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The Most Attendees

August 31, 2005

This is part of the ITEXPO: Best VoIP Show In The World series of Blog entries.

Let's look at this closely. We will have over 2,000 service providers, over 2,000 resellers, 2,000 enterprise attendees and the remaining 1,500+ will be government, developers, analysts, the media, VCs and the industry. You will not find more attendees at another event.

Why?



The Best Venue

August 31, 2005

The Most Students

August 31, 2005

Japan Supersonic Flight

August 31, 2005

US airplane superiority is something I grew up with. Yes, Europe had the Concorde and although the planes were never profitable -- costing European tax payers millions, the Concorde was the pinnacle of flight. I never flew on one but came close a while back. Alas, I never will fly in a Concorde now as they no longer fly.

Other than the Concorde, Boeing was always an airplane powerhouse and until recently they were the undisputed airplane king.

Now that the Concorde is gone, Europe has lost some bragging rights but in its place however may be a joint French/Japanese plane scheduled to be tested over Australia potentially by next month.



The Best Parties

August 31, 2005

Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

August 31, 2005

The Only Show With A Service Provider Solutions Session

August 31, 2005

This is part of the ITEXPO: Best VoIP Show In The World series of Blog entries.

There are an infinite number of companies it seems that are looking to help service providers differentiate themselves by providing products that can be sold to customer s to allow their services to be different from others. There are ATAs for example that are mini-PBXs that are perfect for the SMB market. These units may have built-in WiFi, voicemail and the ability to solve the 911 problem by having PSTN support.

Then there are WiFi phone makers that have amazing products that will help you differentiate your service at retail establishments such as Best Buy.

There is no other place in the world where service providers and equipment manufacturers will come together to help customers solve their problems.



The Only Show With a Conference Guarantee

August 31, 2005

This is part of the ITEXPO: Best VoIP Show In The World series of Blog entries.

We started our conference guarantees last year (2004) at our South Florida (Miami) ITEXPO and thought it was a great way to show the confidence we have that our conferences are better than any other conference in the industry. We pioneered this concept in the VoIP conference space. No one has yet copied us because frankly I don’t believe they have the confidence in their conference programs.

MSN Buys Teleo

August 31, 2005

I read this morning in the Wall Street Journal that Teleo was picked up by MSN. I wrote about Teleo back on February 13 of this year. They have impressive technology and integrating it into Microsoft applications will likely make it that much better. In my article I talk about some of the unique features Teleo brings to the table such a toolbar that allows you to control telephony from a multitude of applications.

Donating To Katrina Victims

August 30, 2005

Positioning VoIP

August 30, 2005

Lately I have seen analyst reports touting the fact that VoIP hype has far surpassed consumer adoption rates and interest. Here are some excerpts from a recent InformationWeek article titled VoIP Promises Are Overhyped.

In "VoIP Liberates Voice from the Phone," Forester’s Maribel Lopez notes that, despite its promise and a 200% increase in adoption last year, VoIP is overhyped. Even when they are aware that VoIP even exists, Lopez found that fully 70% of consumers surveyed have no interest in switching to a VoIP service. Providers still haven't made a compelling case for their services.

"Offerings focus on price, not compelling applications," Lopez writes.



Symbiotic Not Parasitic

August 29, 2005

Om has a great post this morning on how p2p is driving broadband adoption and vice-versa. I am very excited about this post because it supports a premise that I have written about before and that is that VoIP is symbiotic and not parasitic.

Well VoIP is not necessarily p2p-based so perhaps my argument is a bit of a stretch but it certainly applies to Skype. Skype can be considered a killer application for broadband (to borrow from Om’s headline which I wholeheartedly agree with). Blocking Skype would logically lead to decreased levels of broadband adoption.

Katrina’s Silver Lining

August 29, 2005

It goes without saying that the world feels terrible for the people in Katrina’s path. I can not imagine a more horrific experience than being in winds that are over 100 miles per hour and even if you escape the hurricane itself by leaving town, the fear of not knowing whether your belongings are in tact when you return has got to be terrible. I have lived through a few hurricanes myself but after seeing the footage this morning, what we’ve experienced in Connecticut seems mild in comparison.

As I browsed the web this morning I noticed some commentary on Cybertelecom.org regarding New Orleans that discussed what might happen if there is significant telecom damage as a result of the hurricane. The theory is that if the copper was destroyed, this could turn out to be a good thing for the residents in BellSouth territory stricken by this calamity.

You see BellSouth could end up rewiring the city with fiber instead of copper.



Diabetes Linked To Alzheimer’s

August 26, 2005

If you live the sedentary life of a blogger you should take note of a recent article in USA Today discussing the links between insulin levels, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Basically a high fat diet and increased fat in the system increase your chances of getting Alzheimer’s. Diet and exercise seem crucial in keeping the disease at bay.

I advocate an hour for exercise each day where bloggers and blogees (did I really just say that?) take a break and hit a treadmill or some weights.

Last Time I saw Andy Abramson he showed me how he can blog from a cell phone so we expect him at least to keep blogging during the blackout period. Perhaps Andy can share his secrets with the rest of the blogging community.

Here is an excerpt:

Cole's research found that mice fed a fatty lab chow developed insulin resistance.







VoIP E911 Extension

August 26, 2005

The entire VoIP E911 debacle is amazing to me. In this article about the FCC VoIP E911 extension you can learn the details of what is happening with the FCC and the cut-off date that was extended 30 days. The article gives a good history of what is happening in the market.

Here is a salient portion of the article that:

"During this additional period of time, the Bureau expects that all interconnected VoIP providers that qualify for this extension will continue to use all means available to them to obtain affirmative acknowledgements from all of their subscribers," the notice said.


I also wrote about the FCC E911 Extension but from the viewpoint that the VoIP industry is not being treated fairly. I get the feeling we are second class citizens in the eyes of the FCC.




Zotob Author Nailed

August 26, 2005

Sweet Justice

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A 21-year old resident of Turkey and an 18-year-old Moroccan national have been arrested for creating and spreading computer worms that disrupted services on computer networks of major U.S news organizations and other institutions earlier this month, the FBI announced Friday.





FBI officials said the two men are expected to be prosecuted by the governments of their home countries.

The FBI praised Microsoft for its cooperation in the investigation, and attributed the swift resolution of the case to strong international cooperation. Microsoft said the arrests demonstrated the value of public-private collaboration.

