Weekly Reading: Off the Grid

One day recently, my son and I rushed out of the house to drive to one of his soccer games. No sooner did we pull out of the driveway than I realized I’d left my iPhone at home. Great son that he is, he told me I could go back and retrieve it, even though […]

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Modern Audio Networking Simplified: Q&A With MNA Chairman Rich Zwiebel

CobraNet used to be the main audio-over-Ethernet standard, and all was well. Everything simply worked together. However, CobraNet was based on Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Model’s Layer 2 (data link) and supported only 64 channels. And though it’s still used, it’s become a little outdated. Meanwhile, companies began developing network technologies that were based on Layer 3 (network). […]

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Weekly Reading: Apple TV Won’t Do 4K?!

Remember in the heyday of personal computers, when Intel came out with a new processor and everyone needed to replace their computers? Those so-called refresh cycles kept IT pros busy. In pro AV, we have high(er)-resolution video. Ultra high-definition TV (UHDTV, a.k.a. 4K) looks great. It’s the next logical step after 1080p. And if we’re lucky, AV […]

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Three Steps to Engagement

Groups and businesses in retail, museum and other public venues often talk of customer engagement in terms of “attract, engage and connect” (or some variation).  Any physical — or virtual — concept of engagement that seeks to interact with customers and/or visitors goes through this predictable process. It’s useful to look at this as a model of interactive engagement […]

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Together vs. Alone: The Power of a Door

“Be an opener of doors.” —  Ralph Waldo Emerson I’m done. Of all the abstract ways a person can measure their success, there is one almost holy item that I have that defines my success: a door. All the hard work, all the effort, has lead to a nice office with plenty of space to […]

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