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Previous Internet Developer Group Meetings

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The Internet Developer Group met monthly between April 1998 and November 2003 for educational purposes to share information on the technology of Internet infra-structure, Internet enabled devices, application services on the Net, related issues, and all things Internet. For most meetings the speaker left copies of the presentation with the group for this archive and may be linked to from the meeting list below. Starting in October 2002, the Internet Developer Group began experimenting with an archived streamed replay of presentations made at its meetings. Links to those streams are embedded within each meetings recap.
  • November 25, 2003 Yuval Shahar, Co-founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of P-Cube discussed Managing IP traffic from Layer 3 to Layer 7 on multi-Gigabit wire speeds on any existing network. Traffic shaping enables service providers to maintain a balance between P2P applications and core applications sought by network subscribers.

    We also have video records of the presentation available for review.

  • October 28,2003 Instant Messaging: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Terry Olkin, CTO of Sigaba, a San Mateo startup of secured message management systems including Instant Messaging, E-Mail, and Document Delivery, told us the Good, the Bad, and possibly the really Ugly parts of Instant Messaging.

    We also have video records of the presentation available for review.

  • September 16,2003 Archiving the Internet, a discussion with Josh Coates, the Director of Engineering and Operations at the Internet Archive. Founded in 1996 this non-profit corporation is preserving the history and images of the Internet for permanent access by researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.

    You may listen to the presentation in real audio while reviewing it by also clicking here.

    We also have video records of the presentation available for review.

  • July 15, 2003 The Internet is becoming the path for all communications. Putting the right information into the hands of the right users, at the right time, in the right way, is its long time promise. Daniel W. Rasmus, Vice President, Collaboration and Knowledge Management for Forrester Research, Inc. discussed "Adaptive Workspaces: Preparing for the Future of Work". The focus included developing a strong conceptual framework for Knowledge Management that includes people, process, technology and social capital; the requirement for KM in e-business transformation; practical advice on how to develop a KM-capable infrastructure; and defining the role of culture in KM and assisting clients in evolving their culture to accept KM concepts and practices.

    You may listen to the presentation in real audio while reviewing it by also clicking here.

    We also have video records of the presentation available for review.

  • June 17, 2003 Today is full of news about challenges to violations of Intellectual Property Rights. How are open-source developers, interested in bringing new functionality to the software world, able to complete their projects without falling victim to attacks regarding intellectual property challenges. William Jolitz, President of Valux spoke on Open Software Development in the Real World. His experience bringing 386BSD, the foundation of all UNIX like operating systems, to the software community without Intellectual Property challenges gives him special insight into the necessary steps to take.

    Click here to listen to a real audio playback of the presentation that will play while you review the slides in Acrobat.

    There is also a RealVideo playback of the presentation.

  • May 20, 2003 Using the Web, as many Fortune 100 companies do, for intra-group collaboration, publishing knowledge bases, and providing a general platform for Web based applications with TWiki. TWiki is an open source, GPL, platform for collaboration developed in large part by our speaker, Peter Thoeny, who explained in his talk Web Collaboration with TWiki, what it is, how it is used, and how you can get involved with the program.

    There is also a video of the presentation available in RealVideo streaming format.

  • April 15,2003 Standardizing Broadband Internet Gateway Specifications to facilitate multiple services delivery to devices and local nets speeds the implementation of one network for all communications. Christian Kurzke, Software Architect at Gatespace, a founding member company of OSGi, the Open Services Gateway initiative will introduce Technical Description of the OSGi gateway specification.

    There is an audio and small video that may also be played from the presentation link above.

  • March 18, 2003 "The Rise and Fall of Hollywood? Broadband Deployment vs. Controlling the Right to Copy" a talk by Reed Burkhart, Consultant. The rise of the "Digital Age" and digital communications for most people has made a profound impact on how we can relate. New technologies, new capabilities have run directly into the establishment of traditional entertainment. What happens?

    Again we will have several experimental streaming options. This was a long presentation and consequently requires a longer loading time prior to starting. You can view a full size webcast in a new window using either Quicktime, MPEG-1, or Real Video. Additionally, we offer the slide presentation and include the video streaming below the slides in Quicktime, or we offer the slide presentation and include the video streaming below the slides in Real Video, or without the video we offer the slide presentation with the audio stream using Real Audio.

  • February 18,2003 With the advent of consumer grade digital technology, content such as music and movies are no longer bound to the physical media that carries it. This presents new challenges to content owners, who want to protect their intellectual property while at the same time extracting economic benefit from it. On the other hand, consumers want ease of use and convenience.

    Florian Pestoni from IBM's Almaden Research Laboratories presented "Intellectual Property Protection" which describes some of the existing and proposed solutions, representing different trade-offs between the needs of the different parties. While technology such as cryptography plays an important role in this space, a complete solution usually relies on legal and policy aspects. The talk touched upon some of these issues.

    We have two experimental streaming options. This was a long presentation and consequently both require a longer loading time prior to starting. You can view a full size webcast in a new window. Additionally, we offer the slide presentation and include the video streaming below the slides.

