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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.



SSD

March 25, 2006

As I spend more and more time in hotel rooms I find my laptop often wakes me up at night due to the various applications that are set to run after hours. There is the disk defragmenter, the anti-spyware program, the virus scanner, etc. it is a wonder I get any sleep at all with all my computer is doing right next to my head in most hotel rooms.

Sure I can turn the computer off but then I am a day behind in my protection from hackers, viruses and worms.

Obviously I am looking forward to faster and quieter hard drives such as this one from Samsung based on SSD which stands for solid-state disk technology. The storage device features immediately accessible, static NAND flash memory rather than the rotating discs usually used in hard drives

What’s more, SSD weighs only half as much as a hard drive.





Web Portals

March 25, 2006

China Blog News

March 23, 2006

CallMiner

February 28, 2006

Here is a real cool blog entry from fellow blogger Dan Rua, Managing Partner of Inflexion Partners on the future of audio searching. Audio data is voluminous and call center recordings alone present an invaluable resource – a virtual treasure-trove of business intelligence. Within a few years it would be corporate malpractice (thanks to Brooke Greenwald for alerting me to this term – not sure if she coined it) to not have access to all call center conversations when querying the internal database.

Information in text form is growing exponentially and you can expect voice conversations to grow even faster. Will corporations of the future archive and sift through all telephone conversations in a company?

Directory Assistance Comes to VoIP

February 27, 2006

For years I have written about how service providers have been charging the public for a non-service. What I mean is charging for the unlisted or non-published service. I think I have been writing about the topic for eight years or so but rather than find my first writing on the topic, I was satisfied locating a reference to the subject in my Internet Telephony Magazine Publisher's Outlook of August 2002.

In my earlier writings I complained about the service and frankly I was never fond of paying to have a non-published number. Later in life I realized that if people will pay $40 a month to keep their number unlisted, they might pay a service provider for anything.

Here is an excerpt from the above article making this point:

ONE WAY OUT


Domestic service providers are in a different situation.






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