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Verizon, Dell Offer Pay-As-You-Go Broadband

March 29, 2006

According to, Verizon, Dell plan to offer Pay-As-You-Go Broadband with Verizon's EV-DO technology embedded into select Dell laptops. Teaming up with Dell is a very smart way for Verizon to shore up their marketshare in the high-speed long-distance wireless broadband arena (WiFi is typically short distance). If I have to buy a laptop I certainly would consider one with integrated high-speed WAN wireless. We have a few "shared" Verizon EVDO cards here in the office and I can't tell you how many times these cards have shuffled hands for sales people and editorial going on business trips.

Bluetooth SIG Selects New Highspeed Bluetooth Standard

March 28, 2006

The Bluetooth SIG today announced its selection of the WiMedia Alliance multiband orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (MB-OFDM) version of ultra-wideband (UWB) for integration with current Bluetooth wireless technology, thus taking the next step in its plan to create a version of the globally popular Bluetooth wireless technology with a high speed/high data rate option. This new version of Bluetooth technology will meet the high-speed demands of synchronizing and transferring large amounts of data as well as enabling high quality video and audio applications for portable devices, multi-media projectors and television sets. At the same time, Bluetooth technology will continue catering to the needs of very low power applications such as mice, keyboards and mono headsets, enabling devices to select the most appropriate physical radio for the application requirements, thereby offering the best of both worlds. VoIP is also a target for this new high-speed Bluetooth.

NASA Cassini spacecraft discovers water on Saturn's moon Enceladus

March 9, 2006

Never thought I'd be linking to a political blog, but Drudge has a very interesting news story on NASA's Cassini spacecraft discovering water - and by implication "life" on a Saturn moon. Wow, life in our own little solar system? Here it is in Drudge's glorious font size. My blog feels and looks like the Drudge Report already.

Plantronics new headsets - Voyager 510s, Plantronics CS70, Plantronics SupraPlus

March 8, 2006

Plantronics CS70 Executive Headset

Plantronics Voyager 510s

Plantronics SupraPlus Wireless Telephony Pro

Corded headsets are by far the predominant type of headset installed in call centers and corporate offices, however Plantronics aims to make "wireless" headsets the predominant headset of choice in the very near future. Plantronics ACG (Audio Communications Group) hit record revenues of $161.5m in Q3. The revenue growth was driven by wireless office headsets which represented 25% of total ACG revenues. Confirming this trend is Frost and Sullivan, which stated in a March 2005 report claims that by 2009, 75% of office headset sales will be wireless.

Oops! Google GDrive To Offer Online Storage

March 7, 2006

Rich Tehrani quoted by The New York Times

March 6, 2006

Double-Dipping on the Internet

March 6, 2006

AT&T buys BellSouth for $67 billion

March 5, 2006

Weblogs Outage

February 28, 2006

NEUTON Cordless Electric Mower

February 28, 2006

The NEUTON Cordless Electric Mower is an environmentally friendly mower that is also half as loud as their gas-guzzling brethren.You can do yourself and the environment a big favor by swapping your gasoline-powered, fume-spewing lawn mower for the NEUTON Cordless Electric Mower.

Here are some excerpts from their news release...

Not to be confused with electric mowers that run off an extension cord, the NEUTON Cordless Electric Mower is a lightweight, battery-powered lawn mower with the unique added capability of trimming and edging. It will run for about one hour on a single charge and springs to life, quietly, with the simple push of a button, relegating the back straining pull-cord and associated noises to a distant memory. The simple-to-use drop in battery pack can be recharged with less than 10 cents worth of electricity.

The NEUTON Mower is also the quietest mower available - emitting fewer than 80 decibels while under full power, about half as loud as a 90 decibel gasoline-powered mower. [NOTE: the decibel scale is non-linear – a 10 dB increase is perceived by the ear as double].

Weighing only 48 pounds the NEUTON Mower is ideal for people with quarter-acre or smaller lawns who don't want the headache, backache, hassle or noise associated with gasoline-powered mowers.

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