Friday, October 30, 2009

Converting Your Old Business Voice Network To A Business VoIP Solution

Here's the scenario: you're looking to convert your business voice network from a T1-Pri line to PBX ... and your old voicemail to a VOIP solution.

Where do you start to look for the right technology solution?

Start at the begining. You have to define what you are looking for. Hosted, hybrid or a pure IP solution. Budget, internal network, features desired are all just a piece of the equation.

In my opinion, you should be definitely be looking for a Telecommunications Integrator. Similar to Systems Integrators, Telecommunications Integrators understand the various technologies that are required for a successful VOIP deployment. They will know the technologies offered by various companies like Cisco, Nortel, Avaya and Mitel among others and know what changes will need to be made in your network to support the voice application.

A good TI will be able to recommend the right combination of technologies to meet your specific needs.

For free help from an experienced Telecommunications Integrator ... take advantage of the no cost assistance at Business VoIP Solution

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

AT&T: Google Is The Enemy Of Nuns

AT&T: Google Is The Enemy Of Nuns From Karl Bode of DSLReoports.com

Wait, what?

As we've been exploring, both AT&T and Verizon absolutely despise Google. Why? Because the company represents an Internet future where phone companies are relegated to "dumb pipe" network operators, and more innovative and adaptable companies wind up making a killing in the content and service business. Given their interest in protecting their positions of power created from generations of government-pampered monopoly, both AT&T and Verizon have taken every opportunity to attack Google.

Google's no saint, but most of these baby bell attacks border on incoherent idiocy. For instance, AT&T and Verizon funded mouthpiece Scott Cleland recently attacked Google for using more than their share of bandwidth, a point that makes no sense even before you realize that Google owns miles of their own fiber and data centers.

You can read the entire article .... and the over 70 comments .... here:

Google Is The Enemy Of Nuns

Don't be shy .... leave a comment of your own.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

The Phish Tracker Project

DSLReports.com maintains an ongoing database of phish investigations ..... seeded by members of their forum forwarding suspect phish emails they receive.

Please consider helping this project by joining DSLReports.com (it's free) .... and forwarding your phish emails (assuming you receive any).

More information can be found in the Scambusters forum and the phishtrack database page.

Here's the links:

* Scambusters forum

* Phishtrack database page

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Some Ethernet Bandwidth Choices For Your Business Network

Here's an explanation of some of the Ethernet Bandwidth choices you have for your Business Network.

* Ethernet LAN Service (E-LAN) .....

E-LAN is a multipoint-to-multipoint bridging service designed for any-to-any connectivity between your dedicated ports. It is provisioned over fiber optics between your premises and serving wire center and connects subscriber locations at native LAN speeds of 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps.

Consider E-LAN if your business requires metro any-to-any connectivity at native LAN speeds.

Features ........

- Is configured by connecting customer user network interfaces (UNIs) with one multipoint-to-multipoint Ethernet virtual connection (EVC) or virtual LAN (VLAN)

- Provides full port speed with two class of service (CoS) options — standard and real time

- Is ideal for intracompany voice and LAN-to-LAN data applications

- Is suitable for metro LAN interconnectivity

- Allows you to control your own VLANs and Layer 2 protocols

* Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL)

EVPL is an all-fiber-optic network service that connects subscriber locations at native LAN speeds. EVPL uses point-to-point Ethernet virtual connections (EVCs) to define site-to-site connections.

Consider EVPL if you need converged, high-speed, point-to-point connectivity.

Features .....

- Can be configured to support multiple EVCs to enable hub and spoke configuration

- Supports a wide variety of EVC bandwidth options so you can incrementally scale bandwidth to meet your growing network requirements

- Offers EVCs in 1 Mbps increments from 1–10 Mbps, 10 Mbps increments from 10–100 Mbps and 100 Mbps increments from 100–1000 Mbps

- Allows you to purchase and provision only what you need, then scale bandwidth as your network requirements grow

- Offers predictable performance for customer applications

- Is ideal for converging real-time voice, video and data

- Provides three metro class of service (CoS) options — basic, priority data and real time

* Ethernet Private Line (EPL) .......

