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May 26, 2007

Thank You Google

May 26, 2007

It has been months since Google somehow started to omit TMCnet blogs from their BlogSearch service. Since the service is so popular we wanted to find out we were delisted and se if there was a technical problem.   After months of writing to Google to ask what the problem was, Tom Keating wrote a blog entry titled Google Blog Search Sucks where he mentioned he loves Google but the BlogSearch service leaves much to be desired. His concerns centered around MFA (made for Adsense) sites being listed and other non-blog sites such as EE Times and even a Wiki.   Thankfully the blog entry caught the attention of Google and an engineer responded a few days later to tell us there was a bug in their system and they have fixed the bug and TMCnet blogs are now listed.   Interestingly, my blog hasn’t been showing up on Technorati for about a year and we don’t know the reason. We have sent many e-mails to Technorati and there seems to be no way to solve the problem.   Similarly we have been trying to get TMCnet news added to Yahoo! News and normal channels haven’t worked.   A very important point Tom makes is that the dotcoms have horrendous customer service.

Razr Thin Laptop

May 25, 2007

Intel has built a laptop just one quarter of an inch thicker than a Motorola Razr. In addition it is loaded with high-end features, state of the art wireless connectivity and other bells, whistles and microphone arrays. The laptop looks like jewelry according to some and is intended to get the market more jazzed about laptops and technology in general.   The question I have always had is why Apple designs look so good and why every PC maker can’t design worth a damn. Sony does it best but still, no one is as good at Apple.   Can’t someone even copy them??   In the car market, virtually the entire country of Japan copied Germans for a decade to gain share.

Touting Corporate Location

May 25, 2007

I came across this study which shows students don’t care what country a cellphone comes from and I think in an increasingly global world this trend will continue. In the US, players like Nortel (yes they are officially Canadian but may as well be American), Cisco and Avaya have no problem taking the majority of communications spending.   I wonder how much of this spend in the US is due to corporate decision-makers identifying these companies as domestic.   Just as this is the case in the US, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Siemens enjoy similarly dominant positions in their home communications markets.   As these students who have less national loyalty enter the job market one can imagine the competitive pressures will only increase causing manufacturers to have a more difficult time competing in their home markets.   Thankfully this is a global trend and domestic companies should be able to make up for any lost share at home with increased share abroad.   One final thought. Would tech companies be better off branding themselves as American when they sell here? I think so.   Toyota who is not an American company has billboards in the San Francisco Airport touting how many people they employ in the US.

Flying to Vegas

May 21, 2007

Hydrogen Power

May 21, 2007

IP Phone Security Threats

May 20, 2007

Mesh Networks

May 19, 2007

Mihaylo Bids for Inter-Tel

May 16, 2007

There is a higher bid for Inter-Tel than what Mitel initially offered to pay. The bid is being led by Steve Mihaylo who is a major shareholder of Inter-Tel and the former founder. Rumor has it Steve who has been a keynote speaker at a prior Internet Telephony Conference & Expo has board members who can help direct the sale of the company back into his control.

Mihaylo had a former offer for the company rejected as you may recall.

GIPS News

May 15, 2007

Global IP Solutions, the company formerly known as Global IP Sound is well known as the company providing VoiceEngine technology. Their products enable communications for millions of users each day as their technology is found in Skype, WebEx and others.   Today at the Communications Developer Conference the company announced a new version of one of their their VoIP embedded media processing solutions. The new product is called VoiceEngine Multimedia Lite and according to Matt Benkoil, the GIPs development community director, it combines the power and performance of GIPS VoiceEngine with high quality video conferencing support.   I am actually working pretty early for California and this news comes to me in the form of a press release so I am not able to ask the company any questions. If I could I would ask what makes the software “lite.” I would imagine the software perhaps has less functionality and takes less processing power than the regular version of the product.   If/when I find out more I will update this post.
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