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Fascinating WebRTC Demos from WebRTC Expo

WebRTC has been described as the most disruptive communications technology of the decade. It has also been described as overhyped. Well, I...

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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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Fujitsu Siemens Primergy TX120

July 12, 2007

Since when did Fujitsu and Siemens start working together. This has to be the best kept secret around or I have just been napping on the job. But if your company is going to be such a well kept secret it helps that when you start to make noise that you introduce a server which has the lowest carbon footprint on the market.   The Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) Primergy TX120 tower server's aimed at smaller businesses and branch offices. FSC suggests that's suited to office workspaces, along with distributed and SOHO applications such as retail in-store, back office servers and small office application servers.

The system includes either a 1.866GHz Intel dual-core Xeon 3040 processor with up to 4MB of L2 cache and a 1,066MHz FSB, or an Intel Celeron processor.

Save the Earth. Save a Buck. It's all good!

July 12, 2007

  I came across an article in Medill Reports. Medill Reports is written and produced by graduate journalism students at Northwestern University’s Medill school.   Medill reporter Elizabeth Ryan penned an interesting article entitled Six Tips On How To Save Green By Going Green. The premise of the article, “…doing something good for the environment is easier than you might think and can actually save you money, too…” is, to quote a colleague, “good business.”   It’s a big part of what the “mainstreaming” of green is all about.   Sure, every movement has its ardent proponents, who will be out there proselytizing their extreme message, like those who believe the Earth would be better off if the population dwindled to about 1 billion people, or that all air travel should be banned.   IMHO, that’s not “good business.”   But following simple guidelines and living a lifestyle where we are cognizant of how big a wake we leave behind, and working to minimize the impact we have on the environment is good business. Doubly so, when it’s good for business.   Back in my college television news courses we used to joke about the cliché “Fun. And for a good cause.” But I still believe if we’re able to ‘do good’ for the environment and save (or make) money while we’re at it, there’s nothing wrong with that.   ...     The point is that Elizabeth Ryan wrote an interesting article.

Big Green

July 11, 2007

Shared Computing for a Greener World

July 11, 2007

Calgary, Alberta-based Useful Corporation announced that their DiscoverStation solution has prevented over 13,000 tons of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere. In what’s becoming a standard measure of CO2 emissions, that’s equivalent to taking 2,300 cars off the road.   The solution is brilliant in its simplicity. Userful notes that:   …desktop computers sit idle virtually the entire day while we read or type. DiscoverStation leverages this unused computing power to create an environmentally efficient alternative to traditional desktop computing.

Green Technology Video

July 10, 2007

Thanks to Suzanne Bowen of DIDx who took the time to interview me and post the resulting interview online. Here is an excerpt from the post:   Listen and see Rich Tehrani discuss these issues and invite you to participate in the world's first Green Technology World™ Conference. Watch the video above.

You've got to attend, sponsor, speak at, exhibit, network, and/or develop business at Green Technology World™ Conference Sept 11-12, 2007 in Los Angeles. A few thousand of Super Technologies, Inc.'s DIDXchange membership will be there taking advantage of this extremely relevant event.

Learn about and share methods, tips, processes, services, and products that promote "Green Technology." Some examples brainstormed in a short meeting among DIDXchange members at NXTCOMM 2007 this past week: meet your potential business all at once at conferences instead of flying to meet one entity per trip; walk, rent a bike, or take the bus or train while at conferences; teleconference, videoconference; partipate in IP collaboration and/or peering like Arbinet, Xconnect, and DIDXchange; virtualize servers by dividing one physical server into multiple virtual ones; using "e-business and e-government tools" rather than hard copy methods for banking, purchasing, documentation sharing; and use more eco-friendly environments such as RFID and M2M.



Greenocrite Hunt

July 10, 2007

I am growing increasingly concerned by people who are eager to point out greenocrites everywhere they look. Madonna is the latest target as a fund she controls has been shown to have investments in companies which are environmentally unfriendly.   Look, I write for a green blog but I do not live in a cave. I pledge to be concerned about the environment and do my part to make it better. I will not however give up every creature comfort which creates waste or uses electricity.   If Madonna’s investments aren’t as green as they can be she has the option to change them.

Missing The Boat on Green?

July 9, 2007

As all stories have two sides, with the truth lying somewhere near the middle, so too is the green movement beset by fanatical proponents who would ration each man, woman, and child’s toilet paper allotment on the one side, to rabid naysayers who would go out of their way to point out any shortcoming in the green agenda on the other.   I ran across an article about New Zealand property tycoon Sir Robert Jones, and his belief that the sustainable or green building movement is simply put, “a fashionable inanity” and a “fad that will be forgotten in as little as four years.”   My crystal ball is at the cleaners, so I can’t say for sure what the future holds, but I wonder if this will be the defining “missed the boat” moment for Jones.   I’m reminded of several now infamous comments from the early days of computing (courtesy of http://ifaq.wap.org/computers/famousquotes.html):   “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” – Popular Mechanics, 1949   “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” – Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943   “I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processings is a fad that won’t last out the year.” – The editor in charge of business books for Prentice-Hall, 1957   “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” – Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of DEC     I wonder if “fashionable inanity” will be added to the list of comments under the heading “Green Movement.”

Live Earth Recap

July 9, 2007

Live Earth Generates 10 Million Simultaneous Live Video Streams

July 9, 2007

According to Microsoft, over 10 million people had streamed live video of the Live Earth concerts that took place on Saturday 7-7-07. According to the Redmond software maker, their portal, MSN can now boast of having the most simultaneous viewers of any concert online.   The concert Web site, http://www.LiveEarth.msn.com, will continue to offer archives and on-demand footage of all the performances, along with artist interviews, backstage footage, searching capabilities for specific songs, artists and more, for the next several weeks.   According to Joanne Bradford, corporate vice president and chief media officer of MSN:   “History is being made today. Millions of people around the world have joined together to fight the climate crisis. The over 10 million streams MSN has delivered so far today represent a milestone in live Internet broadcasting.

Did Live Earth Mean Anything?

July 9, 2007

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