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Broadband in Space

January 5, 2006

NASA has just recently announced that they have communicated bidirectionally from a an earthbound space station with a spacecraft using a laser. More amazingly the laser communication was 25 million miles away! As opposed to radio waves, lasers can pack a lot more data into a signal and subsequently allow much more data to be transmitted.

If you think Skype has latency now, wait till your grandkids are using it on one of Jupiter’s moons!

A major challenge with laser communications in space is keeping transmitter and receiver locked onto each other. This is like trying to aim the beam of a very strong laser pointer, akin to the type used in a conference room, at a target millions of miles away.

Radio waves radiate outwards from a transmitter in spherical ripples rather than pencil-thin beams like lasers.





Alexa Record: 1,151

January 5, 2006

I just sent this e-mail to my fellow TMC team members and just had to share it with everyone as I am so happy with the news:

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From: Rich Tehrani
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 3:14 PM
To: All TMC Team Members;
Subject: New Alexa Record for one day, 1,151

Congratulations team!

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?&range=2y&size=medium&compare_sites=&y=t&url=tmcnet.com#top

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TMCnet: 10 Million Page Views

January 4, 2006

TMCnet: reached 9,945,852 million page views in December 2005 according to WebTrends. This is an all-time high for our site. A page view is basically as the name implies a single page being viewed. So if a person comes to TMCnet and reads 5 articles, they generate 5 page views.

Vonage Chooses Sonus

January 4, 2006

I still can’t stop thinking about how many people in the year 2002 when the telecom market was in a perilous time told me that service providers all buy Lucent. Sure they will trial anything and everything else but when they deploy they go with Lucent.

How wrong these people were. Companies like Sonus are doing a great job a getting service providers – new and incumbent, to choose their solutions. Vonage has already deployed Sonus solutions in LA and New York… Now they will deploy Sonus around the country and world to help support their meteoric growth.

The specific products Vonage has and will continue to deploy from Sonus are the GSX9000, PSX Call Routing Server, SGX Signaling Gateway, and the Sonus Insight Management System.



Quoted

January 3, 2006

Patents

January 3, 2006

You know when I signed up for this job, no one ever said there was going to be so much patent news to cover. Yesterday I wrote about Google vs. RTI and also Yahoo! vs.

Alcohol Advertising

January 3, 2006

I saw an article in the Wall Street Journal this morning linking increased alcohol advertising with increased alcohol consumption in the 15-26 age group.

Here is an excerpt from the article.

"This is the most solid piece of research evidence to come forth to date linking exposure to alcohol advertising to increased youth drinking," said David Jernigan, executive director of Georgetown University's Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth, who wrote an editorial about the study. Dr. Jernigan wrote that industry could make a "substantial contribution to reducing underage drinking" by limiting advertising to places where 85% of the audience is likely to be 21 and older.


One wonders if this isnt just the most obvious study ever. After all, the point of advertising is to generate awareness and increase purchase of a product or service. Right?




Patent Troll

January 2, 2006

I found a great site that discusses computer and related technology patents. The site is called Peter Zura's Two-Seventy-One Patent Blog. Peter describes 2005 as the year of the patent troll. Here is an excerpt from his post titled 2005: Year Of The Troll:

Alas, there are significant problems that holding companies have brought to the forefront.

Leap Second

January 2, 2006

Wondering what scientific debates are going on as a result of the new year? Take a look at this article on leap seconds. Things that you will learn:

In 1958 an atomic second was defined as the time it takes for an atom of cesium 133 to tick through 9,192,631,770 cycles

The trouble is that the heavens behave more capriciously than cesium. Also, the length of Earth's day is increasing by about two milliseconds per century because of the tides, whereas today's atomic clocks, unaffected by cosmic events, tick away with an accuracy within one second for every 20 million years.

Because of this discrepancy, atomic time has been pulling ahead of astronomical time for the past 47 years.





Messaging Predictions

December 31, 2005

Here's what Ferris Research thinks will be the main projects/issues that messaging managers will be concerned with in 2006. They are in rough order of priority for the typical organization. Ferris Research is an analyst firm specializing in messaging and collaboration--see www.ferris.com for details. This is a summary of the report, "Key Messaging & Collaboration Issues, 2006"

Implementing Email Archiving & Retention.

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