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Andy Abramson
Interests: travel, wine, friends, blues, tech, music-jazz, dining, rock.
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Tercero Wines Larry Schaffer is a long time wine industry renegade. He doesn't make wine for critics. He doesn't chase scores and he epitomizes the spirit of a Rhone Ranger. That's why every time I get the chance to taste something that isn't only oh so Rhoney from him, I jump at it. Yesterday I popped by to taste some of his wines as I was in the area having grabbed lunch at Panino and then a hug from Maeapple Chaney at Refugio (can't miss a hug from MAC when I'm nearby). Larry took me through his wines, including his... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at WINESCENE
My SEO guru friend Steven Ray Marshall shared something with me this morning about Google's search algorithm changing and what it means. It comes down to RELEVANCE...For all the years I wrote about VoIP, one of the reasons VoIPWatch ranked on the first page of Google for so long, which is how I got to know Steve when he consulted to 8x8 and then LifeLock was my content had authority. It had authority because of RELEVANCE. It's also why I don't write about Wine here, vs. on Winescene or why my attempt at remote working, called WorkingAnywhere were all different... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at VoIPWatch
My SEO guru friend Steven Ray Marshall shared something with me this morning about Google's search algorithm changing and what it means. It comes down to RELEVANCE...For all the years I wrote about VoIP, one of the reasons VoIPWatch ranked on the first page of Google for so long, which is how I got to know Steve when he consulted to 8x8 and then LifeLock was my content had authority. It had authority because of RELEVANCE. It's also why I don't write about Wine here, vs. on Winescene or why my attempt at remote working, called WorkingAnywhere were all different... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at VoIPWatch
I'm guessing that when the first horseless carriage arrived there was outrage by public officials, but I don't know as I wasn't around back then. I do know that each time something "new" in transportation comes along that sooner or later some group of public officials challenges their right to be on the streets and sidewalks. It happened, and continues to happen to UBER, and now it's happening to BIRD, LIME and SPIN in San Francisco. Let's face it. In the words of my 9th grade World History teacher, Royal Black, "history always repeats." So why is anyone, least of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at VoIPWatch
I read, as many did, about the Starbucks caused arrest of two men in Philadelphia. Talk about a PR nightmare...but that's just another example of how Starbucks, like so many other companies today, are losing touch with their customers and their reason for being. Starbucks coffee shops were designed and built so people could linger, hang out, meet friends. For many, the locations are often known as "Conference Room S", a term once shared by a former Starbucks executive who many years ago lamented that was where so many people from many companies would go to meet when all the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at VoIPWatch
Much to no one's surprise, Google finally got around to adding VoIP to GoogleVoice. Hmmm...Having been involved in the original Grand Central VoIP was something that was always on the roadmap. There was for a while even an integration I helped foster with Gizmo Project that sort of added it. Back story I needed to use GrandCentral in Europe as I was planning my wedding there so then co-founder of Grand Central Vincent Paquet and then head of Gizmo Jason Droege did a simple SIP interop and instantly Gizmo and GC were connected....to this day I don't know how many... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at VoIPWatch
Tank aged Grenache, Carignane, Syrah, and Alicante from across the road from Chateauneuf du Pape for $15.00 and from 2014 and 2015. Darn right I would buy this wine by the case. And more importantly, these wines show they can age. The wines come from Chateauneuf du Pape producers Jean Royer, and his wines are no pushovers. If anything they are made "old school" CdP in style and show class, elegance and grace. And as VdF (Vin de France) wines, well they're bargains that drink well beyond their price point. Tasted side by side last night revealed an almost opposite... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at WINESCENE
When I think of Provence Rose I think pale pink color and layers of strawberries on the nose. That’s what the 2016 Château Saint Rosaline Lampe de Medus is like. And to boot it’s crisp and dry. As far as what's in the wine, I nailed two of grapes on first taste and guessed that there was possibly some Tibouren so I was three out of seven in reality, It's made up of the first suspected Grenache and Cinsault, but it has more. Research tells me it's made up of Cinsaut : 35 %, Grenache : 35 %, Rolle 10... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at WINESCENE
