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May 20, 2010

iPad Neck Update

May 19, 2010


Remember when I wrote about my painful iPad neck? Well one of the commenters, P.J. Tanzillo mentioned that his neck began to hurt and kept him from turning left - causing his friends to call him Zoolander. This reference is to a movie character played by Ben Stiller and I think the movie is pretty funny.

Google Buys GIPS - Here's Why

May 18, 2010

When it comes to enabling technology, Google's new mantra is its better to be needed than liked

I first met the company called Global IP Sound around 2002 at TMC's ITEXPO and Pulvermedia's VON expos. What differentiated the company tome at first was the company's ability to power wireless VoIP calls over PDAs - specifically Compaq iPAQs via a low-bandwidth codec. As you can imagine, at the time, the codec needed to not only be low-bandwidth due to the slow wireless connections but also had to be super-optimized because processors in PDAs at the time were not powerful.

Ooma, Making Home Phones Better

May 17, 2010

It is tough to impress me when it comes to home telephone systems... I have seen it all or at least I feel I have. Covering the telecom space as long as I have, I figured there are few innovations I haven't seen. That was until I took a train into Manhattan to see the execs at Ooma to learn how they are evolving their Telo home phone system to do more and more.

For Apple, It's the Simplicity Stupid

May 8, 2010

How Apple's dead simple interfaces and walled-garden approach are wreaking havoc on the competitive world of technology and entertainment

If you have any interest in the future of computing read this post from Charlie's Diary which explains why he thinks Apple is blocking Flash from many of its newer devices. In a nutshell, Flash allows cross-platform development and Apple of course doesn't want to see this being done. There are other cross platform tools available for the iPhone at but let's not go there at this moment.

Tripwires Helps Reduce IT Compliance and Security Challenges

May 7, 2010

Did you know there were more data security breaches involving credit cards in 2009 than the past four years combined? Moreover the effort companies are putting into solving this problem is generating massive amounts of data which isn't able to be effectively analyzed? To get an idea of how organizations can cope with the challenges of dealing with the security of confidential information and compliance I sat down with Gene Kim, CTO and Co-Founder and Matt Hixson Director of Product Operations at Tripwire a company which focuses on helping companies solve these problems.

As budgets are being cut Kim explained that companies need situational awareness regarding what can put them at risk.

Could Yesterday's Market Disruption Been Prevented?

May 7, 2010

Two people with intimate knowledge of markets come up with ways the markets could improve in the future to reduce the likelihood of disruptions. Will anyone listen?

Yesterday's temporary market crash has been blamed on fat fingers and/or potentially some fraudulent trades. Whatever the reason it is apparent that trading is something which is become more automated and as a result markets are swinging more and more wildly.

TV Disruption to Happen More Slowly Than You Think

May 4, 2010

If you have any interest in understanding how the internet will or will not disrupt television broadcasting you must read this article from Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital. Bill explains in well-thought out detail that affiliate fees will block disruption for many years. In other words, the television market via fees paid by affiliates such as cable companies are worth - $32 billion/year.

What does this mean?

Apple Stores Are a Weapon

April 30, 2010

Anyone who has ever passed by an Apple store knows that they are generally packed. I have passed by dozens and it never ceases to amaze me that the traffic in the store is laser-focused on various devices, gadgets and software. You never see this sort of enthusiasm in general PC stores. There is a special magic taking place in these minimalistic retail shops.

NACT Reemerges

April 26, 2010

If you were in telecom in the mid-nineties you remember one of the large players in the space was NACT a company playing in the prepaid and international callback markets. Prior to VoIP these markets were the preferred methods of lowering long-distance bills and back then there was more money to be made as international calling rates were much higher than today. This in turn meant the arbitrage opportunity allowed for much greater profit margins than the current Skype-era of telecom we live with today.

If you ever attended a Computer Telephony Expo back in the nineties in Los Angeles or Dallas you remember the company's major presence at the show.

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