July 13th, 2004

Punch cards and Circult Switches


Bravo! (via Interesing-People)

From: Randall <4whp@insightbb.com>
Date: July 12, 2004 10:23:08 PM EDT
To: Dave Farber
Subject: Re: [IP] The Great IP Debate

On Mon, 2004-07-12 at 07:41, David Farber wrote:
> In addition, carriers have invested so much in their legacy voice
> networks that many hesitate to move voice traffic from the legacy
> network to an IP platform. “Circuit switched is not going away. It’s a
> legacy system that will be with us for a long time,” says John Marinho,
> vice president of marketing and offer management at Lucent’s Mobility
> Group. “But VoIP is the cornerstone that will enable a lot of things to
> be possible in the next several decades.”

In 1979, Dr. Jerry Maren stood in front of my CIS 100 class and said “Punch cards are Yesterday’s News, but if any of you hope to get jobs working with computers, you will be working for banks, governments or insurance companies, because that’s where the computers are. Those people have invested millions of dollars in punch card technology, and they’re not going to just throw those card readers away – so you’re going to learn how to use punch cards, even though they will be gone in twenty years or so.”

ps: The original mail is not written by Dave: he just forward it.

June 18th, 2004

CommunicAsia 2004 and IP Phones

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db-168.PNGCommunicAsia Exhibition is huge this year! Between CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia, they took up the whole Singapore Expo! (Singapore Expo can normally house 2-8 concurrent large-scale exhibitions)

I spend an afternoon just walking through the booths briefly, stopping only to talk to IP Telephony Service Providers (ITSP) and IP Phone manufacturers. The usual suspect are there of course, like Lucents, Cisco, Zylex, AudioCodes but what interests me are those new and start-up companies, like NTEL in Korea and Howdy in Singapore. And there are also a lot of US and Taiwan manufacturers of SIP Phones like Zultys and DBTEL. And lots of new wireless SIP Phones, some of them so new that you can’t even find it on their website yet (e.g. DB-168)! This means these phones probably won’t reach consumer until 2005 or 2006! Hey, it is going to be fun watching this industry grows. zip4x4.gif

ps: Oh yea, I just release Drupal for Bloggers v0.8.

January 2nd, 2004

Vint Cerf on the Internet

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BBC News have an interview with Vint Cerf on his view on the development of Internet.

The next decade, he believes, will see the net spread even further and start to become the basic communications infrastructure for almost anything. To begin with, he thinks, the net will stop being a part of the telephone network. Instead the telephone network will become a part of the net.

He goes on to talk about IP Telephony and ENUM! Yeppie! :-)

2004 could indeed be the year of VoIP.