“#Hookflash build 45 just dropped. Bug fixes and…

“#Hookflash build 45 just dropped. Bug fixes and minor GUI changes. @TestFlightApp seems to be having some download issues, hoping they sort it out soon.”

Data Only SIM + SkypeIn – today it’s a hack, tomorrow it’s hookflash

VC Fred Wilson describes how he’s using Skype, a new number and Kik for his European travel – soon he can just use hookflash and his LinkedIn directory: work, life, simplified
“May 17 2012

I’ve been in London all week.

When I arrived at Heathrow I bought a data only SIM in the vending machine in baggage claim.

My friend Simon suggested I set up a new Skype account and get a UK SkypeIn number.

I did that and I have been operating without a voice connection. I use skype for voice, Kik for text, and everything else works just fine on data.

It’s a pretty sweet lifehack. Give it a try the next time you are on the road out of your home country.”

Where are we going? Steve Jobs, Wayne Gretzky and Malcolm Gladwell

Steve Jobs gave a glimpse into the concept he believed in at the end of the Macworld Conference and Expo in January 2007 by quoting hockey legend Wayne Gretzky:

    “There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.’ And we’ve always tried to do that at Apple. Since the very very beginning. And we always will.”

But in order to skate to where the puck is going, you actually have to be able to figure  out where the puck is going. That is one of the more fascinating things Steve Jobs and Wayne Gretzky had in common; the ability to determine where the puck is going.

Maybe Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000-Hour Rule” in Outlier’s helps explain this – Gladwell  claims that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.

At hookflash I’m lucky to be working with a team of 10,000 hour experts, world leaders in IP communications. People like Erik Lagerway, Robin Raymond, Alan Duric, Cullen Jennings, Larry Lisser and Andy Abramson and many members of our hookflash development team with this kind of deep expertise, working hard to “skate to where the puck is going.”

We think a lot about where communications is going. I’m reassured we’re headed to where the puck is going by comments like this from one of our early users, Evan Kirstel, on twitter earlier this week: “So when I’m on a video call with LinkedIn connections via @hookflash is that social or UC? Feels like both….and the future.”

Original 1876 Patent of the telephone by Bell, not much has changed for the telcos

Two people talking on a wire, not really a lot of material innovation since then. Automatic switching was a breakthrough but different technology. Wireless really just moved Bell’s concept to radio. And VoIP inexplicably keeps being used to emulate 135 year old technology. Not suprising that it took an outlier like Skype to bring real innovation to communications by integrating VoIP with file sharing technology. Although Zennström was working at the European telecom operator Tele2.

This is my favorite tweet on hookflash ever

This is my favorite tweet on hookflash ever! This captures everything we have the opportunity to do for people with hookflash; work, life simplified

“So when I’m on a video call with LinkedIn connections via @hookflash is that social or UC? Feels like both….and the future”