February 08, 2016

Switching to an iPhone

I like new phones. Having never dipped my toes into the iPhone world, I find that it's about time to switch. Here is the thought process behind what's probably the inevitable switch in the next month or two.

February 03, 2016

Asus ROG gaming laptop initial review

Since the POS Dell was dying (again), I needed a lower priced machine for my daily CAD work. I opted for the ASUS ROG GL551JW-WH71, mainly due to price and local availability as my need was urgent. Here are some initial thoughts on the laptop.

Huddle Room Thoughts

We've all heard it from companies who sell huddle room related products "That's what the client wants", but are they really wanting them or is it a potentially much easier sell than a custom conference room installation/integration? I tend to believe the latter, and here are some completely made up opinions and random thoughts.

January 29, 2016

The Media, Pundits and Bloggers

While I respect my colleagues in the industry, I wonder about the motivation behind some of their articles/blogs. While not singling anyone out, some of the UC/VC/AV/IT bloggers tend to follow what vendors are selling as opposed to what customers actually need at least as it appears to me.

January 26, 2016

Starting a Brick and Mortar

In a departure from my usual blogs about video conferencing, this is about starting a brick and mortar business. I routinely get asked questions about owning a commercial building so I thought I would put as many thoughts down as possible and just point people here. This is mainly to help those who are considering buying or building a place for their business. These are my experiences only and may not represent  those of anyone else. I'll update this regularly as I think of anything.

January 23, 2016

Polycom Realpresence Debut vs Cisco SX10

With the recent release of the Polycom Realpresence Debut, it makes sense to compare it with its nearest competitor, made by Polycom's nearest competitor, Cisco's SX10. Keep in mind that I've not tested either product, it's strictly a subjective by the paper review. So let's just call it a preview instead.
On to it.

January 14, 2016

Video Conferencing Opinions

You know what they say about opinions. It's what shaped the opinion that matters. Understanding how the opinion is shaped will help you understand who you are talking to better. I am a sticker for video conference quality. Good enough, is not, in my opinion. Here is what shaped it.

January 04, 2016

Video Conference Camera Comparison

I'm going to compare the typical experience that you get with the industry standard pan tilt zoom (PTZ) camera with that of the camera and image processor from Array Telepresence. Of course as you can read from the sidebar, I am the Director of Engineering for Array, so take my opinion with a grain of salt and do your own independent research. Opinions are mine alone and do not necessarily represent those of Array.

January 03, 2016

What I want in a robotic personal assistant

This product may exist in some form. If it's not and someone wants to make it, go ahead because I'm not in this space. It's a blend of Amazon Echo, Google Now, Kubi and some other things that may or may not even be possible. Anyway, read on for what I think would be a great addition to a home office, living room or office situation.

January 01, 2016

Logitech unloads Lifesize

In November 2009, Logitech purchased Lifesize for $405 million in cash. Recently, Logitech sold 62.5% of Lifesize for $17.5 million equaling a $28 million valuation. What happened to the once "solid number three" choice of hardware video conferencing products? Without any inside information and writing using only my lack of wit and usual subjective opinion, here are my thoughts about what used to be a great ship with a great captain, turned into a ship with no captain then turned into a captain with no ship.