AOL Settles With Spitzer

August 26, 2005

AOL Settles With Spitzer
I stumbled across this article today and am not sure if it is recent as I can’t seem to find a date on the page. Whether my eyesight is worse than I thought or it is just a mistake is unclear but the article is pretty interesting and it talks about how AOL got into trouble with Eliot Spitzer who recently announced a 1.25 million dollar settlement with the company.

At the heart of the problem is AOL’s policy of incentivizing their workers for retaining customers who call to cancel.

This system, in which reps could earn tens of thousands of dollars, “had the effect of employees not honoring cancellations, or otherwise making cancellation unduly difficult for consumers,” according to Spitzer’s office.

AOL has 60 days to eliminate its program of rewarding bonuses based on minimum “save rates.” The company did not specify how bonuses will be allotted without the save rate, and adds that the program is “a work in progress.”

In addition the company has identified the employees who did not cancel orders at customer requests and has put a better monitoring system in place to ensure they do a better job of respecting customer’s wishes.








War On Terror For Nerds

August 26, 2005

David Isenberg has a pretty funny post here regarding dealing with terrorists using the UNIX command line. I was a UNIX system administrator for years and grew up on this robust and scalable OS. Still I wasn’t positive what chown was. I was pretty sure it was change owner and turns out I was right.

The Only Show With a Consumer VoIP Marketing Summit

August 26, 2005

This is part of the ITEXPO: Best VoIP Show In The World series of Blog entries.

There is only one show you need to attend if you work for a service provider and are tying to figure out how to price your products and services effectively. That Is Internet Telephony Conference & Expo.

This Consumer VoIP Marketing Summit was designed with service providers in mind. How on earth are you supposed to price your services in a vacuum?



Best Keynotes in the World

August 26, 2005

This is part of the ITEXPO: Best VoIP Show In The World series of Blog entries.

No other VoIP show in the world has ever had the level of keynoters that ITEXPO has.

ITEXPO: Best VoIP Show In The world

August 25, 2005

I have been deluged with exhibitors from past Internet Telephony Conference and Expos to start writing about how much superior TMC's ITEXPO is to other events. For the most part I thought it was self-explanatory as we have had 3 sold out exhibit halls in a row and our aisles are always full of people buying and selecting products. Everyone knows that other industry events may have lots of exhibitors but they don’t get the traffic. At least that is what everyone tells me.

Rates Technology and Alcatel

August 25, 2005

In my blog entry on Rates Technology Inc I mentioned Alcatel as in default. Specifically:

After it became impossible to get them covered, RTI recently filed suit for willful patent infringement against Centrepoint Technologies, Inc. for much less money than Mitel and Alcatel (they certainly are a smaller company).

Mitel Networks was sued for $945 Million; Alcatel was sued for $1.155 Billion; and their default is pending in USDC EDNY. Hello Direct, GN Netcom and GN had been sued by RTI for patent infringement, and they recently settled with RTI; the terms are being kept confidential

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Since that time I have learned the court has vacated the default meaning it is now in the hands of California courts since Alcatel sued Rates Technology Inc. first in California.





Carly Fiorina

August 25, 2005

Vonage IPO: What It Means For VoIP

August 25, 2005

VoIP companies enjoyed two  surges in the public markets. The first was in the Fall of 1997 when companies like Inter-Tel and Franklin Telecom were VoIP darlings. Inter-Tel who at the time had a service provider offering was one of the few public ways to play what at the time we called IP telephony or Internet telephony.

We then saw public interest leave the VoIP space for a while and then it came back with a vengeance in 1998-2000. The public markets haven’t had too many tech darlings since the ensuing bubble burst though.

Vonage Goes IPO

August 25, 2005

Apparently all the rumors of Vonage being acquired are now dead as an IPO seems likely. I suppose it is still possible for someone to come in at the last second and buy the company. A cable company or international service provider? BellSouth?

American Workers

August 25, 2005

I wrote a blog entry about a Dell call center a while back and I have noticed that people from India keep commenting on it . They hope to use my blog as a way to get hired. The funny thing about many of these e-mails is the grammar. If you are really looking for work you should somehow get your grammar checked before posting things online for the world to see.

But the point is broader than that.

Back From Orlando

August 25, 2005

I had a nice safe trip back to JFK and didn’t get stuck on Delta as I thought – it was Song. Thankfully there was little traffic on the way home. I did run into a few people in the parking lot on the way to my car. One was asking how to get o the monorail and the other was a family trying to get to Hertz. I was useless in both cases.

Song or Delta

August 24, 2005

Fly Clear

August 24, 2005

I walked by a kiosk in the Orlando airport and would have sworn it was a kiosk doing some sort of subliminal advertising for the Blue by American Express. The Kiosk which looked like a booth at our Internet Telephony Expos had computers in it and there were graphics everywhere that showed a card that looked like an American Express Blue credit card.

I went into the kiosk and said is this American Express? They told me it was Clear, a new initiative to get travelers through airport lines faster.

I read about this initiative and was pretty sure it was modeled after Israel where they use biometrics to identify you to reduce your wait time in airports. I was correct.



You Shook Me...

August 24, 2005

So while I chill here at Casa de Outback Steak listening to AC/DC, Def Leppard and the Buggles I notice a sign above my head that says:

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Danger:

High Flooding Area
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I suppose this is American pseudo-Australian humor.

At the same time people start crowding around me to look at the Weather Channel which is above my head. I read the close caption as you just can't talk or listen over AC/DC's You Shook Me All Night Long no matter how hard you try. The caption reads possibly 20 inches of rain. Thankfully they seem to be talking about hurricane Katrina which won't hit for a few days.








Delayed in Orlando -- Could Be Worse

August 24, 2005

I just passed through one of the loudest thunderstorms ever on the way to Orlando's airport. This may explain the delay in my flight. Thankfully there is a table here at Outback Steakhouse with a power outlet next to it so at least I can blog while eating salmon. I also noticed that the EVDO is a bit slow here.

ININ and Vonexus Presentations

August 24, 2005

VoIP Monitoring

August 24, 2005

Today, Motorola chairman Edward Zander announced that Motorola will release a new cell phone allowing parents to monitor children's whereabouts as well as offering filtering software. I got to thinking that this makes a good deal of sense for parents who want kids to have the security and safety features of a cell phone but on the other hand feel that the child is given too much freedom at too early and age and needs o be checked up on from time to time.

