February 12, 2009

Iridium communications satellite collides with Russian satellite in orbit

Editor Note:   I found this interesting.  According to this source, a satellite communications satellite collided in orbit with a non-functioning Russian satellite.  Ouch.

February 10th , Iridium lost an operational satellite. According to information shared with the company by various U.S. government organizations that monitor satellites and other space objects (such as debris), it appears that the satellite loss is the result of a collision with a non-operational Russian satellite. Although this event has relatively limited impact on Iridium’s service, the company is taking immediate action to address the loss. The Iridium constellation is healthy, and this event is not the result of a failure on the part of Iridium or its technology.

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January 05, 2009

Firebox Sells World's First 3D Webcam

Online Gadget retailer Firebox is selling what it calls the first 3D webcam int he world and it is available for only £49.95; the Minoru even comes with five pairs of 3D glasses (ed : when will they have stylish 3D glasses?)

The webcam looks like a single legged red-aced alien with arms protruding. Minoru works the trick by combining two USB webcams altogether and adjusting the red and blue levels to create a near perfect 3D video stream.

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August 22, 2008

Intel cuts power cords with wireless power system

Note:  Very interesting technology but I do not even want to think about possible health effects.  If they can light a bulb (Most likely LED Light Bulb) across the room then I would want to see what effect that could have on me and you with those waves passing through us.  We already have cell, wi-fi, wimax, microwave, bluetooth.  Even with that it is very cool to think about. 
 
Intel on Thursday showed off a wireless electric power system that analysts say could revolutionize modern life by freeing devices from transformers and wall outlets. Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner demonstrated a Wireless Energy Resonant Link as he spoke at the California firm's annual developers forum in San Francisco.

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August 03, 2007

Top 10 Reasons Why Tom Keating Loves Asterisk

Note: Nice little write-up.  Worth a read. 
 
In November 2001 I wrote an article for Communications Solutions Magazine (precuror to the #1 VoIP magazine, Internet Telephony Magazine) titled "In Search Of A Linux-Based PBX" . In that article I espoused the benefits of Linux and open source and pondered why there wasn't an open source Linux-based PBX. It was then that I discovered and wrote about Asterisk which virtually no one knew about and which was still up-and-coming.

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July 02, 2007

iPhone: The Perfect Asterisk PBX Companion

So, you didn’t get one, huh? Well, we did. Just goes to show that some folks don’t have much to do other than stand in line for 8 hours to claim what my wife has labeled “another stupid toy.” Yes, the ultimate iToy. Boys and their toys! Apple has had the better part of four years to perfect Mac OS X, and it shows in the iPhone.

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May 10, 2007

Justin.TV - Interesting Use of Video Streaming and Voice

Editor's Note:  Today I stumbled onto Justin.TV.  Very fascinating website.  I have been watching for the last hour and he has really broken down the whole process on how he manages too broadcast 24/7 in San Francisco.  I would urge you too check it out at least once to see.   Be warned it is very addictive because the show actually has useful content.  Now after watching the show I might need to start streaming also :)  Check it Out
 
 
 
 

March 07, 2007

British Telecom to Invest in FON?

Note:  Om Malik from GigaOm sent over this link about BT possible investing in the free wifi company FON.

FON, the Spanish share-your-Wi-Fi services company, is close to announcing a new round of funding that could total to as much as 10 million Euros (shade over $13 million.)  While some of its existing investors – Index Ventures, Skype and Google - are coming back with more cash, the word from telecom circles in Europe is that British Telecom is going to invest in the wireless router company. It is one of the new strategic investors in the company.

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February 28, 2007

O’Reilly E-Tel Conference Update

Note:  Found this little update on Todd Pinkerton's blog about some of the projects he has come across at the conference.

"this week I’m in San Francisco at the O’reilly Emerging Telephony conference, chaired by my good friend Surj Patel. The conference is all about how the old-school world of telephones and phone networks are now merging with the Internet. So now, anyone who can write a web application can create a voice service.  This is part of the inspiration behind Ringfo." 

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February 18, 2007

Iridium Set to Announce Plans for Next-Gen IP-Based Satellites

Iridium Satellite LLC, the company that raised Motorola Inc.'s expensive space-based network from the ashes of bankruptcy, is now planning a new generation of satellites that may be able to continuously monitor the environment and take pictures of Earth.

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Getting Over the Love-Hate Dynamic With Open Standards

Note:  TechWorld does it again with some great commentary about open standards and the illusion of open technology.  I was even caught up in the iPhone hype not to notice that is in fact "does not" support SIP.  You would think that the more the device could support the more valuable and versatile it was.
 
"I'm old enough to have a long memory, but young enough that it does not yet resemble Swiss cheese. So, despite having consumed certain, uh, chemicals on more than one occasion, I actually still can recall more than a few things -- one of which was the promise of open standards." 

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Nokia N800 Review

Note:  MobileWhack has a nice review of the Linux based Nokia N800.  After reading through it sounds like this  has all the bells and whistles of a portable handheld computer.  Only issues seems to be a recurring one of handwriting recognition/ virtual  keyboard vs.  built in hard keyboard.  Personally  think until they really advance the software in that area, keyboards even if they are small are here to stay.

Review:

The Nokia N800 internet tablet features a large 4.1-inch 800x480 touchscreen display, which displays both text and pictures very clearly. Other features of the tablet include WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth, a mini-USB port, and a 3.5mm headphones jack. It runs off a 320Mhz TI CPU, and 128MB RAM, and includes 256MB of flash storage and two SD slots.

