CoolTech Club with Yuri Rabover : What you always wanted to know about Root Cause analysis but were too afraid to ask

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November 29,2005

WHAT

What are Root Cause Analysis, event correlation, data modeling and what they have in common? Review of various approaches of complex system diagnostics: rule-based systems vs codebooks - accuracy, performance, maintenance. Overview of the SMARTS technology foundation: using information modeling for diagnostic and root cause analysis. Using the SMARTS technology to implement end-to-end management across multiple technology silos.

CoolTech Club with Ilya Mironov : Attacks on hash functions: Cat 5 storm or a drizzle?

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September 15,2005

WHAT

The biggest news in cryptography since the turn of the century is a series of attacks on decade-old standardized hash function, MD5 and SHA-1. Prior to the attacks, the hash functions were used indiscriminately in a gamut of schemes, protocols, and applications.

Some applications of hash functions are still cryptographically sound, some have to go; good alternatives to hash functions in some scenarios exist but are largely unknown to developers and protocol designers.

CoolTech Club with Mark Tsimelzon : How to process one million messages per second.

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August 25,2005

WHAT

Numerous new applications arising in finance, telecommunications, network management & security, sensor networks, RFID, military, etc. require an ability to process, filter, aggregate, and correlate large numbers of messages (from thousands to hundreds of thousands per second) with very low latency (from milliseconds to seconds). These so called data stream processing application cannot rely on traditional databases, as databases were never designed for these kinds of requirements. A new class of infrastructure, data stream processing engines, has been proposed to help solve this problem. In this talk we'll discuss some data streaming applications, why they cannot rely on traditional databases, the problems arising in processing data streams, and the different approaches to solving this problem, both from academia and from the industry.

CoolTech Club with Sergei Burkov : Shopping Search - The Machine Learning Approach

WHEN

May 3,2005

WHAT

Dulance has developed an advanced shopping search solution. Based on crawling and Statistical Machine Learning algorithms, Dulance enables searching the entire web for products and deals, current and upcoming. Dulance’s “Search the Future” service allows shoppers to register their “wish-lists” and receive notifications, via RSS, when at least one merchant on the web lowers the price below a specified limit.

CoolTech Club with Yakov Kamen : Electronic Programming Guide (EPG): The Chronicle of the Great Digital TV Screen Control War

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February 24,2004

WHAT

This talk will start with an overview of a history of the "Great Digital TV Screen Control War". I will describe major industry movers, their strategies, victories and defeats. Then I will talk about EPG itself: major patents, innovative researches, and the most successful products. Couple nice demos will shown to illustrate it. At the end I will outline several possible scenarios of the market future development that will "connect" together Google TV, Microsoft MCEs, TV Guide, Tivo, cable and satellite giants, Mobile TV, and Playstation/Xbox.

CoolTech Club with Dmitri Varsanofiev : Don’t Try This At Home: A Layman’s Guide To Security Vulnerabilities of the Original 802.11 Standard

WHEN

February 24,2004

WHAT

History of the security of the wireless LAN (WiFi, 802.11) contains more suspense than an average Hitchcock thriller: exposed weaknesses, bold claims, daring attacks, and a happy 802.11i ending. Presentation will concentrate on the causes behind the security flaws of the basic 802.11 standard, with an emphasis on "design of security features is better left to real professionals". Practical issues, like "how safe is it to have an 802.11 access point at my home / office?" will also be addressed. No background in cryptography is required.
 

CoolTech Club with Jeff McKenna : Comparing RUP, XP, and Scrum: Mixing a Process Cocktail for Your Team

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November 18,2004

WHAT

This seminar is for anyone who is involved in software development. The author takes a pragmatic view of each of these processes, which is a change from the evangelical view one often gets.

CoolTech Club with Alexei Andreev : Venture Capital and Nanotechnologies

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October 26,2004

WHAT

The nanotechnology is widely believed to be the “next big thing”. In fact, it is an extremely broad term that covers converging area of biotechnology, material science, informatics and metrology. While many practical applications of nanotechnology are coming into our day-to-day life, the major breakthroughs are yet to come.

Nanotech start-ups are popping up but many of them will have hard time to bring their products to the market in the next 3-5 years. Metrological tools and bulk nanomaterials are the closest to the market, but they provide very limited upside for investor community and the founders

CoolTech Club with Gene Linetsky : How to make $1M in a year and pay only 15% in taxes

WHEN

September 29,2004

WHAT

Gene will present the concept of self-funded ABCs (Acquisition-Bound Companies) and the ways to research, develop and position competitive (software) product features with the goal of selling the technology within a year.
Gene Linetsky, Zone Labs’ Vice President of Research and Development, has extensive technology experience spanning secure real-time communication protocols, large-scale Web applications, cross-platform development environments, compilers, and sales automation systems. Mr. Linetsky co-founded two software startups, IMsecure Corp. (acquired by Zone Labs) and Ultris, Inc. (acquired by Saba Software). He has also held technology leadership positions at Saba Software, Mattel, and The Learning Company, shipping both enterprise-class solutions and consumer software titles. Previously, in his native Russia, Mr. Linetsky pioneered computer science curriculum for high schools, developed educational software for children, and co-authored a computer science textbook with over 3 million copies in print.

CoolTech Club with Steve Manning : Trends in Hacking and Protecting E-commerce Systems

WHEN

August 25,2004

WHAT

Steve Manning is Director of Product Management at Narus where he is responsible for developing carrier security solutions to detect and mitigate worm and denial of service attacks.  Prior to Narus, Mr. Manning worked as a product manager at VeriSign, where he designed and launched the company’s first payments fraud detection platform “Fraud Protection Services”.  The Fraud Protection Services platform secured over 1 Million transactions a day for over 100,000 online merchants.

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