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That’s a Wrap

Our time at the Cannes Film Festival is coming to a close. Over the last week we’ve talked to all sorts of actors, directors and others trying to make a name for themselves in the entertainment business. Outside of the personalities (whew), one of the more fascinating aspects of these conversations has been the widely differing opinions on whether technology is changing film making.Opinions are fairly polarized on the subject, with the folks bullish on the digital opportunities being slightly in the minority -this despite some of the biggest buzz at Cannes this year coming from the U2 3D movie and the general growth of 3D technology. In general, the vast entertainment machine seems to be quite happy making movies and enjoying the South of France as it always has. It will be interesting to see how perceptions change in the near future.In a happy coincidence, I happened to be walking outside the Palais on my way back to the apartment when I got caught up in a crowd at a side entrance to the theatre. Fifteen minutes later, the cast of Ocean’s Thirteen (Yes, Anita, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and Elliot Gould) came rolling out. It was a true paparazzi moment and one I was only too happy to participate in.After the stars sped off in their cars, I looked around the 100+ people capturing the scene on their cameras and saw that probably none of them were actually shooting film -all of them were using digital cameras and camcorders. If that isn’t a sign of what’s to come, I don’t know what is.Cannes Film Festival

TelePresence on CBS Evening News

May 25, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

I may have mentioned our TelePresence technology from time to time. It is very cool and very easy to use. We say that 60% (or is is 80%?) of communication is non-verbal and TelePresence allows you to feel like you are in the same room talking with someone even if you are in San Jose, CA and they are in London (for instance). (Yesterday during a demonstration of the technology one of the participants said that he felt like he could reach out and touch the other participants, quickly adding, “some I would like to touch more than others.”)We think it is a cool, relevant technology that will become more and more pervasive in large businesses to cut back on travel and soon to “kiosk” type applications where you can use a TelePresence suite by the hour. It is a large part of our green effort within Cisco and we believe that it can initially cut back on 10% of our travel…which is huge in savings for our shareholders and huge in saving in carbon emissions for the environment.See CBS Evening News’ John Blackstone report on Cisco TelePresence.

Video: Cisco CEO at Interop

May 24, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

The beauty of blogs and the web overall is that crosslinking and sharing of information is just so darn easy. We get the information that we want PUSHED to us, rather than having to scan actual, physical, ink-stained papers. We don’t get ink on our hands, therefore we don’t need to wash our hands as much. We waste less water, we put less soap into the environment. RSS and feeders, therefore save the environment!!! Productivity, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness ensues. Everyone wins.With that in mind, I would like to draw your attention to some videos posted by ZDNet’s Between the Lines blog from Interop. This is Dan Farber’s and Larry Dignan’s blog (also featuring David Berlind) and is a must read for those of us in the technology space. Read More »

Unified Communications: Open and Interoperable to Increase Customer Benefits

At Network + Interop this week, we are showing our full portfolio of open, network-based unified communications solutions and highlighting interoperability with a number of industry vendors, including Microsoft. Cisco believes that most customers will want a heterogeneous and unified workspace environment -one that includes Macintosh, Linux and PC users, IBM Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook users, wired and wireless users -and even users without desktop or mobile devices at all. Cisco also believes that customers will want to unify a range of enterprise environments such as Oracle, SAP, IBM and Salesforce.com, and Microsoft ERP/CRM applications. Read More »

The Internet is not a medium, it is a language

Yesterday was a busy day for us in Cannes. First we held the Cisco panel in the American Pavilion (more below), then we watched the red carpet procession from an overlooking apartment (video below), and finished off the day with a screening of the new U2 3D movie.If you have bad memories of”3D” movies with red and green glasses, U2 3D will convince you 3D is the only way to see movies within the first two minutes. Even if you’re not a U2 fan, I recommend seeing this for it’s innovative technology.Now, to the panel- Read More »