For Mac users some backup options

Online storage options for Windows XP users are dime a dozen. Many of the popular ones don’t love the MAC as much. However, today Mozy launched the mac version of its product which according to Web Worker Daily is pretty good, and can compete nicely with existing options such as Carbonite and Titanize. Anne has put together a list of many different options to back-up your data.
I personally use Bingo Disk offered by Joyent. It has never failed me, and it is better than carrying around a USB drive, which I lose more often than I light up a cigar – a lot. Last time I checked, it had about 40 gigs of my data, and works almost seamlessly with Mac. Joyent also has some Automator actions that make it easier to use. If you want to try out Bingo Disk, there is a special offer for GigaOM readers. You can get 100 GB of disk available via WebDAV for $199/year and if you do, use the code “gigaom” during the check-out process as Promo Code and you get $20 off the first year.

Meeting, Meeting, when’s the FCC Meeting?

With the FCC set to issue the first set of rules for the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction, there was plently of interest in today’s open meeting. However, the monthly FCC gathering, scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. East Coast time, has yet to begin. At 12:30 Calif. time, the live webcast shows a bunch of empty chairs and an FCC spokesperson didn’t offer any details other than they expect to still hold a meeting today. More as we hear more. UPDATE: The FCC just posted a notice saying the meeting will start at 6:45 p.m. From what we hear, negotiations over the 700 MHz rules are to blame for the delay.

In the world of DNS servers, US is king

Folks at Pingdom have put together a nice little map of the top 20 DNS servers in the world, and have one conclusion: US is king, with only two of the top 20 DNS servers outside of the US. Interestingly, they point out that DNS servers are pretty evenly distributed on the two coasts, though some other states make an appearance.

It’s common for non-US companies and individuals to host their websites in the US. They do this both for the often more reliable infrastructure and perhaps more importantly to take advantage of the lower price levels offered by US hosting companies.

12 states on the video bandwagon, six to follow

Georgia and Iowa will soon join ten other states including Texas, California, Kansas, Michigan, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and Missouri and implement new video franchising rules – ones that allow state wide franchising instead of community-level franchising. This is a bonus for phone companies which can now accelerate their video deployments. UBS analyst John Hodulik is quick to note that most of the reforms have been enacted in SBC territories. There are several other states that are pondering such rules and could pass them into law this year. These include Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida, Tennessee and Connecticut.

Ikanos’ new super chip

Ikanos, known for VDSL and VDSL2 chips, has introduced a new super chip, the Vx180, that has 2.7 GHz of processing power, and can handle most new services like Voice over Internet Protocol with relative ease. The chip, designed for a four-pla world supports VDSL2, ADSL2+, ADSL2, ADSL and VDSL standards, and supports IPTV and triple-play optimized features and can handle CPU-intensive features like 802.11n, MoCA and HomePNA. It is going to be used in next generation residential gateways, the company says.