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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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About three weeks ago, Ello added hashtag support and made it possible for people to find great content that is being posted on Ello. Paul Budnitz wrote about the launch (on Ello, of course) and included some examples (to which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
For all of those parents like me who travel a good bit, singer Pat Green recently put out this very well-done and quite touching video, "While I Was Away": I'd honestly never heard of Pat Green before, but a work colleague shared the link on an internal forum. My work takes me away from my wife and kids for about 25% of the time ... so about 80-90 days a year... and it's definitely very hard on all of us. I'm thankful my job doesn't take me away more, as some of the other professions do. But each time I'm... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Dan York
Aswath, Indeed I do remember those companies! Those were what I was thinking about when I mentioned experimenting with P2P SIP ... although I'll be honest and say I had forgotten the names until you mentioned them right now! Great idea on the helmet-based comm system for a motorcycle club - that would actually be ideal in so many ways! And would keep all the communication local (and secure) within that group.
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There was a fascinating article posted on Medium this week by the CTO of messaging app Firechat: How many people does it take to build a network out of phones? Fewer than you think. In the text he outlines how... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
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There's a communications crisis happening right now on the Internet that should be of interest to anyone involved in PR / marketing / communications. As you are by now probably aware, a Minnesota dentist apparently paid $55,000 to go big... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Michael, Thanks for the report about the IOS9 beta. I'm looking forward to seeing if it does indeed help.
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There was an amazing power in what happened last night. There was a "magic" ... that I can't quite explain. I sat in a room in Ottawa, Canada... but yet for 2.5 hours I was connected into a global meeting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
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How do we as a society address some of the most critical concerns about Internet governance? Internet security? connecting the entire world? (including all the Internet of Things?) This week on July 7 and 8 you have a unique opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
George - yes, someone else suggested I try to find those plastic clips... although in looking online it looks like I probably would need to buy a new privacy screen just to get the clips! :-( I'm glad the sticky strips are working for you. As evidenced by my post, they are not working for me. Perhaps you're taking better care of them than I was able to do.
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Back in December, 2014, I published a post here called "The Directory Problem - The Challenge For Wire, Talko And Every Other "Skype-Killer" OTT App". After receiving a good bit of feedback, I've now published a new version over on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
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Today the team at Ello released an iOS app so that iPhone/iPad users can now very easily add posts and photos into Ello, read Ello posts and interact with people throughout the Ello community. Co-founder Paul Budnitz wrote about the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
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I find privacy screens frustrating, yet necessary. As I prepare to head to Buenos Aires for the ICANN 53 meeting I was reminded by a thread on Facebook that I should re-install my privacy screen on my 15" MacBook Pro. It's not that I have anything in particular to hide... it's just that when I'm sitting in chairs surrounded by people on all sides of me I don't particularly want people next to me reading whatever it is I have on my screen. My frustration is that it seems that the only real provider for a MacBook Pro is 3M... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Dan York
I have one very simple question amidst all the media hype about Apple's WWDC announcements yesterday: Will iOS 9 make my iPad2 usable again? Yes, all that other stuff announced yesterday sounds cool... but I have this more basic question.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Joseph, HA! Well... you're right... I really should mention RSS feeds in there because there are still some holding on to the awesome power of RSS feeds! Thanks for pointing that out, Dan
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What do you need to do to get your blog post noticed? When we are drowning in a sea of content, how can you make your post stand out? How can you maximize the chances that people will actually find... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
I haven't written about our journey with cancer for a while because my wife's own journey has been one of the ongoing tedium of Tamoxifen ... another day, another pill... and more fatigue, joint pain and so many more issues. It is, though, unfortunately our "new normal" ... and will be for at least two more years of Tamoxifen. We just try to keep on going through it... But in truth, it's been a rough period of time for us since I last wrote in July 2014 in regard to cancer around us. A brother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Dan York
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The team over at webrtcH4cKS (aka "WebRTCHacks") have been publishing some great articles about WebRTC for a while now, and I thought I'd point to two in particular worth a read. Philipp Hancke has started a series of posts examining... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
jradson - No, I hadn't seen either of those clients. The demise of Yammer's Mac OS/X desktop client coincided with a decrease of interest by the team I was part of in use of Yammer... so it was basically abandoned by all of us. Good to know someone stepped in and provided a desktop client!
Doug, Yes, I think dropping the desktop client was a major failure on Microsoft's part. I'm now finding myself using Slack a good bit for some similar types of interactions... and one of the strengths is that Slack *does* have a desktop app! Thanks for the comment - best wishes with that Yammer web interface! Dan
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Fifteen years ago today I did something that I had no clue would transform my life in the years ahead. On May 10, 2000, I was sitting in cavernous basement office of Linuxcare on Townsend Street in San Francisco. It... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
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WOW! In companion blog posts today Cisco and Tropo announced Cisco's intent to acquire the Tropo team and platform: Cisco blog: Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Tropo Tropo blog: Tropo joins Cisco to Power next-gen collaboration APIs As someone who... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
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Why do I like SoundCloud as a podcast hosting platform? What advantages can SoundCloud offer podcasters? Why should you consider SoundCloud as a place to distribute your podcast? Last week SoundCloud announced that its podcasting features were now publicly available... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
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Yesterday the team over at Wire launched a new WebRTC-based "Wire for Web" app that lets people on Windows, Linux or any other platform now communicate with people using Wire on iOS, Android or OS X. You can get to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
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As I checked my AppStore updates on my iPhone this week I was surprised but pleased to see that WhatsApp now includes "WhatsApp Calling". As it says: "Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they're in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
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Congratulations to Emil Ivov and the whole team behind Jitsi for their acquisition by Atlassian! As they say on the Jitsi news page: The Jitsi Community just got a lot stronger! BlueJimp, founder of Jitsi, is now part of Atlasssian!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony