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The February 17, 2004 Issue Provided by System Dynamics Inc.
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Heard on the Net

News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home

Consumer Video Telephony--Has Its Time Really Come?

Has the world come far enough in the last 40 years to overcome the obstacles that have prevented the success of consumer videotelephony? Sandy looks back at the lessons she learned at AT&T and muses on whether we’ve addressed the hardest issues: people’s behavior and expectations.

Wi-Fi Evaluation Round Two

We are updating our earlier evaluation of Wi-Fi products, testing access points and notebook adapters with all three "flavors" of Wi-Fi. Our first report establishes a "baseline" for the maximum throughput for each technology. We've seen improvements since our first tests, especially in 802.11g.

Broadband--The Measure of "Livability"?

Is broadband the new surrogate measure of a place being "livable"? We muse on three recent tidbits from the media that suggest it really has become part of the mainstream.

Getting Digital Music Fast: Get Digital

Digital media adapters, MP3 players and portable music jukeboxes all start from the assumption that your music is conveniently ready for transfer from the hard drive of your PC. But most people's music is currently only on their CDs -- not in their computers. The "do-it-yourself" route is one solution. For those whose time is in short supply, a company named Get Digital provides an alternate approach.

HomePNA -- Don't Count It Out

Home PNA 3.0 advocates believe that this technology has some strong selling points, including speed, QoS and the ability to run on coax as well as phone lines. We had a brief update from one company making chips for it; they said products will be ready in 1H04.

Your Voice -- Readers' Comments

One reader called our attention to additional wireless networking solutions shown at CES; another corrected an error in an article.