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Rates Technology

PC World Mention

January 17, 2006

Alexa Record: 1,151

January 5, 2006

I just sent this e-mail to my fellow TMC team members and just had to share it with everyone as I am so happy with the news:

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From: Rich Tehrani
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 3:14 PM
To: All TMC Team Members;
Subject: New Alexa Record for one day, 1,151

Congratulations team!

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?&range=2y&size=medium&compare_sites=&y=t&url=tmcnet.com#top

Traffic Rank for tmcnet.com (what's this)

















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1 wk. Avg.

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TMCnet: 10 Million Page Views

January 4, 2006

TMCnet: reached 9,945,852 million page views in December 2005 according to WebTrends. This is an all-time high for our site. A page view is basically as the name implies a single page being viewed. So if a person comes to TMCnet and reads 5 articles, they generate 5 page views.

Rates Technology and Mitel

January 4, 2006

Quoted

January 3, 2006

Patents

January 3, 2006

You know when I signed up for this job, no one ever said there was going to be so much patent news to cover. Yesterday I wrote about Google vs. RTI and also Yahoo! vs.

JPEG Patents and Yahoo!

January 2, 2006

Patents have become huge in the computing industry. I thought my Rates Technology vs. Google Patent Troll post from earlier today was the end of the patent news for today. Boy was I wrong.

Patent Troll

January 2, 2006

I found a great site that discusses computer and related technology patents. The site is called Peter Zura's Two-Seventy-One Patent Blog. Peter describes 2005 as the year of the patent troll. Here is an excerpt from his post titled 2005: Year Of The Troll:

Alas, there are significant problems that holding companies have brought to the forefront.

NTP Patents Rejected

December 31, 2005

RTI Patents

December 30, 2005

Thanks to TechDirt I decided to poke around in the actual RTI Patents that have caused the web outcry since RTI sued Google. Jerry Weinberger the man behind RTI patented least cost routing back in the late 1970s and this is basis along with another patent for the lawsuits against the various companies he sues and collects money from.

Least cost routing was the leading edge of technologies in the early 1980s as competition finally was allowed in the phone business. During those early days the rates for various phone calls to various destinations varied widely and it would make sense to use AT&T for calls to Canada, Sprint for calls to Iowa and MCI for calls to California.

The above is just a hypothetical case of course and it should be noted that rates use to vary by time of day as well. A human could not keep track of who was the best carrier per call but a computer could.

Remember now, these were the dark ages of telecom and technology where a box of index cards was the best contact management system and entry level computer cost hundreds of thousands of dollars!

Here are the abstracts of the two patents:

Patent 1

Least cost routing device for separate connection into phone line

Abstract

A device interconnects within the phone line coming from a first phone and routes telephone calls along a least cost route originating from the first telephone to a second telephone via the network.















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