Verizon Executive Calls for End to Google’s ‘Free Lunch’

A Verizon Communications Inc. executive yesterday accused Google Inc. of freeloading for gaining access to people’s homes using a network of lines and cables the phone company spent billions of dollars to build. – The comments by John Thorne, a Verizon senior vice president

John doesn’t get it, if there wasn’t a Google or a flickr, then nobody would be buying their ADSL product or using there pipes in the first place. [via]
Shel takes it one step further and asks you to write to the legislators…

I’ve never (to my recollection) used this blog to urge anybody to write their legislators. I’m doing it now. This outrage is goes far beyond the pale and must be stopped.

Funnily enough I’m off to see Verizon (EMEA) tomorrow down in Reading. We’ll see what they have to say about the attention they are getting.

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30 boxes

30 boxes beta is out, you can get it here, there’s a blog too

I’ve tried several of the online calendars now and I still (to qoute U2) haven’t found what I’m looking for. 30 Boxes looks nice and has had some great write ups.

But I’m still missing a key function for me, sync with Lotus Notes.

The Lotus Notes Calendar is my hard landscape; it’s where I’ve got to be and what I’ve got to be doing at that time. I enter all my meetings and calls into it, my assistant enters information into it too.

I’m sure I won’t be alone in having more than one calendar tool, ie. a work one and a private one, but one will always be trusted more than the other, so one will always be a ‘hub’ calendar, So Notes is my ‘hub’ calendar.

My smartphone then uses mNotes to sync the calendar, so I’ve got my calendar with me wherever I go, it’s a simple and as straight forward as that and it works very well.

But the problem arises when I want to collaborate with someone outside of Lotus Notes, e.g. outside of IBM, which is why online calendars such as 30 boxes could provide the solution. I want to be able to allow friends and family to see my hard landscape and be able to make decisions knowing that all the information is there.

So I need 30 boxes to allow synchronization from Lotus Notes, but I don’t want it to sync all of the information. I don’t want people to see the conf call details including password for my calls. So what I need it to be able to do is adjust the information that is synced across, maybe I can see some details but other people just see it grayed out with the words ‘work meeting’.

Therefore until 30 boxes can sync from Lotus Notes, I’m going to be staying with Notes as my Hub Calendar. So you 30 boxes guys, importing from Lotus Notes and you’ve got a killer on your hands.

Update: I missed out probably the main reason why Notes is so important, because it handles meeting invites so well. You get an invite via a mail, you accept, it goes into your calendar. I couldn’t cope with manual entry or the stress of having to manually update an entry if the time or date of a meeting changed.

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This comment on Scoble’s site made me laugh.

My roommate graduated 3 years ago…He’s worked at two tech companies including IBM… He doesn’t even know what RSS is.

I don’t want to shatter peoples perceptions but there are people in IBM that don’t now what Wiki’s, podcasting, videocasting or even gmail is. Just becuase they work at IBM doesn’t make each of the 300,000 people a tech guru.

But I would say the awareness of such things is a damn sight higher than that of you’re average company though.

There’s a huge internal community of bloggers, forums and mailing lists within IBM covering a huge diverse range of topics. That community within IBM is what I think of as the big blue community, where the combined knowledge makes a real difference and it’s special to be part of it.
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More Homework

This book got recommended to me the other day. I just ‘one-click’ ordered it from Amazon. My reading list is way out of control right now. I really don’t like carting heavy hardbacks around on planes and trains as that’s often the only time I get to read. Scott also enjoyed reading the book too.

I’ve been enjoying reading The World Is Flat, a refreshing look at outsourcing and its effect on our now global economy. If you are at all interested in business and technology, I recommend you read it.

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The only Browser plugin you’ll ever need

I don’t care who you are – you need this free plugin. In FireFox or IE, you’ll finally know what you’re walking into

Chris picked up on this quality plug-in. There’s a little green box in the bottom right hand corner of Firefox which gives you RAG status of the page you’re on and it also add in a RAG status to a google search too. I’m pretty impressed so far. It adds a level of security and removes a lot of the guess work/risk from browsing.

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The End of the Internet?

The Nation along with Mark Evans has picked up the throttled internet story. It’s all very scary and the only way I could explain it to people was by use a trucks on a toll road as an analogy, a slow lane on the toll road for business trucks making money using the toll road as transport etc.

Anyway, ad-hoc networks or mesh networks could also get around this ‘owned’ internet problem, as no one person owns the mesh-net.

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7 minutes

Commontime responded to my email in 7 minutes!…wow.

Thanks for the email. Could I please ask you to upgrade to the very
latest version of mNotes, 4.1.3, which is not on our website yet, but whichcan be downloaded from ..

Now that’s what I call customer service.
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