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RNK Phone Number Bank

July 16, 2007

What Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet, GrandCentral Founders did at GrandCentral is amazing. They came up with a great idea – one number for life. They started a company and sold it quite quickly to Google. The service is evolving even more rapidly now but while so many people marvel at how fast Google snapped up GrandCentral, one company thinks they have a better solution to the one number problem.   We can likely all agree the idea of having a single phone number makes a great deal of sense.

Cablevision Customer Service

July 15, 2007

I have been consistently impressed with Cablevision customer service. I am having a problem with my network and it is potentially complicated. From time to time the network experiences packet loss for a few minute period.   I have also noticed that my Belkin UPS is making clicking noises. I wonder if these problems are related.

Mad at Hilary Clinton

July 14, 2007

Russell Shaw is mad at Hillary Clinton due to her support for increasing taxes.   Here are my stances. I can’t decide which one makes the most sense so I am throwing them both out there.   He is right   Russell is right to be mad. Our system works incredibly well now and the money flowing to the ultra-rich finds its way back into the hands of every day workers through myriad hedge and private equity funds which helps finance many new companies and grow existing ones.   While the ultra-rich are making obscene sums of cash, I would rather have this wealth concentrated in the US where it generally gets spent on nice houses, cars and lots of other expensive items which are great for the US economy.   Let’s be careful not to mess up an economic cycle which is seeing tremendous growth.

Delicious TMCnet Stories

July 13, 2007

Here is a smattering of home made TMCnet stories, just like mom used to make. Mom’s cookies can’t compare to the brand new Tadiran trailer featured below or Cantata’s fax solutions. And you know, even if mom was the best cook around, try connecting her savory linguini to Microsoft OCS or Microsoft Office Live. Dialogic and RingCentral can do this and their products don’t even need to be refrigerated and reheated overnight!   Everyone loves great cooking. Especially the small business.

Voicemail Transcription Patent

July 12, 2007

I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends   Here is a patent on voicemail transcription from one of the founders of SpinVox who I met with some months back. The patent does describe having live operators listen to and correct voicemails which are transcribed to text. This does not mean all voicemails are sent to live operators but one of my readers sent me this link and it is worth sharing. The text of the patent is below.   ---   Voicemail is received at a voicemail server and converted to an audio file format; it is then sent or streamed over a wide area network to a voice to text transcription system comprising a network of computers.

Voicemail Transcription Patent

July 12, 2007

I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends   Here is a patent on voicemail transcription from one of the founders of SpinVox who I met with some months back. The patent does describe having live operators listen to and correct voicemails which are transcribed to text. This does not mean all voicemails are sent to live operators but one of my readers sent me this link and it is worth sharing. The text of the patent is below.   ---   Voicemail is received at a voicemail server and converted to an audio file format; it is then sent or streamed over a wide area network to a voice to text transcription system comprising a network of computers.

NetSuite on iPhone

July 12, 2007

700MHZ Spectrum

July 12, 2007

Google and others are looking to ensure some of the 700MHZ spectrum is allocated for broadband wireless and moreover available at wholesale rates in order to help foster new and innovative services. For more on this story see this USA Today article.   Interestingly I also read a Telephony article where CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent called the proposed rules “Silicon Valley welfare.”   What I find interesting is this portion of the Telephony article:   -----   Verizon Wireless vice president and general counsel Steve Zipperstein testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, urging Congress to ignore Google and other Internet companies’ calls for open-access requirements to the 700 MHz bands, which are scheduled for auction in early 2008. Zipperstein said the results of such rules would favor the Internet companies over the wireless industry, effectively pre-determining the winners of the auctions in advance.

“The wireless industry has produced a steady stream of innovations -- from devices, to applications, to features -- that have given American consumers myriad choices about how they use their wireless service,” said Zipperstein in a statement.

Digium Acquires Sokol & Associates

July 11, 2007

Digium just acquired Sokol & Associates the company behind the successful Asterisk training program and the Astricon trade show. This further reconfirms the idea of Digium being “everything Asterisk,” a concept espoused in a recent interview with the company’s news CEO Danny Windham.   “We’ve been such an active part of the Asterisk community for years that joining Digium seemed like the logical next step for our group,” said Steve Sokol. “We look forward to continuing to work with Asterisk users around the world and to taking our knowledge of how people are using Asterisk every day and using it to impact future product development.”   “Asterisk is one of the most commonly used open source projects today, and as the community of users and contributors grows, we want to deepen our relationship with them,” said Mark Spencer, founder and chief technology officer of Digium. “Sokol & Associates has run Asterisk training classes around the world and has long been a central part of this community.

Nielsen/NetRatings Changes Measurements

July 10, 2007

The success of sites embodying AJAX has driven a need to change the way websites are measured. Generally, most sites are measured by “page views” or how many pages are viewed on a site. If you were to read 5 blog entries on TMCnet this week your views would be counted towards TMCnet’s page view number.   As more sites embody AJAX and video, there is no need for a page to refresh and as such a person could spend many minutes on a website and only view a single page. So the current system favors sites which refresh often such as a Google or Yahoo.   PC World reports that Nielsen/NetRatings will start measuring total time spent on a site as their primary metric and page views will be secondary.   "It is not that page views are irrelevant now, but they are a less accurate gauge of total site traffic and engagement," Scott Ross, director of product marketing at Nielsen/NetRatings said.
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