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April 4, 2004

Now Where Was I

Didn't use the computer, and never touched the cellphone.

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Outsourcing Joke

Wading though the vacation mail I came across this gem.

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April 5, 2004

Scanning

After a vacation the newsreader is full of posts. I missed out on VON and WTF last week so along with the normal Skype review I keyed in a few Feedster searches. The fragments below reflect some I noted and my method for getting back to blogging quickly this time. They relate to Skype, IM, mobility, presence and change

Om Malik on VoIP: Why Skype is No Different Then see the chaning codec Skype is using and follow these links from the Skype Forum. They will lead you to Global IP sound whose news releases arrive a few days before Skype updates. Pretty easy to read between the lines re OSX, Linux etc. Global IP Sound - Newsroom - Releases

Some useful reinforcement from Om Malik on : The Incredible importance of Instant Message clients His links identify MSN IM as the stealth softphone client. While he says: The greatest advantage of these IM clients is that they are already sitting on our desktops, have been built for an IP-everywhere world, and are one upgrade away from becoming phones(my bold). (The real magic needs to happen at the back end!) We should start the clock ticking on Skype! Add Mobile Pipeline | Data & Voice | Microsoft Scores in VoIP Arena. See also Smartphone thoughts

Fastchat again demonstrates the rapidly accelerating convergence of IM and Mobile phones. The barrier to trial is simply more cost. $30/year and 2 cents per outgoing message. More features than Buzz2Talk , while Aglie Messenger provides the presence and IM integration without the push to talk functionality. See also fastmobile Andy writes it up hereVoIP Watch: Move Over SKYPE here's FASTMOBILE, however these are not the same thing. It will be worth looking into push to talk behaviors vs texting behavior in more detail. "With a FastChat enabled device anyone using FastChat can pretty much Push To Talk to anyone on the Internet. Now that's delivering voice communications ubiquity TODAY".. So if Liz Lawley will pardon my interruption I can only image how frightening this dimension might be to her. I'd also like to come back to interruptions and Dave Pollard's posts separately. If anyone has the appropriate equipment and wants to experiment with me on Buzz2Talk, or FastChat let me know. Push to talk has some specific benefits, as does always on and for some always off.

Heath Row also made great WTF notes that included TV on cellphones in Korea. See George Gilder's comments

Korea has 40 times the amount of bandwidth that we do. And they accomplished that in three years. When you have 40 times the amount of bandwidth, that's 75% penetration.
When you have a true deployment of broadband in a country, including wireless broadband, the whole economy changes. In 2003, there was around $450 billion a year of commercial transactions on the Internet in Korea. A third of their economy was transacted on the Internet. If we had a third of our economy transacted on the Internet, versus our 2%, the business models that were deemed Quixotic and absurd because of the bubble would have succeeded. Grocery transactions are done on the Web all over Korea. Webvan and those other dotcoms would have prevailed there. Fast Company Korea
There is additional data there about TV on your smart phone. Anyone remember a few years ago the Canadian startup that began rebroadcasting American TV. They were closed down by lawsuits. I tried to watch a TV broadcast today. it's still to slow. There is a real need for sites offering these services to provide a text messaging solution. I'd pay the 2cents or 5 cents just to get the setting in the phone in one click. See:
The new service of Telefónica Móvil -- live TV on your cell phone -- was introduced in Chile with full print ad pages in major Chilean newspapers. Smart Mobs: Live TV on Your Cell Phone

I also saw lots of links to Clay Shirky's latest post "Situated Software" a wonderful illustration of how student assignments create real value and insight. The thought seems completely consistent with Nicholass Carr who asked in HBR not so long ago ... "Does IT matter?" The basic systems approaches that Clay outlines and the open non-proprietary methods used to achieve them by the students are the zero-based budget techniques for tomorrow. Lee Bryant also argued this well in Smarter Simpler Social over a year ago.