Saturday night along with a few friends we popped some wines I've been looking to open. Having been traveling and exploring Vermut (Vermouth from a tap) in Madrid, tasting wines in Spain - both Barcelona and Madrid - in wine bars and with meals, explored new wines from Portugal with Nelson Guerreiro and Iris Lorenzo in Lisbon as well as on my own there, plus of course time with Mark Williamson at Willi's Wine Bar and Tim Johnston at Juveniles, not to mention L'Entente - The British Brasserie, and at Millesime Bio with Sylvain Fadat and Désirée Alonso Sanchez plus... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at WINESCENE
I just spent three weeks on the road, working remotely in Europe. Along the way, I stayed in hotels in London, Paris, Lisbon, Madrid and Barcelona, and in my winemaker friend's Gite. Now I'm back in the USA and realizing that despite all the claims our Information Service providers make about being the best, it seems hotels still don't understand broadband like they do in Europe. For example, in the Intercontinental O2 in London I was seeing speeds of 50 megs consistently, both in my room and in the common areas. In Madrid at the Intercontinental it was 6megs, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at VoIPWatch
I just had a conversation with my dear friend, Sylvain Fadat, the winemaker and owner of Domaine D’Aupilhac about his stunning 2015 La Boda Red. For those not familiar with La Boda, it means the union, as Fadat takes his best fruit from the Aupilhac and Cocallieres vineyards and makes a marriage of the two, producing his second to top luxury Cuvee that is second only to the rarely produced le Clos. Our discussion surrounded how I could put his 2015 La Boda in a blind tasting against Châteauneuf du Papes of the same Vintage and likely fool almost all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at WINESCENE
I've been a long time visitor to Paris for many years and remember my first experience on the #14 line, also known as the Meteor and how I was able to receive email on my Nokia 9000 Communicator. It was back in the 00's and the iPhone was not even in existence. Back then email and some web browsing at really slow speeds were the norm, but we were connected at least. Today, I rode the #1 Metro and as I looked around there were people talking, texting and of course using many apps on their smartphones. I had forgotten... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at VoIPWatch
January is CES, the National Retail Federation and of course the run up to the Super Bowl. Not to be forgotten is the boondoggle of all boondoggles, the very well timed PTC gathering in Honolulu which is happening now, just before the NFL's Pro Bowl comes to the island. February brings TMC's IT Expo in Fort Lauderdale, while March brings Enterprise Connect in Orlando. Which shows are YOU going to be attending? Hit me up on Twitter @andyabramson so I know to find you.. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at VoIPWatch
On Friday the news came out that Cisco's purchase of Broadsoft had one more roadblock removed. That hurdle was the possibility of an anti-trust violation due to restrictive competition. In it's ruling the DOJ basically said they don't see this as restrictive in nature. With this decision the shareholders will vote on January 25th to approve the merger. Once that's done it gets interesting with some of Broadsoft and Cisco's largest customers, the telecommunications carriers and mobile operators who for years have had both to play off against, or offer as different options. This merger creates a vacuum there with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at VoIPWatch
How come none of the media who are paid to know what's what have connected the T-Mobile USA and Google Project Fi outages today on an international level? After reading about the Fi outage, I Googled the words T-Mobile and outage. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to make the connection since Fi piggybacks off of T-Mobile. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at VoIPWatch
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I just realized I've been posting more of my wine notes on Facebook than on the blog. Perhaps that's a sign of the times. Regardless I would be remiss if I didn't share a wine note about pal Sylvain Fadat's 2002 Domaine d'Aupilhac Montpeyroux Coteaux du Languedoc Red wine from New Year's Eve here in Los Angeles. Here's a wine of a perfect color, deep reddish purple, with absolutely zero browning around the rim. In many ways it reminded me of Sylvain's 1995, with amazing forward development, yet at teh same time it gave off the the sense that the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at WINESCENE
Over the past few months I've been using YouTubeTV and various streaming services like CBS All Access, Netflix, Showtime and more. As of this month, I've dumped my cable box, and the associated $90.00 a month bill that comes with it. And, I'm using a four year old Chromebook to be the cable box and streaming to my monitor via a Chromecast. For starters, YouTubeTv is $35.00 a month. CBS is $9.99. I can get Showtime via Amazon Prime, as well as a few other networks like Cinemax, HBO and I'm not missing any sports except the local Fox Sports... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at VoIPWatch
