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February 2010

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When will Environmentalists Learn to Leave Apple Alone?

February 26, 2010

With the advent of climategate and scientists who have changed their mind on global warming, it is surprising that environmentalists are still harassing companies about their carbon emissions. While it is reasonable to pressure computer companies to not use carcinogenic materials in their products, the excess pressure in the realm of carbon seems outrageous. It seems global warming is not settled science as many have said.

If it was settled it is certainly unsettled today.

Articles to Blogs To Tweets

February 26, 2010

Cablevision Shows CTI stands for Computer-TV Integration

February 24, 2010

How big an industry will computer-television integration industry become and will it dwarf the multibillion dollar computer-telephony integration market which was responsive for originating the CTI acronym?



How will carriers and cable companies navigate the new world of computer-television integration and can it be profitable for them?


Video revenue which carriers and cablecos rely on will continue to decline over time and YouTube and Hulu are just a few services which are responsible for this migration from television to the computer video watching. Still, as carriers cope with this transformation, for consumers, there is still no easy way to transfer content from YouTube to that shiny new flat screen TV in the living room. There are devices like ZeeVee which connect to your computer and broadcast the output to a cable channel - accessible to all the TVs in your house but none of computer/TV integration products has become mainstream - not even Apple TV.

The ZeeVee idea has been emulated by Cablevision, the cable company serving parts of the northeast and will be turned into a service soon....


Let Companies, not Government Create Jobs

February 23, 2010

Maybe it's because I am a techie or perhaps because I have seen how the post office, tax code and department of motor vehicles works - but I am fairly certain that an investment by Intel - in this case $2 billion for new US companies will generate 100x more lasting jobs per dollar than the US government via stimulus and/or jobs bills. It is worth pointing out that there are other firms investing as well bringing the total investment amount to $3.5B.

The reason VC firms are investing now is they feel more secure about the future and sense the opportunity to make money. This is what drives capitalism -- the opportunity to make money.

History has shown the US economy is vibrant and ever-evolving.

Chinese Schools Say They Didn't Hack Google

February 23, 2010

What? Us? Do we look like hackers to you?


Where is James Bond when you need him? The ongoing saga between China and a number of companies who have been hacked from the country takes yet another twist.

Yahoo Fancouver, Coming to a Mall Near You?

February 22, 2010

Olga Polyuk Qualifying jump Ukraine

February 20, 2010

Asoli Slivets Ukraine, qualifying Olympic jump

February 20, 2010

Zhibek Arapbayeva qualifying Olympic jump

February 20, 2010

Elizabeth Gardner qualifying Olympic jump

February 20, 2010

Olga Polyuk Qualifying jump Ukraine

February 20, 2010

Asoli Slivets Ukraine, qualifying Olympic jump

February 20, 2010

Elizabeth Gardner qualifying Olympic jump

February 20, 2010

Olga Polyuk Qualifying jump Ukraine

February 20, 2010

Elizabeth Gardner qualifying Olympic jump

February 20, 2010

Nadiya Didenko first qualifying Olympic Jump

February 20, 2010

Emily Cook USA qualifying Olympic jump

February 20, 2010

Evelyne Leu qualifying olympic jump

February 20, 2010

Nadiya Didenko first qualifying Olympic Jump

February 20, 2010

Emily Cook USA qualifying Olympic jump

February 20, 2010

Nadiya Didenko first qualifying Olympic Jump

February 20, 2010

Ashley Caldwell makes her first jump at Olympics

February 20, 2010

2010 Winter Olympics Ladies' Aerials first jump

February 20, 2010

Olympics Ladies' Aerials setup

February 20, 2010

Made it to Cypress Mountain

February 20, 2010

Heading to Cypress Mountain #Vancouver #olympics

February 20, 2010

Curling photos at Vancover Olympics 2010

February 19, 2010

The Vancouver Torch

February 19, 2010

Olympics press conference room #Vancouver

February 19, 2010

Press Room/Media Center at 2010 Vancouver Olympics

February 19, 2010

Vancouver Harbor Shots #olympics

February 19, 2010

Slovakia wins, beats Russia #olympics 2010

February 19, 2010

Penalty shots to break the tie Olympics 2010

February 19, 2010

Ice hockey: Russia Vs Slovakia, warm up

February 18, 2010

Shots of Avaya Hospitality Suite #olympics #vancouver

February 18, 2010

Vancouver mountain pic

February 18, 2010

Getting Ready to Head to the Olympics

February 17, 2010

 



Slowly but surely I am packing and generally getting ready to fly to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver where I will not only see some games such as curling and hockey but I may even take in concert if there is time. The Bare Naked Ladies are playing. I will be with Avaya during my time there and I will be learning about how their equipment powers the games and the 911 call center.

To most, sports is a much more passionate topic than technology -I am glad to see the two intersect and expect me to be reporting on the intersection over the next few days.

Windows Phone 7 is Really Version 3.0?

February 15, 2010

For years, Microsoft products have been known to be pretty poor until version three came around - at which point they were pretty good. Based upon the early comments about Windows Phone 7, this update seems to be the version 3.0 experience which basically means the best mobile product the software leader has developed to date.

Why?

The company has embraced the clean interface needed to compete in the mobile space without any gimmicky pseudo 3D interface tricks.

ITEXPO East 2010 Photos from Dan York

February 12, 2010

2010 Vancouver Olympic iPhone Apps

February 12, 2010

Here are 10 winter Olympic apps suggested by Network World. As I am going next week I thought I would get in the spirit and start downloading.

So far I picked up the following (all links immediately below lead to iTunes store):

This one wasn't on the list but I installed it just now - Winter Games Grub -- it is an Olympics news feed.

