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May 2007

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Google Gears

May 31, 2007

Google’s announcement that they have launched Google Gears is significant as it means the plethora of web-based applications which once were not able to run without internet connectivity can now function without a connection. The technology is available as open-source meaning there will likely be great interest in using it to develop applications.   When you add the words “open-source” to anything it seems to get people interested.   What does this mean? Simply stated, the one major Achilles heals of web-based applications is their inability to function properly when there is no internet connection.

Traveling to New England

May 31, 2007

Palm Foleo

May 31, 2007

I love gadgets and I love what Palm has done for the handheld market. I love the concept of Palm rolling out a new laptop-sized device. But that is where it ends. The new Palm Foleo has a fraction of the functionality of a Windows computer but is priced just under an equivalent laptop.   It syncs nicely with your mobile device but then again so does your laptop.   I haven’t had a chance to use this new product but in my mind I can think of virtually no one who needs it.

SimulScribe

May 30, 2007

The voicemail transcription market otherwise known as voicemail to text is showing no signs of slowing down. I have written about this space a few times (Voicemail Transcription, Vonage Voicemail Transcription, SpinVox) in the past and I think it has tremendous potential for growth.   One of the companies in this space which I have been aware of for months but haven’t had a chance to cover is SimulScribe. I recently interviewed the company’s CEO James Siminoff who is 30 years old and has already launched a successful prepaid calling card business prior to launching SimulScribe.   As it turns out – a while back, he was having a casual conversation with his calling card business partner and the partner’s son and the topic of voicemail came up. The thought was, wouldn’t it be great if you read your voicemail instead of listening to it.   Shortly thereafter the company developed a system to handle this task and used it internally.

Deutsche Telekom Reinvests in VoIP

May 30, 2007

If you were watching the VoIP market in 1999 you would have witnessed the most forward-thinking service provider in the world, Deutsche Telecom who decided to not only roll out VoIP but also invest in the company that brought VoIP to the masses. I am talking about VocalTec of course.   1999 was the second year of Internet Telephony Magazine’s life and this investment brought a tremendous amount of confidence into the world of IP communications at the time.   Most if not all other service providers at the time were saying publicly that VoIP had no place in business or carrier networks. This investment was very refreshing.   In case you aren’t aware, VocalTec stumbled when the bubble burst and was eventually acquired by Tdsoft who kept the VocalTec name.   Now Deutsche Telekom is at it again and they have joined Intel in investing in JaJah a company providing a VoIP to PSTN solution.   The importance of this news is the first service provider responsible for accelerating the VoIP market is now reinvesting in the space. Who knows how far along VoIP would be without Deutsche Telekom helping fund the first startup in the space.

Saitek Obsidian Mouse

May 30, 2007

I recently reviewed a Saitek Obsidian mouse. The unit is wireless and works on the 2.4 GHZ frequency. The range of the mouse is 10 meters but I only tested it at 2 and it worked fine. The mouse comes with two battery backs that are about the size of 4 silver dollars.

Dragons at Your Door

May 30, 2007

How Chinese Cost Innovation is Disrupting Global Competition I just received Dragons at Your Door from the Harvard Business School Press and I was going to put it on the bookshelf but for some reason I started to skim it. The timing was perfect as a well-respected PR director made a comment yesterday about an acquirer for Avaya. They said Huawei might be the best company to pick them up.   I wasn’t so sure when he mentioned this idea but the more I think about it the more it makes sense.   I skimmed the book for a few minutes and it is rife with a examples of our dealings with China and other countries and it discusses the similarities between competition from China and Japan.   I haven’t spent enough time on it to say it is good or bad but the book has whetted my appetite to a point where I will put it on my list of books to read. When free time allows of course.

Speeding Prius

May 30, 2007

Broadcom Defeats Qualcomm

May 29, 2007

Enjoying traffic

May 29, 2007

In NY Today

May 29, 2007

Enough Whales Already

May 28, 2007

Let me start this post by saying there is probably few people who love animals as much as me. But I am more a couch potato animal lover. I don’t have a house filled with cats and dogs but rather I can sit for hours watching documentaries about life in Africa, Australia or anywhere there are animals.   Having said that can someone explain to me how two whales have received more press than the war in Afghanistan? In the last week every excruciating detail of a pair of whales who took a wrong turn in California has been analyzed and discussed in excess.   I am sure if I did a search there is a website somewhere dedicated to the bowel movements of these two mammoth creatures.

