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Star Trek Technology is Here

May 2, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Have you ever seen a TV show and said, “wow, that’s really cool technology they’re showing, but it will never be reality?” I’ll be honest. I was never a huge fan of Star Trek, but what I did enjoy, other than Shatner’s fine acting, was the technology. Sure, I watched it from time to time and I enjoyed the movies…especially with Ricardo Montalban as Khan (I kept waiting for him to say, “Welcome to Fantasy Island” or “fine Corinthian leather“)…but I never attended a Star Trek convention or bought vulcan ears or anything like that. captain-kirk.jpgThe technology, however, was supercool. How cool was it to get beamed up? Or talk on your wrist watch? Or go to warp speed? Or talk to a full life size person on a video screen…even if they were Klingon? Well, we can basically talk on a wrist watch now…and the full size person on the video screen is now with us with Cisco’s TelePresence. Read More »

John Chambers Essay in Forbes: “Guts and Glory”

April 27, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

I would be remiss if I didn’t bring the following essay by our CEO, John Chambers, to your attention. In a Forbes magazine special report on “Networks,” he talks about the future of technology and leads his essay with: “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.” Full article here. I can only surmise that Forbes entitled it “Guts and Glory” because Cisco makes the Guts of the network which enables the Glory or Telepresence, blogging, video sharing, communities, voice, video, data, mobility, etc. I found it interesting to read his thoughts on where he thinks the future of technology is going and thought you might too.Forbes Networks 2007.bmp Read More »

Corporate Blogging: What is the Right Answer?

April 27, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

I went to the Portfolio magazine launch party last night in San Francisco and chatted with some nice Portfolio people (Kevin Maney, Joanne Lipman, Blaise Zerega), some industry and Cisco colleagues and some other reporters, including Dan Farber and Tom Foremski.One of the conversations that I had was on the topic of corporate blogs. As you may know, at Cisco, we have a handful of blogs and the bloggers blog on pretty much anything they want. We have a mobility blog, this blog, a high tech policy blog (our first blog and one that I started in February of 2005) and we also do “event blogs” including the Partners Summit and Cisco at ITU Telecom World. IMHO, I think we do a decent job of giving some flavor of what we are interested in and doing in each of these areas. To be sure, there is a LOT more going on inside and around Cisco and there is much more to say than just on these blogs. We haven’t yet, however, provided a platform for any employee to start and create their own blog. This is a suggestion that was made to me by a reporter. Read More »

OECD Broadband Numbers: U.S. Falls In Rankings

April 25, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

The OECD* broadband rankings are out and the U.S. has dropped in the rankings again. As previously noted in this space, Charlie Giancarlo, Cisco’s Chief Development Officer, called for a national broadband plan in the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle at the end of last year. With the 2006 OECD broadband rankings now out, I would like to again draw your attention to his rationale for said national broadband plan. Please make sure you check out the great data and graphs on broadband sliced and diced around the OECD at the bottom of their release. Read More »

Media Coverage on Human Rights Issue

April 20, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Earlier this week, there was media coverage on a lawsuit brought against a large technology corporation by a human rights organization for providing information to the Chinese government that allowed it to personally identify a citizen, who was subsequently sentenced to prison. Some of the coverage identified Cisco as supplying technology equipment that allows the Chinese government to divert Internet traffic away from information that the government doesn’t want accessed by its citizens. The way it was written could be read that we work with governments to help them censor or manage the information that their citizens access. We do not. We have made our concerns clear to the media outlets in question. The purpose of this blog entry is to make clear what Cisco does and does not do with respect to the management of information. Read More »