Hope Roth

Hope Roth

Hope Roth is a Crestron Certified Programmer with experience in the residential, commercial, and higher education verticals. She works as a programmer for Riordan Brothers Integration in Boston, MA. She hosts the AV-Programming-focused podcast, The Floating Point and writes for the rAVe Blog Squad. In the five minutes of free time that she makes for herself every week, she likes to sew, run, and go standup paddle boarding.

Smurfette Syndrome

Smurfette Syndrome

At a recent industry event I attended, the facilitator (an outside consultant) expressed some mild surprise that I was the only woman in the room. Me? I …

Family Movie Night

Family Movie Night

I know it’s a pretty odd thing for someone in our industry to say, but I don’t watch that much TV. On any given weeknight, you’re more likely …

Making the Four Tendencies Work for You

Making the Four Tendencies Work for You

Last year at InfoComm, a friend from the industry who follows me on various social media platforms came up to me and said something like this, “I hate …

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Last week, I saw the movie Hidden Figures, the story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. These trailblazing women were human …

Quick Cuts

Quick Cuts

For Christmas, my husband gave me a Cricut cutter. It’s a machine that you can use to cut out pretty much any material, from iron-on vinyl to …

A Look Back at 2016

A Look Back at 2016

My last job responsibility before New Years Eve involved some minor updates to a system with slightly older technology. There’s something about working …

The Gift of Technology

The Gift of Technology

Christmas is here, and this year many of my family members are getting the gift of gadgets. My four-year-old daughter has been begging for “her very own …

Practicing Safe Automation

Practicing Safe Automation

A couple of years ago, I was on an AV podcast and someone asked me if I would ever put a smart lock onto my house. I said I’d need to think long and hard …

Our Life With Alexa

Our Life With Alexa

“Alexa! Alexxxaaaaaaa!!!” My four-year-old daughter is trying to wake up our Amazon Echo. Alexa gets better at understanding her every day, but she …

A High Performer or a Workaholic?

A High Performer or a Workaholic?

I read this article about the differences between high performers and workaholics a few months ago. It’s stuck with me ever since — mostly because …

Confessions of a Non-Cord-Cutter

Confessions of a Non-Cord-Cutter

In this age of Hulu, HBO Go and Netflix, it seems like everyone and their grandmother is trading in their DVR for an all-streaming solution. Well, my …

When Everything Goes Wrong

When Everything Goes Wrong

It was my husband’s birthday, and the only thing standing between me and our birthday date was a quick service call. Update some network settings, reboot …

Just Breathe

Just Breathe

I was sitting on an overturned paint bucket, holed up inside a freezing cold electrical closet. Just another day at the office! I was trying to figure out the …

The Right Tool For the Job

The Right Tool For the Job

They say that a poor craftsman blames their tools, but anyone who has ever tried to crimp a cable with a dull punch-down tool knows that you can only do so …

When Smart Things Aren’t That Smart

When Smart Things Aren’t That Smart

True confession: I don’t like automated bathroom sinks very much. I know that sounds strange coming from someone who automates things for a living. But …

Upgrade Like the Amish

Upgrade Like the Amish

Quick! Pull up a mental picture of the Amish. Now think about what kinds of technology they might be using. “That’s crazy talk, Hope,” you …

The Importance of Being Honest

The Importance of Being Honest

It was a lie so obvious and about something so utterly unimportant, I almost couldn’t believe what I was hearing. In the process of tracking down a …

All the Feels

All the Feels

Our cat passed away a few months ago, and we kinda sorta forgot to pick up her ashes. Our vet’s office sent us a very kind letter where they struck just …

Dunning-Kroeger [sic] in Effect

Dunning-Kroeger [sic] in Effect

We’ve all dealt with people who get more and more adamant, even as they get more and more wrong. Maybe it’s a coworker who swears up and down that they …

Diamonds in the Rough

Diamonds in the Rough

I have been known to tout my bonafides by name-dropping the fact that I’m a Crestron Certified Programmer. But, if we’re going to get real about …