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The Telecom Digest for January 31, 2013
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Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 07:35:23 -0800 (PST) From: Wes Leatherock <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Macmillan will sell e-books to libraries in pilot program at $25 per title Message-ID: <1359473723.95358.YahooMailClassic@web125203.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> --- On Mon, 1/28/13, Harold Hallikainen <email@example.com> wrote: [..snip..] > With the quoted $25 cost for 52 checkouts, it's about 50 cents a > checkout. For paper books, how many checkkouts do they typically > get before the book needs replacement? What are the costs involved > in handling paper books for each checkout (such as employee costs > for reshelving, storage costs, etc.)? At 50 cents a checkout, > libraries may be better off than they were with paper. But, as > mentioned earlier, I don't think the licenses should expire based on > time, just the number of checkouts. [..snip..] I would suggest that many paper books do not get checked out 52 times, and if the same thing is true pf e-books the price per checkout goes up quickly. Wes Leatherock firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:55:48 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Cisco to sell Linksys to Belkin, will exit home networking market Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> > On 26Jan 2013, at 3:18 PM, Monty Solomon <email@example.com> wrote: > >> Cisco to sell Linksys to Belkin, will exit home networking market >> After 10 years of owning Linksys, Cisco will get rid of home router > business. > > Sigh. I've never been impressed by Belkin. > > What's the best option now for a basic router? > > - - > Sent from my iMac > Julian Thomas > firstname.lastname@example.org > http://jt-mj.net > > > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > That depends on whether Belkin keeps the Linksys brand as an > upper-tier line, or whether they bleed out the brand loyalty and take > some quick profits by cheapening the Linksys routers and making them > into a "Least parts count" product. > > I suggest you make your opinion known to Belkin - and stock up on the > pre-sale Linksys units. > > Bill Horne > Moderator > > Cisco sells the 800 series of SOHO (Small Office Home 0?) routers. This was never part of Linksys. I have a Cisco 871 at home. It might be an option. I got a refurbished one from a dealer that I know. Fred
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:38:49 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: More on the Linksys sale Message-ID: <20130131023849.GA20725@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Cisco to sell Linksys to Belkin by Cyril Kowaliski, 9:46 AM on January 25, 2013 Practically 10 years to the day after being snatched up by Cisco, Linksys is bracing for another change of ownership. This time, Belkin says it has agreed to purchase Cisco's Home Networking Business Unit.including Linksys.from Cisco for an undisclosed sum. The deal is set to close some time in March. According to Belkin, the acquisition will involve the "products, technology, . . . and talented employees" from Cisco's home networking division, plus the Linksys brand. There will apparently be a "strategic relationship," too, but the press release is a little vague on that topic. Here's the relevant snippet: Belkin and Cisco intend to develop a strategic relationship on a variety of initiatives including retail distribution, strategic marketing and products for the service provider market. Belkin expects to preserve the Linksys brand and to honor product warranties. Belkin also points out that, once the deal goes through, its share of the home and small business networking market will swell to "approximately 30 percent" in the United States. (The firm already has its own line of networking products, naturally.) Cisco purchased Linksys back in March 2003 for $500 million. At the time, Cisco wanted to "drive innovations into the consumer market." Now, according to Bloomberg, Cisco is ditching consumer operations (like its Flip camera unit, which it shuttered in 2011) in order to "focus on higher-margin sales to businesses." Bloomberg says Linksys sales have slipped by 35% over the past couple of years. http://techreport.com/news/24266/cisco-to-sell-linksys-to-belkin - - Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) ***** Moderator's Note ***** Now, the way I read this, I think that Belkin is getting all of Cisco's "Home"-class line, and that means the "Cisco" branded SOHO routers. However, the stories aren't clear on that, so I'd like to hear from anyone with better info. Bill Horne Moderator
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