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Baby Poop is a Good Thing

It’s 1:55AM this morning and I’ve just finished wiping my four-month old boy Jack’s poo from my hands…he had what we call a “blow out.” My mood is not the best. I’m tired…and, as I may have just mentioned, I just had a prodigious poo to deal with. I’m changing Jack’s outfit and having trouble with the zipper. I’m concentrating on getting his wiggling feet into the footie parts of his “Snuggle Saurus” pajamas…every time I get close, he manages to get a foot out. I may have mentioned I’m tired and at this point my patience is starting to wear a bit thin. As I was focused on the business end of things, I then decided to look at Jack’s face and see if he was upset or what the trouble was with getting his feet in the pj’s. He had the biggest grin on his face and when I looked at him he giggled. He was totally messing with me. He then “let” me put his feet in the pj’s and zip him up. He just wanted a little nighttime attention and it taught me a lesson: I was getting frustrated for nothing. Baby poop and lack of sleep are both good things because it means there is a baby involved. It put things in perspective for me. Read More »

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

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

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, and Microsoft ERP/CRM applications. Read More »