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VoIP Silos

January 11, 2006

Today Erik Lagerway referenced the VoIP Silos article that Om Malik wrote a while back. I agree 100% as well. Perhaps VoIP peering will allow carriers to interconnect more easily. But just as importantly we need to keep in mind it is in the best interest of companies with large market share to keep their users siloed.

Is it fair for the newer players to have the advantage of coming into the game and adding little yet gaining a great deal?

Microsoft Windows, Outlook, and Exchange Vulnerabilities

January 11, 2006

I thought I would pass this security alert on. Seems like a lot of security problems this past few weeks. I am looking forward to more secure operating systems/software in the future.


                     National Cyber Alert System

                 Technical Cyber Security Alert TA06-010A

Microsoft Windows, Outlook, and Exchange Vulnerabilities

   Original release date: January 10, 2006
   Last revised: January 10, 2006
   Source: US-CERT

Systems Affected

     * Microsoft Windows
     * Microsoft Outlook
     * Microsoft Exchange

   For more complete information, refer to the Microsoft Security
   Bulletin Summary for January 2006.


   Microsoft has released updates that address critical vulnerabilities
   in Windows, Outlook, and Exchange. Exploitation of these
   vulnerabilities could allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to
   execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service on a vulnerable

I. Description

   Microsoft Security Bulletins for January 2006 address vulnerabilities
   in Microsoft Windows, Outlook, and Exchange.


January 10, 2006

Here is an informational e-mail we are about to send out. I think it is blogworthy because so many people have been e-mailing me with questions answered by this e-mail. The energy level in the VoIP space is incredible and I can’t wait to host this show in sunny Florida. Interestingly it isn’t as cold as it normally is in the northeast at the moment which means you probably can still get good prices on plane tickets to attend the show.

One would imagine that in two weeks it will become much colder in the midwest and on the east coast and you could conceivably be enjoying the sun in Florida on your way to ITEXPO while simultaneously escaping the frigid temperatures that are bound to hit us sooner or later.

INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO East 2006 January 24-27, 2006 - Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center

Build Your Business at INTERNET TELEPHONY

First VoIP Conference of 2006 Begins in Two Weeks!

The most compelling reason to attend INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO this month (yes, we open the show in 14 days!) in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is to see how to use VoIP to improve your business.

Make Money in VoIP

January 10, 2006

How to make money in VoIP is perhaps the most often asked question in the business. The market is exploding with growth but not everyone knows how to generate an income from such a fast growing market. What are the tips and tricks you need to know to ensure you come out on top of the VoIP revolution?

Lately I have been thinking about all the varied ways companies and people are finding to make a living by selling VoIP products and services. Some people for example have done an amazing job as affiliates meaning they get a piece of every sale they direct to a company.

The Real Hacker Damage

January 9, 2006

Like any good computer Samaritan I do all I can to avoid having my computer taken over and used in denial of service attack or to send volumes of spam messages on behalf of those malicious people who benefit from both of these activities.

I think I am well protected. My corporate virus scanner catches e-mail threats such as executable files sent via e-mail that could cause damage if clicked on. I have an anti-spyware program that updates regularly and scans constantly. I occasionally run anti-adware programs to stop malicious programs from monitoring websites I visit and possibly steal passwords I type in.

I also subscribe to the Microsoft Windows Update program and every night my computer checks for updates and installs them automatically.

In addition I scan through volumes of e-mail, the majority of which is spam and malicious content designed to steal passwords and/or my identity.

If all this wasn't enough of a productivity drain, I have noticed a new and more annoying problem that is zapping corporate productivity.

Trumping Alex

January 9, 2006

TMCnet Testimonial from Warren Buffet

January 6, 2006

I sent this e-mail to the TMC team today and thought we have so many more people coming to TMCnet now that many of my newer readers may not be familiar with this news. We are obviously very proud to receive such a letter and once again thanks to all of you for helping to make TMCnet so successful.



I just want to make sure you are all aware that Warren Buffet sent Tracey Schelmetic a complimentary e-mail about her tmcnet article a while back.

We have added so many new people in the last months, I am not sure everyone knows about it.


In case you aren’t aware, Mr. Buffet is one of the most well-known investors in the world and founded the Berkshire Hathaway fund that owns companies like Geico.

Google Buys Monster?

January 6, 2006

Broadband in Space

January 5, 2006

NASA has just recently announced that they have communicated bidirectionally from a an earthbound space station with a spacecraft using a laser. More amazingly the laser communication was 25 million miles away! As opposed to radio waves, lasers can pack a lot more data into a signal and subsequently allow much more data to be transmitted.

If you think Skype has latency now, wait till your grandkids are using it on one of Jupiter’s moons!

A major challenge with laser communications in space is keeping transmitter and receiver locked onto each other. This is like trying to aim the beam of a very strong laser pointer, akin to the type used in a conference room, at a target millions of miles away.

Radio waves radiate outwards from a transmitter in spherical ripples rather than pencil-thin beams like lasers.

Milliondollarhomepage Auction Takes Off

January 5, 2006

I am not sure if my eyes are deceiving me but it seems the bid price for the last 1,000 pixels of the Milliondollarhomepage are now at about $700,000! That is not a typo mind you. The actual number is $699,100.00. Is it possible that the last 1,000 pixels will generate more revenue than the rest of the site?
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