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February 09, 2007

Telephony Mashup Contest from O'Reilly Media

O’Reilly Media and StrikeIron are proud to announce the first ever Telephony Mashup Contest. This new contest provides a stage for developers to demonstrate their creative skills using emerging telephony technologies such as VoiceXML, PBX, IVR, and Web Service APIs.

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January 30, 2007

VoIPowering Your Office: Powering Call Centers

Note: VoIP Planet has another great article this time covering Call Centers and how to setup on up on an extreme budget.
 
"Annoying pests who invade your home. Inmates memorizing your credit card numbers and home address. Customer service reps who do not speak your language, or quite possibly any human language. Long hold times. Long annoying commercials instead of pleasant hold music. Byzantine call-routing menus designed to make you go away. Voice-stress analyzers that reward yelling and swearing." 

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January 28, 2007

Bill Gates discusses the future of Web 2.0 and PBXs

Note:  I found this article about Gates recently speaking about where all this new technology is headed in the coming future.  It sounds like he does actually "get" where the PBX market is going.  Here is some bits from the article:

"Speaking to a group of business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bill Gates gave some insight into where he believes technology is heading. During the conference, which played host to several big names in the industry such as YouTube's Chad Hurley and Flickr's Caterina Fake, Gates touched on topics such as the Web 2.0 craze, IPTV, and a possible micropayment model for the web." 

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January 27, 2007

Rich Tehrani - the man who breathes IP Communications

Note:  I was browsing on Tom Keating site this afternoon while I wait for lunch in between a weekend conference I am attending and I found this little write-up from Rich Tehrani about his time at ITExpo.  Here is a snippet from the post.

"Rich is a man who eats, sleeps, breaths IP communications. In fact, he barely slept this week at ITEXPO since he was so busy meeting with VoIP service providers and VoIP vendors, as well as speaking at the show and walking the show floor." 

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January 25, 2007

Digium full-court press (release)

Note: Alec Saunders has posted this informative interview with Bill Miller at ITEXPO

January 24, 2007

The 10 Best Video Conferencing Solutions for 2006

Note: Found this breakdown of all these top-notch video conferencing and telepresence solutions 
 
The experience of the user of video conferencing systems has become better and better over the last five years. "In 2006 there was a giant step forward with major vendors offering new High Definition Telepresence and Videoconferencing Solutions," comments online Specialist Newsletter Videoconferencing Insight at VC Insight when announcing The Editor's Choice of "The 10 Best New Video Conferencing Systems of the Year 2006" in the 15 January 2007 issue.

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January 22, 2007

AsteriskNOW vs. Asterisk Business Edition Deathmatch Review

VoIP Planet has posted this review of two different versions of the Asterisk PBX package.  It's a nice review of both offerings.  It does cover one of my favorite bonuses with ABE, the access to Digium's Support.  Here is an excerpt from their review:

" In the first two parts of this sub-series we we looked at how to get the open source, free-of-cost AsteriskNOW, how to install and test it, and how to perform essential system administration tasks such as getting administrator and root passwords in order, keeping the system updated, and how to install and remove software. Today we're going to compare AsteriskNOW to the not-free-of-cost Asterisk Business Edition, and take a look at some of Digium's other shiny new offerings." 

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Behind the scenes of MIT’s network

Note: Asterisk scores with MIT's IT staff.  This is just a fine article and testament to Asterisk's value and flexibility.  Gone is the way of the walled garden PBX.  The dike has just been pierced and the power of the open source pbx will flow through your phones. 
 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Network Manager/Security Architect Jeff Schiller is leaning back in a plum-colored recliner in his office, but he isn’t relaxing. The victim of a back problem that has forced him to forgo a more traditional office chair for now, the 25-year MIT network veteran has more than enough to do, with the school forging ahead with several major network projects, including a massive VoIP rollout and its foray as a regional fiber-optic network operator.

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January 16, 2007

10 Questions To Ask When Buying A VoIP Gateway

VoIP-News is running an informative story helping people interested or in the market for a VoIP Gateway.  It is really nice to see more of this helpful content being generated.  Here is an preview of the Article:

"There's no question that a gateway is a crucial component in any business VoIP system. That's because the gateway handles the fundamental task of transferring voice or fax traffic from a PBX to the IP network while supporting service levels equal to or exceeding the performance of traditional telephone technology." 

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January 09, 2007

Enterprise VOIP In 2007: Where Is It Headed?

I found this interview with Andy Abramson on VoiP News about where enterprise voip is heading in 2007. 

Intro:

"Based in Del Mar, Calif., Andy Abramson is a veteran Internet telephony consultant and one of the Web's most widely read VOIP bloggers. We recently caught up with Andy and asked him for his insight on some key  issues facing enterprise VoIP adopters." 

January 08, 2007

Creative Video Blogging and The New "Instant Journalism"

Andy wrote a nice article talking about video blogging and how it is helping change journalism in a good way.  Another good point is how the blog search engines are going to take away some of the seo aspects of the blog by focusing more on the date and relevancy of the post rather than some of the more traditional seo elements.  I hope he is right about the bloggers finally getting their due respect for being a valuable and informative information source.  Kudos Andy, we are lucky to have commited bloggers like you and others (Tom, Om, Rich, Ward, Smith, etc...).

 

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