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June 2009

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Heading to Rhode Island

June 29, 2009

All Hail the (Malicious) Human Brain

June 26, 2009

I am forever amazed at the creativity of human beings. Look at all the companies we have produced. The trillions of dollars of wealth we have created. It is amazing that our combined genius has dramatically raised the standard of living worldwide over the last 100 years.

Michael Jackson Dies, New York Mourns

June 25, 2009

One Final CBX 2009 Shot

June 25, 2009

CBX 2009 Reception

June 25, 2009

CBX 2009 Live Streaming

June 25, 2009

CBX 2009 Keynote

June 25, 2009

CBX 2009 Kicks Off

June 25, 2009

New Tools: Pixelpipe.com, Etherpad.com, Tr.im and namechk.com

June 25, 2009

I came across a post from David Strom today which sums up some of his favorite web tools to increase his productivity. They are Pixelpipe.com, Etherpad.com, Tr.im and namechk.com. I would have to say for me either Etherpad - a site which allows simple document sharing and Tr.im -- an enhanced document shortening service are most useful. I haven't had a chance to try any of these services yet but look forward to giving them a whirl.

I hope you find some or all of these tools useful.

Hungry for Better WiFi

June 24, 2009

 



Broadband connectivity - it has become like air to me. I suffocate when I don't have it and the faster the broadband access I have, the better I feel. So when I enter a restaurant and the WiFi is on but locked I just go crazy. I have become so accustomed to having fast broadband access everywhere, I just can't understand when a restaurant doesn't provide it.

Chris Barton of WCS: Telecom Channels Must Evolve

June 24, 2009

In a time when many CLECs have been wiped out, how has one competitive local exchange carrier survived and found a way to grow in one of the toughest business environments of our lifetimes? To find out more I interviewed Chris Barton, CEO & President - Wholesale Carrier Services (WCS) in order to learn what his company is doing. More importantly, Barton gives tremendous insight on where he thinks the economy is headed and how channel partners, VARs and agents need to adapt to survive in what is a turbulent market for resellers everywhere.  

The advent of the internet, SIP trunking, intense competition and the economic downturn has contributed to changing the channel partner market forever and if you are doing the same things you always did as a channel partner you may get wiped off the earth in the next few years.

Check out the Video Quality of Your iPhone 3G S

June 23, 2009

I just got my iPhone 3G S up and running and am blown away because as a power user - even using the new OS 3.0 on an iPhone 3G I had to wait 5 or more seconds for an email address to resolve. Multiply this by 100 times a day and you can imagine the frustration. I also was not satisfied with the browsing speed of the 3G with the 3.0 upgrade. The new S model is blazing fast compared to its predecessor.

CBX 2009

June 23, 2009

On Thursday of this week I will be at one of my favorite events - the CBX conference in New York where I will be interviewing some of the best and brightest in the data communications space. The event is hosted by Telx, a leader in the carrier hotel, data center and colocation spaces (Telx is also sponsor of the popular collocation community on TMCnet). Many of the companies in attendance at this invitation-only event are Telx customers looking to do business with one another. A bunch of well-known tech companies will be there as well such as China Telecom, NTT Communications, Force 10, Adva, Ciena, Cisco and more.

Final South of France Pics

June 22, 2009

Can we Learn from the Nortel Fire Sale?

June 22, 2009

Better M&A, management and marketing skills always win the war

As Ron Gruia pointed out this morning, the Nortel fire sale continues and a once-great company with a market cap of $250 billion is effectively being sold off at bargain-basement prices. In fact NSN picked up the ailing Canadian company's CDMA and LTE business for about one times revenue or $650 million. At this rate the entire company will be sold off for a total of $2 billion.

iPhone 3G S: Its the Apps Stupid

June 19, 2009

There is so much fanfare about the Apple iPhone 3G S so I went to the Orange store here in Nice, France to check the lines. It was slow and steady with people coming in and asking about the phone during the 30 minutes or so I surveyed the store. The phone itself is certainly faster than the standard 3G model with an upgraded graphics chip, processor and as a bonus, the procesore runs about 50% faster than the old one and there is more system RAM.

Having used the new iPhone OS 3.0 for about a week I can tell you it is much better than the old version allowing email push as well as landscape typing in email. I have noticed that the browser does not seem as fast as the previous OS and it takes longer to resolve email addresses when sending messages.

