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WBT interviews John Sculley and David Steinberg about InPhonic... and in doing so takes us behind the scenes of a big player in the fast-emerging "wireless management" space. InPhonic, Inc., of Washington, DC, is the largest developer of virtual private wireless networks in the United States today, specializing in enabling its enterprise clients - large corporations and large member groups - to build a wireless network to interact with all of their employees and end users. Partners on the service side include AT&T Wireless, Verizon, and Cingular, while on the manufacturing side they include Motorola, Nokia, Ericsson, AudioVox, and RIM. WBT: What prompted you to found InPhonic? DAVID STEINBERG: Well, my last business was Sterling Cellular, a wireless phone distributor and integrator, and it evolved from there. It was clear that data would be the new frontier of the w... (more)

Wireless Tracking System Prevents Terrorism at Sea

It could help improve the safety of vessels at sea. It could help with fighting terrorism. Doug Cline is a man with a mission: to introduce wireless vessel tracking to the maritime world. Here WBT talks to Cline and his associates on the Foresight Project and learns that, while it may seem pretty straightforward technically, there are major political roadblocks ahead. Off the southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, an unidentified freighter slows to minimum control speed and lowers a ladder as a supply boat pulls alongside. Despite the inky blackness, no lights are used as a ship... (more)

In The Beginning

I was first introduced to ColdFusion almost three years ago when one of the programmers in SYS-CON's Web Services Department suggested we implement it in a few different places on one of our Web sites. As the department manager I said, "Sure, sounds good...By the way, what the heck is it?" For the first six months I regretted the "Sure" part immensely. I still knew almost nothing about the workings of ColdFusion or its potential; all I knew was that the programmer somehow managed to keep crashing our server and the Web site was down almost as much as it was up. Thankfully-for the... (more)

Speed!

One of the topics that comes up most often when talking with CF developers about ColdFusion is performance. Recently, I assisted two CF developer friends with some site speed problems that they were having. One of them is a beginner, a developer who couldn't understand why his site was running slow, or why his Web hosting company was yelling at him that his pages were spiking CPU usage on their server (the horror!). He runs a fairly well-trafficked Web site, and is truly representative of the fact that CFML is a language that will let a novice get up and running fairly quickly, w... (more)

The Latest Big Thing

I took a vacation a few weeks ago, traveling to Los Angeles for a couple of meetings (can never get totally away!) and some fun under the sun. I arrived at the Orange County airport about 20 minutes ahead of schedule and phoned the friend who was going to pick me up. Her husband answered and informed me that she'd forgotten her cell phone so he had no way to contact her, but the plan called for her to run by their house and then to pick me up. To make a long story less long, she then called him from a pay phone to say she was skipping the house and coming straight for me; he call... (more)