Steve Jobs Resigns

This is scary.  I would not be concerned if he wasn’t sick, and stick thin.  But…

From my perspective…this is a guy who changed the world more than once, more than twice, more than three times.  Simply awesome.

He is not afraid to innovate, to try something new, to make it easy, to make it reliable, and then have the foresight to have the backup stuff available to make it all work.

Read my original blog entry on the brand new, world changing iPhone.  Look at the smartphone you have in your pocket today…I rest my case.

The world will miss his creativity and energy.  Let’s hope he re-gains his health.

Cisco Flips the Flip

I ran across this article in the NY Times this morning and found it interesting.

Why is it interesting?

I’ll tell you why:  In 2007, the Flip camcorder was the latest cutting edge technology.  It sold like hot cakes, and the big players came out with their own versions.

2007 was 4 years ago.  Yikes!  ONLY 4 years ago…

Now…the Flip is pretty much obsolete (as are those cool little cameras you can stick in your pocket).

Smartphones can take pictures with great resolution, and videos, and you can make phone calls, connect to WiFi, upload to Facebook, Flickr, or Picassa.  Who needs a separate device?

Apparently hardly anyone…Cisco is closing down the Flip division which it purchased for $590 million only a short time ago.

Technology time is moving faster and faster.

Sure glad I’m not obsolete….hmmmm, maybe I am.  Check back in a microsecond.  :-)

Update: I just found this interesting CNET article on Cisco’s Consumer Failures.

Now…you know I am not really fond of Cisco (oh you mean it was not obvious that I think their videoconferencing efforts were not being done right (DUH…standards!  DUH…travelling to a fancy, extremely expensive, room to video conference is ANTI-intuitive)…until they bought Tandberg that is), but, this consumer stuff is not their fault, and at least they tried.

Drive Safe!  Never forget.

Top Ten TelBitConsulting Blog Posts of All Time

Since this is a technical blog, and we, as techies can nerd out on stats, I thought it might be interesting for you to see the top ten posts on this blog (when it was on wordpress.com only…the year it was off on it’s own is not included).

Not including the “Home” page here are the next ten:

Comcast HDTV Cable Box Installation 5,731
VidyoDesktop Review 4,348
Google Gmail Video Chat Review 2,390
Radvision Scopia Desktop Review 2,024
Polycom PVX for H.323 Video Conferencing 1,521
Sony Blu-Ray Player Review 1,262
Digital TV Converter Installation 1,057
Review of Mirial Softphone 1,053
Tandberg Movi: A Quick Look 813
Lifesize Desktop Review 782

Drive Safe!  Never Forget.

Twitter, Facebook, Blog

Been thinking.

Yeah, I know that is dangerous.

But, hey, I enjoy it (being dangerous, of course).  ;-)

Blog

About 5 or 6 years ago (I think) I heard about this relatively new way to put your thoughts out for the world to see.  The Blog.  In a previous life, my thoughts ended up in a magazine (DVC Magazine, TeleConference Magazine, New Media Magazine…all now…hmmmm, gone) and it was fun to read my own words of wisdom on video conferencing and collaboration (of course at that period in time, nearly everyone thought I was crazy….”Why would you want to SEE someone”.  It’s 2011, and now I can tell them:  D-U-H).

With a blog, I could spill my guts (and whatever knowledge I had to impart to the world) very easily to a large audience (or so I thought).  So I started my Yahoo blog.  After awhile,  that blog was not working for me (it was really clunky), so I moved to Blogspot.  Wow….much better, but, again, after a while, I seemed to tire of blogspot / blogger for some reason, and moved to WordPress.  I’m still here (even though I took a year to fire up WordPress.org blogs).

Have I ever told you I LOVE WORDPRESS?  Well, there you go.  :-)

And I love blogging.  As you can tell by looking at the bottom of this page…..I have 4 blogs now.

And the nice thing about a blog, is my OLDEST blog entry (that is MY FIRST, or second) is still around.  See it here, written in Feb 2005 (We still have that TV….recently replaced the lamp for the first time!).  Using the “Categories” and / or “Search” you can find everything I have written in the past 5 or 6 years.  I think that is awesome.

And the content I put up is (hopefully) educational.

Facebook

I tried MySpace after it had been out awhile.  Boy did that suck.

Then Facebook came out and it was much better, I signed up.  I now have 205 “friends” (truthfully, only a small percentage of which are really friends) on Facebook, and a business page under “AltamontCowork”.   I have placed ads (largely a waste of money), and post stuff about ForCarol.com, AltamontCowork, and some personal stuff (but not totally dumb ass stupid stuff).  Again, truthfully, the most fun I have on Facebook is talking with the Bay Shore Kids.  Much of the rest of my time on Facebook is time wasted.  Sorry.