Be sure to also check out TMC's new site - Technology in Sports or Sports Techy and the following hot topics:

  1. Olympics Technology
  2. Sports-Themed apps on phones
  3. Fantasy Sports Technology












Wild Turkey Alert

February 12, 2010

Manhattan at Sun Down

February 11, 2010

The Microsoftization of Google

February 10, 2010

You have to give Google credit; they seem to want to make the world a better place by opening up the world and making technology and services more accessible. And they are powerful enough to make it all happen - search revenue pours in and is being allocated to services which compete with Amazon and Microsoft among others. In the mobile phone space they go up against Palm, RIM, Nokia and Microsoft.

Yesterday they announced a new social networking initiative called Buzz which is supposed to unseat Facebook and twitter.

Apple Antitrust Issues

February 9, 2010

Apple has a very closed ecosystem and at least some think the company may be headed down the road of antitrust litigation if it isn't careful. This article asserts the problem Apple could get into is an area where Google absolutely dominates - advertising. To me, Google will act as an eternal counterbalance letting Apple get away with a great deal as it fights the search giant.

This by the way, this is why regulators allow Oracle to buy anything and everything...

IfByPhone Interview ITEXPO East 2010 Miami

February 9, 2010

DataInherit: A Will for Your Passwords

February 9, 2010

$1,000 For Pic of Al Gore Shoveling Snow

February 8, 2010

TMC Marketing Job Opening

February 8, 2010

Hi all, here is an ad we are currently running for a new position. Please forward this to anyone who you think is a great, not good fit.

Thanks -- we are really looking for the best of the best!

Ideally, the perfect candidate will submit a video resume as well.



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Supercomm Dies, What it Means to Carriers, The Industry

February 8, 2010

Last week, Doug Mohney had the big scoop that Supercomm will be cancelled - he blogged it as a rumor which was subsequently confirmed by the TIA and USTelecom today. As a show organizer myself I get a lot of questions regarding what this news means to our industry. Rather than continuing to opine on a person-by-person basis, I thought it made sense to put my thoughts in writing.

When I am at the Winter Olympics Next Week

February 8, 2010

Google's Super Bowl Ad Splash

February 8, 2010

Google surprised many with an ad on the Super Bowl and I have to say this is one of the best ads I have seen in a while and hats off to the company for doing such a great job.



To me the ad shows that Google continues to understand that it needs multiple types of marketing. The company has been extremely aggressive lately partnering with media companies to promote many of of its products such as Google Docs and search appliances.

What hasn't changed however is how the company approaches business.



A Failed Socialism Experiment

February 7, 2010

An illustrative story, worth passing on.

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan".

Google Employee Enforces Cell Phone Ban in Cars

February 5, 2010

Absolutely hilarious - A Google employee decided he would take a stand against drivers who talk on their cell phone in their cars by well - standing in front of a car where the driver was talking on the phone. In this case it was Michael Arrington who placed his car in park so he could get out and discuss the situation with the person. When the door opened the Googler fled.

Either Michael Arrington is one mean-looking dude or perhaps those Google employees are less tough when they leave the world of algorithms.

Microsoft Under Scrutiny

February 5, 2010

In a recent post I mentioned that years back I launched the world's first Tablet computing conference and at the time our fortunes were tied to Microsoft. Obviously the tablet PC market did not take off and now that the iPad has debuted and is already deemed to be successful by analysts, many are beginning to dissect the problems at Microsoft.

One very good article on the matter is from Mary Jo Foley at ZDnet who says the answer is for the company to continue focusing on small and isolated teams which launch new products isolated from the corporate parent. Ironically this is exactly what Microsoft did with ResponsePoint, the SMB PBX which was full-featured and a tremendous value.

Espionage via APT or Advanced Persistent Threat Widespread

February 5, 2010

Corporate and government secrets are currently being stolen on a grand scale - can anything be done about it?



If you are one of those people not easily rattled, please have a seat and get ready to shake. A new acronym, APT which stands for Advanced Persistent Threat is on the scene and by many accounts is an online threat which is virtually impossible to detect and even worse eradicate. Once your company is infected it seems hackers have access to virtually any and all information on your network.

Tech, Telecom: The Energy is Back

February 3, 2010

 Communications, wireless, consumer electronics, cloud computing, virtualization -- in a turbulent market, it is good to be in technology.


Monster.com was one of the companies I considered to have a natural monopoly in the US job search market a decade ago. Amazingly, social media sites like LinkedIn and Craigslist are making Job sites less relevant and as a result Monster just picked up HotJobs for $225 in cash to shore up its decreasing market share.

A decade or so ago it was common knowledge that satellite radio would eventually make a huge dent in the business of traditional radio companies.

Comcast Does Wholesale VoIP - Buys NGT

February 3, 2010

YES! Over IP -- We just sold our wholesale VoIP company


You can smell the hops brewing at the nearby Coors plant when you visit the corporate headquarters of New Global Telecom located in Golden Colorado. One imagines having a beer brewer nearby was a definite plus during the celebration which ensued after the hosted VoIP wholesaler sold their company to Comcast for an undisclosed amount. To get an idea of the size of this acquisition, NGT says they have 100,000 VoIP seats under management.

Patent Pooling Taking Off

February 2, 2010

I suggested companies join the RPX patent protection club back in 2008 as I have seen how patent litigation can destroy a company's profitability and force it to lose focus. RPX as you may remember is a firm whose goal is to allow companies to buy into a pool of patents which can be used to protect them against future lawsuits. The idea is a company will think twice about pursuing a patent lawsuit if you can countersue using a huge pool of patents.

Since my original entry, Microsoft, Nokia and Sony have signed up for the service.

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