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Is it Too Late to Get Into the Smart Home Market?

Nest is doing a number on HVAC companies the way the iPod and iPhone did to music players and phones. Yet, as...

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2018 (Likely Wrong) Predictions

Last year, I refrained from making any telecom predictions.   And no one complained.  And this year I was content to continue down...

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20 Years Later, Dialpad Disrupts Communications Again

History was made this week As Dialpad launched a free version of their UCaaS platform for up to five users. This amounts...

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MegaPath Leverages Years of Experience to Lead in SD-WAN

MegaPath is in a unique position in the SD-WAN space as they were on the leading edge of the MPLS curve...

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Value Added Services In IoT

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to speak at TechXLR8 Asia in Singapore.  It was a dynamic conference covering...

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TELoIP Brings SD-WAN to Companies of All Sizes

The market predictions for SD-WAN growth show a hockey-stick. What is most interesting about this growth is it’s literally across the spectrum...

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SD-WAN is Booming and Airespring is Providing its Customers Innovative Solutions

SD-WAN is eating the WAN, cloud and IP communications all at once. We’ve all seen the amazing projections of market growth but...

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A9 Maps

August 16, 2005

You know what a great map idea is? To go out and take photos of lots of different buildings and tie them to a mapping service so that people looking for directions will also get visual cues so they know they are on the right track an better yet will recognize their final destinations. A9 recently unveiled such a mapping service and it is awesome!

You can go to an address or pan a magnifying glass over a map and the images pop up on the right hand side of the screen. They then start to pan, giving you a full view of both sides of the street – a full 360 degree view.

I already envision people being upset that they are in these photos and the lawsuits that may follow.



WiFi Telephony

August 16, 2005

Years ago I saw the future of VoIP as being wireless and WiFi in particular was curious to me. To my amazement URLs like VoWiFi.com and WiFiTelephony.com were available and I registered them. At the time, VoIP was so out of favor it was ridiculous. I looked up the exact date, it was May 2, 2002 to be exact.

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.

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