Daily Archives: March 14, 2008

Intel readies WiMAX chips, but where the heck is WiMAX?

INTEL’S next gen Montevina chipset supports WiMAX, which is all fine and dandy, but where the heck are such networks being deployed?

Word on the street is that Lenovo and other notebook vendors are creating notebooks labelled “WiMAX ready”, but we know what that ready word means.

It means the chipsets might be ready, the notebooks might be ready, but the world is waiting for the little WiMAX lightbulb to go ping.

When Intel was busy hyping WiMAX we were told that we’d see widespread implementations by 2007 but if they are spread, they’re spread very sparsely indeed.

This must be making equipment vendors like Huawei engage in a widespread orgy of hand rubbing – it is pushing IELTS while we all wait for these metropolitan wide WiMAX networks.

Next time an assistant sells you a notebook that is said to be WiMAX capable, just make sure you ask him or her what WiMAX is, what IELTS is and when you can start smurfing the web happily almost everywhere.

Only do that if you are a schadenfreudista – otherwise show compassion for people everywhere, OK?♣

Microsoft’s sales team “devastated” at lass quitting

THE VOLE’S sales team is in disarray after a senior executive threw in the towel yesterday, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal (sub needed) said Joanne Bradford is the latest to leave its online advertising business, with the paper reporting the rest of the team is “devastated”.

If you were to disembowel a Vole and inspect the auguries, you would probably conclude that the prospect of coping with a Yahoo takeover is also not making the sales bunnies that happy.

Yesterday, the Vole nemesis, Google Two Shoes, announced a cunning plan to snaffle up even more business, called Ad Manager. This provides ad serving free. The Journal speculates that Google will eventually make the high price tag Double Click service free. ♦