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George Tucker
Musings on Tech Life and Culture
Interests: Home automation, Audio, Video, Home theater, Infocomm, CEDIA, CES, DIY, Robotics, Art, AV Nation, AV Week
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My mild affliction of Malapropism gives us this weeks title. Plus we may have just created our very own drinking game. ~~~~~~~~~~~Show Notes ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Host: Tim Albright Founder Guests: George Tucker from WorldStage & Chrissy Winske of Tech Decisions. We talk about the impact of the new National Electric Code on automation companies. Where should you put your racks? People are spending more time with mobile. How will that change our installations? Plus, we chat about the Internet of Things. Continue reading
If you are new to AVNation.tv or our AVWeek show- this is the perfect time as we have moved to live broadcasts! You can find our other show ranging from Live Events technology, Higher Education Tech, Pico Projection and more.. Host: Tim Albright Founder Guests: Chris Jaynes from Merssive Technology, Rich Fregosa of Fregosa Design, and George Tucker from World Stage. Barco is getting into the corporate AV market. According to Harvard, home automation is the top trend for the next decade. Sony might be backpeddling on DLNA. And a patent conversation.Check out our YouTube channel, or the bottom of... Continue reading
These small-sized projectors now pack a punch, but still require you to choose their environment carefully. Originally published in Corporate Tech Decisions Magazine October 28,2013 Quality projectors have been reducing in size steadily for the last decade. Once monsters at any resolution we have fully entered an age where it is common to see salesmen carry attaché-case-sized road warrior units on planes and even live events routinely using compact units. A recent Corporate TechDecisions article on short throw projection demonstrated the ability to get significant resolutions and brightness with a very limited distance to screen from a small footprint. We... Continue reading
A new epsidoe of The DIY show is now posted. Hosts: Anthony Zotti, Tim Gray Guests: Carla King from SelfPubBootCamp.com, David Jordan and Nathan Lively Record Date: 11/06/2013 Traditionally publishing a book was a long and difficult process that had several high hurdles to overcome to even get your book looked at by a publisher for consideration. And even then it was not guaranteed that your book would see the light of day. Today in the internet age Self Publishing thrives due to the advent of ebook readers and the technology that brought us print on demand. But these are... Continue reading
The fine folks at ISES (International Special Events Society) were kind enough to have me on their recent show on "How to talk to your TD / Tech Supplier ". Kudos to the Vancouver chapter of ISES for putting on this monthly show for the Event Stating community. Continue reading
Don't worry, these are tips to learn about the technology and become the go-to for your staff. Originally published in Commercial Integrator Magaizine - October 24, 2013 Networking is everywhere. Ethernet is the conduit by which all media and information is pushed through, or will be imminently. For some of us gaining a working knowledge of a nearly ubiquitous technology is a bit harder than it might seem at first pale. Where can you get a running start to becoming comfortable with the nomenclature and core technologies? You could ask the neighbor’s 15-year-old, but unless he or she is practiced... Continue reading
In response to GAME OVER - http://www.kaneconsulting.biz/blog/2013/game-over/ What a brutally honest assessment of not just your current state, Jennifer, but of the ‘social engagement’ community as a whole. I am not so sure that the Cluetrain Manifesto is still way ahead of its time, rather I feel that in all the euphoric building of machines of engagement we’ve let some old habits sneak back in. In reality, for many, the fresh uniqueness of directly reaching out to clients has faded pressure to fall back on established paths by those who do not understand is great. Its just a tool, they... Continue reading
