Hot, Hot, Hot

David ByrdI was definitely inspired to cook this weekend. Friday, Gay, my wife, asked for chicken-fried steak which I made along with chicken-fried chicken. Saturday began with shrimp omelettes for breakfast with meatloaf for dinner. Given that my first recipe turned many of you off because I did not use catsup as a topping. I did glaze this with a mixture of catsup, Worcestershire and horseradish. Delicious! The recipe of the week though was supposed to be twice-cooked pork belly. Slow-roasted pork belly with rosemary and the white seasoning mixture was then chilled, cut into half-inch slices and deep fried. This I served with a Mediterranean tomato soup using oregano instead of basil and feta cheese as a garnish. Again, delicious! However, while purchasing the pork belly, I also bought a dozen each of habanero and jalapeño peppers. In addition to the pork belly on Sunday, I made four hot sauces each using a base of tomatoes, garlic and shallots; jalapeño with chipotle peppers and lime juice, jalapeño with adobo seasoning, cilantro and vinegar, habanero with rice wine vinegar, and habanero with apple cider vinegar, honey, and roasted grapes. These were each pured in a blender, strained, with water, vinegar or juice added to make the liquid enough for bottling. I had never made hot sauces before but I will going forward. The character of each of these was far superior to anything I have ever purchased previously. The habanero-based sauces are too hot for most people but the smoky jalapeño hot sauce should fit most palates. Smoky Jalapeño Hot Sauce is the recipe of the week. Enjoy!

Windows 8 Is Hot!

Last week I mentioned the attendee excitement during Mobile World Congress over Android phones and applications. I completely forgot Windows 8 and that has to be corrected. Microsoft seems to have a winner on its hands, albeit targeting tablets and smartphones better than laptops or PCs. And that may be a good thing if those computing devices ultimately dominate the personal computing market. Two words are used the most in describing Windows 8: fast” and beautiful.” I intend to install the beta version on my home computer this evening to gain firsthand knowledge of the interface and ease of use.

Windows is often overlooked as an operating system due to the buzz surrounding Apples iOS and Googles Android. However, one cannot ignore an operating system that supports over a billion users and is sold on over 350 million platforms every year. In fact, I surprised one of our IP OEMs when I identified a Windows-based IP PBX as a top-five selling platform for the Broadvox SIP Trunking products. 3CX has been an important Broadvox partner since 2008 and it is our only Windows-based IP PBX alternative. Simply put, 3CX uses a well-established interface and OS to deliver everything that is hot about IP communications, cost savings, productivity improvement, convergence and application integration. All of this leads to a windows based Unified Communications platform.

The future of IP communications innovation and entrepreneurship is strong when it is supported by the hottest OSs on the planet!

David Byrd is vice president of marketing and sales for


, and is responsible for marketing and channel sales programs to SMBs, enterprises and carriers as well as defining the product offering. Prior to joining Broadvox, David was the vice president of Channels and Alliances for Eftia and Telcordia. As director of eBusiness Development with i2 Technologies, he developed major partnerships with many of the leaders in Internet eCommerce and supply chain management. As CEO of Planet Hollywood Online he was a pioneer in using early Internet technologies to build a branded entertainment and eCommerce website company partnered with Planet Hollywood. Having over 20 years of telecom sales and marketing experience, he has held executive positions with Hewlett-Packard, Sprint and Ericsson.

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