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Attention Inventors

March 1, 2007


Thanks to many of the inventors and entrepreneurs out there I get exciting ideas to write about on a regular basis. Think about it… If there are no new ideas and products I would just wax poetic about my personal life– and believe me you don’t want that, you really don’t.

So when an opportunity comes along for me to help new entrepreneurs become successful and sort of give back to all of you nice people who invent things I can pontificate about – of course I am going to tell you about it.

Venture2 is sponsoring the Venture2 (seems redundant )Spring 2007 Inventor Search at The Launching Pad, an innovation incubator located in Delray Beach, FL. The contest is designed to find experienced and new entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, who are looking to commercialize their products or concepts with leading consumer product companies.

Inventors must submit an application by the required date of March 9, 2007; accepted applications will be invited to present their product on Thursday, March 15, 2007 between 1pm – 8pm. The four (4) finalists during the competition on March 15, must be prepared to return to The Launching Pad for the final judging on Friday, March 16, 2007 from 10am – 1pm.

The Grand Prize Winner of the “Venture2 Spring 2007 Inventor Search” will receive recognition and publicity, as well as 60 days of support from Venture2 (at no cost) in refining the concept and presenting the idea to leading companies for potential license or launch.

Both the grand prize winner and 2 runners-up will receive recognition through Venture2’s website as well as publicity.

OK so no promises to become a gazillionaire through this contest but what the heck.












Training it Today

March 1, 2007

I have been in meetings all morning and am now training it into the city for a meeting. I am normally the first person to charge all my devices reliugiously but I somehow forgot to do so last night and am running short on --- gasp --- juice.   Which of course leads me to wonder why Metro North trains have no power outlets like their Amtrak cousins.   The funny thing is that as I finished the last sentence the New York bound train arrived and I entered it and noticed there was a plug across from me. Apparently some seats on the ends have them. This is great news for me as I get to write my little heart out all the way to the city and back.   As an aside I did a brief news report on Costco’s return policy as a video.

Fractal Edge

February 28, 2007

IP Communications Stories February 26, 2007

February 26, 2007

A Breakthrough Month in IP Communications

February 26, 2007

Skype, Google, Verizon, Vonage and Other Happenings   Please enjoy the March 2007 Publisher’s Outlook from Internet Telephony Magazine:   The last few weeks have been among the most newsworthy in IP communications since this magazine’s first issue in February 1998. If you have any doubts about the VoIP market’s strength and power, consider that Skype has recently petitioned the FCC for something amazing. They want to apply the Carterphone rules to the wireless industry. These are the same rules that were applied to break up the AT&T monopoly on devices, allowing anyone to make products for the AT&T network — as long as these products did not harm the network.   Innovations like the fax machine and vibrant competition in the handset market ensued.

Wikipedia Mistakes

February 24, 2007

The New York Times has an interesting story on Wikipedia and how it can get students in trouble because some of its entries are flawed. I use the reference somewhat frequently and sometimes forget that individual entries can be mistaken. If Wikipedia is a collaborative encyclopedia – how do you know you aren’t citing or referencing an entry written by someone who flunked out of school?   I guess you don’t.   Wikipedia and other collaborative Web 2.0 sites would be much more useful if the authors had a rating. In much the same way eBay ranks sellers, I suppose Wikipedia should rank content providers.

Skype, FCC and Carterphone

February 23, 2007

The Carterphone ruling is what is responsible for opening up AT&T’s original phone networks to competition. Prior to this ruling AT&T had a monopoly on the devices attached to what it considered its network. AT&T even charged an electricity fee as I recall to light the lights on phones that hard plastic buttons representing phone lines.   In the US some think wireless providers are acting like monopolies as well by restricting access to their mobile networks to devices sanctioned only by the wireless provider. Verizon is famous for crippling devices – bluetooth for example -- and thereby driving revenue from services which require subscribers to rely on Verizon’s network.   Skype for its part is not happy with this situation and is subsequently asking the FCC to apply Carterphone principles to wireless networks allowing any device to be used on these networks.

See Through X-Rays and the TSA

February 23, 2007

IBM Webinar

February 23, 2007

We have a very exciting webinar running on TMCnet this week titled IP Convergence - Tearing Down the Barriers Between Telecom and Information Technology   The number of registrations is approaching a record and we are pretty excited about hosting it on February 27, 2007 at 2:00 pm EST.   Here is an excerpt from a press release which ran today on TMCnet:   The convergence of voice, data and video networks is having a profound effect on telecommunications organizations, infrastructures, and platforms. Convergence is likewise merging traditional telecommunications networks and Information Technology infrastructures, historically built on separate technologies and methodologies.   Using common IT technologies, service providers can reduce dependence upon highly customized hardware to create new service offerings. This results in an operating environment, which can significantly reduce CapEX and OpEX, accelerate time-to-market, and provide flexibility to deploy applications in the environment best suited to the service, and requirements of the service provider.   The webinar will be led by three presenters with decades of experience in the field: Bruce Anthony, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technical Officer for Next Generation Networks and Convergence; Scott Wharton, Vice President of Marketing for BroadSoft (News - Alert); and Ernie Bergstrom, Vice President, Research and Founder of Crystal Cube Consulting.   TMC will be giving away a 30GB iPod ($250 value) to a random webinar attendee.

Jyve

February 20, 2007

A few hot buttons in tech these days are user generated content, Web 2.0 and of course Google. But what happens if you are to combine Google with live user generated content? Well, you might get Jyve, a search engine that gives live answers to questions on various topics.   I tested the system on Monday, February 19th and asked “What is Aspirin?” In response I received the following answer in under a minute:   Aspirin or acetylsalicylic acid (acetosal) is a drug in the family of salicylates, often used as an analgesic (against minor pains and aches), antipyretic (against fever), and anti-inflammatory. It has also an antiplatelet (“blood-thinning”) effect and is used in long-term low-doses to prevent heart attacks and cancer.   I then hit the “live” search engine at 8:00 am the next day and asked “Which is better, the University of Connecticut or Yale?” This result wasn’t coming back as quickly so I lost patience after a few minutes and decided to open another window and I shot off the following question – which I marked consumer electronics.
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