April 6, 2004

Skype Mobility

Look beyond Skype's PDA mobility announcement today and start probing at the emerging challenges for cellphone manufacturers and providers. The deeper threat here is to current wireless charging models. The upset will turn over minute plans, reduce the current cellphone purchse price subsidies and force the emergence of new UI's (user interfaces).

So I'm closing this post with a few quick thoughts that probe beyond the Skype's PDA announcement which leaves me a little flat. This is just one of many PR releases. It's been no secret for sometime. Skype is not alone in developing PDA VoIP solutions. There are a number available including ones that already dial the old telephone network. There aren't many users with these PDA gadgets in their tool kits and $500+ is a little too much to just go out for a play.

The system requirements for Skype's PDA beta version will find a small number of testers with.

  • Microsoft Pocket PC 2003 Operating System
  • WiFi and 400 MHz processor

    Still they are coming....


    Zeenstrom indicated he believes this mobile market will develop gradually, because, for one thing, not many PDAs are yet equipped with Wi-Fi capability. However, there is a new generation of PDAs coming later this spring, some of which will be fitted with Intel's powerful new 530-MHz Xscale processor running on a new improved version of Microsoft's mobile OS. Many of these will be equipped with Wi-Fi capability. When Wi-Fi isn't included in a new PDA, it can be added relatively easily and inexpensively with a Wi-Fi-equipped SD card. Internet Week > E-Business > Mobile Software Ties Wi-Fi, VoIP For Free Calls > April 6, 2004

    So for this to really to take off Wi-Fi must continue accelerating and the costs of the PDA's will have to become much cheaper. It's not enough to argue that using Skype's mobile solution will pay out vs a high cellphone contract after six months. While that may be the current Skype rationale this move is targeted longer term at emerging Enterprise solutions. It may be more appropriate to look at solutions where high density mobility within a connected fairly contained workforce is important. Hospital is a good example.

    So what may Skype's new mobility platform mean for the mobile phone market? For years we've had the POTS in the crosshairs, with predictions of zero costs to call. Today Skype has demonstrated it and the recent flat rate and all you can eat plans confirm the direction.

    However how many wireless providers think that a minuteless world is likely to converge simultaneously? Or even soon? Every cellular calling plan I know of is being obsoleted by Skype's mobility model. My 19.99 T-Mobile connection is proving that to me and I'm not yet using it like I could. I also know of Skypers connecting internationally while their laptops are connected to mobile phones (CMDA-1). Thats a flat rate or KB charge. It has nothing to do with minutes. It's cheap.

    Let's go wild it's late. What could we add to the PDA charger that would enable Wi-Fi to access the internet anywhere there is a plug...... using the electricity grid. Could HP adds the capability to the PDA charger.... In some countries broadband is delivered via the grid. No WiFi --- find a plug? Back to reality....

    If the minute threat isn't enough then Skype for many may just become a bridge to the local phone system. Eg local call to my home PC Skype - jumps to New Zealand Skyper that rings his local cellphone. Frankly these are the twists that are just beginning to make it very interesting. The quality trade-off will be eliminated overtime.

    Lastly Skype has made it reasonably clear. They are expecting to provide a product that will work in a mobile phone. That has implications for SMS revenue streams and minute plans. In one area there is no question in my mind. What would I prefer to have visible on my mobile phone.... an address book or a presence list of my buddies? The latter wins everytime.

    If the latter wins the form function changes. 0-9 becomes a relic. PDA's may be closer than we think to being tomorrows phones. Concurrently the customer might just be willing to make some new tradeoffs.

    PS I read in Wired tonight about databahn a Mobile T-1 $3995 plus $79 per month for 500KBS uplink and 3Mbps downlink. Interesting. I also saw this PDA?PC... OQO


  • April 8, 2004

    Gold Medal Feedster

    I got a gold medal today from Feedster for "catch-Up Ball" (see below). Now I want another! Few probably know how much Feedster has changed the way I read blogs. When I started blogging like many I quickly learned about blogrolling and started to add to my blogroll. For awhile I read key blogs by clicking the blogroll off my main blog page. Some of those early blogs remain favorites. However my list expanded and I migrated the majority of my reading to various newsreaders.

