* Posts by NickP

4 posts • joined 24 Jul 2008

Nokia's 15-year tango to avoid Microsoft


The carriers are clueless - always have been

The problem is the operators are clueless and have had loads of idiot MBA enabled product folks for years who've made IDIOTIC decisions. I would sooner trust a used car salesman than an idiot handset product manager or services product manager at a carrier.

These were the same guys who when handset mfr's spoke of doing 200-500 USD handsets they said "get a life" - no one will ever buy a full featured handset with PC like features. Well look at what happened with the iPhone and how off base every carrier was for months after it came out. (the carriers that didn't cut a deal with Apple)

The carriers that are doing well on this realized they are a pipe and sell value added services which increase ARPU and AREN'T tied to applications (e.g. data plans, intl calling plans)... NO carrier worldwide made anything justifiable on applications considering the investment that was made - bar the excuse of services that revolve around ringtones which is nothing more than extortion to the end users who get stuck with the subscriptions.

Any carrier thinking MS/Nokia is going to increase service revenue to anything more than 2-5% is smoking something.


A Sad end...

I recall how bleeding edge the Nokia 6600 I had (my first S60 first gen device) was and then moving to an E61i (and a slew of other S60 devices between that) - which even though it had it's issues compared to my companies BB device it was acceptable as a personal/business single device.

When the iPhone came out what killed me EVER buying it was 1) First gen device was 2G; when I was already on a 3G network. 2) 2nd gen device was tied to ONE US network (at that time I moved back to the US) - I was NOT inclined to ever go back to AT&T 3) Near impossible Network/SIM unlock for the device - even if I went to AT&T I could not in a legit manner unlock the device to use a UK SIM or Australian SIM as a I travelled

I took a leap with an Android G1 just to see what it was all about and even though it was first gen hardware and had it's issues the OS feature set grew fairly quickly. At a pace S60 and Symbian NEVER matured to over time. A New S60 feature normally meant getting a new phone. With Apple now pushing the fact that OS's on phones change and they will backport to most devices - the writing was on the wall for "swap the phone for new sw features"

As a I got more entrenched to Android, I looked at features that were on my S60 devices upto 7 years earlier. What made Android shine though was the UI made sense for a touchscreen device and that I had device hw choices. I'm on a Nexus One device now and don't ever see how Nokia will ever bring me back to one of their devices EVER again. I've seen WP7 and it's quite good but with a whole slew of apps I'm used to only on IOS, Android and Palm - I fail to see how they will turn the tide.

MS would be better to just acquire Nokia and focus on WP7 in the same manner HP is focusing on WebOS for their devices. Give up the "we're licensing it ploy" and just develop your own handsets for your own OS. I'm very uncomfortable with Nokia putting their destiny with Microsoft - on an OS they have no rights to - other than being a licensee. If I was a Nokia shareholder I would demand a pull back from today's announcement or an all out effort for MS to acquire Nokia. Right now Nokia is stuck in the quicksand on smartphones; either sink or get pulled out.


Dell challenges blades with rack workstation


Hardly a KVM Product - It's Datacenter hosted computing

This uses Teradici PC-Over-IP, so it works over a standard IP network, NOT CAT6 dedicated cables. Granted you could put that part of the IP remoting on it's own network, but it's fully routable. www.teradici.com

So it's NOT like the propriety transfer KVM products. Teradici has more focused on remote hosted systems delivering a 1:1 PC experience. IP KVM solutions is a niche product Hosting your workstations in the datacenter and having a low power device (or monitor with PC over IP) is a huge step forward.

This delivers true GPU pixel performance over IP (dual head per Teradici chip). This is not crummy 15fps jerky blurry video, but full 60fps 1920x1200. No solution does that today. TTY it isn't. RDP cannot deliver that (from what I saw on the Teradici demo at a show it had RDP support on the portal if you want it)

I've seen it at events and people I know evaluating it, it does what it says. None of the Avocent or other solutions that try to do this via IP-KVM comes close on the image quality,, plus PC over IP delivers full USB support from the portal.

People I know in the broker/trading floor environments are the key guys here as they need to relocate data centers to cheaper quarters... (e.g. expensive datacenters in high rise buildings are going to be a no go with financial customer cut backs)... PC over IP allows you to move your datacenter out of building and with proper fiber connectivity deliver desktops and ALSO provide for DR/disaster recovery.

Hardly anything a KVM product is useable for.


There is a Samsung monitor with PC over IP

It was shown at Infocomm in Vegas... Heard it is to be out in September. So all you need at the desktop is the Samsung monitor, Ethernet plugs into it and your desktop USB devices (keyboard, mouse, webcam, etc, etc) All get redirected to the host to look as if it was plugged in at the host side.

Cool thing was the Samsung monitor had a DVI out to plug in a 2nd head monitor, so one Samsung PC over IP monitor can display it self and a 2nd monitor connected on the host.

We're looking forward to this for digital signage.. no more shoving the PC in the back of the panel or having a crummy RDP protocol.



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