Although I didn't see it in this article, I would assume that allowing parents to listen in on conversations would be important as well. In fact when you think of what could be an exciting VoIP service to roll out; monitoring children's conversations may be at the top of the list.

We have tools that allow us to monitor where kids are surfing and what e-mails they send and receive. The missing link is voice.

This is a natural for VoIP as there are already recording solutions refined in the IP contact center market that lend themselves perfectly to helping parents manage the process of raising kids in difficult times.

I keep thinking about Google's announcement that they are going to enter VoIP and couple this with their intention to manage the world's information.







On Deck

August 24, 2005

Vonage in Bermuda

August 24, 2005

On my flight today I was crammed in against the window for few hours and as I pecked at my laptop keyboard the person next to me kept looking over. I just figured he was a competitor so I made some fictitious spreadsheets to throw him off. Seriously though at the end of the flight he asked me if I work in the VoIP market and when I said yes he couldn't stop talking about Vonage. He asked me if it was a good service.

Going To Orlando

August 23, 2005

I am getting so much done here at the airport among the screaming kids on the way to Orlando to speak at the Vonexus conference. It isn't so bad really. As I explained to the person at the gate next to me, once you have kids of your own, you don't mind the screaming of other kids so much. Especially I added when the other screams limit their screaming to when you are awake :-)

We had some great news today.

Google Talk

August 23, 2005

There are reports of a new soon to be released Google Talk program and it isn’t what you think as it is primarily and IM program. But as many have surmised, how long will it be before the company comes out with a VoIP package? In my opinion, it won’t take long for the search engine leader to add VoIP into their mix.

With Google’ role as indexer of the world’s information already spelled out how much time will it take for them to offer free calling with the added convenience of seeing targeted ads regarding what you are speaking about. You get the point.

Dating On-Demand

August 23, 2005

I was reading this article today about dating on demand and how Comcast is experimenting with this technology allowing anyone to see the video dating listings but only those people that subscribe to the on-demand service can actually see the videos.

The article implies that the market for such services will be small and while I agree it seems any company from Match.com to eHarmony can have video personals. If they have them already – consider me late to the party.

One of the complaints I hear from my single friends is that when they meet someone in person that they met through a dating service, they rarely look like their photo. I suppose a combination of showing a video of your prospective date and then videoconferencing with them prior to meeting might actually make dating less time consuming.

The whole concept of online dating is amazing because we seem to be heading into a world where you will pick a mate almost exclusively online. You will be able to scan a person’s video, have a videoconference with them and size them up before you even have to get in a car to go to a restaurant.

It seems to take the chance encounter aspect of dating out of the equation altogether and if anything makes dating a more sterile and boring place.







Vox Communications Test

August 23, 2005

Last night I finally got a chance to test a WiFi phone from VOX Communications. The phone is manufactured by UTStarcom and works very well. I placed a call to the AT&T CallVantage line I have at home which traverses my broadband network supplied by Optimum Online. So basically the WiFi phone was transmitting over a Linksys WiFi access point through a D-link ATA to the cable modem.

Bluetooth And Star Trek

August 22, 2005

Tom Keating writes today about bluetooth headset adoption and I couldn’t agree more., I have been meaning to write about this for a while. I was reviewing these things years ago – since Jabra came out with one of the first units. It is satisfying to see widespread adoption now.

Although the pace of innovation and technology must have been tough for Gene Roddenberry to predict as Tom so accurately mentions, we still don’t have phasers. We have Tasers but not phasers.

Marastar

August 22, 2005

Google Sidebar

August 22, 2005

Google is doing an admirable job competing with Microsoft by releasing product after product that competes with the Redmond based software company while at the same time downplaying the fact that they compete. In a Wall Street Journal article today you can read the following : It's no question that we're competing with Microsoft today -- and with a lot of other people," said Nikhil Bhatla, the product manager for Google desktop software. Today Google released Sidebar a tool that is like a web and personal; dashboard allowing you to keep track of news, weather, stocks, and more. It also serves as a launch pad for applications and tools.

When you download the toolbar you get a message that says “Please read this carefully.

Elite Coffee

August 22, 2005

I haven’t been to Israel in a number of years. The last time was I was there was just after my uncle build the Mandarin Hotel in Tel Aviv. That was also the last time I was fluent in Hebrew. When I was there I never got a chance to, as far as I recall – drink Elite Coffee.

I discovered this beverage over a year ago and it is the smoothest coffee I have ever tasted and as it is instant which means no more waiting to brew a new cup. Elite also makes regular coffee which I haven’t tasted.

It is also quite strong.



Down to Just over 600 E-mails

August 21, 2005

Offshored to Death

August 21, 2005

Will offshoring be the death of American companies? Perhaps not but what if intelligent competitors playing on inherent patriotism of potential costumers were to use offshoring as a way to take customers away from those companies that are known to put their service and support departments in other countries such as India?

Dell is one of the more famous companies using offshoring and we have all heard stories that many Dell customers are unhappy with the level of service they are receiving from the Texas based PC giant.

This environment presents a perfect opportunity for companies like MPC Computers to start advertising campaigns targeted at people who are sick and tired of dealing with offshored help desks. A new ad from the company has the following headline:

100% U.S. Based Service and Support

If you go to the specific site touted in the ad you see the following text:

100% U.S.-based service and support

At MPC Computers, we keep our tech support close to home.





At a time when most other PC companies are outsourcing their service and support to other countries, we're keeping our staff right here in the U.S. Our support reps sit right next to our product engineers-not in a different hemisphere. So if you have a problem, your question is answered quickly and accurately with as much technical information as you need.

MPC Computers builds products for speed, reliability and performance, like our new TransPort® 2300 notebook, featuring Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology and Microsoft Windows XP Professional, and the latest security features.

At MPC, we're committed to delivering great service and support, and we're committed to designing great products.













Can Identity Theft kill You

August 21, 2005

A Money Magazine article (subscription required) titled "Are You Terrified About Identity Theft? If Not, Consider this: It Could Get You killed." Cites a conversation with John Gardner who they call a smooth talking lawyer and spokesman for Pre-Paid Legal Services.

The premise is as follows. If someone steals your identity and lands in the hospital and the doctors think it is you, your Medical information Bureau (MIB) identity will be altered. This is part of your medical history and can lead to you being denied insurance.