    I became hooked on Sharpreader (I also have Newsgator) for the majority of my feeds, now near 200. Sharpreader provided my introduction to Feedster. Sharpreader's search function links to Feedster and so any search results can immediately become a RSS subscription. I've reported my use of "Skype" and "Social Software" Feedster searches before.

    Now I have almost 20 feedster searches, and a similar number of Google searches. Some are as vain as my own name --- who's blogging me??? and then then the names of my favorite bloggers. A favorite name ususally picks up their posts and others that are blogging them. This is more valuable than the bloggers RSS feed alone. It's fodder for conversation, and increases my understanding of links without having to spend time studying Technorati or BlogStreet etc.

    So my Feedster catch of the day came in for the topic "Nokia 3560". Not my normal reading from a blog I would normally never see. The result.... Feedster highlighted for me a little Symbian application that means my Bluetooth cellphone now acts as a music remote for my laptop. This is the post. The program is Bemused It installed and worked first time. I've found two or three tips a week for the last month for using my smart phone in ways that are at time unexpected with this search. I've found other product type searchs to be equally useful.

    If you find yourself playing catch-up ball on some topic--maybe because you took a vacation, maybe because you just discovered an interest--just start with a Feedster search on your topic of interest. Then fine-tune the results to get more focused information. Some examples:

    Search for: skype [RSS feed for search term]

    Based on your first results, search for a hot subtopic: pocketskype [RSS feed for search term]

    Check out results that matter most to you: Go to Feedster's advanced search form, give your search term (skype). You can search just one blog by giving its RSS feed--or search just your blogroll if it's in an OPML file. (For many blogs, we have more than a year's worth of posts in our database.)

    April 9, 2004

    PocketSkype Screenshots

    The screenshots for Pocket Skype. Nice simple execution for those with the latest PDA's.

    SkypeBox.JPG PDASkypeCallinProgress.bmp

    PDASkypeText.JPG PDASkypeCalllog.JPG

    April 19, 2004

    VOIP - - Emerging Experience Model - for Business

    Crashing around in my blog tonight wondering where to start. Commitments got the better of me last week and sometime a brief pause for reflection is useful. So this posts begins with a few of the things I'd like to see myself blogging on particularly as my thinking tonight is very much how to break traditional "industry" business model thinking and counter with strategies that are "experience" model driven.

    Starting Points:

  • How Presence is redefining KM and knowledge innovation.
  • Why Skype type experience space and dialogue functionality will redefine telecoms and more importantly the relationships between consumers and companies.
  • Why this emerging co-creation space and ready capability to conference will generate bot driven demand buddies that will negotiate on behalf of consumercommercial groups.
  • Why Skype's model is ultimately the eBay of communications. Will Skype facilitate consumer choice on interconnects? Are they a market manager or solution provider?
  • What new "experiences" will further revolutionize the "tele-space"?

    These questions consider how to build future strategic capital in the telecommunications space and thus remain competitive in a networked interconnected world.

    Skype is a demonstration of intelligence residing in the software and not in the hardware or a physical device. This investment in IP is distinctly different to hardware solutions. Concurrently Skype users are no longer passive. A Skype users doesn't wait for a central exchange to execute a ring. They broadcast their presence and status to their buddies. This involvement is enabling them to co-create additional value within the communications system.

    Strategically what is being missed is the new opportunities that this "always-on" co-creation space creates:.

    Here is a blogged Skype story after being bugged by a caller from Poland. Clearly people are prepared to chase down information. Perhaps a bot / search service could become part of your buddy list.

    Take if further.... Why not just add a travel service buddy to my Skype list. The bot acts like Priceline or Hotwire and simply gets the best price for me. This just illustrates that at the moment we think about Skype in the context of IM and only in a limited way. In fact this type of interface could radically change the way we interact with commercial enterprises. Consider what happens when consumers run commercial profiles and incorporate them as buddies providing some levels of controlled access.

