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Inter-Tel Power Struggle

April 12, 2006

There is a power struggle at Inter-Tel. I find this surprising as from where I stand the company is running better than ever. I haven’t been digging into the financials mind you but they are rolling out new products that are doing well and are doing a great PR job.

Still, it is possible that Inter-Tel will go private as a result of this struggle. It is also possible that it will be acquired. In my opinion going private will be good for the company as it will allow Inter-Tel the flexibility to focus on long-term growth and not short-term earnings.

Blog as Memory

April 12, 2006

Written on my way to CTIA last week


I am on my flight out to Las Vegas and something kind of funny keeps happening to me. I keep getting confused about my flight. It started at the gate where I passed by it because I saw a banner that said US Air. I of course am flying America West. I asked a friendly gate agent where America West ticketing is located and she pointed me back to the area with the US Air banner.

So I got my ticket and didn’t think much of it.

Later I boarded the flight and before takeoff a video was shown mentioning US Air throughout. Weird I thought.




Call Center 2.0 Sponsor

April 10, 2006

TMCnet Podcast

April 10, 2006

Milliondollarhomepage decline

April 10, 2006

Hollywood Does Downloads

April 6, 2006

In what may be the ultimate fine line to walk, Hollywood is entering the age of broadband technology and allowing movies to be downloaded at the same time they are available on DVD. The catch? It takes an hour to download a movie, you can only see the movie on 3 computers and if you burn a DVD you can only see it on a computer, not a DVD player.

One other potential deal killer is the price -- $20-$30 which is higher than the equivalent DVD. Beyond the price there will be less additional footage on the downloaded movies than the DVDs.

The higher price is justified by movie execs who say you are paying for convenience and portability.



Thanks Again Readers

April 3, 2006

Eden Roc Fun

April 1, 2006

I am spending some time in Miami after the VPF event. The weather is perfect today and I got some good sun, got to walk on the beach and am sipping cappuchino at the Eden Roc hotel.

This is a great hotel if you are into Rat Pack photos as the whole pack used to stay at this hotel. There are photos of Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra and others, everywhere.

Yesterday my wife and I saw a Marilyn Monroe impersonator who was also a singer in the lobby by the piano.



Do Banner Ads Work?

March 31, 2006

This morning on CNBC there was a market researcher from ACNielsen explaining that graphical banner ads don't work. Joe Kernan was interviewing the researcher and was almost ranting about how banner ads don't work. He was agreeing 100%. He says he never looks at them.

Quoted in Investor's Business Daily Cover Story

March 31, 2006

I was quoted today in the cover story of Investor's Business Daily or IBD. The title of the story is Supreme Court's eBay Patent Right Case Has Both Sides Saying Innovation At Risk. Here is an excerpt containing my quote:

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"The reform has to happen at a more fundamental level," said Ken Dulaney, an analyst with research firm Gartner. "Congress has to go back and reform the laws.



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