Monday, July 30, 2007
Consumer & Media
Gaia Online **OVERALL WINNER**
Devices & Components
Azaire Networks, Inc.
Active Network, The
Ad it Last
Blue Lane Technologies
I'm sure you'll find some exciting companies to watch on the list - you might also like to check out the webcasts from the event here .
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Lately he's been specialising in implementing GSM networks in greenfield sites and with my involvement in Voip and smart voice applications it's been an interesting dichotomy between our views (not that I have anywhere near his experience).
Currently he is in Sierra Leone as a turnaround CTO of a GSM carrier there.
When talking with him recently he commented that this carrier was still yet to even implement GPRS services and that it wasn't even on the radar.
As I look down at my $500 cingular 8525 - 3g handset with Windows mobile 5 push email, internet explorer browser and 2gb SD card.......you really have to wonder how fair is this?
And what can i do about it?
....or even a deeper question - Should (even if I could) do something about it or is this the way it is and always meant to be?
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Would you take it?
Would you take it if there was no predetermined destination?
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I immediately arrested him. Threw him into jail (kept in the corner of my living room for occasions just like this).
Then after 8 years later I said - if you want to go home you are free to leave as long as you give me that big flat screen tv you have in your apartment.
Once he gave me the tv I let him out and he went home and we became best of friends again......
Exactly that wouldn't happen between friends in a personal one on one situation so why do people think it's ok in a country to country basis.
Six Bulgarian medics who were serving life sentences in Libya have arrived in Bulgaria following their release, ending their eight-year incarceration.
They were immediately pardoned by Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov.
The five nurses and a Palestinian-born doctor were convicted of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV - charges they have always denied.
The release was made possible by a deal struck in Tripoli on improving Libya-EU ties, following years of negotiations.
When are people in power going to realise that just because you run a country you cant do crap like this (and anyone reading this who doesn't think the USA does similar stuff is kidding themselves).
When are we as a human race going to grow up and get beyond all this petty crap.
Bring on the 'star trek' generation where everyone is working/existing for similar principles for the betterment of all people by improving yourself.
I'm sick of all this stuff. Makes me wonder if going and living on an island in the pacific isn't the right thing to do.
Or if any kazillionaire rich dudes want to put together a team to go out into a one way mission in outer space I'm ready to sign up - we need something, anything to demonstrate to Earth that we need to think big and get bigger than all this petty stuff.
P.S. I just read this article from newsweek on August the 2nd. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20079136 I want to puke and I feel like I need a shower.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Great article here about the concept of open spectrum I posted a few weeks ago. Could be very very interesting.
Maybe an Asterisk/OpenMoko tie-in?
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Basically it's a vehicle that act's like a plane and uses bernouli's principle to fly at very high speeds but low to the water so it's more like a boat.
The advantage is these things can get really really big.
Super trippy apparently it's not science fiction and have the ability to cover open seas. This seems to be the best website with lots of info on both old and new designs.
Have fun digging around.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Interesting followup from my post last Tuesday about Indian Immigration.
Will we see a northerly movement of Silicon Valley to Snow Valley? Are there any readers who have been knocked back for US visas but were able to secure Canadian visas/residency?
Friday, July 06, 2007
If you are interested Google my name and CableCard and you'll find all the rants you need or want.
All I can say is you are dinosaurs roar all you want as you are dead and dieing and you don't even know it.
On a lighter note :) If you think like I do this from Skinkers in the UK will put a smile on your face. http://soapbox.msn.com/video.aspx?vid=4da4263c-68a0-411f-8eec-58dc81bf22da&wa=wsignin1.0
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Having trouble with your Rubik’s cube? Daniele Benedettelli has created an automated Rubik’s cube solver called the LEGO Rubik Utopy.
This is seriously way too cool for school. Someone give this guy a job http://daniele.benedettelli.com/index.html
I’ve found a way to activate a brand new unactivated iPhone without giving any of your money or personal information to AT&T NSA. The iPhone does not have phone capability, but the iPod and WiFi work. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
I hear stocks crumbling worldwide as I type.
Rising Wages Prompt Riya to Pull Out of India
Although I dont contract a lot of work to India I do from time to time and I recently assisted a client source some voip developers for an internal application and whilst the man hours quoted were a little over the top I thought the hourly rate was very reasonable - especially as I wasn't contracting a single self employed individual but a company with corporate overheads/structure etc.
My issue with Indian resources have always been a communication 'percentage' that needed to be buffered into any project (lol - before you ask chill - my first wife was Indian and half my friends in Australia are Indian). It's just a fact that whenever dealing with people who dont have the same background it takes extra time to communicate with them.
Could explain why I find it easier to deal with Canadians :P
Having said this I have spoken with people who've said it's out of control and they have had projects fail because key staff have left projects mid implementation.
I guess it's part of life and to be expected over time salaries would go up but I'm just wondering how viable the Indian outsourcing market really is if they are on a 50%-75% salary par with Australians/USA/Europeans etc.
The bigger question of course is has the windfall in outsourcing over the last few years being turned into a viable long term market (eg like Dubai's oil money) or squandered among a select few (e.g. Saudi Arabia).
What happens to India if the worlds outsourcing markets finds a new vendor just as fast as it found India?
Will people be making jokes about calls being answered in Indonesia next year?
Has enough infrastructure been put in place to develop on an ongoing basis without the major USA contracts or will it slide backwards just as fast as it shot forward in the first place?
Monday, July 02, 2007
The article covers a number of topics, from government sponsored competitions to patents but part that really got me was the inventiveness of the little guy and how great ideas are definately still out there to be thought of and implemented.....oh of course and the rewards to be plundered :)