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ADTRAN adds New Multiservice Access Routers to NetVanta family

September 19, 2006

ADTRAN today announced the introduction of the NetVanta 3400 Series of Multiservice Access Routers. The series delivers up to two T1s of wire-speed performance, even with advanced services like Firewall, Access Control Lists (ACLs) and IPSec Virtual Private Networking (VPN) enabled. I've always been a fan of ADTRAN's "all in one" networking solutions, which often give you not just a router, but PoE, firewall, VPN, built-in SIP server, CompactFlash for backup, and more. Back in May, I wrote about ADTRAN's 7100 IP-PBX, which I thought was one of the most comprehensive, plug-in-play, all-in-one IP-PBXs in the market.

Spammers win $11 million over antispam blacklist company

September 15, 2006

According to a CNet article, a U.S. District Court in Illinois has ordered Spamhaus to pay $11,715,000 in damages to e360insight and its chief, David Linhardt, who had sued Spamhuas over illegal blacklisting. e360insight by all accounts a known spammer and therefore Spamhaus refused to remove them from their blacklist - used by thousands of organizations. In fact, TMC uses Spamhaus on our email server to filter spam.

9/11: Unconnected and On Your Own

September 11, 2006

Five years is a long time.

Yes, it's easy to take everything we have for granted, from the large to the small, but five years ago today being in New York City meant being on your own -- there were no means of personal communications; the infrastructure needed to support wireless and wired technologies had been suddenly blown apart.

It was a return to the days of mass communications solely -- there was no such thing as personal communication.  And being unconnected on the street really meant not knowing what was going on -- word of mouth ruled and that lack of knowledge fueled speculation on what was occurring and how to react to it.

Batteries, Batteries, Batteries on My Mind ...

August 29, 2006

With all of the recent battery problems, I can't seem to stop thinking about all of the batteries that we use (and consume) in our gadgets.

If you figure that most gadgets (and toys) take two or four batteries (AA, AAA or C), that would add up to a lot of batteries.

And what about cell phones with all of their own special types of batteries?

More Hazards To Consider!

August 28, 2006

Sony Takes a Hit on Battery Problems

August 25, 2006

According to Orb, Internet users are streaming media FIENDS!

August 22, 2006

Orb Networks today announced that consumers have enjoyed a record 66 million minutes -- the equivalent of a whopping 125 years -- of digital media (recorded videos, TV, music, etc.) streamed from their home computer to a mobile phone, PDA or laptop using the free Orb MyCasting service. Orb stated that all this streaming has occurred in just 19 months since Orb's inception.

I've used Orb's software in the past to stream my personal TV recordings as well as stream live TV. Quite useful when I'm travelling and the hotel doesn't offer FOX News or the YES Network.

The nice thing about Orb is that the software is free and integrates quite nicely with Windows Media Center Edition. My only complaint is that Orb buffers the video, so it makes it difficult to "channel surf". Also, if there is congestion, it takes awhile for Windows Media Player (or RealPlayer) to rebuffer.

That's why I like SightSpeed 5.0's channel surfing capabilities, which doesn't require buffering.





TMC Celebrates 25 years

August 7, 2006

TMC recently celebrated it's 35th anniversary, a technology-focused publishing and events company that was founded in 1972. In June 1982, TMC launched the world's 1st magazine focused exclusively on call center technology and it just recently celebrated its 25th year anniversary. That magazine was Telemarketing Magazine, now Customer Interaction Solutions Magazine, and it was the true pioneering trade publication in the call center and contact relationship mangement (CRM) space.

In 1998, TMC launched the world's 1st magazine focused exclusively on IP communications, Internet Telephony Magazine, which is considered the premiere magazine in the industry focused on IP communications (VoIP, video over IP, IMS, SIP, etc.). I'm proud and humbled to work for TMC -- and to have witnessed TMC grow in the early 90s, survive the dotcom & telecom bubble burst in the last 90s and 2000-2001, and to have seen TMC evolve to cover just about any customer-facing technology, including ACDs, IP-PBXs, workforce management, VoIP, SIP, and much more.

Amazon, Google, Yahoo, eBay fight net neutrality with letter to Congress

July 13, 2006

Internet Titans Amazon, Google, Yahoo, eBay, and IAX/InterActiveCorp joined together in writing a letter to Congressional Senators expressing their concerns about net neutrality. This is a clash of the titans for sure. Congress and the telecom/cable lobbyists on one side and large Internet behemoths on the other. Of course, a letter is a bit weak.

PacWest layoffs?

June 23, 2006

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