Enough With The Blu-ray Already

Contrary to analysis that I’ve read elsewhere, Blu-ray is on life support. Despite some of the boosterism that’s accompanied the Year-Over-Year growth numbers for Blu-ray, the numbers are hardly encouraging for a format that’s nearly five years old now. 26% of packaged-media sales revenue? Compared to DVD’s 74%? Hooray, that’s real growth. So what’s stopping the studios from […]

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He Who Hesitates Is Lost

The blog post by Joel Rollins the other day, entitled “Ya Gotta Buy In Sometime,” was on the money. It also reminded me of an episode from my retail days. Back when camcorders were both analog and expensive there was an old guy who used to come into our store regularly who was serious about buying one. […]

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Head in the Clouds

OK, as a followup to my last post, about why those of us who are pure-tech open-source weenies won’t stop Apple’s domination of the tablet industry, lets talk about its other side: “Cloud-Based Computing”. First, “Cloud Computing” Is NOT a new idea – the idea that resources, applications, and data reside on a remote computer system and […]

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Ya Gotta Buy In Sometime…

After a number of my recent columns, people have written in, especially about two items: tablet computers and cloud-based services. Because there have been quite a number of you, I’ve decided to answer here and point you to the blog. First, with regard to tablets: Stop looking at processors, memory, and physical configurations, and PLEASE […]

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ElkDroid Security and Automation

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Some of you already know and have been using this since it’s release back in August of 2010. ELK Products has got your back with their third party Android application, created by Williams Automation: “Get full command of your Elk at your fingertips. Become a power user with ElkDroid! Achieve full control of your configured Elk M1G or EZ8 home security panel […]

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DISHbuster?

Alright. I’ve given it 24 hours, and let it roll around in my brain, and I am still completely baffled by DISH’s $320M bid for Blockbuster. I’m not alone either. Not only has the AV Twitterverse been gobsmacked, even Wall Street analysts whose job it is to cover DISH don’t know what to think. So far, the most positive […]

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I’m Not A PR Flack, Really

There’s a perception, and it’s only a perception, that somehow trade media journalism is a lesser cousin to mainstream media journalism. And it annoys me. Partly because that’s nonsense, and partly because, as far as I can tell, it’s a myth propagated by members of the MSM to feel better about themselves. Some people think that all […]

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And Then They Were One: The Da-Lite, Chief, Sanus Merger

So far, the industry scuttlebutt on the Milestone merger announcement yesterday that the AV industry’s leading screen manufacturer (Da-Lite) would merged with Milestone Technologies (parent company of Chief and Sanus – two of the leading ProAV and HomeAV mount and rack manufacturers, respectively) is nothing but positive. And, from all angles it does look like a picture perfect merger. There’s virtually […]

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Pay It Forward

In the last few weeks, our industry has seen the passing of many of its leading figures – people who were important in the building of AV as an INDUSTRY, rather than just as a niche business. People like Kevin Collins, Barry Halligan, and now the legendary Fred Dixon, to name a few. These people influenced […]

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Goofy Technologies Of Yesteryear

Even though you’re supposed to recycle electronics, the dustbin of history is stuffed with technologies that aren’t with us anymore. Some were victims of historical forces. Take MiniDisc. I LOVED MiniDisc back in the day with all the evangelical passion of a true fanboy. But alas, no matter how cool, and no matter how great the sound quality, it […]

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268 channels, one story

Has anybody else noticed that, with “narrowcasting” the norm, it is still nearly impossible to get anything but the nuclear accident and tsunami in Japan covered by any of the major news outlets? Last I knew, our economy was in a precipitous place, there was a civil war raging in Libya, people were still starving […]

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Using Kaizen: Toyota’s Lean Business Practices

At CEDIA Management Conference this morning, the first session was a keynote from Rick Drumm, president of D’Addario, a manufacturer of music accessories. His topic was “Using Lean Practices to Open New Opportunities.” At D’Addario, they have adopted the Toyota style of lean and efficient business management, known as kaizen. Kaizen literally means in Japanese, “small improvements.” Drumm spoke about how businesses […]

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Green AV: Beyond Energy Management

Ok- who said Green is passé? Granted, the term “Green” may be getting kind of annoying.  And the references to our childhood, redundant (poor Kermit doesn’t get royalties, ya know!) But we, as the AV industry, haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of Green. It will go beyond sucking less energy and reducing or carbon footprint. Heck, […]

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Star Wars in 3D!!!!!!!

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It’s official, Star Wars will, in fact, make it’s theatrical debut in 3D on February 10, 2012. The 3D re-release of the Star Wars flicks will start with Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and will continue with one film a year through 2017. Thsi will ultimately be a BIG BOOST to the 3D Fan Boys out there as […]

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Are You Social?

Statistically, about 65% of you reading this have a Facebook account that you access on a weekly basis three to four times. Nearly 25% of you have a Twitter account that you check at least twice a week and 55% of you have a LinkedIn account that you access at least once a week for […]

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More details about Thunderbolt….

Hi, gang – after last weeks announcements, here’s a pretty good sum-up of Thunderbolt. And for all those of you who wrote in asking, no, Thunderbolt is NOT an Apple-only technology. Apple co-developed it, but Intel is going to be pushing it to ALL developers, and including Thunderbolt on the intel-manufactured motherboard line, so it will be […]

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Thunderbolt!!

Today, Apple and Intel in collaboration introduced the first computer with Thunderbolt ports – the new MacBook Pro. For those who haven’t followed Thunderbolt development, it is a new I/O technology with 10x the maximum speed of USB 2. Thunderbolt runs on a port developed from DisplayPort, and all existing DisplayPort video systems, switchers and interfaces will work on the […]

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Analog Reminiscences

Joel Rollins blog posts Vanishing History parts 1 and 2 got me thinking about my own experiences with analog recording media. Recently I dug up a box of mixed tapes that I had painstakingly duped in the late 1980s. Kids today with their iPods have no grasp on how much work we had to do back then to create compilations of favourite songs. […]

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Vanishing History… again

Well, yesterday’s post got me a bunch of email saying that it isn’t just video decaying on our shelves, it’s also film. And that’s true – in fact, this year I’ve spent a fair amount of time cleaning and inspecting many reels of 16mm shot by our founder. Some of it is original masters of stuff he […]

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