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My Cisco Fiscal New Year’s Resolutions

Our FY09 started last Saturday. Yes, our FY08 is now over. Our earnings call is this coming Tuesday, after market close…if you’d like to listen in to the call you can find information here.With our “new year” in mind I thought it might be good for me to put down my Fiscal New Year resolutions…I’m taking this opportunity to reimplement some of the resolutions that I didn’t implement for the real new years on January 1…as well as some things that I’d like to focus on for this fiscal year.1. Exercise more. (Note: rehash of 1/1/08 resolution AND I did jump on the elliptical this morning for 25 minutes.)2. Laugh more. (Rehash. And, I had fun chasing 18-month old Jack around in his diapers last night after his bath…we both laughed a lot.)3. Get more subscribers to our YouTube Video Channel. This is a channel that we are experimenting with to highlight some of our executives, chat about things Cisco, as well as talk to analysts, customers and more. (We currently have 150 videos and are adding more all the time.)4. Get more interaction to THIS blog site. We’ve been blogging at Cisco for over three years now and our level of comments and interaction is mediocre at best (but growing). We’d love to hear more from our readers and what is on your minds.5. Show more demonstrations of technology. Our most popular videos on our YouTube PR Channel are of demonstrations of technology. People are voting with their eyeballs and we commit to bringing you more demos, and:finally, 6. As I’m going to hit the big 4-0 late this year (yes, I know, the new 30), I’m going to double down and promise myself to stick to #1 resolution!!!!!Happy New Year.

Ballparks of the Future: Coming Soon!

Cisco and Major League Baseball are teaming together to give fans a look into “Ballparks of the Future.” The intro of’s Ballparks of the Future website state that the four section of the site: Virtual Ballpark, Hardball Innovations, Cisco Initiatives and Ballpark Happenings give the fan “the opportunity to explore the latest and greatest in stadium endeavors as well as a behind-the-scenes perspective on how we continue to enhance your experience and improve ballpark operations with cutting-edge technology.” My favorite, of course, is the Virtual Ballpark which highlights Cisco Field, the to-be-built ballpark of the future for the A’s. On the site, you can also enter your thoughts on what technology you’d like to see in the ballparks of the future. Play ball!!!Popular Science also produced a recent piece on stadia of the future, including Green, Interactivity and more.

It Takes a Network

It first took a family, and then it took a village. The idea being that you can count on your community-however you define it-for help, for knowledge. And for sharing in your accomplishments. The ultimate extension of this concept,”it takes a world,” sounds a bit far-fetched at first. After all, the whole world can’t really be there for you. Or can it? Read More »

Fake Steve Reincarnated as Real Dan Lyons

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”

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.”