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The Telecom Digest for April 17, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 106 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:
 How expert readers handle books, the Web and electronic paper           (Monty Solomon)
 In-depth review: Apple's IPad and iPhone OS 3.2                         (Monty Solomon)
 Anand's Google Nexus One Review                                         (Monty Solomon)
 Lawsuit claims school captured thousands of home webcam images           (Jeff or Lisa)
 3G device as primary residential Internet connection?                             (AES)
 Washington State Approves Sale of VeriZon Exchange Areas to Frontier   (Mark J. Cuccia)

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Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 22:37:05 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: How expert readers handle books, the Web and electronic paper Message-ID: <p06240804c7ed7ce44a6b@[]> Digital reading spaces: How expert readers handle books, the Web and electronic paper by Terje Hillesund First Monday Volume 15 Number 4 - 5 April 2010 Abstract This paper focuses on changing reading characteristics and presents a study among a group of expert readers. Considering technological bases of reading and applying corporeal and material perspectives, this study examines manners in which proficient readers handle printed and digital texts, attempting to explain differences in digital and paper-based reading. Based on findings, this paper reflects on how long-form text can be productively transferred into the digital reading space. http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2762/2504 ***** Moderator's Note ***** OB Telecom: how did business and personal users adapt to the decline of telegrams when telephones became commonplace? Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:33:32 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: In-depth review: Apple's IPad and iPhone OS 3.2 Message-ID: <p0624080bc7ed8abb8926@[]> In-depth review: Apple's IPad and iPhone OS 3.2 By Daniel Eran Dilger Friday, April 9, 2010 The iPad is not a big smartphone nor a scaled down laptop. It's not really like any tablet that's come before it. And for this reason, it will delight users ready for something new, and confuse and upset people who expect it to be something old and familiar. ... http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/10/04/09/in_depth_review_apples_ipad_and_iphone_os_3_2.html
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:33:32 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Anand's Google Nexus One Review Message-ID: <p0624080ec7ed8ae091d3@[]> Anand's Google Nexus One Review by Anand Lal Shimp 4/3/2010 Off and on I've used Android devices since the platform's inception, dating back to the T-Mobile G1. And man, did I hate the G1. It was slow, lacked any sort of multitouch gestures and generally felt like smartphones did a few years ago. What a difference a couple of years can make. Today's Android platform is very different. Version 2.1 of the OS, currently shipping on Google's own branded Android phone, merges much of what I've loved about the iPhone with the sort of openness and functionality that Google is known for. With Android matured and Google shipping a very fast Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC in its first branded phone, it was about time that I took a look at the Nexus One. ... http://anandtech.com/show/3632/anands-google-nexus-one-review
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 06:53:50 -0700 (PDT) From: Jeff or Lisa <hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Lawsuit claims school captured thousands of home webcam images Message-ID: <12efc4ba-3e41-4bd9-9c84-616535b0e9ab@q23g2000yqd.googlegroups.com> >From the Philadelphia Inquirer: The system that Lower Merion school officials used to track lost and stolen laptops wound up secretly capturing thousands of images, including photographs of students in their homes, Web sites they visited, and excerpts of their online chats, says a new motion filed in a suit against the district. The school district's attorney says their internal investigation so far has not found such usage. U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.) introduced legislation to close what he said was a loophole in federal wiretap laws and prevent unauthorized monitoring. Specter recently held a hearing in Philadelphia on the issue. [It does not appear that the school district violated any laws, based on numerous comments issued by former prosecutors interviewed in past articles.] "Many of us expect to be subject to certain kinds of video surveillance when we leave our homes and go out each day - at the ATM, at traffic lights, or in stores, for example," Specter, who is running for reelection, said on the floor of the Senate. "What we do not expect is to be under visual surveillance in our homes, in our bedrooms, and, most especially, we do not expect it for our children in our homes." for full article please see: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/home_top_stories/20100416_1_000s_of_Web_cam_images__suit_says.html
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 13:45:39 -0700 From: AES <siegman@stanford.edu> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: 3G device as primary residential Internet connection? Message-ID: <siegman-E9F2F3.13453915042010@bmedcfsc-srv02.tufts.ad.tufts.edu> Below is a post I put onto ba.internet and then realized I wished I had cross-posted on this group also, along with the first reply on that group. I hope it's OK to do a "delayed cross-posting" here also:
On Apr 14, 8:01 pm, AES <sieg...@stanford.edu> wrote: > Are there any significant number of areas or communities (esp. in the > U.S.) where cellphones or other forms of 3G devices talking to community > cellphone towers are used as the primary Internet connection link for > residences, rather than DSL, cable systems, or dish systems? > > If so, is this commonly done by just going through a cellphone in the > residence, or are there modem/router units that can be installed as > fixed units for this purpose in residences? > > [I appreciate that these may be painfully naive questions; my experience > is entirely with DSL and Comcast residential connectivity, and in fact > I've never owned or used a 3G cellphone; all my mobile connectivity is > strictly laptop to WiFi hotspots.  Pointers to educational links will be > much appreciated.]] and SVU <brad.houser@gmail.com> replied: Yes. There are places where people who can't get DSL or Cable, and don't like the limitations of satellite internet use cellular modems. I have as my primary ISP a permanent connection to Sprint's network with a USB type modem and a wireless router the size of a pack of cigarettes. Modems come in PC Card and USB thumb style form factors. They are meant for notebook computer use mostly, but there are a number of 3G routers that support them. http://www.dslreports.com/forums/64 http://www.evdoinfo.com/ http://3gstore.com/ Brad Houser ***** Moderator's Note ***** Reprinted with Mr. Houser's permission. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:09:48 -0700 (PDT) From: "Mark J. Cuccia" <markjcuccia@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Washington State Approves Sale of VeriZon Exchange Areas to Frontier Message-ID: <853116.533.qm@web31104.mail.mud.yahoo.com> Today, Friday 16-April-2010, the Washington (State) Utilities and Transportation Commission has approved (the Washington state portion) of the sale of most remaining GTE and Contel still retained by VeriZon exchange areas, to Frontier, with numerous conditions applied, see the following from the WUTC website: http://www.wutc.wa.gov/webimage.nsf/0/BD97957114A730D4882577070078F3D2 I have not yet read through all of this, for all of the "numerous conditions applied" details, however. There are still two more states which have yet to approve of this transaction... The Illinois Commerce Commission still needs to approve of the sale of the Illinois portion of legacy GTE and Contel (still retained by VZ), to Frontier. About a month ago, an Illinois Administrative Law Judge recommended that the Illinois Commerce Commission deny this request to the ICC by VZ and Frontier. But that is ONLY A RECOMMENDATION from the Admin. Law Judge, and NOT "binding" on the I.C.C. And the West Virginia Public Service Commission still needs to approve of the sale of VeriZon's legacy (BOC) Bell Atlantic/C&P-of-West Virginia to Frontier. This might be a bit difficult to accomplish now... there is VOCAL and ORGANIZED opposition to this part of the transaction, from local and state political officials (counties, cities, state, etc), the various telecom-related unions (CWA, IBEW, etc). Some of the union... "members" ... have taken to the streets in WV and even in DC, to protest the proposed sale of legacy BOC C&P-WV by VZ to Frontier. These unions have even demanded that the FCC scuttle the entire deal, not only in West Virginia, but for all of the other states where VZ intends to sell remaining legacy GTE and Contel to Frontier. BTW, the exchange area of Crows-Hematite VA gets it dialtone from VZ/BA/C&P-WV's White Sulphur Springs WV c.o.switch. Assuming that the WV-PSC approves of the sale of VZ' legacy BOC BA/C&P-WV to Frontier, the Crows-Hematite VA ratecenter would be included "as if" it were a part of West Virginia. The FCC still has to approve of the entire deal before "any" of it can take effect, though. This is expected to happen (for those states which have approved of the deal), after all states have given their own decision for their own states. Ohio approved of the deal (legacy GTE and Contel), _FOR OHIO_, several months ago, and a few weeks ago RE-AFFIRMED of their approval when some union groups appealed to the PUC-Ohio to reverse their previous approval. Also, VeriZon and Frontier recently came to an agreement on debt and financing. I myself don't comprehend all of the details, but these can be found from doing google news searches. Decisions (one way or the other) from Illinois and West Virginia could come during May 2010, which will be a year after the original announcement back in mid-May 2009. The FCC will give an announcement after that, which is probably going to approve of the deal, which affects those states which approved of it for their own states. VeriZon and Frontier expect to follow through by the end of June 2010, for those states where the deal is approved. Both telcos are already making advance preparations in operations within their own networks, as well as with connecting carriers (other ILECs, IXCs, CLECs, wireless, and other companies which have to do other business with VZ and Frontier in the affected areas). More details on the regulatory approval history and the specifics of which states, exchanges, LATAs, ratecenters, c.o.switches, CLLIs, etc. are involved are included in previous postings that I have done on this. Mark J. Cuccia markjcuccia at yahoo dot com Lafayette LA, formerly of New Orleans LA, pre-Katrina
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