It's been a while since I have posted - it's not that I have been busy - I haven't. I do have one hell of a Russian gas post up my sleeve. Unfortunately the more I learn the more I need to learn so its taking a while. In the meantime I have been lite on dishing out unfair comment. So whilst the gas post bubbles away here are some more technology thoughts;
Skype Acquires Sonorit and Camino Networks (Business Wire) On the face of it not a hugely Russia-related comment so stick with it and I'll explain. Skype, now gently failing under the aegis of e-Bay, was founded/developed/dreamed up in Estonia. Estonia definitely prefers the F part of the FSU and Niklaas has more in common with the Swedes to the north than the Slavs to the East.
Sonorit and Camino are personal spin-offs from GIPS. That is a couple of developers from GIPS walked out and started Sonorit and Camino - which are in fact the same company just separated at birth. GIPS is one of those companies which plays a substantial role in our on-line life but avoids ever entering our consciousness. It is in fact the engine that provides better than PSTN voice quality on Skype, GTalk and Yahoo! Impressive for a company nominally listed on the Norwegian Borse.
And its link to Russia is.........
There is a Russian equivalent to both GIPS and Sonorit/Camino which gos by the name of SpiritDSP. With half a marketing brain it would today be an industry leader instead of being left behind in the battle to run voice on non-telephone telephones.
[composed and posted with ecto]