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TECH LIFE

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What are the products of technology that you cannot live without?  Take a look at the list of items that some folks say they cannot live without:  25 Products We Can't Live Without

What's the tech item you cannot live without?



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INTERNET RUSH HOUR

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Who would have thought that the internet, or as many people call it, the World Wide Web would ever get clogged up.  The thought has never crossed my mind.  How could this technological marvel ever be slowed down.


With the constantly changing technology and innovation, the need for more bandwidth and faster speed on the Internet is a must.  There are now real questions about the amount of bandwidth that will be needed to keep the internet unclogged.


The increasing demand for video on the Internet shows that we are moving into a brave new world.  Who would have thought 10 years ago that you would be able to get video on both your computer and cell phone?


A recent New York Times article, "Video Road Hogs Stir Fear of Internet Traffic Jam", stated that, "Moving images, far more than words or sounds, are hefty rivers of digital bits as they traverse the Internet's pipes and gateways, requiring, in industry parlance, more bandwidth. Last year, by one estimate, the video site You Tube, owned by Google, consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet did in 2000."


The fear that the internet will crash are mostly calls of hype.  The internet is not going to crash.  Will it be as congested as rush hour traffic in Atlanta, DC, or LA?  It could be.  In that same NY Times article noted expert on the 'net, Johna Till Johnson, president of Nemertes Research, is quoted saying, "The Internet doesn't collapse, but there would be a growing class of stuff you just can't do online".  Johnson has "predicted the bandwidth squeeze by 2011, anticipating that demand will grow by 100 percent or more a year."


As always there will be a cost.  Who pays for this expansion of the bandwidth?  We all know somebody will have to pay for it.  Will it be consumers and small business with limited resources and demands for such data who feel they are already paying their fair share?  Or will it be large corporations and big-time funded start-ups that use massive amounts data and have the resources to contribute to help fund expanding needs, but are adamantly opposed to paying for increased bandwidth.  There will be and must be more investment in expanding the bandwidth on the Internet.


The average person could care less about bandwidth and innovation.  They just want their service to work when they turn it on, and they want fast access to the information they are looking for.  The internet has become an integral part of our lives, and we expect it to work when we log in.  It would be crazy for any of the current major ISPs to try to limit or stifle innovation.  More creative and successful businesses help them grow their businesses by offering and proving greater services.


For any company to hamper or stop innovation would be the quickest way to destroy their business model.  On the other hand, asking to be compensated for providing extra service for specific and bigger users of a product is the only realistic way a company or business can survive.


The battle has begun.  Let's hope that in the end both sides will find a way to make it work for both consumers and businesses.  The future of both technology and innovation must not and should not be hampered. 




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A NEW WAY TO LOOK AT TV AND MOVIES

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Time and Technology slows for no one.  NBC Universal and News Corp. will roll out their new service today, Hulu.com.   Who knew?  :-)



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Something new for your iPhone

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I read that Apple, "last week, . . . spilled the beans on new iPhone enterprise functionality and rolled out the tools independent software developers need to write third-party applications for Apple's hardware."

What does this mean for you?  Well . . . you should find the time to read, "FAQ: What iPhone 2.0 means to you"

Enjoy!



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The Commander-in-Chief of the NFL

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A very cool thing happened to me yesterday on Capitol Hill.  I had the pleasure of meeting the Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), Roger Goodell
 
As a big NFL fan, I took the opportunity to introduce myself and share a story about my seven year old son's love of the league.   I related to him that my son's favorite television channel is now the NFL Network, not Nickelodeon.  My son actually shed tears at the conclusion of the NFL Pro Bowl, because he realized it was the end of the season.  I told the Commissioner that I got him to cheer up only when I reminded him that the NFL Pre-Draft Combine would be starting in a couple of weeks.

The Commissioner laughed, telling me that he was glad to hear of such enthusiasm.  He was gracious with his time and attention.  I was impressed.  My son was very excited to know that his "Dad" met the Commissioner of the NFL.  He wants me to relay to the Commissioner next time I run into him that one day he dreams of being the Commissioner of the NFL also.  :-)
 
Mr. Goodell was up on the Hill for a hearing on competition in sports programming.  It looks like things got very interesting and heated.  With infinite upgrading technology and more ways to possibly view NFL games, this is an issue to watch both now and in the future.


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