Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Change Will Do You Good

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
- Robert Frost, The Black Cottage

When you least expect it, all the rules can change. People you once respected, let you down. People of whom you once had low expectations, miraculously come through. Is everything in flux or is it just me?

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Former Bell Chimes In

It's good to see that even stodgy telecommunication companies can sometimes adapt to change. There is definitely a case to be made that AT&T is at the forefront of nimbleness among companies its size. They just recently announced their support of the FCC's recommendation that cable companies de-bundle their channel offerings. You can find some more details in USA Today.

On a seperate front, another large company tries to uphold the current view that they suck. Research In Motion (RIM), who has produced the Blackberry devices for way longer than they should have, got yet another legal smack-down recently. This recent ruling clears the way for an injunction against these insidious devices unless RIM can learn a little humility and actually bargain at the table with NTP in good faith.

Don't get me wrong, I thnk NTP is bunch of money-grubbing opportunists who are feasting on the carcass of our blatant communication ignorance. But they happen to have the clear right to manage their patent how they see fit. My only hope is that in their lust for money they raise prices on those crappy BlackBerrys so that more businesses invest in real networks that can actually be leveraged. Of course, that's asking for a lot.

A guy can hope, can't he?