Stories by Bob Metcalfe

Metcalfe's column: From the Ether

Microsoft executives should read more of Willa Cather, who famously wrote, "There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before."

Metcalfe's column: From the Ether

Microsoft executives should read more of Willa Cather, who famously wrote, "There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before."

From the Ether

Microsoft Corp. executives should read more of Willa Cather, who famously wrote, "There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before."

Metcalfe's column: From the Ether

Recently, from Vortex 2000 (www.vortex.net), I reported that The Next Big Thing in network convergence is The Broadcast Internet. This week: Kerbango, a startup converging the Internet with broadcast radio.

Metcalfe's column: From the Ether

Recently, from Vortex 2000 (www.vortex.net), I reported that The Next Big Thing in network convergence is The Broadcast Internet. This week: Kerbango, a startup converging the Internet with broadcast radio.

From the Ether: Asking Jeeves is nice little earner

Jeeves is a dotcom company that has a Web site, www.ask.com, which answered 275 million questions last quarter, up 40 per cent in three months. Ask Jeeves is also successfully selling software to companies that want to answer questions that are typed into their Web sites.

Metcalfe's column: From the Ether

The future looks bright for "broadband wireless", a term I've always taken as an oxymoron. I've been negative on wireless since deciding against radio for Ethernet in 1973.

Metcalfe's column: From the Ether

The future looks bright for "broadband wireless," a term I've always taken as an oxymoron. I've been negative on wireless since deciding against radio for Ethernet in 1973.

From the Ether

The future looks bright for "broadband wireless," a term I've always taken as an oxymoron. I've been negative on wireless since deciding against radio for Ethernet in 1973.

Metcalfe's column: From the Ether

There really is something to the Internet's new SIP (session initiation protocol) and MGCP (media gateway control protocol). SIP and MGCP were prominent in my recent column about ipVerse "softswitching" VoIP (voice over IP), and now they're back in Pingtel Corp.'s new Java-based VoIP telephones.

From the Ether

There really is something to the Internet's new SIP (session initiation protocol) and MGCP (media gateway control protocol). SIP and MGCP were prominent in my recent column about ipVerse "softswitching" VoIP (voice over IP), and now they're back in Pingtel Corp.'s new Java-based VoIP telephones.

From the Ether

Beware of greeks bearing gifts. Kevin Kinsella, my old Sigma Nu fraternity brother, bore a one-page plan for Centrata -- a proposed spin-off from our alma mater, MIT.

Metcalfe's column: From the Ether

Nayel Shafei called last week to announce that his Enkido startup is the first company ever to provide 768 service. This is pretty amazing, and takes some explaining. But that's why they keep me around, in case you're wondering.

From the Ether

Nayel Shafei called last week to announce that his Enkido startup is the first company ever to provide 768 service. This is pretty amazing, and takes some explaining. But that's why they keep me around, in case you're wondering.

Metcalfe's column: From the Ether

You may be fed up with media coverage on the Cuban kid, but I get only short summaries of his sad story. This is because my exclusive news source each morning is CNN Headline Sports Play of the Day.