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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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Nale, Interesting, I was not aware that Microsoft had retired Office 2002. Again, I'm sure it was because they are tired of supporting what is to them 12- or 13-year-old software. (Assuming it probably came out in 2001.) With Microsoft's recent layoffs, it's clear that they have to do things a bit differently... and it would seem that part of that is ending support for older software products to minimize their customer support issues. For users, obviously, this is NOT desirable... and there will, I am sure, be some who try other options.
Today when I opened up my laptop and switched to Skype, I found that I had been logged out: The text in that image says: We've signed you out because you're using an outdated version of Skype. Download the latest... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
About this time tomorrow I'll be down in Warminster, Pennsylvania, stepping onto the ice to help out with coaching in a "Junior Curling Camp". Yes, curling... that winter sport. In July. :-) And yes, I'm excited! I'm taking two vacation days to bring my 12-year-old daughter Chloe down to this Junior Curling Camp sponsored by the Grand National Curling Club (GNCC), the organization that helps coordinate the sport of curling along the eastern coast of the USA. Chloe absolutely loves the sport and has been curling for the past three years in the Petersham Curling Club youth curling program down... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Dan York
Christian, Ha! If you refresh your browser, you'll see that I updated the post already to mention BBM... another Canadian friend pointed out my omission! :-) You're right that BBM is not quite dead yet... it's just no longer on the list of messaging services that many of us think about any more. Thanks, Dan
Ross, Thanks for the info. Glad to hear you now have that support included. Dan
In the ongoing war for mobile messaging dominance and "what will replace SMS", Facebook has decided to annoy a serious part of their user base and force all mobile users to move to Facebook's separate Messenger app. In a short... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
What is "fifth-generation" (5G) wireless technology? In about 2 hours at 12noon EDT (16:00 UTC) today, July 24, 2014, there will be a live video stream of a presentation happening at IETF 90 in Toronto, Canada. You can watch the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
Last week people in one of the various web forums I'm in started complaining about the new "WordPress" user interface for posting and how they couldn't easily add images or access their Media Library. I and others were completely confused... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
In just about 2 hours at 12 noon US Eastern time the VoIP Users Conference (VUC) should have an extremely interesting session about "The Future of Video" featuring Bernard Aboba and Emil Ivov. Bernard works for Microsoft on their Lync... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
Michael, Good question - and I don't know! My guess is that it would be... but I'd have to think Skype would be providing some other option for those devices. But maybe not.... Skype hasn't exactly had a stellar relationship with developers over the years. Dan
Today an anniversary slipped up upon us without much thought. We just came back very late last night from our first family vacation in about eight years (to London, where the photo accompanying this post was taken) and this morning were dealing with all the fallout of that return in terms of unpacking, getting back into routines, caring for our house and animals, etc. July 1 is also Canada Day, a day we celebrate in honor of our oldest daughter's birth in that country, and so we were honoring that day. And then somewhere in the midst of all that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Dan York
Goodbye to SkypeKit... and perhaps more importantly to the website. Prominently featured there now is a banner saying the site will close on July 31, 2014: Leaving aside the bizarre way to end the warning banner ("... to integrate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
If you are a user of Tweetdeck, as I am, and you somehow missed the security warnings from last week, you need to update Tweetdeck! There is a critical security vulnerability that allows an attacker to remotely execute code on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
Today I'm back at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, Virginia, for the fourth SIP Network Operators Conference (SIPNOC) event. These SIPNOC sessions are great because they bring together the people actually operating the SIP-based networks that make up our telecommunications... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
What is SoundCloud planning for their next mobile app release for at least iOS and presumably Android? On Friday (June 6, 2014) I received an email stating this: We noticed you've used our app to record and upload tracks to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
I was greatly saddened to learn today of the death of Simon Gwatkin this past weekend. For those of us in the VoIP / telecom space, the world is a little bit darker now. I came to know Simon when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
Art Unfortunately I am not familiar with that particular configuration. I've found that with the Blackmagic box I have to carefully choose what the video input is from the camera and often have had to go through a number of different choices to find the one that works. Dan
Sadly, as of tomorrow, April 15, 2014, Microsoft's Yammer service will be effectively dead to me. For that is the day when the Yammer desktop client dies: Yes, indeed: This app is out of date and will be discontinued on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
As someone who enjoys maps, globes and all things related to geography, I found it kind of cool this morning to realize that my travel this weekend to ICANN 49 in Singapore (to be involved with activities related to DNSSEC (DNS Security)) will take me "around the world" in a somewhat literal manner. I will start off flying east from Boston to London and on to Singapore - and then will return flying east to Hong Kong and then to Chicago and back to Boston. Of course, as the "Great Circle Mapper" site reminded me, my "circle" may not be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Dan York
Much has been made over the past few weeks about Getty Images allowing the free embedding of over 35 million images from Getty's vast library. The Verge ran a glowing piece and Neville Hobson summarized a good bit of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
What is a "TLD"? How does a "gTLD" differ from a "ccTLD"? And what is a "newgTLD" all about? These are some of the questions I've encountered as I've been talking to people both in person and via the FIR... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
I was pleased to note recently that the number of views to my various posts on CircleID had crossed over the 300,000 mark and that along the way I'd entered the top 20 contributors to the site in terms of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
Michael, Thanks for the great info! Dan
What devices support the Opus audio codec? What softphones? hardphones? call servers? Obviously given that Opus is the "mandatory to implement" audio codec for WebRTC, it will be in many web browsers... but what other I was asked this question... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
Yes! The folks at TypePad announced today they going to start using Akismet to fight blog comment spam! As a user of TypePad since 2005-ish, I've long been frustrated with how poorly TypePad's anti-comment-spam mechanisms have worked and have written... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations