Say Hello to a New Chromebook

Welcome Chromebook…Seriously

By Steven Clickford (Twitter: @Sclickfo | Insta: @steven.clickford)


Alphabet’s Google division is set to announce a new line of tablets based on the Chrome OS. I really never understood the concept of an operating system with a graphical environment on solely a web browser. OTTH I can understand why a case to make an Android based tablet, or netbook, but does this mean that Android could be nixed in the future with this apparent hybrid environment as seen on social media?

And people complain about the costs of Apple products? Why should a customer pay $250 on an laptop that is mostly dependent on the Internet when you could get comparable Windows solution with more storage, RAM, CPU, etc for about the same price?

You’re just paying for the hardware. There has to be a reason why the desktops disappeared because if there was a smart customer, he could’ve gone on eBay and buy a thin client for a fraction of the price and still have local availability in case the network or internet (or DARE I SAY THE CLOUD) goes frizzy.

Yup I call this a toy of a computer. And Google is like grade school of technology outside of the search engine…


Radio is passee – Public Opinion; Nielsen: Radio [Still] Rocks!

By Steven Clickford

(Twitter: @Sclickfo | Insta: @steven.clickford | email: Click Here)

Just in time for the NAB Show, reports from Nielsen states terrestrial radio is still a media king, despite the eroding profits for almost two decades and the disposal of CBS Radio to Entercom and iHeart Media last fall and iHeart’s Chapter 11 last month. Inside Radio reports that Millenials (the 20 to 35 year olds) and Gen Xers (the upper 30s to lower 50s) audience are tuning into radio in alarming rates, given how marketing and futurists believing that everyone would listen to an Alexa with a Pandora app.

This is shocking to even Nielsen. In a whitepaper written by Nelisen Audio  (vis-a-vis the acquisition of Arbitron, the ratings agency for radio from several years back), Brad Kelly wrote in a white paper entitled Audio Today – How America Listens he states this “Who would have believed 100 years after its debut AM/FM radio would continue to top the charts as the medium that reaches more consumers each week than any other.”

(For the record, A.C. Nielsen had not been in the radio ratings prior to acquiring Arbitron, sometimes this writer will continue to refer to Nielsen Audio as the former in the sake of old age and nostalgic purposes and impressing people in the industry. )

There is quite a lot more information with nice infographics in the article by Inside Radio. The irony is the amount of listeners when so many in the business have felt the 1970s and 1980s for AM and FM respectively had their peak, the days of “grand” status, flaunting their multi thousand watt Class A stick, and unique talent like Dan Ingram from the former Musicradio 77 WABC in New York.

The real question is why aren’t they profitable? Massive debt, laxed government regulations, etc is a start.

VizRT is giving away free copies of VizArtist

By Steven Clickford

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NewscastStudio reports that VizRT, the Norwegian CGI solutions for  broadcast TV is reportedly giving away a entry level license of Viz Artist, the graphics software that helps people design graphics on a very complex and complicated graphics systems that VizRT sells. VizRT also announced they are changing the licensing structure as well.

While the app maybe free now, as attendees to the NAB Show (which your’s truly is writing this at), the system as  a whole can be strongly criticized for an extremely complicated, complex system for a viewer’s point of view may result in a lot of text clutter, and other over stimulated content.

The embedded video is an interview of Chris Jarzynka, formerly a full time meteorologist at the writer’s home market of WMUR-TV in Manchester. Now as a freelancer at the station given he works for Viz full time; your’s truly, because he’s been known to be a nice guy, gave Jarzynka 10 minutes to sell Vizrt and all the great things at the 2017 NAB Show. He said “big data” is the future of broadcast garphics.  Despite a local connection, and an “in” for a review; one remains skeptical even though the app is “free” to download for others later this month.


Broadcasting & Cable has a new owner

From Staff Reports

The parent company of the decades old Broadcasting & Cable is sold to a British company called Future Plc. The publicly held company bought New Bay for$12 million dollars in stock because Future is a publicly held company.

It’s a nice trade magazine, known for it’s super sized print editions, and whether or not it survives can be doubted.

Techicenter will focus on broadcasting technology, since that is also a nice technology from time to time

WJAR-TV Exposes Misuse of Enhanced 9-1-1 Services in RI

WJAR-TV (Ch. 10) , in Providence, known as “Southern New England’s News Leader” that was once owned by NBC, and has had massive quality control problems leading to the station’s talent referring to technical glitches on a daily basis as “dastardly computers” apparently got lucky that reputation muted for a day by boutique press of a serious investigative story.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, WJAR reported on the fundamental and systemic failures in the State of Rhode Island’s Enhanced 9-1-1 system. B&C reports”that found major call center problems due to underfunding” and problems such as  wait times, delayed emergency response and the inability to invest in new systems, was citied as a concern.

Worse, the state admitted the diversion of E-9-1-1 funds. By order of the F-C-C, any monthly charge of E-9-1-1 that gets put on any telephone service bill to a customer is supposed to use those funds to the agency (or agencies that depends on the state) that handles emergency calls that is a three-digit telephone number.

Channel 10 also reported that over $10 million dollars was diverted into the state’s General Fund, of a line item that could profit the emergency services of $15 million

More can be seen in the B&C article.

Enhanced 9-1-1 since the 1990s has become a challenge. Hard wired lines are no longer available or consumers and even enterprises are cutting the cord; replacing such technologies such as mobile and SIP trunking. This makes 9-1-1 calls more complex to get location information. Cell phones, Voice over IP or IP Telephony services are not as magical as the traditional landlines that would automatically provide street addresses on a private database provided by the telephone company known as Automatic Location Identifier or ALI. It’s sister technology the Automatic Numbering Identifier or ANI is basically a private Caller ID for the emergency services.

