Archive for August, 2007

SprintCut for the Week of 8/19/07

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Sprint has introduced a web site called waitless.org that is intended to help you live life at “SprintSpeed.” Although the site has little to do with mobility, they are fun ideas. So, every week I’ll share one.

Before beach weather is completely behind us, here’s a sandy tip for saving time:

Enabling Technology: Week of 8/19/07

Friday, August 24th, 2007

The Law of Mobility talks about value increasing with mobility. The impact of this law is being felt because the barriers to building mobility in are being obliterated week after week. Here are examples of technology advances enabling this to happen:

Full list here.

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Now playing: Michael Been – We Know Too Much
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Indicators: Week of 8/19/07

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

More and more, the world around us reflects the growing assumption of the law of mobility. Each week we will track indicators of Mobility’s growing importance in our businesses, our lives, and our society:

Full list here.

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Now playing: Randy Stonehill – Coming Back Soon
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Capturing the Power: Week of 8/19/07

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Mobility is a wonderful thing. As mobility gets built into all products and services, businesses need to learn how to both capture the power of mobility and manage the dangers introduced through mobility. Here are some examples of how the power of mobility is being applied to create competitive advantage:

Complete list here

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Now playing:
Russ Ramsey – Run Away
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Managing the Danger: Week of 8/19/07

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Bonus: Steve Reynolds outlines business needs for mobile device management

In order to be winners in the new mobile era, businesses will not only need to capture the power of mobility, but also manage the danger. Highlighted below are recent examples of the danger of mobility and how some firms are beginning to manage it:

Full list here.

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Now playing: Alathea – Hike to Maine
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Converged Products: Week of 8/19/07

Monday, August 20th, 2007

The most convenient way that mobility is getting built into products is through the convergence into the cellphone of capabilities that previously existed as standalone products. That way, those products are now with you and available for your use whenever you need them wherever you go.

Complete list here.

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Now playing:
Adrienne Young – Wedding Ring
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Wireline and a Sea of Orange

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

My neighborhood has been awash in a sea of orange fencing for the past several months. Apparently, U-verse is coming to town as part of AT&T’s Project Lightspeed. The company has hired local electrical contractors to dig up yards and roll out huge spools of conduit. The contractors spent a whole day in my backyard (without so much as a courtesy knock on the front door, much less advance notice) and dug up the corner near AT&T’s existing pedestal. To their credit, except for a 3’x2′ sinkhole that will be easy to fill, they did a decent job of replacing the dirt and reseeding that has resulted in a healthy crop of bright new grass growth, even in these hot, dry days of summer.

But what amazes me is the amount of investment in this one neighborhood. The orange construction fences have moved from yard to yard over the passing weeks, but they are still here, and as I drive around town, it’s obvious that my neighborhood isn’t the only one where AT&T is dropping a boatload of cash.

The most amazing aspect of the whole project has been the company’s challenges installing the main neighborhood node. This new big box is going in about as non-obtrusive location as they could find. It’s just outside the fence on the side of a house, so it’s not in front of anyone’s house and not even an eyesore for the residents looking out their window. (Well done, AT&T).

Here’s what’s amazing. It appears that perhaps AT&T (or perhaps their contractors) are having challenges getting power to this new node. It looks like there’s an existing node of some kind on the other side of the street. I’m sure there’s also some duct tape and baling wire involved, but what is most apparent is the cord (which looks just like my orange outdoor extension cords) running from the old cabinet, strung up on a tree branch to drape “safely” overhead of folks walking on the sidewalk, then down into a street sewer, under the road, out another street sewer, up over the sidewalk again, and over to the new cabinet.

I could see such an approach being a decent way to perform a short term test of the new node. But this arrangement has literally been in place for well over a month. Over the past few days, I’ve noticed an increasing number of AT&T and contractor vans parking all day near the new node (it was four on Friday), so apparently this challenge has gotten the company’s attention.

Bottom line, wireline broadband deployments may deliver incredible bandwidth and entertainment options, but they involve incredible levels of investment and pain to all involved (including folks like me that don’t and won’t subscribe to their services). We consumers, communities, and investors were willing to put up with this once, when the cable companies built and upgraded their networks. But can we justify it a second time, especially when wireless technologies are advancing so rapidly and can deployed more quickly, more cost effectively, and offer the added value of mobility!

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Now playing: Delirious – Spontaneous VII
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SprintCut for the week of 8/12/07

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Sprint has introduced a web site called waitless.org that is intended to help you live live at “SprintSpeed.” Although the site has little to do with mobility, they are fun ideas. So, every week I’ll share one.

This week, since it’s still hot here, how to quickly remove a bottle cap –

Enabling Technology: Week of 8/12/07

Friday, August 17th, 2007

The Law of Mobility talks about value increasing with mobility. The impact of this law is being felt because the barriers to building mobility in are being obliterated week after week. Here are examples of technology advances enabling this to happen:

Full list here.

Indicators: Week of 8/12/07

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

More and more, the world around us reflects the growing assumption of the law of mobility. Each week we will track indicators of Mobility’s growing importance in our businesses, our lives, and our society:

Full list here.

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Now playing: Turnbull – holy
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