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Martyn Davies
UK
Marketer, Engineer, Conscience
Interests: video, mobile, social media, web, apps
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I remember doing some work on IPv6 a decade ago when Microsoft first released a patch that added IPv6 onto Windows 2000. I wrote some code to implement TFTP server/client for IPv6. I'm amazed that it has taken so long for IPv6 to take hold; it really does look like we'll sail past the IPv4 address exhaustion day (next month!) and still most people will have taken no steps to move.
Over the last decade BT have deftly introduced bundled minute packages, and special discounts for nominated friends/family that you call a lot. So with all these "free" minutes that you have to use anyway, that really undermines the domestic VoIP proposition. I've never really understood the Vonage (UK) proposition. Most of my BT bill is now rental plus broadband charges, so it doesn't seem to make much sense to pay another subscription to Vonage so that I've got some more "Vonage minutes" in addition to the "BT minutes" I will no longer be using. The fact is that VoIP is a wholesale technology as well as a retail one, and BT can easily benefit from the lower costs themselves and they can say "yeah we do VoIP too", if it pleases them to do that.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2010 on VoIP Goes Stale at Tesco in the UK at VoIPWatch
Yes, to begin with you need the "wisdom of crowds" approach to entering all the possible places in the database. I'm sure Foursquare is a small organisation, so relying on all of the users makes sense. Of course this is a problem of trust, since some will duplicate without properly searching. I dare say that some have even entered misleading or incorrect information on purpose (!). With so many location efforts operating now (Brightkite, Aka-aki, Gowalla, Google, FireEagle, Rummble, Buddycloud, Nulaz, Layar, I could go on...), it would be nice if everyone could share database and gazeteer information for consistency (and compatibility). Still, that would leave a lot of these companies with no differentiation...
I still have a box of 35mm negatives taken over 30 years, some of which I've scanned into the computer, but it is a time-consuming process. It seems to me that since film has a proven archive life of 100+ years, that this is probably the best way to keep old pictures anyway. Since 2006 I've been on digital, but how to reliably store these images for the next 30 years? On CD-R? Floppy? Just leave them on a hard disk? I don't think any of these things are going to last 30 years.
It's interesting what Dave says: yes in a way the existing avatar has a brand value now. It's a bit like the Obama "HOPE" badges, except of course that your shot from that interview predates the Obama badge! The Duncan Davidson pictures are excellent, but if asked I would go for number 1. I think having a zoom-in full face is really essential for the Internet. A lot of sites squeeze the pictures down (extreme case - Twitter) and so you want to avoid empty space in the frame even if picture 4 is better composed. For people that have not yet met you in person it is often difficult to recognise you just from one 2D photograph, so I believe it's important to have as much facial information as possible.
Commiserations.
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2008 on The Passing of A Parent at VoIPWatch