|When the big four cellular companies decided to hike the price of sending a text message, they all managed to settle on precisely the same increase.
Scott Woolley, Text Message 15 Cents
Even if the incumbent cell carriers end up buying a big chunk of the spectrum, their freedom to set prices freely will change. That’s thanks to the deft political maneuvering of Google. At Google’s request the FCC decreed that a third of the airwaves at auction (ones between 15 and 15.8 inches in length) must be used in “open” networks. Open networks let the people who use the network, not the people who build it, choose what applications to run or what mobile devices to use. To that end Google recently announced plans for open cell phones, which could run any application, and AT&T and Verizon Wireless have committed to opening their networks.
A La Mobile, based in San Ramon, Calif., a start-up dedicated to Linux-based “open” systems for mobile devices, says [today’s] demonstration proves that Android can deliver on its promise of making it easier for consumers to get access to all sorts of applications.
Leslie Cauley, Introducing the first Android prototype
Andy Rubin, Google’s senior director of mobile platforms, says the coalition is on track to roll out an Android-based phone in the second half of this year.
According to Google: “Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. This early look at the Android SDK provides the tools and APIs necessary to begin developing applications on the Android platform using the Java programming language.”
|Dennis Gabor (1900-1979) is the inventor of holography. To acknowledge his creativity and scientific insight, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1971.|
Yuri Denisyuk is credited with recording the first 3-D holograph back in 1962. Here is a 3-D hologram from the NTT DoCoMo R&D Center in Yokosuka, Japan. Wikipedia and How Stuff Works are good sources to learn more about types of holograms and how they are used in security.
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|The real electrical innovation wasn’t Thomas Edison’s idea of installing individual power plants in factories. It was Edison’s financial clerk, Samuel Insull, who thought of creating a central plant that powers an entire region, turning electricity into a utility and vastly dropping its price.
Nicholas Carr, as quoted in When Google Grows Up
|Here’s a handy glossary for business owners who want to learn how to speak Agile to their PMO.
delivered in an iteration.
content of a Web site. With a wiki, any user can edit the site content, including other users’ contributions, using a regular Web browser.
|The IT guy is someone my heart goes out to, because he’s got an extremely difficult job. People who he reports to see him as a cog in progress and a drain of money; the people he’s supposed to serve see him as a bottleneck.
Shel Israel, as quoted in Naked IT: Shel Israel on social media and IT (includes podcast)
Michael Krigsman writes: The Global Neighborhood interviews [sponsored by SAP] point toward the future, to a time when the enterprise embraces social media as a mechanism to enhance communications. However, that time has not yet arrived, and for the moment, social media remains an interesting curiosity for most large enterprises. On the other hand, forward-thinking organizations are studying how to integrate social media, minimizing disruption wherever possible, to gain its benefits.
I agree with Michael. Until social media translates directly into dollars, we’ll be stuck with the status quo. The legacy systems already in place are just to big, complicated and expensive to mess with — and the IT guy would be the last person on the planet to ask for more on his plate.
BTW, I love the tag line for Michael’s blog IT Project Failures. “Rearranging the deck chairs.”
|But as important as the iPhone has been to the fortunes of Apple and AT&T, its real impact is on the structure of the $11 billion-a-year US mobile phone industry.
Fred Vogelstein The Untold Story: How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry
This was a great “big picture” story.
|Results from a year-long study on high-tech electricity meters found smart grid technology performed as intended, saving consumers about 10 percent on their bills while easing strain on the power grid.
Martin LaMonica, GridWise trial finds ‘smart grids’ cut electricity bills
Homeowners in the study were equipped with a gateway device that used an existing broadband Internet connection to receive pricing information from the utility, which was transmitted wirelessly to a smart thermostat and a smart meter. The thermostat had an LED display to indicate when the utility was automatically controlling appliances.
Consumers had the ability to preset certain conditions. They could manually override those settings and go online and see how prices fluctuated in real time.
IBM was the systems integrator in the project to provide the back-end software that communicated information between utilities and consumers.
|But when I think about what killed most of the startups in the e-commerce business back in the 90s, it was bad programmers.
Paul Graham, The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups
|Frontline Wireless, which has made no secret of its desire to bid and win on the D-block spectrum, has a released a statement saying ” Frontline is closed for business at this time. We have no further comment.”
Paul Miller, 700MHz hopeful Frontline “closed for business”
Frontline Wireless LLC was the only prospective bidder that seemed interested in buying the D-block spectrum, the only spectrum in the upcoming FCC auction that was earmarked to be shared with public safety. According the New York Times, Frontline wasn’t able to raise the $128 million dollars it had to pony up to stay in the auction.
It came as a shock because the Silicon Valley startup had big backers. Frontline’s management includes former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Telecommunications Policy Janice Obuchowski.
Whispers of “Web 2.0 bubble” began to turn into out-loud happy hour conversations, but I’m not buying it. The inabilty to raise funds is more likely tied to the fact that the FCC was asking for too much. Figuratively and literally.
The auction rules for the D-block are ridiculously complex, requiring that public safety officials get the last word when it comes to deciding how to build the network — and what private company wants to have to deal with that? Even worse, whoever builds the network has to foot the entire bill, which is expected to be in the billions. Sure I’d like to spend billions of my own money and have a government bureaucracy call the shots for me. Wouldn’t you?