Tuesday, December 06, 2005

 

CEO's Beware!

It's possible that your Blackberry could experience some technical difficulties in the months to come. No, not because you are so popular and getting a ton of emails, but because of a patent war that is going on right now between BlackBerry's maker, Research In Motion (RIM), and NTP - a patent holding company that claims it came up with the idea before RIM.

For many executives, the BlackBerry has become a device they cannot afford to live without, making their businesses a 24-7 operation. It makes you wonder how many got along in the business world without using one in the first place.

Monday, December 05, 2005

 

A Follow up to Pipe Dreams

Today's Powerpage by Jason D. O'Grady discussing the pending battle between Verizon and New Jersey's cable television providers. I echo his sentiments that allowing Verizon to enter the cable television market, as well as deliver ultra-high speed Internet service is great for customers as competition favors the consumers.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

 

PIPE DREAMS

Oh, how the chances for FiOS here in North Jersey are taking a turn for the worse!!

As you can imagine, the opportunity to get super high speed Internet, local and long distance, and premium cable through Verizon is an attractive offer for us here in Northern New Jersey.

Judging by the stories coming out today and yesterday, the chances of that happening are slip sliding away.

Yesterday (November 29th), the Bergen Record talked about how legislation was needed for Verizon to enter the Cable television market. Certainly, cable suppliers, such as Cablevision, are fighting this measure tooth and nail.

Today, The Newark Star-Ledger has produced an editorial by Newark Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins opposing Verizon's plan.

Already, homeowners in towns in North Jersey can get the 50 megs per second FiOS pipe into their homes for super high speed Internet. Allendale, Franklin Lakes, Mahwah, Oakland, Ramsey, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River in Bergen County and Denville, Long Hill, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township, Rockaway Borough and Rockaway Township in Morris County have all begun to sell the service.

It looks like it will take an act of God to get the TV service hooked up.

Monday, November 28, 2005

 

Congressional Battle Over HDTV

Looks like the House and Senate aren't getting along when it comes to all-digital television legislation. The Senate is backing an April 7, 2009 deadline, while the House favors December 31, 2008. Also, the House wants to offer one level of subsidy for the set-top boxes that Americans will need to receive the over-the-air signals as of the deadline, while the Senate favors a higher figure. Sheesh. If I had known it was going to take this long to get high definition television across the board, I probably wouldn't have been all over those TVs when they were first coming out

 

In honor of CyberMonday

We all know that the Friday following Thanksgiving is called Black Friday, signifying the biggest retail day of the year.

But did you know that the Monday following Thanksgiving is known as CyberMonday?

Well Happy CyberMonday!!!!

While all of us should be hard at work, many are on our computers doing our holiday shopping online. Early results show that this is the year for gadgets (isn't every year except the year the Cabbage Patch Kids busted on to the scene?)

To help in your gadget holiday shopping, be sure to check out Engadget's holiday shopping guide. Each day, they will post a new "must-have" holiday gift. Seems that they worked out a sweet deal with Best Buy to sponsor this site to help all of us pick out the best gift for the holidays.


Monday, November 21, 2005

 

Forget *77

Forget *77!

The Malaysians have it all figured out! According to TechDirt, the government has encouraged drivers or onlookers with cameraphones to snap pics of bad drivers and post them on a state-sponsored website.


This kills the *77 program that is currently run in New Jersey. Although I get the feeling that this would be a misused. Apparently, 84 motorists have been caught on camera by the upright internet cameraphone citizen's brigade.

However, out of those motorists, only 8 have paid their fines for illegally parking, moving violations, and other driving no-nos.

They do include pics of drivers who are courteous -- something that would never happen if tested here in the Garden State.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

 

Steve Largent - Cracking down on Cellular Porn


In a story that somewhat piggy-backs off of the iPorn story, Former Seattle Seahawks great and former United States Congressman Steve Largent has decided to tackle (oh yeah, this post is going to be full of football jargon) wireless porn.

Largent, who is President and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA), unveiled new guidelines at limiting childrens access to adult content. A plan that is sure to score a touchdown with parents, cell phone users under the age of 18 would need parental or a guardian's permission to receive content that carriers offer that may be sexually explicit, excessively violent, or involve gambling.

Now reading this I was saying to myself, how many people under the age of 18 could possibly be walking around with cell phones?

The answer? About 21 million 5- to 19-year-olds had wireless phones by the end of 2004, according to the technology research firm IDC! 5 year olds need cell phones? Who are they talking to at 5? Shouldn't they be outside playing?

At any rate, companies such as Verizon Wireless and Cingular are participating in this important outreach, but in the end, I think it is up to parents to monitor what their kids are putting on their phones.


Monday, November 07, 2005

 

iPorn

Well you knew this was coming...

With the invention of the iPod Nano and the ability to download video images, it was only a matter of time before those in the adult entertainment business figured out a way to make iPorn. Now iPod users can download porn images off of various sites and take their fetishes everwhere they go!!

I Googled "iPod" and "Pornography" and saw a multitude of sites that are how-tos on downloading porn. Of course I didn't click on them, perv!

Anyway, child protection advocates are troubled by this new technological smut breakthrough, arguing that children have a greater capacity than adults to know where to find this material and how to download it to their iPods. With no restrictions in place for children to view the content, it will be tough for parents to monitor what content their children are downloading onto their iPods.




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