By Heather L Sidorowcz June 27, 2013
When Harry Callanhan (played by Clint Eastwood in the 1983 movie “Sudden Impact”) walks in that morning for his cup of Joe, he finds a robbery in progress at the diner. A shootout occurs, and Harry kills all of the bad guys. Or so he thinks. A surviving robber makes for the door and grabs the escaping waitress Loretta. The bad guy points the gun to her head threatening to shoot.
By Todd Anthony Puma June 26, 2013
We all started our companies from virtually nothing, we scrambled to get clients, and we weren’t sure where the next job was coming from (and still often don’t). For me, at least, having been in the business for almost a decade, I forget what it can be like to start out from scratch and have to build the business and your reputation.
By John Sciacca June 25, 2013
Back when I was a golf pro, I went out one night after work for a 9-hole round with a college player that carried only a single club called a chipper. For you non-golfers, a chipper is designed to let high-handicap players—ie: people that aren’t very good—more easily chip a ball up onto the green when they are just off. It basically resembles a putter with an angled head and has a putter grip.
By John Sciacca June 20, 2013
My favorite blogs to read are those where other installers share their personal experiences in the field and their interactions with clients. It helps us to see that big company, small company, young company or industry vet, luxury high-rise condo in Manhattan, or 1,000 square foot cookie-cutter development in BFE, things are pretty much alike all over.
By Todd Anthony Puma June 19, 2013
Handling delays in projects can be a real headache. Even if it’s a personal project, say remodeling your kitchen, any delay can be frustrating. Another week of take-out sounds great, unless you’ve been living on take-out for the past six weeks. It’s even worse when it impacts your business and your clients.
By Heather L Sidorowicz June 18, 2013
As I sat on the plane to Orlando early Wednesday morning, (a flight I am familiar with since us Buffaloioans must escape to Florida during our bitter cold winters or risk freezing to death), I was excited for what lay ahead. I was off to my first InfoComm for a total of 50 hours and had packed my schedule accordingly.
By Heather L Sidorowicz June 12, 2013
All of our techs were on deck at a new golf clubhouse we had been working on for months. The new clubhouse would offer six zones of audio, five flat screens in the bar/restaurant, plus one more in the pro shop (two of these sets would be digital signage TVs). The system would be controlled via Crestron, complete with a 5-inch touchscreen housed in the bar.
By John Sciacca June 12, 2013
As an industry that prides itself on doing custom work, we like to promise the moon and stars. No wish or desire is too grand, no hope or dream too elaborate or unobtainable. “You want the lights to turn on, the thermostat to drop, the blinds to raise, and the music to start playing the Rocky theme at full volume every time you walk into this room? Yep, sounds totally reasonable to me!”
By Todd Anthony Puma June 11, 2013
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may remember that several months ago I was invited to a neighbor’s house for dinner. He didn’t know what I did for a living and he was raving about his Sonos system and Harmony remote. I promised to write again when I had them over to our house. Well, now that I’ve fully installed my Crestron system, had all the bells and whistles programmed in by industry veteran Richard Fregosa, and have installed all of my floorstanding, in-wall, in-ceiling, and invisible speakers, I was ready to have them over.
By Heather L. Sidorowicz June 06, 2013
Remember when a 57-inch TV was huge? I’m talking 196 pound of rear-projection TV hugeness. Standing tall at more than 54 inches with a depth of over 27 inches, these mammoth sets dominated the room. Yet, those who owned these goliaths were proud.

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