  • January 21, 2003 Early information seekers on the Internet knew the value of human review for categorization of information content sites and choose Yahoo as their starting point. Fewer people know about the Open Directory Project, ODP, called instigated by Netscape and used as a resource by over 300 directories and search engines today. Our speaker, Rich Skrenta, was the father of much of this work. He spoke on The Genesis of the Open Directory Project, its early design (both technical & social), the launch and acquisition by Netscape, and its subsequent performance.
  • December 17,2002 "Reviewing the Internet's Future by Prognosticating Its Past," a talk by Dave Crocker of Brandenburg Consulting.

    In some technical circles, it is claimed that the major lesson of the Internet is scaling. Economies of scale. Dis-economies of scale. What works for a few will not necessarily work for a few (or many) millions. What is unique to a few becomes daily infrastructure for a few million. How do things change when there are millions of nodes, millions of administrators, millions of inventors and millions of politicians? Indeed, what began as a bit-passing exercise in statistical multiplexing and dynamic routing by 100 researchers has become a force of global social change. Or has it?

    This talk will consider various technical, operations, and social phases the Internet has experienced over its 35 year history, with an eye towards phases that might be next. See our experimentation with a videocast of this presentation.

  • November 19, 2002 Paul Engelbert, Director of Professional Services at e-Security Inc., presented on the topic of Threat Management: Turning Security Data into Security Intelligence. This management level presentation focused on the challenges security organizations face in providing efficient security services that are properly aligned with business risk. Paul provided a logical approach to delivering effective incident response and overall security operational metrics. See our experimentation with a videocast of this presentation.
  • October 15, 2002 Where is VoIP Today? an update by David Kelly and Surendra Prajapat representing Vovida.ORG, a developer of Open-Source Voice-over-IP software technology sponsored by Cisco. See our experimentation with a videocast of this presentation.
  • September 17, 2002 Why can't software organizations manage software upgrades and fixes automatically over the net, or are the dangers greater than the benefits? Debian Linux is doing this today. Sean Perry, a Debian Developer, discussed the "Debian Software Management System:"
    * Why Debian is good for users
    * How Debian works over the Internet
    * How the Debian mirror system works
    * How Debian defends mirrors and ensure the integrity of the system

    This was followed by George Bonser talking about how he used Debian in Real Life to build and sustained a multisite domain operating several hundred servers with a staff of two at what Nielsen reports to be the 10th largest web site,, by using the Debian Software System.