Why Avaya Was Spun Off

August 21, 2005

I was reading one of the networking magazines this weekend and was surprised at the error made by one of the authors. I don't want to embarrass the person so I won't mention them or link to the article. The comment was that Lucent sold Avaya to focus on the service provider market because it couldn't serve both. The door just does not seem to swing both ways.

Right before Avaya was spun off, Lucent held a press conference with a hundred or so editors and analysts.

Catching up on E-mail

August 20, 2005

I caught up (read -- scanned through and deleted and responded to important items as needed) on e-mail today and had just fewer than 4,000 when I started and am at 1,775. There were lots of great and important messages in my box and I am still getting to the more important messages.

If you let e-mail get away from you I feel you will never catch up. I don't know how we live without e-mail and more importantly how we are supposed to live with it. You can eat up so much time just catching up each day with your e-mail from coworkers, PR people, colleagues, etc.

I hope for more intelligent agents in the future that help us with the deluge of e-mail.



Stopping McMansions

August 19, 2005

VocalTec Receives Nasdaq Notification

August 19, 2005

Last night VocalTec reported they received a notice from the Nasdaq that they are not in compliance with marketplace rules that stipulate the minimum stockholder equity or market value of their shares. Nasdaq is reviewing the company's eligibility for continued listing on The Nasdaq SmallCap Market.

The Company has been requested to provide Nasdaq by August 26, 2005 the company's plan to achieve and sustain compliance with all Nasdaq SmallCap Market listing requirements. If following review of such plan Nasdaq determines that the company's plan is inadequate, Nasdaq will provide written notification that the company's securities will be delisted. The Company may appeal Nasdaq's decision to a Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel.

New Call Center Blog

August 19, 2005

Steve Brubaker is one of the nicest people you will meet in the call center business and he knows his stuff, really well. This is why I was so excited to read his new blog where he talks about how important call centers are to the US economy and how important it is to provide good customer service.

With all the companies offshoring and thinking they have o have agents in third-world countries, he asks:

Why aren't companies "wowing" customers today in the USA?  What is the real cost of bringing on new customers only to have them flee to the competition because of poor customer service experiences?

Why do customers have to wait on hold for lengthy periods of time to reach call centers?  Could it be because the bean counters are determining the number of agents needed and "acceptable" hold times based on historical data showing when people tend to hang-up in queue?
 
Why are Agents being hired who do not speak understandable English?  Could it be because the "cost" of agents in third world countries is a fraction of wages here in the USA?

It is no secret that more customer service agents are being off shored by the day and invariably the quality of customer service keeps diminishing. Customers will ultimately tell corporate America that what they are doing is good or bad. Losing customers however is a painful way to find out you have made a mistake.











EVDO Rev A

August 19, 2005

David Sims writes a great piece on CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A technology and it is faster as you would expect that traditional EVDO. Verizon and Lucent are trialing this new technology and I can’t wait till it comes out. I can’t tell you how many times this network has saved me in the last year or so since I have had it.

Revision A enables users to receive data (forward link) at speeds of theoretically up to 3.1 Megabits per second, and send data (reverse link) at speeds of theoretically up to 1.8 Mbps. I suppose these terms are Lucent wireless speak for upload and download.

Now I was never able to reach theoretical speeds before the upgrade and I am sure I wont be able to with the upgrade. All I can ask for is that I get a proportional speed jump and I will be happy.



Rich Tehrani “Live” Next Week

August 19, 2005

One of my favorite things to do is to speak to a live audience and share my thoughts and opinions with them. I especially like the feedback I get from the audience when I am done. The questions, the dialogue, the networking, Q&A, etc. That is the best part of public speaking.

Carrier Broadband Forecast

August 19, 2005

More on VocalTec

August 19, 2005

One of the more popular things I have written recently has got to be my brief history of VocalTec and judging by the responses I received, I struck a chord with a number of people. On the one hand there are e-mails such as the one below:

Dear Rich,

I read with interest your comments on VocalTec, and I also read the article you referenced.

I certainly remember when VocalTec launched their first off-the-shelf software VoIP product, and I remember them at the Computer Telephony Expos, too (back when Dialogic and Harry Newton held sway).  As an industry market analyst, I could never really figure out VocalTec's business model. Were they a software house, an equipment vendor, a turnkey systems house, or what?

When the Deutsche Telecom deal was announced, I thought I had their business model tied down, but a year or so later, their lead PR lady said, "We think of ourselves as a software house." But even then, I detected the arrogance you mentioned.







Comcast Customer Service

August 18, 2005

This is one of those stories that is tough to even set up. I was pretty amazed when I heard about it. Apparently according to the AP, LaChania Govan said she got bounced around by her cable company when she called to complain. She made dozens of calls and was even transferred to a person who spoke Spanish - a language she doesn't understand.

But when she got her August bill from Comcast she had no trouble understanding she'd made somebody mad.

Excel Buys Brooktrout

August 18, 2005

Wow, first Howard Bubb left Intel/Dialogic, Mike Ross left Aculab, and now Eric Giler is leaving Brooktrout. This may leave Brough Turner at NMS as one of the last holdouts in the CTI/VoIP media processing market. I should point out that we still have Peter Karneef and Jim Pinard at Pika Technologies and of course Allan Pound the founder of Aculab who has recently been much more visible in the market since the release of the company’s Prosody X board is also a well-known industry veteran.

More recently there are other strong players in  this space as well like AudioCodes, Eicon ad Spirit DSP.

What prompted Eric to leave Brooktrout is unknown (he looks as healthy as ever and I’ve known him since around 1990) but an acquisition of Brooktrout by Excel provided an opportunity for him to move on. Eric has always been great to work with and the industry will feel his loss.

The competitive landscape of the media processing board market also known as the DSP resource board market hasn’t changed too much over the years but we used to have Dialogic, NMS, Rhetorex, Pika and Brooktrout all competing had to head.





Teletruth on SBC IPTV

August 18, 2005

Bruce Kushnick has got to be the most painful thorn in the sides of the RBOCs. His tone may be confrontational for some but he makes some good points below. I would love to get the response from the RBOCs on this.

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Bruce Kushnick has got to be the most painful thorn in the sides of the RBOCs. His tone may be confrontational for some but he makes some good points below. I would love to get the response from the RBOCs on this.

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Teletruth News Analysis. SBC's IPTV Lies: Do the Math --- Wed Aug 17th,
2005

USA Today's  "SBC's $4 billion IPTV investment 'not much money'"
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/gear/2005-08-16-iptv-sbc_x.htm

SUMMARY: MATH.& HISTORY

Based on history, Teletruth believes SBC is misleading the public by making claims it knows can't be true.