Evolution

May 26, 2007

We have enough important things to discuss in the world and certainly trying to disprove evolution shouldn’t be one of them. According to this article three of ten republican presidential candidates don’t believe in evolution and it is obvious our president doesn’t either.   This has to be some kind of joke. It is apparent these people know nothing of science or have been sheltered to the point where they have never stepped into a museum.   To make matters worse, a new museum just opened in Kentucky which will show dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark and will explain the Grand Canyon was not created through millions of years of erosion but rather 6,000.   Topping it off, the museum cost 27 million brainwashing dollars to construct.   At the least the name of the building is “Creation Museum” which should ward off those people who are really looking for a museum based on science.   Then again, I may want to take a flight down to the Creation Museum myself to see just how big Noah’s Ark was. I don’t even think we have any ships big enough today to hold every species of dinosaur.   The whole issue of creation versus evolution is scary because it shows the ultra-religious (regardless of religion) have decided that logic can be disregarded at will.

Post for Technorati

May 26, 2007

Thank You Google

May 26, 2007

It has been months since Google somehow started to omit TMCnet blogs from their BlogSearch service. Since the service is so popular we wanted to find out we were delisted and se if there was a technical problem.   After months of writing to Google to ask what the problem was, Tom Keating wrote a blog entry titled Google Blog Search Sucks where he mentioned he loves Google but the BlogSearch service leaves much to be desired. His concerns centered around MFA (made for Adsense) sites being listed and other non-blog sites such as EE Times and even a Wiki.   Thankfully the blog entry caught the attention of Google and an engineer responded a few days later to tell us there was a bug in their system and they have fixed the bug and TMCnet blogs are now listed.   Interestingly, my blog hasn’t been showing up on Technorati for about a year and we don’t know the reason. We have sent many e-mails to Technorati and there seems to be no way to solve the problem.   Similarly we have been trying to get TMCnet news added to Yahoo! News and normal channels haven’t worked.   A very important point Tom makes is that the dotcoms have horrendous customer service.

Razr Thin Laptop

May 25, 2007

Intel has built a laptop just one quarter of an inch thicker than a Motorola Razr. In addition it is loaded with high-end features, state of the art wireless connectivity and other bells, whistles and microphone arrays. The laptop looks like jewelry according to some and is intended to get the market more jazzed about laptops and technology in general.   The question I have always had is why Apple designs look so good and why every PC maker can’t design worth a damn. Sony does it best but still, no one is as good at Apple.   Can’t someone even copy them??   In the car market, virtually the entire country of Japan copied Germans for a decade to gain share.

Surprise Baby Shower

May 25, 2007

Touting Corporate Location

May 25, 2007

I came across this study which shows students don’t care what country a cellphone comes from and I think in an increasingly global world this trend will continue. In the US, players like Nortel (yes they are officially Canadian but may as well be American), Cisco and Avaya have no problem taking the majority of communications spending.   I wonder how much of this spend in the US is due to corporate decision-makers identifying these companies as domestic.   Just as this is the case in the US, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Siemens enjoy similarly dominant positions in their home communications markets.   As these students who have less national loyalty enter the job market one can imagine the competitive pressures will only increase causing manufacturers to have a more difficult time competing in their home markets.   Thankfully this is a global trend and domestic companies should be able to make up for any lost share at home with increased share abroad.   One final thought. Would tech companies be better off branding themselves as American when they sell here? I think so.   Toyota who is not an American company has billboards in the San Francisco Airport touting how many people they employ in the US.

On the Tarmac

May 24, 2007

We Have Lift-Off

May 24, 2007

So Far So Good

May 24, 2007

AA 366 Takes Off Again

May 24, 2007

Engine Went Out

May 24, 2007

I am on AA flight 366 and as we took off I heard a huge bang. The engine right by my seat went out and we experienced some turbulence before we landed back where we started from in Chicago.

The plane seemed very unstable in the very windy Chicago sky.

I can speak for most of the cabin when I say we were all very nervous and sweating until the captain made a super smooth landing with the single remaining engine.

Early Morning in Vegas

May 23, 2007

Luxor

May 22, 2007

CommPartners Update

May 22, 2007

It has been a few years since I wrote about CommPartners and I am surprised at how much their business has transformed. The company is one of the few CLECs who seem to have figured out a business model that works.   CommPartners is a CLEC focusing on business customers and the company also sells access to their network on a wholesale basis. They have some impressive customers and as is all too frequently the case I can't share the list with you due to confidentiality agreements. Suffice it to say it is a group of carrier’s carriers and consumer VoIP providers you may even be using at home.   In a conversation recently with David Clark the CEO and Co-Founder of the company and Mark Peterson the VP of Sales & Marketing I got a chance to get up to speed on what the company is up to lately.   A few years back as the company built out their network they realized the future was in providing applications but they knew the market was not quite there yet.

