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Andy Abramson
Interests: travel, wine, friends, blues, tech, music-jazz, dining, rock.
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Last night I opened up a bottle of the Mas de Boislauzon 2015 Vin de France La Chaussynette a wine I was able to score from FullPull in Seattle. There are lots of rumors about the fruit that goes into this wine, with discussions ranging from the juice being declassified Chateauneuf du Pape, to being fruit from across the road in Coudelet, to it simply being really good Syrah and Grenache from various villages along the Cotes du Rhone and as a result the wine ends up being listed as Vin de France, or what used to be labeled as... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WINESCENE
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I've been drinking the Hippolyte Reverdy Sancerre blanc as far back as the late 80's as this as well as the Lucien Crochet La Croix du Roy and the Lucien Thomas Clos de La Crele Sancerre. These are three of the most consistent examples of Loire white wines made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. The Reverdy is also a great wine to get newbies to understand that white wine doesn't have to be Chardonnay. What I like though about the Hippolyte Reverdy wine is how aggressive importer Kermit Lynch is at making it available by the glass on lists of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at WINESCENE
Long time Unified Communications watcher Dave Michels authored a presentation at the UC Summit 2016 on the entitled "Did You Get The Message?" He cites the rise of Slack (slide 13), which in many ways is Unified Communications 2.0 vs. the more traditional version. On slide 14 he compares UC 1.0 and what I am calling 2.0. The difference in my opinion is older work teams still work in the traditional office environment and have both UC 1.0 as their primary modes of communications. That means, a PBX, desk phones, find me follow me that rings their mobile phone, video... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Runway Girl, a rather respected travel blogger who publishes some really good stuff about the business of travel posted recently about GoGo and T-Mobile. Two brands who love to tease the media and generate hype about what they offer. Her coverage of trying out the enhanced 2KU band in flight satellite Wi-Fi being used on Delta and provided by GoGo is a funny read. First it's funny because here's T-Mobile which tries on one hand to talk about how fast their mobile network is, only to have their customers put in the slow lane by GoGo. The second funny thing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at VoIPWatch
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In a move that I would have thought would have come from any carrier but AT&T (T-Mobile comes first to mind) , the mobile operator and Amazon have teamed up to make it possible to send a text message to any one of ten of your contacts using the Echo voice controlled device. My take is this was an Amazon driven idea to get more retail distribution for the hot selling Echo devices and for AT&T it was a fit to create more stickiness for their wireless customers by bringing the sexiness of the connected home closer to their mobile... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Broadsoft, in an announcement today, that's a pre-cursor to their annual "Connections Conference," highlighted the fact that they now have 41 percent of the Unified Communications market running over their cloud platform, trumpeting the fact that this number, which totals 15 million lines, represents more customers than Cisco or RingCentral have. This means, if one does some fast math, that there are roughly 40 million cloud communications customer lines on the various platforms, including Microsoft and Freeswitch that are using VoIP. Given there are now over 3 billion connected Internet users worldwide, just how big is the 15 million number?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at VoIPWatch
A few years ago the New York Times published a story about Voicemail usage being on the decline. If the wrote that same story today, my guess is that they would find that on the decline was an understatement. It's more than likely in free fall. Basically, most of the people I know text before they call someone, or schedule calls for business. In my own case, I'll use a conference bridge vs. just calling someone at an agreed upon time in order to avoid the hassle of a call coming in just before the scheduled call is to occur... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Broadsoft announced the acquisition of VoIP Logic yesterday. When I looked over the web site of VoIP Logic all I could read from it is they provide a white label solution to others who want to be carriers. If that's the case, one of two directions are possible following the acquisition. A) Broadsoft is going to deploy more tools to their customer base so they can do more, and take some pieces of the telephony stack away from others. or B) They are going to create an enterprise service in the cloud that any business could easily configure and cut... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Note: Nielsen has now backed up on their numbers. That still does not change things in my view about the future of cable networks like ESPN. ESPN's numbers are down. Again. This doesn't bode well for the sports leagues as more and more cable subscribers become cord-cutters. Add in the growing number of never corders and this spells trouble ahead for ESPN and parent Disney. Maybe WWE with their online streaming network, and their ongoing quest to acquire all content that's wrestling, new and old is the right idea. And if you look at the sports leagues, starting with MLB... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at VoIPWatch
