What is the biggest challenge that VoIP faces in the market today?

Windows.  While you can QoS and filter and such, nothing will be perfect, there will always be a few seconds of issue if Data & Voice are sharing the same internet connection.  The only thing that truly works is installing a T1 line to customer premise solely for voice.

The reason this is, is that it’s a guaranteed fact that once a week someone in any office using windows will get a virus, that virus will spam or download or whatever as fast as the internet connection will allow. Thus causing havoc on VoIP quality.  *sigh* why does M$ make my life so difficult?

-S

ThePlanet Explodes…. literally

http://forums.theplanet.com/index.php?showtopic=90185

I really hope them the best… I am a network engineer and handle some facilities management when our head facilities guy is out.   And I couldn’t imagine how not fun this would be.

-S

INTEROP Las Vegas ’08

Oh but Vegas is always a good time, and this was no exception.  Now that I’ve recovered from heavy partying by night and long floor walking by day I think I’ll update as to the happenings that went on.

First I got in on Sunday (with plans to leave Tue morning) only to find that the actual exhibition hall would not even be open until Tuesday @ 10am so needless to say that threw a bit of a monkey wrench in my plans.  Thankfully SWA doesn’t suck like most airlines and graciously (and free of charge) moved my flight to later Tuesday evening so that I could walk the exhibition floor.

Monday was a day where I had been hooked up with a free seminar pass and had chosen to go to the ‘Building a Enterprise Network Architecture’ which turned out to be a bunch of closed source consultants talking Micro$oft products and how awesome AT&T is.  So it wasn’t much help other than spying on what other people are having challenges with (M$ Server 2k8).

The exhibition hall yielded a welcoming surprise, for the first time that I can remember, Cisco was *NOT* the first booth.  Instead it was Foundry Networks!! Believing in open standards and disagreeing with proprietary protocols I was very very excited to see this.  Polycom got it right by bringing women from their Danish office to work their booth.

However the highlight to my visit was the incredibly amusing Micro$oft banners stating that Micro$oft was ‘Interoperability by Design’ *cough* yea… right… I guess if you say it.. it must be true?

-S

Weeee Comcast could get what they deserve… but probably not

“A study conducted last year by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and independently verified by the Associated Press revealed that Comcast interferes with BitTorrent and Gnutella sessions by sending TCP “reset” packets to users. Despite the growing body of unambiguous evidence, Comcast still denies allegations that it specifically targets BitTorrent. Comcast vice president David Cohen told us that the company’s traffic control mechanisms conform to the FCC’s definition of “reasonable network management” practices (which are allowed by the FCC), but critics don’t agree that Comcast’s management is anything “reasonable.” The FCC today indicated that “reasonable” practices should be transparent.””Numerous advocacy groups have filed FCC complaints over the issue, and they contend that Comcast’s behavior is a flagrant violation of the network neutrality principles outlined in the FCC’s Internet Policy Statement. A class-action lawsuit against Comcast over traffic blocking is also in the works. Aggravated consumers and digital rights activists aren’t the only ones calling foul. Comcast’s competitors, who have traditionally expressed criticism of network neutrality, have also called for an FCC investigation of Comcast’s BitTorrent blocking.” –Ars Technica

God I hope the FCC sticks it to them, although I doubt they will judging from personal experience..

-S

The weekly rant

– Fuck you Hillary Clinton, don’t go on TV and cry just because someone said you weren’t personable.

– Fuck you Democratic party for not understanding that the terrorists in the middle east don’t care who we are or what we want, it is in their religion, it is in their blood to hate the west regardless of who that may be.. this isn’t something that can be changed in any short (decades) period of time.  It’s been that way for centuries.. can you finally catch up?

– Fuck you WGA of America for not allowing new TV shows when my Wife is in another country causing me some boring ass nights.

– Fuck you parents of the under belly of today’s youth, learn to raise your kids correctly and not let them either a) become pregnant at 13 and become trailer trash b) lazy with their hands held out for food stamps and welfare c) contribute to the pussification of todays men d) become britney spears

Fuckin’ sheeple…

-S