Hotel Broadband Problems

May 22, 2007

Sure, Jeff Pulver and Andy Abramson are right on when they talk about the sad state of hotel broadband. In a perfect world, we should all work together and start a community site where we can post our broadband access experiences so others would know ahead of time what to expect. Moreover, I wonder if many people are like me and will take broadband speed into account before booking a hotel room.   But for now I can’t be concerned with such problems as I am staying in Vegas for Interop and to be honest, hotel broadband is not my top priority.   What is? The dozen drunk kids playing tackle football in the hall all last night.

Another Day

May 21, 2007

Security Line

May 21, 2007

Flying to Vegas

May 21, 2007

Hydrogen Power

May 21, 2007

IP Phone Security Threats

May 20, 2007

Mesh Networks

May 19, 2007

Greg's Trip Home

May 18, 2007

Headed Back

May 18, 2007

Another Successful Show Over

May 17, 2007

Digium Keynote at CommDev

May 17, 2007

Parvesh Sethi Keynote

May 17, 2007

Cisco Keynote: Communications DevCon

May 17, 2007

Latest CommDev News

May 17, 2007

Here is some of the latest news from TMC’s Communications Developer Conference which so far has been a tremendous success from the standpoint of attendance quality and quantity. In addition the conferees have been extremely happy with all the sessions. As always one or two speakers was flagged as being too commercial and we will not allow such speakers to present at future TMC events.   A few speakers who have been complemented over and over are Alan Percy and Sharone Ben Levi of Audiocodes, Lawrence Byrd from Avaya (one person even complemented his great slides), Aculab’s Ian Colville (multiple Led Zeppelin references helped already good content) and Kerry Garrison from Fonality who gave a totally noncommercial presentation and presented the audience with opportunities to make money in open-source.  

Latest CommDev Photos

May 17, 2007

Communications Developer Conference Video

May 16, 2007

Mihaylo Bids for Inter-Tel

May 16, 2007

There is a higher bid for Inter-Tel than what Mitel initially offered to pay. The bid is being led by Steve Mihaylo who is a major shareholder of Inter-Tel and the former founder. Rumor has it Steve who has been a keynote speaker at a prior Internet Telephony Conference & Expo has board members who can help direct the sale of the company back into his control.

Mihaylo had a former offer for the company rejected as you may recall.

Communications DevCon

May 16, 2007

Communications Developer Photos

May 16, 2007

Big Trixbox Customers

May 16, 2007

Trixbox Keynote

May 16, 2007

Nortel: Communications Developer

May 16, 2007

Skype Keynote: Paul Amery

May 16, 2007

Skype Game Developer Program

May 16, 2007

Paul Amery the head of Skype's Development Program is speaking today at TMC's Communications Developer Conference and is focusing on the five trends in communications development. Paul broke news at the show with the launch of a new program for game developers.

The new Skype Games Channel Program is a way to help game developers publish and promote their games to Skype's growing user base.

Paul cited Marc Robin's column in Internet Telephony Magazine where Marc complains the hype about unified messaging has been way ahead of adoption for years.

Aculab Keynote at Communications Developer

May 16, 2007

Brough Turner Spied at Communications DevCon

May 15, 2007

Lawrence Byrd Keynotes TMC's Communications Developer Show

May 15, 2007

AudioCodes Keynote

May 15, 2007

P2P VoIP in the Enterprise

May 15, 2007

Pactolus Open Source Workshop

May 15, 2007

GIPS News

May 15, 2007

Global IP Solutions, the company formerly known as Global IP Sound is well known as the company providing VoiceEngine technology. Their products enable communications for millions of users each day as their technology is found in Skype, WebEx and others.   Today at the Communications Developer Conference the company announced a new version of one of their their VoIP embedded media processing solutions. The new product is called VoiceEngine Multimedia Lite and according to Matt Benkoil, the GIPs development community director, it combines the power and performance of GIPS VoiceEngine with high quality video conferencing support.   I am actually working pretty early for California and this news comes to me in the form of a press release so I am not able to ask the company any questions. If I could I would ask what makes the software “lite.” I would imagine the software perhaps has less functionality and takes less processing power than the regular version of the product.   If/when I find out more I will update this post.

