The aftermath of Katrina is impossible to comprehend. The situation is desperate, and getting worse. There’s a growing wave of anger and disbelief across the nation.
Archive for August, 2005
Phone companies are thinking too small as they plan to roll out IPTV services. Verizon’s FIOS fiber to the home service uses passive optical networking. The specific PON flavor being deployed at Verizon taps out at an average of about 30 Megabits per sec (Mbps) per household. That’s not enough, as you’ll soon see.
Microsoft is playing very nice with Hollywood by building special hooks into its future Vista operating system. Marcus Matthias of Microsoft’s digital media division puts it thusly:
Skype and Google Talk are great FREE PC-centric VoIP systems. Skype also has SkypeOut with very reasonable rates for calls to ordinary phones in many countries. Vonage, Broadvoice (which I use and like…), CallVantage or a dozen other VoIP providers are also low cost.
We don’t know the full impact of Katrina yet, but things look grim. This will be an environmental disaster of the first magnitude, and will have a wrenching impact on availability and price of refined petroleum products.