Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Back from Creta, Greece 

After the two weeks of vacation in Austria and two weeks in the office I needed another break. So we decided to add one week in Greece on Creta ...

... having some good food and just relax.

I will now try to resync and start blogging again ;-)

Sunday, August 06, 2006

A first step in direction FMC by T-Com 

Deutsche Telekom (T-Com) launched the "fixed-mobile convergence" product T-One. With the dual-mode mobile phone TC 300 a customer may make calls via GSM and WLAN.

The core of the product is the TC 300 dual mode mobile phone, featuring a GSM phone, a WLAN client and a VoIP SIP client. The WLAN client is WEP, WPA and WPA2 enabled. It works at home, at T-Com hotspots and also on every WLAN Hotspot. Since I did not see any browser, you may eventually not use it on hotspots where you need a logon. I did not find any hint yet who is producing the TC 300. People already having a hands-on experience complain the battery drain if you use W-LAN.

The rest of the product is hastily put together from various other products. It comes in two options: one for a normal fixed network connection and one together with DSL.

With the DSL option you get also a VoIP account from T-Com and a 032 number. The "convergence" is done by call forwarding. Incoming calls to the 032 number can be forwarded on no-answer after 20 secs or on busy to the mobile number (which you pay).

You may also use the phone without DSL. In this case you use VoIP only locally at home from the basestation (kind of DECT replacement). In this case you may also use it with your geographic number.

After loosing 500.000 customers in the first quarter of 2006 alone mainly to mobile providers and also to VoIP, T-Com finally decided to react. The question is if the product is good enough.

Web 1.0 - 15th Anniversary 

Only 15 years ago on August 6th 1991, Tim Berners-Lee from CERN presented the HTTP code in the usenet group alt.hypertext to the public.

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