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10 Years On, Still Kicking It

December 1, 2006

  It just dawned on me as I wrap up my Friday that tomorrow marks my 10th anniversary here at TMC.   Like anything else in life, it’s the so-called “round numbers” that we make note of. I mean how come people never make a really big deal about their 9th anniversary? Or their 23rd?

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!   Wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy calendar-changing experience.   May 2008 turn out as prosperous and as fulfilling as you wish it to be.   All the best!

Sims on the Stones

January 31, 2008

Fellow blogger David Sims’s First Coffee post this morning is a good one, replete with cricket references and his opinion on what the second best Rolling Stones song is.   I have to agree with him on his choice for number 2. It’s the number one choice I can’t agree with. I myself am torn between Jumping Jack Flash and Wild Horses.   But then again, are there really any “bad” Stones’ tunes?  Are there?

Digium Unveils Guarantee Program

February 11, 2008

This morning, Huntsville, AL-based Digium, Inc., announced a guarantee program, which is designed to essentially back up the quality of its Asterisk-based hardware and software products.   The move underscores Digium’s commitment to and faith in the reliability and sustainability of open source technology.   Labeled “ESP” for Exceptional Satisfaction Program, the program is designed as a “comprehensive and aggressive” product guarantee program, to give confidence to resellers and partners selling Digium Asterisk-based commercial solutions across the globe.   The new Digium ESP guarantee includes the following:
  • A new five-year warranty on all new Digium PCI and PCIExpress telephony cards;
  • A one-year warranty on all Digium Appliances that can be extended via subscription renewal;
  • All Commercial Asterisk Software will come with a one-year subscription standard and can be extended via subscription renewal;
  • A money-back guarantee should Digium products fail to perform as advertised.

Juvenile Diabetes Research - Please Help if You Can

February 27, 2008

  Every so often we are reminded that for at least some part of each day, work is not — or more to the point should not be — the single most important activity in our lives.   I just received word that a colleague in the VoIP industry who I had the fortune to work with several years ago is undergoing a serious family challenge, and I thought I would push his story along here, in the hopes that perhaps someone might be inspired to pitch in and help out a bit.   John Wind, who some of you may remember from VoIP Inc., or Volo Communications, or even SIPstorm, sent me a note detailing a frightening experience that he and his family had to endure over the recent holiday season. Here’s his story:   Friends, You may or not be aware that during the Christmas holiday, my 13 year old son became very ill and what we would soon come to find out, deathly ill… Over a one-week period, he literally began to melt away in front of our eyes. Although he’s always been thin (5’ 7” – 120 pounds) he was drinking water and eating excessively. He dropped in that time to 89 pounds and could hardly get out of bed.   Although his symptoms were that of an extreme flu, I finally got him to the doctor where he was immediately diagnosed with Type-1 (also known as Juvenile) diabetes.

Russell Shaw, 1947-2008. Rest in Peace.

March 17, 2008

Russell Shaw has died at the age of 60, far too young by any standard. Opinionated, intelligent, prolific… Shaw still had much to say, whether writing about VoIP or Mobile devices for the team at ZDnet, or Regulations and Standards here at TMCnet, or posting his views on Politics and culture related issues for The Huffington Post.   I had known Shaw for a long time as simply someone on the other side of an e-mail trail. Somehow for all the years we circulated in the same universe I never got a chance to meet the man, until ITEXPO in Miami this past January. And I’m glad I did finally get the opportunity, for our meeting forever attached a real person to our correspondence.   A real person who is now gone.   Shaw was an avid writer, thrusting himself into his work with an energy and conviction I wish many of my younger colleagues in the space would emulate.

Airport Chaos (Narrowly Averted)

April 9, 2008

I’m sitting here at Terminal D at LaGuardia, thankful for once that I’m flying on a smaller, Regional Jet. The airport roadways are stacked with news vans from every imaginable local news channel and network. ABC, NBC, CNBC, Univision, News 12, etc… with their satellite dishes extended, ready to broadcast. 

Apparently they’re here to cover the expected airport chaos associated with the inspection of all American Airlines MD-80 planes. Well, not so much the inspections, but the flight cancelations and the delays that will strand or simply inconvenience 100’s to 1,000’s of passengers here today.

Look! Up in the Sky...

November 10, 2008

It's such a cliché, but I can't help myself.    It's my first Internet experience at 36,000 feet.   I sent an e-mail to my brother in law: "You'll never guess where I am right now..."   I remember those in-flight phones too, back in the day. Yes I called my folks the first time I was able to call from on high...   In any event...  I can finally say I've blogged from 38,000 feet.
American Airlines. GoGo Wireless.

NASA Moves Ahead With Constellation

December 23, 2008

Before I came to TMC I was involved with the publication NASA Tech Briefs as chief copy editor. Because of my association with that engineering publication and frankly due to a lifelong interest in the subject, I try to keep up with news on the space program. Today I came across a news item from VOA News that discussed NASA's Constellation project.   Seems the engineers at NASA are moving ahead according to plan, hitting their milestones and preparing for the day that the new rockets and capsules they're developing today will be the primary vehicles for human space exploration after the current shuttle fleet is retired in 2010.

  According to a NASA press release:   NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing, which simulates the extreme hot, cold and airless conditions of space LRO will experience after launch. This milestone concludes the orbiter's environmental test program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.   The orbiter will carry seven instruments to provide scientists with detailed maps of the lunar surface and increase our understanding of the moon's topography, lighting conditions, mineralogical composition and natural resources.

Christmas Eve 1968

December 24, 2008

Carrying on from yesterday's NASA-themed post, I wanted to draw some attention to the fact that 40 years ago tonight, the three NASA astronauts who comprised the crew of Apollo 8 -- Commander Frank Borman, Command module Pilot Jim Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders -- made history when they transmitted a Christmas eve message from a lunar orbit. In honor of the historic Christmas Eve broadcast by the Apollo 8 crew NASA plans to air special programming today and tomorrow on the NASA TV Public Channel. The crew members took turns reading from the book of Genesis. There's a YouTube clip (isn't there always?) available here.  
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