Let’s Talk About Specs

Let’s Talk About Specs

The scene: Project manager training, major integration firm. Dramatis Persona: A project manager, new to the wonderful world of commercial AV A veteran of the …

On Diversity

On Diversity

“I’m a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are.” –Homer J. Simpson I’m with you, Mr. Simpson. …

The AV Experience

The AV Experience

“Experience” has been the big word in the industry as of late, even beyond the big change in our trade organization’s name to “Avixa” …

On Delightful User Experiences

On Delightful User Experiences

Some categorize the quality of a user experience as a hierarchy, like this one: An accessible user interface does its job. You can access and interact with the …

On Digital Assistants

On Digital Assistants

An AV consultant once had a conversation with an executive from manufacturer about the most expensive home he’d seen. He asked what kind of control system …

#MeToo and the AV Industry

#MeToo and the AV Industry

Like so many other people, I have read about the Harvey Weinstein scandal over the past several weeks with disgust. As the story grew and the #MeToo campaign …

A Visit with Microsoft

A Visit with Microsoft

When we think conference room and collaboration technology, we too often think of audiovisual collaboration technology, and when we think about that we think …

The Power of Names

The Power of Names

Names have power. Names matter. Decades of fantasy literature have taught us that. Kvothe, the kingkiller, gained control of the very air itself when he …

Year in Review

Year in Review

While it may have been a quiet last few months of the year for me as I settle in to my new position back in the integration side of the business, you should …

My Journey in AV

My Journey in AV

In an office suite in New York there was a pit. Not a dirty hole in the ground, filled with spikes and threatened by a swinging pendulum, but a cozy little …

AV and the Price of Oranges

AV and the Price of Oranges

On the fiction side of my blog (I still do write fiction when I’m not here) I wrote a recent vignette about a shopper purchasing some pre-peeled oranges …

That AMX Backdoor

That AMX Backdoor

The AV industry received some unsettling news last week regarding a potential security vulnerability in Harman’s control processors. It was a rare moment …

A Visit with SYMCO

A Visit with SYMCO

AV Distributor SYMCO rolled into town today for its annual roadshow. Various other commitments kept me from the various days’ events — including an …

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