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Cybersecurity and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

There are perhaps four major cybersecurity incidents in my mind which are world-changing. The first is the OPM data breach which allowed...

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Value-Added Services in the VoLTE World - Enterprises

From an enterprise value-added services perspective, voice conferencing could be a good one.  Enterprises still need to host conferences, so conferences that...

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Value-Added Services in the VoLTE World - Leveraging the Device

Looking at the subscriber from a different perspective, that is, one who is going to use the mobile device as an on-ramp...

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Value-Added Services in the VoLTE World - RCS

Mobile Value-Added Services (VAS) has historically meant any kind of service beyond voice where the service provider could charge an additional fee....

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You Can Get Fired for Choosing Dropbox: A True Story

An MSP is contacted by a publicly traded company looking for help managing their IT. When the MSP goes to the company...

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Open Source Software and NFV

Early this year, Dialogic commissioned STL Partners to find out more about how service providers view open source software in their networks.  I’ve...

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Research Firms Missed Again on UC

MarketsandMarkets states that the UCaaS market size is expected to grow from USD 17.35 Billion in 2016 to USD 28.69 Billion...

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Tom Cross on Board of Advisors of VoIP Security Alliance

June 28, 2005

Today’s Triple-Play Webinar

June 28, 2005

I am really looking forward to working with Allied Telesyn and NetCentrex on today’s webinar:

Allied Telesyn and Netcentrex Announce University Market Partnership; Launch University Programs, Including Webinar and Joint Presence at ACUTA Trade Show

SAN JOSE, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- June 27, 2005 -- Today, Allied Telesyn, a global provider of secure Ethernet/IP access solutions, and Netcentrex(TM), the leading enabler of converged voice-video-data networks and next-generation services, announced a partnership to jointly market and sell their respective offerings to the university market. The joint Netcentrex-Allied Telesyn solution formalizes a relationship forged during the pioneering deployment at San Jose State University, a previously announced customer of both companies. In addition, the partners announced a webinar highlighting their joint strategy for universities.



More on Brand X

June 28, 2005


I expected to come in today and blog about how yesterday’s Brand X decision is so terrible for consumers. I am trying to be open minded but the I don’t like the argument. Cable companies and ILECS have built companies based on monopolies that were sanctioned. Using this revenue they are now investing in newer networks.

Brand X Loses

June 27, 2005

Depending on your perspective, today’s ruling on the Brand X case is either good or bad. If you are a cable company that has invested in infrastructure, you are happy you will not have to share your lines. Of course this is bad for consumers. The FCC said that broadband over cable was an information service back in March of 2002 meaning that cable companies would not have to share their internet connections with other ISPs. Today the Supreme Court agreed with the FCC in the famous Brand X case.

Next up is DSL and phone companies want to make sure there is no competition over these lines either.

UConn Finds Hacking Program in Server

June 27, 2005

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The University of Connecticut is notifying 72,000 students, staff and faculty as a precaution after officials found a computer-hacking program in a server at the school.

The server contains names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, phone numbers and addresses for anyone with an account that allows access to the school's computer network. The personal information was not in a readable format, officials said.

University officials found the computer-hacking program this week and said it had been placed in a server at the school in 2003. They do not believe any information was compromised although there was an opportunity for someone to access it.

An e-mail was sent to all users at the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Health Center on Friday, and the university was contacting people without e-mail accounts by mail, spokeswoman Karen Grava said.

The security breach was discovered Monday after a university vendor reported that someone tried to access its server with an illegal password.

Technology staff discovered that a program known as a rootkit had been installed on the server.









Vonage in Springfield, Illinois

June 27, 2005

The End Of Cables

June 27, 2005

Is this indeed the end of cables as we know it? WiFi is great and all and I can’t live without it. In fact, every day I wonder how I lived without it. But WiFi  -- even in its 54 Mbps variant is not fast enough for the myriad applications we would all really like to throw at the standard.

Amazon Aquarium

June 26, 2005

I found a great underwater video stream of an Amazon aquarium. It captured my daughter's attention for a few minutes and I think if there was a sound feed as well it would be even better. The feed is a bit slow but there are some great fish in this display.

Here is an excerpt of what is happening in the aquarium:

Here is a glimpse into the rich and vibrant underwater life of the Amazon. When the large, serpent-like arapaimas swim past the camera, you will get a close-up look at one of the largest freshwater fish in the world.



Prosody X Rated

June 24, 2005

I really like this e-mail marketing campaign from Aculab. What amazes me is that it is coming from an English company who describe themselves as conservative. They must think they have something really great on their hands to break the mold and come out with a new campaign that is so edgy. I have learned at TMC that when you live on the edge you sometimes can go too far.

Intel Keynote at VoIP Developer

June 24, 2005

We are elated to have a high level keynote from Intel at our upcoming VoIP Developer conference in South San Francisco August 2-4, 2005. I hope to see you there as Intel’s Michael Stanford graced the show with an amazing keynote last year and introduced the audience to the term “ambient telephony“ which I have been reiterating to the mainstream press any chance I get.

Here is Michael Stanford’s photo and a bio:





Michael Stanford
Director, VoIP Strategy,
Digital Enterprise Group
INTEL CORPORATION

Michael Stanford is an Intel Principal Engineer, and is Director of Voice over IP Strategy for Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group.  In this role, Michael works with architects, engineers, and business managers inside and outside of Intel to design standards-based Intel® building blocks for VoIP.  Michael also works in a business development role, co-operating on several projects with the Intel Capital Group.

Prior to this role, Michael was Vice President of Engineering at Picazo Communications, a VoIP PBX company acquired by Intel in 2000 for its VoIP engineering expertise.  He joined Picazo in 1998 when Picazo acquired a computer-based communications software company that Michael had founded in 1993.
Michael is a serial entrepreneur, with 20 years of experience in the software development and telecommunications industries.















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