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NY Taxi Strike

October 22, 2007

It has been a busy day and although I tried to blog a few times today, nothing came out. It wasn’t writer’s block as much as there seemed nothing really interesting to cover. Many times I blog when I feel passionate about something.   So what caught my eye today is the taxi cab strike -- striking twice in 30 days, what is this France? The cab drivers are striking again because they are adverse to credit card machines and GPS.

Presence vs. Stalkers

October 21, 2007

Presence is a really great technology because it keeps people from playing phone tag – among other things. It is an absolute productivity accelerator as it allows people to know what people are up to 24x7. But therein lies the problem. I am not sure I am 100% comfortable with everyone knowing when I am online, on the phone, in a meeting, etc.   So the solution to this problem proposed by most people in the industry is to allow different people to know differing amounts of information about us.

Crowdgaming

October 20, 2007

Please read this post only if being humbled by technology is not something which will upset you. I must admit when I first heard about croudgaming I was a bit mortified. What has mankind become I wondered?   You see the history of pointing devices has been an interesting one. First there were the arrow keys, then the mouse.

Ooma Dialog

October 20, 2007

I wrote a blog entry titled Ooma Hysteria a few months back. A point I made in the entry is that ooma calls can potentially be tapped by users. Others commenting in the blog agreed. The company’s Chief Technologist Jeff Peck recently commented on their technology and didn’t share how they can keep calls from being tapped.

AT&T Sues Vonage

October 20, 2007

NexTone/ReefPoint Merger Happening?

October 19, 2007

Has anyone heard anything about this rumor? There is a small amount of buzz about it but neither company will substantiate whether it is true. I see positive reasons for such a transaction to take place and I can envision it happening for a number of reasons. The result of a NexTone/ReefPoint combination would be a stronger company with greater product depth.

Open Source Unified Communications

October 19, 2007

More Bad Motorola News

October 19, 2007

You may recall Motorola was a partner with Apple in developing the ROCKR phone which was supposed to be the best of Apple and Motorola technology in one sleek device. The only problem was the device was not the best of anything and subsequently didn’t sell. Oh and by the way – it wasn’t even sleek.   The experience taught Steve Jobs that Apple needs to develop its own phone if it wants to do the job (no pun intended) right. This is how the iPhone came to be.   Now, the iPhone is about to overtake Motorola’s best-selling RAZR phone.   This is sad because if Motorola had played its cards right it might still be an Apple partner instead of getting annihilated by the Apple onslaught.

Big Brother Service Provider

October 19, 2007

If I told you a book distributor with a virtual monopoly in most of the US was blocking the distribution of books it found inappropriate, what would you say? What would our government do if such a practice took place? I realize today this scenario can’t happen because we have open access to information on the internet but what if it happened fifteen years ago when the internet did not exist?   Wouldn’t you be horrified? Would you speak out against such practices?

Comcast Customer Support

October 19, 2007

This morning I went to Wikipedia to look up the formal definition for the term ballistic. Most of us know there is a term “going ballistic” which basically means freaking out in a potentially violent manner. Wikipedia doesn’t have an entry for ballistic in the singular form but they do have the plural – ballistics - and they describe it as the science of mechanics dealing with the motion, behavior and effects of projectiles, especially bullets, gravity bombs, rockets and the like.   Notice the definition has no mention of the word hammer. It has no mention of destroying your local cable office.
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