Who Will Google Acquire?

August 18, 2005

Google will be selling 14.2 million class A shares of common stock in an effort to raise money for acquisitions. I wonder, who would Google want to buy? Here is a list of possible items on the search engine king’s menu.

Skype: The idea that Google would do very well purchasing Skype has been floating around the Internet for a while. Where are the synergies?

SBC Irony

August 17, 2005

Apple Security

August 17, 2005

It is so unusual to hear about MAC vulnerabilities that I wanted to pass this Technical Cyber Security Alert on to all of you in case you have a MAC. We always tend to think MACs are secure because no one targets them. I guess success breeds hackers!

TMCnet in Top 1,696 Sites in the World

August 17, 2005

Teletruth On The FCC

August 17, 2005

I received this today.

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Teletruth ALERT, Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

FCC to Kill Thousands of ISPs with 8 Year-Old Data!
Garbage-In, Kill-Competitors-Out.

The FCC, on August 5th 2005, put out a press release "FCC Eliminates Mandated Sharing Requirement on Incumbents' Wireline Broadband Internet Access Services". (link to release below). What this means is that the local Bell phone companies no longer have to resell certain parts of their networks to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) - It is the "Re-regulation" of the Internet.

How many ISPs will be put out of business? How does this help innovation in the US when you kill off thousands of innovative companies?

But that's only part of the story.

In 2004 Teletruth, with the National Internet Alliance (NIA), filed a "Data Quality Act" as well as a "Regulatory Flexibility Act" complaint in conjunction with the FCC's competition (unbundling) proceedings.  Teletruth found that the FCC's statistics pertaining to ISPs was created in 1997!
-That's 8 years old!  That's before the Bell companies were providing DSL service.

This next paragraph is the FCC's definition of the ISP market from the Triennial Review dated August 2004  - Notice that it is using data that was created in 1997!

"Internet Service Providers.



















Another Top5 List

August 17, 2005

I subscribe to the Top 5 list and from time to time pass on good lists. Here is one you might enjoy (I liked the last one best):

The Top 13 Favorite Songs of the Bush Administration


13> Crazy Little Thing Called Rove

12> (You Don't Have to Live Like a) Detainee

11> My War Will Go On

10> Did Get Fooled Again

 9> Twisting the Truth Away

 8> Who'll Stop the Reign?

 7> R-E-S-E-P-E-C-T-I-F-I-C-A-T-I-O-N

 6> Dems on the Run

 5> Doctor My Lies

 4> Help Me, Condi

 3> A Whiter Shade of Male

 2> Love Me Two Terms


                    and Topfive.com's Number 1
           Favorite Song of the Bush Administration...


 1> Here Comes the Son

































Worm Shuts Down CNN, ABC and New York Times

August 16, 2005

The Zotob worm shut down Windows 2000 operating systems around the country today, including the computers at CNN, ABC, and the New York Times.

Take a look at this article from Outside The Beltway Blog. Here is an excerpt.

A computer worm shut down computer systems running Windows 2000 software across the United States on Tuesday, hitting computers at CNN, ABC and The New York Times. Around 5 p.m. computers began crashing at CNN facilities in New York and Atlanta. ABC said its problems began in New York about 1:30 p.m.



Telecom Watch

August 16, 2005

A9 Maps

August 16, 2005

You know what a great map idea is? To go out and take photos of lots of different buildings and tie them to a mapping service so that people looking for directions will also get visual cues so they know they are on the right track an better yet will recognize their final destinations. A9 recently unveiled such a mapping service and it is awesome!

You can go to an address or pan a magnifying glass over a map and the images pop up on the right hand side of the screen. They then start to pan, giving you a full view of both sides of the street – a full 360 degree view.

I already envision people being upset that they are in these photos and the lawsuits that may follow.



WiFi Telephony

August 16, 2005

Years ago I saw the future of VoIP as being wireless and WiFi in particular was curious to me. To my amazement URLs like VoWiFi.com and WiFiTelephony.com were available and I registered them. At the time, VoIP was so out of favor it was ridiculous. I looked up the exact date, it was May 2, 2002 to be exact.

Wal-Mart and the Internet

August 15, 2005

I was meaning to write today about how Wal-Mart has changed the lives of people in Norwalk Connecticut. They came to our town with a few stores around five years ago and the by product has been the eventual killing off of other companies. For example the local hardware store closed down this past year (perhaps we can blame Home Depot here -- open for about five years) and also the local nursery which was unfortunately enough across the street from one of the Wal-Mart stores and Home Depot.

Today, I noticed the local photography shop was also on the way out and the owner told me the $4,700/month rent coupled with the trend towards e-mailing photos and Wal-Mart’s inexpensive photo processing made it impossible to compete.

This is not an opinion piece as I can’t say anything bad about Wal-Mart or online photo companies like ofoto (yes Kodak renamed it but I like this name better). I just think it is worth reiterating that you need to keep an eye on your business as models change.

As I got back to the office I went to the room where SBC is installing our T3 fiber connection and marveled at how we are keeping up with the technology as the world goes online.





VocalTec News

August 15, 2005

A few industry insiders sent me this article about VocalTec. I am fascinated by how such a general business site can have such great VoIP coverage. I suppose the reason is that in Israel, VoIP is like the auto market in Detroit.

Getting back to VocalTec (news, quote), I hope they find a good way out of this mess. I have known many really good people from this company over the years and they always had great technology.

PETA and Pam Anderson

August 15, 2005

Last night Comedy Central roasted Pamela Anderson and while the roast was funny at times it amounted to a bunch of virtually unknown comics making the same X rated jokes using different words. Probably the funniest line of the night was that Pam Anderson screwed more rock stars than Napster. Apparently the roast took place because Comedy Central agreed to donate a good deal of money to PETA and Pam is a huge supporter of this organization.

While I have donated money to organizations that save animals I always do so with a concern in the back of my mind that I should probably be donating to causes that help humans before animals.

This morning I was thinking about PETA and their campaign a while back that compared the slaughter of chickens to the holocaust. I can’t for the life of me understand how these people live with themselves.



Death of Bell Labs

August 15, 2005

Bronx Zoo Again

August 15, 2005

What a great time I had at the Bronx Zoo last week. One of my favorite exhibits is the butterfly room. The last time I was there, I was blown away at how many turquoise and blue butterfly varieties were on display. They were so beautiful, I couldn’t wait to see them again.

