Joel Rollins

Joel Rollins

rAVe Rental [and Staging] contributor Joel R. Rollins is the founder of Steamroller Digital and is well known throughout the professional AV industry for his contributions to industry training and his extensive background in AV rental, staging and installation. Joel can be reached at joelrollins@mac.com.

THE WEEK – Episode 10: Digital Signage – Part 1

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Joel Rollins talks with Chris Gibbs of Exponation about the upcoming Digital Signage Expo – and why you should be there. Visit digitalsignageexpo.net and be sure to use the discount code: rave when signing up! Having trouble listening to the podcast on this page? You can subscribe using RSS or iTunes. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

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A Winter Chill in Connecticut

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Last Friday morning, the technical crew of my staff was standing outdoors, indulging in a few minutes that we refer to as the USB or “union smoke break.” One of the things that we all remarked on was that winter was setting in, and it was getting cold. We had no idea at the time how cold […]

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The Maker’s Mark

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I think you’ll all enjoy this week’s episode of THE WEEK on rAVe Radio. I kick around a number of subjects I thought interesting to the AV market (such as Sony’s new simulation projector and Google’s Code-IN), and then talk with Bill Waldman, an advocate of the “Maker” movement in technological education and enablement in the U.S. We discuss Maker […]

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Two Weeks After Sandy

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Well here it is, more than two weeks after Sandy. Much of the area is still recovering, and much has not even started yet. So, on this week’s episode of “The Week,” I decided to talk with David Stout. David is an old friend, an AV businessperson, and a survivor of Hurricane Katrina. I wanted […]

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Quality in AV

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I think you will all enjoy this week’s episode of The Week on rAVe Radio. I talk with Mario Maltese, long-time industry educator and Executive Director of the Association for Quality in AV Technology. In it, we discuss quality management systems, when and why to adopt them, and how to get education in the kind of quality […]

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THE WEEK – Episode 5: The WAVEs and Hurricane Sandy

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Joel Rollins speaks with Jennifer Willard and rAVe’s Sara Abrons about Women in AV not being just for women — and they also discuss the effect of Hurricane Sandy on New York and the AV industry. Story Links: Sandy by Joel Rollins: www.ravepubs.com Please Help Our AV Friends by Jennifer Willard: http://bit.ly/Uu1vkd WAVE Demographics Survey: http://bit.ly/PriUN5 Podcast: Play in new window | […]

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Sandy

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Well, I got through Sandy pretty well here. Connecticut, although hurt badly, had less flooding and is recovering quickly. My place got power back yesterday, just shy of a week. Our friends and neighbors in NY and NJ bore the brunt of the storm, and now it is up to those of us who fared […]

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This Week on rAVe Radio

I think you will all enjoy the interview I just did with Randy Lemke, the CEO of Infocomm International, for this week’s edition of “The Week” on rAVe Radio. It has been posted and is available at our website ravepubs.com. In it, Randy talks about his time withInfoComm, his newly-chosen successor, and the future of the AV industry. Don’t miss it. […]

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The Latest on rAVe Radio

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I had a great weekend, working on this week’s edition of “The Week” on rAVe Radio. I had a great discussion with Jim Smith of Polycom, who is one of the real “Road Warriors” of theTelepresence industry. Jim and I have been friends a long time, so I was able to prevail upon him (while he is on vacation, […]

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Blast from the Past

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I was talking to an old friend from my Newton user group days online the other day – he happened to catch one of my blog posts. He agreed with me that despite its drawbacks, it was an enabling technology because it allowed for mobile email – in 1992. But, thinking about it, it caused […]

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Parade of Heroes

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Well, we have had a lot of responses from people nominating their AV “Heroes”… and many of them were surprising. Some, I am afraid to say, were important names that I had just put away in the back of my mind somewhere. And a few were people that I hadn’t even heard of. Several people […]

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The (Flash) Mob… Rules?

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OK, I was at InfoComm with the rAVe crew, and I wore the da-glo shirt, and I’m proud of it. It was a genuinely weird cultural experience for me, to be in a booth full of young people at a convention and have them all sit silently, messaging the world.. and each other. But they’re enthusiastic, bright, and have an impact […]

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Tempest in a Chinese Teapot

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This week, we have watched America’s just outrage over Olympic uniforms made in China… Aw, come on – give me a break. First, let me agree there is some reason for the outrage. The uniforms look like school uniforms from the Sound of Music. They don’t belong on the awards podium – they belong on […]

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Something to Be Said For…

I’m sitting here writing this on my iPad, on the first morning of my summer vacation. We’ll skip right by the fact that I am up early, writing blogs and answering my work email. Sometimes, I’m sure we have forgotten what vacations are supposed to be, and I’ll admit to being one who criticizes my […]

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Whiteboards, whiteboards, whiteboards…

Well, Infocomm is definitely showing the growth of conferencing of all types. I certainly expected the increased importance of videoconferencing, but the growth in terms of number of companies involved seems to be exploding in the area of audio/graphics (or “whiteboard”) conferencing. Nearly every company that makes commercial flat panel displays is showing a distance-connected interactive touch […]

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Streaming, streaming, streaming…

Another product category that seems to be exploding here at the show is the video-switcher-with-built-in-streaming-server group. Panasonic, Sony, Roland, Grass valley, etc. all seem to be making one, in varying sizes and cost ranges. The combination of a multi-bus live event SEG with a streaming server is one that should be of great value to the rental […]

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Cisco and the Long-Awaited iPad App

Just spent a few minutes at the Cisco booth, where I have a little bone to pick with my favorite telepresence supplier. They announced (and demonstrated) their iPad app for telepresence (Jabber Video) several months ago with a pretty foggy announcement on when it would be available (but with a lot of materials for integrators to use to promote […]

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