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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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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 4 days ago 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 For that is the day when the Yammer desktop client dies: Yes, indeed: This app is out of date and will be discontinued on...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 6 days ago 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
If you are interested in social media, PR, marketing, podcasting and similar topics, have you joined the "FIR Podcast Community" on Google+? While the community is intended for listeners of the "For Immediate Release (FIR)" network of podcasts it is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
Talk about disruption... the telecom part of the media world is buzzing with news of Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp. Techmeme is currently showing MANY posts on the topic and the day is just getting started. The key point here is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony
Thanks for the information, Andy. I will take a look at your version.
Today I received a personal reminder of the new strong linkage between Google+ and YouTube. Given that today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the USA, I posted a link to a YouTube video of Dr. King's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
It's 2014. If you are in PR, marketing or communications - or have that as part of your role, even if you are not formally in that "department" - is part of your business the rapid creation of online content?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
What are Google+ “Hangouts On Air” (HOA) all about and how can communicators best use them? How does a “Hangout On Air” differ from a “Hangout”? What kind of technology do you need to know to use them? What are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Disruptive Conversations
Today the terrible beast that is cancer once again rears its ugly head in our life. My sister-in-law begins her chemotherapy today at our local cancer center - and our thoughts are certainly with her and her family as they begin this unwelcome process. My wife's brother, Scott, has rather eloquently written his thoughts online in his own unique style: The Bad News; It’s Cancer. For me, I just remember the tedious and endless monotony of chemo - and then, of course, all of the effects on my wife... some of which she still suffers from two years after ending... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Dan York
As has been my custom now for the past few years, I like to start my writing off in a new year with a post about a few "words" that I intend to use as guides for the year. They aren't "resolutions" as much as they are areas of my personal life in which I aspire to be active this year. In previous years (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010) I've chosen three words, following a meme started by Chris Brogan many years ago. This year, I found myself struggling to reduce four words down to three... and finally said "Hey, wait... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Dan York
As 2013 draws to an end, I thought it might be appropriate to reflect quickly upon how I did with my "three words" for 2013. EXECUTION I wrote in part: this year I want to execute on some of the plans I have had for some time. There are some things I have been thinking about, talking about and even writing about for several years... but have yet to actually start. Not so much in my professional/work life, as I have been all about executing plans there, but rather in my personal life with some of my various side projects.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Dan York
Now here is an awesome gift for the holidays! Any self-hosted WordPress users who use the JetPack plugin can now automatically publicize their posts out to a Google+ account... including to a Google+ page. This is all courtesy of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Disruptive Conversations
What are you doing tomorrow, Friday, December 6, 2013, at 12noon US Eastern (1700 UTC)? Would you like to join in to what should be an excellent conversation about the future of broadband networks, IP communications, telecom, etc.? If so,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Disruptive Telephony
As part of my work with the Internet Society on the Deploy360 Programme, I've wound up spending a good chunk of time learning the inner workings of WordPress due to the fact that WordPress powers our Deploy360 site. Given that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Disruptive Conversations
TheNextWeb reported yesterday that Telefonica is shutting down the Jajah VoIP service that they acquired back in 2009 for a reported $207 million. While certainly disappointing for the users and presumably for some staff, it's not entirely unexpected. In the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Disruptive Telephony
In this holiday season, particularly for those of us in the U.S. around our Thanksgiving holiday, we talk a lot about "gratitude" and the importance of it. This year I stumbled upon this TED talk by monk and interfaith scholar David Steindl-Rast, "Want to be happy? Be grateful". The abstract is: The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you're going, and above all, being grateful.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Dan York
Would you like to purchase the ebook of "Seven Deadliest Unified Communications Attacks" for 50% off? or maybe even 60% off? As I mentioned before, the folks at O'Reilly are now selling the ebook of 7 Deadliest UC Attacks and they have a promotion going on today: Save 50% on... Continue reading