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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 http://danyork.com/
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Susan, Just login to Ello and then click the "gear" icon that brings you into your "Settings". Scroll all the way down to the bottom and you will see a link there to delete your account. That's it. Dan
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As people who follow me on Ello know, I've been experimenting a good bit with the platform. In order to capture some thoughts for own recollection (and also for the FIR report I need to record this morning), here are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
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Today at 12 noon US Eastern (in about 3.5 hours), I'll be part of a panel on the VoIP Users Conference (VUC) talking about IPv6, WebRTC, the Internet of Things (IoT) and much, much more... you should be able to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
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I find it somewhat ironic that as many of us play with Ello, the newest social network to catch our attention, today marks the end of Orkut, one of the first "social networks" that many of us used. Google has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
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It's kind of fun "watching" the Known publishing platform grow - and growing it is... each and every day in terms of new features and functions. Known, as you may recall from my recent post, is a new publishing platform... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
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Sometimes I'm okay being "the product", sometimes I'm not. I just want the choice... and to know who has access to my data. Today Shel Holtz published a piece on his blog, "You say I'm the product of services I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
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As I've started playing with Ello, the new social network that many early adopters are experimenting with (and you can find me at https://ello.co/danyork), I've learned a few things that I thought I'd share in case they can help others... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
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How do we retain control of our content? How can we make sure what we write and create online remains online? How do we make it so that we can post our content in one place and distribute it out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
Aswath, > My first observation is that Talko is using that instance as a place to capture voice, so it can be recorded. Curiously, it seems that I can still record voice messages. I'm not sure if the voice is being recorded locally on my iPhone and then being uploaded to their server, or if Talko is connecting to a server and the recording is happening there. The issue seems to be with LIVE connections. Those don't work without the firewall hole. > For your scheme to work, they should be using this IP address to distribute traffic to these instances. Right. Which is why this scheme is broken. My firewall rule works today, but we can't rely on an IP address to always be fixed. > for some admin reason you are blocking UDP, I am blocking UDP that doesn't conform to one of my existing rules. I have rules, for instance, that allow most VoIP and IM protocols through, so my SIP-based softphones work fine. Talko is doing something different that doesn't fit in one of the buckets of ports that I'm allowing. > but willing to allow services like Skype or WebRTC app tunneling that UDP traffic thru TCP (port 80?). Isn't that undermining your admin policy? Sure, but the goal of my admin policy has historically been really more to prevent apps from opening up connections on unknown ports than it has been to restrict specific types of connections. To do that I'd have to start doing packet inspection and I am not that paranoid. I started doing it that way a number of years back when I was concerned about potential botnet clients. Of course, those botnet clients could just do everything over port 80 and my firewall wouldn't block it... so on a certain level perhaps it is time for me to revisit my firewall policies and just allow most outbound connections.
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The big telecom story today certainly seems to the be launch of Ray Ozzie's new "Talko" application for iOS. Tons of attention in the tech media, and many of my friends on social media have been trying it out. There's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
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Today marks three truly amazing years at the Internet Society. It was September 19, 2011, when I visited the main office in Reston, Virginia, and began this wonderful journey. I wrote back then about why I was taking this job... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
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What is the future of telecommunications and the Internet? As more entertainment moves to being over the Internet, what are the implications for the media and for the technology? Today, September 19, 2014, there is an interesting set of presentations... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
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"What is a minimum set of specifications that a vendor must implement to be able to say that it is SIP-compliant?" A friend asked me that question and my response was: It depends. and even more unfortunately: I don't know.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
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Coming sometime soon will be a new directory of marketing-related podcasts at the very appropriate URL of: http://marketingpodcasts.com/ Jay Baer is the force behind the site and said last month on Google+ only this: Soon, I am launching MarketingPodcasts.com the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
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Skype released a new version 5.4 of it's iPhone app that includes an interesting ability to host "group audio calls". In a post on Skype's "Garage & Updates" blog today, Skype's Gary Wong writes that the goal of this release... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
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WordPress 4.0 is out today and I am VERY pleased with one small but incredibly important tweak - when you are editing a long blog post or article in the browser window the formatting menu bar no longer scrolls off... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
Chip, Yes, you're right that the technical challenges can be daunting. In the case of the IETF it is really about providing as good an experience as possible for remote participants. There are thousands of engineers all around the world who work on the IETF standards, but only typically 1,000-1,500 can make the trek to one of the 3-times-per-year actual face-to-face meetings. Many engineers can't attend the face-to-face meetings due to travel costs, visa issues, scheduling issues, etc. The meeting locations get moved around the world so that some meetings may be more convenient for some than others... but still the goal is to provide as strong a remote experience as possible. So we are trying for some of the larger sessions to provide the high quality video streaming that can be done by these live streaming services. And yes, we also do want remote questions (although usually they are brought into the sessions via chat messages rather than bringing in someone via remote audio or video). For my non-IETF live streaming it is often that I want to allow remote people to be part of the same real-time "experience", including raising of questions. You are certainly right, though, that more people typically do watch the recording... which is why I always aim to have a solid local recording so that it can be uploaded if the live stream doesn't work out.
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What do you do if you go to start live video streaming of an event - and the streaming service you use won't start??? How do let people waiting to watch know? How do you fall back to another service?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
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.
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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
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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
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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
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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