Stories for Dec. 26, 2004

Telephony magazine reports that Fonix Telecom subsidiary, LecStar Telecom, has teamed up with Duke Power to expand on ongoing test of broadband over power line (BPL) technology and market acceptance. The report says that the trial is going include 15,000 homes in the states of North […] Read more »

Barrons this week is asking the all important question: why can’t country’s largest cable provider get no respect? It has finished a $38 million makeover that makes it one of the most cutting edge networks in the world, and yet Wall Street is shunning the stock, […] Read more »

What is the best smartphone to buy? Permanent 4 aka Dave is facing that question and he brings up some very valid points. Well it is a relatively personal decision, and despite a large number of choices, I think it boils down to how and where […] Read more »

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About eight months ago, I had written a piece for Business 2.0, (Do this Get Rich) in which one of the business ideas I suggested was creating a specialized store to sell broadband and broadband related services. I think the argument still holds. Just like the […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 25, 2004

I have been dying to buy the new 50 Cent single, Disco Inferno, so this morning, I decided that perhaps it is time to visit ITunes store. Looks like the server/store is experiencing some serious slowdown. Marc sent me an email saying “I tried to purchase […] Read more »

An article in The New York Times Magazine tells us that Reed Hundt, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has started his own very anonymous blog though no information is available where this damn thing is. ‘’It’s in the nature of a private diary, […] Read more »

Light Reading has a detailed analysis of the big packages some of the Lucent executives have received for their “good work” even as the company has cut back on retiree benefits such as health care. Unsurprisingly, the company’s pensioners aren’t too happy about the size of […] Read more »

HoustonChronicle.com has a rather in-depth look at SBC’s transition from a plain old phone company to a fiber-enabled triple play giant which has bet $4 billion on the future. Still the market is very crowded and they have challenges. Still, I think this is more about […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 24, 2004

Happy Holidays to everyone and may this holiday season find you and your family safe and happy.  To those of you who are traveling have a safe trip and to everyone enjoy the company of friends and family.  I thank everyone for the continued support and […] Read more »

Just saw a deal that is so good I have to share it.  Altec Lansing inMotion Speakers for just $39.  This is the version of the inMotion that is not iPod specific and works with any audio device with a standard headphone jack.  Very good price.  […] Read more »

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Earlier this year, Audiovox’s tiny ScoblePhone had the geeks and early adopters frothing, making it perhaps the first must have Windows Mobile phone. Now I expect a repeat performance from the XDA and its many variants that have a nice slider keyboard, and all sorts of […] Read more »

As 2004 comes to a close, I have finally had a chance to take a day off, and look back and reflect on 2004. By all means, it has been a year of personal growth, and professional growth. Highlight of the year has to be visiting […] Read more »

2004 is coming to a close, and boy what a year it has proved to be. Two big mergers – Cingular And AT&T Wireless’ $41 billion whopper, and more recently Nextel-Sprint $35 billion marriage – were announced this year. 3G services have started to roll-out, at […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 23, 2004

TV on mobile phones faces a lot of hurdles, including regulatory ones. This article goes through the issue, and points out that having diffe… Read more »

I have seen this news in a number of places but I am giving credit to Loren Heiny since I saw it first on his Incremental Blogger site (but mainly because I like the work he does).  Google has published their list of most popular search […] Read more »

Firefox has garnered accolades and huge download numbers as the number of people adopting the capable browser is growing every day.  It has been amazing to watch the growth of Firefox and according to my browser stats for this site up to 35% of all site […] Read more »

I realize that kicking around John C. Dvorak is not exactly a challenge anymore. His half-baked theories regarding a PC world that moved beyond his understanding 15 years ago rarely make very much sense. However, occasionally, he uses his predictive powers on the Mac world, where […] Read more »

Well, I was to quick to jump to conclusions, but apparently, Time Warner/AOL did not buy a piece of Net2Phone. A terse email from Time Warner Investor Relations says it was not a new purchase. It is not a new purchase. We suggest that you refer […] Read more »

Arik Hesseldahl’s (of Forbes) 2005 wishlist includes a video iPod. Those who’ve followed Steve closely (what Mac Fanatic has not?) know that he’s already said he doesn’t see the iPod video product as feasible. I suppose that could be debated, but I agree with the thinking […] Read more »

