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Dan York
I've been blogging since May 2000 on a variety of blogs. Check out my most recent blogs in the links below or at
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Can I publish one podcast episode each day for the month of November? That's the premise of "National Podcast Post Month" or "NaPodPoMo". Similar to the idea of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where writers sign up to write a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Disruptive Conversations
Dave, I don't know the technical details. I played with Firechat briefly 2 years ago when this article first came out, but didn't really have others I could experiment with locally... and so went on to other things.
Facebook truly DESPISES Snapchat! As documented in a blog post today, Facebook has now added "Stories" to their main mobile apps. Just like Snapchat, these stories: expire after 24 hours can be either images or videos have all sorts of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Disruptive Conversations
In one picture, this comic from xkcd nails the very sad state of fragmentation with our messaging systems today. The text says: I have a hard time keeping track of which contacts use which chat systems. And that is our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at Disruptive Telephony
For those of us experimenting with "360-degree photos", last week's announcement of Jetpack 4.5 had a hidden but awesome feature: you can use a shortcode to embed your 360 photo or video into ANY WordPress site (that uses the Jetpack... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Disruptive Conversations
Yesterday I had an incredibly fun experience starting off 2017 - and now you can share in that: For Immediate Release (FIR) episode #68 is available for listening or download at: Host Shel Holtz (in the big picture above)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2017 at Disruptive Conversations
Continuing the tradition I started back in 2010 (see past years), here are three words that describe themes I intend to focus on this year. They aren't "resolutions" as much as areas of activity. "Themes" is a good way to think about them. HEALTH I have let my weight creep up to where I am about 30 pounds over where I should be (and where I was back in 2011). I haven't been exercising. I have some dental issues to take care of. My last physical exam was... (I'm not sure... but I don't think I've ever met the doctor... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Dan York
Will "Facebook Live Audio" be good for podcasters? Will it help us engage with our audiences? Will it compete with SoundCloud and other similar platforms? Or will it pull people away from traditional podcasts to keep people within Facebook's shiny... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
Ten years ago today, on December 18, 2006, I launched this blog with a very short 1-paragraph post: Welcome to Disruptive Telephony! For a number of years, I have been blogging about VoIP as part of my personal blog, "".... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Disruptive Telephony
Today on CyberMonday you can buy “Seven Deadliest Unified Communications Attacks” and hundreds of other ebooks and videos from O’Reilly and associated publishers at a discount of 50% off or more. Simply go to: and start shopping. All you do is enter “CYBER16” as the promotion code when checking... Continue reading
Apparently seeking to keep up with Snapchat's Snapcodes and Facebook's Messenger Codes, Twitter has launched QR codes in at least the iOS app. Here are two examples of how the codes look for me (it seems to change color each... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
... we will be a nation with a massive divide, no matter who wins. A nation with a huge difference between the rural and the urban... between those who have done well in the new economy... and those who have been left behind. No matter who wins, our next task as a nation will be to figure out how to rebuild the connections between us. Can we perhaps start by being more civil to each other? To respecting our differences? Can each of us try to treat others more kindly? I'd like to think so... but I'm not so sure.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Dan York
Do you want to understand why we love living in Keene, New Hampshire, and the surrounding "Monadnock Region"? This video taken from a drone shows the beauty of our area (and it also really makes me want to buy a drone with a video camera!) Kudos to the folks at the Monadnock Shopper News for creating this beautiful video. P.S. Our area is called the "Monadnock Region" because our tallest mountain is named Mount Monadnock. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Dan York
Today was a CRAZY day of curling! It began at 9:00am when our 7-year-old took to the ice at Petersham Curling Club (PCC) for her first day as a member of the "Little Rocks" youth program (ages 7-12). It ended with me going on the ice back at PCC at 8:15pm to play in the Mixed League (men and women) until after 10:00pm. In between those times, our 14-year-old daughter was up in the Toronto, Canada, area playing with her team against 15 other highly competitive Canadian and US teams. Her team had two games - 11:00am and 5:00pm -... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at Dan York
