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Telnyx Dave Casem Interview - Democratizing the PSTN, Be Your Own Carrier

Telnyx is a key sponsor for OpenSIPs Summit May 2-5 in Amsterdam. I remember what a great job Telnyx did in its...

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Can a Class 4 Softswitch run in the Cloud?

Can a Class 4 softswitch really run in the cloud?  This was a question I got at Mobile World Congress from a...

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Where's the Margin? (Part 1)

As much as I grumble often about the VoIP/UC providers and their lack of differentiation, SD-WAN is going to be just...

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First Hackproof Wi-Fi, then Grab Some IP Communications

While most of TMCnet blog readers want to monetize IP communications, most of the world just wants to be able to use...

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Software Media Servers Help CPaaS Offerings Such as GENBAND Kandy

Cloud communications are giving customers deployment options they never had before. Big data centers running ‘you name it’ communications functions and software...

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New Flowroute Customer Onboarding Platform Lubricates CSP Porting

Smoothly and effectively onboarding new enterprises is one of the most significant operational challenges for cloud communications providers. Flowroute is aiming squarely...

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CounterPath Bria-X Delivers Cost-Effective UCaaS Solution

In the 1990s Novell had a lock on servers in the enterprise. There was no Linux but SCO UNIX and IBM's AIX...

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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.

The Nuclear Option

June 22, 2005

Here is an LA Times story on nuclear energy and how the industry is poised to make a comeback. With all this talk of the imminent construction of new plants, I find it surprising that analysts and experts say the first new plants will take ten years or more to build. By then, who knows where oil prices will be.

Sure, you here people like Rush Limbaugh say that oil is cheaper by the gallon than milk, but Rush, kids don’t drink milk anymore but cars have become SUVs. The price of oil seems to be more volatile by the year. In a decade it could cost more for a gallon of gas than it dose for a gram of uranium.

My take?



Google Will Not Compete With PayPal

June 22, 2005

Directly anyway. It seems according to the New York Times that Eric Schmidt the CEO of Google denied the implications that their new service will compete with EBay’s online payment division in PayPal.

PayPal has thrived in the last half-decade, growing from 24 test users in 1999 to 72 million accountholders through March. Looking to profit from the fees that PayPal collects from completing online transactions, San Jose-based eBay bought the service for $1.3 billion in 2002.

My take? Google will start using their electronic payment service  for things like Froogle and their advertising programs AdSense and AdWords.



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