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AT&T Connected Health Foundry Celebrates Success

Earlier today we discussed how some years back IMS provided a platform for carriers to roll out applications. The industry discussed the...

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FixStream: Enterprise-Grade Operational Intelligence Across Hybrid Cloud

Mapping applications and infrastructure across clouds to allow rapid problem resolutionEnterprises continue to add applications, infrastructure and devices and quite often, the...

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Why iPhone X Sales Will be Epic

The iPhone X is priced at $1,000 which is the first time a mainstream phone has an entry-level price with four-digits in...

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SIP Trunking Options for Mixed Networks

Back in June, I wrote a blog about using Gateways for SIP trunking if there are PSTN lines inside the enterprise.  And this makes...

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Shocker! People Who Buy an $800 Phone can Afford $1,000

We have been reaching tech blogs and articles from some of the most respected writers in all of tech-dom and apparently they...

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C by GE Sol: Would You Buy a $200 GE Lamp?

Some time back we were fortunate enough to attend a breakfast meeting with Jack Welch in Stamford Connecticut. At the time, the...

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Apple iPhone X Face ID May not be Secure Enough for Many Users

While Face ID is theoretically 20 times more secure than Touch ID at 1:1,000,000 chance of a false match as opposed to...

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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.



Death of Bell Labs

August 15, 2005

Bronx Zoo Again

August 15, 2005

What a great time I had at the Bronx Zoo last week. One of my favorite exhibits is the butterfly room. The last time I was there, I was blown away at how many turquoise and blue butterfly varieties were on display. They were so beautiful, I couldn’t wait to see them again.

Sadly, the butterfly room had nine birds infiltrate the premises.

Russell Shaw on VoIP Disconnects

August 15, 2005

In what seems to be the best case of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face, VoIP providers will soon be shutting you off if you haven’t responded to their 911 acknowledgement. While I can’t really see this happening, Russell points out how difficult it will be to get people to respond the acknowledgement requests.

I just acknowledged that I understood this situation today. Interestingly AT&T CallVantage sent me a sticker to put on my phone that explains the 911 problems with VoIP.

One of the things the sticker says is “Voice service including E-911 service DOES NOT function during an electrical power or broadband outage.”

The thing is that I have 5 phones in my house connected to my VoIP line so I need four more stickers!





Another Podcast Without Me

August 15, 2005

Sesame Place

August 15, 2005

Sesame Place has to be considered a mini-Disneyworld and I don’t mean this as a negative. It is located in Pennsylvania and a few hours away from Fairfield County Connecticut. I unfortunately used the Cross Bronx Expressway and George Washington Bridge on the way there because I followed the GPS in my car. The ever-present delays on the Cross Bronx was the only bad thing about my trip to the park.

Once there – we went last week, not on a weekend and got to park across the street -- just 2 minutes away, I was blown away at all the things you could do.

Took Some Time Off Last Week

August 15, 2005

After the super-successful TMC VoIP Developer Conference last week I decided to take a few days off to be with the family. We decided not to go anywhere. The last time we took Priscilla on a plane trip it was not fun and now I’ve got two daughters as Nicole is only a few months old. Don’t get me wrong… It is great to get away with young kids, it is just the two days of packing before the trip and the days of travel and going through security with children are not fun.

California ISPs Annoyed

August 11, 2005

FCC Ruling on DSL Re-Monopolizes Phone Networks Says California ISPs
SACRAMENTO, CA (PRWEB) August 8, 2005 -- The California ISP Association (CISPA), the largest state association of Internet service providers, reacted today to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's ruling today that high-speed DSL Internet lines should be classified as an "information service" instead of a telecommunications service. The ruling would allow large phone companies to close their DSL networks and exclude independent ISP's from the DSL market. The result is that most ISPs would be eliminated from the broadband market.

"The FCC's version of what it calls "deregulation" is simply just a re-monopolization of a network that has been publicly regulated and paid for by rate payers for more than 100 years.


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