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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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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 5 hours ago 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 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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
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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
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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
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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
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Goodbye to SkypeKit... and perhaps more importantly to the developer.skype.com 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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Apr 16, 2014 at Disruptive Telephony