    So far Skype has not sold Expedia the opportunity that enables me to integrate Expedia into my buddy list. What would happen if Expedia or Priceline could actually handle multiple connections, connect the key data with text messaging type searches and links to actual locations and say local hotel proprietors in New Zealand who can sell personally what I am buying? If this is Priceline with their guarantee they potentially have just increased and improved their services. The call connection cost was zero. The experience was enhanced and potentially more revenue is collected.

    The goal of strategy today is to discover new sources of value. What irks me on the Skype thinking front are too many Porterish approaches to competition and value creation. For the most part there isn't enough thinking on what enhancements are likely to come to the UI to improve the experience. I'm sure there are millions working in telecoms worldwide. The type of question that is not being asked is.... What happens when millions (of consumers) learn to use a system (interconnect /networking product) in which telephony is merely a byproduct and thus set to creating new forms of value together through that interconnectivity. Should Skype enable millions of users to determine how best to monetize value then they may learn that these consumers may just be willing to pay the facilitator a fraction of the transaction cost. On eBay it is done everyday.

    The above was only partially stimulated when I read Rafe's Always's On Skype Economics post today. He doesn't think it will play despite the accolades he gives it for voice quality.

    However, I really don't see how Skype, as wonderful as it is, can maintain a financial advantage over what is sure to be a brutal fight of pure economics, especially if it connects to other systems. I think the real opportunity in VoIP is in the back ends the interconnection of different VoIP systems and the connection of them to the ordinary telephone network. Skype Economics :: AO

    I think the real opportunity is not the interconnection of different VoIP systems but the interconnection of commerce combined with presence. So far we have only seen an emergence of interest in social networking tools with no real connection to real-time voice solutions. Concurrently regulations, spam, privacy, security and encryption are a smokescreen around the telecoms battle to redefine their relevance. Let's all spend a little more time thinking though the experiences hyperconnectivity is going to allow us.


  • April 20, 2004

    Perfect Pitch Competition

    The perfect pitch. I was away in Mexico when this Perfect Pitch number was cooked up. I thought it was a great idea and came back to find so many bloggers I know on the judging panel. In fact there were so many judges that I can only begin to imagine how hard it might be to judge this competition. So time to have a little fun. May as well toss out my two cents into the blogosphere while they are deliberating so to speak. Judith my apologies for not submitting an entry. I was a little busy last week.

    The criteria was:

    A business executive, with whom you have been trying to arrange a meeting, is available for a condensed pitch from you on a one minute elevator ride. It is your goal to convince this attentive business leader who has heard about weblogs, and in fact reads a few regularly to sponsor and resource a critical mass of weblogs in his/her organization so that their benefits can be demonstrated in a meaningful way. The Social Software Weblog

    My two cents:

    Hi Jason, I want you to begin blogging... it is going to change your life...

    It will mean some changes to in the way you and the organization handle information....

    However it is the only way to compete in tomorrow’s world. It's not that bloggers think faster or believe they are really an elite group.

    Their competitive advantage comes from how they share and influence

    Leaders blog. My job is to get you blogging. When can we start?

    Ah 77 words. That fits the criteria. What makes me think this is a winner? The idea that we must look to the future. That blogging is a leadership tool. That accelerated knowledge sharing is central to harnessing the organizations collective intelligence. Thus competitive advantage or at least collaborative advantage. That bloggers aren't an elite. And of course I said it didn't I?


    April 21, 2004

    The Online Presence Spiral

    - The Online Presence Spiral - an interactive experience that is engaging, accessible, immersive - not just IM indicators but sound quality - active cams, mobility etc. Emergent thoughts that we need a new "Presence Formula".

    This post represents rough notes on how online presence is being redefined by new audio solutions. These are creating a sound spiral and an unexpected tipping point for tel co's and cellular phone providers while redefining consumer / user audio expectations.