Sadly, the butterfly room had nine birds infiltrate the premises.

Russell Shaw on VoIP Disconnects

August 15, 2005

In what seems to be the best case of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face, VoIP providers will soon be shutting you off if you haven’t responded to their 911 acknowledgement. While I can’t really see this happening, Russell points out how difficult it will be to get people to respond the acknowledgement requests.

I just acknowledged that I understood this situation today. Interestingly AT&T CallVantage sent me a sticker to put on my phone that explains the 911 problems with VoIP.

One of the things the sticker says is “Voice service including E-911 service DOES NOT function during an electrical power or broadband outage.”

The thing is that I have 5 phones in my house connected to my VoIP line so I need four more stickers!





Another Podcast Without Me

August 15, 2005

Sesame Place

August 15, 2005

Sesame Place has to be considered a mini-Disneyworld and I don’t mean this as a negative. It is located in Pennsylvania and a few hours away from Fairfield County Connecticut. I unfortunately used the Cross Bronx Expressway and George Washington Bridge on the way there because I followed the GPS in my car. The ever-present delays on the Cross Bronx was the only bad thing about my trip to the park.

Once there – we went last week, not on a weekend and got to park across the street -- just 2 minutes away, I was blown away at all the things you could do.

Took Some Time Off Last Week

August 15, 2005

After the super-successful TMC VoIP Developer Conference last week I decided to take a few days off to be with the family. We decided not to go anywhere. The last time we took Priscilla on a plane trip it was not fun and now I’ve got two daughters as Nicole is only a few months old. Don’t get me wrong… It is great to get away with young kids, it is just the two days of packing before the trip and the days of travel and going through security with children are not fun.

California ISPs Annoyed

August 11, 2005

FCC Ruling on DSL Re-Monopolizes Phone Networks Says California ISPs
SACRAMENTO, CA (PRWEB) August 8, 2005 -- The California ISP Association (CISPA), the largest state association of Internet service providers, reacted today to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's ruling today that high-speed DSL Internet lines should be classified as an "information service" instead of a telecommunications service. The ruling would allow large phone companies to close their DSL networks and exclude independent ISP's from the DSL market. The result is that most ISPs would be eliminated from the broadband market.

"The FCC's version of what it calls "deregulation" is simply just a re-monopolization of a network that has been publicly regulated and paid for by rate payers for more than 100 years.


Broadband Reality Check

August 11, 2005

There is a "state of the broadband industry report" report I just came across from the Free Press, Consumers Union and The Consumer Federation of America. The report blasts FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and takes excerpts from an op-ed piece he wrote for the Wall Street Journal and other statements and says Martin's conclusion is either wildly optimistic or intentionally misleading.

Here are the statements/quotes in question:

he United States "leads the world in total number of broadband connections"

"broadband platforms are engaged in fierce competition."

He lauded the Supreme Court's recent Brand X decision and praised the results of the FCC study, proclaiming that "the dramatic growth in broadband services depicted in this report proves that we are well on our way to accomplishing the president's goal of universal, affordable access to broadband by 2007."






The report goes on to say:

The US lacks a broadband policy that will ensure inexpensive broadband access for all.

The standard measure of high-speed Internet used by the FCC is 200 kbps and is too low to carry low-quality video.

The FCC uses a misleading measure of broadband coverage. The Commission counts a ZIP code as covered by broadband service if it contains at least one broadband subscriber. No consideration is given to the price, speed or availability of connections across the ZIP code.

US broadband is expensive.












WiFi and Jail

August 10, 2005

VoIP Wiretaps

August 9, 2005

Here is a great article on VoIP wiretaps. Here are some excerpts:

According to a statement, the FCC stated that the order strikes a balance between fostering competition and innovation on one hand, and meeting the needs of law enforcement on the other.


"[I]t is critical to our nation's security that VoIP and broadband Internet access providers have CALEA obligations," FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said in a prepared statement. "Although I believe that new technologies and services should operate free of economic regulation, I also believe that law enforcement agencies must have the ability to conduct lawful surveillance over these new technologies."

One commissioner, while pleased with addressing large-scale law enforcement concerns, believes that the FCC still needs to address other CALEA-related issues such as regarding enforcement and cost recovery.

"Because litigation is as inevitable as death and taxes, and because some might not read the statute to permit the extension of CALEA to the broadband Internet access and VoIP services at issue here, I have stated my concern that an approach like the one we adopt today is not without legal risk," Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy said in a prepared statement.




Andy on Canadian VoIP CALEA

August 9, 2005

Asterisk Scoop

August 9, 2005

That Tom Keating and his sources. He broke some big Asterisk news about the RedFone foneBRIDGEon his blog. Here is a teaser of what the blog entry is about:

Redfone Communications has a very interesting product coming to market - a solid state, virtual plug-and-play "appliance" used in conjunction with Asterisk which can be used instead of Digium or Sangoma cards. In addition, using the Redfone foneBRIDGE you can create a redundant deployment of Asterisk.

Streaming Media

August 9, 2005

Mike Ross Joins Esnatech

August 8, 2005

Industry legend Mike Ross is joining Esnatech. I have known Mike for years and also Mohammad Nezarati. I know they will make a great team and I look forward to seeing Esnatech grow more quickly in the years ahead.


Here is my last post about Mike Ross



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Esnatech Appoints Mike Ross as Chief Operating Officer
Company hires Aculab USA President to join executive leadership team


Richmond Hill, Ont., Canada, August 5, 2005 -- Esnatech, a leader in Unified Communications platforms, announced today that it has appointed Mr. Mike Ross as its new Chief Operating Officer, effective August 1, 2005. Mr. Ross brings to Esnatech more than 25 years of management and executive level experience in all facets of computer telephony.




Skype Not For Sale

August 8, 2005

More on the VoIP Developer Show

August 8, 2005

One of the more interesting statements I head at the VoIP Developer show was from Michael Stanford, Director, VoIP Strategy, Digital Enterprise Group at Intel who said "VoIP is old news," said Stanford. "Long Live SoIP, or Services over IP." He went on to explain that VoIP is merely the first drop in the coming deluge, the first significant application over IP, and that we have already moved beyond simply seeking to offer cheap minutes.

Stanford offered a veritable laundry list of promising numbers from a variety of research analysts. Cell phone lines are far outstripping fixed lines globally. Dual mode shipments are slated to grow beyond 100 million units shipped by 2010.