  • August 20, 2002 The Internet is growing into a more diverse and challenging network. Infrastructure or any network system needs to take this into account. IBM has a new initiative that recognizes this by modeling itself after biologic systems such as the human nervous system. Tushar Chandra, Senior Manager - Distributed Systems at IBM Research, spoke on "Autonomic Computing," IBM's initiative to build self-organizing, self-optimizing, self-adapting, and self-healing systems for storage and other network components. Additional information from earlier IBM conferences is available at and at
  • June 18,2002, Brian Mansfield, of the Mansfield Group talked on the issues of security with wireless Internet access.
  • May 21, 2002, Dominic Orr, previously CEO and founder of Alteon WebSystems, the leading layer 4-7 switching fabric provider when it was acquired by Nortel in July 2000 for several billion dollars, will discuss "Creating a Silicon Valley Startup."
  • April 16, 2002, Brian Pane, Apache 2.0 Developer, speaks on Update on Apache Capabilities and Performance Brian, an Associate VP at, focused on performance and scaleability.
  • March 19, 2002, "Wavelet Technology Offering Optimum $/bits/Hertz" by Mark Laubach, CTO of Rainmaker Technologies, Inc. Rainmaker can deliver 10 Gigabits of information over current cable installations, co-reside with existing technology on existing cable plant and allows the combination of voice, data and broadcast TV on a single cable system. Rainmaker Technologies, Inc. is a fabless developer of silicon solutions that enable cable operators to deliver carrier-class fiber speeds over existing last mile broadband infrastructure. 10 Gigabits to your home!
  • September 18, 2001, "Evolution Towards Unique Internet Access Technologies" was discussed by Drew Anderson, Principal Consultant & Partner, Congruity Corporation.
  • August 21, 2001, Philip Edholm, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Network Architecture for the Networks Enterprise Product Portfolio business unit of Nortel Networks discussed Optical Ethernet and it's impact on Internet communications.
  • July 17, 2001, Connecting our Wireless Lives - Bluetooth was discussed by David Bolan, VP Business Development for Pico Communications, Inc. Pico Communications is designing products that provide wireless Internet access to Bluetooth PCs, PDAs and Smart Phones. They may be applied in the home, office wireless LANs and by Wireless Internet Services providers.
  • June 19, 2001, an informal discussion among the attendees about evolving technologies and their impact on Internet cultures and privacy.
  • May 15, 2001, Jack Donner, VP of Engineering at PacketVideo spoke on Multimedia in the Wireless Space. PacketVideo is a true pioneer, a worldwide leader in the development and deployment of wireless video through the internet. PacketVideo is creating a new broadcast medium. A brand new way to see the world. PacketVideo was the first company in the world to demonstrate MPEG-4 video images streaming to mobile devices.
  • April 17, 2001, Carl Sassenrath - Founder and CTO of REBOL speaks on "Simpler, Cheaper Networking Applications." REBOL/View 1.0. is a distributed software technology designed from the beginning to enable a new era of distributed Internet applications. It provides a ubiquitous, lightweight model of distributed computing that operates across all types of computer systems: Windows, Macintosh, Linux, BSD, Amiga, BeOS, Solaris, SGI, HP UX, SCO, Unix, and more. Applications and data become distributed across devices. REBOL seeks to push the Internet beyond the web.
  • March 20, 2001, <telephony>Telephony and Open-Source Meets the Web Enterprise </telephony> by Rich Bodo, Managing Director of Open Source Telecom Corporation. A report on the integration of telephone applications like Interactive Voice Response, voice mail, and others with internet applications using open-source software.
  • February 20, 2001, TIBET - Bringing the Web Back Into Balance with Bill Edney, Chief Software Evangalist, Technical Pursuitprovides the class libraries and other tools to allow JavaScript to become a powerful application delivery mechanism to the client's desktop and to bring the balance of client/server back to the Web. Potentially transferring calculation loads from server farms to desktops, it can significantly reduce bandwidth requirements for interactive applications common in the internet/intranet web environment.
  • January 16, 2001, Dewayne Hendricks, CEO of Dandin Group, a technical advisor to the FCC on Ultra Wideband and project manager of the UWB project in Tonga discussed, Personal Reflections on Technology and Regulatory Issues. Dewayne holds a key position in the evolution of this useful technology.
  • November 21, 2000, Integrated CMOS Ultra-Wideband Localizers the use of Ultra-Wideband wireless technology for precise location is an exciting wireless technology allowing modest communications and precise location services. Robert Fleming of AEther Wire & Location, Inc. is a leader in the field.
  • October 17, 2000, Challenges/Threats to Privacy on the Internet, Deborah Pierce, Staff Attorney (Privacy & Identity) for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  • September 19, 2000
  • "PocketLinux Why? What? When?" Tim Wilkinson, CEO, PocketLinux talked about their exciting pocket sized development kit. Linux, XML and Java combine to provide a flexible platform, powered with a StrongArm processor, black and white or color LCD and providing streaming video, mpeg, PIM functions, and a development platform you can build on.
  • "MachZ, A Single Bootable X86 PC Chip!" David Feldman, Founder and CEO, ZF Linux Devices presented a single chip X86 system operating on 1/2 watt with both ISA and PCI bus delivered with Linux or VxWorks RTOS. It boots! The presentation was done using the chip for the computer.
  • August 15, 2000 Internet Appliance Solutions a presentation about Open Platforms available from NEC in Web Tablet to pocket calculator sizes by Johnny Wang of NEC Corporation.
  • July 18, 2000 "Defining a New Device Category: The Personal Access Device Internet Appliance" with Chris Herring, Director, Strategic Planning, Information Appliance Group, National Semiconductor Corporation.
  • May 18, 1999, "The Future of Name and Address Technology on the Internet" with David Conrad, Executive Director of the Internet Software Consortium.
  • March 16, 1999, Reza S. Raji - Director, Business Development, at Echelon discussed "Extending the Internet into Devices." During the talk he demonstrated control of in home devices over the interet. You may not want to talk with your refrigerator from the other side of the country, but would it interest you to know if your home security system has detected anything?
  • February 16, 1999, Jim Dennis a very experienced systems administrator in organizations like Network Associates, board member of BayLISA and very experienced in his topic: "Managing Security concerns for an ISP"
  • January 19, 1999, Organizational meeting to plan topics for 1999.
  • November 17, 1998, "Clever" technology, applied to internet searching by Prabhakar Raghavan of IBM's Almaden Laboratory.
  • October 15, 1998, The Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) Technology to allow negotiation of what users disclose by Lorrie Faith Cranor, chair of the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) working group of the W3C.
  • September 15, 1998, Spam (in Mail) a discussion with Paul Vixie President and Founder of the Internet Software Consortium, ISC, maintainer of the Mail Abuse Protection System (notably the Realtime Blackhole List, and CEO of Vixie Enterprises
  • August 18, 1998, Building a Firewall Using FreeBSD, a presentation by Jan Koum, of Ernst & Young LLP.
  • July 21, 1998, "Security Considerations for Residential Broadband Access" a presentation by Brent Chapman, founder of Great Circle Associates, Inc and Director, Network Architecture at Covad Communications Company.
  • June 16, 1998, "Challenges to Searching the Internet" a presentation by Louis Monier, Technical Director, at AltaVista
  • May 19, 1998, "Internet Show Stoppers" - a discussion with Dave Rand, Chief Technical Officer of AboveNet. AboveNet, one of the largest server sites in the world, has connectivity at this time in excess of 2.0 Gigabits to points on the Internet.
  • April 21, 1998, Vadim Antonov, CTO and VP of Engineering at Pluris Terabit Network Systems speaking on requirements for a Terabit capable backbone.

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