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The Downfall of Telecom – Qwest Earnings Show Drop in Lines Continues

October 29th, 2008 No comments

I read a comparison article on Qwest versus Comcast earnings this morning and it brought me back a few years to when I was doing work for these companies. 10 years ago, U S West (which was acquired by Qwest in 2000) had 17+ million lines in service. Now Qwest has just over 8 million lines. Quarterly revenue for Qwest is on par with what is was for U S West a decade ago.

None of this is new or surprising to anyone, especially to those of us that are (or were, in my case) in the industry. I can only see continued erosion in the landline business in the future. The advent of WiMax and LTE are only going to strengthen the trend to move to wireless. The only bright spot I see is Verizon’s FiOS service, which probably has more in common with cable than landline.

At different times I did consulting work for U S West (pre-merger), “classic” Qwest (pre-merger), and “new” Qwest (after the takeover of U S West). I also did some work in the cable industry, but never worked with Comcast directly.

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Happy Fourth!

July 4th, 2008 No comments

Delicious Library 2 on the iPhone

May 19th, 2008 No comments

OK. Delicious Library isn’t running on the iPhone (yet?) but here is a shot of what the web export page looks like when viewed from an iphone. I like it.

Delicious Library 2 to be Released This Week?

May 18th, 2008 No comments

Another tweet from Wil Shipley…

New (DL2-enabled) store is holding up well, we’re updating the DL1 website this weekend for rollout. Finally. Free at last.

It seems likely that DL2 should be available to download (and purchase in the new store) quite soon. I’m looking forward to this app, but I’d still like to see some improvements with sharing online.

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Delicious Library 2 to be Released “Real Soon Now”

April 24th, 2008 No comments

I’ve tried to pick up on subtle hints from Wil Shipley’s blog and other public comments about the release date for Delicious Library 2 in the past, without much success. It turned out to be a false alarm, because Delicious Monster was handing out coupons for DL2 last year, not the finished product.

This time, I feel a little more confident. This tweet seems pretty definitive that, in fact, DL2 is done.

I hope that Peter Gabriel is still excited about saving $60 in upgrade fees after a year has gone by waiting to use those coupons.

How to download Solaris 10 8/07

April 4th, 2008 No comments

I suppose this could be tagged “obvious” but I thought I’d warm up a bit with a simple post about where to find Solaris 10 for download. Believe it or not, you can go find the official site at www.solaris.com and there are prominent “Get It Now!” and “downloads” links on the front page that will take you to the options for downloading Solaris or purchasing a media kit.

Registration is required to download solaris, but then you are presented with a simple page to download the DVD of Solaris x86. If you have a Windows box, there is an option to download a compressed DVD image in a self-extracting executable. This is by far the simplest method, although you do have to be patient in waiting for the download and the extraction. There is also a multi-segment download that you can use on just about any platform to build the ISO file and then burn it to a DVD.

Once on DVD, you can boot from the disc and proceed with installing Solaris 10 on your box.

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Importing POP3 Accounts into Gmail

April 2nd, 2008 No comments

The official Gmail blog has posted some “Tips for importing old mail to Gmail” which focus on how to use the feature to fetch email from another POP3 account. This is useful if you still have your old email stored on the server in your POP3 account. Of course, if you downloaded your email to Outlook, Thunderbird, Entourage, Mail.app or some other client already, you’ll be better off to use IMAP access to upload your archived email to an IMAP folder.

I enabled IMAP access for my account and uploaded thousands of archived messages to Gmail going back more than 10 years. I love the ability to search all my old email with Google. It’s actually faster than using a local client, and it’s accessible from anywhere.

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Gmail IMAP Support Makes Email Archiving Practical

October 30th, 2007 No comments

I was thrilled to find that IMAP access was finally turned on for my Google Apps for Your Domain account. All the email for the ReWinD Blog is handled by Gmail (and my web hosting is provided by asmallorange.com if you were wondering). I absolutely love the services I get from Google, the generous storage for all the accounts, great uptime, custom web interfaces for my iPhone, calendar, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. IMAP gives me instant access to my inbox anywhere, anytime.

But here’s the real advantage of IMAP – you now have two-way syncing between your email client software and Gmail. Not only can you download messages from your Gmail account, you can also upload messages to your inbox or other folders. This works in real-time too. As quickly as you can upload a message to your Gmail account, you can view that message through the web interface or from another IMAP client. There are lots of neat tricks you can use here, but the most practical result for most people is that you can import your old archived messages into Gmail with drag and drop ease.

You can create a new account in your email client for your Gmail account using IMAP and instantly see your inbox and all your labels (can we just call them folders?). You can drag messages from another account or a local folder into your Gmail inbox or to a label using that same client software. This is enormously useful because now you can use the blazing speed of Google’s search engine to comb through all your old email by uploading it to Google and making it available through your Gmail account.

My biggest complaint about Outlook on Windows was that searching folders with hundreds or thousands of emails was frustratingly slow. Part of the reason I switched to using Gmail for my own domains was to take advantage of the speed of searching through emails through their service. In fact, it is so fast that I really stopped using folders completely and just started searching with keywords using Google’s web interface. Now I can transfer all my archived email from the last 10 years or so to Google and get that incredible search speed for thousands more messages.

I did a quick test using some messages from another account and was able to retain all the information about sender, proper dates, etc. That’s really hard to do with a POP3 account (using redirects and all that is a pain). This is dead simple.

My next post will be a practical step-by-step guide to setting up your own IMAP account with Outlook so that you can transfer messages to Google and starting reaping the benefits of being able to search through thousands of messages in seconds.

ZFS Updates in Solaris 10 8/07 (Update 4)

October 5th, 2007 No comments

I finally got around to upgrading my Solaris box to 8/07 (Update 4). I guess the most significant comment I could make is that it was almost entirely uneventful. I had to check my SAMBA config because the services run slightly different in this update. Still very easy and quick.

I chose to download the single compressed DVD image again (only available when downloading to a Windows box) and then burned the DVD from there. It takes a while to download and then a while more to decompress the DVD image, but everything worked on the first try. I took my server down to boot from the DVD and run the upgrade install process and everything was updated in short order.

I upgraded my ZFS storage pool with “zpool upgrade” and that was done in few moments. I love the succinctness of ZFS commands.

One of the new features I’m excited about is “zpool status -v” so that I can more easily get a list of files that are showing errors. I’m away for the weekend, but I’ll check this more thoroughly when I get back home.

The other thing I need to check is to see if the “disappearing cursor” bug is fixed in this update. Boy, that one is annoying when I switch into the GUI desktop.

For those of you that don’t get all fired up about ZFS, you may be excited to find out more about the new containers functionality and the support for running Linux binaries in a container.

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Who wouldn’t want a big-ass table computer?

June 21st, 2007 No comments

Sorry, but this had me laughing out loud…

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