Paul Jacobson

Life and its many opportunities



We've been in Israel for almost three years now and I think it's safe to say we won't require Afrihost's services any longer. I decided it's time to part ways with our former ISP and unsubscribe from Gian's emails. I'm not sure he's ready to let go, though.

Unpacking MTN’s misleading “uncapped” data bundle

I stumbled across this story about MTN's misleading "uncapped" data bundle offer and the more I read, the more frustrated I felt about MTN's messaging about the service and confusion it causes.
You probably noticed that Skype seemed to be offline today. It turns out that the service is only partially down.

Office bandwidth happiness this morning

Now and then I still get a kick out of these little speed tests. It looks like our office has faster connectivity these days. Really enjoying our office bandwidth and considering most of my work is Web-based, it certainly makes it a lot easier to get my work done.

Who needs a phone number when you have Skype?

I decided to explore VoIP options a few years ago and I was fairly excited about Skype Numbers for a while and subscribed. That gave me a local landline number which, when called, connected the caller to me through Skype.┬áIn theory it is a great idea but I found that the latency on the calls…

Frustrated thoughts about broadband and road traffic

I found myself stuck in traffic this morning on my way to a meeting and frustrated with the amount of time wasted on the road and how better and more reliable broadband could be a huge productivity boost. I basically found myself thinking about a similar issue I ranted about a year and a half…

Jitsi – a Skype alternative worth exploring

I've been looking for a Skype alternative for a while (good to have options, especially if Skype is really part of the Evil Empire and shouldn't be trusted) and Jitsi looks like a feasible option. It uses the XMPP protocol for IM and chat (this is the underlying protocol for GTalk and Facebook Chat) and…

Ah, the seductive VoIP telephony allure

This is our latest VoIP configuration for our new offices (which we are now moving into next Friday). I have connected my two office phones to a Linksys VoIP adapter and have configured the adapter with my FNB Connect account. The theory is that the portable phones (we have 2, 1 for me and 1…

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