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June 2006

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As the World (Cup) Turns...

June 29, 2006

As the World Cup enters its quarterfinal stage, I figured it’s time to answer for some of the predictions I made earlier in the year.   Let’s just say that I should never have counted out the Portuguese. My bad.   Eu desculpo-me.   While I’m guilty of having left the Italians off my list of second round winners, I was not too far off, was I? A suspect penalty call doesn’t get called, and we’d all be learning the words to Waltzing Matilda.

Nothing New Under the Egyptian Sun?

June 28, 2006

According to the AP, archeologists today unveiled the first tomb discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings in over 80 years, and cracked open the last of seven sarcophagi inside to reveal embalming materials and jewelry.   Known by the acronym KV63 — the 63rd tomb found in the Valley — it was discovered accidentally last year by U.S. archaeologists working on the neighboring tomb of Amenmeses, a late 19th Dynasty pharaoh.   The tomb is believed to be more than 3,000 years old.   Aside from the fact that I think the word sarcophagi is “really cool,”  I find this discovery fascinating. It’s remarkable how much of the past world is still out there waiting to be discovered. And perhaps it’s a shame that so much will likely never be found.   The last tomb discovered in Luxor’s Valley of the Kings was that of King Tut, in 1922.

Worldwide Broadband Analysis

June 28, 2006

Point Topic has released some numbers analyzing global broadband stats. According to the report: The Asia-Pacific region still claims by far the largest share of all broadband lines, accounting for 40% of the world’s 229.0m broadband lines in Q1 2006. But despite impressive growth rates in China, India and Vietnam, its majority share is under constant threat from buoyant broadband markets in the countries of Eastern and Central European as well as Northern Africa. China once again pulled ahead of the USA. In Q4 2005, both countries acquired 2.5m new subscribers, but Q1 2006 saw the gap re-established, with China adding 3.7m and the USA 3.3m. India has not yet reached these heights, nonetheless its growth rate is striking.

I'm ba-ack

June 26, 2006

So, I guess it’s fair to say “I’m back.”   It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged regularly, and I’m glad to be able to readjust the schedule and get back to it.   Friday I made mention of the fact that PacWest was in the process of laying a bunch of people off, and while comments to my blog indicate that there is some truth to the matter, I’m still waiting to hear from the folks at PacWest before proceeding any further. I did receive a voicemail from someone there who offered to fill me in on what’s happening.   As they say, watch this space.   This morning, our friends at Quintum Technologies announced they are partnering with Microsoft to “…deliver unified communications solutions built on Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, a robust, flexible, SIP standards-based real-time communication platform that enables presence-based VoIP call management, Web/audio/video conferencing, and instant messaging communication within and across existing software applications, services and devices.”   Quintum Tenor gateways and switches are the HW platform of choice at the center of this announcement.   This is great news for Quintum. All the years of hard work continue to pay off for the Eatontown, NJ-based company. Congrats!   This week also marks the return to some sense of normalcy.

PacWest Troubles?

June 23, 2006

I really hate unsubstantiated rumors. But a source called me today and told me that PacWest Telecom is in the process of laying off 25% of their workforce -- mostly sales and support staff. Let me repeat: I HAVE NO CONFIRMATION OF THIS RUMOR. However I did try to call about 12 people at PacWest and got no response.
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