    Driven by IM systems we are becoming increasingly accustomed to knowing; available, away, do not disturb, not available, invisible and custom forms thereof. In parallel there has been a growing interest in the social networking sites like Ryze, Linkedin, Orkut, Tribe etc. Most of these haven't had the critical online mass to activate an effective 'presence" indicator yet. They also fail to have the immediacy of an IM buddy list. Learning gained in social networking software will be applied to IM systems in the next generation. In fact ICQ has recently been releasing upgrades. As will more complex access profiles which further refine definitions of availability, access, privacy, security etc. However this focus on presence and "presence management" is limited an IM style focus on smiley faces and social networking that may limit developments. As VoIP and IM systems integrate interaction designers should take a broader view of presence.

    Let's just step back for a second and consider real life examples…. Eg "you felt his/her presence when they entered the room. Or the speaker carried real presence. Take it further and over the years there have been interests in telepresence from science fiction books to research studies. This objective that i found quickly appealed to me. "To design forms of interactive experience that are engaging, accessible, and immersive". I'd like to think about this as presence cubed.

    The IM style is helping with accessible, however the other aspects engaging and immersive still have a way to go. The point is recent posts on "Presence Management" are really missing the broader picture. The post I've seen from Dina, and Dave I think support my point of view. They are looking for a much broader integration of presence. In fact presence management is an oxymoron just like Knowledge Management. Similarly telecoms and VoIP providers that simply believe they can step up with a VoIP IM solution are going to find they are continuing to chase the curve. Using Skype as an illustration, it masters the current state of consumer presence pretty adequately. It also redefines voice presence. Our ears are extremely sensitive to vocal cues. And yet we are accepting. We accept or are forced into landline and cellular systems that clip our voices, reduces our gravitas and thus reduce vocal presence effectiveness. The narrow band spectrums simply doesn't compare favorably with a well connected wide band Skype type call. In fact I was told the other day how different I sounded on Skype. Apparently, I had more presence!


    Now imagine you were part of a larger conference call negotiation. You could hear the other party with brilliant clarity. They were restricted to a mediocre cellphone standard. You could easily position each of the individuals and easily decipher the stress or excitement in their voices. Now which negotiation team has the upper hand? If you are looking at new solutions then thinking about presence in terms of availablity indicators and not audio quality will only will only result in an early replacement as higher quality more efficient sound solutions become available. For conference calls you have to have an audio connection that is equal or better than those your are connected to. For the most part the highest sound quality will result in better conversations. It's pretty self-evident. Just like the e-mail that can be misinterpreted. The brain fills in the blanks in poor quality sound.

    Now I would like to know if any commercial or consumer SIP applications so far have been initiated with a codec comparible to Skype. For it is not SIP that is restraining the voice quality it is the VoIP telecom providers that seem to think current sound codecs are good enough. I have a Vonage line. At no time does it compare to Skype quality. It's better than my cellphone at home, and often doesn't match my landline for quality. Via the Register today, Morpheus launched a VoIP solution. They are in fact just playing off their P2P name and number of users. As far as I can tell it is a standard VoIP solution a little cheaper than Vonage. Other than trying to leverage the Morpheus userbase I'm not sure that there is a P2P relationship in this system although they are claiming that with VoiceBox to VoiceBox you get higher quality.

    With Skype we are only just getting a taste of what's to come. As our understanding of "presence" is broadened by better audio experiences the industry will compete and collaborate to bring even more interesting "presence" experiences. Then the solutions won't stop with sound. There will be a huge awakening in equipment solutions too. Just think what happened when we when from mono to stereo, and then how quickly so many have gone to home theaters. The consumer knows Dolby and 3-D sound. While we may not want a total immersion experience for all calls (you may want to listen in on another simultaneously) we will want the ultimate immersion for some calls. The movie industry has already demonstrated what is possible.

    Skype also shows what happens when increased audio presence is combined with appropriate visual cues. Those black heads don't look very friendly now, still when they become real faces and an inbound call is generated then our connection to the caller will be further enhanced. Photo's are a first step that will aid adoption adoption of real-time web cams.