Aculab Supports PCI Express

May 15, 2007

Some developer news of note is Aculab’s move to have the Prosody X DSP resource board support the PCI Express bus. This is not unexpected of course as this new bus is becoming more popular. Announced here in Santa Clara at TMC’s Communications Developer Conference there is also a promotional package being introduced which the company tells me consists of the following:   Product – Two Prosody X PCIe media processing cards, each supporting 300 voice channels and 2 E1/T1 trunks, with CSS/CAS/SS7 protocols.
Training – One delegate placement on a one day training course ‘Implementing VoIP applications with Prosody X’.  Courses will be onsite in Aculab’s offices in Milton Keynes, UK and Needham, USA.
Technical consultancy – Benefit from an Aculab consultant spending a day onsite in your office – sharing expertise on structuring solution architectures based on Prosody X and helping with the actual application development and testing.
Technical support – Free and unlimited access to Aculab’s technical support.

Functionality – Access to Aculab’s complete portfolio of media processing and signaling software, including SIP, H.323 and SS7, with an unrestricted number of channels.
Software updates – Free future software updates, including the planned roadmap functionality for IP and 3G mobile video support, wideband voice codecs, etc.   So the news here is a bit about the new bus support but perhaps most importantly the development package meant to sweeten the pot.





Pactolus and Cisco Workshops

May 14, 2007

Taqua

May 14, 2007

I spent some time with the Taqua and Genband folks a few weeks ago before I could tell anyone Taqua was being spun out as a separate entity.   Now the embargo is lifted and the company will be going full speed ahead.   Founded in 1998, Taqua developed the industry's first fully integrated next-generation Class 5 switch - the Taqua 7000 Switching System. The T7000 can be used in Enhanced VoIP, Intelligent Gateway, Class 4/5 Transition, Triple Play and/or Cable Telephony applications.   Taqua was sold to Tekelec years ago and more recently was sold to Genband who just today spun Taqua back out as a separate company. The management of Taqua have a clear vision and based on the conversation I had with them they feel they will be immediately taking share away from their competition.   Taqua has some of the best and brightest and it will be most interesting to see if they take as much share as they predict.   Stay tuned.

Avaya Developer Day at Communications Developer

May 14, 2007

Wal-Mart Carries Skype

May 14, 2007

Have you seen the latest Dairy Queen commercial where a woman dressed as scoops of ice cream knocks on the door of a man who is dressed as a waffle cone? She asks for chocolate syrup. The commercial says “some things were made for one another.”   Perhaps I was hungry when I learned Wal-Mart will be carrying Skype products and accessories but this commercial immediately came to mind.   Why you ask? Well Wal-Mart clientele are exactly the type of audience that I would imagine would be interested in Skype.

Here at Commuications Developer

May 14, 2007

Speech Rec Reduces Danger

May 12, 2007

There is an artilce in today's NY Times titled Hands on the Wheel, Not on the Blackberry Keys, which focuses on the fines different states will impose on users who text while driving.

I know of coworkers and others who increasing text message in traffic.

The question worth asking is when speech recognition will make it easy to text using voice. The technology to make this happen exists today and I have seen it demonstrated from companies like Cisco and others.

Communications Developer Show Daily

May 11, 2007

Here is the first show daily from the Communications Developer Conference taking place next week. Many have told me they are thrilled TMC is sponsoring such an event as there needs to be a single place the communications industry can come to get development information and network with fellow developers.   The show daily has many of the links you will need to understand what is important and when it is taking place.   In addition there is an explanation of the various workshops taking place from the following companies:     I am looking forward to the industry coming together next week and working on developing for the next big communications opportunities.

Asterisk Fuels Speech Technologies

May 11, 2007

If open-source telephony is going mainstream as I recently wrote about, then the subsets of open-source telephony are also booming. For example, speech recognition in the open-source world is becoming more and more important. Case in point, a company called LumenVox has been working closely with Digium to provide speech recognition to Asterisk users.   Using a speech API (in the world of Asterisk it is called an AGI or Asterisk Gateway Implementation) Asterisk users can now have access to LumenVox speech technology. In addition, Asterisk developers can use the familiar Asterisk Dial Plan environment for programming.

