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Why TelePacific is Re-Branding

In this podcast, I speak with TelePacific's SVP Ken Bisnoff on why TelePacific is re-branding. The CLEC of old is gone....

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Communications Tech Development = Code + Human Resources > Enter OpenSIPs Summit 2017 Amsterdam

A big difference between a successful communications technology corporation, startup or project and a flop is the development of the solution behind...

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Telecom Tidbits (part # 2450)

Amazon Using Trojan Horse Approach To Go After Smartphone Voice Market. Amazon is agressively pursuing the voice personal assistant market, focusing...

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Telecom Tidbits (#2449)

Telecom is still broken. Ordering a 1GB Internet port in a Lit building has turned from a 2 week turn up...

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Shock! IBM Reverses Telecommuting Policy. Here's Why

It's mind-boggling. It's incredible. The biggest news in tech culture is without question  the reversal by IBM regarding a telecommuting policy which...

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What does having no PSTN lines really mean?

There are firm actions starting to take place about PSTN sunset.  What this means is that our landline networks that we...

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10 Seismic Communications Trends Creating Billions in New Value

People need not apply in our brave new communications future Communications was once a person-to-person mechanism allowing individuals to collaborate or share...

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Spear Phishing

July 9, 2005

Phishing is just spam being used to trick people into revealing some information to the phisher, and relies very heavily on social engineering to succeed. By blocking spam effectively, the bait never reaches its target, and the opportunity for deception is crushed.

Phishers are now sending more targeted emails to businesses and these e-mails are designed to appear as though they were sent by another member of staff at the same organization, typically from the IT or HR departments. It seems that people will share their passwords fairly willingly via e-mail if the trust the source.

VoIP Sizzles Details

July 9, 2005

The VoIP Sizzles… event July 20-22, 2005 has been conveniently located at the Sheraton Grand Hotel near the Dallas/Ft Worth airport. The hotel provides a perfect setting for the intensive two days of workshops, panel sessions and presentations; as well as a warm atmosphere to encourage informal get-togethers with your peers.

With high speed Internet access available in most rooms, an indoor/outdoor pool and workout area, plus a convenient shuttle for the 5-minute ride from the airport, the Sheraton Grand is the place to be!

A special room rate of $109 per night is available for a limited number of rooms. Make your reservation early while the special rate is available – once these rooms are gone, the room rate is $129 per night. Ask for ABP or "VoIP Sizzles in Dallas" rate!



Keynote With Mark Spencer at VoIP Sizzles

July 9, 2005

I will be speaking at this event in a few weeks. In case you haven't been to Dallas in July, everything sizzles, along with VoIP. This is a great name for a great event. Is it worth braving the heat to go to Dallas?

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July 9, 2005

Sasser Worm

July 8, 2005



I read something today that I couldn’t believe. The author of the Sasser worm, has been sentenced to 21 month’s probation. Sven Jaschan is now 19 but was 17 when he wrote the worm.

The worm was blamed for shutting down British Airways flight check-ins, hospitals and government offices in Hong Kong, part of Australia's rail network, Finnish banks, British Coast Guard stations, and millions of other computers worldwide.

I am all for giving minors a break but this suspended sentence sends a message loud and clear to other kids. Feel free to hack away… Germany wont prosecute you as long as you are under 18.



Zhone Picks up Paradyne

July 8, 2005

Zhone technologies a company specializing in next-gen service provider equipment is picking up Paradyne Networks a provider of triple play broadband loop carriers and Ethernet access equipment. My take is that this merger is all about scale and being able to compete with the big boys. Zhone has been doing a better job of marketing and promotion than Paradyne so I would say the right company is making the acquisition.

The details are as follows:

Agent Performance

July 7, 2005

Free Press

July 7, 2005

Simply stated, the US cannot have wars in the name of spreading freedom and democracy while simultaneously eroding the democracy we have at home. I can’t believe I am witnessing a person being sent to jail for doing their job. Nothing illegal, just reporting and promising to hold a confidential source in confidence.

Freedom is freedom. There are some instances in which freedom of speech doesn’t work such as yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theatre.

Illegal WiFi

July 7, 2005

Just when you thought the world was one big happy WiFi sharing place, someone gets arrested. Police recently charged a Florida man with a third-degree felony charge. According to this article, he allegedly accessed a WiFi network belonging to a St. Petersburg man without permission. According to the police, Benjamin Smith III was seen by Richard Dinon outside Dinon's home on the night of April 20, 2005, sitting in a parked SUV and using a laptop computer.

Sprint EVDO

July 7, 2005

Forbes reports that Sprint will now have EV-DO(Evolution Data Optimized) technology in their network allowing downloads in the hundreds of megabit per second range. I was once a Sprint wireless data user and switched years ago to Verizon 1xRTT and then to Verizon’s EVDO.

At a certain point I used to have both a 1xRTT card from Verizon and Sprint card with me to use with my iPAQ. In many months of use, I could get on Verizon’s network much more frequently than Sprint’s. the only exception was in Crystal City, Virginia where Sprint worked and Verizon didn’t.

Sprint will have weaker coverage than Verizon as their network is not pervasive and they are introducing the services slowly.



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