Ken Camp deploys reams of truth today about our networked technologies and not all of the Truth lines up nicely with the conventional wisdom of our founding blog-fathers. Ken is an IP telephony expert with a deep understanding of POTS and PSTN and all that jazz. He is saying a lot of what I’ve been thinking (typographical errors and all!) Forgive him his typos and read for content… Ken is on a roll with a well reasoned engineering and capital investment critique of the “World of Ends” essay that David Weinberger and Doc Searls wrote. In a way, this engineering perspective can be seen as orthogonal to the marketing and policy shaping work of Weinberger and Searls. They’re selling a concept of a dumb network with intelligent edges. Ken is painting the reality of QoS and media contents (non-bursty traffic) versus data contents (bursty traffic). He describes the network administrators’ truth of hardware and network software and all the wires and routers and switches and antique telephony gear that is the chewing gum and glue that holds this wonderful Internet together. This is a long piece and it deserves to be read. Please read it.
Oh My Goodness!
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