Merger talks across Europe start

The move by Tele2,the Swedish-based, pan-European telecoms provider, on
Versatel of the Netherlands, the country’s largest alternative network
provider, comes at the same time as France Telecom is understood to be
considering a last-minute bid for Amena, the mobile arm of Spain’s Auna.
[The Financial Times]

It was  expected to happen in Europe and it looks like it’s starting to happen in earnest now. There’s the C&W merger with Energis and now these two. I expect these to kick off a few more as other business realise they have to acquire to expand and compete or loose ground to their competitors.

boxed action


  boxed action 
  Originally uploaded by Rob Evans.

If I’ve got a next action to do as part of a project or pick an action up on a call I write ‘action’ and draw a quick box around it.

That way, as you can see in the pic above,  the action stands out when I do a review of my journal, quickly drawing my eye to the box next to the description of the action.

When the action is complete I just put a cross through the box. That way I know the action is done, but i haven’t obliterated the description of the action itself by putting a line through it.

telephone number pad

I’ve been using my IP phone a bit lately and have made a few mistakes dialing pin numbers to get into the conference calls. It occured to me the reason why,  is that I’m used to using a number key pad with 1 in the top left hand corner and nine in the bottom right, a traditional phone number pad layout so to speak…

123
456
789

Whereas the number pad on my computer keypad is 1 in the bottom left and 9 in the top right ie. upside down.

789
456
123

I wonder how long before a ‘phone keyboard’ comes out with the numbers the traditional phone way around.

Before you say why don’t you have the numbers in memory and dial from memory..well you can’t put new random conf call numbers you don’t know into memory.

roll on proper intergration at the application layer.