I love reading about the confusion surrounding CBD's and CBD oil as well as the ill conceived attempts to keep people from living healthier lives. At the base of it all is greed by likely two things. First is big pharma, who lobbying efforts can rival, or even surpass, the cable companies and telcos efforts around net neutrality. The second is the so called moral majority who through either ignorance or simply a "no change" approach to life want to keep things status quo vs. see change arrive for the better. Don't be blinded by the legal battles. The real... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at VoIPWatch
I'm getting into the Cannabis world more and following it the way I did with VoIP in 2003. I'm not a smoker/toker, I've never enjoyed it, but the medicinal effects can't be pushed aside, and that's where I see great promise. So from time to time I'm going to bring my newseye to the topic and also begin to author some insight into what has to be seen as a "growth" industry that's starting to really bud. (sorry for the puns, but they are intentional.) 29 states now have various laws on the books to make sale of cannabis legal.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at VoIPWatch
FreedomPop, the very interesting, low cost or even sometimes free provider of data connectivity, and some voice, has made a move that's to say the least intriguing. They have in essence by announcing the white labeling of their platform become an MVNE (mobile virtual network enabler) that is selling to brands who want to go out of footprint (market area) to offer wireless services. What FreedomPop is doing, is offering brands the opportunity to be wireless network providers, much like what Twilio started to offer. While MVNO's have not been as successful in the USA as they have been in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at VoIPWatch
Why am I not surprised to see AT&T coming out with Cisco surrounding Spark. For years, as far back as the days of Bell South, Southwestern Bell and the regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOC's) Cisco and they were thick as thieves, as the saying goes. The RBOC's were always one of the largest integration partners around, so it's no surprise at all that Cisco Spark's first really large go to market partner is, AT&T. Spark has been an idea in search of both a market and a way to get to it. With AT&T Cisco now has a more reach.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at VoIPWatch
For the past few years I've been putting out a newsletter, The Comunicano. First I used Flash Issue, a very well thought out platform. But as we have all seen with technology, someone always comes along and builds something better. And Revue is that better platform. It's cheaper, easier and faster for me to produce what has become an almost daily ritual for me to share news that I've found interesting. But there's something more about the newsletter. It's the open rate and click through rates. Even on Thanksgiving the click through rate was over 30 percent, and the same... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at VoIPWatch
Yesterday Voxbone, a former client of Comunicano's, and a company that always took a path of being the service providers' provider, made a move to compete with their own customers. They announced global SIP Trunking. And as they said in their news release: Starting today, businesses will also be able to use Voxbone’s services to call fixed and mobile numbers around the world. On face this says to their own customers who use Voxbone for telephone numbers but provide SIP trunking that they are now competitors. In many ways this reminds me when back in the 90s I used a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at VoIPWatch
The reason may not apparent to many but it has to do with Microsoft and Skype for Business having the attention of MSP’s, carriers, mobile operators, as they are the channel partners for Microsoft and Cisco had nothing really in the cloud to attach Spark to in telecom. This left them as a feature, not a business, so since BSOFT is such a player already with carriers, cable ops and mobile operators this helps Cisco get their cloud on better. Congrats to Broadsoft for selling out! But when you think about it, given all the efforts, the customers and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at VoIPWatch
I’ve been a Dialpad user since the early days of Switch.co. Two years ago when I spent four months living over in Europe where I was running a few projects in the UK, while also keeping Comunicano operating from 8 and 9 hours away, the use of Dialpad allowed me to really work from anywhere. Prague. Vienna. Langenlois. Paris. London. Madrid. Lisbon. Montpeyroux. Les Baux de Provence. The Rhone Valley. Marseille. Porto. It didn’t matter. If I had 4G/LTE or Wi-Fi. Because of Dialpad I was “staying connected.” So if anyone is the poster child for the Anywhere Worker, I’m... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at VoIPWatch