Tuesday, August 22, 2006

A baby Latvian blog is born :)

Some guys have launched a Latvian language blog, telecomblog.lv. I am most flattered that they have linked a feed of this blog to theirs. The idea is excellent, just all you Latvian readers...whoa, what was I about to say...? Yeah, go ahead and rush right over and check this blog out. Just come back, for fuck's sake :), OK? Looks like I gotta watch these guys and they watch me. All that means there will be more info, more voices and thoughts about our favorite subject, telecoms & IT in Latvia.
It also brings to mind that a certain newspaper has sorta blown the chance to, hehe, adopt and Latvianize the blog of one of its journalists. Well, we shall see how far the theory of first mover advantage goes. Actually, I hope to share information and opinions with these guys. Good luck! Right on!


Bleveland said...

It certainly proofs that the subject is more alive than I ever thought. Very good! I hope, Juris, that you will help us non-Latvians a bit when something real interesting shows up on the other site / side ;-)

They theory of the first move advantage never fails. It’s all about not waiting for the other ones to make the next move ;-)
I actually hope "the other one" will become a complement rather than a competitor. I am yet a complete zero when it comes to the Latvian language and I assume there are Latvians who easy get lost on a blog written in English.

Well, to be frank I am not a complete zero in Latvian anymore. I can probably figure out that the story for instance is about a mobile phone, but whether it is about getting to that phone, walking away from it or about anything inside the phone will probably remain a well kept secret for me for quite some time. That means I will probably pick up some grammar book at Jana Rozes bookstore tomorrow :D

Janis Sprenne said...

Hi there!

I am one of those guys who launched the telecomblog.lv. In the beginning we thought that this is a good topic to write about, because there is no common place for information on telecommunications in Latvia (then we did not now yet about Latviantelecoms). And at the end during a brainstorm me and my friend we got till idea that the Internet can be as infrastructure provided and maintained by government. If the internet would be for free it is half a step away form free telephone communications. The question is how and if such an infrastructure for free or with minimal tax would boost the national economy, social and business activities?

If really anyone could talk and communicate for free, how would it affect our information society? Would the people hear that someone loves them more often? Would we face the increase of business communications and thus the improvement of economic indices?

The first step is to achieve the Internet for free. Here is a good example GoogleWiFi. This is an advantage of a small market, not without a political decision, but we can make the national coverage of internet for free faster than Google can do it in USA.

And speaking about complementary or competitive relations with Latviantelecoms, we are definitely looking for a friend. Today me and my friend Ingus, we thought that we might need a slash/eng section for our blog and we decided that our English side of blog can be Latviantelecoms:)

Bleveland said...

Internet financed by tax money... yes, why not? I think internet already has passed the status that fixed telephone lines had for just a decade ago. Soon it is almost as important as electricity. For free and everywhere available is a nice thought. Nothing is more annoying than once you have found a network (WiFi like Lattelecoms in downtown Riga) you need to purchase a f*cking logon code at the closest service point or by SMS with a provider that you're not using.
The problem is that internet access today, is in hands of companies that aim at a very simple goal: to make as much profit as ever possible. Not very shocking, but would they give that up so easy? I am afraid not. How much are they prepared to pay under the table to "loony" regulator authorities? ;-)

By the way: I mentioned the importance of electricity. Almost everybody has it. Than think of the following: it is technically possible to distribute data with reasonable speeds over electricity networks. There are some technical work-arounds and innovations needed since your data for instance won't pass a transformer station without it, but in theory.... The electricity cable is the last one we're going to cut. Even though fuel cells look very promising today, there are a few issues to solve before every household is running a small fuel cell plant to provide for its own electricity needs.