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5 posts • joined 11 Feb 2010

How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

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The thing that killed Netware was the Novell itself.

I think it was CEO Frankenburg who loudly proclaimed on stage at Novell's largest vendor/user conference Brainshare that Netware was NOT an application server it was for File and Print and it would never be an App Server.

Many a vendor in the audience looked completely shocked and the buzz on the show floor completely changed. The CEO effectively killed off the vendors who were already writing apps for the server and forced them to support microsoft's platform instead.

Novell always had great technology, but could never figure out how to MARKET the tech in a sustainable way.

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T-Mobile to let US customers swap phones twice a year

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It's just $2 more than regular insurance a month.

It really is a cheap way to upgrade IF you carry insurance on your smart phone.

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Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

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Shhh, I'll tell you the secret to selling it in the US

In the US, the contract periods limit turn over in phones to one every 2 years. Microsoft is effectively locked out from competing while existing smartphone subscribers are locked into their contracts and most people are not going to "waste" their next upgrade opportunity on an unknown phone.

People who want to migrate from a dumb phone will generally stick to a product they know fits their needs, rather than move to something they have never experienced. They've heard their friends rave about iPhone or Droid and those are the only phones they "know".

If MSFT really wanted to compete, they would offer to buy out contracts for people who wanted to try Windows phone today, or offer an extended 90-120 day trial period where shoppers could buy an try the phone without a 2 yr commitment. That is one way to put the microsoft money advantage to work and get the phone into the hands of subscribers. Then monitor the program and the subscribers very closely and quickly tweak the software to reduce the churn and build momentum for the platform.

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ZigBee searches for a new home

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Zigbee IS the standard for Home Automation

Vertical markets are certainly a focus of Zigbee deployments, that's because the device interoperabilty is based around profiles for specific application areas like Home Automation. But it's largest deployments are in Homes and Hospitality.

Zigbee has a much larger installed base than Z-wave and is available from a much wider range of chip vendors and manufacturers than Z-wave. Most of Z-wave's products were discontinued when intermatic pulled out of the z-wave chip and product business last year.

Control4 already has over 1 million zigbee devices shipped for the home and just finished installing over 90,000 zigbee devices in the new Las Vegas City Center.

The new interface standard for televisions IS Zigbee which is the core of RF4CE's replacement of IR for RF comms. It's already being used in the upper end Samsung TV's as IR is being discontinued.

I'd imagine that the delay for Zigbee in a SIM was due in part to the delay in the ratification of the ZigbeePro standards which were finally put in place last year.

Zigbee for HVAC has been available for over 4 years. Take a look at the Tstats from Control4, Ecobee, Crestron, AMX, etc.

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Netgear ReadyNas NVX Pioneer Edition

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Great NAS, too bad it gives you Bloody Knuckles

I've been bitten by the NVX as well, it's hard to imagine how stamped fan guard made it into production. It's nice that they included a handle, but why add the cheese grater style metal exactly in center of the handle.

We got a number of the NVX units in production with very good results. ReadyNAS builds a top quality product, but it is priced above most of it's competition. A low street price and less flesh hungry design would be a nice change.

To all those who compare these units with DIY JBOD units are missing the point. These units just work, are well supported and very well built business class devices.

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