Interview - A/V Equipment Cooling and Ventilation

Digital gear especially is prone to misbehave at elevated temperatures and have its programming corrupted. Expensive electronics fail, and, on occasion, enclosure finishes are discolored. In extreme cases, we've heard of cabinet delamination occurring.

Interview - Outdoor Entertainment Systems

The outdoor A/V market is definitely growing in 2011. We have already started to see an increase in sales with our dealers and distributors, almost twice as much sales as the year before. We are also seeing new building projects beginning to increase, which also drive up our commercial sales.

Looking for a New TV Experience - Try The Internet

The Internet is positively the new television.  So much so, that we are using our computer and Internet ready boxes more for entertainment than anything else.   And we can get this entertainment just about anywhere that we have broadband service.  While reality TV is taking over the cable and satellite systems, we can branch out and find the shows that we really want to watch, when we want to watch them.

Making Sense of Internet Radios

Unlike a PC, these devices deliver the content you desire while blending with your dcor.  Because they are always on, you get fresh content, eliminating searching or booting up.  All of the radios supply apps and most programs at no charge.  Radio, as we have known it, has morphed into something exciting, where we no longer have to tune-into a program at a certain time, or be forced to listen to music that is lackluster. We, the listeners, now control the media.

For more information about Pandora and Internet Radio read "Hey! I'm a Radio Station"

People, Work, Play and Content Are On the Move

Increasingly, people are bringing in their own devices - notebooks, smartphones, and tablets to work. 

As more business apps are available, the tablet will be used for even more "office activities" … yeah, right!

The challenge for IT people will be ensuring that they have adequate security in place, which is still  an issue with the iPhone your boss told them to support. 

IT managers are quoting Count De Monet, "It is said that the people are revolting."

When the pain level drops, IT will add business/enterprise applications for the tablets.  Don't worry, you'll still leave the office with your notebook, smartphone, tablet…knowledge warriors have to be prepared for anything.

Project Showcase - Come Fly with Crestron

Crestron DigitalMedia 8GTM Provides Ultimate Entertainment Experience at Virgin Airlines Lounge in Heathrow Airport.

The DigitalMedia system, complete with the latest 8G technology, required each display device to have a dedicated cable to supply HD video, device control and Ethernet. This presented some logistical challenges as within Clubhouse there are no access hatches in the ceiling - a feature designed to preserve the sleek, seamless look of the interior.  Avensys ran all the cabling around the perimeter of the area where some ceiling grids were removable, while other cables ran under the floor.

Protecting Projectors from Vibration Sources

As most causes of vibration are equipment such as an HVAC Unit attached to a Building's Steel Framework, installing the Projector on the same Steelwork results in vibrations between 0-30,000 Hertz being transmitted directly to the Projector.

The solution for an Installer in these cases is to eliminate these unwanted effects by attacking the problem at the Projector. The absorbing grommets used in the Nigel B Design's Mounts absorb these vibrations by lowering the frequency levels below the excitation or disturbing influences that occur and in combination with the Isolation Mounting Elements, result in a cure.

Review - Square Connect SQ Blaster with SQ Remote App

The SQ Blaster with SQ Remote App is an excellent solution for turning your Apple iOS device into a universal remote control that is better than most Logitech Harmony remotes and rivals the capabilities of a Philips Pronto. Now that other z-wave options like the Logitech Harmony 890, the Monster Central remotes and the UEI Nevo have all been discontinued the SQ Remote is an excellent way to protect the investment you've made into home automation - or get started at an affordable price.

Don't forget that this review covers the home automation capabilities of the Square Connect SQ Blaster with SQ Remote App but if you want to learn more about the A/V control capability and the SQ Remote itself please click here to read Remote Shoppe's first review.

Tellywood Works to Reach You Any, Every Way They Can

NAB is still sorta about TV and movies...but with a difference.

The difference is huge.   They're trying to figure out how to hook you up with their content, stuff, rather than letting the other guy suck you in.  So they're playing all the angles smartphone, tablet, notebook.  Heck even the TV and theater.

Seems as though you've given up work, exercise, just about everything to watch content anytime, anywhere, anyhow.

They haven't figured out exactly how to make money on it all yet but they do like what Netflix has done over the past year.  Maybe they'll try their own channels of distribution shortly...maybe.

"You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." - Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), Sunset Blvd., Paramount (1950)

The iPad® as a Dedicated Controller:

The iPad's true potential as a controller lies in accessing home systems when away from the house. With a WiFi connection and an app from the control system manufacturer, users can check in on their security systems, turn the lights off if they left them on, or adjust the temperature before they get home from work, all from pretty much anywhere in the world. This provides an amazing added value and convenience to any control system, while providing the "wow" factor that consumers are looking for.

Artists, Music, Audiences Change - Labels Find it Tough

Seems like half the shows on TV are about rising musicians/singers.  But ask the MPAA (music folks) and their industry is breathing its last chest rattling breath.

Classic Home Toys #26

Only a couple of years after the adoption of the familiar orange and white icon for RSS feeds, social  networking sites such as Facebook, my Space, and Twitter began to grow in popularity.  In fact, many RSS software sites stopped updating their software around 2007 and although some sites still provide inks to the feed,   RSS is barely ever mentioned anymore.  Some sites still display the icon, but  no longer provide an updated feed.

Content Insider # 172 -- Marketing You Don't Manage

If you went to/read about SXSW (check Wikipedia) you saw that folks were doing everything for word of mouth (WOM) buzz.  They'll do it all the time, every time.  Big secret though?   Those folks don't
have one iota of control over WOM! Nope that belongs to the people we're feeding the messages to.  You know "them."   Problem is they can turn on you in a heartbeat and gawd it ain't pretty.  When that happens it's damage control and you try to save the vital parts...that's when you call the PR folks to blame...not us, them! It can be "managed if you know how to prepare, what to do, when to do it...and you have blind faith!!!!

Content Insider #170 - Usage Trends

If you were one of the fortunate few who got his/her iPad 2 lord it over the other folks who are waiting for ...something else.  Of course they and you also carry around your smartphone, notebook, other mobile devices.  They're too important not to be without...and the information they hold.  Good thing is all that data, content you're creating doesn't make the things weigh any more except when you have to get a few external hard drives to carry it all.  Who knew you just had to have 8-10 four drawer filing cabinets of stuff with you do.  Could put all the content at home but that's getting pretty full.  Could put it in the cloud but that's a little scarey.  All storage people can say is thank you for creating, storing, sharing.

Content Insider #171 -- The Game Is On

We may have worked with Atari for over six years back in the real gaming system days but we never really had a long attention span -- long enough to play the games.  We knew people who slept under their desks and lived on Coke/Twinkies when it was crash n burn to get games out.  Folks still do but now they're talking serious money.  So serious we people buy virtual goods/stuff with real money.  Times have changed but the attraction of games hasn't.  The games are more realistic, more immersive and more valuable.  Serious men, women, boys, girls play them...serious men, women develop them...seriously there's a new breed of casual games !!!!

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