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What I did on my summer vacation, Part 2

Posted by Johanna Fry, Public Relations InternDuring my summer internship on the public relations team at Cisco, I am able to get an insider’s view of what it means to be a part of Cisco and the Human Network. The Human Network is the ability to connect to anyone in the world through integrated technology. I am a Facebook and MySpace subscriber, but Cisco’s version of networking poses a much more attractive format to stay in touch with the people in my world. I want to stay in touch with friends, family, work and school contacts. I don’t want to be startled by loud talking robot heads trying to sell me ring tones. Read More »

What is Real Broadband?

July 6, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

I’ve asked this question before, (and, more than once) but what made me think of it again was Pew’s report on Broadband Usage in the U.S. that was released today. (Adobe document). Pew is a great organization and there are some compelling data and charts in the report -- you should really check it out. What I couldn’t find — and, I’ll be honest, I didn’t read the 14 page report word for word, but I did search for “Mbps” and “broadband definition” — was how they defined broadband. My best guess is anybody with always-on, high-speed internet connectivity. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a great start. But, what is “high-speed”? As I’ve said before, the FCC defines high-speed as 200Kpbs. So, I can only assume that Pew is measuring this as high-speed. On this measurement, the U.S. is doing just fine, thank you. On a REAL broadband measurement, when we’re dealing in Mbps, not Kpbs, the picture isn’t so rosy, as my colleague Jeff Campbell says here, “Japan at 61 Mbps, France at 17 Mbps and Canada at 7 Mbps.” Read More »

Smashing Pumpkins Part of Human Network

July 3, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

I’m outside of Asheville, NC this week visiting my parents and other family and was able to score some tickets to last night’s Smashing Pumpkins show at the Orange Peel. They are on a mini-tour and playing 9 shows in Asheville, NC and the same amount (I think) in San Francisco, CA. Anyway, it was a good show…only about 900 of us there…but what struck me was ALL the digital cameras…still and video…in the crowd. I’m exaggerating only a little when I say that my brother and I were some of the only ones not capturing the concert digitally.As an experiment, I checked Flickr and Youtube to see if any of the photos and videos were up from last night. They aren’t yet…or I couldn’t find them, but there are many photos and videos from previous night’s shows.So, Smashing Pumpkins’ fans are clearly part of the human network and what better way to market than to have others do it for you…much like this blog entry is doing. Pumpkins, you are welcome. : ) Read More »

CAGE MATCH: Google v. Microsoft v. Cisco

June 28, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

Which is the best place to work? There is some scuttlebutt in the blogosphere and reported in ComputerWorld about a post written by a former-Google, now-Microsoft employee that Microsoft is a better place to work. Let me put this argument to rest…the best place to work is Cisco…IMNSHO…No, I haven’t worked at Google. No, I haven’t worked at Microsoft…so, my view might be a bit skewed, however, having been here for over eight years I can tell you that Cisco does care about its employees and that QOL ranks right up there with QOS. (I do have friends at both Microsoft and Google, however, and they like working at both places, respectively.) Read More »

Did Someone Say iPhone?

June 27, 2007 at 12:00 pm PST

It hasn’t gotten much coverage lately, but apparently Apple is launching their iPhone this Friday at 6PM or thereabouts. Our good friends at AT&T are providing the service plans and by all the accounts I have read Apple will sell well more than 100 in the first day. (I should point out that math is not my strong point.)It looks like a super cool new device and I certainly wish them all the luck in the world. As a matter of fact, I e-mailed with one of Apple’s PR people last week to grab an icy cold beverage on the first day of summer and they said they would love to get together but they were likely going to be too busy working on their iPhone launch. My immediate response, of course, was the Cisco iPhone? It got a smile. Read More »