EPL is a fully managed, high-bandwidth, point-to-point transport service for Ethernet frames.

Consider EPL if your business requires a secure, dedicated end-to-end LAN interconnectivity solution.

Features ....

- Is provisioned over next-generation SONET infrastructure

- Delivers metro LAN and WAN connectivity for point-to-point high-speed transport

- Offers speeds from 10 Mbps to full-rate gigabit for metro (intraLATA) and national (interLATA) applications, as available

- Provides carrier-grade, reliable, high-bandwidth data center connectivity for business continuity and disaster recovery solutions

- Allows you to control your routings with your equipment

- Offers dedicated, fully managed service from a single, reliable source with an extensive nationwide presence

For no cost assistance finding the right ethernet bandwidth solution for your business network go to .... Ethernet Bandwidth Solution

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Android Phones .... What Does The Future Hold?

To answer this question you need to seperate the Android compatible hardware .... and the OS (Operating System) itself.

Android Hardware ....

The very fact that almost all manufactures including HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Dell etc have at least one hardware platform on Android .... is indication enough that companies realize the potential strength of Android Platform. Also, as an extension to the phone you will see Android coming soon on multiple converged devices.

Android OS ....

Google is playing very smart on this one. If you look at the current state of computing .... Browser is becoming more and more a window for apps ( Cloud computing). In coming few years I would expect as high as 95 % apps hosted out of the cloud .... so browser. This means that with Browser / OS like Chrome ..... Google is ensuring domination on Web search and commerce. With Android as free OS (not unlike other google offerings) .... this will result in almost free /open source development AND will result in a multi fold increase in traffic @mobile search and commerce for Google.

So while players like MS, Nokia, Apple might look to match or win and fight against Android feature list .... Google is actually just interested in becoming the king of Mobile Search and Commerce. Having Android open source helps Google to focus on Mobile Search and Commerce .... while the open source community develops and sells the apps developed on the free API.

Kinda shrewd .... but what do expect from Google?

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Ethernet, DS3 Bandwidth, And MPLS Low Price Special Deals

FreedomFire Communications is offering special low price deals on ethernet, DS3 bandwidth, and MPLS for October as follows:

10 MB Ethernet circuit -- (3 yr term)

Markets: Atlanta, Jacksonville, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/WPB, and Orlando, Asheville, Birmingham, Charlotte, Charleston, Columbia, Greensboro, Greenville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, , Nashville, Savannah, and St. Louis

(note: we can get more than 10 MB if you need it .... just ask)

* MPLS deals nationwide .... anywhere in the US. Very aggressive pricing. The most cost effective solution for connecting multiple loactions in a network.

* Full DS3 (45 MB) bandwidth circuits in most major cities in the midwest and mid Atlantic on 3 year term.

To see if you qualify for one of these bandwidth special deals .... request a free quote at:

Bandwidth Deals w/ Low Price Guarantee

Our Low Price Guarantee ....

We guarantee that the rates you receive from us will not be beaten by any "inside salesman", websites, or agents for that service provider. If you find a better deal, we will match that price .... and send you a refund check for 20% of your 1st month's bill (up to $500)!

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Friday, October 16, 2009

How To Find A Cell Phone & Cellular Service In Your Area ... At The Best Price

Let's keep this really simple.

To find the best price for a cell phone and/or cell phone service in your specific area ... use the free "Best Rate Calculator" tools found on this website:

Find A Cell Phone

You will find the carriers and the available phones for your area .... including unadvertised specials not available anywhere else. You can then choose a phone by eliminating carriers you do not wish to use.

Includes cell phones, smart phones, family plans, and more.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hosting Nation ..... Web Hosting For Everyone

Hosting Nation is a phenominal service offering web hosting, domain names, and even web development. All for a very reasonable monthly or yearly cost. More than competitive with other available hosting services. I've even moved a couple of my websites to them recently.

