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Climber at Mt Everest Talks with WebEx from Base Camp

Photo courtesy of Brian Dickinson.

Note: the live event with Brian Dickinson was canceled due to logistical difficulties. We were able to talk to him late last week and you can hear the recording here. Below is a quick account of what happened (the links below click through to the relevant background on Brian’s blog).

Shortly after learning Brian was going to climb Mt Everest, I sat down and plowed through Jon Krakauer’s book, Into Thin Air. I had to know what Brian was up against. It scared the crap out of me. This was going to be incredibly dangerous. I gained an even deeper respect for his wife, JoAnna.

Since then, I have been slightly addicted to Brian’s progress -- the ups and downs, his scare with HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) and I was anxiously waiting Read More »

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What’s Up Doc? Baby Carrots: Business Transformation with Bite!

The day has finally come. I am writing about baby carrots. In a business context. My mom will never believe it.

But it’s really a great story that continues to unfold thanks to the brilliant business transformation that happened in the carrot farms of central California in the 1990s. Cisco’s Inder Sidhu summarizes the business challenge facing Mike Yurosek, then a carrot farmer in Bakersfield (read Inder’s blog on Forbes.com here):

“…Yurosek thought the traditional way of farming carrots was wrong. What good is producing so many carrots if the majority aren’t relevant to the grocers who sell them or the consumers who buy them?, he wondered. Frustrated, Yurosek–who prided himself on a tendency to “think outside the carrot patch”–decided one day in 1986 to try something new.”

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Smarter endpoints and smarter network: An end to end Medianet becomes a reality!

April 25, 2011 at 9:12 am PST

Finally it’s here. Cisco has been working on integrating the Media Services Interface (MSI) into the WebEx Meeting Client.

For those unfamiliar with the MSI, it’s an SDK developed to enable applications to interact with a Cisco Medianet. One of the long standing challenges IT organizations have faced has been to harmonize the needs of applications and endpoints with the network services required to meet those needs. It’s been a case of ships in the night as network administrators have done their best to deliver services while having limited interaction with the endpoints and applications that leverage those services. Asking endpoints and applications to consistently implement all the networking protocols to enable them to leverage the network has often led to mixed results; inconsistent or incomplete protocol stack implementations led to interoperability issues with the burden usually falling on the end customer.

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How to Share a Video via WebEx

We get many requests for help when sharing a video via WebEx during a meeting. We have made some improvements that make sharing quite easy. To help you do it, we’ve recorded a quick WebEx with the how-to!

Watch the recording now.

You don’t need anything special to watch the recording. Just Read More »

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Co-Hosting a WebEx Meeting from Different Locations: Tips for Success

You and your partner are planning a big WebEx presentation and you plan to co-host -- but you are in different locations. No problem, that’s easy to do. There are a few tips you’ll want to use to make sure co-hosting goes off without a hitch.

1. Make sure you include your partner as an alternate host for the meeting.
When you schedule the event, you can add your partner’s name and email (details here). This allows your partner to start and continue the meeting if you, the primary host, are late or if you accidentally disconnect from the meeting.

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