HP: Exiting from Network Gear?



         Hewlett-Packard (HPQ
) is in advanced talks to sell all or part of its ProCurve networking
equipment business to one or more private-equity firms, according to
sources close to the discussions.

It’s only getting out of networking equipment, I wonder if it’s going to pull out of networking out-sourcing too.

Belkin AP

I replaced the Linksys AP (WEP11) with a Belkin AP today. it’s 802.11G and backward compatible too. So I’ve got a 54mbps wireless network now.

It’s mush more stable, I’ve no idea why the Linksys just died it’s been in constant use for 3 nearly 4 years, but I guess that length of service isn’t bad.

When I bought it you couldn’t get Wireless and a modem/router in one box like you can now. So I still have too boxes which means it’s easier to fix a single separate box should anything break.

secondary screen

  secondary screen 
  Originally uploaded by Rob Evans.

Had a bad day with wireless today the AP died so it’s back to a wired connection for a while until I replace the AP.

But it dawned on me that as I was now having to sit at the PC desk that I could use the secondary screen function.

So i now have sametime clients, IP phone on the secondary (laptop) screen and everything else on the main monitor.

Fear of Huawei?

One of Ron’s friends gave him this snippet of information;

“The Indian government has put a hold on Huawei Technologies
business in India following an analysis showing that the country’s
strategic telecommunications network could be compromised by Huawei’s
presence. Of particular concern are Huawei’s ties to the Chinese
government and military, the report says. Huawei, which has operated in
India since 1999, has not commented.”

An interesting development wouldn’t you say. Maybe the India government think that all the network devices pass top secret information back to Bejing when they’re not looking.

GTD & mNotes & C500

I’ve been using Brett’s GTD template within Lotus Notes to track all the things I have to do and I’m pretty pleased so far. On Brett’s site it mentions mNotes and it working with the GTD template but it doesn’t provide exactly how to get the DB onto my SPV C500. So I dropped Commontime a note for some help and they responded as quickly as normal.

So here’s how I did it.

1. On your PC, open the control database by going into Lotus Notes and
using File > Database > Open then scrolling down to the Cadenza folder,
opening that folder and then opening the control database.
2. Select the Profiles view.
3. Select your profile and click on Edit to open the profile in edit mode
(make sure you select the correct profile for your PDA type).
4. Select and expand the Databases section.
5. Select the Task (todo) subsection.
6. Enter details of the GTD database as follows:

under Personal Mode > Database: the name and path (relative to Notes/Domino data
folder) of the database. in my case that was simply "my GTD List.nsf" as it’s stored locally within the notes/data directory.

7. Click save and you come out of the profile editing page.
8. Reset the to-do list on your smartphone and then sync up.

You then get all your actions listed on your phone. I’m not exactly sure how much use that is right now but we’ll see.

C&W CEO letter on the purchase of Energis

August 2005

Dear ,

I am writing to you today with good news for


businesses. Today Cable
& Wireless has announced our acquisition of Energis, and I wanted to
highlight a couple of the benefits that this joining of two of the strongest
communication providers in the


can bring you. The deal is
subject to regulatory approval by the Office of Fair Trading, which we expect
to receive in the autumn.

Already the main challenger to BT in the UK, and a
leading provider of communication solutions internationally, the combination of
our solutions and people with those at Energis, will significantly strengthen
the competitive landscape in UK, driving better value and the faster
development of new services.

For us it is the next step in accelerating the strategic
transformation of our


business. It creates a business with the scale to compete, the access network
to offer full end-to-end control to our customers and the technological
capability to migrate our customers to the flexibility of IP and next-generation
services as their businesses demand.

At the outset, let me reassure you that customers will
remain our number one priority. Until regulatory clearance is obtained, the two
businesses will remain separate. We will begin the planning to ensure smooth
integration that avoids customer disruption immediately.

Our investments in Next Generation Network and ADSL/SDSL
unbundling via Bulldog will continue apace. As Ovum recently reported “…that
Cable & Wireless is already well advanced in its strategic thinking and
planning, and will have an advanced NGN long before BT.

Practically, for the near term, you won’t notice much
change. Our aim is to avoid any disruption to you over the coming weeks — our
success will only continue if we stay focused on what you need.

I am very excited about the new business. We will have
great products, scale and people and strong financial backing, but most of all
we will have great customers and we will continue to be driven by what they



Executive Officer, Cable & Wireless

Get Ready for GoogleNet

What if Google (GOOG) wanted to give Wi-Fi
access to everyone in America? And what if it had technology capable of
targeting advertising to a user’s precise location? The gatekeeper of
the world’s information could become one of the globe’s biggest Internet providers and one of its most powerful ad sellers, basically supplanting telecoms in one fell swoop.

interesting stuff, the article goes on to say..

For the past year, it has quietly been shopping for miles and miles of
"dark," or unused, fiber-optic cable across the country from
wholesalers such as New York’s AboveNet. It’s also acquiring superfast
connections from Cogent Communications and WilTel, among others,
between East Coast cities including Atlanta, Miami, and New York. Such
large-scale purchases are unprecedented for an Internet company.

Yep, I’d say it was unprecedented too.

It also ties in with the adverts for techies with fibre skills a while back