Out of Parksville, British Columbia, Canada .... their portfolio of services includes web hosting, continuos data protection, web development, SEO, SEM (search engine marketing), web marketing, and domains to name just a few. Their web hosting and development services include over 80 tools and applications available for your use.

You should most definitely check out the Hosting Nation blog too (accessed through their main website). Sean Enns writes very informative pieces on Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, Web Development, Web Marketing, Web Programming, Graphic Design, and more. You can get quite an eye opening education from Sean's insights and suggestions .... applied to your online efforts you'll seat a definite postive impact too.

They have monthly and yearly hosting packages much cheaper than you'll find most anywhere else. I've shopped around ... and Hosting Nation's prices are more than competetive in an admittedly dog eat dog industry.

What follows is directly from the Hosting Nation website .... and will give you an idea of what is available as far as hosting accounts go. For you true technogeeks it has all the technospeak buzzwords you'd be looking for ;) ....

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Our shared web hosting packages each come with a ton of tools and applications for only *$6.95 per month as well as plenty of space and bandwidth. Each shared hosting account comes with the following:

* 5 Gb of disk space
* 50 databases
* 50 Gb of bandwidth
* 50 FTP accounts
* 50 email addresses
* 10 mailing lists
* 50 parked domains
* 50 subdomains

Our server technology is modern and fast, we lease quad core Xeon 5430 servers from the SoftLayer datacenter in Seattle. The servers run CentOS Linux 5 and Apache version 2.2 and supports PHP 5, Perl and up to 50 MySQL databases.

Each hosting account also includes cPanel version 11 and the RVSkin theme. You will have access to over 80 applications, frameworks and libraries through Fantastico and Installatron including the popular Magento, Joomla and Wordpress platforms. You'll also receive real time log analysis with AwStats and our robust backup and data recovery system. Backups can be done manually every day, or you can use the R1Soft continuous data protection console to select from 15 different snapshots of your site to restore a database, a single piece of data or your entire site.

Uptime monitoring is provided in real time by Hyperspin and each account comes with both SpamAssassin and ClamAV virus protection.

Switching hosting is very simple, when you transfer your site to Hosting Nation, we'll move your site for you. We'll also give you a credit towards any hosting remaining on your current plan up to one year.

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Now that you've heard about it ... go look for yourself at Hosting Nation

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Monday, October 12, 2009

How To Add Streaming Video To Websites & Emails

The Broadband Nation loves neat tools to improve communication online. Adding videos to websites and emails is a creative way to communicate in a more personal way online.

No more "text only" and maybe a view neat graphics or static pictures. With video you can be seen ... and heard. The only thing holding you back are the limits of your imagination.

Now ... there are a number of options for you to choose from to accomplish this. One I recommend is called Instant Video Generator. Simple to use and has a free 21 day trial too (I love free!).

What's more you don't need expensive equipment or fancy technical know-how either.

You can see more for yourself here:

Instant Video Generator

From their website ....

Here are just a few benefits this service gives you:

- Unlimited video clips played instantly with one click of the mouse

- Works great on dial-up modems or high-speed

- Records with any Web cam and microphone

- Technical know-how or experience is NOT necessary – easy to use

- Makes other video technologies obsolete!

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Friday, October 09, 2009

A Simple Explanation Of A DS3 Line (aka DS3 Bandwidth)

To the point .... a DS3 line is an ultra high-speed connection capable of transmitting data at rates up to 45 Mbps. A DS3 line is equal to approximately 672 regular voice-grade telephone lines, which is fast enough to transmit full-motion, real-time video, and very large databases over a busy network.

Hopefully you are aware of what a T1 is .... now assume that a T1 is like a two-lane highway.

Next .... consider this simple analogy for a DS3 line:

* Full DS3 -

A highway that has 28 times the number of lanes that a T1 highway has. All these lanes are free to be used by your business .... and is also the reason you pay more than for a T1. However, you must be doubly sure that you need such a wide highway to justify the cost. Do also consider that this cost has been dropping drastically in the last few years so it is much easier to justify today.