Mosquito Magnet 2005

August 7, 2005

I finally got the Mosquito Magnet up and running today. I was really concerned about it getting going as it is about as difficult to start as an old Italian sports car. After charging it for about 18 hours -- six less than I am supposed to, I connected it to the propane tank, first equalizing the pressure of course and pressed the on button. About 15 minutes later the green light came on indicating maximal operation.

VoIP Developer Wars

August 7, 2005

A while back I wrote about comments from fellow blogger Skibare and his theory that Google may purchase Skype and it would be just about game over for everyone else. I have been thinking about these comments subconsciously for a whole and I have to admit that whether or not Google decides to buy Skype it seems only a matter of time before they launch Gphone.

I can see it now:

What is Gphone?

As part of Google's mission to increase shareholder value (marketing: strike that out -- we need to make it sound warmer and fuzzier).

Take Two:

As part of Google's mission to make the web more useful we have decided to launch Gphone short for Google Phone. Gphone is a free PC to PC program that allows you to make unlimited calls to other Gphone users...

What happens next of course is that Microsoft needs to become a phone company and launches Mphone and of course then there is IBM, SUN, etc.

Interestingly I keep hearing how handset manufacturers are considering adding the Skype protocol to their devices. Skype has become that popular.













MCI Disbanding Conferencing

August 6, 2005

Emergency SMS

August 6, 2005

One of my coworkers saw the second tower go down live on TV and suffice it to say was horrified and scared that his wife went down in the building. Thankfully she did not but there was a period of hours when he didn’t know if she was OK. Phone lines were often busy and people couldn’t communicate during this tragedy. The London bombings caused similar concerns among loved ones.

In response to the tragedies in London, one person decided to launch www.textOK.com – a solution that will allow users to let all their contacts know they are safe by sending just one text message.

CMP VoIP Developer Coverage

August 5, 2005

Here is another great article from TechWeb/Information Week titled VoIP is Just the Beginning which focuses on TMC’s VoIP Developer Conference. Here is an excerpt:

Intel’s Michael Stanford thinks voice is just “the first drop in the deluge” of applications for IP-enabled networks. And Digium’s Mark Spencer has an interesting toolkit for building IP telephony apps.

Perhaps that’s why the two were paired in the morning keynote session Thursday at the VoIP Developer Conference here, to spell out some of the ways developers, resellers and corporate users might take advantage of the power of IP-based networking.

As director of Intel’s VoIP strategy group, Stanford’s comments to the couple hundred attendees were definitely future-looking, particularly in the area of VoIP and other services over wireless broadband. One huge market about to emerge, Stanford said, is that of dual-mode phone handsets, which will seamlessly roam between cellular, Wi-Fi and WiMAX or other fixed-wireless broadband networks.

“The writing’s on the wall for wireline voice,” Stanford said, predicting that within 3 to 5 years, cellular services will “totally dominate” voice traffic.







Airline Bomb Threat

August 5, 2005

JFK Almost Cleared

August 5, 2005

Something Going On at JFK

August 5, 2005

The Week in Review

August 5, 2005

Here are some stories worth reading from the past week:

Vonage: Pimp That Phone:

Bush to Nominate Kovacic as FTC Commissioner

NetCentrex Buys IMS Company

Vonexus to Host Orlando Seminar on Maximizing ROI with Microsoft-based Voice over IP

VoIP Developer Show 'Packed to the Gills'

VoIP Developer vs. MacWorld?

FCC Deregulates DSL

Live Football Over the Phone, Internet

Services Over IP

Coveting Thy Neighbor's WiFi

USF Gets a Boost

Pannaway: Turning Copper and Fiber into Gold (Part I)

It's All for the Kids!

Loquendo to Unveil Latest Speech Tech

NextNine Supports FTS Billing & CRM

Loquendo Enhances Voice Platform

Customer Service/Support Stats

QAS Updates Address Quality Assurance

Your Technology Annoys Me

More IT Jobs -- But Not Too Fast

SMB Owners “Apprehensive” About VoIP

CobbleSoft Shoots For "Smarter Service"

Mellenia, VoX Announce Agreement

IBM, Avaya Announce Collaboration Collaboration

Jacada Loses A Penny A Share

Turning Your PocketPC Into a Universal Remote

Siebel's Cleveland Reaffirms Commitment to Hosted CRM

Bush to Nominate Kovacic as FTC Commissioner























































Oprah Spam

August 5, 2005

Russell Shaw on VoIP Developer

August 4, 2005

Intelligent Design

August 4, 2005

I went to public school until fifth grade and at that point my parents decided to move me to a private Jewish school where I could learn Hebrew and religious teachings along with my secular education. The education I received was much better than public schools as my classes were smaller and there was a much greater culture of learning in the school. I also became religious at this school

The only thing that didn't sit well with me was dinosaurs. I couldn't figure out how the story of creation left out hundreds of millions of years of dinosaur evolving, eating each other and doing the sorts of things they do.

Epygi Labs

August 4, 2005

Epygi has been working with other companies as a design house. Expect to see a number of products designed by Epygi but rebadged by other companies.

So far they have developed a WiFi telephony phone and have designed a VoIP test platform for a semiconductor company. They are focusing their designs on the VoIP space and the new design company is called Epygi Labs at the moment. The name may change but for now that is the name

I have always been impressed with the features and cost/feature ratio of Epygi's products.



Press at VoIP Developer

August 4, 2005

VoIP Developer Buzz

August 4, 2005

Siebel Doing Much Better

August 4, 2005

Here is an e-mail I received from Siebel’s Bruce Cleveland recently. Look for an interview with him in the August 2005 issues of Customer Interaction Solutions Magazine (subscribe to Customer Interaction Solutions) in my High Priority column. As you will read in the next few weeks in the magazine, I really think Bruce Cleveland is one of the best things that ever happened to Seibel Systems. He has the energy and vision they need at Seibel and is willing to talk to the press in an honest and straightforward fashion that is quite refreshing.

Discounted VoIP Events

August 4, 2005

I had two exhibitors ask me today what it means when trade show organizers focus so heavily on discounting their conferences. Is this a sign of weakness they asked? While I am no expert on the balance sheets of other communications events and I don't think it is appropriate to comment I did have a conversation with a few exhibitors who likened such practices to what some car companies are doing with their employee discount programs.

