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The WWW Gets Its Drivers License Today

August 7, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

So, according to Wired magazine, today is the day that the internet became publicly available…16 years ago. So, in the US, the Internet is now eligible for its driver’s license. SERIOUSLY, ONLY 16 YEARS!!!! Doesn’t it feel like the Internet has always been around? How did we survive pre-internet? I honestly don’t remember. So many fundamental things in our lives have changed in the past 16 years because of the Internet…and, as you know, we’re really just at the beginning of what the web can do for us.And, as our CEO John Chambers said in an essay in Forbes magazine* in April, “The last 15 years have brought us advances in communications technology far surpassing those made in the previous 5,000--making the next 15 an era that will be limited only by our imagination and our courage to execute.” Read More »

Cisco Year-End Earnings Call

August 6, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Our conference call for Q407 and Fiscal Year 2007 Financial Results is tomorrow (Tuesday, August 7, 2007) at 1:30 PM (PT). We will announce our fourth quarter and fiscal year 2007 financial results.Financial results will be released over full national Market Wire, as well as the European Business and Technical Wire after the close of the market on Tuesday, August 7, 2007. Cisco’s quarterly earnings press release will be posted at www.cisco.com, under the “News@Cisco” section.To Listen live to the conference call via the Internet with corresponding slides, please go to our Investor Relations site. Replay: A telephone playback of the Q4 and FY 2007 conference call will be available beginning at 4:30 PM (PT) on August 7, 2007 through 4:30 PM (PT) on August 14, 2007. The replay will be available by calling 866-357-4205 (International callers: 203-369-0122). The call runs 24 hours/day, including weekends.An archived version of the webcast will also be available on our Investor Relations website.

Thankyouverymuch, Google!!!

August 2, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

I’m getting my car serviced this morning in Mountain View, CA. I’m told it will take an hour to an hour and a half. Certainly not my favorite errand, especially when the magazines in the waiting room are, no offense, Better Homes and Gardens, O: At Home: An Oprah Magazine, an old Sports Illustrated that I’ve already read, and a Harper’s Bazaar from December 2003 (although Salma Hayak is on the cover, so that’s not a bad thing.)As I’m on my way to work, I have my computer with me. And, since this dealership is in Mountain View it is covered by free Google Wi-Fi. The whole town of Mountain View is covered. Gratis. By Google. This is where Google is based and while some may claim that is it just their attempt to get their employees to work 24x7, they’ve explained that it’s really a community service. And, as I’m not a Google employee and they receive no direct benefit by providing me with free wi-fi, I can tell you that having access to the network and my ability to VPN to work while waiting in my car dealership’s lounge does give me a warm, fuzzy feeling for them. And, I bet, one of their top two reasons for installing Wi-Fi was, “Have people feel warm and fuzzy towards Google.” Mission Accomplished. Read More »

Happy Fiscal New Year, Cisco and Happy Birthday, Jerry

August 1, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Cisco’s FY08 began on Monday, so, for us, 2007 is already behind us. As I LOVE end of year lists, it seems like a great and appropriate time to review FY07 Cisco blogs on Jerry Garcia’s birthday…not from a “what a long strange trip it’s been” point of view, but from a typical Cisco “If I get home before daylight, I just might get some sleep tonight.”Jerry.jpgIMHO, the top Cisco blog entries from FY07 (and, yes, some of them are mine, but, hey, I’m making the list):August 2006 -- “Crossing Health Care Language BarriersSeptember 2006 -- “Remembering Important Things In Life.”October 2006 -- “Time to Review Merger Reviews” and “How Can You Tell If a Lawyer is Lying.” Read More »

Will the Linksys brand become Cisco?

July 30, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

There have been some questions lately about whether the Linksys brand would be folded into the Cisco brand. Here is our response: “Linksys consumer and SMB products will continue to be marketed under the Linksys brand and co-exist in the market with Cisco branded connected home products over the near term. We will continue to examine our branding strategy going forward (as we have to date) and make changes if and when these changes add value to our customers’ decision making processes and our channel partners.”