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$4B Wireless Repair Market Event Comes to ITEXPO

Almost 8,000 wireless repair businesses employ over 20,000 people and the market is growing. Yes, it’s a $4 billion dollar market! Apple’s next-gen phones...

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Ad Blockers vs Mobile Advertisers

In September, I wrote a blog on why mobile advertising is expected to grow based on Mary Meeker’s yearly Internet Trends report. Something to...

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Ransomware Fog Rolls over SanFran Muni, SFMTA

We’ve known ransomware costs for a small- to medium-sized business can be $99,000, per Kapersky Labs. This includes lost business data,...

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Why you would give up the chance to strut around in Middle Earth Barbie wear? Allison Smith asks.

#Thankful! What for? Being able to speak...well, not as well as Allison Smith. Being able to design software and apps with code,...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I don't think Ican write one better than I did 2 years ago, so here's a link to that piece. Happy...

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Comparing Different Types of Mobile Ads

Now that access to the internet via mobile devices is past 50% compared to access via desktop, it makes sense that internet...

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UCaaS Round-Up (Tidbits 2443)

Nextiva, a Broadsoft powered ITSP, announced at their user conference that it has released a new UC&C or Workplace Comms platform...

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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.















VoIP Quality Webinar

June 24, 2005

Here is the webinar on VoIP quality I have discussed recently in our communications and technology podcast:

Are you ready to capitalize on the growing residential adoption of VoIP? As you roll-out VoIP within your organization, are you confident that you can provide employees and customers crystal-clear communication and dial-tone reliability that they have come to expect from traditional telephone service?

Join us for this complementary webinar by Keynote Systems, to understand service quality pitfalls you should address when rolling out VoIP to your residential customers or within the enterprise.

University Triple-Play

June 24, 2005

Here are the details of a future webinar I will participate in. The practice run was very informative and the people at NetCentrex have done a great job preparing and will have an objective and in-depth educational session for you:

Join us for a complimentary Webinar session showcasing IP Triple Play and learn how to upgrade your IP services with an integrated voice-video-data solution for students, faculty and alumni. In this informative Webinar sponsored by the IPlay3 Consortium, you will learn how universities can migrate to a new IP service platform to build an interactive learning environment on campus and off-campus.

Iran Censorship

June 24, 2005

People Want Competition

June 24, 2005

Fiber to the Pillow

June 24, 2005

Microsoft AntiSpyware

June 24, 2005

I like the user interface of this program and have been using it for a while. It seems to do a great job for the most part but I still have an annoying spate of popups on my laptop. I don’t know what app is responsible for this and I have searched the registry and had MIS look at it to no avail. There is a new version of MS AntiSpyware out today and I hope that helps solve my problem.

I am not sure if I have written about this before or just thought it but the concept of Micros soft charging for antivirius or anitispyware tools is very amusing as the OS is supposed to protect us from many of these  problems in the first place.

Lobbyists Lobby – Taxpayers Pay

June 22, 2005

How does the world of lobbyists work and how can these people influence politicians? The USA Today has a story on the topic which explains how non profit groups set up directly by lobbyists are able to sidestep the rules to show members of congress the world.

Here is an excerpt of the article:

In late April, the group paid for four members of Congress - three of them accompanied by spouses - to hop aboard a corporate jet, bound for the Napa Valley town of St. Helena. The weekend for the two Republicans and two Democrats included luxury accommodations at the Meadowood resort and a series of presentations on issues facing the wine industry.



Michael Powell at ITEXPO In LA

June 22, 2005

Michael Powell will be addressing the audience at ITEXPO and I am excited to hear what he has to say. I am sure he has much more latitude now that he is no longer a sitting chairman of the FCC. I also wonder how he feels about the strict 120 day deadline given to VoIP providers after he left. I get the feeling that if he was chairman they would given our industry have six months or more to fully comply.

Silk, Open Source Collaboration

June 22, 2005

This is the first I have heard about open source collaboration software. This is an area ripe for such a solution as many of the competitive options are so expensive. Silk could become a killer app like Asterisk.


New open-source collaboration software, Silk, aims to increase productivity and decrease operational costs across organizations

By using Silk companies can effectively organize large quantities of information through one central and open platform delivering the "context for collaboration"










SAN DIEGO, CA – June 22, 2005 – Akiva Corporation, the premier provider of enterprise-wide open collaboration solutions, today announced the first commercial release of Silk www.silk-project.org. This software, which has been available in beta release since late 2004, is the first comprehensive open source collaboration solution built to demanding enterprise J2EE software standards.

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