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News Tidbits Part 2923

A lot of lit tidbits popping up. If you follow me on twitter, then you may have seen some of this...

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The Business Case for IP Transformation: Realizing The Benefits

By: Steve Blackshaw, IP Transformation Product Line Management, Alcatel-Lucent

Significant investments require significant returns. How do companies ensure their benefits are measured, tracked and realized during IP Transformation Programs? 

Success Is Not Guaranteed

Think about the hardest project you have ever delivered. Just think back… that one ‘special project’, the one that spiraled out of control, the one where the requirements kept changing, the one where the objectives kept moving, the one project that would not de-scope, where the tsunami of work was towering over the team, and impossible deadlines were looming. Yes, that one.

Most of us have experienced THAT project. And we probably sat with our colleagues, asking ourselves how a project under such pressure could even exist. Why would the sponsors not revise the scope, refocus the team, or even reinvest the budget elsewhere?

We all know that technical projects can go awry. IT, Networking and Engineering projects – famously 50% overrun on budget, and many are cancelled altogether.

So, what are the figures for complex Transformation Programs?  For Programs where IT, Network, Operations and Engineering are undergoing change simultaneously. With an objective eye, it’s easy to question how any of them actually deliver results. But indeed they do.

But, how, and what can we measure to be certain we are achieving the desired results?

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WebRTC Customer Service Benefits Retailers and Shoppers - Video Demo

"If you're shopping and need information about a specific product, and you can't find a salesperson around, scan the bar code [of...

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Buck the Trend Be Cool at Convergence India and ITEXPO East January 2016

Investors, entrepreneurs, inventors, early adopters and evangelists want to be a part of every best thing, and much of that is coming...

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What is MANO and why do you need it?

MANO is a confusing topic.  What is it, why is it needed, and how do I get one?  First, let’s talk about...

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iPad Pro Keyboard is Really Poor

The iPad Pro is yet another extension of the iOS family. While some consider its release to be a sign of failure,...

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ISIS Brings Flip-Phone to Crowd-Sourced Cyber-Hacking Fight.

Its an interesting world we live in where a group like Anonymous which likely wasn't thought very highly has become a savior...

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Nokia And Apple Smart Phone Browser

June 14, 2005

Nokia is working with Apple to provide an open-source smart phone browser that utilizes components from the Apple Safari browser. Nokia will provide the new browser to its Series 60 licensees. Companies such as Panasonic and Samsung are included on this list.

Apple has been desperately trying to get into the phone business for quite some time with an that would have many of the features of the iPod. Rumors abound that the wireless carriers are in no way interested in an Apple device that allows users to listen to music that isn’t downloaded over the cellular airwaves and thus charged for by the wireless carriers.

The browser launch may be Apple’s way of gaining legitimacy in the mobile world.

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Speaking at ABP Event in Dallas

June 13, 2005

Robert Messer from ABP loves to have his famous VoIP Sizzles events in the searing heat of the August Dallas sun. The term "sizzles" is appropriate for more than just the weather as the last event at which I spoke – of course also in August, was a great place to learn and mingle with the movers and shakers in the VoIP space.

I met with a good number of new entrants to the space, some established resellers and old friends. I am looking forward to speaking at the event again this year.

VoIP Sizzles in Dallas – ABP announces 2005 Open Standards based VoIP Conference for Resellers

DALLAS, June 14, 2005

ABP Technology, the technology distributor of “Best Of Breed” Open Standards Based VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) products, once again presents VoIP Sizzles in Dallas , July 20-22, 2005. This unique reseller event focuses on the specific opportunities and challenges for traditional data VARs and Telecom Dealers who are moving into the Voice over IP market.

Internet Enabled Microwave

June 12, 2005

Mosquito Magnet Question

June 11, 2005

I have been getting lots of questions about the Mosquito Magnet -- in fact it is weird how many e-mails I get because of blog entries. Anyway, I received this e-mail today and figured others have the same questions, so my answer is at the bottom.

My unit worked great for a year by the way and I haven't taken it out of storage this year. I probably should as there are more bugs this year than I recall seeing in many years.

-----Original Message-----

Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2005 6:24 PM
To: Rich Tehrani
Subject: Mosquito Magnet Woes

Hi friend,

I found your e-mail address on a posting you did re. the Mosquito Magnet,
thanks to a Google search I did for "Mosquito Magnet Tech Support".

I agree 100% with your comments that the manufacturer needs to address this
issue regarding the liquid propane source in their owner's manual.

I am about ready to smash mine too!  I had a Liberty model that was flashing
the "fuel out" signal at me with a full tank.  (Flashing green, solid red and
yellow).  I was sent a factory refurbished unit, which worked for a week, then
did the same thing, asking for more propane.  Tech support told me yesterday
that "swapped tanks" are often contaminated with air, and clog the carbeurator
in the Mosquito Magnet.  I took a swapped tank to U-Haul, asked them to purge
it, then refill it.  Still doesn't work.

I am curious if you were getting the same flashing green, solid red and yellow
warning, and if this went away just by replacing the tank with a new one, or if
you also had replaced the Mosquito Magnet.  Did you replace the Mosquito Magnet
too, or just switch to a new tank?

Sorry to bug you!  (Pardon the pun!)  Thanks in advance for your reply.

Best regards,
Name Withheld



When I replaced the tank with a new one, all my troubles went away.

VoIP URL Decrease

June 11, 2005

Communications and Technology Podcast with David Duffet

June 11, 2005

Communications and Technology Podcast with David Duffet

This was our best communications and technology podcast ever. It ran long at around 40 minutes but is funny and engaging. Lots of important information was discussed as well such as IMS, IPTV, Prosody X, and Apple using Intel chips. Did you know that Prosody is actually an English word?

Skype Problem

June 11, 2005

I received these comments on my Skype Interview blog entry today and thought others may be interested. I haven't heard of any such problems with Skype and am curious to know if this is an isolated complaint or widespread.

I did go onto Skype's site and find a contact us form that at least allows you to communicate with the company, if not by telephone.

Comment at will:

The CEO of Skype is a very interesting character, but he has failed to set up his website in such a way that Skype users can contact the company.

It would seem only reasonable a telephony company might have a telephone number for customers to reach the technical and billing departments so that, as in my case, the failure of SkypeOut, which is time limited, might be made to work or be refunded.

More telling, if one should want to get money back because of fears SkypeOut (or indeed In) doesn't work, the fantastic CEO ought to have organised a quick and easy way for his customers to be paid back.

Triple Play Webinar

June 10, 2005

Triple play is all the rage. Please join me in this really interesting seminar on how to deploy triple play services. It takes place on June 28th. Please mark your calendar:

Join us for a complimentary Webinar session showcasing IP Triple Play and learn how to upgrade your IP services with an integrated voice-video-data solution for students, faculty and alumni.

Skype Communism

June 10, 2005

I was checking out the VoIP forum and came across a post that mentioned that Skype is like communism because people share their computer resources and a few people make money. I guess the author was serious. I wonder if it was a LEC that posted this. The company cannot be more capitalistic in my opinion.

Speaking Today

June 9, 2005

Amazingly I finally got to Philadelphia to speak at the Interactive Intelligence and Vonexus conference. To be honest I thought I would never ever get out of Chicago as I was delayed for many hours. I was delayed again. It took me six hours to get to Chicago and the flight is normally less than two hours.

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