Apple Heart Attack

May 11, 2007

The fierce competition to replace the iPod with a better product has failed so far. Many companies from Microsoft to SanDisk have tried to take on the slim white music player and with all the competition, iPods keep on selling at record-setting numbers. Who would have thought the one electronic gadget able to slow the pace of iPod sales would in fact be the “pacemaker.”   A new study shows caution should be used when iPods are used around people with pacemakers.   More specifically, the study, led by Jay Thaker, a US high school student, whose father is an electrophysiologist and mother is a rheumatologist, concluded that iPod interaction with pacemakers can lead to a misdiagnosis in heart function.   In reality it is unlikely this news will slow down iPod sales by much but it seems even the elderly are huge fans of music on the go. Perhaps Apple’s big product launch after the iPhone will be an iPod with a pacemaker built in.

Vonage Has Better Quarter

May 10, 2007

While the NJ based VoIP company had a better quarter than a year ago, they are still working on the “workaround” which will keep them from infringing on the Verizon patents.   "We believe we have workable designs for the two name translation patents and intend to begin deploying the solution to our customers shortly. In addition, we are continuing our development of the workaround for the wireless patent,” Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron stated.   If the company is able to really come up with such workarounds can they resell them to others? Could the workarounds be patented already by another company who is out for blood? I tell you… This IP communications market is a thrill a minute.

Second Life Child Porn

May 10, 2007

Recently I wrote about Second Life and how others mentioned it was a platform for people to have the sex they wished they could have in their first life. I didn’t make up this quote. If you are interested in its origins check out my article.   Anyway, it seems the virtual environment is now tied to child porn according to the BBC.   BTW, this doesn’t mean the platform doesn’t have serious and legitimate uses, it just means like any new technology, people will use it to do questionable and potentially illegal activities. In fact, porn was a driver for much of the innovation in telecom in the nineties and this innovation eventually led us to have IP communications.

Office Headsets

May 9, 2007

I have written a few times in the past about TMC’s channel program and the fact we have built over 100 business to businesses (b2b) communities in the communications and technology space.   The communities are news-based and are designed in conjunction with the sponsors of each site.   We have found over time these communities get bookmarked and do better and better.   Our most recent addition to the channel familynumber 110 in fact -- is Office Headsets which is sponsored by GN Netcom.   Even though the channel is new there is some news and articles of interest already:  

Skype for Salesforce

May 9, 2007

One of the stories which caught my eyes recently was Skype and Salesforce.com coming together to launch Skype for Salesforce. In the article there is a discussion of more and more call centers looking for ways to integrate Skype into their centers allowing any Skype user to seamlessly call in.   This story shows the growing need for companies to evaluate Skype compatibility in the products and services they purchase. There are certain segments of the market where this makes more sense than others.   In other words if your call center has wealthy American customers, Skype support may not be so important. If you have young international customers however, Skype support makes sense.   Is a Skype a must in your call center?

Passport Now Needed

May 8, 2007

Just a friendly reminder that you now need a passport when traveling to a number of locations which previously did not need such documentation.   The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative passed by the US Congress two years ago calls for all American citizens leaving the country to possess a passport when re-entering the US from places such as Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.   The original deadline for implementation of this requirement among travelers entering the US by land or sea was extended from January 2008 until June 2009 as a result of a major campaign by the travel industry.   The new requirements have led to a surge in passport applications. The average time required to process and fulfill a passport application has risen from an estimated 4-to-6 weeks last year to 10 weeks.   For more details check out this article (registration required).

Communications Darwinism

May 8, 2007

In the world of natural selection, animals capable of evolving with a changing environment survive while those who do not, perish. As you enter an ice age for example animals with increasingly wooly coats are at an advantage. As you enter a warming period, a wooly coat could be a disadvantage.   With this in mind I had a great talk today with Sharone Ben-Levi Vice President Marketing, AudioCodes, Inc. Sharone spoke with me at length about the future of communications from their vantage point. With over six years at the company Ben-Levi is a great person to speak about where his company sees communications heading.

Greg Galitzine is an Omnivore

May 8, 2007

Open-Source Telephony Goes Mainstream

May 8, 2007

In the last few years the communications industry has been taken by storm through the invention of an open-source communications platform named Asterisk invented by Digium (www.digium.com) founder Mark Spencer. An article written for the January 2004 issue of Internet Telephony magazine by yours truly was titled, “Open Source Telephony. . .

Cable Gets VoIP

May 8, 2007

Cable companies are feasting on VoIP success by the millions of customers. What an amazing job they are doing taking customers from phone companies. So far however, cable VoIP growth in the SMB space has been slow. Large phone companies for their part seem to be copying as opposed to innovating.

Hillary Clinton Champion of Net Neutrality?

