By David Sims
The news as of the first coffee this morning, and the music
is something First CoffeeSM finally got around to ordering off
iTunes and burning onto disc – the Rolling Stones’ 1969 album Let It Bleed, the midpoint of their
five-album 1968-1972 run, Beggar’s
Banquet to Exile On Main Street,
the greatest five consecutive album string any band’s ever had:
Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced
Yuan Electronics Corp., an integrated back-end service provider in
Taiwan, has purchased an Agilent 93000
Pin Scale system to add to its Agilent 93000 installed base. The system
will be used for testing complex systems-on-a-chip for applications such as PCI
Express, Serial ATA and HyperTransport – all commonly found in personal
The 93000 Pin Scale system, according to KYEC officials, was bought for its flexibility
to meet cost and performance demands, including support for up to 2,048 pins – enough
for multisite test or high-pin-count devices. The Agilent 93000 scales up to
3.6 Gb/s to address the high-speed interface applications targeted for KYEC’s
Sleipner S.A., a Milan-based company
developing and designing software for wireless handheld devices, has announced an agreement to be acquired by Calypso
Wireless, Inc., a vendor of wireless telecommunications technology.
Sleipner’s COMOB software lets smart phones and wireless
PDA/Pocket PCs switch between GSM or CDMA cellular towers and WiFi access
points (hot spots). Sleipner provides VoIP and IP applications for the
enterprise and vertical markets.
The acquisition was made by Calypso to expedite the delivery
to market of the Calypso’ ASNAP patented technology on the C1250i WiFi-GSM-GPRS
VoIP smart cellular phone. Calypso’s C1250i runs on Intel PXA series
application processor and a Microsoft WinCE 5.0 operating system.
With a potential market of 56 million cellular phones sold in Italy and an
European market of more that 340 million subscribers and “growing rapidly,”
according to Bruno Motta, Vice President of Marketing of Sleipner SA. this deal
is seen as “a new starting point in our effort to promote and sell the complete
Calypso-Sleipner technology and product line to cellular operators in the
Cisco Systems, Inc. has announced advancements to its Network Admission
Control framework that help protect organizations from threats such as
spyware, viruses and worms attempting to gain network access through a growing
number of endpoint devices.
The Cisco NAC framework now includes support for Cisco Catalyst switch and
wireless products, the expansion of the NAC partner program to include a new
agentless auditing category, and enhancements to NAC appliances, formerly known
as the Cisco Clean Access group.
Really, if you think about it, there’s no other consecutive five-album arc from any other rock artist that
shows the maturity, experimentation and general increase in overall quality
than these five from Mick & The Boys. It’s more impressive
when you look at what came just before Beggar’s
Banquet, the Between The Buttons
album, and realize that the same band writing pop pap like “Yesterday’s Papers”
and “Miss Amanda Jones” is actually capable of “You Can’t Always Get What You
Want,” “Sway” and “Shine A Light.”
Once they kicked useless druggie Brian Jones out of the band,
got Their Satanic Majesties’ Request
out of their system and brought Mick Taylor aboard they blew everyone’s doors off
until they finally crashed after their 1972 world tour, absolutely undisputed kings
of the hill, exhausted and ready to retreat into strict professionalism and
wealthy living instead of chasing inspiration from then on, content to break new
ground in tour gross receipts and leave musical innovation to the young guys.
Never again would they be on the cutting edge, but hey, if
those five albums, each one better than the last until they drop the greatest
album in rock history in Exile On Main
Street, aren’t good enough for you, then you simply don’t like rock music
as she was meant to be.
MetaSolv Software, Inc., a vendor of
operational support system products for communications service providers, has announced Provisioning 5, their order
management solution designed to automate provisioning tasks in the service
Provisioning 5, formerly known as MetaSolv
OMS, provides back-office provisioning management functions to operate
tasks required to deliver services to customers as well as managing internal
network buildouts for broadband, IP, data and mobile services. The Provisioning
5 solution framework lets multiple systems interact, including legacy and
commercial applications, and is engineered to simplify how new services are
designed, bundled and delivered.
Provisioning 5 uses a 100% J2EE meta-data driven
architecture tuned to scale and handle the demands of tier-one carriers and
provide flexibility for service processes.
This approach, currently in production with MetaSolv customers, provides
back-office provisioning management between upstream customer relationship
management systems and downstream inventory management and activation
DDD Group plc, a 3D software and content
vendor, has announced the introduction
of the TriDef Vision+ 3D set top box, called Vision+.
Vision+ converts most popular consumer video formats to 3D
as they are watched, allowing any broadcast, DVD and videocassette content to
be presented in 3D on the latest 3D displays and projection systems.
The delivery of the Vision+ set top box is part of a GBP 140,000 ($245,000) development
agreement with Arisawa Manufacturing
Co., Ltd. announced in late 2004. The product combines the real time 3D
conversion capabilities of the Vision+ with the large 30” 3D LCD displays
developed by Arisawa’s optoelectronics division.
Using Arisawa’s 3D optics, the flat screen 3D televisions are capable of
displaying conventional 2D pictures as well as 3D. When the viewer decides to
watch in 3D, they activate the Vision+ set top box using their remote control
and put on a pair of 3D glasses. The system then delivers 3D images from any
viewing position in the living room with clarity and quality comparable to 3D
Running Let It Bleed
a second time here. Man, there wasn’t any harder-working musician in the
business than Keith Richards, was
there? What quality.
Teleglobe International Holdings Ltd., an
international telecom services for Internet service providers and fixed and
mobile network operators, has announced
the opening of a new IP point of presence in Warsaw. The new IP PoP lets
ISPs and carriers in the region connect their voice networks via VoIP and IP
networks to Teleglobe’s global network for voice and data services.
The new point of presence gives local Internet service providers and carriers
access to Teleglobe’s global network. This access is of critical importance,
Teleglobe officials say, as Polish companies reach out to the North American
market and rest of Europe.
Neighboring countries, such as Belarus, Lithuania, and
Ukraine, also benefit from having a Teleglobe IP PoP close by. Teleglobe has
already connected its IP network to many Polish companies including ATM, a
provider of telecommunications services throughout Poland and Multimedia, a
Polish CATV operator, broadband Internet and phone service provider in the
Warsaw IP PoP.
“Opening a Teleglobe IP PoP in the region is good news for Eastern European
businesses, because the company is a leading IP provider and its global network
connects us to key markets,” said Janusz Nowakowski, Carrier Relationships
Manager of ATM.
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