Technically Speaking

Rex Dixon – Professional BlogCaster

Archive for September, 2006

Yahoo Hack Day = Job Fair?

Posted by rexdixon on September 30, 2006

I’m assuming that Om Malik of GigaOm.com and Web Worker Daily is there as he filed this report about Yahoo looking outside for their Mojo. Technically Speaking I think there is no one reading this!

Posted in Technically Speaking | Leave a Comment »

Ads on LiveJournal, 802.11n, C-EE-Oh NO – Sony PS3

Posted by rexdixon on September 30, 2006

Yes, ads are here to stay. It’s apparant that if you put enough blinking pictures, animations, tiny flash games, and scantily clad models on someone’s page, someone is bound to click one right? I guess Six Apart and LiveJournal rolled out some ads last night. Users don’t appear to be too happy.

Rex Dixon is going to have to agree – Apple likes to stay ahead. Their latest iMacs Core 2 Duo will come equipped with the Broadcom BCM4321-series chip. Broadcom proudly boasts as the “first IEEE 802.11n draft-compliant solution.” Read the full Engadget story here. When will MAC become the #1 choice for consumers?

The Sony PS3. Game consoles are a billion dollar industry, with the minor competition all but having been weeded out. I have always said, “If you talk the talk, you better be able to walk the walk.” Well the Japanese can be smug and flipant at times, but when you are an innovation nation – basically – you can back up your smack talk, with the “walk” as shown in my last blog post below; Technically Speaking that is.

Posted in Technically Speaking | 5 Comments »

WiMAX, India Telcom, NTT

Posted by rexdixon on September 30, 2006

Senators Mike DeWine (R) and Herb Kohl (D) want AT&T/BellSouth combo to divest some of their WiMAX-related spectrum. Read the full story in the link. I personally don’t like federal government having anything to do with the internet, but I guess that’s why they call it the FCC.

Even things on the foreign telcom market isn’t stable these days. India is having it’s share of Telcom issues. I better then allot of people understand the issue of telcom owning the lines, and the internet (ISP’s) using them. I was at a certain telcom place that took over one of the biggest ISP’s back in 2001.

My question to many people has always been – How come Europe and Japan innovate and advance the technology? Oh, that’s right, I said something to that effect already a few blogs ago; Technically Speaking that is.

Posted in Technically Speaking | Leave a Comment »

And even MORE MONEY!

Posted by rexdixon on September 29, 2006

Looks like Shutterfly raised $87 million in their IPO today! Wow! Did Rex Dixon say something about ohhhhh…. in a very recent podcast like on Monday about the new dot com boom? Or was I just Technically Speaking to myself?

Posted in Technically Speaking | Leave a Comment »

More money, lot’s more money!

Posted by rexdixon on September 29, 2006

$15 million B round for Podshow. I heard about this yesterday, or the speculation of it going down. I checked out the web site for Podshow – and if you are web 2.0 developer, have experience with micro payments, or deploying new video services — well just go check out their job podcast. Honestly, with that kind of funding,  this might be a place you want to check out for a new gig; Technically Speaking that is.

Posted in Technically Speaking | Leave a Comment »

LinuxPC can Grow Broadband?

Posted by rexdixon on September 29, 2006

I am very impressed by how much Om Malik of GigaOm.com can crank out in a day. Well, his crew of writers and him that is. I like reading his articles/his crew that writes for his site(s) and they are very timely.

Take for instance this latest one. I’m not surprised at all that Linux is in the news. I have been a long time fan of the OS, and have had several Linux boxes in the span of over 10 years now. In fact, I still have a Linux server at home that serves as my file server.

Now the thing I don’t like is, “Why do other countries seem to innovate more so then the USA?” It seems like this French ISP has found the ticket at least Technically Speaking.

Posted in Technically Speaking | Leave a Comment »

Helio, RIM, LicketyShips

Posted by rexdixon on September 29, 2006

Looks like there is a boost for Helio since ESPN is shutting down mobile ESPN. This was just written up on GigaOm.com – like only 15 minutes ago.

Om wonders why RIM keeps on ticking why others have failed.

Engadget finally did a write up on LicketyShips which was covered back some hours ago (day’s?) here and elsewhere. It’s Friday and Technically Speaking, people are putting up their laptops and trading them in for the weekend in most places.

