third party instant messenger applications
from using their network yet again, something
that all three of the locked-in networks seem to do with
monotonous regularity and futility.
As Jeremy Zawodny (a Yahoo employee)
this is a fundamentally pointless exercise, with significant
echos of the major
in that the blockage gets worked around quickly and the
temporary inconvience also actively encourages people to
leave Yahoo as their IM of choice. In fact, Trillian users
can already get around the block by getting a new patched
version of the
client and Jabber gateways were also not significantly
inconvenienced by the blocking. It makes you wonder why
Yahoo bothered with the exercise.
So I was reading
The Inside Story on the train this morning -
an interesting but rather dry account of Nokia's history - when at the
top of page 129 I saw:
On July 1, 1991 Europe's first GSM network, supplied by Nokia, will be
Thirteen years is a long time in technology terms, during which GSM phones
have gone from suitcase sized to shirt pocketable. In this period
over 1 billion people have become GSM users and 700 networks provide
them with telephony. Truly a revolution.
networks went live almost two years ago, so arguably we have another
3-4 years before they become as ubiquitous as GSM and 8-9 before they
start looking old hat, or do we?
I've written more about
on Mobitopia - thanks to
for the Finnish translation of Happy Birthday GSM to the
formidable Hyvää Syntymäpäivää GSM!