Cingular, AT&T Wireless: Uncertain Future

The New York Times, has a piece about the challenges facing the combined Cingular & AT&T Wireless. Nothing new, except, now that the Times has published this story, it must be important. Its really a nothing new piece. And the real good stuff is at the end of the piece. Andrew Cole, a vice president in the wireless practice at A. T. Kearney, tells the Times “Give Cingular two years and they’ll come out a strong company. But it’s going to be a headache. And in the meantime, Verizon Wireless comes out the winner.” Yup they will pick up customers, lock them into long term plans … and well you know the drill!

Which DVR is best?

tivo logoFolks, finally I have decided to get a digital video recorder. However, despite all the information, I am having a tough time time deciding which one to buy. So my friends help me out and tell me which one is a good buy. I am looking for good value for money. It would be nice to get some user feedback. My wish-list includes spending as little as possible and also wifi support. And I would rather not pay any monthly fees to get the service!

How to rig a VoIP contract: Tips from Cisco

Cisco it seems is playing loose-and-fast in order to win business for its VoIP unit, which admittedly has come under intense pressure from rivals such as Avaya. The company has been exposed in a “rigging scandal” in ” in its hometown of San Jose, Calif., over a contract to build an IP telephony network for the new city hall,” reports ZDNet. The news of this scandal first broke in San Jose Mercury News. “I’m angry and I’m disappointed,” Mayor Ron Gonzales is quoted in the Merc and added, “The major issue here is the involvement between the city staff and Cisco, and despite what impact it may have on the civic center project, we have to do whatever we need to do to take care of this first.” Cisco has long been close to San Jose officials, and its executives have contributed more than $13,000 to Gonzales’ two mayoral campaigns, Merc adds.

Cisco exectuives were asked by San Jose city employees to help design an RFP for a VoIP system. “The IP telephony network proposed by Cisco used all Cisco equipment that was not compatible with other vendors’ gear,” Rick Doyle, the city attorney told ZDNet. The Merc adds that some city officials are going to be fired over this scandal. Earlier similar problems had cropped up in Dallas where last fall, city’s chief information officer and his deputy were fired because of cost overruns following a deal with Cisco to consolidate its computer network.