Unlike a blog…..the information on Facebook goes away (and is really freakin hard to find) after an hour or so.  I suspect if you have 500 to 5000 friends you will never see my posts, even though the ForCarol.com posts are DAMN important.  Especially if you have teenagers who are driving….

And unlike a blog, most of my personal posts (and sorry, again, other’s posts) are drivel.  I really don’t care when you get gas (whether for your car, or the other kind), and other than a few people, I’m am pretty sure you don’t give a rat’s ass about how many miles I ran this morning.

The information on Facebook, is for the most part, not educational, and it goes away in an hour or less…..never to be seen again.  But then again….who cares.

Twitter

When I first heard of Twitter, I had heard that it is a blow-by-blow description of a person’s life.

Well, for most Twitterers (or as Jay calls them “Twatters”) that does seem to be the case.  But, I saw some value in promoting AltamontCowork and my Technical Blogs and Book Reviews there, so I signed up.  I quickly realized that there was no way in the world I could read everyones tweets (and that my tweets were gazed upon by very few eyeballs).  Twitter is basically a mountain (Everest!) of useless drivel.

I also have come to understand that a Tweet lasts less than minute…..and then it is gone forever.  But, again, since most of it is total shit…..who cares.

What the Hell is my Point?

Beats the crap out of me, but, guess what?  10 years from now you can find and read this blog entry and tell my heirs what a total jerk I was for writing it. How funny. :-)

Oh yeah….I have copies of the magazines I wrote for, but, I’ll bet you don’t.  Blog is better, and longer lasting than even a magazine (National Geographic the exception), and it takes up less space.

Video Conferencing in 2011

Technology is moving at light speed, but, culture change takes time.

For some technologies the time is almost here for mass adoption.  For example, 2011 may, finally, be the year video conferencing (read on for my theory on why) will reach mass adoption.  Time will tell….

2010 Technology Change

2010 was an amazing technology year.

Technology change in 2010 happened faster than ever, and since there was more technology to change, it seemed even faster (sometimes overwhelming).

  • Really cool (and powerful) smart phones boomed.  Tablets that people actually used emerged.
  • Social networking via texting, Twitter, and Facebook all provided hundreds of millions of people a quick surface look into “friends” lives.
  • E-book readers (both human and technology) boomed, but, real books did not go away.
  • 3-D movies, TV’s, and players boomed.  HDTV is almost ubiquitous.
  • Streaming of movies, TV shows, or original content over the Internet continue to hurt stores like Blockbuster while others simply went away.
  • Cloud computing came to the forefront and will continue to boom.
  • Video conferencing is now everywhere.

But technology (no matter how cool) is only a TOOL.  How people use these tools, for their benefit, at home, work, or at play, determines how their lives can be improved (or not) by these technological tools.  But, it takes time for people to learn how to use these tools.

Video conferencing is an old tool

For the purposes of this blog, (according to my theories) we are at the cusp of mass adoption and use for video conferencing.

Many years ago, I gave a talk giving examples of when a particular technology was introduced versus when that technology changed the world.  In all cases:  TV, radio, telephone, microwave ovens, Internet, etc.  The delay between design realization and use by the masses was 15 to 20 years.  A generation, or two, of people.

Culture change takes time.   As a young man, that was hard to understand.  As an older man…I accept this (sort of).

In the late 1980’s, video conferencing was introduced (at least the “modern” version).  In the early and late 1990’s standards were developed for videoconferencing over telephone lines, and, eventually, over a packet network.  The Internet arrived in the mid-90’s. Packet based video conferencing system started to arrive in the late 90’s.

Fast forward…..hmmmm, how interesting…..15 or 16 or 17 years and it is now 2011. Video conferencing (as we have come to use it) has been around for the required amount of time (15 to 20 years).  “Video chat” is on your cell phone, it is free on your computer (with multipoint), the need for high definition rooms seems to be fading, and the need to videoconference anytime, anywhere, with anyone is definitely on the upswing. Most importantly…..the kids are involved.  “Lets video call” will be the new mantra…

2011 may indeed be the year videoconferencing changes the world…..’bout time.   :-)

What else should 2011 bring?

1. Telecommuting = Coworking = Telework

Folks, it is time you start working from anywhere.  Commuting to a central location (for those with jobs that can be done remotely) is stupid, inefficient, and costly. It is time for the OFB’s (old fashioned bosses) of the world to retire and let the world of work change. Need to see your employees?  Video conference !  DUH.

2. We need cell phone apps that can help save lives.

An app can detect an accident, then it can alert emergency response teams with the location.  Videoconferencing via cell phone with a Doctor can help save lives at an accident site.

3. We need cars that recognize the driver, and their condition, and limit the speed achievable accordingly. How about cars that can automatically correct out of control conditions too?  The technology is here…

Lets see what 2011 brings….I’m sure there will be some awesome technology.

We all need to figure out how to use this technology to improve our lives, and maybe, save lives.

Happy New Year.