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David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer for ANPI

Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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Fill and Keep

April 11, 2011

Previously, I mentioned that I had a TEC grill for nearly thirteen years before replacing it two weeks ago. One thing my new grill did not have was an infrared burner capable of 1500oF for searing beef, lamb and other meats. So, I ordered the option and installed it Friday evening. That took away from my food prep time so we had leftovers for dinner.

More on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

April 8, 2011

In general, I have been too busy or disinterested to ever read a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). I can now say, “That was a mistake.” It is well worth the effort to read relevant parts of the NPRM just to understand the way of thinking by the current makeup of the FCC. Now, I am not referring to the five commissioners who I doubt have read the document or even understand the more technical nuanced sections of the document. I am instead thinking of the guys that actually wrote the document.

Holy Massive Bureaucratic Report IP Man!

April 6, 2011

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted February 8, 2011 and released February 9, 2011 is one gigantic tome. Even the rules regarding commenting require a moment or two of thought, check out the following:

Comment Date on Section XV: [30 days after date of publication in the Federal Register]

Reply Comment Date on Section XV: [45 days after date of publication in the Federal Register]

Comment Date on the Remaining Sections: [45 days after date of publication in the Federal Register]; Comment Date of State Members of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service: [59 days after date of publication in the Federal Register]; Reply Comment Date on Remaining Sections: [80 days after date of publication in the Federal Register]

FCC Floundering May Be Over

April 4, 2011

My new grill arrived on Friday. Previously I was cooking on a TEC grill that could reach temperatures of greater than 1500oF. Impressive but after 13 years of pretty heavy usage, it was time to replace it. I bought the new grill on eBay to save big bucks but was a little concerned about putting the grill together.

Business is Gulping SIP

April 1, 2011

According to Infonetics Research, the SIP Trunking market in terms of revenue grew 143% in 2010. Certainly, Broadvox and its partners experienced significant growth last year and we anticipate strong revenues again this year. I am often asked about our sales strategy given that our SIP Trunking business is driven largely by our channel partners and our managed PBX business (with the acquisition of Cypress Communications) uses a direct sales model. Simply put, I do not see a conflict.

Business VoIP Faces Armageddon

March 30, 2011

Perhaps the hardest thing to do in this blog was keep the word “puppy” out of the title. An ambient video showing some cute puppies has caused quite a stir as its popularity is greater than that of ESPN Online. The Shiba Inu Puppy Cam site has had more than 26 million views representing untold hours of Internet usage. The Internet itself is threatened by these puppies as this type of video will increase traffic at a faster rate than any other IP application.

Soaring with Turkeys and Eagles

March 28, 2011

Friday is nearly always a casual dining day and last Friday was no different. I made classic Reuben sandwiches for dinner using my homemade pastrami and corned beef. Loved it! Saturday we tried out a new Indian restaurant that opened a couple of miles away.

More than Flowers

March 25, 2011

I was reviewing a slide show of CTIA noting an array of people, activities and panels, and came upon a photo of the NTT booth, a pedestal and a vase containing flowers. NTT was not at CTIA. Due to the earthquake in Japan, NTT canceled their participation at CTIA.

It is difficult to appreciate the enormous difficulties that Japan is facing when we have seen the country as a competitor to the US for global economic supremacy.

The Voices of Unified Communications through Podcasting

March 23, 2011

It is very common as you walk through the various expositions and events in our industry to see interviews taking place either on the show floor or in some more private area. Generally, I will sit for an interview in either the Broadvox booth or in the established video area. However, up until this year, I had not done a podcast. Doug Green, of Telecom Reseller, finally got me to do one on the merger of Broadvox and Cypress Communications during IT EXPO and while I was at COMPTEL, he got me to sit again.

Scrambling to Grow, Slowly and Thoughtfully

March 21, 2011

The past weekend was good for dining as well as cooking. Friday was casual with burgers and chicken fried steak. Saturday, I cooked corned beef and smoked pastrami. Sunday was a fried Cornish game hen and a Caesar salad.

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