General Technology


Although I have some personal thoughts on Edison and his tactics when it came to giving credit to those that assisted him (e.g. Nikola Tesla), the 1929 recording originally done on a pallophotophone and the work behind restoring it (see: gereports.com and retrothing.com) is still pretty impressive. It is not what I thought Thomas Edison would have sounded like, but of course he was 82 at the time.

I can almost say I told you so, as it looks like Nokia released a device that resembles a netbook/notebook hybrid running, yep you guess it, Microsoft Windows. The Booklet 3G is a fanless device that comes with pretty much anything you would need, keyboard, touchpad, monitor, Wi-Fi, mobile broadband (3G HSPA), assisted GPS, Bluetooth, web cam, card reader and HDMI out (for use with the HD ready capability). The best part, however, is the apparent 12 hours of battery life this thing is supposed to provide. The fact that it all fits neatly into a 2.75 pound device doesn’t hurt either.

The release date and asking price won’t be revealed until next week, but I have seen rumors of greater than 700 USD price tag surfacing. If this is indeed the case I think Nokia may have trouble selling the device without using long term contracts with wireless providers to subsidize the cost. The device does come with a SIM card reader as well for connectivity to telecommunication networks.

The use of this device in the enterprise remains to be seen, but as with most Netbooks, the absence of a TPM module will leave corporate data at risk and more than likely stall adoption.

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Today Microsoft and Nokia announced they would be forming a global alliance. I have to wonder what this could bring to the future of mobile computing for the enterprise. The general consumer seems to love the iPhone (or the marketing around it), but the restrictions placed on the device and service leaves a lot to be desired for the enterprise customers. In my opinion vendor lock-in has always been the biggest obstacle to wider-spread adoption of Apple’s products.

Now I could consider Blackberry and Google Android to be the only other real competitors here, but I think the Nokia and Microsoft partnership opens up some bigger possibilities, like competition with HP, Asus, Acer and Lenovo (oh, I guess Dell is still around too).

Let’s face it, the features of a Netbook are practically already built into the Nokia N97, albeit at a slightly larger price tag. If Nokia plays this right, they could be the only provider to have their own device and operating system that runs Microsoft Office at an affordable price. Why is this important, well Microsoft Office generally runs most of the Fortune 1000. Nokia could become a serious player in the enterprise market overnight.

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I have been using Vonage for several years now and they offer features like forwarding, voice mail transcribing and unlimited calling from within the US and to several countries for a competitive price. Yet there are a few features, like SMS forwarding, that have never been incorporated into the service. Tonight I finally received my invite to Google Voice and I think the marriage of the two makes for unified communications as it should be with no additional cost beyond my already present Vonage service.

Many companies license and run Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Office Communication Server which have the ability to do everything Google Mail, Voice and Talk can. I am not sure if this is a bandwidth issue or just a general cost issue, but very often those companies turn off those features that would make lives for their employees so much easier. It amazes me that Google is able to provide these services to the general public, for free (provided you can live with the targeted ads)!
Many employees travel frequently and sometimes are in places where cell phone coverage just isn’t that good. Being able to add a forwarding number with a few clicks of a mouse is a convenience that needs to be there. Let us not forget the many folks who are now working from home and are “required” to provide their own home networks, phone lines and mobile devices out of pocket. Then add in the fact that many folks have endured multiple income, health benefit and retirement reductions in the past year. Any cheaper alternative to paid long distance is a welcome perk.

Okay, so where I am going with all this. It has been well known that Google “uses” the content in email to render targeted ads. I can only imagine they will be doing something similar with voicemail transcriptions. The one concern that must be realized is that Google Voice will take over as your voice mail provider when you use their number. Anyone can realize that there “could” be potential security implications here if you have insider information being spouted out onto your voicemail. However, when employees have to pay for their own communication networks do corporations have the right to govern the activity? I am very curious to see how this technology will disrupt the status quo of communications in the corporate world.

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