Travel Communications Tips: When Things Don’t Work

Reducing Internet During a Call Internet voice phone calls (“Skype”) requires much better Internet than instant messaging.  Internet video requires much better Internet than voice.  So a quick and easy adjustment if Internet degrades during a call is to just use less of it.  Move from video to audio.  This will often make the audio… Continue reading Travel Communications Tips: When Things Don’t Work

Communications Tips for Travel Around the World

Your Communications Tool Chest There are three tools that you should get familiar with before you travel: SMS, Skype, and VSee.  There are many other tools that provide similar features.  These are the ones that are already in widespread use at our organization, and which experience has proven actually work in the emerging world. SMS… Continue reading Communications Tips for Travel Around the World

Phone Stats

The latest numbers are available, and there are now 5.5 billion people who own phones.  That’s about 75% of the human race!  Nearly half of the phones are smartphones.  82% of all new smartphones and 76% of cumulative smartphones are Android.  These numbers are even more massively skewed outside of North America and Europe. If… Continue reading Phone Stats

What to Buy or Bring: Traveling with a Toddler

KidCo PeaPod  This is a small pop-tent which functions as a crib with integrated mosquito net.  It folds down into a tiny (~8”) circle, and just magically transforms into a tent when released.  It has a self-inflating mattress that fits well with the rest of it when folded up. The PeaPod has screen windows.  I… Continue reading What to Buy or Bring: Traveling with a Toddler

International Travel with Toddlers in the Emerging World

WARNING: Do not visit friends in the Emerging World with a toddler unless you are prepared to see them walk through, jump in, stand in, sit in, roll in, smear all over their body, and actually ingest filth which sent many a pith-helmeted colonizer to an early grave. The last few weeks have been a… Continue reading International Travel with Toddlers in the Emerging World

2014 Update on Phone Characteristics

Note: This post was originally submitted on a previous blogging system. Some links may not work. Emerging Trends Affecting Progressive Publication was submitted six months ago, which means research and writing started six months before that.  Some of you asked about recent changes.  Tomi Ahonen’s year end wrap-up has some updates to this information: http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2014/12/handset-market-and-installed-base-in-2014-the-total-handset-picture-by-communities-dominate-blog.html… Continue reading 2014 Update on Phone Characteristics

SBL’14 Papers Now Available

NOTE: This post was originally published on a previous blogging system. The links are probably nonfunctional. The papers I delivered at SBL’14 are now available in EPUB and PDF formats.  Non-English ICT Computer Language Support is available here and Emerging ICT Trends Affecting Progressive Publication is available here.  I have also changed the collation on… Continue reading SBL’14 Papers Now Available