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Thursday, January 18, 2007

iPhone - Can you hear past the Buzz?

Now that all the excitement around the iPhone has begun to subside, I thought I would toss out a few observations that may be counter intuitive to the marketing Buzz.

Being a former crackberry addict, I'm not sure of the value of talking on a device that you need to access to type notes, access phone#'s when someone calls looking for another persons # etc.

While the addition of music is a great combination for phones or Pda's on an individual basis, the value of combining all three on one platform eludes me.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Skype Wifi has finally arrived...

Well...It has been just over a year since I initially mused about the potential to combine skype and wifi... Finally it has arrived but, the landscape is shifting so that those who were holding out for free phone calls are likely only going to see slightly less expensive calls as the carriers in North America get concerned about the impact of VOIP on their long distance cash cow.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

iPod - The downfall of communication...Discuss!

Ever take a moment to observe the number of people walking in a group, driving in a car and listening to an iPod?

These tend to be activities that used to be done in the company of others. Now with the prevalence of MP3 players there is a shift in communication dynamics - people are not sharing the same experience even if they're in the same physical space.

I'm pretty sure that the introduction of the original walkman was a god send for parents driving their kids around but, the relatively short battery life of a cassette player made it nearly impossible to go too long without joining in the conversation.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Price of Packets...

With the price of broadband pretty much an unmetered commodity, the introduction of WiMax to the marketplace will present an interesting challenge for Carriers.

North American carriers are poised to make billion dollar bets on WiMax, the problem is, the broad market for "packets" tends to be price sensitive and, once the early adopters are in, growth will likely flat line and the ability to charge a premium will shrink. Which begs the question, will WiMax lead to the bust of many carriers?

Those carriers who are betting on new wireless technology to boost their revenue streams would do well to look at the real value that expanded access brings to the mass market.

One need look no further than RIM to see that wireless is great if you need time sensitive information but, look at ESPN's foray into Mobile Television
to see that just because something is technically possible, does not make it a good business.

Monday, September 18, 2006

The High Cost of New Technology

A recent article in the news details how the family of an 82 year old widow discovered that she had been leasing her rotary dial phone from the Phone company since the 1960's.

This example may not fly in today's world but, the lesson here is essentially the same.

Over the years, this woman paid approximately $14,000.00 for her black rotary dial phone. Her lease payments essentially kept her up todate with the technology that worked for her.

The take away here is, most people are constantly searching for the newest gear instead of being content with something that does the job at a low cost. So...next time you want to upgrade your Cell Phone, think about the Old lady who got ripped off by the phone company.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Ottawa Venture Captial...Less than stellar returns

A recent report in The Ottawa Business Journal regarding VC's exiting Quake technologies in an $80 million dollar deal.

The trouble with the reportage is the OBJ failed to indicate that investors poured about $65 million into the company between 2000 and 2001 resulting in a estimated return of about 22% not bad if it were a yearly return but,  when divided over the last 5 years it amounts to a less than impressive 4.5% per annum.

While 4.5% would make most people happy if it were in a Guaranteed Investment Certificate, Venture Capital is anything but guaranteed. This deal gives insight into the state of Venture Capital in Canada, in that, it is being touted as a success. The reality is technology investors have taken a severe hit and are feeling lucky to get there money out rather than write off the whole thing.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Presentation Tools For the Masses

I was looking for a tool that would allow me to do a presentation for a client in another city.

I'm not interested in the old standby RealVNC or it's derivitive, showmypc although it is a viable tool...just not the right one.

Things like Webex are great but, I figured that there must be an AJAX alternative.

Sure enough, a tool called Zohoshow fits the bill.

Not only that, there are a number of other cool tools from Zoho that will make your business run smoother.

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