ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum reacted this morning to Auburn’s dominant bowl victory over Purdue.Finebaum has been critical of Gus Malzahn and the Tigers, but he was impressed with their bowl game performance.Still, Finebaum is unsure if it means anything for the program moving forward.“Sometimes you get tired of hearing everything,” Finebaum said on WJOX this morning.“Last year they were hung over a little bit after the SEC Championship loss, (Kerryon) Johnson was out. And this year, they just seem motivated. Now what it means, moving forward? I have no earthly idea. It makes the offseason a little better. It doesn’t really change the circumstances very much.”Auburn heads into the 2019 season with some optimism, but the Tigers’ schedule is just brutal. Malzahn and Co. open the year against Oregon, which is returning Justin Herbert. Their cross-division SEC opponents include Florida and Georgia.“I’m not sure I see a more difficult schedule in many, many years,” Finebaum said this morning. “You guys tell me what the record will be.”Auburn finished the 2018 season with an 8-5 record. The Tigers might need to improve on that if Malzahn is going to keep his job, but that could prove to be difficult with the schedule.Regardless of what happens, Auburn will be one of the most-intriguing programs in the country to follow next year.
Mumbai: Congress leader from Maharashtra Yashomati Thakur has alleged she was stopped by the police from meeting her party’s Karnataka MLA Shreemant Patil, who is undergoing treatment at St George Hospital in south Mumbai. Patil was admitted to the government-run hospital after he complained of chest pain on Thursday -the day when Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy moved confidence motion in the Assembly of that state. Thakur, who is All India Congress Committee secretary in-charge for Karnataka, said the police deployed at the hospital stopped her from meeting Patil Friday night. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “We helped him (Patil) during the Karnataka Assembly elections (held in 2018). So, I wanted to see him at the hospital. But the police stopped me from meeting him at the behest of the state government,” Thakur told over phone. She added that Patil’s son Shreenivas was present when she visited the hospital. “He (Shreenivas), too, was against me meeting his father. He was the one who coordinated the elections preparation with us during the Karnataka polls,” she added. Politics in Karnataka has witnessed dramatic turn of events over the past few weeks with the BJP claiming the ruling Congress-JD(S) combine lacks numbers to prove majority on the floor of the House. According to sources, 15 rebel MLAs from the Congress and JD (S) are camping at a luxury hotel in Mumbai even as the confidence motion was moved earlier this week.
sctcperspective_Small.png Making UC Accessible for All Dave Mailer July 03, 2019 Look for solutions from companies like Cisco, Microsoft, and Zoom to serve the needs of all types of users. “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide. In case you have some of these (soon to be) antiques still in use, here are a few tips for getting them into the dumpster: Prepare for new and emerging technologies that will impact your enterprise. Registration is now open for Enterprise Connect 2020; sign up now for the only event that provides you with the in-depth, objective, vendor-neutral expertise you need to get this job done! Use the code NOJITTER at checkout to save an extra $200 off! Know your company culture. Sometimes you need to know when you’re swimming upstream from your client/coworkers with technology solutions. Rolling out a new technology is just as much about “buy in” as it is about productivity and cost savings, and these days fewer and fewer employees are holding out on getting rid of fax-based processes. Especially as Millennials — most of whom have never sent a fax — become the majority in the workplace, there’s little reason not to phase out the last fax machines if you haven’t already.Don’t fax over VoIP or SIP. I know somebody is going to leave a comment on this post that faxing over VoIP or SIP trunks isn’t a problem. However, I’ve seen too many failed instances firsthand, as well as among peers and clients, to consider faxing over IP circuits as reliable. Regardless of which faxing protocol you use, do yourself a favor and don’t fax over IP circuits unless you have no other option.Know your options. You don’t have 31 flavors like Baskin-Robbins, but there are multiple options to consider in this transition. Use a fax server — You can keep the fax machines, but limit circuits (POTS or PRIs) to reduce costs. This will satisfy the need to support secure and reliable data transmissions while reducing monthly recurring costs.Use an eFax service — When so much of our world is digital, this solution lets you keep digital storage yet transmit to those who still use the old fax machines. You can receive faxes via email, and send faxes either the same way, through a Web page, or by using the fax function on your printer to send a printed document as a fax.Similar to above, you can fax over HTTPS and keep the fax machines in play — This isn’t ideal, but one option until you can keep progressing to remove the fax machines completely.Go cold turkey… or just throw away the fax machines — This is the most drastic, but when you have a pulse on your company culture, and you know that getting rid of your fax machines won’t inhibit productivity, then do it! Of course, Murphy’s law will inevitably come into play here as soon as you trash the last fax machine and cancel the lines, so consider fax over IP for a transition period. See All in Unified Communications » Tags:News & ViewsFax machinesUnified CommunicationsDigital TransformationEndpointsNews & ViewsSCTC Articles You Might Like FaxMachines.png Alexander Bain invented the fax machine, and had it patented in 1843! How many other technologies can you think of that have survived as long? Use of fax technology peaked in 1997, and I’m willing to bet that anybody still relying on or having to support faxes today is ready for them to go away. The technology has been excellent in serving its purpose, but most of us want to migrate 100% to IP now. Why do we still have these machines? The reason, in short: Many doctor offices, law firms, and government agencies still require faxes to ensure authenticity and security of information transferred and received. How to Choose? Best of Breed vs. Single Solution Elizabeth (Beth) English August 28, 2019 Whether best of breed or single source, an enterprise should consider its needs, regulatory requirements, and other factors before deciding on a UC solution. Log in or register to post comments Open Source’s Role in UC & Networking on the Rise Sorell Slaymaker July 12, 2019 Exploring the impact of the software revolution that’s quietly empowering more open source networking and communications solutions RIP: Skype for Business Kevin Kieller July 30, 2019 Microsoft sets retirement plan for Skype for Business Online, foreshadowing death of Server edition, too. EC20_logo_fulldates_vert_225.png I’ve yet to meet anybody who needs a fax machine like Milton from “Office Space” does his red stapler. However, there are options to migrate away from this 176-year-old technology. The steps you take in migration are the key to success or failure. UC 2.0: The Future of Unified Communications Eran Abramson June 10, 2019 UC is on a positive path, with great promises and capabilities to come. If you’ve ever tried to rid your residence or workplace of cockroaches, you know just how resilient those insects can be. Perhaps you can think of fax machines in the same way, since they live on in our workplaces today! Fax.jpg