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802.11n ratification on the horizon

It now appears inevitable that 802.11n will be ratified by the IEEE before the end of this year! The expectation by most everyone is that it will be approved at the next IEEE Standards Board meeting on Sept 11th, 2009. It’s a long time coming, but when it does happen it will close the door on any possibility of compatibility or hardware upgrade concerns related to 802.11n draft 2.0 products and the eventual 802.11n standard. This will…


Battlefield diagnoses with no carbon footprint

Video conferencing is helping out in the battlefield these days by giving doctors access to specialists and facilities that may be thousands of miles away. I shared a few examples with Washington Technology Magazine recently about how video conferencing is so clear now that a doctor can look right at a patient’s pupil to see if there’s an immediate problem. Along with reading X-rays by video conferencing, this helps doctors diagnose…


PBX Migration – Avoiding the Headaches

Times certainly have changed. The TDM based PBX is no longer considered the best way to do things and EVERY vendor that makes a phone system is pursuing the IP Telephony market. Trouble is, many of these vendors are struggling in various ways and this is causing unique issues to consider especially when it comes to your time lines. As the old PBX nears ‘End of Usefulness’, or you are expanding your business, or perhaps you are conc…


R.I.P Voicemail – Long Live Messaging?

There have been several articles recently listing the many failures of voicemail. Is Voicemail Dead? You’ve got Voicemail — But do you Care?And really, yeah — traditional voicemail isn’t really a 21st century technology. Voicemail evolved about as quickly as PBXs did — which isn’t really a whole lot. When IP Telephony entered the market, things changed. I mean, they REALLY changed! Suddenly it wasn’t just voicemail, it…


Getting smarter via long distance

The economy may have finally bottomed out lately, but no one would say we’re out of the rough. That means that agencies will continue to count pennies and look for ways to stretch budgets. But keeping a tight budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality for your constituents or for your employees. Often a potential budget buster is training because of the ancillary costs, such as travel and expanding space to accommodate growing class sizes…