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June 19th, 2014
WiFi Internet Access Now In Most Locations, Even the Bus
By Dale Roethlisberger

Travel used to mean being cut off from the Internet. With the introduction over 10 years ago of WiFi (a method of wireless connection to the Internet) , our options to get on the information super-highway started to increase. At First, this type of access was short range and usually limited to a physical location. Starbucks coffee locations began to offer free access via WiFi. Soon we began to notice people in public places with their laptops and portable PC’s in front of them and totally oblivious to the outside world. It’s eerie to be at a restaurant with another four person party at a nearby table and all those four people on a computer and/or cell phone at the same time, in some cases texting to each other on their devices.

Soon it became cruise ships and now airplanes in the sky where one could connect via WiFi. Internet access via WiFi (in some cases, not free) is currently being advertised as a selling point in many physical locations and modes of transport where we can get connected. For example, one day round trip bus excursions from Washington, DC to Broadway plays in New York City advertise WiFi as an option while traveling in both directions. You know it’s fully arrived when you can get it on the bus.

March 7th, 2009
Web Based Internet Publishing For Profit And Fun
By Dale Roethlisberger

A few years ago, R & D Enterprises began registering domain names we believed might have some future value based solely on the domain name itself as ‘intellectual property’. In fact, there is a whole class of businesses and organizations that regularly engage in what is known as ‘domain name speculation’. Think of domain names as virtual properties and the Internet as the ‘Meta-Verse’ where the virtual properties exist. There are some domain names that do have rather large speculative values because the names themselves are ‘naturals’ (i.e. common words and concepts that people on the Internet might naturally enter in a search engine or in a web browser, such as, ‘dog.com’, ‘pet.net’ or ‘cat.com’).

There have been some financially rewarding successes for speculators on certain domain names. For example, the original registering group that sold ‘ecommerce.com’ supposedly received a seven figure price for the domain name alone. We believe the days of that kind of domain name speculation are over. Almost all three-letter and four-letter ‘natural’ names like ‘car.com’ have been registered and owned for a decade or more. There is also a dark side to domain name speculation. One cannot ‘cyber-squat’ on a domain name like ‘coca-cola.com’ where the intellectual property already exists and is a registered trade name or copyrighted material in other media. Extortion and piracy exist in cyber-space just like modern day Somalia based sea pirates raid the nearby coastal waters.

Effective use of ‘natural’ domain names involves monetizing them through the use of advertising. Advertising is the primary method for generating revenues on websites that do not directly sell a product or service through the website. Advertising pays for the content and is exactly the same revenue model employed by the ‘commercial’ broadcast TV industry. Effective use of ‘natural’ domain names goes beyond just providing a long list of paid advertisers. Once visitors to the website find what they are searching for, or worse, don’t find what they want, they may never return to that domain name. We maintain that some unique content, in addition to the paid advertisements, will guarantee some continued traffic to the domain name and keep the ad revenues flowing. Employing web-based publishing to develop unique content will make sure you have at least something to offer besides just a pure advertising medium.

March 19th, 2008
Employment Globalization
By Jeffrey Goodman

Even though white-collar jobs are leaving the United States for growth-heavy regions like India and China, the placeless geography of e-commerce always works both ways. For those willing to make certain sacrifices, a new breed of American worker is following tech jobs out of the country; in essence, out-sourcing themselves. The software necessary for such an arrangement already exist, is easy to procure, and could change the way business is donearound the world.

Until recently, the movement of workers between the developed and developing world has been characterized as a ‘brain drain’ of the most skilled to the rich economies of America and Western Europe. But now that jobs tied to computer technology, with rare exceptions, can reasonably be done from any terminal connected to the Internet, work has been completed divorced from a
physical location, and the worker, similarly, can be located wherever is convenient. Virtual telephone service allows tech workers to choose from any number of area and country codes, and an email address is accessible from anywhere.

The main barrier to large numbers of American workers moving abroad is not technical, as those issues have been solved, but the perceived social difficulty in being located far from familiar sights and sounds. Perhaps the more likely scenario will be a slackening of job-related immigration to the States, as Internet-based opportunity opens in the developing world.

January 13th, 2008
Telepresence Goes Mainstream
By Dale Roethlisberger

Recently, we have seen an increased push for telepresense technology beyond the ‘executive’ meeting room. Perhaps telepresense is finally reaching the marketplace tipping point where it will be employed by the majority of a company’s workers. Broad deployment of telepresense technology has become more economically viable primarily because of high-bandwidth digital communications penetration by both the wired (or fiber’ed) and wireless data services delivery providers. With prices falling for both telepresense software and the telecommunications transport service, employers may finally begin to develop a much more robust virtual office and virtual employee business structure.

We maintain that there will be immense cost savings in both physical operations and employee overhead by deploying telepresence as an employee work paradigm. When all employees are always available during scheduled work hours from everywhere, the physical organization of work takes on a new dimension, especially in the services economic sector.

August 8th, 2007
Virtual Office Transition Techniques
By Dale Roethlisberger

Over the last few years, we have watched as our nephew (a self-proclaimed techno-geek) has developed himself into a ‘virtual employee’. His stated goal has been to be as free from working in a fixed ‘bricks and mortar’ office environment as possible. Fortunately, our nephew is in a type of business that may lend itself more to virtualization than other types of business.

Our nephew, and his immediate famliy members, used to own and operate a fairly large wholesale distribution company (i.e. warehouses, trucks, wholesale outlet locations – lots of real world bricks and mortar). That business was sold a few years back, and now the family is primarily involved in utilizing the proceeds from their business sale in investment banking and venture capital endeavors. The current activities of the immediate family lend themselves quite well to ‘virtualization’.
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July 9th, 2007
Large Companies and Government Agencies Pay too Much for Telephone and Telecom Services
By Dale Roethlisberger

Normally, we do not report on Internet services designed for the largest business and government organizations. In most instances, R & D Enterprises rarely has the opportunity to consult and contract services for these size entities. We are mostly a small business Internet, telecommunications, and consultancy partnership. However, from time-to-time we are asked to render our opinion on other Internet based services and their potential for growth and market share in the ‘online’ services universe. Recently, a group of venture capitalists asked us for our analysis of Invoice Insight and we have to admit it’s a winner.

If your company or organization spends $50,000 or more per month on telephone or telecom services, you are probably overpaying by 10-30% and maybe more. Invoice Insight has developed a proprietary online system that utilizes the electronic record-keeping and automated payments systems of the major phone carriers nationwide to more effectively analyze usage, correctness of billed services, and employ their electronic payments systems efficiently. Some may say it isn’t sexy, but when we took a look at the typical monthy savings versus the cost of the service, we decided that you should take Invoice Insight to breakfast, lunch and dinner when you go to the telephone and telecom services cafeteria.

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