States threaten to regulate VOIP

Jeff Pulver: “There are forces at work here which if they are successful will create unnecessary taxes and crippling administrative burden on the Internet and in fact would mark a real dark day for IP Communications in the United States.” [Werblog]

In Munich, they love WiFi

Munich Airport it seems is quite a destination these days thanks to its WiFi Network.

bq. Since it deployed a Cisco wireless local area network (WLAN) within its terminal buildings, the German airport’s operator, Flughafen M|nchen GmbH, has seen Internet access figures jump from 20 users a month to 200 a day, despite the fact that the operator is now charging for what was introduced as a free service.

Apparently Germans love Wi-Fi.

bq. IDC research earlier this year noted 327 percent growth up until the end of 2002 in the European WLAN market, with Germany leading the way in the number and range of wireless hotspots.

Luftansa is finding more and more of its customers are using in-flight WiFi according to the same article.

bq. After more than 50 flights, Lufthansa reported an average of 150 Internet-access users per trip, with as many as 80 users supported at the same time. The airline also offers WLAN connections in its club lounges, through the service provider Vodafone.

Cricket, cinema and royalty

Can there be a more potent mixture? Three decades after he headed the Indian cricket team with such distinction and his begum won the hearts of cinegoers, the spell cast by the couple continues. The Pataudis Ìü² Mansur Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore Ìü² embody the Indian dream of gracious living and togetherness. You realise why when you meet them at their spacious bungalow in Delhi says The Hindu. A tete-a-tete with Sharmila Tagore and Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi.

“I was not the only one in cricket from a similar background. There were others like me Ìü² Hanumant Singh, Inderjit Singh, Fatesingh Gaekwad (who was President of the Board of Cricket Control), the Maharaja of Udaipur, the Patiala family… there were a lot of us around.”

“Dirty Pretty Things”

On My To Do List :: This neo-noir set in multicultural London is director Stephen Frears’ grandest film in a decade — and features the worst toilet scene since “Trainspotting.” [Salon]

Moxi makes it

Always knew that this day would come for TiVO. This is TiVO’s worst nightmare come true. I am going to be taking a look at some of the TiVO challengers in an upcoming post. Stay tuned

More bad news for TiVo. Cable company Charter Communications is going to offer subscribers a new cable box that doubles as a digital video recorder and media center. The box runs on Digeo’s Moxi software, and has an 80GB hard drive, two television tuners for recording two different channels at the same time, a DVD player, and an Ethernet port for hooking up to a home network to transfer MP3s and digital photos from a computer. Read… [Gizmodo]

Solanki, the missing Asian link?

Vikram Solanki’s innings of 106, which helped England to a convincing six-wicket win over ring-rusty South Africans, could yet be seen as a watershed in the drive to harness the talent and affinity for the game of young Asians. Solanki, like Nasser Hussain was born in India, and is one of the hottest prospects for English cricket. In fact there is a whole slew of desi’s who are knocking on the proverbial door when it comes to English cricket.

Aftab Habib, Usman Afzaal, and Kabir Ali are said to be hot prospects. “Solanki is the first to make an indelible mark perhaps since KS Duleepsinhji made a century against New Zealand at The Oval in 1931.,” writes the Guardian. [Guardian Unlimited]

“Before his wonderful innings of 106 on Saturday Solanki, like England, had something to prove. A weak performance against Zimbabwe had, to a large extent, undermined the gains made in defeating Pakistan 2-1 in the NatWest Challenge. During these matches Solanki has shown several glimpses of his talent without going on to finish the job,” gushes Angus Fraser in his column published by The Independent. Till now, Solanki had not been able to nudge past 50 in 11 attempts.

A new kind of sexuality….

A man who wants to buy Clinique for Men, for example, has to want the stuff so badly that he will walk up to the women’s cosmetics counter in a department store, where Clinique for Men is sold. A man who wants Diesel jeans has to be willing to pay $135 a pair. A man who insists on Grey Goose has to get comfortable with paying $14 for a martini. “The guy who drinks Grey Goose is willing to pay extra,” said Lee Einsidler, executive vice president of Sydney Frank Importing, which owns Grey Goose. “He does it in all things in his life. He doesn’t buy green beans, he buys haricots verts.” [The New York Times]

Apple-Roxio to merge? really?

Reliable sources have informed us that Apple Computer is negotiating to buy Roxio, reports Loop Rumors Recent erratic stock activity confirms this information with very high volume trading over the last few weeks. It’s no secret that Apple is trying to make inroads to the PC market, and buying Roxio, a company that caters predominantly to PCs will help them do just that.

Grid for MPEG-4 processing? Really

Sometimes the most obvious application can prove to be a killer application. While rest of the world searches for grid nirvana, analyst Ahmar Abbas suggests a very simple use of the grid computing resources. ‘So, after shooting the future Palme D’Or winning masterpiece with our digital camera there begins the painful process of encoding the video stream to compress the raw digital video data in order to make transmission and storage more practical. With 31 million homes having more than one PC and half of those homes having local area networks, it wouldn’t be too outrageous to want to distribute the encoding process to the other (presumably idle) PCs in our home,” he writes in an article for Grid Today magazine. GridIron Software of Ottawa, Canada has successfully encoded MPEG-4 video using multiple computers with its GridIron XLR8? software for distributed computing.