May 8, 2007

VoIP Stories May 7, 2007

May 7, 2007

Here are some interesting stories worth reading. Incidentally, I now have a Plantronics CS70N installed at my desk. It is about the same size and weight as the popular Plantronics Voyager 510 with the difference being slightly more weight and thickness as well as a long voice tube which reaches your mouth.   I have been able to walk a few hundred feet (with massive amounts of RF emitting equipment in-between) from my base station before sound quality degrades.   Enjoy:  

Voxbone Developer Contest

May 7, 2007

I was just on the phone with Voxbone CEO Rodrigue Ullens and he was telling me about a really interesting contest his company will be running for the most innovative application based on his company’s API. Voxbone calls themselves the inbound VoIP provider and the company sells DIDs to other carriers.   Voxbone’s customers can implement white label VoIP powered by Voxbone. The first prize in the contest is a cool $10,000 and the application has to be innovative and original. The contest will be formerly announced next week at the Communications Developer Conference and you have until July 31st, 2007 to submit your application.

RIM Does Unified Communications

May 7, 2007

Research in Motion has taken the full unified communications plunge via its Blackberry Mobile Voice System (MVS) solution. The goal of this product is to allow a Blackberry smartphone to become a seamless telephony extension.   Millions of users already rely on Blackberrys to provide them seamless e-mail and now the company is pushing hard into the world of voice. MVS provides enhancements to device software, the Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) and Ascendent Voice Mobility Suite from Ascendent Systems which is a subsidiary of RIM.   I had a chance to catch up with Ascendent Systems Senior Marketing Manager Heather Howland a few weeks back in Boston to discuss this announcement. In addition we spoke today where she rounded out the details.

Vulcan Flipstart, Verizon and YouTube

May 7, 2007

This is a busy news week with announcements and commentary from virtually all areas of communications and technology. Starting small, Gary Krakow has a review of the Vulcan Flipstart which is a company founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Gary seems to like the device and one feature in particular he draws attention to is the small computer’s ability to be rebooted with a single button. There is a bit of irony in that the Microsoft co-founder “innovated” by allowing a Microsoft computer to be rebooted more quickly.

Wireless 2.0

May 4, 2007

Google, Yahoo, Skype/eBay and others are very interested in ensuring they have direct access to consumers through licensed spectrum. In fact, on March 6, 2007, Google became part of a consortium called the Coalition for 4G in America. It includes Skype, Yahoo, DirecTV, EchoStar, Intel, and wireless services provider Access Spectrum.   One wonders if this isn’t the clearest sign of all these companies are sure net neutrality will not ever be enforced. Then again it could just be a way to hedge their bets.   Chairman Kevin Martin and the FCC should be praised for taking action on the suggestions of the dotcoms and publicly pledging support for increased broadband wireless competition.   See the full story written by BusinessWeek.

Some Sky Shots

May 4, 2007

Open-Source Call Center

May 4, 2007

Headed Back From Dallas

May 4, 2007

Where is Rich?

May 3, 2007

Today, Rich is in Dallas, Texas. Last night he was supposed to go to a Yankee game but due to weather and traffic he was stuck for many hours on the highway. 100 MPH gusts blew over a tractor trailer. Rich was supposed to meet people at the stadium and the people he was supposed to meet got to the stadium on time.   While Rich was stuck in traffic the people he was supposed to meet were gathered together and taken below the stadium as there was a tornado watch.   Rich ended up eating at a restaurant called Pappadeaux and was amazed at just how good the food was.

No Wake Up Call

May 2, 2007

So this morning was fun as I had a 7:00 AM flight and had asked for wake up calls at 3:30 and 3:45 AM. Neither came and a coworker called me a while later wondering where I was. When I finally woke up it was 5:40. Somehow?

1957 Retro Chevy Phone

May 1, 2007

Video Game Marketing

May 1, 2007

I gave a keynote presentation yesterday on the next generation of marketing and it was one of my favorite speeches to date as it was something new and different to discuss. I got to speak about all the latest technology options for companies and how they tie into marketing and allow companies to connect with consumers in new ways.   I had a few examples in my presentation and in a few weeks I will be able to post a video of the presentation so you can see it for yourself. A few things I discussed were how companies could use twitter, social networks, web 2.0 and other ideas in their marketing campaigns.   Moreover I discussed how Burger king is using video games in their marketing and how KFC is using mosquito ringtones in their TV ads to appeal to the younger demographic.   I was reminded of the presentation when I learned today the Army is also using video games as a way to market to prospective recruits. The Army is not alone….
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