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Monday, June 06, 2005

Déjà vu

George Bernard Shaw wrote: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

Well Jeff Pulver is really the "unreasonable man" of the day.

"How Can SIP Compete with Skype? The Best of Both Worlds:
Skype is without doubt the most successful VoIP download in the history of the Internet and Skype has established themselves as the biggest VoIP service provider on a global scale. Skype has the fastest adoption rate ever recorded. We have to ask ourselves why Skype is working so well.
So I have discussed with Henry if and how the SIP community can leverage SIP to make the best of both worlds into something that is greater than the sum of both. This would imply using SIP in both client-server and peer-to-peer mode, using the IETF standards for NAT traversal, auditable security, providing equal or better than PSTN sound quality, presence, IM and last but not least providing the ultimate user experience overall."

"We HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES why Skype is working so well."

I think I humbly have an answer to it.
I myself have a very successful website of ebooks: www.easymediabroadcast.com

I began it as a hobby and wouldn't have believed that in spite of HAVING NO COMMERCIALISATION, in spite of being an amateurish website made in English by a mother tongue Italian, with no experience of publishing it could be so successful.
But the reason I guess is in a four letters magic words: FREE.

And I am sure if I began charging for it the number of visitors would dramatically slum.
Of course it is also an interesting website, with more than 800 nicely done ebooks.


But going back to the main issue. It all has a touch of Déjà vu and Déjà expected.

Was I expecting too much?
I was hoping for a fight at "the last knife" and what do I see?

The usual mixture of nice big words, "This would imply using SIP in both client-server and peer-to-peer mode, using the IETF standards for NAT traversal, auditable security, providing equal or better than PSTN sound quality, presence, IM and last but not least providing the ultimate user experience overall"
which mean the same old thing:

Let's share the number of customers...
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