    Consequently I periodically find myself running updated experiments on the latest online video solutions. It is almost a couple of weeks ago since I tried out various alternative with Dave Pollard. I'd read Dave's post and he was willing to try out his new webcam. We started with Yahoo cam and voice. The voice connection was crap and so we soon closed voice and opened a Skype connection why retaining the Yahoo cam. In this instance there wasn't much of a delay on the cam although 2-3 seconds is not uncommon. Still as a free solution I've personally found little to beat it.

    Next we tried out Sightspeed, The cam was much faster, however the voice connection was not up to Skype quality. We retained it for a period. However by that time we were doing what I think we should be doing. We were sharing http links, and looking at other alternatives. The cam had simply disappeared into the background replaces by texting and browser links. From my perspective this is not unusual.

    Durning this week I also tried out CamFrog. While I didn't try the premium edition the basic one didn't provide me with confidence. While these observations and ongoing trials are fun from time to time I'm yet to find a wow solution. Robin Good in particular has shared some great conferencing solutions with me. They do require some customizing to context. It also takes time to master these tools. So ultimately there won't be hundreds of winners.

    What I've found is I'm not prepared in any of these online sessions to put up with poor voice quality. That simply is a killer.

    Second I dislike screen delays. The update has to be quick. Screen synch between individuals fast. Last year I'd experimented with Glance a product that shares your desktop. More recently Bill Campbell generously got me set up on tightVNC. Many use it for remote access to their computer. It's also perfect for sharing your desktop with multiple users. WIth tightVNC working there is no need for expensive services like MeetingASAP, you can share your desktop at anytime. There are other synch capabiliities that MeetingASAP provides however no matter how beautiful the last time I talked to them they could not confirm that the voice quality was not equal or better than Skype. BTW... if you want a cheap conference where everyone cam is synched on a page and one person is showing a powerpoint. Just cram it all on your screen and then tightVNC. The refresh rates on the cams will be poor for other viewers however it will cost you nothing. Everyone will know who's at their desk and watching the presentation rather than making coffee while wearing their bluetooth headset.

    For working with others expecially new people where you have never had a picture before and never met them an early introduction with a web cam is effective. For family and friends it may be appropriate. However my belief is that sharing pictures is a pretty good substitute right now. The issue is most webcams are effectively passive. They provide a head shot as the person is sitting behind their PC. Usually the cam is not directed very effectively. I really don't believe that web cams will be the big thing until they are "active" cams. By active I mean people using them while on the move, out and about. Thus when we get our PocketSkype+ installed in a UltimateWi-Fi PDA with video capability and users are out roaming we will have a webcam usage that really adds a sense of presence along with the mobility and narrative. It still won't be telepresence although we will be a lot closer.

    Finally from what I've seen and been fed about Skype performance and connectivity, their sound solution still eats up too much computing power. Add to that limitations on uploads and downloads to maintain voice quality and Skype video and Skype file exchanges may break what is good. That may provide some opportunities for others. So while Skype may have brokered new connections for some, and thus encouraged additional experimentation with webcams this user is still looking for better sound first and foremost. In that regard so should you.

    What's more this user has learned that Wi-FI Skyping from HotSpots is better than a Mobile phone when available. Thus the paradigm that threatens the landline system may have more impact on mobility than current projections suggest. Some of you may have seen the recent releases of mobile phones like the Nokia Communicator 9500 that provides the traditional cellphone features along with Wi-FI. So now consider the user experience. When they are in a hotspot sound quality goes way up. When they get home their cellphone automatically becomes the home phone and the cellphone and the quality is way up. It's just possible that the mobile providers are entering a sound spiral as well. Then I also know that despite not being to Skype via my mobile phone to laptop connection Dina has proved to me that she can do it. Looks like the Indian cellular structure is more advanced than the US!. That will make cellular connections a commodity just like the landline in time.

    Good place to close. The Online Presence Spiral. The emerging business experience parameters for communications.


    Feedster RSS Meskill

    I found myself texting with Judith Meskill today and ended up adding a Feedster RSS search for her to my newsreader. She's a good example about what I'm about to write and the next little enhancement I may want from my Feedster!