Other issues that need resolving include multitasking -- you still can't listen to music from the new Sirius XM app and respond to email for example.



Another Nice, France Shot

June 19, 2009

Shot of Nice, France

June 19, 2009

Shot of Monte Carlo

June 18, 2009

Microsoft Stops RIM/iPhone Reimbursements

June 18, 2009

I just learned that Microsoft will stop reimbursing employees for use of non-Windows Mobile devices. I had heard at a dinner with Microsoft employees at ITEXPO last winter in Miami that use of an iPhone at the company is an RGE or resume generating event. So I was surprised that there are iPhone and Blackberry users at the company.

What I find most interesting about the news is the fact that Microsoft has had such a head start in the mobile OS game...

Sirius XM for iPhone Review

June 18, 2009

The much-anticipated Sirius XM Premium application for the iPhone is here and I had a chance to put it through its paces. The application is well designed, conforming to traditional design standards of an iPhone application. When you launch the program you are greeted with a variety of genres (called categories) from pop to showcase and upon choosing one you are greeted with a list of stations.
 


If you click on a station, it begins to play. If you click on the small arrow on the right portion of the station you are greeted with more information on the station and the name of the current song as well as the artist.

Twitter and Iranian Democracy

June 18, 2009

I have always been proud to be an American for a number of reasons including the fact that our great country has almost always pushed for human rights and democracy around the world. Like any country, we are not perfect but at the end of the day there is a reason some of the best and brightest flock to the United States to live.

I am prouder still that technology which was primarily developed in the US, the internet, social networking and more recently twitter have allowed people around the world to communicate more effectively.

Most recently twitter has been responsible for communications in Iran at a time when the government there has been trying to clamp down on communications.

Email Volume as Bankruptcy Indicator

June 14, 2009

I have been noticing that in the past few years a number of companies have gone out with a bang meaning just before they close their doors they bombard their lists with email. Normally increasing electronic mail frequency is a smart and low-cost way to ensure you ramp up your marketing messaging. So what's the problem? Spam lists... As a company ramps up it's unsolicited email volume the recipients add the sender to their spam list. At a certain point you end up on global spam lists and it is then game over for your company. If you keep a watchful eye on your inbox and spam filter you may just be able to spot the next company in Chapter 11.

iPhone OS 3.0 Review: Batteries Not Included

June 11, 2009

I have to admit I was impatient and when I learned I could follow some easy steps to upgrade to the shipping version of the iPhone 3.0 software before the June 17 general availability date -- I just had to try it. Of course it helped to have fellow TMC blogger Tom Keating there to step me through the process. You see Tom wrote a piece yesterday detailing exactly what you need to do to get ahead of the pack and be the first in your neighborhood to type emails on your iPhone in landscape mode.

The instructions are here but I should warn you that although the process is dead easy it can take many hours to go through the upgrade.

Iridium 9555 Review

June 10, 2009

Having never had a chance to write a review about a satellite phone I was pretty motivated to respond yes to the good people at Iridium when they asked if I wanted to run their newest device the 9555 phone through its paces. In order to do a thorough review I took it with me on my travels and made calls in various places where there was typically no cell coverage.

The device itself won't get mistaken for an iPhone - it is many times thicker and has a smaller black and white screen. But what it does do better than any gadget you might read about on popular gadget sites is work everywhere - except indoors.

TMC is Hiring Salespeople and a Designer

June 10, 2009

Former AT&T Chief Ed Whitacre Jr. to Head GM

June 9, 2009

As a certified car buff and head of a media company covering the world of communications and technology it just doesn't get any better than this. An opportunity to discuss one of my passions and get paid for it... Who could ask for more?

Ed Whitacre Jr. is a masterful businessman and did a fantastic job working to get federal regulators to repeal telecom deregulation while at the same time reassembling an AT&T monopoly which to be fair now competes with Verizon and a slew of cable companies.

He laid the foundation for IPTV delivery and assembled a major force in the cellular industry via AT&T Wireless.

His masterful ability to manage a company which grew through acquisition is unparalleled.



