Just watching the Champions League final between Man U and Chelsea. It reminds me of the last time Man U were in the final in 1999. I was at the airport in Newark,New Jersey and rang my mum up back in the UK to find out who had won. She told me that the game was not yet over but that Manchester were losing 1 – 0. As I spoke to her she got very excited because Man U scored twice in a short space of time and won the cup.
The point of the story is that I was on a tour of the USA visiting VoIP software vendors, and in particular those who could supply us with DSP Codec algorithms. I was working for Mitel Semiconductor and we were developing an integrated VoIP processor for small gateways and handsets. We ended up being first to market with competing against TI and 8×8 and launched at the Fall VON show later that year.
I can’t quite believe that I have been working in the VoIP space for around ten years now. It’s pretty amazing to have seen the whole technology move from something on the horizon to a mainstream industry.
PS I am a Liverpool fan 🙂