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Pssst... Vonage, want to buy some IP?

Pssst... Vonage, want to buy some IP?

On VoIP Watch, my friend Andy Abramson tells an interesting story today that is both topical and illuminating in a higher altitude sort of way about the vagaries of intellectual property, patents, and litigation. According to Andy's story, it appears that US Robotics (nee 3Com) holds a patent that is extremely similar to the one Verizon is using to try to force Vonage to shut down ongoing sales operations. In theory, if I read the story correctly, Vonage could conceivably license the IP from 3Com to defend itself from Verizon. That's interesting in and of itself as this courtroom drama unfolds.

April 19, 2007 by in Legal

Treo 700p fixes coming (at last)

Treo 700p fixes coming (at last)

On The Official Palm Blog, Steve Sinclair, the Treo Product Manager, announced a couple of days ago that a Maintenance Release (AKA firmware update) for the Treo 700p is in late stage testing with carriers and should be released in the very near future. This is great news for all of us who have been putting up with spotty Bluetooth, intermittent hangs, and other issues since this model was first released.

April 19, 2007 by in Mobility

Web 2.0 Expo notes for Monday

Web 2.0 Expo notes for Monday

It's been a pretty action-packed day here at Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco between aull slate of sessions and a number of briefings with companies who are announcing interesting new or improved products and services here at the event. One of the trends I see is that there a number of companies here tat also appeared at DEMO 2007 in January in Palm Desert who are now announcing significant new milestones for the services and products they launched at that event just a few months ago. Web time is indeed accelerated.

April 16, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

LeapTag - a new way to find online content

LeapTag - a new way to find online content

I've been test driving LeapTag, a new browser add-on for finding content related to topics of interest to you that combines a number of unique ideas I've not seen in similar tools. LeapTag, as the name implies, uses tags you define to conduct searches for related content. To help understand your interests and readng preferences, LeapTag can import tags from your del.icio.us account to build a keyword list and allows you to select blogs from your RSS subscriptions to establish a baseline for the kid of news and opinion you like to read. You can import RSS subscriptions from Bloglines, NewsGator Online, or Google Reader in the current beta version.

April 16, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Twitter goes prime time on Fox TV

Twitter goes prime time on Fox TV

I just got the Fox TV newsletter (I'm a 24 fan) and saw this promotional blurb for the new series Drive (which stars Nathan Fillion of Firefly and Serenity fame). The show's Executive Producer, Greg Yaitanes, will be doing a live Twitter-cast during the premier.

April 14, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

Mossberg condemns "craplets" preinstalled on new PCs

Mossberg condemns "craplets" preinstalled on new PCs

We've all put up with what my good friend and fellow Tablet PC MVP Warner Crocker has dubbed "crapware" – the pre-bundled software loaded onto new PCs by OEMs – for a long time. Those of us who buy new PCs on a frequent basis have come up with strategies for removing this stuff as soon as we receive a new machine but it's a chore, even for the most technically adept, and not something I'd ever want my mom or dad to have to try to figure out.

April 12, 2007 by in Hardware

Wagstaff hits a home run on "death of software"

Wagstaff hits a home run on "death of software"

This is a post I wish I'd written. WSJ columnist Jeremy Wagstaff, writing on his loose wire blog, sums up the sturm und drang about the "death" of Microsoft recently announced by Paul Graham with an elegant and hard to argue observation. What we're really talking about has less to do with Microsoft and more to do with the "death of software" on the desktop.

April 9, 2007 by in Developer

Sticky Windows for Mac - elegant simplicity

Sticky Windows for Mac - elegant simplicity

Managing the multitude of windows I tend to have open on my computers is constant battle between access and distraction. I'm sure many (most?) of you have encountered the same thing. You get into a good flow state and the number of windows you have open grows until basic techniques like using the task switcher built into the Mac OS or Windows becomes inadequate. Minimizing and maximizing, not to mention hiding windows on the Mac simply doesn't address the navigation issue either.

April 8, 2007 by in Windows

Thoughts on the online/offiine apps controversy

Thoughts on the online/offiine apps controversy

So David from 37Signals dropped the f-bomb in a particularly myopic post wherein he tries to argue that we don't need offline functionality from online applications because, "like dude... we're all connected all of the time and why don't you read a book or something when you're on a plane?". This unsurprisingly (and perhaps by design?) emotional screed has generated a lengthy comments thread (now 200 deep and sure to get bigger) in which folks from around the world do their best to educate the author (and presumably his pals at the company) as to the reality outside the world of a developer living in a major US city. It's great intertubes drama if you're a fan of that sort of thing.

April 8, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Are batteries the gating factor on mobile productivity?

Are batteries the gating factor on mobile productivity?

Are batteries the gating factor on mobile productivity? My buddy Dennis Rice, fellow Tablet PC MVP and contributor at GottaBeMobile.com thinks so and I'm in complete agreement. Even with devices optimized to squeeze as many hors as possible out of a charge as possible like the Lenovo X60t Tablet PC both he and I are using these days, you have to plan outlet proximity after about 5 hours of working. Or you need to lug extra batteries around.

April 5, 2007 by in Intel

A cautionary OneNote tale

A cautionary OneNote tale

I received an urgent voice mail message from my friend Eric Mack last night. Apparently his daughters had been working for hours on a script in OneNote and cut the text to paste it into Word. Then it vanished. Ctrl+Z (Undo) didn't work. The Clipboard Manager (a badly behaved piece of Office's "Common Tools" was empty. Restrained panic was the end result.

April 3, 2007 by in Developer

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