This morning at 7:00 A.M. Korea time I was ready to have a pre-scheduled Skype video conference with a colleague in the United States. The first time I dialed and failed to connect to Skype, I thought it might have been a problem with my notebook computer or with the local area network or router in my house. After re-booting several times, I could still not connect to Skype, so I placed the call via my mobile phone to my colleague's mobile number and we had our conversation, without Skype and without video.
This all reminded me of Jonathan Zittrain's book, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It. I found that this book has been published on the web, with an associated site and blog. Very interesting, and in light of my experience today, worth thinking about. Some of you may find this site useful.