Social Media Got Me Here

G’day, I’m Jane and this is my first blog for rAVe I’m from Brisbane in Australia and I have worked in A/V for over 16 years, 6 years in staging and rental and 10 years in commercial A/V. I am the owner of Australian Presentation Systems (QLD) we are an audio visual specialist we do anything from […]

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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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Just Another Day At Work

If you’ve worked in retail then you’ve seen strange sights that would top anything ever seen by the Northern Lights that Robert Service wrote about. Here’s a couple of tales to make your day at work seem brighter by comparison. I worked for a couple of years for a major department store in what they […]

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The Projector is Dead, For Sure

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A couple of years ago, I wrote a column about how the projector was dying a rapid death. Without getting into that all over again, I assure you that, although the column was incredibly well-read, it wasn’t everyone’s favorite – especially the projector manufacturers! But, ultimately, my hypothesis was that if everyone is eventually carrying […]

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In Support Of Wired Technologies

Once again I find myself motivated to write by one of Joel Rollins’ excellent blog posts. His column “Staying Wired” and its ProAV perspective on wired vs. wireless technologies resonated with me, and reinforced my belief that regardless of the channel we work in we’ve all got the same challenges. Wireless has in many ways been a […]

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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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The Rise Of The Hired Gun?

As a result of the fact that I spend a fair amount of my day communicating with AV industry people I notice things. Call it trendspotting. Sometimes those trends are on a macro level, such as how the economy or new construction is faring nationwide, or the impact that technologies are having on system design and […]

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The 3D Conundrum

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I’d love to say that 3D is the best thing to come to the consumer electronics market since the DVD player. I’d love to say it’s incredible and a game changer, the future of entertainment and the way all TV should be displayed. But I’d be lying. It’s truly a conundrum for me, however. Last […]

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What is YOUR Social Media Policy?

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Until recently, most audiovisual (AV) equipment manufacturers and re-sellers saw no place for social media in their business model.  Their social media policy was simply “No YouTube, Facebook, or Twitterwhile you are working” (or something to that effect). But with younger generations now using social media websites to search for new products and businesses, today’s AV companies realize that they have no […]

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Star Tours The Adventures Continue in 3D

Much like the “AV Jedi” of this publication Gary Kayye, I am hooked on Star Wars (Very similar to most people when they eat Girl Scout Thin mints). A few weeks ago was the opening weekend for “Star Tours The adventures continue”. I was not in attendance for it, but you can bet some Ninja Lincoln’s and several Disco Hamilton’s I […]

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Do Vendors Really Need To Go Offshore?

The CE trade media frequently bemoans the Race To Zero that happens in the business: the lemming-like drive among manufacturers to “be competitive” by chasing lower price points and lower margins. Notwithstanding the old DotCom-era joke about Amazon.com losing money on every transaction “but making it up on volume” asking whether anybody actually wins long-term at that strategy […]

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Taylor’s Favorites

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Walking around the show floor this morning, I was overwhelmed with how great everything looked. I wanted to stop at every booth and learn about their new product. I did not do that for obvious reasons, but I stumbled upon the Projectiondesign booth where Pufferfish was set up. A very large projection sphere was inside and they won my […]

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rAVe Favorites

So it’s my first time ever at InfoComm, and I’ve already seen some pretty exciting things. For one, the transformation of the show floor. How two story, blinking, interactive, spinning booths get set up from scratch in two days is beyond me! I’ve also been blown away at the sheer size of the show. On day […]

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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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Why bother to play THE GAME?

First off, you’ll have the chance to win a ton of cool prizes. It is easy to be a participant by simply following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, and joining our InfoComm group on LinkedIn. From then on, there are activities you can do to get closer to winning bigger prizes like iPods, iPads, and even TVs! So […]

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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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iPad Art

I get a lot of press releases in my email, and quite honestly most of them get skimmed quickly, if at all, and then forgotten about. When one does capture my attention, it’s usually something related to one of my personal hobby horses, such as HDMI distribution or automation and control. The press release/event invitation I got […]

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Holograms they AIN’T

Okay, folks, I love 3D projection. I think that no matter how you slice it, it’s exciting and gee-whiz. I’ve been a devotee for years, staging it and experimenting with 3D and its big cousin, VR. And I think it’s great that companies are promoting it and that stagers are doing press releases about the […]

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The Invisible Phone

I have a problem. It turns out that it is probably more serious than I thought or than you might expect. It might actually be an addiction. Also, turns out that many others have this same problem and many worse than I do. I am addicted to my “smart” phone. It made a noise – […]

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If You Can’t Beat Them Join Them

It’s not news, but I was reminded of this topic yesterday while shopping and I saw side by side displays of the Bose SoundDock for iPod and the Around Ear Headphones in the AV section of my local Costco. It wasn’t that long ago that Costco was generally regarded as a pariah in the Electronics industry for […]

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Into The Fire

We all have funny stories from work. In many cases the stories we tell are funny now, but they certainly weren’t funny at the time. My introduction to AV installation was far from auspicious. I was working at an AV specialty retailer and we (mostly I, which is how I got the nickname “Projector Boy”) […]

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Hey, You – Get off of my Cloud

Rarely have I come across a technical situation where I felt that Mick Jagger had expressed the best advice, but there it is. This week, after my last posts, I had several inquiries from people over how I thought the widespread use of “cloud-based computing” would change things for us – and what changes WE should make […]

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D-Tools, Inc. Announces 2011 “PROJECT: Success” Design Awards Contest Call for Entries

I just happen to be a huge fan of D-Tools’ SI5.5 software, and constantly use it for design and bidding purposes when I’m in the Vsys Automation office. It has helped us with quicker bids and to format them in such a way that has gotten repeat compliments on not only the look and feel, but  a straight forward easy […]

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