24/05/2005

Ofcom rings the changes with new London code - vnunet.com

Ofcom rings the changes with new London code - vnunet.com

London's getting a new phone number, the old inner London (020 7) and outer London (020 8) snobbery will have to go - there's a new kid in town and that's "3" (or really 020 3). Hopefully no relation to the 3G network of the same name.

Ofcom is releasing the number after June 1st, both for businesses and home users.

Though no existing users have to change, it's likely some will, and there'll be confusion as to what 020 3 means. So much so that Ofcom are featuring 4,000 adverts on the London Underground and leafleting public buildings.

020 3 will also different in that they will not reflect geographic location. This will allow another 10 million London numbers.

ElectricNews.net:News:Tech giants fight wireless patent

ElectricNews.net:News:Tech giants fight wireless patent

This could be bad news for Wireless networks if it goes through. It seems that Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation filed some patents for Wireless LAN technolody sometime after 1989 when ther research was carried out, and was awarded the patent in 1996.

Various companies, including Dell, HP, Apple, Microsoft, Netgear and Intel, have initiated legal action to have the patent overturned or they could be liable for patent infringment and have to pay fees to CSIRO.

Is this another Xerox looking for license fees (from Apple for their WIMP interface) long after the horse has bolted.

Microsoft plugs in major VoIP push - vnunet.com

Microsoft plugs in major VoIP push - vnunet.com

Microsoft has been quietly adopting VoIP (and specifically SIP) for several years. Windows XP has been VoIP enabled for some time and Windows Messenger included a VoIP stack since version 4.7 or thereabouts.

Microsoft are going to fire their big guns with Live Communications Server 2005 and have announed parterships with companies in the IP PBX space like Siemens and Alcatel.

Though Instant Messaging (IM) and real-time collaboration tools can be of great benefit, business users tend to like using real phones (rather than PC based softphones) to make actual calls.

Though Microsoft will make a big song and dance, most people will still want a real phone on their desk.

BitTorrent drops its trackers - ZDNet UK News

BitTorrent drops its trackers - ZDNet UK News

Trackers have been the flaw of BitTorrent, whereby a website has to maintain a copy of the tracker which maintains state about where a torrent is. Recently the record and motion picture associations have just gone for major sites (like SuprNova) that host the trackers.

Now BitTorrent is trackerless and doesn't need to store trackers in single sites that can be closed down.

Already there are BitTorrent clients available supporting the new protocol (search for Azuerus as an example of a multi-platform Java version).