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Fake Steve Reincarnated as Real Dan Lyons

July 29, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

If you live in Silicon Valley or follow technology, you likely know about the Fake Steve Jobs blog, a brilliant, funny blog written by then-Forbes, now-Newsweek journalist Dan Lyons. He was anonymous for a long time and then Brad Stone of The New York Times broke his cover. Now, that Fake Steve is outed and the site is archived for your enjoyment (search Al Gore or Bono, if you’re a newbie), Dan Lyons is back online as RealDan.I think he’s off to a pretty good start. And, with the New York Times’ Joe Nocera column the talk of the town, Dan has now taken liberty to re-create one of the greatest opening lines of all-time. I, for one, still miss FakeSteve, but will still be tracking RealDan. As I heard Dan once say, “business is funny.”

China: “We are the World’s Biggest Internet Market”

July 28, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

According to a report in the New York Times this weekend, “China said the number of Internet users in the country reached about 253 million last month, putting it ahead of the United States as the world’s biggest Internet market.”The growth in Chinese users is apparently being driven by, SHOCKER, Chinese teenagers. And, the number of users increased by about 90 million people during the past year. However, (and this is key), the new estimate of internet users only represents about 19 percent of China’s population, so a bit more room for growth. On the flip side, according to Nielsen (.pdf report), 220 million Americans are online, or 70 percent of the population.All I can saw is “Wow.”

Blogging Disclosure Best Practices

July 28, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

Blogging about blogging is one of my favorite things to do. Not. : )However, I thought it important to note that The Blog Council, where Cisco is a member, today released a best practices toolkit that is “a draft series of checklists to help companies, their employees, and their agencies learn the appropriate and transparent ways to interact with blogs, bloggers, and the people who interact with them.” You can view it here and as it is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License, you are invited to share and change the document as much as you like. You can view Cisco’s “Internet Postings Policy” here. Enjoy.

Farewell to Scott Kriens of Juniper

July 25, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

As you have likely already seen, there is a new CEO at Juniper. Scott Kriens is stepping down (up?) as CEO and becoming chairman of the company. Kevin Johnson is leaving Microsoft after 16 years to become CEO of Juniper. As you may or may not know, Cisco and Juniper haven’t been the best of friends over the years. They are just down the road from Cisco headquarters, but we don’t go out for lunch all that often. However, they have been one of our very good competitors and I am sure this will continue. At Cisco, we LOVE competition. It drives us. It makes us better. It helps us keep that Groveianhealthy paranoia” that someone is always out to get us. Juniper IS out to get us. We respect that. We respect that, because it is is Cisco customers who ultimately benefit by this and other competition. They get more features, faster speeds and feeds, higher quality of service, better and better support, better security, more mobility, etc. So, I salute Mr. Kriens for his leadership these past years and wish him well in his new role as chairman and I welcome Mr. Johnson as the new CEO at Juniper.

New York Times: “As Travel Costs Rise, More Meetings Go Virtual”

July 22, 2008 at 12:00 pm PST

“As travel costs rise and airlines cut service, companies large and small are rethinking the face-to-face meeting - and business travel as well. At the same time, the technology has matured to the point where it is often practical, affordable and more productive to move digital bits instead of bodies,” reports The New York Times’ Steve Lohr*. (*Note: free registration required.)

CNBC’s Jim Goldman recently reported a similar story.”When used regularly, the (TelePresence) rooms pay for themselves within a year, analysts estimate.”Lohr reports that one executive who utilizes TelePresence said,”10 minutes into it, you forget you are not in the room with them.” Here are some extremely interesting and compelling (IMHO) TelePresence and web-based meeting stats that Lohr lays out in his report: Read More »