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Cloudstudio with Your UCaaS, Would You Like Fries With That?

McDonald's is famous for asking customers if they want fries with their order and as a result, over the years, they have...

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Martello Offers Unique SD-WAN Solutions

Martello Technologies has become one of the more interesting players in the SD-WAN space - by purchasing Elfiq - one of the first...

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New Rev.io REST API Helps Carriers Reduce Leakage, Improve ROI

Revenue leakage among carriers is close to a billion dollars and as new services come on line, the complexity of managing various...

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As an enterprise, why you should care about 5G

As an enterprise, why should you care about 5G?  I mean, after all, it means new phones, new bring your own...

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New VTech Devices Bring SIP and Key System Functionality to Business

Sometimes you need to go backward to go forward is what we thought when we met for an exclusive interview with...

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Jenne Becomes Leading UCaaS Value-Added Distributor

As resellers evolve from selling telecom hardware like PBXs to UCaaS, they often need help to figure out how to do it...

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Altaworx Helps You Launch, Monetize and Scale Telecom Solutions

IoT billing can get quite expensive as carrier plans do not always fit the usage pattern of devices. In a conversation with Rickie...

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EU Adopts English

September 15, 2005

I got this in e-mail from a friend and had to share. Too Funny.

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European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.

The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

There will be growingb publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f".











New York Times Starts Charging!

September 15, 2005

I have heard grumbling from the New York Times for a few months now about online revenue. There was a BusinessWeek article for example a few months back that mentioned the company was struggling to find a way to charge for their content.

I really had a tough time believing that the company would generate significant revenue by charging and I knew if they started they would lose lots of traffic. Somehow the Wall Street Journal has pulled it off but even though the Wall Street Journal probably has roughly the same amount of content, they have 1/3 the readership of the New York Times based on Alexa.com data.

WSJ can probably charge because they are giving out substantial financial information people feel is worth paying for.

Here is a chart that compares how the two sites rank. This rank is a combination of unique visitors and page views over time and smaller numbers are better as they are closest to the #1 most viewed site online.

Getting back to the Times, they have reached a compromise where some of the columnists will not be available to non-subscribers unless they pay a $49.95 fee.







IP Conferencing and Collaboration

September 15, 2005

Check our new IP conferencing and collaboration channel on TMCnet. I really like the design of this site. It just went live today and am sure it will get lots of attention from the many people looking for news on the IP conferencing and collaboration market.

It seems that with gas prices going higher and higher, market growth has nowhere to go but up, up, up.

MSNBC Newsbot

September 15, 2005

Finding VoIP 2.0

September 15, 2005

I am blown away by how many people are registering for Internet Telephony Conference & Expo from overseas. We had more international attendance in our Miami show than any other domestic VoIP event. I wasn’t sure if we would be able to do the same in California next month. It seems the interest level is very high overseas and many of our conferees – service providers, enterprises and resellers are registering from around the world.

I suppose the whole Skype/eBay acquisition is part of the reason.

eBay/Skype Amusement

September 14, 2005

Google Blog Search

September 14, 2005

Google Blog Search

Pretty amazing timing. I responded to Tom’s post on Technorati and blog search yesterday. I mentioned in my post that Google could launch a blog search service in no time flat. The time apparently was a few hours as that is the amount of time it took Google to announce a blog search tool after my post.

If I have one comment about Google and blog search it is, what took them so long.



Lenovo ThinkPad

September 14, 2005

I was pessimistic about the Lenovo acquisition of IBM’s computing division but have recently changed my mind and for the moment am very impressed by the pace of innovation at Lenovo.

Perhaps IBM bureaucracy was slowing the company down over the years and Lenovo has freed the creative people up. Certainly the ThinkPad notebook, the flagship of notebooks was quite an achievement but a company like IBM that invents so many new technologies years before others has had a difficult time translating these innovations into profit.

It seems Lenovo is happy to roll out new ThinkPad notebooks at such a rapid clip that even Dell has to be sweating as it looks in its rearview mirror.

We know Lenovo can produce products inexpensively as they are based in China and we know Lenovo can innovate. The question is can they make reliable computers. ThinkPad laptops are rock solid – of course flukes like my T42p dying two days ago need to be ignored by people such as myself as they are likely isolated incidents.

Dell is the company to beat in computing and Lenovo has the formula needed to give the Texas-based company a run for its money.







Google Buys Technorati – Not

September 13, 2005

Tom, I have to disagree with your point about Google buying Technorati. Although there are compelling reasons for Google to do this they can do everything Technorati does and more with a few days of programming. After all legend has it that Google News was built in a few days… Blog search can be built in the same amount of time if not less.

Let’s look at the facts. Google already searches and indexes all the blogs out there anyway.

Skype Users Freak Out

September 13, 2005

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