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After over 15 years, and ten years since it's formal launch on Nokia N series phones, founder James Tagg has left Truphone reports Telecompaper. The departure, long in the planning, will allow the inventive founder to focus on new technologies. Tagg, who also invented the video touchscreen, came up with the idea of Truphone due to spotty coverage at The Farm in the Kent, England countryside. He first made the Truphone service work on the Symbian OS for Nokia phones, and demo'd it at VON in 2005. Two years later at DEMO in San Diego, Tagg and co-founder Alistair Campbell... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at VoIPWatch
I am hearing first hand reports on the high quality of the 2016 harvest in France from every corner of the country. Most recently, oenologue and wine consultant Phillipe Cambie share this on Facebook. "2016 to châteauneuf du Pape, can we talk about vintage of the century? According to the former the vintage looks like 1990!!! Mythical!" Earlier in the day, Jason Barrette, former Penfolds Winemaker, now International Winemaking Consultant and a close friend, revealed by phone to me that he's working with Chene Bleu on their wines this harvest telling me the "color and quality are excellent." When we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at WINESCENE
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i was delighted to open these two Spanish wines and really enjoyed them at the bar at Akasha with the GM, Mary and somm, Lisa. Both were as impressed with the duo, as I was, and candidly these were tremendous examples of wines that I could drink all the time. The 2013 Adras Godello is a lemon, lime, crisp white wine that was killer with the Shrimp and Grits that were accompanied with roasted red peppers. The wine was smooth, and a perfect alternative to the usual white wine suspects, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The stony, mineral base provides a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at WINESCENE
So if you're an Amazon customer for a few years you likely have been noticing how many times a day a different delivery person shows up with your Amazon delivery. If you dig deep you'll see that the deliveries come via various delivery companies, some of whom are really giant logistics companies. Here in Southern California I've counted no less than five different delivery services who bring my Amazon orders, sometimes on-time, sometimes late, sometimes to my door, sometimes to the building office or sometimes in my mailbox. Let's first breakdown who delivers what (at least here) USPS-aka the Post... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Yesterday I wrote about Verizon's OneTalk, and the very pithy press release put out by Broadsoft to support the move into MUCaaS (mobile unified communications as a service.) After I posted it I did a bit more digging around and realized that Verizon Wireless' sales team is going to have a battle on their hands to get even Verizon's existing PBX customers to add on or switch to One Talk quickly. And that problem is Cisco. Right now, Verizon has many customers running Cisco Call Manager and Call Manager runs a version of SIP affectionately known as Sip-Skinny for Call... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at VoIPWatch
News came out a few days ago from Broadsoft that Verizon is using their Broadworks platform and its bMobile solution set to power OneTalk, so this news falls into the category of a carrier/mobile operator win for Broadsoft. Congratulations..... But in so many ways the solution set feels a lot like what Rogers had done a few years ago in Canada (and now cancelled out) with their One Number solution that was powered by Counterpath and Ericsson, but only for consumers. As a matter of fact there's more Deja Vu in this release than in others I have read in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Yesterday I speculated that Vonage's Consumer Business is up for sale. A post that immediately triggered reaction from those in the know, including some who claimed to have had access to the exploratory talks that are already going on. What is leading to this speculation? A couple of factors. Recent statements by Vonage execs emphasizing the focus towards unified communications for business. The hiring of Chiat Day (as mentioned) The fact that cable providers in the USA now have 31 million digital voice subscribers and are bundling in voice as they increase cable rates but basically give away phone service.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at VoIPWatch
