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.

Further thoughts on InfoComm “internationalization”

Just spent some more time in the International Business Lounge (they have coffee and comfortable chairs) and was struck by something: the InfoComm banner now flies over 8 or 9 international AV trade shows, like Integrated Systems Russia, Integrate! In Australia, andInfocomm China, to name a few. Does this represent our eventual decentralization? For the 25 years I […]

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Infocomm 2012 continued

OK, next observation: this show is more international than ever before. Business is being conducted on the floor in several languages, and the importance of the international membership has obviously increased. It used to be very much like the World Series, where we don’t actually invite other countries to play. But no more. In fact, […]

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InfoComm 2012

Well, I promised you all (ok, mostly Gary and Sara and the rest of the rAVe crew) that I would blog live from the show. But here it is nearly 2pm and I am just sitting down to write in the rAVe booth. So, while I will be touring the show later on, here are my first impressions of this year’s […]

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Moving, AV Style

As some of you know, I am moving this weekend. Since it’s just a couple of exits up the beautiful Merritt Parkway, I’m doing most of it myself, although yesterday I pressed a good friend into service moving the heavy stuff with me. But it is a true audiovisual move. Not only do I have […]

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Getting more Airplay

Funny – I wrote my last blog post about Airplay and its uses in the conference room last week, and since then a number of mainstream magazines and newspapers have talked about it as well. Here’s a recent one that I liked: Apple TV finds a home in the meeting room | Macworld As I said […]

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Lighter than Airplay

I must admit to being impressed when a technology works well, but even more impressed when it works well with so little effort that it is nearly invisible. And, as a presenter, I’m impressed with the potential of Airplay – the wireless network streaming system built into the AppleTV, the Mac under OSX Lion, and the iOS devices like iPhone […]

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Slipped Disc

Today, I took both my 400-disc DVD changer and my network Blu-Ray player out of my living room. I’m tired of discs… of the inconvenience, of the late fees for the ones I rent, of the tiny scratches that seem to always crop up to keep my favorites from playing after a time. I’m tired of Blu-Ray discs that take roughly a millennium […]

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InfoComm Live – It’s a Wrap

Well, rAVe Rental [and Staging] will be out shortly with the details of my review of the InfoComm Live event, and you can read it here at rAVePubs.com, or subscribe to the publication and it will be sent directly to you via email. I won’t re-write it here, but suffice it to say that in general it was a great event, and my […]

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InfoComm Live – Day 1

Well, I have had a VERY full day here at the InfoComm Live conference. As I told a number of people today, there are two great truths to be had about InfoComm holding this event. The first is this: what I like to call the Circus Bear Effect. As my dad used to tell me all the time, the […]

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InfoComm Goes Live in DC on Thursday

This Thursday and Friday, the 15th and 16th of March, will be the InfoComm Live event in DC, and yours truly will be attending. Like the InfoComm 100, this is an invitational discussion group with attendees from around the country – but this one is strictly about the events industry. To quote the InfoComm website: “2012 is the inaugural year for InfoComm Live, a gathering of Live […]

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Accessory to a Bottom Line Crime

In the rental and staging portion of our industry, we’ve always had to absorb the cost of a lot of inventory that we didn’t get to create line-item charges for. Cases, protective gear, cable ramps, some cabling types… the list goes on. How many of you are now seeing that the falling price of electronics […]

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Back from Rochester

I sit here this morning, coffee in hand, just back from an overnight drive from Rochester to my home in the New York area. The trip was done overnight and on short notice, in order to help a friend, a CPA, with some network issues in his office that were critical because this is tax […]

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SOPA Du Jour

I have been following the progress (or lack thereof) of the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legislation, as well as a number of the other proposed bills that are intended to curb online piracy. I am radically against piracy, many of my clients and friends make their living producing intellectual property, and to take their work is […]

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Son O’ Newton

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Newton’s Law You know, with all the predictions articles that happened this month, there’s a phrase that I’m really tired of hearing included in most of them. This is NOT the “Year of the Tablet”. The year of the tablet, the REAL year of the tablet, has already gone by. Now, some of you are […]

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More On Kodak

More on Kodak As I wrote in an earlier post, our industry stands on the edge of the demise of the Great Yellow Father in Rochester. Eastman Kodak Corp. arguably did more to create our industry (at least in its current form) than any other single company, and it’s current state is a sad but […]

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A Clean Slate

Well, I sit here in my home office, contemplating the end of another year, and the beginning of a new one, in the way I always do. I’m going over my to-do list on my iPad, marking a few things as accomplished and updating the due dates on a lot of them to end in […]

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Quiet Revolution

OKAY! A little cause to celebrate today, against one of my pet peeves. Something for which I have wanted to lean out of my living room window and shout, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” And one of the things that made me give up cable television two years […]

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Lies, Damned Lies…

So here we are, in the middle of the commerce-crazy, pre-holiday period. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Big-Box Wednesday, Gifts-for-your-Goldfish Thursday… the market is endless in its ability to create reasons to buy, and the statistics to back it up. In addition to being bombarded with “special” days on which we are supposed to troop like […]

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News Flash

News Flash For months, colleagues, clients and I, as well as the market in general, have argued about the future of Adobe’s Flash environment. Many of my clients have been highly resistant to the adoption of iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, mostly because they didn’t accommodate Flash. Apple’s contention was that Flash was both a […]

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The Infrastructure Dilemma

You know, for months now, I’ve heard the political arguments about whether or not providing massive investments in America’s infrastructure would stimulate our economy.. whether the jobs to be gained were in fact “shovel-ready”, whether or not we could afford them, etc. I’m not at all concerned with the political ramifications, which party benefits most, […]

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Haywire week

Anybody notice how the world in mobile and smartphone communications is turning upside down this week? First, the release of iOS5 from Apple, which will change our iPhones, iPads, and iPods, and the way they sync. iOS5 is the first PC-less operating system for these Apple devices, which means that you will be able to buy and use an iPad […]

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Ode to the Gopher

The building my office is in also houses the state’s film bureau, an office set up by state government to promote making films in Connecticut, and draw some of that tax revenue (and job base) out of New York. It seems to work pretty well, judging by the noisy and ubiquitous film crews always present […]

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After the storm…

Look, you all know I’m a big fan of the cloud computing concept, and I remain one, because the benefits do offset the difficulties. Usually. But this week, real clouds have really messed with my technological ones. Because, for what is termed a fizzle of a storm compared to something like Katrina, Hurricane Irene has […]

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More about decay

Some time ago, I wrote a blog post about the fact that all of our analog video recordings on mag tape were gradually disappearing. I got a lot of replies telling me that it had reminded some people to preserve those recordings by transferring them to digital storage, and unfortunately quite a number from people […]

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Staying wired

You know I love technology. I’m like a 10 year old in my adaptability to new technology, (and in other ways if you ask some of my friends). But in one aspect of technological progress, I’m a veritable Luddite. For goodness sake, does EVERYTHING have to be wireless? About 10 years ago a friend, whose […]

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AV – a world TOO connected?

Recently, in the midst of the busy season, in the midst of the InfoComm show season, I got just what I needed least – a jury summons. I was in the middle of consulting on the stage construction and systems design for a new performing arts center, and was going crazy with meetings and details. But, as […]

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Speaking of “the Show”….

Well, as usual I sit here preparing for the InfoComm show, which seems to get more difficult every year as the show spreads out to include both more attendees and more vendors. At one time, the show was purely “AV”, but the definition of AV is certainly expanding. What do YOU (and by “you” I mean those […]

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