TMC on SIP to Skype Gateway

Ya gotta hand it to Tom Keating over at TMC, he gets into some interesting stuff. Dan York too for that matter. Today Tom has a post with respect to the Future of SIP To Skype Gateway In Doubt. It’s an analysis in response to a guest blog over at Skype Journal that calls into question the possibility of SIP -to-Skype integration. It follows Dan York’s earlier call for same.

Tom is absolutely correct in his retort. I heartily agree. It seems to me that what we have here is a difference of opinion about what Skype is and what it could become. Oddly enough, it’s the Skype insiders who appear to have the more limited vision. Perhaps that’s why Skype is so adrift, and rumored to be for sale.

One thing is certain, while there is a Skype ecosystem with some interesting devices and services, the SIP ecology is vast by comparison. The SIP universe is truly huge. More hardware. More software. More companies. More users. More dollars/pounds/euros.

The US Has A Broadband Policy, Really?

So this week the Bush Administration published a report on US Broadband Policy and extolled how well its working. Curious given that members of the FCC have reported that they don’t think we actually have one. Ars Technica has the coverage.

As I’ve written before, my broadband options have not changed a bit in over ten years. Oh, the price goes up for decent service, and there’s dirt cheap DSL for marginal service. The providers are arrogant, lazy companies milking consumers while trying to minimize what we actually use so that they can avoid infrastructure investment and maximize their profits du jour.

Time-Warner is trying a new pricing scheme involving bandwidth caps in Beaumont, TX. Comcast is traffic shaping p2p activity. AT&T believes in spending to buy other telcos, but built U-Verse on the principle of not spending on infrastructure if at all possible. (The exploding DSLAMs in neighborhoods are really neat though!)

Verizon may have their problems too, but at least they made the investment in technology to deliver real fiber-to-the-home. It’s a longer term view that will serve them, and the country, well over time.

The administration is deluded. But that’s not exactly news…is it?

Something needs to change, and change BIG! We need a federal regulator with some backbone to ensure that the general public good is served as well as the corporate shareholders.

Reaching VUC Via Junction Networks OnSIP

Generally when I join the weekly VUC conference all I’m dialed in from a SIP hard phone over a Junction Networks OnSIP trunk. This has historically meant that I had to dial in using the PSTN number, not the SIP URI.

A couple of times I tried to create an extension in my OnSIP account mapping their VUC SIP URI to a local four digit extension. That simply doesn’t work. The OnSIP GUI doesn’t permit the use of SIP URIs where the domain is specified by an IP address. It only accepts domains when referenced by alpha means.

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The First Production Tesla Roadster Is Delivered!!!

At long last the first production Tesla roadster has been delivered. I just gotta say I truly love this car! The idea of it. The actuality of it. If only I could afford one. Perhaps once production ramps up. There was a rumor that they might get down to $60,000 USD eventually. They’re $100,000 each at the moment.

Even so, this is where we need to go. All electric. Solid performance. It’s the right direction.