November 24, 2014

Writing for rAVepubs now as well

Here is a link to my article there. Essentially these posts will be a carryover from the cAValryRides stuff as writing for two websites is one thing. Writing for three is not possible due to the work schedule (hey telepresence / video conferencing hardware takes time to design!)

Anyway, check them out.


November 05, 2014

October 20, 2014

Top 10 on the road products

Being on the road is a complete hassle, but without my personal top 10 favorite products, it would be even worse. Here is my list of on the road necessities that I would hate life without.

October 06, 2014

I need more than 140 characters

For context, read this first:

1. Netflix has streaming quality equal to or better than Blockbuster or my dedicated hardware cable box. No software codec can make the claim that their quality is better than any hardware codec currently on the market. None. Hell, Netflix can stream at 1080p, I can't get 720p out of any software codec. It's not an apples to oranges comparison. A DVD collection to streaming Pandora may be a better one.

2. Lifesize is already changing their model. They literally HID their codecs in their booth at Infocomm. I had to ask someone in their booth if they were still selling codecs.

3. In talking to end corporate users (Fortune 500 types), none of them that I know of are switching to soft codecs. Some of them are opting for a hybrid deployment but refreshes always involve the latest codec from Polycom or Cisco. Every now and then someone brings up that they 'use' Lync, but nearly everyone hates the experience.

4. "The quality and security gaps are being closed at a fraction of the cost, so the niche for hard codecs is shrinking." While I can't speak to security, the thought that the quality gap is closing is simply not true. Nearly 10 out of every 10 software calls I am on has an issue with audio, usually from someone not using a headset which are never used with a hardware codec. Half of the calls have video problems or audio to video sync problems. I've been testing software codecs for years now and the experience is about the same now as it was back then. The problems are the same as well.

That being said, I've not had the opportunity to experience a software codec over a private network, so I am obviously skewed in my opinion. But the fact that these products are marketed to be used in the 'cloud' - ahem - internet makes me think my experience and opinion is valid.

October 03, 2014

The User Experience

A new post on discussing the user experience and wondering why vendors don't seem to think too much about it.


September 08, 2014

Hurdles to video conferencing adoption

In the debates of software vs hardware and ease of use vs quality of product vs cost, it’s necessary to put together a summary of hurdles to ubiquitous video conference adoption. Let’s cut through the hype and buzzwords and get to the roots of the problem. The industry continues to portray video conferencing as a necessary part of unified communication, but until a few things are addressed and those that can be resolved are resolved, I don’t see it being as ubiquitous as we all think it should be.

For more read my post at:


August 30, 2014

My latest post on LetsDoVideo

Here is my latest post on Let's Do Video's website. Enjoy

July 28, 2014

Lets Do Video

For the near future, I will be posting articles to, a new company run by David Maldow.

HERE is a link to my first article posted there.

Note that I will still be creating the high quality content you have come to expect from me here, so keep an eye out.


July 24, 2014

Easy Steps to a Better Video Conference


I've been asked several times to create a horrendously basic list of 'best practices' for video chatting. Instead of writing article after article about the same thing times infinity, I'll just do it once more, here.