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"All Things Digital" Is Must Reading

June 22, 2006

Can you hear me now? Ringtones Age Discrimination

June 12, 2006

Interesting story from ABC News about a ringtone that only young people can hear:
Students are using a new ring tone to receive messages in class — and many teachers can't even hear the ring.

Some students are downloading a ring tone off the Internet that is too high-pitched to be heard by most adults. With it, high schoolers can receive text message alerts on their cell phones without the teacher knowing.

As people age, many develop what's known as aging ear — a loss of the ability to hear higher-frequency sounds.

While an interesting phenomenon on the aging ear and taking advantage of it - ever hear of "vibrate" mode? Although, some phones vibrate loudly which the teacher can probably pick up.

GlobalComm failure - Will Hooters Girls Help?

June 8, 2006

Rich Tehrani has always been one to call it like he sees it and he certainly has a keen eye to say whether a show is going to be successful simply by examining the first day of exhibit hall traffic. He should have a keen eye - both Rich and Nadji Tehrani have been in the tradeshow biz for over 25 years. You don't have successful tradeshows (such as ITEXPO) if you don't have good instincts. Well, Rich was the first to blog about GlobalComm's apparent failure after the show's opening day. gets into blog search

June 5, 2006 introduced Blog & Feed Search, a new web search designed for searching blog posts, finding feeds and news published to the "blogosphere," while leveraging search technology and subscription data. I did a search on "voip blog" as well as "gadget blog" and this blog was listed as the #1 RSS feed. Sweet!

I can also see my blog posts from within When I roll the binoculars icon over one of the search results I can see a preview of the site without leaving the page.

WWE On-Demand

June 5, 2006

Looks like the WWE is going to soon allow you "pay on-demand" (pay-per-view) access to over 75,000 hours of wrestling programs. Could a full-time "Wrestling Classic Channel" be far behind? Hey, ESPN has ESPN Classic, so why not a Wrestling Classic channel? Relatedly, I hope the FCC gets its act together on ala carte channel purchasing.

WWE also purchased libraries dating back to the 1950's from WCW, ECW, AWA, WCCW, CWF, CSW, OVW, and SMW.

GlobalComm Party like it's 1999

June 5, 2006

TMC is hosting a party at GlobalComm, the third such party hosted by TMC at GlobalComm (formerly Supercomm). According to Rich Tehrani, "it will now be an IMS party co-sponsored by the IMS Forum –formerly the IPCC. It will also be sponsored by TMC's new IMS Magazine and IMS Expo. The entire IMS market will be represented." I'm sure lots of VoIP players will be attending, so will be a great chance to meet important people in the industry in an informal setting.

Alas, I won't be there, but I'm not important in the VoIP industry anyway, right?

Free Conferencing Recording

June 5, 2006

Last week, my boss asked MIS and me about being able to record his calls from his cell phone since he was doing an important interview. How ironic that just a few days later, Free Conferencing Corp. was announcing their plans for free recording capabilities that would work from his cellphone or any phone for that matter.

If you go to you can check out what they claim is the "industry’s first FREE conference recording service." Callers can utilize the in-conference recording option for:

• Free unlimited dial-in playback
• File download
• Web streaming
• RSS and podcast conversion
• 24/7 availability does not require a teleconference connection charge. Users simply call a dial-in number to participate in a teleconference. It's too bad they don't publish a SIP address to avoid even the toll charges using VoIP.

Microsoft Buying eBay?

May 31, 2006

Webinar on Business Benchmarks and Processes

May 31, 2006

TMC has been at the forefront of customer relationship management (CRM) for over 30 years. TMC started Telemarketing Magazine (now Customer Interaction Solutions), the very first magazine focused on call centers and CRM. In 1996, TMC launched CTI Magazine which focused on the convergence of computers and the telephone. CTI Magazine was the precursor to the ultimate convergence of voice and data, which resulted in TMC launching Internet Telephony Magazine in late 1997. links to my story on T-Mobile blocking VoIP and IM

May 25, 2006

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