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What's wrong with keynote presentations

Keynote sessions at most conferences come in two primary flavors--enlightening presentations from subject matter experts tuned to the audience and boring, generic corporate pitches from vendors who are conference sponsors (they contribute to the financial well being of the conference).

May 11, 2005 by Dan Farber


The sorry state of American telecom

Thomas Bleha, recipient of an Abe Fellowship and a former Foreign Service officer in Japan for eight years, published an article in the May/June edition of Foreign Affairs where he warns America that its broadband and wireless technology failures could have high costs in the future due to lost opportunities for economic growth, increased productivity, and a better quality of life. (A recent News.

May 11, 2005 by John Carroll


Is the bloom off the cellco WiFi hedge?

From Interop in Las Vegas last week, I wrote about how Intel went to the trouble of blanketing all of greater Las Vegas with a WiMax wireless network and how a local infrastucture provider (MPower Communications) picked up the tab so that the network would stay in place indefinitely.

May 10, 2005 by David Berlind

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Digital identity with a capital 'I'

I’m at Digital ID World 2005 conference in San Francisco. Phil Becker, editor in chief of Digital ID World and host of the event, kicked off the event defining his notion of digital identity, with a capital "I.

May 10, 2005 by Dan Farber


Too much hype over Skype?

CNET Labs has a review of the latest version for Windows of Skype's namesake voice over IP product. It scored an 8 out of 10.

May 10, 2005 by David Berlind


On the joys of borrowed intelligence

There's a marvelous (probably apocryphal) story about a database vendor who was giving a sales pitch to a prospective customer's applications people, all of whom were assiduously taking notes on their PCs. The audience asked questions that got steadily more technical and abstruse until the sales reps found themselves (to their surprise and dismay) ineptly discussing the relative merits of static versus temporary tables.

May 10, 2005 by Ed Gottsman