I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

Month: October 2003

DNS and ICANN,

SiteFinder and ICANN

James has responded again. He makes clear his views on my points. It’s clear we disagree. And that we remain friends. So decide for yourself by reading both views. No more on this from me re James. Maybe more on the subject as it develops. To turn to another subject. SiteFinder is particularly interesting in the context of ICANN and its evolution. I have so far been very impressed with Paul Twomey as President and CEO. This issue is a real test of ICANN. There is enormous pressure on it to stand in the way of SiteFinder. Much of the

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DNS and ICANN,

Oh dear!

James has responded again. I am responding because I believe the use of our weblogs as a place for public discussion is a great service to the community in airing the arguments – whether one agrees or disagrees with a given point of view. This doesn’t need to be long but …. James, please re-read my piece. I do not say John Klensin either does or will support SiteFinder. I say that his dns-search piece describes an outcome that is in every way similar to SiteFinder. It is an “above the DNS” search and directory layer. I also say that

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DNS and ICANN,

Responses on SiteFinder

Lots of responses on my SiteFinder piece. Karl Auerbach [somebody who I generally warm too – although I never told him so] has a rebuttal here. And James Seng [who is a friend] has a piece here. Karl and James are both good people, and honest too. But …. I believe they are missing several things in their largely negative analyses. Karl makes an assault on my claim that the small % of people affected by SMTP issues was a “minor inconvenience”. He says: ” SiteFinder’s wildcard-record based redirection goes far beyond being a “minor inconvenience”. Quite the contrary:  SiteFinder’s

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DNS and ICANN,

VeriSign’s Sitefinder

Well, I have remained silent on this issue for now – mainly because of conflicts. I was one of a few members of the technical advisory group asked by VeriSign to look at Sitefinder and ask the questions – what does it add, what does it break, and how can we fix anything it breaks? The scope of the group was unlimited by any VeriSign edict and the members were of impeccable individual credentials. This group has now completed its work so I feel able to comment. Today Stratton Sclavos is interviewed at CNet. Stratton declares that the key issue

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Internet

IP Communications and Regulation

Jeff Pulver – organizer of the VON conferences- in his newsletter, delivered via email, today. Right on the Money! We Didn’t Start the Fire When thinking about the current confused state of possible regulation of IP Communication Service Providers inside the US, the words from Billy Joel’s “We didn’t start the Fire” start to play in my mind: We didn’t start the fire It was always burning Since the world’s been turning We didn’t start the fire No we didn’t light it But we tried to fight it.. Telecommunications Law in the United States is over 100 years old and

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Internet Santa Cruz Networks,

2000 video and voice over IP subscribers, $50k

Check this out. One of these boxes supports 2000 subscribers. If you charged only $50 per head per month for unlimited video and voice over IP a fully subscribed box would generate 50x2000x12 – that $1.2m a year. Even after bandwidth and hosting fees are taken into account you have a great business. Santa Cruz Networks – full disclaimer, I am the CEO – is currently [through 15 November] offering to finance emerging service providers. What this means in practice is that you pay less than $10k up front and about $5k monthly to become a full communications service provider,

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Santa Cruz Networks,

Communications Revolution

Dave said: “I told Doc tonight at dinner that I think we’re at the cusp of a communication revolution”. OK I sooooo agree with this. When I helped start EasyNet in 1994 there were only 2 ISPs in the UK. It cost us $50,000 to start the company. Becoming an ISP was suddenly within reach of 2 guys and a credit card. Today, with Video and Voice over IP technology it will soon be possible to start a communications company for less that $50,000. This is going to make competing with the big telcos an achievable goal for many startups.

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Santa Cruz Networks,

4G Wireless – IP based mobile communications

From The Register “The second factor in 3G’s fate is, of course, whether 3G networks take off at any significant level at all, or whether they will be marginalized by Wi-Fi/WiMAX and by the advent of IP-based 4G.” It seems clear that 2G, 2.5G and 3G wireless are simply staging posts to broadband wireless with real time communications over IP. Its just a matter of time. However, state attempts to regulate IP based communications like Voice over IP will certainly slow things down. Shame.

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