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January 15, 2006

Recently someone told me that Alexa was spyware. I asked them why they said this and they responded that this is what they heard from a friend. I directed them to the Alexa toolbar and they got a better idea how the service works. They said, oh, this is just like the Google Toolbar.

Alexa seems to be the best way to find out how much traffic a site gets without having to pay for the data.

Checking on the Validity of the MillionDollarHomePage Post

January 13, 2006

At 2:30 am this morning both daughters woke up. Nicole was hungry – she is 7 months so I was feeding her while my wife was taking care of our older daughter. So while I am feeding Nicole I get to thinking about my blog post from last night. I was sent a press release about the winner of the milliondollarhomepage auction and I wrote about it.

But at 2:00 am you have a different perspective and I got to thinking what If the release was not accurate? buys the last 1000 PIXELS on MillionDollarHomePage

January 12, 2006

I got this release today about the last thousand pixels on the milliondollarhomepage being purchased. Amazingly I wrote about the wild fluctuations on the downside as a part of this auction. Now the auction which I witnessed with my own eyes as high as $152,100.00 dropped to $38,100 to a weight loss site.

I think a weight loss like this site is a great candidate to purchase these last few pixels as weight loss is a big business.

Perhaps the only surprise is that Vonage didn’t buy the pixels or even AT&T. Think about the publicity value of being written about so frequently as the winner of this auction.

How about a tie-in like this: Save millions with VoIP, see our ad on milliondollarhomepage.

VoIP Peering 2.0 is Video Peering 1.0

January 12, 2006

Hunter Newby has done a great job on his VoIP peering column in Internet Telephony Magazine. The article is so good I want to make sure you take a look at some of it. Be sure to keep reading Internet Telephony Magazine to ensure you read this and other great columns from Hunter, Greg Galitzine and others:

It is quickly becoming widely understood that voice as VoIP is just another application like email. It's a no-brainer, yesterday's news, right?

VoIP 2.0 Conference Goes Web 2.0

January 12, 2006

Internet Telephony Conference & Expo Mashup Announced

Today, Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) the company that produces Internet Telephony Conference & Expo (ITEXPO) announced it has produced a mashup of its domestic attendees signed up for the conference in order to graphically represent where the major interest areas lie in the Voice over IP market. A mashup is a website or application integrating data from various sources into a seamless browsing experience.

Mashups are often databases merged with Google Maps and in this case Google Maps was used as the interface to show where ITEXPO attendees reside or work. In order for the mashup to function the database of attendees to ITEXPO as of December 1, 2005 was run through a service that converted zip codes to longitude and latitude information. This file was subsequently fed into Google Maps to show a graphical representation of where attendees to ITEXPO are located.

Internet Telephony Conference & Expo routinely attracts attendees from over 70 countries as well making it the best-attended international VoIP event.

Nextone Blog

January 11, 2006

Check it out, NexTone has a blog. Why is this important? It just shows the trend towards everyone having a blog. In a world where technology changes so rapidly, tech companies really all need a blog.

VoIP Adrenalin

January 11, 2006

I have been working here at the Ft. Lauderdale airport for over an hour and am impressed with the large amount of seating space, the abundance of electrical outlets and the fast and free WiFi. The WiFi here has been much faster than the hotel WiFi (to be fair the hotel access was free too).

This airport may be one of the most business-friendly airports around. This is much better than an experience I had in Tampa years before WiFi was invented. I couldn't find a phone with a modem plug. Florida has come a long way.

I met a lot of people today at the conference & Elsewhere who told me they can't wait for ITEXPO and I can't believe we are only a few short weeks away.

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.

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