Catching Up!

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted for one very good reason. AV Dawn has been out in the field! That’s right, faithful readers. Last week, I was unshackled from the desk and spent a large part of the week on a job site, installing and programming a new digital signage network. Stay tuned, as I’ll be blogging/reviewing this particular system, later this week, based on my experiences.


In the mean time, let’s catch up with a few newsworthy A/V and Tech tidbits, shall we?
  • Today is February 17, 2009! It was *supposed* to be DTV Transition day… and for some stations around the country, it *is* Transition day, despite the Congressional delay. The more important question for the A/V industry, however, remains unanswered. Did the 700 mHz Prohibition – the White Space issue – go through today as originally planned or is it delayed along with the official DTV Transition? Inquiring minds need to know! After all, there’s a good possibility that a lot of our clients (and perhaps even our own board rooms and training facilities!) are now operating in violation of the law.
  • Granted, at this point, not a lot will happen regarding enforcement though high fines and even jail time are potentially down the road should continued use of these white space devices interfere with the public safety communications that will now take up residence in the 700 mHz frequency band. This morning I placed *yet another* call to the FCC for comment on this issue. I still have not heard, but once I learn the scoop, so too shall you!
  • Popular Science has decreed plasma a dead technology in a current article posted on their site. The article, by Sean Captain, details the slow decline of support for plasmas in favor of LCDs, despite the plasma television’s technical superiority over LCD technology for video and high-definition television viewing. It is a very insightful article that explains why the better product is going the way of the dodo. A must-read for any video aficionado. Besides, if they are correct, I see those last plasma units to drop in price to clear them out in favor of LCDs. When this happens, snap them up! Unlike Betamax and HD-DVD machines, plasmas are still usable, impressive units even if they did lose the big ‘format war.’
  • Over the President’s Day weekend, Facebook ignited a major brouhaha over their revised Terms of Service. In short, a compiliation/clarification of the TOS for Facebook seemed to claim ownership in perpetuity of all content uploaded onto Facebook. As it was reported in the blogosphere, essentially all those family pics, rants and memes in your notes and the ubiquitous status messages and wall posts would become property of Facebook – even in the event that you delete your account. Very quickly, the online world took great offense and several prominent bloggers and media types deleted their accounts.  Since then, the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has publicly refuted the media accounts of the intent of the TOS change and promised revisions and further clarifications, stating: “Our philosophy that people own their information and control who they share it with has remained constant. A lot of the language in our terms is overly formal and protective of the rights we need to provide this service to you. Over time we will continue to clarify our positions and make the terms simpler.” Whether Zuckerberg’s assertion is true, and whether the fallout from the drama will affect Facebook’s continued popularity, remains to be seen.

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