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Archive for July, 2008


Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Bill Gates left the helm of Microsoft earlier in the month. This is a milestone of sorts. But more importantly what did all those Microsoft guys look like when they started out?

See ZDNet Australia or all the relevant mugshots.

for geeks only

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

This item will interest the uber-geeks. “Centrefold” photographs of Network Operations Centres.

See here

Add-ons a go go

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

‘Avi Shechter, co-founder and CEO of fring commented, “The release of fringAdd-ons represents a natural and exciting step in the evolution of fring, designed to bring the richest user experience possible and put all of the fringster’s communication and mobile Internet needs into one place with functionality and useful features that are fun, enjoyable and easy to use. We look forward to rolling out new fring Add-ons developed by third parties and independent developers to enrich the experience even further as soon as they become available.”‘

That’s a recent quote from some more news coverage in the trade press of the recent release of fring Add-Ons. You can read the whole story here.

fring Add-ons gets some interesting coverage here too.

where it began…

Monday, July 21st, 2008

This Youtube by George Dyson discusses an early chapter in the history of the computer.

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George Dyson, the son of physicist Freeman Dyson and sister of computer industry guru Esther Dyson, is a science and computing historian. His book “Darwin Among The Machines“, although now a decade old is a fascinating exploration of computing. Highly recommended. Also keep an eye for his Project Orion book, which is literally “…out of this world”.

fring tip of the day

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Having trouble with your fring connection setup? Does fring seem to be connecting to the net too often?

Well this tip might be just the fix you need. See here.

Keep your eye on fring forums for more tips for improving your fring experience.

the other life

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Speaking about blogging, google may be adding ’second life’ style features to regular web sites, like, for example, blogs. See here.

Or is this Life 1.5?

fring family just got bigger

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

fring keeps the firsts coming. This year fring pioneered mobile VoIP for the apple iPhone. Then the release of the fringAPI planted the seeds for a growing ‘ecosystem‘ of fring Add-Ons. But the fring team aren’t relaxing. Now they’ve gone for the hat trick…

“We are really excited to release fring for JavaME (J2ME) & Linux. ..”

fring is breaking down the barriers, and it is now bringing the world’s most popular open source systems into the family.

“…We also welcome Linux users with full fring features including internet calls, chat, presence, file transfer and more and some unique features..”

And the fring family is big. There are as many as a thousand handset models now supported. And to top that off, fring is working hard to extend the benefits of the fringAPI to the whole, now extended, family.

“…The fringAPI we released last month will also apply to Java ME devices soon, so all the great apps developers around the world are working on will be available in the fringAdd-ons catalog for the hundreds of supported Java ME devices too! “

Phew! That’s a lot to report. But there’s more…

“…We’ve created a special version called minifring for the popular Java ME phones that don’t yet support voice over IP calling…”

Anyone from a big family knows that keeping up with new members and family news can seem like a full time job. But the fring team has made that easy too. For a full list of fring friendly devices see here. And to see what the unique fring features of that special handset are, you can see the whole family tree here.

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good for you …or good for me?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

They have just discovered that blogging is good for you. At least according to ‘Scientific American’.

Here’s my favourite line from the article:

“People with Wernicke’s aphasia speak in gibberish and often write constantly. In light of these traits, Flaherty speculates that some activity in this area could foster the urge to blog.”

You guys are so lucky I’m not doing a podcast!

fring in the news

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Here are some more fring headlines from around the webosphere…

This recent list of 30 top applications for your Symbian 60 phone from internet reviewer Charles Lau lists fring in his list of top picks

Elsewhere VoipNews reports that fring and facebook are “Facebook friends”….
…and VoIP seems to be cutting into landline phone business, with mVoIP soon to follow. So says FierceVoIP.

And, the specialist venture capital news service, VentureBeat has some nice words about fring too.

save a life with your mobile

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Speaking about life. The Australian Red Cross is now promoting a mobile phone application that may help you in a life saving situation.

Read about it here  or check it out from the Red Cross site here.

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