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An IP Packet exchange (IPX) is a private managed network, defined by the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), over which service...

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12 Reasons Carly Fiorina Would be a Great President

A secretary who worked to become CEO of a huge tech company is not only an inspiration, its a person who understands...

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Trends in America

There is a rising trend in America toward the non-worker. The former US Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, has been talking...

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NFV vs. SDN

I have written in the past about NFV and SDN being complementary. Now that some time has gone on, I wanted...

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Optical Network Terminal (ONT) Provisioning Made Simple

By: Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Contributor

Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) enables providers to deliver more bandwidth and better services to customers, but service provisioning can be a substantial headache since FTTH networks are shared and therefore the optical network terminal (ONT) location is not known. Not knowing the ONT location, currently operators must send a technician to the customer’s home to establish the right location and apply service provisioning.

Alcatel-Lucent understands this problem well, and it has taken steps to ease the pain of FTTH service provisioning by developing its ONT Easy Start solution.

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Stratus Technologies helps Boost the Efficiency and Fault Tolerance of NFV

As telcos become software telcos, they are beginning to shed some of their bespoke, proprietary hardware in exchange for NFV software running...

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Charter Ditches Wholesale

Charter made some moves recently including bidding from Bright House Networks, bidding for TWC and re-branding its business services. It lost...

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Motorola MPx-Cell phone, PDA, MP3 Player, Camera, all-in-one

July 15, 2004


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The Motorola MPx is one sweet device! I say device, because it can't be classified in one category, although "cell phone" category is the most critical feature. I guess "smart phone" device is the most applicable.

In any event, this smart phone features a large dual-hinge landscape and portrait color display (2.8” 240x320 TFT touch screen) with a built-in 1.2 megapixel camera, Windows Mobile software (PocketPC apps), a QWERTY keyboard, and continuous connectivity using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.

PCTEL WiFi Seeker review

July 13, 2004


PCTEL’S WiFi Seeker
http://www.pctel.com

I love Wi-Fi. I know have serious problems when I can be walking in a mall, down a street, a hotel lobby, an airport terminal, or in a store and wonder to myself “Hmmm, I wonder if I can get a WiFi connection here?” I could of course attempt to boot-up my laptop only to be crushed by lack of any WiFi signals. I reviewed Kensington’s WiFi Finder and SmartID WiFi Detector products in the past. Kensington’s WiFi Finder was terrible, it just plain did not work well if at all. The SmartID WiFi Detector wasn’t too bad, it detected WiFi signals quite accurately, but I wished it were more portable so I could stick it on my keychain.

Geolocation data - Good for Internet or Satan incarnate?

July 13, 2004

I was reading this CNN article about geolocation data and found it very intriguing for both the good and evil it can spawn.

Google and other search engines are getting more creative with the way their search engines work. Many are now using geolocation data (based on IP address) to determine your approximate whereabouts to tailor search results to your location. For example, if you do a search on "dentist" on Google, you'll probably see some ad results that are tailored to your location.

Do you see what I see? A star, a star, dancing in the night...

July 12, 2004

Why the Christmas carol? Well, researchers have come up with a way to use a camera to capture the image in your eye to see what you you are looking at. Useful applications could include: Seeing if your husband is indeed checking out the woman walking past, security applications, and more.

Currently, it involves using a high-resolution digital camera to snap a close-up of a face, though with optical and digital zoom capabilities getting better all the time, one day it is possible that cameras from a distance can determine what you are looking at.

A fast hydrogen-powered Viper, a really fast hot dog-eater, and a not-so fast Segway

July 8, 2004

There are many new forms of transportation technologies and alternative fuels being invented. Unfortunately, not fast enough for me considering my Dodge Viper eats ridiculously priced $2.49/gallon premium fuel faster than Takeru Kobayashi eats hot dogs.

In case you haven't heard about Kobayashi, the dimunitive Japanese citizen ate 53 ½ hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes breaking his own world record at the annual Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest. Not only did he win his forth consecutive time in a row, but he won these four times on July 4th, Independence Day no less! A Japanese citizen winning a hot dog eating contest on an American holiday?

Vonage gets the hammer

June 29, 2004

Some interested news today. Empirix has announced that Vonage is going to use its Hammer line of VoIP testing tools to stress test their equipment. I'm a huge fan of Empirix's testing tools. We have had a Hammer in TMC Labs for several years now for testing TDM and VoIP products.

Windows CE lab

June 28, 2004

Computer Telephony without Telephony Boards

June 25, 2004

I just read a news release from Uniqall that discusses Moore's law and the affect that VoIP has had on eliminating the need for hardware telephony boards (i.e. Dialogic/Intel) and instead using software-based host media processors for all of the media processing.

This is similar to Intel's NetStructure Host Media Processing (HMP) which is also software-based and uses the Pentium chip for processing. Anything to make you upgrade to the latest and greatest Pentium, right?

Skype goes Linux

June 25, 2004

1.21 gigawatts? 1.21 gigawatts? Great Scott!

June 25, 2004

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