FryUp: Tech Ed was

How was Tech Ed this year? Building networks should be encouraged; and, if it ain't broken, don't fix it

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— Business needs kneed worker bee in the goolies

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Tech Ed was

Errm, was it good for you? Missed it this year.

- Tech Ed: Avoiding the 'brand canyon'

- Tech Ed: Statistics displays Excel-based web rebuild

- Tech Ed: Robinson calls on devs to 'encourage' Open XML standard

- Tech Ed: The top ten reasons why you should deploy Vista

- Tech Ed: Kiwibank not ready for Vista

- NZ Open Source Society warns of Open XML patent threat


I was perhaps a little hard on TelstraClear in last week's FryUp, having a go at them for sending out a silly press release. Thing is, the release in question was meant to be just that, tongue-in-corporate-cheek even, according to Mat Bolland from TelstraClear. Apologies for not getting the joke are due, in other words.

Mat also tells me that TCL has already deployed DSLAMs reaching last-mile customers. They sit in TCL cabinets, some 300 of them, in fact. That means TCL was the first out of the block in a sense, although it can't be called unbundling of the local loop as such, I believe, as it wasn't on Telecom's network.

Pity then that the TCL DSL network isn't more widespread, to provide a real alternative to Telecom. Building networks. Now there's an activity that should be encouraged.

As for last week's release, it seems the "precision hardware" that TelstraClear has in Telecom's exchanges includes Synchronous Digital Hierarchy equipment and 2Mbit/s interconnects. There are also ATM STM1 interconnects and similar stuff; however, no DSLAMs in the exchanges

yet, apparently.

- Unseemly rush to claim unbundling firsts

Business needs kneed worker bee in the goolies

If your machine works, don't let MIS fix it. I didn't know about that golden rule, but learnt it the hard way last week when a MIS drone "checked" my laptop to ensure it was working fine.

It was working fine in every respect, and it had already been set up and checked by another MIS drone, so why what who eh? But OK, it's their time, not mine, and if they want to waste it, who am I to say no?

Afterwards I learnt that the purpose of the exercise was to castrate my local user account, to remove the local admin rights on it. There is no business need for such exalted privileges, it seems. If I need to do anything, I can call the help desk who in turn will evaluate the request

and act on it at some unspecified point in time. Wonderful.

Unfortunately, the neuterising MIS drone in question managed to screw up the laptop configuration as well. Everytime I try to work with files, Windows Installer starts up and tries to reconfigure programs. The original MIS drone who set up my laptop tried to sort it out, as he has

admin rights, but couldn't.

I probably could, but I don't have admin rights. Not sure what I'm supposed to do now, but taking the laptop out the back and using it for clay pigeon practice seems like the best way forward. I could request a new one then, see?

Robert X. Cringely

TeleBlend and the VoIP blues

When I'm not on my cell, I use a VoIP line from a company whose name begins with V. Some days I think it's great, and sometimes I pine for the days of the rotary dial and good old Monopolistic Ma Bell. And it seems I'm not alone.

After SunRocket crashed to earth last month, Cringe fan M. K. switched over to TeleBlend. But when TeleBlend's voice service went AWOL for several days last week, he was furious. He writes:

"I have several projects in the works for which I should be getting calls. My clients are contacting me by cell and they are very, VERY angry. I could easily lose business."

Worse, TeleBlend tried to pass the buck to its own backbone provider, Global Crossing. That apparently didn't go over too well with Global Crossing, which b*tchslapped them so hard the VoIPers put their tails between their legs and posted a public apology:

"TeleBlend, a nationwide provider of broadband phone service, experienced a disruption of service for part of its customer base earlier this week. During the service disruption, the company inadvertently made public statements that incorrectly implied the outage was due to an issue with Global Crossing's network. TeleBlend would like to state definitively that the cause of the service disruption was in no way, shape or form due to any issue or outage with Global Crossing's network, which continues to serve customers with industry-leading performance and 99.999% service reliability."

Meanwhile, it seems, the "V" in my own voice over IP provider may soon stand for Verklempt, as it battles patent suits and problems with spotty service. But it could be worse. At least I haven't been hit with a phone bill for US$218 trillion, like that poor sap in Malaysia.

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