Tehrani's Thoughts on iPhone 3G S Vs. Palm Pre

June 9, 2009

We are in a time of unprecedented financial turmoil and it is apparent to me that productivity needs to increase to help us stabilize the job losses and hopefully get our economy back into growth mode. It is devices like the Pre which will in fact help corporations boost productivity tremendously. Improved communications flow is the lubrication economies need to operate at peak efficiency.

Palm Pre



It's been an event-filled couple of weeks with the rollout of the Palm Pre and new iPhone 3G S and the new 3.0 iPhone OS/software version.

Photo Hijacking

June 6, 2009

Early Thoughts from Sprint Palm Pre Launch

June 5, 2009

 


In one of the more memorable product launches of recent times Sprint CEO Dan Hesse took the stage to speak to a packed room about the launch of the new Palm Pre and how he expects it to help Sprint grow its sales. Hesse appeared after a brief introduction from Paget Alves President Business Markets Group and once onstage he proceeded to tell the audience he has used the Pre for six weeks after using Blackberrys and Windows Mobile devices in the past. He said it is a far superior device and is great with music, multitasking, has a great touch screen and an innovate way to charge without requiring a cord called Touchstone.

It was apparent there were many comparisons being made the iPhone which wasn't specifically mentioned as some of the benefits Hesse touted of the Pre are missing only from that smartphone.

Sprint Pre Launch Pre-Open Shot

June 5, 2009

Preparing for the Pre Launch Event

June 5, 2009

Some weeks back I received an invitation to an event in New York City from Sprint that started like this:

Good Morning Rich,

This summer, the blockbusters are not just opening at the multiplex. From this week's headlines, you've inevitably heard some "big talk" about the Palm Pre from Sprint, the device's exclusive carrier, before its June 6th debut. I'd like to offer you an opportunity for an intimate look at the Palm Pre and hear from Sprint directly.

I Miss Blogging

June 4, 2009

In Huntsville Visiting Digium, Avocent and Adtran

June 3, 2009

Bing, Will You Bother?

June 2, 2009

While I am impressed with Microsoft's Bing search engine it lags Google in Blog and news searches, and is not as accurate as evidenced by it returning screen-scraped versions of original content instead of filtering these results like Google does. Still, the search engine is good and if Google ranks a 9/10 then Bing is 7.5 or so based on my searches to date.

It is worth mentioning that Bing is doing a good job spidering the web but still doesn't seem to do this as quickly as Google in many cases. On a positive note, yesterday I wrote a blog entry with the term "packet triplication" in it.

Sipgate One Launches

June 2, 2009

Just when you thought VoIP and IP fax service could not get cheaper, along comes sipgate, a company offering a similar service to Skype/Vonage but with lower international rates than Skype and lots of free features like a free phone number, free toll-free calling, free inbound calling and free inbound faxes. sipgate one is the name of the service and company CEO Thilo Salmon tells Tom Keating in a scoop mini-review of the service that most users will spend less than $5/month.

To be fair, MagicJack starts at $29.95/year and doesn't offer some of the features of sipgate one. Tom seems impressed with the product and this new offering just shows you that prices on IP communications services can get cheaper indeed.

AppRiver Keeping 5 Million Email Boxes Spam Free

June 1, 2009

Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying the only two sure things in life are death and taxes and I would hazard a guess that if you manage corporate email you could modify this phrase slightly to read the only two sure things in life are spam and outages. Just as corporations hire armies of tax experts to help them prepare returns and armies of doctors are hired to keep us healthy, corporate email decision-makers should consider calling email experts to help them deal with email, one of the more important tools in a corporate technology arsenal.

At Interop a few weeks back I sat down with Michael Hamstra, Director of marketing for AppRiver and we got into a discussion about his company which has been providing SaaS solutions since 2002 - initially helping companies with their spam and virus protection. In 2007 the company launched a hosted Microsoft Exchange offering and now has just shy of 70,000 hosted exchange boxes, 35,000 customers and filters more than five million mailboxes.

Lost Smartphone? Take These Precautions First

June 1, 2009

I spent much of Sunday in Manhattan with the family and while there stopped by one of our favorite restaurants for lunch. A bit later in the day my wife realized her iPhone had gone missing. The last place she knew she had it was the restaurant so we placed a call only to learn it wasn't there. We then walked back to the restaurant and conducted an exhaustive search with the help of the manager and still nothing.

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