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DVR Ruling Good For Web Video and Cable

August 4, 2008

This past weekend the DVR in my house started to make an odd and intermittent buzzing noise. Suffice it to say it needs to go back to my cable operator. As I recall, the last time I had a DVR problem, a technician was sent to my house to bring a new box.

Having to deal with a truck roll every few years for a customer with one DVR doesn't seem like a smart proposition for a carrier. There just isn't enough profit margin to justify this cost.

The good news for Cablevision the company providing service in my area is that an appeals court just ruled that network DVR I just like CPE DVR but with a very long cord.

Media companies fought and won a court case which blocked Cablevision from providing such service and in April of last year Cablevision decided to appeal.





Gadgets Guilty Until Proven Innocent

August 4, 2008

80% of E-Mail Illegitimate or From Unknown Source

August 1, 2008

A look at my inbox confirms the findings of research which tells us that 80% of e-mail comes from illegitimate or unknown sources.

Officials say the study relies on a sample of 2.3 million IPs pulled from the Return Path Reputation Data Network, a cooperative data network that collects and analyzes e-mail data from more than 20 ISPs and other data providers representing more than 100 million mailboxes.

The spam problem is not going away and as I came back from Dallas yesterday I happened to be on a rental car shuttle bus around 6:00 AM in the morning. On the bust was a group of people with Blackberrys frantically clicking and scrolling. I could almost feel the spam being deleted from their devices as we drove the 15 or so minutes from the rental car areas to the terminal.

I kept thinking how much wasted time we all have in our lives because of spam.

Please don't tell me about spam filters. Yes I have one of these like many of you but if you have ever looked at what gets filtered you will see that there are occasional real and important emails in there that you need to receive.







Is It Just in Time Communications or UC?

July 31, 2008

Years back I coined a term Just in Time Communications (JITC) to encompass the idea of removing latency from human communications. Art Rosenberg is credited with coining the term Unified Communications and he often writes on the matter. JITC did not stick as a term but UC did.

The funny thing is Art's most recent article talks about removing the latency from UC and reminds me exactly why I liked the term JITC to begin with -- it is this human latency that needs to be removed from the equation.

I am not reopening the discussion of which term makes the most sense. I want the undustry to move forward and grow and term wars are really stupid.



Fuel Prices Fuel Technology

July 31, 2008

As fuel prices increase, so does the desire to come up with reasonable alternatives. Some of these efforts revolve around conservation and others have to do with new technologies which make it possible to bypass oil, coal and natural gas.

Today is an unusual day as we have new examples in each category. Detroit has a new mobile web traffic monitoring service which is ad supported and allows drivers to tap into 600 traffic cameras. The theory here is you will see where the traffic is and drive around it.

Ribbit Sold to BT

July 29, 2008

Seems like the rumors were true. Ribbit was sold to BT for $105 million according to ZDnet. Here are some thoughts on the matter from Andy Abramson as well.

Why would BT buy a company focused on communications development? The primary reason is that they see communications changing rapidly and they want to be on the leading, not trailing edge of this trend.

Road Warrior Bible

July 27, 2008

iPhones Shortage Persists

July 25, 2008

Too Many Mobile Phones Dissapointing?

July 24, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond
Photo Courtesy of Akihabara News
The dream device of all time based on specs has to be the HTC Touch Diamond (or the Pro model which has a keyboard) if for no other reason than the 640x480 resolution screen that fits in your pocket. This is much better than even the industry trend setting Apple iPhone. As with all HTC devices I have reviewed, the Touch Diamond is moderately flawed.

Every HTC device I have ever used wows me at first but every day use makes you realize the product didn't have much usability testing.

According to this review from Akihabara News the device is slow, has problems receiving wireless signals and a clunky interface. Ironically these are the same problems other HTC products have (the XV6800 comes to mind) as well.

But problems like these are certainly not unique to HTC.







Sprint Sells Towers, Nextel Next?

July 24, 2008

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