What would you call a platform that is made up of multiple elements, each one connected one to another by a very thin line of integration – having each one reliant on the other for proper functionality? – A MESS!Continue reading
Author: Nir Simionovich
Have you ever thought of blogging as a form of public nudity? seriously, many people blog about the most intimate things in the world, openly exposing themselves to the rest of the world. I believe that in some form, these people want to expose themselves to the public in other manners, however, due to society constraints, they are unable to do so – thus, they blog about these things.
What do people blog about? well, taking apart the professional blogs, personal blogs tend to ramble on and on without any specific theme. About a year ago, I read an article called: “No one cares what you had for lunch!”, that had discussed the various aspects of poeple’s blogging habbits. People had written everything in their blog, what are they doing, what are they eating, when was the last time they mas***** – I mean everything. At some point in time, the blogging engines RSS feeds were simply full of “So and so is doing such and such…” – how bizzare. I’ve seen blogs where people discuss their sexuality and preferences. What amazed me about these blogs was the fact that these people had invested a great deal of time and money, promoting their blog with search engines, so that when you search for the term: “Barbie Dolls catalog”, because you are looking to buy a birthday present for your neice, you end up with a site about people’s sexual facination with mannequins and dolls – not exactly what you were looking for.
So, with the advancement of Web 2.0 communities, websites such as twitter and facebook enable people to relay their actions in a more civil way, and only their friends will know what they are doing – that is great. Now, one can choose who he’s friends with, and filter out all the bullshit of other people – way to go facebook. But yet, the need to expose yourself still exists, thus, we get to know the massive updaters. Those who are updating their facebook status every 5 minutes. To be honest, I don’t care if you are currently in the toilet because you had a bad shrimp for lunch – it gets annoying. So, you end up removing these people from your friends list, because you no longer care what they do – and again, you have peace of mind – no more people telling if they are throwing up, if they are wa***** off – only the ones we want.
So, I call for the promotion of facebook as an all world communications tool – it is simply the BEST communications filter I’ve ever seen. I read what I want, from whom I want, when I want and I don’t have to worry about things I don’t want, because I can always remove the unwanted people – perfect. In other words, if we can apply the same concepts of facebook to the world of communications, be it networking, cellular, PSTN or even television – that would be amazing.
Ok, I officially hate day light savings time – well, I need to be more exact – I hate when it changes without prior notification. I’m currently sitting at Boston Logan airport, looking at the clock, realizing that yesterday the clock was changed back, thus, I could have slept another hour at the hotel.
How come no one tells tourists that day light savings time is going to be reverted during the weekend, isn’t it a little annoying that people expect you to know this stuff. There is a saying: “not knowing the law doesn’t excuse you from being punished for doing wrong”, but hey, I’ve done nothing wrong – why didn’t the guys at the hotel bother to update their guests – how annoying. So now, I’m stuck at the airport for another hours till they start checking us in – in other words, a serious bummer.
When would they invent teleporters?
Well, it has been almost 4 days since VON Boston and I’m sorry to say, that not much has changed since last year – apart from the fact that this year’s VON had seemed to be a little smaller to me.
As some of you may know, I’ve teamed up with Jeff Pulver’s Free World Dialup (FWD) team. If some of you are familiar with FWD, it was the first ever FREE VoIP community network. Much before networks like Skype, almost 12 years ago, the vision of free communications had been planted by Jeff Pulver and other pioneers. It has taken almost 12 years for the technologies to mature into a state where the vision is now close to being complete. Our intention is to be the driving force behind the community oriented telephony, providing a telecom’s vision into the Web 2.0 infrastructure, but not limited to Web 2.0. To learn more about FWD, please visit http://www.fwdnet.net, where you will learn more.
As a personal favorite of mine during VON, I was more than happy that Digium’s Asterisk pavilion had grown into the first – Digium Asterisk World. As some of you may know, I’ve devoted my last 5 years to the promotion and adoptation of Asterisk technologies and Asterisk based products and I’m extremly happy to see that Asterisk had become a dominent force in the VoIP market. All around the conference, you would see comapnies openly stating that they are compatible with Asterisk, proving again that open source can easily be considered a valid alternative for the telecoms market.
I hope that next years VON will introduce more Asterisk solutions and additional companies operating with the Open Source sector. I really hope to see more open source projects featured at VON, projects like OpenSER, FreeSwitch and Yate. While OpenSER had been around for a few years now, FreeSwitch is fairly new to the market and experts had adopted to it nicely – however, the entry bar is still too high.
I’ve attended the OpenSER administration training that took place during the last day of the convention. I can say one thing about the Daniel, one of the creators of OpenSER: you are a wonderful coder, but leave the teaching to other people – you are so boring!
Really, I like the guy, but after 3 hours of mind numbing listening – I simply left the place as I didn’t learn anything from the training. Just downloaded the presentation from the website and I’ll use mostly that. Daniel, if you are reading this, I suggest that you get some other member of the OpenSER team to do the lectures for you, someone with a bit more flair and showmanship.
Well, that’s it for now, if you’ve been to VON Boston, drop me a line.