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TMCnet Redesign

January 3, 2007

Today is a pretty big day for me personally. As you know, TMCnet is the world’s leading site for communications and technology information, community building, etc. In fact this past December 2006 saw our traffic reach just under 2 million unique visitors. Our previous record was just over one million.   This is a number unheard of in the competitive space in which we play and we are proud of this fact.   So while our site is not only successful it continues to shine, we knew it also was a busy site.

Sir Terry Matthews

January 3, 2007

Terry Matthews is a living legend in communications and I suppose the only person I will get to meet with a “Sir” in front of their name. For years many people have told me I must meet Terry and for one reason or another we just never connected. Over the years Terry has started 66 companies and only 3 have been unsuccessful meaning they were subsequently rolled back into other companies in the “Matthews family.”.   We often hear of serial entrepreneurs but what separates Terry from virtually all others is his staggering success rate. He not only starts companies at a rapid pace he starts companies that succeed.

Microsoft to Trump Ferrari Laptopgate

January 3, 2007

With all this talk of net neutrality and AT&T’s recent concessions is it possible a much greater net neutrality problem will come not from Texas based AT&T but Redmond’s Microsoft. According to Scott Cleland and the Wall Street Journal, there is huge potential for web discrimination against small companies when using Microsoft’s Vista operating system.   You see the browser has software to spot phishers and the system does not classify over 20 million legitimate small businesses as “phish free” so they have deployed a guilty until proven innocent model.   In my view this is not an intentional way to stop small companies from being successful as this blog entry suggests.   Still the effects of this filter could be disastrous to small business and I suppose Microsoft will be forced to deal with this problem in some way soon before this becomes a media fiasco rivaling Ferrari laptopgate.

The AT&T/BellSouth/FCC Soap Opera

January 2, 2007

The AT&T BellSouth merger has gained FCC approval after AT&T decided to make some concessions and many are hailing this as a win for net neutrality. Below are some of the recent articles – a massive amount for a telecom merger --  I found on TMCnet regarding this soap opera of a merger:     Most of the articles have a positive spin but at least one critic of this merger is Dave Burstein at DSL Prime who thinks AT&T's net neutrality concession has no meaning. Why?   According to Dave this seemingly innocuous later sentence -- following the 2-year net neutrality pledge -- effectively makes it almost meaningless.   “This commitment also does not apply to AT&T/BellSouth's Internet Protocol television (IPTV) service.” AT&T has always intended to give paying customers priority by routing them over the “IPTV” part of their network, with Alcatel routers and Microsoft software designed for QOS.   Basically AT&T says it won't favor one type of traffic on its network over another -- the essence of net neutrality, it then adds this statement that negates their concession.   Many fear service providers will favor some services over others and also restrict competition with pricing which makes it prohibitive to launch a new service that in any way competes with a service provider offering.   After all, would YouTube have stood a chance if they had the service providers stacking the deck against them from the beginning?

Bring a Map

December 29, 2006

I'd like to start this blog entry off by saying Happy New Year and wishing all my readers a tremendous 2007. I hope you are healthy and happy and that your family and all loved ones are as well. Having said that, I cover lots of topics on my blog and many times I focus on telecom and sometimes I get to cover weird stories that are hard to believe   Other times I tie a story into a trade show like the Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO) taking place in 24 days -- January 23-26 at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center.   Many times when I write about the show I like to have a hook.

Japan Location Based Services

December 28, 2006

Pretexting Defense

December 26, 2006

Spirent Shake up

December 24, 2006

Registry Mechanic

December 21, 2006

I have had an IBM laptop at home for a few years and its performance has deteriorated over the years. I haven’t installed much new software save antivirus, adware and spyware tools. Other than that I have upgraded the OS and kept up to date with patches, etc. Anyway the performance makes the computer virtually unusable and I have spent hours, defragging and doing everything else I can think of.

MySpace in Print

December 20, 2006

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