By John Sciacca March 05, 2014
The Simpsons re-ran an earlier episode on piracy the night of the Oscars
which perfectly articulated my blog. Enjoy quotes from the episode
liberally sprinkled throughout.
By John Sciacca February 25, 2014
Perhaps other than Sports Illustrated or Hooters, no industry is as
proud of their racks as ours. (OK, that will be the only rack
double-entendre, I promise!) The delivery and trimming of the AV rack often indicates nearing the
job’s completion, and a clean, tight rack is a mark of pride for many
By John Sciacca February 18, 2014
If you’ve followed any of my posts on our company’s Mega Job
so far, you’ll know that we’re neck deep in the largest project we’ve
ever done. (The finish line is actually almost in sight; we delivered
all the racks of gear this week.) One of the most important ideas that
I’ve learned from this experience is that these larger projects are very
fluid and amorphous and that being successful means staying on top of
the schedule and managing your time both on and away from the job.
By John Sciacca February 11, 2014
Sometimes when I read about people talking about social media for their
business and needing to embrace social media to be successful, it makes
me think of that Steve Martin quote. It’s like saying: you want some
more surefire, can’t miss business advice? Be successful and hugely
By John Sciacca February 04, 2014
This year’s International CES could just as easily have been called,
“The Great Big Giant 4K TV Show!” because if you ventured anywhere into
the central hall, that is practically all you saw or heard about.
By John Sciacca January 28, 2014
If you’ve followed my blogs for a while, then you probably know that in
my pre-custom install life, I was a golf professional. This meant that I
worked at a golf course, managed the golf shop, ran tournaments, gave
lessons, etc. This differs from being a professional golfer, which is
the people you see playing on TV.
By John Sciacca January 21, 2014
Call it serendipity, kismet, or just plain old dumb luck, but at the
very end of International CES earlier this month, I found myself
unexpectedly swept up into an entourage that included two other AV
journalists; Ergotron’s marketing manager, Betsey Banker; and three
Crestron employees, including director of residential marketing, Tom
By John Sciacca January 13, 2014
It’s easy to get lost and lose your perspective when wandering the halls
of The Venetian high-end audio suites during International CES. I mean,
behind every door is another stratospherically priced, mid-six-figure
audio system where just the cabling alone costs more than most people’s
entire AV systems. You hear talk of all of these rarefied driver and
cabinet materials, audiophile micro-attention to detail, and
ultra-resolution and micro-dynamics, and after a few demos, you start
losing your touch on reality.
By John Sciacca January 13, 2014
In a way, 3D is kind of like a technological cockroach; no one really
wants it, but it also just won’t seem to die. The TV manufacturers are
making another attempt to bring 3D back to the market, but this time in a
By John Sciacca January 09, 2014
If you’ve never made it out to Vegas for CES, then it is hard to imagine
the immensity of the booths that the major video manufacturers build.
Samsung, Sony, LG, Panasonic, Sharp… these are giant, walled fortresses
in the midst of the convention center all showing the latest
technologies that will be gracing the world in the coming months/years.