Archive | August, 2013

Stranded at the Drive-In

I didn’t go to many drive-in movie theaters growing up, but one of my favorite films was “Grease,” so I knew Danny Zuko frequented them (and occasionally got stranded there, singing). Not that I can carry a tune, but I’d like to think that if I wanted to cast my silhouette against the drive-in screen and snivel over […]

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Beyond HD: What You Need to Know About 4K, UHD and QHD

“4K”, also called “Ultra High Definition” (UHD), has been the big trend recently in display technology, with product announcements and demonstrations from the world’s leading display manufacturers.  At the same time, there has been a growing desire for higher resolution on the desktop, with well-publicized announcements of “Quad High Definition” (QHD) monitors.  It’s easy to get […]

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The Life of an Estimator is Tougher Than You Think

My friend David Lahey, CTS, of Conference Technologies in Maryland Heights, Missouri, sent me the following missive recently. It had so many great insights that I thought, with his permission, I’d offer it here as food for thought on the role of estimators in an AV project. Dave is Director of Estimating, currently with eight […]

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Hearing Affects Your Health

The body is an incredible system. Thousands of parts work together not only to keep us alive, but also to keep us healthy and happy. The heart pumps blood through a network of veins, arteries and capillaries. The brain sends tiny electrical signals to our muscles telling them to contract and release. Our five senses […]

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Scoping Our Industry: AV, IT, AV/IT, or What?

At the recent InfoComm show in Orlando, I was struck by several things relative to the scope and definition of our professional AV industry. First the punch line (then some context): What was once two discreet industries (AV and IT) is now one industry with multiple facets. Up until about 10 years ago, InfoComm the trade association […]

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