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US Congressman Thinks Guam May Tip Over

April 2, 2010

Lightwave ONE Web Conference site now up

May 22, 2010

I have heard a number of positive comments regarding the addition of an optical event at ITEXPO this fall. Thanks for all your comments. As I mentioned recently, Lightwave ONE which stands for "Optical Networks for Enterprises" will be collocated with ITEXPO Oct 4-6 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

As you likely know, we at TMC do our best to ensure we provide the most complete educational experience we can under one roof.

What Happens When BP Spills Coffee?

June 25, 2010

The web can be your worst enemy when you are a company at the center of an environmental tragedy and causing massive amounts of oil to destroy livelihoods and more. Recently I wrote about an effort by Greenpeace online to come up with a new logo for BP as it relates to the oil spill/catastrophe. Now there is a very viral video from UCB Comedy making the rounds and showing what happens when BP spills coffee.

It is pretty funny and worth a look.


Once again, it reminds us how important social media and the web can be to a company's brand and reputation. Granted, 24x7 cameras in HD showing how much oil you are responsible for leaking into the Gulf of Mexico is tough to top from a negative public relations perspective.




Should Internet Censorship be Allowed?

June 28, 2010

 


Book burning is one of the most horrific acts humans are capable of and when done by an oppressive regime with the goal being to keep information from reaching the hands of its citizens, all humans lose out. In the age of the Internet however Web sites and social networking services sometimes take the place of books - and shutting such services down could be considered the equivalent of burning books.

The issue arises once again via the controversy surrounding Google vs.

Free Market Capitalism Helps the Poor Most

July 1, 2010

I came across a post from Michael Robertson today which has an awesome headline " Gates and Buffet Have it Wrong" and it sums up succinctly how people with means can best-help the poor. I can't help but agree with virtually every word. In summary, it explains that opportunity is the best way to help those in need. This coupled with a free-market system and a free flow of capital.

Lebron James now on Twitter

July 6, 2010

 


Over the weekend I tweeted the fact that Lady Gaga has surpassed President Obama in Twitter followers and separately the matter was reported on by TMC's Juliana Kenny. But look out Presidents and Ladies alike, there is a new King in town and his name is Lebron - Lebron James - King Lebron James and he has just joined Twitter at @kingjames. At the current 30,000 followers the world-famous basketball player is a far cry from the 4.8 million followers of Lady Gaga or the 4.5 million of President Obama - still, James is a major sports celeb and we can expect his web cred to increase rapidly.

Altering Language to Achieve Government Objectives

July 26, 2010

Language is obviously crucial to describing and understanding the world around us but did you know the particular language you speak can influence how you see the world as compared to speakers of other languages? This weekend I had a chance to read a fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal on the topic authored by Lera Boroditsky who is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and editor in chief of Frontiers in Cultural Psychology.

What makes the article so interesting is the analysis of speakers of different languages and the differences in how they interpret the world. For example, 1/3 of the world uses language with absolute directions for space as opposed to relative ones and as a result the speakers of such languages are able to perform navigational feats scientists once thought humans were incapable of.

Why There are so Few Jobs

August 10, 2010

Bogen Communications has been in the telecom space for a long time and I remember running into the company at shows in the nineties. They currently sell audio systems as well as VoIP gateways and office communications equipment and fell off my personal radar for a number of years. They just reappeared today as the president of the company, Michael P. Fleischer just wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal regarding why there is so little hiring in the US.

While many of our politicians such as Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama have accelerated the spending excess of the Bush administration, corporate America braces for the impact of higher taxes.

Congratulations China, Now the World's #2 Economy!

August 16, 2010

Deep down beneath the Rich Tehrani many of you know, I am fiercely competitive. I believe if you lose, you learn from your mistakes and try again. Lose again, try again and so on. I have seen enough semi-talented people succeed in sports due to sheer will and I have seen many uneducated, relatively unintelligent people make it to the top in business with nothing but guts and courage and the inability to take no for an answer.

We Don't Need no Stinking Broadband Stimulus Dollars

August 16, 2010

Just when you thought the broadband stimulus funds had been allocated and it was time to move on to other things word comes from TMC's Paula Bernier that many companies are rejecting the funds because the administration wants to ensure the investors do not directly benefit from the incoming funds. As Paula explains:

That's the word from Kevin Morgan of ADTRAN, a network equipment supplier that has played a leading role in helping educate service providers and others about the broadband stimulus program.

"I do know some customers that were initially awarded money have decided that they're not going to take it, for a variety of reasons," says Morgan.

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