They wondered if this focus on almost giving away conference passes is the equivalent of selling super-discounted cars that are of poor quality. They further wondered if this is a sign that some trade show companies have overextended themselves and just aren't able to attract attendees to their events.

I try to stay neutral in such discussions but I thought this worth sharing.



VoIP Developer Photos Continued

August 4, 2005

Funny thing. I saw an article today comparing TMC's VoIP Developer Conference to MacWorld. I can't seem to find the link at the moment and Google isn't cooperating. While I am flattered to even have TMC's VoIP Developer event be mentioned in the same sentence as Mac World, these are pretty dissimilar shows.

Avaya Touts Just in Time Communications

August 4, 2005

TMC's VoIP Developer show was abuzz this morning as Scott McKechnie, Avaya's director of application enablement services in the converged systems division spoke about the opportunities available o developers in the VoIP market. He mentioned the systems integrator space holds a lot of promise and this is something I hear a great deal.

He gave an amazing example of an application they built for a railroad hauling nuclear waste across the country. At every stop in every small town the police have to block off the railroad tracks to ensure there is no car accident with the trains carrying waste.

Avaya worked with the railroad company and integrated a system that merged the company's GPS receivers in the trains to a communications system that automatically calls the sheriff in each town ahead of schedule to tell them that they need to protect the railroad crossing. The sheriff's office has to press a button to signify they understand the message.

In case of derailment, the system launches a conference with the appropriate people, notifies emergency services and does whatever else is needed.





VoIP Developer Photos

August 3, 2005

The FCC Will Bother Me

August 3, 2005

If you are a CLEC, the FCC will certainly bother you and that bothering may come sooner than you would like as the Wall Street Journal reports (subscription required) in this excellent article that Chairman Martin, who many people say looks like Harry Potter plans on freeing up the LECs from having to share their networks so they may compete more favorably with the cable companies. The FCC was going to do this eventually. We all knew it was coming. I am just so saddened at the whole incident, I don't know what to do but rant.

Let The VoIP Development Begin!

August 2, 2005

VoIP and SIP

August 2, 2005

Videos of VoIP Developer

August 2, 2005

VoIP Developer Needs Even More Space

August 2, 2005

VoIP Developer Is Packed

August 2, 2005

Vonage 911

August 2, 2005

Here is the latest E911 news courtesy of Vonage and TCS. What is important about this release is that these two companies are working together to educate the PSAPs who in many cases have old equipment and can benefit from an introduction to IP.

I've written before that if the PSAPs become IP enabled there are a wealth of new life-saving services these offices can take advantage of like the ability to have data sent to the office in case of a 911 call. For example it would be feasible to have medical data instantly uploaded over an IP call when 911 is dialed.

In the case of an alarm, a schematic of a house can be sent with the zone that triggered the alarm. This schematic can be downloaded by the police cruiser on the way to the home.

IP is a true enabler for next-gen emergency services.

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VONAGE® AND TCS LAUNCH VOIP E9-1-1 PUBLIC SAFETY OUTREACH CAMPAIGN
 
TCS' Deployment Experience Provides
Vital Connection to Public Safety Communities
 
ANNAPOLIS, MD and EDISON, NJ - August 2, 2005 - Vonage, the leading provider of broadband phone service, has joined forces with TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) (NASDAQ:TSYS), a leading provider of precise location and wireless data technology, to provide the vital introduction to thousands of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) throughout the United States.














Secure VoIP

August 2, 2005

Not all security issues originate from outside the network. A growing number of threats are coming from inside networks. In fact some security analysts have found that there are more successful attacks coming from within than outside your network. Cyber criminals working inside a company can steal the identities of coworkers on a large scale.

Skibare Rants

August 2, 2005

Skibare rants like crazy  (Sunday July 31st Raving on VoIP---Random Thoughts ) page and Andy Abramson seems to agree this is a great post. There is a great deal of truth in the statements made within this post such as:

First, VOIP has not made anyone a dime if they invested in VOIP..........the gateway suppliers, the Network providers, the Optical Cienna's or the Bankrupt Suria Ghouls Network providers trying to KILL EACH other day to day with pricing wars for Bits and Bytes of Data Transport! Sonus, Cienna, Tellabs, ADCT, Carrier Access, Level3, Broadwing, Global Crossing, ATT, the list goes on and on and on and on..........



The definite exceptions here are systems integrators who are selling to enterprises, SMBs and service providers in massive numbers. Think EDS on down.

Google RSS Patent

August 1, 2005

According to a ZDNET story, Google is trying to patent RSS ads. Here is the patent application.

The company's patent request specifically covers the delivery of ads using "an automated ad server." The service "is used to provide keyword- or content-based targeted ads," the application states. "The ads are incorporated directly into a syndicated feed, e.g., with individual ads becoming items within a particular channel of the feed."

The application also covers automated billing, and an "automated targeting and insertion process allows ads to be kept current and timely while the original feed may be considerably older."

This is pretty scary thought as RSS seems to be catching on like wildfire. Will we all have to pay a Google tax to send ads down the RSS pipe?





Valuing Longevity

August 1, 2005

I received a resume recently from a friend of a friend and the person had moved positions a great deal. They worded at four dotcoms in as many years. They weren’t at a single location for more that a year in fact.

This got me thinking of a conversation I had with someone who worked out in silicon valley during the 1999 timeframe who told me that they wouldn’t consider someone who stayed at a job for more than a year at a time. They were too stale he told me.

I was pretty amazed by the comment as I know many companies value longevity and loyalty over “career mobility.”

I wonder if the hiring style of the dotcom boom times has reverted back to appreciating loyalty and longevity.





Off To TMC's VoIP Developer Conference

August 1, 2005

I am really looking forward to TMC's VoIP Developer conference this week. The products on display at the show are going to be integrated into VoIP products in the next year or longer and that is what excites me the most. I like to see what products will change the VoIP market, well in advance. From HMP technology to wireless and SIP, I am sure there will be lots of really great things to cover at the show.

Oh and open-source is going to be huge at the show with both Digium and Pingtel in full force.

Microsoft Virtual Earth

August 1, 2005

If there is one area of technology where Microsoft and Google can be compared objectively it is in mapping. It is unglamorous, doesn't generate much revenue for either company and both companies have relatively new entries into this space. So it is more or less a level playing field. When I discovered the recently released Virtual Earth site from Microsoft I was compelled to compare it to Google Maps immediately.

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