Posted in Technically Speaking | Leave a Comment »

New .MAC Webmail, CDN’s, WI-FI, VideoEgg, Google Reader

Posted by rexdixon on September 29, 2006

TechCrunch was up early blogging about the new .MAC webmail. It seems like the big story over on GigaOm.com is about CDN’s or Content Delivery Networking. There was also this cool WI-FI overview article written by Katie Fehrenbacher on GigaOm.com earlier yesterday. Then there was a VideoEgg article by Liz over there.

I saw all these yesterday, but I wanted to give as much time to people to see the below FREE offer by Rebtel.com

Yes, I saw all of these and more. Just didn’t blog about them all!

I stated in last night’s podcast (9/28/2006 podcast) – Google Reader updates – were as stated – very nice. It’s easy to use, and I will hear back later to find out if my older sister has given it a go. IF she does, then I KNOW Google Reader is a winner! That would be the fire test; you know… Technically Speaking!

Posted in Technically Speaking | 2 Comments »

Rebtel.com – 2 Thumbs UP! FREE CALL!

Posted by rexdixon on September 28, 2006

Well I will have to say I am impressed! Early this morning I found this web site by direct contact from Greg Spector, one of the co-founders of the company, – Rebtel.com.

I just finished a Rebtel.com call with Greg who is currently in Stockholm Sweden. The call couldn’t have been more simple. Basically, I dialed a local number that he set up for me (which you can do very simply, more about that in a second), and called him. During our conversation I asked him,”Why do you think that people are skeptical of your service?” His answer was, “Because they have NOT tried it.”

I asked him also,”Greg you set up my number for me this morning, but is it really simple to set up? I haven’t had time to totally look over your site.” He said, “You basically put in your cell number(local number), and who you want to call (their local number) and hit “GO“. It then sends via SMS a message to your cell phone (that’s how I knew he set mine up) with a local number for you to call that person.

Now as a great FREE offer for all Technically Speaking readers – Greg said to post his contact information (which is linked below) and he will set up a FREE Rebtel.com LOCAL phone number and YOU can call him for yourself in Stockholm Sweden today! I think that’s a fair deal. He will set YOU up the number and you can try the Rebtel.com service for yourself. I think the main skepticism is coming from people who have not had the opportunity to try their service.

How is the service? The connection is BETTER then ANY cell conversation I have had locally. Oh, and Rebtel.com works with ALL the cell carriers out there. You don’t need to be on any specific carrier.

FREE CALL – Just drop Greg an e-mail and put your cell number and he will set it up for you. Your cell phone will get a SMS message as soon as it’s ready. Then just call the number and you will see how simple it is!

Yes, they are a new company, just formed in January of this year. Technically Speaking, this service is really easy to use, and the price isn’t expensive either.  Hey – enough from Rex Dixon already right? Give it a FREE try and call Greg and he can personally tell you all he told me himself direct from Stockholm Sweden.

FREE CALL – Just drop Greg an e-mail and put your cell number and he will set it up for you. Your cell phone will get a SMS message as soon as it’s ready. Then just call the number and you will see how simple it is!

Posted in Technically Speaking | 21 Comments »

Rebtel, Mobile ESPN, Rupert Murdoch

Posted by rexdixon on September 28, 2006

I will have some more answers about Rebtel later today. I am in contact with one of the co-owners of the company, and will get more information of their operation soon. Now Om of GigaOm.com of course has written his thoughts already on this. He also compared another service I had mentioned here the other day – JAJAH.

One thing that Om is lucky to have recruited is a great staff of contributers to his sites. He had written a late breaking story last evening about ESPN closing the doors on mobile ESPN – and first thing today – one of his staff picked right back up on it and followed up on the ESPN story!

One of the more interesting things that Om’s staff picked up on was the possibility that Rupert Murdoch is now eyeballing the blogsphere since he already has the #1 100 million user social networking site – myspace.

Skype. Yes, Rex Dixon likes it, and used their dial out service which I believe is called “SkypeOut” with absolute clarity the past two nights with calls to Germany. It was probably one of the clearest phone conversations that I’ve had in any type of phone call in a long time. Honest! Let’s not forget that I’m also on a 802.11g wireless connection.

I’ll post more items here later today as I see them; and you know.. that is of course – Technically Speaking.

Posted in Technically Speaking | Leave a Comment »