Today is the day! Every year on November 1 some number of writers across the world challenge themselves to write EVERY SINGLE DAY in November. Some amazingly choose to focus on writing a novel. They go the "NaNoWriMo" route, a.k.a.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
Want to learn the latest about WebRTC inside of Firefox? Nils Ohlmeier from Mozilla sat down for an interview at the IIT RTC Conference last week with Mark Fletcher of the Avaya Podcast Network. I found it quite a useful... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Disruptive Telephony
As a writer, it is incredibly frustrating when you find yourself NOT writing. It's hard to explain, but there's a kind of pressure that builds up inside you. It keeps building and building and building and BUILDING... and if the pressure is not released through writing then it comes out in other ways. The way you treat others. Your health. Depression. Frustration. I'm in that state today - if you look at my site pulling together all my writing and audio, the number of days I've been actually writing or creating audio is a bit sparse: This post will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Dan York
This week I will briefly be in Bucharest, Romania, for the Internet Society's ION Bucharest conference. We've got a great set of sessions on the agenda, including: Deploying DNSSEC Romanian DNSSEC Case Study Let's Encrypt & DANE Mind Your MANRS... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Disruptive Telephony
There is something about a mountaintop. The view all around you. The freshness of the air. The wind whipping against your hair and body. The exhiliration of making it to the top after a grueling climb. There is something about a mountaintop. The smiles and joy of some people there. The agonized expressions of those who just barely made it. The mobile phones as selfies and panoramas get taken. The sometimes sharing of food. There is something about a mountaintop. The sense of wonder and awe. The pointing down to the bottom. Is that where the trail began? Is that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Dan York
I made a serious mistake last night. One that had consequences for my sleep - or lack thereof. It caused me to not do anything else this morning. It caused me not to get up and want to make breakfast. I wanted to ignore everyone else around me. It was seriously, seriously bad... What was it? I opened up a book. Not just a "book".. but a really, really GOOD book! And now... all I want to do is sit there and read the remaining 600 pages... :-) Responsibilities call... things need to be done... activities need to be planned...... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Dan York
If your web site isn't "mobile-friendly" yet, and you do any advertising on Facebook, well... you better make your site mobile-friendly very soon! Facebook said on Wednesday that websites will be penalized in Facebook's advertising network if they are NOT... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
The messaging wars continue! Today Facebook Messenger added "Instant Video" to it's iOS and Android app, allowing you to easily share live video while still in a text chat. Facebook has had "video calling" since back in May 2015, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at Disruptive Telephony
Recently a friend on a social network posted a map of the countries where he'd traveled. Being someone who loves maps, I had to check it out. Created by the people at Amcharts, presumably to showcase what their Javascript libraries could do, what *I* like about it is something very simple: Using the map doesn't require me to login or deal with any tracking info. All that is required is to add the country codes on to the URL. Here's what I mean - this is my list of visited countries (as of August 2016):,BE,BG,CH,CZ,DE,DK,FI,FR,GB,IE,IT,ME,NL,PL,UA,RU,CA,CR,GL,MX,US,AR,BR,CO,DJ,EG,MA,ZA,CN,IN,SG You can see there... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at Dan York
Remember Ello? The social network whose beta version happened to launch in September 2014 when everyone was upset with Facebook? With a commitment to not selling your data and not having advertising, it was a breath of fresh air coming... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Disruptive Conversations
Because clearly I don't have enough places to write, I've decided to start writing over on You can find my first post on my profile page there. I've long been a fan and listener to the excellent PacketPushers podcasts. If you are into networking of any type their shows are quite educational and enjoyable. (See the most recent shows in the right sidebar of Last year Russ White encouraged me to consider writing on Packet Pushers and connected me to the folks there to be set up as an author. They gave me an account... but then I've... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Dan York