telecom, technology and the occasional floobergeist

I’ve got an abundance of bits and pieces of canadian telecom and internet experience, and I am thrilled to be in a place in time when all is changing, technology is developing, and the status quo is being disrupted. 

Floobergeist is a word that is beginning to defy definition.  The more I roll that smooth pebble around, the more it becomes to mean. Floobergeist started out as the magic dust that turns dreams into ideas.  And then it began to encompass the zing that happens when you have conversations about those ideas. And now, it’s the whole evolution from dream to conversation, with each step improving the later and the former along the way.

Everyone aspires to good conversations. They can lead you to adventures you’ve never imagined, and to people you can twig with.

Let’s have a good conversation…


Jules' Predictions for 2008

2008 is only 9 hours old so far - just old enough to start thinking about what it wants to be when it grows up.

Predicting the future, always a party favourite.  With my fingers and thumbs in assorted interesting pies, how about these predictions for 2008:

  1. Facebook will merge with a VoIP provider, making an all-in-one phone service with your friends.
  2. A new iTunes competitor will hit the iPod wireless mp3 screens, offering a different choice for *media on the go*.
  3. Rim and Google will partner together to buy wireless spectrum in Canada. *Grim Wireless*?
  4. Smaller Canadian cable companies will begin to band together/merge to create a force to better compete with Shaw, Rogers and Cogeco.
  5. The Ministry of Transportation will build wi-fi towers along commuter roads. Commuters will be able to download and drive on the Don Valley Parkway.
  6. Telecom Providers without their own *owned* infrastructure will partner with wireless providers for last-mile access to business and consumer customers.
  7. Despite AT&T knee-jerk reaction to pull back on telecommuters, remote workers will continue to thrive, and employees will make flexibility a mandatory requirement for employers. Gasoline shortages will continue to drive home the teleworking requirement.
  8. Skype will come to market with a TV set-top box that allows for easy video conferencing for grandparents. Likely will only work for folks who have cable and cable internet service. :-)
  9. Consumers will demand more interactive technologies from their grocery stores, and Canadian food producers will be held more accountable for transparency in the production of *Canadian* foods.
  10. Likely the percentage of accuracy of these predictions doesn’t surpass 2%.
Happy New Year!!!

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