Table of Contents For This Issue
News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
What effect can we and our companies have on our own future well-being and that of our loved ones? AAHSA and CAST are focused on answering that question by bringing together technology companies, researchers, facility administrators and government representatives to impact how technology will be successfully used to provide services for the aging. We report on the "Future of Aging Services Conference" in Washington, where we saw lots of promising ideas, and much work yet to be done.
We went to EH Expo earlier this month and were surprised at first by how little has changed in the two years since we last went to this show. While IP-based home networking dominates the planning of the PC and consumer electronics industries, most vendors and integrators at EHX still think in terms of proprietary products and single-purpose networks. The move toward openness, integration and more use of IP communications seems inevitable, and we did see a few "points of light".
Last month we described Get Digital's service converting CD collections to compressed digital audio formats. This month we report on how it works in practice. We found the "metadata" to be the most important part of their service, and they did very well indeed.
Some people never learn. Dave volunteered to install another network - for our daughter this time. It went almost without a hitch - but reinforced why it's important to update firmware.
We'll be in Santa Clara, California next week to speak at FastNet Futures and visit with our friends at VON. Please let us know if you will be there and would like to meet with us.
One reader wrote about using wireless networking rather than "traditional LAN wiring"; another asked about broadband products and services for people with disabilities.