By John Sciacca July 29, 2011

by John Sciacca (OK, this story might take a little bit to get going...but really like the end part. So, if you find yourself starting to slack off or start to get all glaucoma’d or feel like you’ve met your daily quote of vowels and consonants, do me this…just skip down to the paragraph that starts, “But when it c

By Jeremy Glowacki July 28, 2011

I worry about the future of CEDIA and the custom installation industry a lot these days. The changing world is a confusing place, and it’s been especially difficult for those in our business and the association that was built to service it to adapt and grow. For one thing, old-school veterans

By RES Blogs July 27, 2011

by Dennis Burger If you ever happen to find yourself in the Carson City, NV, area and feeling a bit peckish, do yourself a favor and drive a few miles south—not exactly to the Middle of Nowhere, because that would connote some sort of geographical significance, but definitely on the edge of Nowhere’s police jurisdi

By RES Blogs July 26, 2011

by Morgan Strauss To select and receive feedback from specific rooms, one way of doing things is to have a floor plan of the user’s home on the touchscreen interface. While this does look pretty cool, it also offers a few drawbacks when it comes to usability. Primarily, floor plans can be hard to read, especially b

By Jeremy Glowacki July 22, 2011

Back in May, Lenbrook America created a stir among independent reps when it announced that it would begin selling most of its NAD and PSB home audio brands through in-house regional sales managers for the first time after having sold exclusively through independent reps since the company's founding 20 years ago. This

By RES Blogs July 21, 2011

by Morgan Strauss For intuitive operation, users need to be able to see that a button is visibly active (in a “pressed state”) when pushed. Since their finger is actually covering the button when it is pushed, this brings up a few design challenges. Obviously putting an “on” light in the middle of the button isn’t

By Kirsten Nelson July 19, 2011

by Kirsten Nelson With Legrand North America ’s acquisition of Middle Atlantic Products complete more than a month ago, the two companies are talking about what comes next. Reassuringly, the only difference customers will likely see is an expanded array of products available from Middle Atlantic, as the company

By John Sciacca July 14, 2011

By John Sciacca You want to know the call that you DON’T want to get at 7:56 in the morning on your day off? When you went to bed late after drinking that I-know-I-shouldn’t-but-I’m-going-to-anyhow second Manhattan? It’s the one where your installer blurts into the phone, “Dude! We got robbed! The back windows are

By RES Blogs July 11, 2011

by Morgan Strauss Ever notice that after all your hard work designing a user interface, it doesn’t look quite like you intended when you put it on a touchscreen? The reason for this is that colors on a touchscreen often “shift” and “band.” That is, the color can be different than intended (shifting), or there are a

By John Sciacca July 06, 2011

by John Sciacca One of the constant questions that we face as custom installers — beyond, of course, the, “Can’t I just do something wireless?” and, “What do you mean ‘it’s my cable box’?” and “You’re gonna charge me for that?” and “Will you match the price I found at notauthorized.com and still give me your great


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