Infocomm Live 2014 – its a wrap

First of all, let me say that this year’s Infocomm Live has been an excellent, worthwhile experience. But the presenter on Social Media, while obviously knowledgeable, really points out, to me, the things that devalue and confuse social media platforms. He gave us instructions like “Be Enchanting” and “Listen Louder”, which like much of social […]

Infocomm Live – Day 2, 10am

This morning’s presentation by Rick Carlton of the CEB (Corporate Executive Board) was truly excellent and well worth the time spent. His presentation, on “Challenger Selling” has the group still talking half an hour after he left the room. The premise of the presentation turns traditional sales thinking on it’s head. For decades now, most […]

Infocomm Live – 10pm

Infocomm Live – 10pm

Well, the event sponsors at Digital Projection really did us proud last night. First, they closed Atlanta’s Hard Rock Cafe for the group, and hosted us for an evening of drinks and great food. Then, Mike Levi and DPI’s band performed and totally rocked the crowd, at times throwing frisbees into the audience, (whenever anybody […]

Infocomm Live 2014 – 3pm

Well, the first speaker session has finished, and we are taking a half hour coffeebreak! Really, I have to compliment Infocomm on understanding this group. Long breaks allow for all of us to return calls and email, something it is hard to get this group away from. It also allows us to talk to each […]

Infocomm Live 2014 2pm

Infocomm Live 2014 2pm

Infocomm Live 2014 – post 2 Our opening presenter is really quite interesting… Talking about the “Top Gun” experience. Well, looking around this room, I am struck by the real reason I love this event so much. There are few people in the room I don’t know, and none that I can’t learn from(or, in […]

Home Again After ISE 2014

Home Again After ISE 2014

I arrived home last night after a whirlwind day of post-show meetings and goodbyes in Amsterdam. Now, with a profound case of jet-lag, I am sitting down with all my notes and recordings to put this year’s show into some perspective. First, however, let me say something about the effort in which I was fortunate […]

30 Years of Digital Signage

30 Years of Digital Signage

We all talk about digital signage systems as if they are the wave of the future, or at the very least as if they are very “now”. To be proven wrong, you need only take a look at the Displaymaker signage system, marketed by Eastman Kodak circa 1988. When I was at Audio Visual Systems, […]

A Guide to Standard Resolutions

A Guide to Standard Resolutions

In my last newsletter article, I took on the art of end-of-year predictions.  Predictably, I copped out by predicting that we wouldn’t get any smarter about a lot of things. Today, let me continue my proud tradition of journalistic excellence with another major exposé of a bogus holiday tradition that many of us indulge in […]

Damning With Faint Praise

Damning With Faint Praise

From my first days in the industry, I was cautioned against knocking the competition. And, truth to tell, it’s a really bad idea. The CIA would call it blowback, my wife would call it uncouth, and my old-time hippie neighbor Dave would call it bad karma. Whatever, saying nasty things about the competition always, always, […]

Is Your 401k HDCP Compliant?

I have discovered a new way to keep my employees from talking to clients in intimidating AV jargon. It’s easy – just send them to open a retirement account. I did this yesterday, and realized that they talk just like we do – and it is an eye-opener. “Good afternoon, Mr. Rollins. I understand you […]

TerrorBytes

Like most of you, I have been watching the evolving story in Boston over the last couple of days. Like most of you, I am aghast at the depths of human cruelty – and yet uplifted by the fact that, while causing bloodshed, mayhem and death, the terrorists (and that’s what they are, no matter […]

Deadly AV

Well, it has been an interesting, and not necessarily good, week. First, the story about the digital signage system collapsing and killing a child in an airport, and this morning, the news that a crew member was killed in a horrific fall from the rigging in San Antonio. Around my office, we often use the […]

The Bonus Day

Well, the last couple of weeks have been crazy for yours truly. Just back from ISE in Amsterdam, it seems like I went straight into a blizzard that ate up the week in which I wanted to be catching up with things, among them, this blog. And yet, I sit here today, with time to write and […]

At ISE

At ISE

Getting set for ISE 2013 Well, made it to Amsterdam just in time for the rAVe breakfast meeting. Huge crew of folks here getting ready to bring you the latest news as it breaks… This afternoon, I will be delivering a new presentation on The Next Wave of Client, as part of the European Future Technology Summit, for InfoComm. It […]

What a Show

What a Show

Spent the bulk of the day looking around the professional AV area, meeting up with friends and arranging some serious demo time on some new products. The show is divided into separate areas for Pro AV, Home AV, Digital Signage, etc… and the array of exhibits is enormous. It really is like attending InfoComm andCedia at the same […]

ISE Day 3

ISE Day 3

Wow. This show could be a week long and you still wouldn’t have the time to see everything. But had a great morning, saw a number of great new products and demos, all of which are shown in detail at www.ravenowise.com. Of particular note, I spent some time at Mitsubishi getting a detailed demo on what […]

ISE Day 2

ISE Day 2

Well, it is 4:30pm here in a rainy, windswept Amsterdam, and I’m just winding up my second day here at ISE. The show is still open, but I’ve beaten the massive crowd for a taxi, got my blank receipt (there are no IRS subscribers that I know of) and am sitting down to edit my pictures and […]

Opening Day in Amsterdam

Opening Day in Amsterdam

First impressions: the show is huge, and everyone is lost. Which may not be a bad thing, because while I was lost I discovered a number of manufacturers I had never seen before, with some interesting products, which I’ll be going back to see. From my own point of view, and especially for you stagers, […]

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