* Fractional DS3 -

You have a highway that has 28 times the number of lanes that a T1 highway has. However, because you don't need such a wide highway, you are being charged for only 3-10 times the T1 highway. If you need more T1 lanes to be used, you must pay. If that happens the DS3 line provider will remove the necessary roadblocks in very little time.

* Burstable DS3 -

You have unlimited lanes on a highway you've built. You 28 T1 highways reserved for you to use. If you need more T1 highways, your provider may make them available subject to availability and won't charge you for it. But if you keep asking for free T1 highways on a regular basis, the provider will have to say NO and you will have to buy more T1 highways.

* Point-to-Point DS3 -

You have 28 T1 highways reserved for traffic .... only for you .... to travel between points A and B. You cannot exit the highway at any point other than the destination.

For help deciding what type of DS3 line package best fits your business network application(s) .... take advantage of the FREE assistance offered via:

DS3 Line

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

DS3 Bandwidth Explanation In Simple Terms

DS3 or T3 has nothing to do with the service you plan to put over it. It is simply a 45 Megabit SONET Layer 1 protocol connection.

1. Full DS3 -

A DS3 has 28 times the bandwidth of a T1 so it will carry more traffic and deliver a faster response time when you surf since you are not having to wait your turn as long with a T1. It typically costs ten times the cost of a T1.

Think of it as you have a car that can go 45 miles an hour.

2. Fractional DS3 -

A Fractional DS3 has from 3-10 times the bandwidth of a T1 but if you need to scale to 28 times it will not take much time to do so since it will be a software change since the circuit has been delivered. It costs appropriate less.

Think of it as you have a car that can go 45 miles an hour but has a governor set at 12. It's easy to remove the governor, it just costs for money.

3. Burstable DS3 -

A burstable DS3 can provide up to 28 times the speed of a T1.... but if you are bursting all of the time it will become more expensive than a full DS3 and you should upgrade.

Think of it as you have a car that can go 45 miles an hour .... and you pay extra for every mile an hour you drive over 10.

4. Point-To-Point DS3 -

Provides 28 T1's worth of bandwidth between your two offices.

Think of it as your car can go 45 miles an hour from Albany to Schnectady and back. No where else.

For help deciding what type of DS3 bandwidth package best fits your business network application(s) .... take advantage of the FREE assistance offered via:

DS3 Bandwidth

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Describing DS3 Bandwidth In "Non-Technical" Terms

Given that DSL is now in the home ..... higher bandwidth concepts such as DS3 are much easier to discuss to those without a technical background.

Here's a non-technical description of DS3 Bandwidth and the different types of DS3 lines a business could opt for ........

1. Full DS3 - simply stated, this is a 45 Mbps connection. This is about 90x faster than the average speed that is subscribed by a DSL customer. Thus, 90 people can easily and simultaneously access the internet or some other application ..... and receive excellent response time, just like you do at home.

DS3 is capable of running over 20 times faster than a T1 connection... Ideal for companies with the need for high speed data transfer between sites and offices specifically fast enough for transmitting full-motion, real-time video and very large databases.

2. Fractional DS3 - this is a speed that is less than DS3. It can be almost any speed that you choose that is below 45Mbps. It also costs less than a full DS3 obviously.

Fractional DS3 bandwidth gives you only a slice of the cake (sort of speak) which allows you to pay for only the bandwidth you need.

3. Burstable DS3 - This typically means that your average speed is much less than 45Mbps. However, there may be periods in the day when you need a little bit of extra speed. With burstable DS3, you will be able to get a temporary boost to a limit of 45Mbps. You pay for these boosts only if they exceed a pre-determined periodicity.

Burstable DS3 is on similar lines to Fractional DS3, again the user(s) only pays for what they need. You will receive a minimum 4 Mbps internet connection with a maximum of 45 Mbps on a DS3 Service depending on overhead, cost etc... Burstable will allow you to be billed in 1Mbp increments after the first 4Mbps. This is ideal if the bandwidth you use on a monthly basis is inconsistant.

