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MasterCard Theft

June 18, 2005

In what seems like an epidemic of confidential data being compromised, MasterCard recently announced that 40 million -- yes a number with seen zeros as in 40,000,000 credit card files were put at risk when a computer at credit card processor Card Systems International was breached.

MasterCard said other personal data that might contribute to identity theft, like Social Security numbers and dates of birth, was not stored on its cards and therefore not at risk. And it said credit card holders would not be liable for any fraudulent charges to their accounts.

I believe that the government will come out with some very strict laws soon which will aim to reduce problems such as this from happening. It is unclear what can be done but I get the feeling the situation is coming to a boil. Recently a similar problem happened at CitiGroup, LexisNexis and ChoicePoint.

More on this story from the NY TIMES.





53 VoIP URLs

June 18, 2005

The number of recent VoIP URLs has decreased for a few weeks now. It was common to have 80-90 a day for a while. I wonder if this is a sign of the market maturing or the fact that all the good ones are gone. Some of my favorite from the list are "lenovoiptv.com" -- is Jay Leno going to be moonlighting soon?

Pennywise, Pound Foolish

June 17, 2005

Sometimes being cheap will cost you big in the end. Especially when you are being cheap over a £4 ketchup stain. An attorney in the UK that makes around £364,000 per year harassed a secretary to pay for the dry cleaning. How she spilled the ketchup on his pants is unknown but what is know is that she paid the bill in full herself and this has become an Internet phenomenon.

The Beginning Of Internet Sales Tax

June 14, 2005

A story titled Appeals court: Borders must pay Calif. tax on online sales may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back in the controversy over collecting sales tax on internet purchases. Businesses can avoid paying sales taxes to states where they have no physical presence, according to a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Telco stock options a conflict of interest for Rep. Pete Sessions

June 14, 2005

I don’t know why any politician would want to prevent cities from providing wireless Internet access to its citizens. Here is a release I received that if true is pretty damaging to U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions from Texas. If these allegations are true, it would be an unprecedented conflict of interest.

Intel Invests in China

June 14, 2005

$200 million is nothing to sneeze at Intel has decided this is the correct amount of money to invest in the Chinese market via their Intel Capital China Technology Fund. The fund will be used to invest in companies that complement Intel's technology initiatives and to further build out the

Internet infrastructure in China. The fund will also provide local businesses with capital to help nurture important technologies and products developed in China. Examples of initial focus areas include cellular communications, broadband applications for consumers, and semiconductor design.

Intel Capital, which has investment managers based in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, made its first strategic investment China in 1998 and since then has invested in close to 50 Chinese companies across nine cities in mainland China and Hong Kong. Eleven of these companies have since gone public or have been acquired, including AsiaInfo Holdings Inc., a telecom software supplier; Chinacast Communications Holding Ltd., a total solution service provider for remote education; Sohu.com, an Internet portal; Techfaith Holdings Ltd., an independent cell phone design house; and UTStarcom Inc.

I recently met with the folks from UTSTarcom and they are one of the few companies that have developed a WiFi telephony phone for the consumer market.





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

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Hello,

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







































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