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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One Teaches, Two Learn

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By Joel Rollins Yesterday, I was hunting through quotes by one of my favorite authors, Robert A. Heinlein. I was looking for the exact text of his famous quote about technology sufficiently developed being indistinguishable from magic. But I came across another quote, attributed to this groundbreaking author of science fiction, although I’m sure it is probably […]

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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: http://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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A More Perfect Union

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By Joel Rollins Of all of the relationships in our industry, none is more important, or more misunderstood, than the relationship between unions and audiovisual suppliers. This relationship is as shrouded in myth as a Greek tragedy. In fact, the greatest sources of trouble are the misconceptions on both sides. Sadly, misunderstandings can also be expensive […]

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Mind Share vs. Market Share

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Last month, we talked about the difficulties that we encounter when training rental staff internally. And, although difficult, it is inevitable that lots of your staff training will need to be done this way. But another source of training is classes given by manufacturers and distributors. But this can be either awesome — or awful. […]

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Learning to Crawl

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A lot of my last 25 years in the industry have been spent on training rental and staging techs. I still don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, but I have noticed a few things that have seemed to ring true through the years, and I thought I’d discuss them this month, because […]

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A Tragedy Strikes

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled coverage for this special bulletin. This month I was going to continue our discussion of the arrogance that can be present among manufacturer personnel, and how to avoid it. We’ll continue next issue, and for all those of you who have emailed me about it with their comments, thank you. […]

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Wybron Launches Cygnus 200W LED-based Wash

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As energy concerns rise, it’s no surprise that LEDs have commanded much of the lighting world’s attention. Unfortunately, many of the fixtures flooding the market provide less than stellar light. Technicians and lighting designers are still in pursuit of that holy grail of LEDs: one that can provide incandescent-quality light while still remaining simple, energy-efficient […]

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Philips Debuts Solar-Powered Outdoor LED Stadium Lighting

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Although not bright enough for professional or college-level stadiums, this new LED-based solar-powered lighting system does have a lot of staging and maybe even some rental apps.  And, the system is available as a fully portable solution. Using the energy-efficient LED lighting technology, the system can illuminate areas up to 40 meters by 20 meters […]

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