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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

  Stealth blogging VON

I am wandering around the VON conference, stealth blogging, equipped with ipaq, tape deck, and brass balls. I Still haven't managed to secure a press pass, but after sidling past the obvious security, and whipping out that distracting tape deck anytime someone questions me, I made it into the unmarked press room just now. Heh.

(Reminds me of the good old days of the internet boom - all you had to do was wear tie-die and you could get into the engineering building at just about any startup, without a security card.)

What's VON about?

VOIP, baby. VOIP.

Two choice quotes so far - one I think was from a rep of the FCC: "If the graduate was made today, the one word, the one key new technology whispered to Dustin Hoffman would have been: VOIP".

And just over heard:

"Last year the infrastructure for internet telephony became telephony, and everything else became legacy."

Ahh, the hype, the glorious hype. I missed hearing hype this good. The technology is raw, but exceedingly promising, there are all sorts of new business models, new hardware, standards fights, all the wonderful things that go into a new business.... and I'm excited for a change, too. My fledgling business is based on a set of 2nd and 3rd order extrapolations upon the VOIP revolution (I call it "forward and store architecture") and the faster that happens, the faster our collective IQ is going to improve.

There's 3500+ attendies at the conference this time, the highest since the bust in 2000!

There's 802.11b handsets that do sip - routers that route voice through anything - devices that can record, transcribe, and broadcast a conversation in real time.... and journalists, like Louis Trager of the washington internet daily, worried about where the barrier is between public and private, broadcast media and private communications, when a technologist like me can sneak into a conference, and post a blog entry before he even has a chance to plug in his laptop.

More news as I skulk around looking for a story, and looking for technology and sponsors for the events I'm planning for the National Mayors Ride. I will be bringing the Net to the beach this spring, by hook or crook. I almost had my e-bike - equiped with 802.11 router and sip phone - ready to toss on the bus this morning but at the last minute crossed the black wire and the red wire and smoke started spewing from the motor.


 
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