If one reads the tea leaves and listen to the rumble in the VoIP jungle, takes to heart questions from investment strategists and connects the dots from people one trusts who know who is asking what or being asked what to ask and where to look, one may conclude that Vonage is about to sell their consumer business off. Here's why. Over the past few years, since firing JWT (J. Walter Thompson) much of what Vonage has done marketing wise and acquisition wise, has been to build up their business product line, including buying Nexmo earlier this year following four... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at VoIPWatch
As the weather remains warm on the west coast, I continue to enjoy Rose wines as often as possible. What I've found over the summer months is that while the Cotes de Provence Rose's are great for sipping all by themselves, its the Rose wines from Tavel that have become my food friendly favorites. And none is better than the 2015 Domaine de La Mordoree Tavel Dame Rousse Rose. The wine is perfect with everything from cheese to smoked meats to even a well dressed salad. The Grenache dominated wine has lots of fruit, gentle spices, just the right balance... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at WINESCENE
Nucleus Life calls itself the "Anywhere Intercom" and from the web site and some information supplied by the company, it looks impressive. The tablet also looks to be the first product made by a third party that includes the Amazon Alexa voice control language. Aimed to be almost an almost no effort, single touch communications and information retrieval device that works room to room, it actually works "room to any room" anywhere, as a room can be down the street, across town, the country or even around the world. Nucleus life reminds me of the Jetson's videophone or a desktop... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Saturday night I pulled two Rose wines from my stash of 2015. Without question, the 2015 vintage for Rose in both Santa Barbara County, in the USA, and just about anywhere the sun shined warmly in France has to go down as one of the best vintages in many years. While 2014 showed what a good winemaker could do, as evidenced by the 2014 Chene Bleu I had last week at Bar Boulud in London from magnum, my two picks for Saturday night were dead-on the mark stunners to all who imbibed. First was the Santa Barbara representative from pal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at WINESCENE
Over time in the USA, opportunity has created lots of wealth. Railroads. Oil companies. Transportation systems. But when it comes to broadband, the oligopolies in the country have always seemed to want to hold others back. In the dawn of the Internet, DSL came to fruition a few years ahead of cable modems. But DSL providers where tied to the legacy carriers who had to allow them to connect to the Internet. Those connections could take weeks or months for customers who were forced to pay for higher priced ISDN and T-1s. Over time most of the DSL providers evaporated... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at VoIPWatch
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Yes, I've been quiet lately. Perhaps it's the summer. Maybe it's just as Dean Bubley and I were talking over dinner in London. The world of VoIP, Unified Communications and Collaboration has hit a point of being a bit of the same or a repeat of what was originally envisioned finally becoming commonplace. In my view after almost 17 years in the space since I first learned what VoIP was, had my first VoIP client (Comgates) and have been writing about the sector since 2003, it's kind of old hat to me. Seriously though, it really takes something to get... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at VoIPWatch
We who hailed Skype, saluted and praised it, now are mostly part of the world that damns it. The service under Microsoft has become more challenging than useful. Calls don't always connect. Billing issues with credit card fraud turn off services of the legitimate user and with so many other options, Skype of old is much like AIM or ICQ (remember them).. This week, the Skype for Business team unveiled Skype Meetings. If it reminds you of Google Hangouts, it should. A free offer, all designed to get you to subscribe to Office 365. It is also like the offer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Today, Lettie Teague, the erstwhile wine reviewer and critic for the Wall Street Journal has taken a taste of the Spanish coastal wines made from the Albarino grape to task. Sadly her reviews are spot on, given the vintage and the state of the Spain's most exported white wine varietal. Lettie pretty much nails how dull and boring the wines that reach the USA are this year. I would rather she had compared them to the far more interesting Godello based wines from not far away or better yet, taken a page out of Mark Squires' searches in nearby Portugal... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at WINESCENE
Today, Lettie Teague, the erstwhile wine reviewer and critic for the Wall Street Journal has taken a taste of the Spanish coastal wines made from the Albarino grape to task. Sadly her reviews are spot on, given the vintage and the state of the Spain's most exported white wine varietal. Lettie pretty much nails how dull and boring the wines that reach the USA are this year. I would rather she had compared them to the far more interesting Godello based wines from not far away or better yet, taken a page out of Mark Squires' searches in nearby Portugal... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at VoIPWatch