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It’s Not About the Access Point

“Ĺ“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” -- Lance ArmstrongI have been thinking a lot about Lance Armstrong this spring. I am in the market for a new bike, looking to re-ignite my quest to someday ride in the Pyrenees, a lifelong dream. On an off, I have ridden for over 2 decades, about the same amount of time I have been in or around the mobility business. Mobility is an obsession, the desire to connect/unwire/touch something from a distance, wherever, whenever you are.Today I write courtesy of a Mesh AP painting my backyard with a little 802.11. 15 years ago it was a slower — but then promising — CDPD modem connected to a “notebook” computer 4 times the size of my Thinkpad. The same underlying desires and dreams were and are still there for us in the mobility business. If I could paraphrase Lance: “It’s not about the access point.” Read More »

The First Mobile Phone Call – Alexander Graham Bell Strikes Again

Peter Judge Mobility Editor of Techworld shared this tidbit with me todayOn February 22,1880 Alexander Graham Bell and his cousin Charles Bell communicated over the Photophone, a remarkable invention conceived of by Bell and executed by Sumner Tainter. [Grosvenor] This device transmitted voice over a light beam. A person’s voice projected through a glass test tube toward a thin mirror which acted as a transmitter. Acoustical vibrations caused by the voice produced like or sympathetic vibrations in the mirror.

The Future of Wireless through the Eyes of Our Kids

I am sitting on the deck watching the waves of the Pacific Ocean and my kids starting to stir to life thinking of writing about the technical pros and cons of WiMax vs. WiFi. And I realize that as I watch my kids and their friends play with their IPODs and WiFi enabled portable play stations that they barely know what I do for a living let alone care that WiMax is a wireless protocol targeted for the licensed bands and an alternative to 3G wireless technologies and that WiFi is the protocol of choice for the unlicensed bands. What they care about are their friends, their music and connecting with them. Read More »

Location, Location, Location

For the past 3 years, I have been pushing hard on location as one of the top mobility services WLANs can provide. One of our European partners, Appear Networks, has deployed a landmark location service in the Stockholm subway. For a write up and video on the service, try here:

The Translation is Cool

The land of the rising sun has long been admired by the rest of the world for its innovation and relentless focus on improvement. The world has followed Japan’s lead and embraced cultural phenomena like sushi, anime and those astoundingly funny reality game shows that seem to border on lunacy. But perhaps one of the most envied of all Japanese hallmarks is their use of mobile technologies.Mobility is woven into every aspect of Japanese life. Businessmen access their email on the airport train into Tokyo. School girls swap pictures of their latest crush in lightening speed. Taxi drivers charge fearlessly through the maze that is Tokyo with the help of GPS. Read More »