Rhode Island is not the only state. Recently the Feds were contacting the state’s CEOs in New York State, Montana,  Oklahoma as well since the E9-1-1 managers were ether MIA or didn’t give the FCC the information that pleased them.


Facebook’s Rap Sheet – Screwing Page Admins

Editors NoteThis was written by Steven’s website in January, a couple months before the scandals hit Facebook.

By Steven Clickford

On January 15th, Facebook did a major change that was announced last year to deemphasize Facebook pages and more content from your friends and family on your News Feed. For anyone who operates Facebook “pages” (the ones where you have to “Like” and/or “Follow”) had been screwed over. Especially when Facebook didn’t give Page Admins directions on getting their content to be top priority.

While Facebook Pages may mean little to some, it may be worth to others.

“Facebook pages” ofter are blurred between the lines of a fully public profile or a page where it’s not for “friends” and is used for business (meaning you can use the metrics and convoluted metering system for hits, likes, reax, etc.) For the purposes of the article, “profiles” are not “Pages” and the former is a befriend system while the latter is a “Like” and “Follow” system.

Nearly nine years ago, this was introduced for celebrities, ranging from A to C-list, to small businesses to “brands” and enterprises. Prior to there was no real way for a business to be on Facebook. In fact smaller towns and communities who lived on business on a seven-digit telephone number, that never got a website, and some refused to go on the email way, would jump into the 21st Century using Facebook pages.

If you are a page administrator to a business or a brand or use Pages for your own branding, you got screwed on January 15th.

Controversy on Facebook’s News Feed goes as far back as when Facebook became open for non university users. The reason why Facebook deemphasized Facebook pages on the News Feed may had something to do with a potential conflict in the 2016 Election, or just simply experimenting on their users. To me this is highly unethical.

And I do not want to blame the user, while some snooty Computer Scientist would probably do. Sure the writing was on the wall (no pun) and it was announced during Facebook’s developers conference last year, but small business owners and content creators ranging from old tech vlogs to cosplay models have no time to be reading on the corporate blog or page admin relations and stuff like that to be educated. For them this is a slap on the face.

For me I think out of the last eleven years I’ve been on and off Facebook, I’ve spent many as a page admin for various things. Part of it I felt at one point in my life I didn’t have a face for Facebook and I still struggle with a weak social network in real life.

I do not think this will hurt Facebook’s bottom line, the stock may not hit a bump for a few more quarters if revenues from the pages business starts to crumble. While Facebook has admitted that their fears came true of a unruly society wether it’s in the “real world” or packet-based world, I would say “guns don’t kill, people with guns do”, or fatty foods don’t kill you, the person whose eating them do. Facebook users make Facebook unattractive for many. The people on social media who are exploiting the negativity should be blamed. Where is the computer scientists when you need them to pass the buck?

I do wonder if FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) are going to be the next Railroads of the New Millennium. The Railroad industry peaked in the early 1900s or a number of reasons, disruptions in technology and plain ol stupidity. The Tech Crash of 2000 was no less than people wanting to get rich quick, and Facebook can be more valuable, if they respect our privacy if people are willing to pay for value added services to ensure your privacy because storing stuff on the Internet doesn’t come free and it isn’t created like water.

These companies are large in power and market cap so therefore, they can do whatever the hell they want. Digital companies do not play by the traditional norms of industrial companies. That’s another discussion for another day, however I would be very careful of putting capital in FAANG only because stupidity is their true disruptor.


The Company to Hit a Trillion on Market Cap?

It’s not part of the FAANG Gang. It’s Microsoft!

By Staff Reports

Morgan Stanley believes that nether member of the FAANG Gang, that is Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google will not be the first company to hit a trillion market cap. They believe within a year Microsoft, which is hitting record highs of a pre 2002 split adjustment of nearly $200 a share, currently with the current split adjustment is just about $89 x/share. But if you’ve been holding Microsoft for over a decade (or even two!) you’ve been screwed over with the leadership of Bill Gates and Steve Balmer.

With Satya Nadella’s leadership of forcing customers to pay up with stricter licensing (i.e. “subscriptions”) and even a greater push to the cloud for their 90% plus installed base of PCs using Windows, this could make Apple cry.

Shareholders have been standin’ by their company they hold for so long. Why would it be worth 1 trillion dollars? You multiply the share price to the outstanding shareholders. So if MSFT does well for the next year, and the shareholders are still standin’ by Satya, expect to see the least expected company to hit a trillion.


Peer to Peer SIP Telephony – Will it Work?

That is the question…

Cue the Blendtec intro Control 1!

I’ve struggled with voice over IP Telephony because I’m so skilled in the old way, that if I brainwashed my mind with the “new way” then I would be selling myself to the devil.

I’ve discussed my frustrations with VOIP from Cisco CallManager Express, to the lousy and vague Asterisk, to the firey but easier to use IP Office from Avaya. In 2011 to 2012, I thought there had to be something easier. Something similar to the ComKey without needing much hardware.

P2P SIP Background

P2P SIP exists, there is a movement as of late, but the idea goes back a decade ago with now vintage and end of life products. Once upon a time there was the  Aastra Venture IP (an IP version of a similar named product), and Avaya’s One-X Quick Edition. These phones were mini servers, that would connect over the network via DHCP, and they would talk to one another and when they would discover each other on the network using a dummy domain that only would be used on an intranet. Configuring the phones would required using the telephone’s menu function on the telset, or using a web browser by using the phone’s IP address.

Connecting to the outside world would be done using a PSTN gateway. Avaya and Aastra sold two gateways for analog POTS and ISDN/T1 trunks. Avaya’s sets from research could be programmed into third party gateways like Cisco routers and alike if the customer had a Cisco router.

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