By embracing Apple, Google TV and the like, have integrators sown the seeds of our own replacements? Article Originally posted in Commerical Integrator Magazine - September 30, 2013 A/V integrators have long worked to become a single-source contractor to clients by providing not just audio and visual controls but increased integration with lighting fixtures and environmental systems such as HVAC and shades. Manufacturers have pounced on this and captured market share by providing complete lines of connected products to provide one-stop shopping. There are business and technology reasons for this rise in complete and competing (and near closed) ecosystems, but... Continue reading
My letter to the Boy Scouts of America concerning it litigious actions against the Hacker Scouts - Re: BSA's threat to sue Hacker Scouts. I have two boys ages 6 & 8 who have started to become interested in becoming scouts. Having been a member for a short time during the late 1980's I was on the fence due to many of the recent socio-political spats. I understand the complexity and conundrum these issues have and have tried to see both sides and give you the benefit of doubt. Now I read that you are going after folks who use... Continue reading
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Originally posted to AVNation and AVShout - July 30th, 2013 Author: Nathan Lively Price: $7.95 / 8.95 depending on reader format Format: e-reader We humans have found many ways to communicate. Our infinite creativity has provided us the written word, sign language, slang and even long distance forms such as semaphore, smoke signals and ‘talking’ drums. All of these forms have been updated and adapted to be preserved and exposed to a wider audience as the medium has evolved, from books to radio to blogs and texts. It can be argued that while the technological platforms have enabled us to... Continue reading
Originally Published on Chris Neto's 'AV Shout' on July 25, 2013 I have been brooding for much too long on the subject of CNET’s tumble at CES. I tried to stay away from the topic but it has kept gnawing at me, eating away the lining of my stomach and lapping up the brain fluid in my cranium. Chris Brogan, the social marketing svengali, wrote a book a few years back entitled ‘Trust Agents’ and I am reminded of its main tenets as well as the book this one has as a foundation, namely the Cluetrain Manifesto. Mr.Brogan’s book exalts... Continue reading
Originally posted on the AVNation.tv blog - July 22, 2013 I am unclear as to how i got here, ‘all these tubes and wires...’ to paraphrase Mr. Thomas Dolby. The cotton mouth and clammy skin are indications of a night lost to the reveries as at least a witness if not a participant in the annual show ritual of parading half consciously through the hotel lobbies. These indicators are only second to throbbing of my temples and the insistent buzzing in my ears. I feel as though I attended an all night ‘silent rave’ with my headphones blaring Rancid covers... Continue reading
This is a reply to a Mark Coxon post after a discussion on Red Band Radio podcast at Infcomm 13. To begin with, apologies in using the PhD equals medical degree relationship - the Red Band show was recorded on the last day of Infocomm 13 and I was suffering the waning mild effects of several days limited sleep and the river o’ libations we consumed only a mere few hours prior. The example still holds, just because one has a PhD (or an MD for that matter) does not mean that the individual will use the logic and information... Continue reading
Thanks for the good words and inspired response! I do not have a single set of 'those' who are disturbed by the process and reach of scientific inquiry. In sad fact there are too many. Some have haunted us over the ages, trash canning and forcing a form of solitary confinement on the likes of Galileo. Others have been rigid obstructionists demanding a recanting of the special theory of relativity simply because, 'a new model proves nothing'. Science has a funny way of blowing up both mysticism and incorrect theorems in a single swipe of Occam's razor. Whenever I meet science at a party or over drinks at the bar, I often say to it - 'making friends everywhere you go I see.' I will sum up with the great quote of Ms. Schrödinger "Good heavens Erwin whatever have you done with the cat?He looks half dead".
