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Target and Casper, Retail is now like Telecom

Retailers are now a lot like broadband providersCasper sells a mattress that rolls up and comes in a box and has rave...

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Merger Synergies and CX

Sonus is merging with GENBAND. Last year Sonus bought Taqua for $20M. The talk is all about synergies and higher EBITDA....

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Telecom Tidbits # 2457

Some help with Robocalls. Pass it along. Private equity firm, TPG, last year acquired RCN and Grande. Now they are grabbing...

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Is the Cisco VNI Right?

I come across many business plans that utilize the Cisco VNI, and these business plans and business often speak of it...

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What Happened to LinkedIn?

This week there have been two posts on my feed about "We can connect but don't spam me!" The discussion was...

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If Starting Today as an Agent

If I was starting my telecom agency today, what would I do? When I started in 1999, I was selling basically...

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The Rise of AI in Communications

Data, Data everywhere but not a byte to thinkData, Data everywhere buy why are the bytes not linked? As economical compute power...

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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.



Intel Monopoly

July 7, 2005

I spent some time reading some of the compliant against Intel from AMD. I found it interesting that AMD waited until recently to file such a lawsuit but as I understand from my reading, AMD claims that since AMD launched its Opteron processor, the first such processor to allow 64 bit computing and 32 bit compatibility, Intel became increasingly egregious. For a while, Intel decided their 64 bit solution would not need backwards compatibility. They have since changed course.

This early decision hurt Intel in the market and AMD claims this was the reason Intel really started to use its monopoly position to keep retailers and manufacturers from selling AMD based solutions.

According to AMD’s complaint against Intel:

Intel’s conduct has unfairly and artificially capped AMD’s market share, and constrained it from expanding to reach the minimum efficient levels of scale necessary to compete with Intel as a predominant supplier to major customers.





Skype Clone

July 7, 2005

Here comes yet another entry into the market aimed at taking out Skype. Project Gizmo has a product that will do lots of things that Skype can but with SIP support.

London Bombings

July 7, 2005

I would like to send my condolences to the families who lost loved ones in today’s bombing attacks in the UK. I wish those that were injured a safe and speedy recovery. I hope those that were responsible are found quickly and brought to justice.

Here is a log from multiple reporters detailing the aftermath of the bombings.

In case you missed the details, London was struck by a series of 6-9 separate bombs seemingly aimed at disrupting the city’s transportation system. Buses and subways were primarily targeted.

From the NYTIMES:

Sir Ian Blair, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, told reporters at about 11:20 a.m.







VoIP Developer Early Bird

July 6, 2005

This conference located in South San Francisco promises to be even better than last year’s event. The quantity of attendees and especially the quality is unmatched. Some of the largest software makers in the world are sending people and general communications and tech companies are coming in droves. You won’t find a more targeted show than VoIP Developer so if you want to learn how best t construct communications products and services or partner with the major industry players, this is the one event where you can do it all.

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