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Hacking in the Air

January 10, 2008

The Disposable Laptop

January 9, 2008

If you think the disposable computer is a silly concept, you better not read this article from the New York Times about how the former CTO of the one laptop per child (OLPC) initiative is looking to make a -- get this -- $75 computer. The OLPC goal was a $100 computer but it ended up costing $200 instead.

Certainly, ideas like this have to keep Michael Dell up at night.

Pixel Qi is the company behind this idea and Mary Lou Jepsen s the former OLPC CTO. I remember paying about $15 for a disposable camera on a vacation a few years back... I wonder how much a disposable computer would be worth to me.

Sadly, the disposable computer idea is not very green -- but that doesn't mean it won't happen.





AT&T to Filter Web Traffic?

January 9, 2008

It is very scary to read an article on the New York Times website about AT&T openly admitting the fact they may be soon filtering internet traffic. I can think of no scarier thing and there should be no need for it at all. The reason for this change in policy is said to be copyright filtering. As the head of a major media company I find this to be a noble cause but there has to be another way of doing it besides looking through all my packets and determining which packets are on the good and bad list.

As always the concern is where this behavior will lead us.

Toshiba SIP Trunking

January 9, 2008

Toshiba has joined the SIP trunking party with an announcement that their Strata CIX family of IP PBXs will support Session Initiation Protocol. The company will have nationwide support for SIP trunking and this should be great news for past and current Toshiba customers.

Using SIP trunking, companies eliminate the need to have separate voice and data lines and can cut costs, increase flexibility and as a bonus increase call quality.

In addition to SIP Trunks, Toshiba's MIPU cards also support IP stations, SIP stations, Strata Net channels, and applications.

Toshiba's SIP Trunking capabilities are available on two IP interface units: Toshiba's MIPU16 and MIPU24 support 16 ports and 24 channels, respectively. Both are compatible with BeyondVoice with SIPconnect from Cbeyond and VoIPZone from ABS. The MIPU interface units are now available from authorized Toshiba dealers.

This news is also good for Cbeyond as Toshiba is obsessed with call quality.







Pocket Internet

January 9, 2008

I beleive there needs to be a slew of devices allowing us to have web browsing on the go. Something smaller than a laptop and larger than a smartphone is needed. The Wall Street Journal has some interesting points about this topoc in an article titled Full Web Access in Your Pocket?

As you know I am a fan of the Nokia N800 and I wish it was on a 3G network. this would make it infinately useful.

What excites me about the WSJ article however is the statistic cited regarding Japan where cellphone internet access is commonplace...



SIP Education at ITEXPO

January 8, 2008

Marc Robins is now heading up the SIP forum and as you may know, he is an industry veteran and a fellow coworker for many years. Mark was the Group Associate Publisher at TMC and responsible for educating hundreds of thousands in his long tenure in the communications media and analyst spaces.

The SIP forum is working to educate the market in a few weeks in Miami, Fl at ITEXPO.

Here is a summary of what you will learn at ITEXPO in a few weeks as part of TMC's collaboration with the SIP Forum.

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SIP Forum SIPconnect Compliance Workshop



Schedule, Speakers and Topics







DATE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2008

SIP Forum SIPconnect Compliance Workshop, Room B114/115
Co-located with TMC’s Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO EAST 2008
The Miami Beach Convention Center
Miami, FL
10:00am-1:00pm



Comcast 2.0

January 8, 2008

In December of 2004 I wrote an article titled VoIP 2.0 in Internet Telephony Magazine which focused in part on next generation devices VoIP service providers need to differentiate themselves.

Here is an excerpt from that article:

The Device Sells The Service


There are at last count over 100 VoIP service providers out there and counting. How will they differentiate themselves? Some will have the best user interface, price, quality of service, etc., but is that enough differentiation for hundreds of competitors that are effectively able to compete with one another globally? Carrier’s carriers like Level 3 and other new entrants to this market are going to be the backbone of the next generation of service provider making it easier than ever to compete in this market.





Latin America VoIP Conference

January 8, 2008

We are very excited to announce that at the upcoming Internet Telephony Conference & Expo in Miami later this month, there will be a free session for resellers showing them how to best sell IP communications products and services to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Here is an overview of the session from the Reseller Solutions portion of the ITEXPO home page:

IP Telephony has been used for the past several years for bridging the islands of the Caribbean and the nations of Central and Latin America together at the service provider transport level. Now it is time to reveal how it is being used in the rapidly expanding mass market to bring small and medium business customers together. From the implementation of cost-effective IP based key systems for single locations with scattered phones in remote locations to small to medium size multi-site locations in neighboring countries, new developments have recently made the cost of IP- key system implementation go way down and the features available to the end-user customer go way up.



Jose Pardo from Allworx will be speaking at this session and I am looking forward to hearing what he has to say at the show.



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