4. Point-to-point DS3 - A full DS3 circuit (usually). Think of it as one postal address is connected to another postal address. Only these two addresses can share files, email, etc. Unlike the internet where anyone can talk with anyone. Best for networks where security and control of information exchange is important.

DS3 Service can be deployed for a wide variety of applications. The most common uses are DS3 point-to-point, DS3 Internet, DS3 Frame Relay, DS3 Voice and DS3 VPN. Choosing which Service best meets your needs would again be down to cost, the carrier (service provider) and the application for which the connection is being used. DS3 Point-to-Point is mainly used for secure data over a private line connection that belongs to the user only. This service is perfect for companies that send sensitive data over the internet.

For help deciding what type of DS3 bandwidth package best fits your business network application(s) .... take advantage of the FREE assistance offered via:

DS3 Bandwidth

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Why Do People Love Their Blackberry Smart Phone?

This is a very interesting question .... but you have to take the following into consideration:

1. This is region motivated - Americans and Canadians (where Blackberry is a smash with a big market share) will give completely different answers compared to people from other parts of the world... well, maybe some Germans and French will be with them.

2. This is also time-motivated - veteran users of Blackberry will not leave it easily, while in my humble opinion they will begin having trouble getting new users in the next 2-3 years.

Why all this?

First, Blackberry is a phenomenum that was born when nobody had a decent solution for corporate email sync. Corporations wanted a solution that is neither POP3 nor IMAP and wanted to sync not only mail, but calendar, tasks, contacts, etc. Blackberry gave that to corporations, and for some years was the only one offering efficient mobile corporate mail sync.

But then, their business model was adopted mainly in North America, and while it became an instant hit there, it did not proliferate to the rest of the world.

At that point in time, three things began to happen:

1. RIM began to understand that if they want to continue growing they have either to develop new products or to search for additional markets abroad.

2. Microsoft's ActiveSync began to support HTTPS Direct Push with Exchange.

3. Other companies like Nokia, Palm, Sony Ericsson and Dataviz licensed Activesync for either bundling it with devices or commercializing it.

Here the war begins. At the moment that Microsoft and others began to commercialize a solution which had a lower cost-of-ownership than Blackberry's solution, hundreds of different phone models, and basically the same final functionality for the end user ..... it became more difficult for RIM to penetrate Europe, Asia and other areas. That was the moment where we began to see new RIM products, basically phones with different designs but all based on the Blackberry OS.

What weren't they expecting? One word: iPhone.

Let's make it clear .... the iPhone is the worst corporate phone I can think about nowadays. But it has made one thing .... a revolution in the concept of what the UI of a phone should be.

So, after the iPhone, what are we seeing?

1. The GooglePhone OS, Android, will be built to directly compete with the iPhone in UI.

2. Some smartphone makers like HTC and Samsung are already tweaking Windows mobile in their phones to get closer to the new de-facto standard.

3. Gossip says that Windows Mobile 7 (which has been in development for some years, way before the iPhone) will give a big fight to the iPhone OS and to Android.

Who stayed behind?

Palm, Nokia and RIM. While PALM is very focused on hardware and is having a hard time developing the new version of their OS, and mainly relying on Windows Mobile .... Nokia is still in denial that the iPhone can do them any damage. On the other hand, RIM's specialty is corporate mail, not phone OS. I do believe that at some point they will try to match the new UI standard created by the iPhone (they have to), but the question is if it won't be too late by then.

So, after this general description, the question should be why people love (or don't love) their Blackberries. I myself don't love it and won't have one again. It is too expensive, the BES is way more expensive than doing it all with Exhcange, and Windows Mobile based phones already have better functionality today. Additionally, I want to be assured I won't be part of the blackouts that occur at Blackberry network every time one of their servers falls apart. And I believe that as long as their list of customers grows, these blackouts will be more and more frequent. I don't want another point of failure in my email system.

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