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May 8, 2007

Open-Source Telephony Goes Mainstream

May 8, 2007

In the last few years the communications industry has been taken by storm through the invention of an open-source communications platform named Asterisk invented by Digium (www.digium.com) founder Mark Spencer. An article written for the January 2004 issue of Internet Telephony magazine by yours truly was titled, “Open Source Telephony. . .

Cable Gets VoIP

May 8, 2007

Cable companies are feasting on VoIP success by the millions of customers. What an amazing job they are doing taking customers from phone companies. So far however, cable VoIP growth in the SMB space has been slow. Large phone companies for their part seem to be copying as opposed to innovating.

Hillary Clinton Champion of Net Neutrality?

May 8, 2007

VoIP Stories May 7, 2007

May 7, 2007

Here are some interesting stories worth reading. Incidentally, I now have a Plantronics CS70N installed at my desk. It is about the same size and weight as the popular Plantronics Voyager 510 with the difference being slightly more weight and thickness as well as a long voice tube which reaches your mouth.   I have been able to walk a few hundred feet (with massive amounts of RF emitting equipment in-between) from my base station before sound quality degrades.   Enjoy:  

Vulcan Flipstart, Verizon and YouTube

May 7, 2007

This is a busy news week with announcements and commentary from virtually all areas of communications and technology. Starting small, Gary Krakow has a review of the Vulcan Flipstart which is a company founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Gary seems to like the device and one feature in particular he draws attention to is the small computer’s ability to be rebooted with a single button. There is a bit of irony in that the Microsoft co-founder “innovated” by allowing a Microsoft computer to be rebooted more quickly.

Wireless 2.0

May 4, 2007

Google, Yahoo, Skype/eBay and others are very interested in ensuring they have direct access to consumers through licensed spectrum. In fact, on March 6, 2007, Google became part of a consortium called the Coalition for 4G in America. It includes Skype, Yahoo, DirecTV, EchoStar, Intel, and wireless services provider Access Spectrum.   One wonders if this isn’t the clearest sign of all these companies are sure net neutrality will not ever be enforced. Then again it could just be a way to hedge their bets.   Chairman Kevin Martin and the FCC should be praised for taking action on the suggestions of the dotcoms and publicly pledging support for increased broadband wireless competition.   See the full story written by BusinessWeek.

Where is Rich?

May 3, 2007

Today, Rich is in Dallas, Texas. Last night he was supposed to go to a Yankee game but due to weather and traffic he was stuck for many hours on the highway. 100 MPH gusts blew over a tractor trailer. Rich was supposed to meet people at the stadium and the people he was supposed to meet got to the stadium on time.   While Rich was stuck in traffic the people he was supposed to meet were gathered together and taken below the stadium as there was a tornado watch.   Rich ended up eating at a restaurant called Pappadeaux and was amazed at just how good the food was.

Video Game Marketing

May 1, 2007

I gave a keynote presentation yesterday on the next generation of marketing and it was one of my favorite speeches to date as it was something new and different to discuss. I got to speak about all the latest technology options for companies and how they tie into marketing and allow companies to connect with consumers in new ways.   I had a few examples in my presentation and in a few weeks I will be able to post a video of the presentation so you can see it for yourself. A few things I discussed were how companies could use twitter, social networks, web 2.0 and other ideas in their marketing campaigns.   Moreover I discussed how Burger king is using video games in their marketing and how KFC is using mosquito ringtones in their TV ads to appeal to the younger demographic.   I was reminded of the presentation when I learned today the Army is also using video games as a way to market to prospective recruits. The Army is not alone….

Trixbox/Fonality at Communications Developer

April 30, 2007

I have just received word Kerry Garrison will be speaking at TMC’s Communications Developer Conference to take place next month in Santa Clara, CA. Kerry is the Sr. Product Manager at Trixbox and works intricately with the open-source development community. If you have any interest in open-source communications development you will not want to miss his presentation.   In addition, Kevin Fleming, the co-maintainer of Asterisk will be presenting a keynote at the event.   We believe our keynote program is well balanced with representation from the open-source community and other important players in the market who will give their perspectives from various vantage points.   Keynotes will be provided from these other companies (in chronological order):  
  • AudioCodes
  • Avaya
  • Pactolus
  • Aculab
  • Skype
  • Nortel
  • Cisco
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