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December 31, 2021 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 24
What a year it’s been.
I don’t need to do a recap; you’ve probably been thinking about everything 2021 has held. But really, what a year. Between the tons of mergers and acquisitions, the beginning of the return to in-person trade shows, hybrid becoming part of our everyday lives. What a year.
Speaking of hybrid, in the spirit of the somewhat new vertical that is the resimercial market, take a look at Lee Distad’s column. Yes, he’s talking about interoperability of home-focused products. But yes, that now means everyone who would make things for home offices. Interoperability is a big trend and it’s only going to become bigger. But let’s do interoperability right. Just because something “works with” something else, it doesn’t always mean the products work well together. Maybe that’s a goal for 2022.
The home technology landscape has changed profoundly over the years, driven in part by ever-faster internet speeds. And there are plenty of positives that end users have gained from the progress. I reflect on how my new 75-inch LED TV was one-fifth the price of my prior 60-inch plasma TV. And yet, looking back, I still see things that we, whether industry professionals or end users (notwithstanding that all industry professionals are also end users on our off time), still struggle with.
In late December, a flaw in software that is ubiquitous around the world was reported, and it sent cyber-security pros into a frenzy and turned the hairs of technology pros gray. There are countless articles about this vulnerability, so I am not going to go deep into the technology of what occurs. Here is what is important for us in the AV world to know about: Log4j.