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Bill Gates on MSN Search

February 1, 2005

TMC Traffic Through the Roof!

January 31, 2005

SBC DSL Pricing

January 28, 2005

SBC Communications yesterday announced it cut the price of its fastest SBC Yahoo! DSL plan - but with a caveat - you have to sign up for SBC's All Distance local and long-distance calling plan, which costs $48.95. So that's $78.94 for unlimited voice and data. They're not using VoIP by the way in this "All Distance" package as far as I know, so you do get the QoS advantage of PSTN calls, but I'm not sure it's worth the price premium, which I will analyze in a moment.

SBC Yahoo DSL Pro will cost $29.99 a month for customers who subscribe to it for one year along with SBC's All Distance local and long-distance calling plan, which costs $48.95, the company said.

Broadband Monopoly?

January 28, 2005

IPInferno brought an interesting news item to my attention. is claiming that deregulating broadband will kill independent ISPs and result in less competition. Obviously, with less broadband competition this could have quite a bearing on VoIP broadband service.

Check out IPInferno's site and also read this from

Bellsouth seeks DSL Monopoly on Monday December 20th filed comments (PDF) at the FCC in response to BellSouth's request to exclude independent ISPs from access to DSL.

Verizon CDM8940 Cellphone

January 27, 2005

Verizon CDM8940 Closed

Verizon Wireless and UTStarcom Personal Communications Division (formerly Audiovox Communications Corp.), yesterday announced the availability of the CDM8940, that will work on Verizon's EVDO network. It features a built in 1.3 Megapixel camera (with flash) and a mini SD slot that customers can add up to 512 MB of memory - some pretty cool features!

Other Features of the handset include:
- Built-in 1.3 Megapixel Camera with Macro Function and Flash
- Mini-SD Card Slot
- Camcorder
- Two Way Speaker Phone
- Voice Activated Dialing
- Standard Rechargeable LiIon battery (220 minutes talk time/Up to 190 hours standby)
- Dual Band 800MHz CDMA/ 1900 MHz PCS Operation
- EVDO Capable
- Dual LCD Displays
- Inner Display 2.0” TFT with 262 Colors
- Outer Display –1.2 “ with 262 Colors
- MSM6500 Chipset
- WAP 2.0
- Two-Way Short Message Service/MMS
- GPSOne capability (E911 Phase2 Supported)
- Size: (H) 3.4” x (W) 1.8” x (D) 1.0
- Weight: 3.9 ounces

Verizon CDM8940 Open

Here's the full release:

Compact V CAST 3G Handset Delivers Video on Demand, 1.3 mega-pixel Camera and Built-in Mini-SD Slot for Expanded Memory Capabilities 01/26/2005

BEDMINSTER, NJ and HAUPPAUGE, NY -- Verizon Wireless, the first wireless carrier to deliver widely available 3G EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) wireless broadband network, is now also the first to offer the CDM8940 handset, the only EV-DO phone to feature a built-in 1.3 mega pixel camera/camcorder and memory expansion up to 512 MB with a mini-SD slot. The CDM8940 from UTStarcom Personal Communications (formerly Audiovox Communications Corp.) a division of UTStarcom, Inc. (NASDAQ: UTSI), allows Verizon Wireless customers to access V CAST – the nation’s first 3G wireless broadband multimedia service for consumers – to view crystal clear video on demand and graphics for 3D games.

MSN Search Beta Live

January 24, 2005

Today most people still look to Google for their search results, but I do remember the day when I used to have to check 3-5 search engines to find the results I was looking for. It was a real pain checking multiple search engines. Also, pre-Google, I recall checking Hotbot and Excite first, then Altavista, and surpringly, I checked Yahoo! last. Several years ago, Yahoo was great for directory listings, but terrible for finding keyword searches, but they have gotten much better.

ParkerVision RF Power Amplifier

January 21, 2005

Interesting, just got a press release from Keating & Co. Gee, I must have sent the release to myself. Actually, there is no relation between myself and Keating & Co. nor am I related to the governor of Oklahoma (Frank Keating) or the infamous Charles Keating (Keating Five).

Anyway, the email contained some info that claims low cost RF power amplifiers with better efficiency and that can be used in such applications as WiFi, VoIP, and more.

Here's the abridged/edited email:

Yesterday, ParkerVision, Inc (NASDAQ: PRKR) of Jacksonville, FL, announced a revolutionary new RF Power Amplifier product line that reduces mobile communications transmitter power consumption by 50% to 80% while extending talk times by up to 400%.

Arroyo OnDemand

January 10, 2005

I'm a huge VOD proponent, especially when deployed in a Triple Play environment, so thought I'd share this release. THey claim that each Stream server supports up to 3,000 personalized 3.75Mbps streams in just 3 rack-units (RU) of space, which translates into an unrivaled streaming performance of up to 42,000 streams per rack..

Arroyo Unveils Arroyo OnDemand, the Next Generation Solution for Video On Demand

Arroyo OnDemand is Field Deployed or in Trials with Three of the Top North American Cable Operators

Pleasanton, CA - January 10, 2005 - Arroyo Video Solutions, Inc., developer of a unique Video Platform enabling operators to deliver advanced video applications, unveiled today for the first time details of its initial application, Arroyo OnDemand, a groundbreaking Video On Demand (VOD) solution. Shipping since October 2004, Arroyo OnDemand has rapidly gained momentum and is already enabling real world commercial deployments or is in trial with three of the top ten North American cable operators.

Las Vegas Monorail

January 5, 2005

DSL Statistics

December 8, 2004

Received an email today regarding DSL industry numbers that I thought I would share. They took a "swipe" at cable broadband as well. Interestingly, China and Japan lead DSL deployments over the U.S.

The DSL Forum would like to share the significant DSL deployment achievements with you and your audience - demystifying the myth about Cable while DSL deployment is actually much higher globally.

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