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Russell Shaw, 1947-2008. Rest in Peace.

March 17, 2008

Russell Shaw has died at the age of 60, far too young by any standard. Opinionated, intelligent, prolific… Shaw still had much to say, whether writing about VoIP or Mobile devices for the team at ZDnet, or Regulations and Standards here at TMCnet, or posting his views on Politics and culture related issues for The Huffington Post.   I had known Shaw for a long time as simply someone on the other side of an e-mail trail. Somehow for all the years we circulated in the same universe I never got a chance to meet the man, until ITEXPO in Miami this past January. And I’m glad I did finally get the opportunity, for our meeting forever attached a real person to our correspondence.   A real person who is now gone.   Shaw was an avid writer, thrusting himself into his work with an energy and conviction I wish many of my younger colleagues in the space would emulate.

Juvenile Diabetes Research - Please Help if You Can

February 27, 2008

  Every so often we are reminded that for at least some part of each day, work is not — or more to the point should not be — the single most important activity in our lives.   I just received word that a colleague in the VoIP industry who I had the fortune to work with several years ago is undergoing a serious family challenge, and I thought I would push his story along here, in the hopes that perhaps someone might be inspired to pitch in and help out a bit.   John Wind, who some of you may remember from VoIP Inc., or Volo Communications, or even SIPstorm, sent me a note detailing a frightening experience that he and his family had to endure over the recent holiday season. Here’s his story:   Friends, You may or not be aware that during the Christmas holiday, my 13 year old son became very ill and what we would soon come to find out, deathly ill… Over a one-week period, he literally began to melt away in front of our eyes. Although he’s always been thin (5’ 7” – 120 pounds) he was drinking water and eating excessively. He dropped in that time to 89 pounds and could hardly get out of bed.   Although his symptoms were that of an extreme flu, I finally got him to the doctor where he was immediately diagnosed with Type-1 (also known as Juvenile) diabetes.

Digium Unveils Guarantee Program

February 11, 2008

This morning, Huntsville, AL-based Digium, Inc., announced a guarantee program, which is designed to essentially back up the quality of its Asterisk-based hardware and software products.   The move underscores Digium’s commitment to and faith in the reliability and sustainability of open source technology.   Labeled “ESP” for Exceptional Satisfaction Program, the program is designed as a “comprehensive and aggressive” product guarantee program, to give confidence to resellers and partners selling Digium Asterisk-based commercial solutions across the globe.   The new Digium ESP guarantee includes the following:
  • A new five-year warranty on all new Digium PCI and PCIExpress telephony cards;
  • A one-year warranty on all Digium Appliances that can be extended via subscription renewal;
  • All Commercial Asterisk Software will come with a one-year subscription standard and can be extended via subscription renewal;
  • A money-back guarantee should Digium products fail to perform as advertised.

Sims on the Stones

January 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2007

10 Years On, Still Kicking It

December 1, 2006

  It just dawned on me as I wrap up my Friday that tomorrow marks my 10th anniversary here at TMC.   Like anything else in life, it’s the so-called “round numbers” that we make note of. I mean how come people never make a really big deal about their 9th anniversary? Or their 23rd?
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