Waxy.org has a really cool post about a new Apple Patent. The Patent is for an Application referred to (by Waxy) as iTunes Producer. It’s an App to be used by recording artists/Studios/Managers (Garageband musicians?) to upload music and enter relevant metadata for each track/album. Looks […] Read more »

There is some controversy over the proposed introduction of a domain (.mobi) aimed at sites designed for mobile devices. The Device Independ… Read more »

Ragtime is a full featured desktop publishing program that is totally free for personal use.  It will only run on one computer at a time on any given local network but that is a small price to pay for this excellent free program.  There is a […] Read more »

Paying it forward           by  James Kendrick "Bernie, you wanta get a beer?"  "Fred, I think I’m just gonna head home.  I’m beat. See you tomorrow." He wasn’t exaggerating, he was beat.  Working construction in the bitter cold could really take it out of […] Read more »

Today’s Woot! will go really fast so you better jump on it.  Dell 5650 6 Piece 5.1 100 watt Speaker set for $29.99 Features: Clear surround sound, multi-channel listening 100 Watts of Total Continuous Power (RMS) – Designed to thrust you into the Gaming and Movie […] Read more »

T-Mobile and Verizon are going to be big buyers in the next spectrum auction in January, and the two need it bad. Why? Since Cingular and Sprint will have enough to launch more services and boast better quality, … that’s why. FCC is auctioning off 242 […] Read more »

T-Mobile and Verizon are going to be big buyers in the next spectrum auction in January, and the two need it bad. Why? Since Cingular and Sprint will have enough to launch more services and boast better quality, … that’s why. FCC is auctioning off 242 […] Read more »

Intel is predicting that the laptops are going to get skinnier in size, without gaining $$ weight in 2005. The cool thing to watch they say is Extended Mobile Architecture, or EMA. “This involves adding a secondary screen on the outside of the notebook. The notebook […] Read more »

Intel is predicting that the laptops are going to get skinnier in size, without gaining $$ weight in 2005. The cool thing to watch they say is Extended Mobile Architecture, or EMA. “This involves adding a secondary screen on the outside of the notebook. The notebook […] Read more »

Andy Kessler weaves an interest thread with his opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal. He points out that the mega success of IPod might have something to do with US deficit and the falling dollar. “A lower dollar means foreigners get a needless discount on […] Read more »

Andy Kessler weaves an interest thread with his opinion piece in today’s Wall Street Journal. He points out that the mega success of IPod might have something to do with US deficit and the falling dollar. “A lower dollar means foreigners get a needless discount on […] Read more »

Stories for Dec. 22, 2004

Time Warner has bought 1.46 million shares or 3.1 % stake in Net2Phone, according to documents filed with SEC. The decision indicates that Time Warner and its AOL division might be getting serious about VoIP business. The timing of the announcement is certainly intriguing. Today Liberty […] Read more »

Reading MobileWhack’s discussion of the “iPhone,” you almost get the impression that it’s conventional wisdom that the iPod will soon be obsolete. In fact, Simon says as much: With micro hard drives like the one in the iPod mini making their way into phones, Apple’s fantastic […] Read more »

On December 1st T-Mobile changed their network access to close a hole that allowed customers to get unlimited internet access for only $4.99 per month.  Savvy T-Mobile customers were expecting the carrier to catch onto this scheme at some point and close the hole so they […] Read more »

Opera Software has released a technical preview of their mobile web browser for Windows Mobile smartphones.  Opera for smartphones can be downloaded from the Opera website and is unsupported.  Unfortunately it will NOT work on standard Pocket PCs.  Come on, Opera.  Give us a real browser […] Read more »

Going along with the current theme of MindManager topics I was searching around and went over to Marc Orchants’ Outlook on Productivity and found he had reviewed ResultsManager for MindManager.  ResultsManager is a Getting Things Done add-on allowing you to implement the GTD methodology within MindManager.  […] Read more »

FCC released some data about broadband penetration in the US today. According to its news release, High-speed lines connecting homes and businesses to the Internet increased by 15% during the first half of 2004, from 28.2 million to 32.5 million lines, compared to a 20% increase, […] Read more »

Robin Capper is a CAD guy in New Zealand who has a nice blog, RobiNZ blog, and he is also a MindManager devotee.  I have been thinking about MindManager a lot lately and Robin has a couple of articles detailing how he uses MM to not […] Read more »

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