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Tesla Model X Beats Lamborghini Aventador

Lambo Engineers Should be Hiding Under RocksHaving your supercar beaten by an SUV is beyond embarrassing. Heads should be rolling all over the...

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Intermedia Anti-Phishing Tools for Small Business

Large companies generally have IT teams to deal with phishing attacks but really, there is no perfect defense from a determined phisher...

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How Technology can Eliminate White Supremacy

As our country is mired in race debates, it's interesting to see how technology has inadvertently begun to actually reduce the number...

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IoT and Real-Time Communications Convergence (Part 1)

At first glance, it might seem oxymoronic that IoT and real-time communications would converge.  I mean, IoT is all about sensors...

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The Long Tail of Cybersecurity

The long-tail, a term coined to describe the ability for organizations to sell vast amounts of products in small quantities accurately describes...

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MVNO's Need Their Own Infrastructure To Differentiate

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) are increasingly investing in their own infrastructure. Why?  Because running on someone else’s mobile network and trying...

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Newfies-Dialer Founder Belaid on Voice Broadcasting, AI, Chatbots

Areski Belaid, Star2Billing CTO and founder, as well as Newfies-Dialer explains his company's services that can push a business and especially contact...

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TMCnet in Top 1,696 Sites in the World

August 17, 2005

Teletruth On The FCC

August 17, 2005

I received this today.

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Teletruth ALERT, Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

FCC to Kill Thousands of ISPs with 8 Year-Old Data!
Garbage-In, Kill-Competitors-Out.

The FCC, on August 5th 2005, put out a press release "FCC Eliminates Mandated Sharing Requirement on Incumbents' Wireline Broadband Internet Access Services". (link to release below). What this means is that the local Bell phone companies no longer have to resell certain parts of their networks to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) - It is the "Re-regulation" of the Internet.

How many ISPs will be put out of business? How does this help innovation in the US when you kill off thousands of innovative companies?

But that's only part of the story.

In 2004 Teletruth, with the National Internet Alliance (NIA), filed a "Data Quality Act" as well as a "Regulatory Flexibility Act" complaint in conjunction with the FCC's competition (unbundling) proceedings.  Teletruth found that the FCC's statistics pertaining to ISPs was created in 1997!
-That's 8 years old!  That's before the Bell companies were providing DSL service.

This next paragraph is the FCC's definition of the ISP market from the Triennial Review dated August 2004  - Notice that it is using data that was created in 1997!

"Internet Service Providers.



















Another Top5 List

August 17, 2005

I subscribe to the Top 5 list and from time to time pass on good lists. Here is one you might enjoy (I liked the last one best):

The Top 13 Favorite Songs of the Bush Administration


13> Crazy Little Thing Called Rove

12> (You Don't Have to Live Like a) Detainee

11> My War Will Go On

10> Did Get Fooled Again

 9> Twisting the Truth Away

 8> Who'll Stop the Reign?

 7> R-E-S-E-P-E-C-T-I-F-I-C-A-T-I-O-N

 6> Dems on the Run

 5> Doctor My Lies

 4> Help Me, Condi

 3> A Whiter Shade of Male

 2> Love Me Two Terms


                    and Topfive.com's Number 1
           Favorite Song of the Bush Administration...


 1> Here Comes the Son

































Worm Shuts Down CNN, ABC and New York Times

August 16, 2005

The Zotob worm shut down Windows 2000 operating systems around the country today, including the computers at CNN, ABC, and the New York Times.

Take a look at this article from Outside The Beltway Blog. Here is an excerpt.

A computer worm shut down computer systems running Windows 2000 software across the United States on Tuesday, hitting computers at CNN, ABC and The New York Times. Around 5 p.m. computers began crashing at CNN facilities in New York and Atlanta. ABC said its problems began in New York about 1:30 p.m.



Telecom Watch

August 16, 2005

A9 Maps

August 16, 2005

You know what a great map idea is? To go out and take photos of lots of different buildings and tie them to a mapping service so that people looking for directions will also get visual cues so they know they are on the right track an better yet will recognize their final destinations. A9 recently unveiled such a mapping service and it is awesome!

You can go to an address or pan a magnifying glass over a map and the images pop up on the right hand side of the screen. They then start to pan, giving you a full view of both sides of the street – a full 360 degree view.

I already envision people being upset that they are in these photos and the lawsuits that may follow.



WiFi Telephony

August 16, 2005

Years ago I saw the future of VoIP as being wireless and WiFi in particular was curious to me. To my amazement URLs like VoWiFi.com and WiFiTelephony.com were available and I registered them. At the time, VoIP was so out of favor it was ridiculous. I looked up the exact date, it was May 2, 2002 to be exact.

Wal-Mart and the Internet

August 15, 2005

I was meaning to write today about how Wal-Mart has changed the lives of people in Norwalk Connecticut. They came to our town with a few stores around five years ago and the by product has been the eventual killing off of other companies. For example the local hardware store closed down this past year (perhaps we can blame Home Depot here -- open for about five years) and also the local nursery which was unfortunately enough across the street from one of the Wal-Mart stores and Home Depot.

Today, I noticed the local photography shop was also on the way out and the owner told me the $4,700/month rent coupled with the trend towards e-mailing photos and Wal-Mart’s inexpensive photo processing made it impossible to compete.

This is not an opinion piece as I can’t say anything bad about Wal-Mart or online photo companies like ofoto (yes Kodak renamed it but I like this name better). I just think it is worth reiterating that you need to keep an eye on your business as models change.

As I got back to the office I went to the room where SBC is installing our T3 fiber connection and marveled at how we are keeping up with the technology as the world goes online.





VocalTec News

August 15, 2005

A few industry insiders sent me this article about VocalTec. I am fascinated by how such a general business site can have such great VoIP coverage. I suppose the reason is that in Israel, VoIP is like the auto market in Detroit.

Getting back to VocalTec (news, quote), I hope they find a good way out of this mess. I have known many really good people from this company over the years and they always had great technology.

PETA and Pam Anderson

August 15, 2005

Last night Comedy Central roasted Pamela Anderson and while the roast was funny at times it amounted to a bunch of virtually unknown comics making the same X rated jokes using different words. Probably the funniest line of the night was that Pam Anderson screwed more rock stars than Napster. Apparently the roast took place because Comedy Central agreed to donate a good deal of money to PETA and Pam is a huge supporter of this organization.

While I have donated money to organizations that save animals I always do so with a concern in the back of my mind that I should probably be donating to causes that help humans before animals.

This morning I was thinking about PETA and their campaign a while back that compared the slaughter of chickens to the holocaust. I can’t for the life of me understand how these people live with themselves.



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