In general, I have found that network bandwidth requirements increase between 50-100% every year. With the prevalence of high speed broadband options to the home, user expectations have increased. Now that 6Mb cable modem service to the home is common, business class services shared among many users can at times seem inadequate.
Oh that last mile. There are many providers of connectivity solutions out there, but getting them to your door can be a major challenge. There are initiatives to provide WiFi access, and some vendors are building their own facilities, but it doesn’t address the problem.
The Local Exchange Carrier (LEC)
The LECs are what we got when the Bell Telephone monopoly was broken up into smaller monopolies. They own the last mile into homes and businesses in their region. Connectivity either comes from them or rides the “last mile” over their lines. For example say you want to bring in a Sprint Internet circuit in Chicago. You would have to obtain a local loop from AT&T to complete the connection. This, of course, comes with an access charge, but it also complicates troubleshooting. You enter into a situation where multiple vendors are pointing fingers at each other.
My initial impression of VMWare Fusion is just, wow. While Parallels was the first out there, VMWare is now bringing their deep virtualization expertise to OS X now. The latest public beta really delivers on the Linux side. While Parallels seems to have their focus on the Windows market, VMWare has been building for the Linux market as well.
The Omni Group has posted a demonstration video of their upcoming GTD (Getting Things Done) product OmniFocus. For those who are not familiar with the GTD methodology, it is based on a productivity book by David Allen called Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, and popularized by Merlin Mann over at 43 Folders. The basic goal is to get everything out of your head and into some trusted task management system so that you can stop stressing about it.
There are a bunch of systems out there based on this methodology, but this one looks like the right balance of organization, and not too much overhead. Hopefully it lives up to the promise and hype.