    Judith has a personal blog and writes for The Social Software Weblog as well. So currently I have two feeds in my newsreader. She may well have other blogs as well. Still she's out there networking many posts and is often picked up by other bloggers. So the little secret is I keep a small elite list of named blogger Feedster RSS search feeds. Judith was added to it today. As I'm sure I've noted before it's one way for me to keep track of other blogs that mention me. Otherwise I might never see the notification especially if I don't see the trackback.

    I'm going to watch this new feed and see if I get all her posts plus those that reference her thinking at the same time. If it's 95% effective I could simply delete the classic RSS feeds. The only downside is Feedster doesn't report in real-time.

    So the opportunity exists for Feedster to create a Feedster Subscribe button which I can add to my RSS options in the top corner of my blog. Of course I could do this now. Just would add one more level of choice. Short Extracts, Full Posts and a Feedster RSS link for subscription that returns what references and links are floating around me. In fact I should be able to define the feed myself on Feedster, check the returns for the last n posts and then if it is what I want to offer to my readers simply collect the link details and add them to my blog template.

    There are two real benefits to this. I get a better view of who is linking to the blogger I'm reading anyways. This may enable me to shink the number of peripheral feeds as they are being captured fairly effectively by this supernode, thus enabling me more time to capture data in more diverse areas. Then second, having a better sense of who is blogging friends means you can offer that as a conversation piece! Hey neat piece by X....

    Peter Cochrane Skype and Hype

    Peter Cochrane on the future for telecoms and he should know. Great thoughtful piece.

    Everywhere I go in the United States I now see people with PDAs, laptops and headsets making VoIP calls. This has been compounded and supported by the rapid spread of Wi-Fi providing a very powerful platform for users on the move.

    The mode of operation spans the normal fixed/mobile phone behavior, plus the use of e-mail to establish contact and prompt the use of Skype, iChat, etc.. The more adventurous are also linking screens and working cross platform--with common applications and displays--in a manner forecast a decade ago but still seldom seen on corporate networks.

    I think it would be foolish for any telco to dismiss VoIP and especially Skype. It seems to me that DIY telephony is on the march and will soon be on the scale of Kazaa.

    VoIP hype and Skype - News - ZDNet


    April 22, 2004

    P2P Music and VoIP

    I brushed over the Morpheus Voicebox announcements yesterday as not really all that interesting. However today I saw moves by Net2Phone announced TCMNet and WiFi Planet. All these mention I2Telecom and Net2Phone who is now obviously making a larger strategic play.

    Boardwatch today also provided the news that Sharman Networks is working to add Skype to the file shareing program Kazaa.

    VOIP is emerging as a new line of business for many file-sharing companies. Sharman Networks Ltd., a StreamCast rival, is developing a version of its Kazaa P2P file-sharing program that comes integrated with Skype, a VOIP software program created by Kazaa's inventors (see Skype Me? Skype You!). In March, StreamCast launched a version of Morpheus that includes Morpheus VoiceChat, a VOIP software program from Talking Tech Enterprises Inc.

    Unlike Morpheus VoiceBox, Skype and Morpheus VoiceChat run on PCs and let users talk only with other users of the programs. The VoiceBox is the first foray into hardware reselling by a P2P company.

    href="http://www.boardwatch.com/document.asp?doc_id=51527">Boardwatch: Analysis of telecom software, services, and strategy

    BTW. Kazaa integrating Skype if approved by Skyper would bother me. I think there are better options for "music" relationships that use Skype. Skyper better be careful with that one.


    April 29, 2004

    Skype Secrets

    Running multiple instances of Skype on the same machine. There's gems in those Skype forums for those that have never ventured there.

    forum.skype.com :: View topic - multiple instances


    Actually I do this sometimes. But you need Windows XP Pro to do it. Create another user account under Control Panel > User Accounts. Then right-click (or Ctrl Right-click) on Skype shortcut and select Run As... Enter your new Windows user account name and password and you have another copy of Skype running!

    Both Skype instances can use different audio devices.
    forum.skype.com :: View topic - multiple instances

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