of the University of Southern California‘s Integrated Media Systems Center. I asked him what he thought of the technology demos we had seen? He was impressed by the ‘Serious Games’. They were 3D first person shooter style environments not unlike the look and feel of Doom. Instead of killing people and creatures this ‘Serious Game’ was built to help students learn about biology. This was accomplished by navigating a virtual micro-world inside the human body. It’s wonderful to have Dan’s perspective as a newspaper man. The Mobile Media Conference fostered an interesting confluence of the worlds of news, entertainment, and education.

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Interview with Howard Owens about Public Wifi

Todays podcast is a short interview I conducted in LA at the Mobile Media Conference. While we were on a bus going to the University of Southern California‘s Integrated Media Systems Center I asked Howard Ownes of the Ventura County Star a question? Should there be more public broadband wi-fi networks and how should they be created? Municipal, Private, or Corporate. This is a very cool conversation that gets to the heart of the matter. Very relevant to some discussions going on here in Chapel Hill, NC. It’s wonderful to get other perspectives, even if I don’t completely agree with them all. 🙂

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Podcast from LA, Sounds of Flying

Just as I arrived in LA last week I sat in my hotel room working with my mobile podcast setup. Dang… recording straight to a laptop with a unshielded mic is a bad idea. 🙂 But all is not lost. I used my mini-disc first. I also recorded some interest audio from the plane. Check it out in this short podcast. More podcasts from the Mobile Media Conferences coming soon!

MP3 3m 38s 1.8MB 64kbps

End of Third day at Mobile Media

This Friday we had a great conclusion to a info packed event – the Mobile Media Conference in LA. We heard from corporate and grassroots. Jon Bostrom spoke about Nokia’s open software architecture. Nice to hear that Java is alive on cellphones. Dewayne Hendricks, Mike Outmesguine, Susan “Sooz” Kaup let us know how the people can create their own networks using open spectrum like wi-fi. Cool!

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End of Second Day at Mobile Media

What a wonderful day at the University of Southern California. Specifically the Immersive Media Lab and their cool tech. Ex. Immersive 10.1 sound systems (that’s 5.1 times two), P2P streaming video, Haptics, and Serious Games for Education. Plus much much more. I’m going to have lots to write later after it all sinks in. Cheers Ya’ll!

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End of First Day Roundup at Mobile Media

Here are all my notes from the first day of Mobile Media in LA sponsored by the Media Center. I try to attribute quotes and comments to all the correct people. The letters MI stand for ‘My Impressions”. I’m sure there will be some formatting of the text in the future and some grammar/editing. Look for more concise reports over at the Morph blog, the Media Center blog soon. Wow what a TON of interesting info! Great Conference so far!

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Arrived @ Mobile Media in LA

Just got finished with the meet and greet intro session launching the Mobile Media Conference here in LA. (GREAT Chinese food! hmmm That really hit the spot.) Lots of interesting people with a very diverse set of backgrounds. Internet folks, newspaper people, big media, new media. There are people representing the Associated Press, NBC, Qualcom, the Red Cross, NPR, the Venture County Star, independent blogs, etc., etc. It’s a nice small group so I expect to have some fantastic conversations. I hope to put some interesting questions to some interesting people. The podcasts might take a few days to get up because I’m paying for wired internet access in the hotel room. 🙁 The upside is I can wait to edit and upload the audio interviews later. I can make them sound better in my home studio. Tomorrow I’ll be event blogging. Lots of note taking and listening. 🙂

What are YOUR Questions about Mobile Media

As I mentioned last week I’m going to the Mobile Media Conference in LA sponsored by The Media Center. While I’m there I plan on live blogging and interviewing the attendees. What questions would you ask? What concerns would you raise? Here are some of the things we’ll be looking at. Let’s extend the participation of this event virutaly.

o Untethered lives: Mobile users in Japan
o Mobile and radio: How the next generation is evolving
o Mobile media: What’s new and next?
o Convergence of peer-to-peer services and free broadband environments (Skype, free WiFi, etc.)

o How will content and business models evolve for the mobile market?
o Wireless content: Companies and deals to watch
o Mobile and traditional newspapers
o The future of micro content and mobile devices: Applications and meaning for media
o Beyond carriers: Alternative pathways to Anywhere Media

o FCC and Free Spectrum
o Community wireless: What it is, why it matters, the story in Boston
o Media, wireless and the greater good: Social capital and media