The Custom install AV industry has both hailed the influx of consumer out-of -the-box ecosystem solutions and afeared them as the a sign that the Myan doosmday is nigh. Driving all of this is the migration, especially of the mellenial set, to tablets, smart phones and laptops as not only an ancillary or second, screen but the primary. Recently Tech crunch explored this trend as one of the main motivators for Apple to produce the Mac mini. My response to them is below. The ‘Second Screen’ is fast becoming the primary screen for viewing most content. If you are under... Continue reading
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So, Chris Froome has effectively won the 100th Tour De France. While there is one stage left there has been a long standing Gentleman's Agreement that the last stage is too not be competitive until the main Peleton has reached the outskirts of Paris. From there it is a sprinters free for all to determine who will be the sprinter champ. I, like many I have learned from conversation about the event, can and do watch the event live and the two or three additional times NBCSC rebroadcasts it throughout the day. It is just that evocative. The tradition is... Continue reading
Originally posted to Corporate Tech Decisions Magazine - April 29, 2013 Live Web streaming. Only a few years ago if you mentioned these words you would receive only a blank stare in return. Today most major product unveilings: Apple’s QuickTime series of products, Microsoft’s Internet Information Services media platform and Adobe Media Server 5are available and produce high-quality content. The result is that rather than traveling to attend a live broadcast, now people can attend right from their desks. Streaming technologies are fast replacing the broadcast truck and satellite uplink for many meeting events looking to reach a national or... Continue reading
Originally posted to the AVNation.tv site on June 12, 2013 Infocomm is many things, in particular it is about finding solutions. There are a multitude of distractions from social engagements to parties and tangential floor shows but solutions are our ROI. I come here to find answers, to find the face of exuberance. It is in the faces of the attendees, in the exhibitors even the infocomm folks who are more buoyant than ever about this show and industry growth. Yet, I have some questions as there is concern among the technorotic digerati. There is a possible specter hanging low... Continue reading
This article originally ran on Corporate Tech Decisions magazine. Ethernet once was the dominion of the IT folks who made sure that you could find the files you needed on the server or could send these to the networked printer. As AV folks we lived in a “...and never the twain shall meet,” coexistence and there was balance in the world. Even though Ethernet, the process of networking computers together, is nearly 30 years old, audio/video and control systems rarely ventured into connecting via the RJ45 (the one that looks like an old phone connector on steroids). This is no... Continue reading
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At this moment in 1969 one of the most remarkable achievements in human history happened. That the day is not a national moment and that many do not know or even care is a testament to the depths to which we have let our nation fall. The last decade science has suffered a prolonged and migueded attack by those who do not like the questions it asks, the findings it discovers and by those who refuse to see the benifts to humanity despite the relative costs. This is a picutre of my two boys (Gonzo and Rooster) with a poster... Continue reading
This post originally appeared on the AVNation.tv site. Andrew Robinson of formally editor at Home Theater Review continues to make waves among the Ivory Tower holders of Audiophila and I like it. I like it allot. Andrew is a breath of fresh air, actually like a straight line wind of fresh air, inside the hobby world of home theater. One of the first Salvos I heard was in the form of his report/ review of the Rocky Mountain … show where he barely contained a direct, and well deserved, dressing down of the exhibitors. His premise? That the high fidelity,... Continue reading
Google announced some terrible, terrible news a few days ago, its Reader product is to end in June of this year. Somewhat surprisingly this has caused an uproar - a bit more than the folks at Google expected with the various online petitions circulating. There is one even on the White House - We The People page. Tech and social news sites were instantly in an uproar decrying the news in breathless posts followed by the flood of giddy articles on what services could replace reader and which had the best importing tools and interfaces. What’s all the fuss?, you... Continue reading
What you need to do to insure success with technical support. Everyone one of us has been there, with racks of gear installed and the shadows growing long on the rear lawn, the final run through and system QC is stuck - a bugaboo is stopping all operation. The homeowner is eagerly waiting to sign off and get you out of their home for the first time in three months. The other trades have begun pointing to you as the cause of the trouble and cost overages. You can just hear the security installer gravely telling the homeowner: ”..if you... Continue reading
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Looking back at past innovations leads to the future. The innovations of the past are more than examples of wrong turns or outdated methodologies and they are more than modern entrails readings. What the study and working knowledge of past technologies are is inspirational. One prime example is how telephony engineers re-examining the process and patent for a frequency jamming resistant torpedo controller developed by ‘the worlds most beautiful woman’ just prior to WWII lead to our modern smart-phone communications - a process called CDMA. The fact is that nothing is built out of the blue but is based on... Continue reading
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Fiber Optics and the coming revolution in Live Events signal distribution. When you mention the word fiber to most event staging folks it is likely that the reaction will be a commiserating hand on the shoulder and a comment that their doctor said the same thing to them followed by an invitation to compare medications prescribed as well. In truth for most of us employed in the collection of industries I like to call the Live Life any practical experience with fiber optics is usually limited to having one of those color changing tubes shaped like a Christmas tree. Oooooh... Continue reading