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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 finally gave up. After months of trying to continue to use my older iPad 2 with first iOS 8 and then iOS 9, as chronicled in several blog posts, I finally gave in and bought a new iPad Air... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Disruptive Telephony
If you're interested in what I said last month at AstriCon 2015 in my keynote on "Open Source And The Global Disruption of Telecom: What Choices Will We Make?", the video and slides are both available. As I wrote about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Fascinating news out of W3Techs earlier this month that WordPress now powers over 25% of the Alexa top 10 million websites. The next closest content management systems (CMS) are Joomla at 2.8% and Drupal at 2.1%. The full stats are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Has anyone found a great plugin for WordPress that adds the easy ability for visitors to a site to "sign" a statement or position and have their name appear? If so, could you please share the info? Here's what's going... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Disruptive Conversations
Last month the first Request For Comments (RFC) was published where I was one of the co-authors. Ironically, this RFC 7649 had nothing to do with SIP, VoIP, telecom, IPv6, DNSSEC, security... or any of the other open Internet standards... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Today was one of those days. You know the type I'm talking about. When the to-do list seems to just keep going and going and going... When for every one thing you check off, it seems like three more get added... For every blog post I published or document I created, there was another one that I was reminded that wasn’t done yet. The email messages came in with new projects and things to add to the list. An IM message reminds me that there was another project still lurking out in the background that needs finishing up. Another message... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Dan York
Alexandra - Sounds like a good assumption... although there could also be some setting in Google Apps that needs to be changed (I've found this in some cases).
Noah - MANY thanks for pointing out that page on 3M's site. I've now ordered some replacements. Simon - if you are at a desk where you can put the privacy filter on and off that can probably work great for you. I need this for my laptop and so it's cumbersome to have the filter in there when it is NOT attached correctly. (It gets in the way of the laptop closing sometimes... or it falls out.)
Two weeks from today I'll be in Orlando giving the opening keynote address at AstriCon 2015. The abstract of the session is: Open Source And The Global Disruption Of Telecom - What Choices Will We Make? Wednesday, October 14th, 2015... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Back in June, I published a post titled "Will iOS 9 Make My iPad2 Usable Again?" that seemed to strike a nerve with the legions of iPad2 owners out there wondering about the future of their device. There have been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
Rafport, thanks for the report ... now, when you do a factory reset you lose all your information, correct? So you have a happy, snappy iPad2... but you have to rebuild it will all of your data and apps, right?
It was four years ago today that I joined the Internet Society staff... and what an amazing four years it has been! If I go back and read my long post here about joining ISOC in September 2011, my passion... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2015 at Disruptive Telephony
FYI, I did upgrade my iPad 2 to iOS9. In the hour or so since, I haven't really noticed any marked speed improvements - but I also haven't noticed any problems. Ars Technical writes that iOS9 doesn't make the iPad 2 worse but also doesn't offer many of the new features of iOS9 on the iPad 2. I'll just be happy if my iPad 2 is a bit more usable! :-)
There is something beautiful about running in the hour or so before dawn. Everything is still. Quiet. Awakening. You see the animals coming out for their breakfast. Rabbits. Birds. Others. The day is yet to begin. Full of possibilities and opportunities. Ours to discover. If we choose to do so. There is something beautiful about running in the pre-dawn hours. [Photos are from my run this morning at 5:45am in the Woodlawn and Greenlawn cemeteries in Keene, NH.] Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Dan York
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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