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6:00 PM Eslambolchi's Law, Twitter fight, Google gets my goat, and ZTE heads west

Phil Harvey

May 4, 2009

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6:00 PM -- A few things you should see before tacking a Happy Hour on the end of your Blue Monday:

  1. Eslambolchi's Law: Telecom complexity is not just a good idea; it's the law.

    The former CTO of (the old) AT&T, Hossein Eslambolchi, is speaking this week at the TM Forum's Management World on the subject of how service providers can reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve reliability. We suspect his talk will go heavy on highlighting the current IP network's flaws when it comes to content delivery and network management, which can be improved with better routing analytics. He is, after all, founder and chairman of Divvio Inc. , and his venture firm, 2020 Venture Partners LLC, is an investor in Packet Design. He's also an adviser to the OSS firm, Intelliden Corp. (See Eslambolchi Hatches Content Search Startup and Eslambolchi Advises Intelliden.)

    But will his talk include the release of another Top Ten list? Someone who still has a travel budget comment below and let me know.

  2. ZTE: Chinese equipment maker is locating its Western office in that distinctly Western city of Paris, where they can be assured no one will be hungry or tired.

  3. Twitter Fight!: John Taylor of Sprint and John Czwartacki of Verizon recently tussled over whether Verizon is just getting rid of copper so it doesn't have to share with CLECs. Sample tweet from Sprint's Taylor: "Last time I checked, with Special access, Verizon has 100% of PHL, 95.7% of NYC & 97.9% of BOS mkts. Where is the backhaul competition?"

    Why I like this: Watching public policy folks fight it out on C-SPAN or on some industry panel puts me right into a coma. On Twitter, at least they have to be concise.

  4. Google: Google rented a bunch of goats to clear a field of grass and brush. No story here, just adding that previous sentence to a list of phrases I thought I'd never write while covering technology.

  5. Dumb, Funny, Viral: May your breakfast never be this edgy or stylized:

Breakfast As Directed by Michael Bay -- powered by Cracked.com
— Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the unsung technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000. After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing one-off columns about everything from supercomputing startups to nanotech discoveries. Those columns aged about as well as an open carton of milk on hell's front porch.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same thing. His work can be seen by opening one of the dozen dusty shoe boxes in his attic and bedroom closet. "Don't wake up the gray cat," is his advice to art curators of the future.

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