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By Jim Louderback  |  Posted 2004-09-10 Print this article Print

  • DropZone Networks: Want to add a wireless network into a hostile environment? Maybe you want to enable wireless multiplayer gaming at an event like Burning Man in the Nevada Desert or a groupthink network at the next Rainbow Gathering. Thats what DropZones new outdoor wireless LAN platform, IntelliEdge, offers. The solar-powered network technology lets service providers add networking just about anywhere. If you dont need Internet connectivity, it can be deployed completely off the grid in any location with sufficient sunshine. Connect it up to the Internet, and it quickly enables a wireless hot spot. The system will support B, G, A and WiMax. The company sees significant potential in deploying networks and VOIP (voice over IP) to rural areas and developing countries where power supplies are spotty at best. It can also bring emergency phone service to areas where the power is completely out. IntelliEdge is currently in testing and will be available soon. Its an interesting mobile product that lets service providers and large companies deploy networks in areas that could be difficult to "wire up" otherwise.
  • Skype for Pocket PC: Heres a nifty VOIP application. Skype announced Thursday the availability of its free software for Pocket PC devices that lets you make calls to other Skype users worldwide, for free, over any Wi-Fi network. The company demonstrated a call from just outside the conference session to the company founders in Luxemborg. It also enables calls to users on the traditional phone network at local rates using the companys SkypeOut service. Its a neat application of VOIP, although I wish it bridged to SIP as well.
  • Linksys: The Cisco division showed off two of its new products—both of which shipped in the last month. The Linksys Phone Adapter delivers Vonage-based VOIP service, and costs just $59. The phone adapter is currently available at Staples and other office stores. According to Linksys Vice President of Engineering Malachy Moynihan, the product is so popular they cant keep up with demand. The company also showed off its new Network Storage Link, a $90 device that turns any USB 2.0 external hard drive into network-attached storage. In addition, Linksys showed off its new $190 802.11g-based Internet video camera, which supports up to 30 frames of 640-by-480 video. All three are very cool products. Check out eWEEK.coms Mobile & Wireless Center for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.

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    With more than 20 years experience in consulting, technology, computers and media, Jim Louderback has pioneered many significant new innovations.

    While building computer systems for Fortune 100 companies in the '80s, Jim developed innovative client-server computing models, implementing some of the first successful LAN-based client-server systems. He also created a highly successful iterative development methodology uniquely suited to this new systems architecture.

    As Lab Director at PC Week, Jim developed and refined the product review as an essential news story. He expanded the lab to California, and created significant competitive advantage for the leading IT weekly.

    When he became editor-in-chief of Windows Sources in 1995, he inherited a magazine teetering on the brink of failure. In six short months, he turned the publication into a money-maker, by refocusing it entirely on the new Windows 95. Newsstand sales tripled, and his magazine won industry awards for excellence of design and content.

    In 1997, Jim launched TechTV's content, creating and nurturing a highly successful mix of help, product information, news and entertainment. He appeared in numerous segments on the network, and hosted the enormously popular Fresh Gear show for three years.

    In 1999, he developed the 'Best of CES' awards program in partnership with CEA, the parent company of the CES trade show. This innovative program, where new products were judged directly on the trade show floor, was a resounding success, and continues today.

    In 2000, Jim began developing, a daily, live, 8 hour TechTV news program called TechLive. Called 'the CNBC of Technology,' TechLive delivered a daily day-long dose of market news, product information, technology reporting and CEO interviews. After its highly successful launch in April of 2001, Jim managed the entire organization, along with setting editorial direction for the balance of TechTV.

    In the summer or 2002, Jim joined Ziff Davis Media to be Editor-In-Chief and Vice President of Media Properties, including, Microsoft Watch, and the websites for PC Magazine, eWeek and ZDM's gaming publications.


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