Must SDI Die?

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Must SDI Die?

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… or can it just retire in Florida? Recent moves by SMPTE to standardize IEEE-1588 for timing and sync may help the move to an IP-based plant. And the Joint Task Force for Networked Media is studying best practices for audio and video switching. Al Kovalick has written a comprehensive article titled SMPTE Looks at All-IT Media Facilities on page 26 of the December 18th, 2013 issue of TV Technology. He discusses some of the papers presented at SMPTE’s Annual Technical Conference in October 2013 and how they can make an all-IT based facility possible in the near future.

[With no apologies to Cinegy. SDI is not dead yet and neither am I.]

David Mazza To Be Honored

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David Mazza To Be Honored

Mazza_David-200New York Festivals® International TV & Film Awards will honor NBC Sports Group Senior Vice President & CTO David Mazza with its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Awards Gala on 8 April 2013.

Mazza’s technical work has spanned the worlds of sports, entertainment, and news. A veteran of 12 Olympic Games, he and his team were instrumental in the building of NBC Sports Group’s new headquarters: a state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center.

Amar Bose – Aimed At Walls

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Amar Bose – Aimed At Walls

Bose VideoWave entertainment systemDr. Amar Bose, who changed the home loudspeaker industry in 1968 with his model 901 Direct/Reflecting loudspeaker system, passed away on Friday, July 12th. The Bose 901 incorporated speakers aimed at the walls instead of at the listener, unlike other hi-fi speakers made at that time. His company went on to make other familiar audio related devices such as headphones and TV’s, like the VideoWave , the inside of which is pictured here.

See the full New York Times obit here.

(Photo from PCWorld.)

Douglas Engelbart – Mouse Inventor

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Douglas Engelbart – Mouse Inventor

150px-douglas_engelbart_in_2008Ever since Little Charles showed me how he laid-out electronics racks in MacDraw, I have been enamored with the little box with the wire hanging out of it, an invention by Doug Englebart – the computer mouse.

Engelbart passed away on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 but his legacy is more than just the mouse. Inspired by the writing of Vannevar Bush, Engelbart envisioned workers sitting at computerized display stations, gathering information from various sources and harnessing workers’ collective intellect to solve problems together. Some of Engelbart’s ideas were further refined at Xerox PARC, and then again at Apple Computer.

Read Dr. Engelbart’s Obit and associated articles at the New York Times.

Dear Senator: Give Us 5

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Dear Senator: Give Us 5

nabet_logoO.K. – I shouldn’t be taking the side of labor when I’ve been a management a-sh-le for longer than I’ve been a union member. But what is fair is fair: Too many large companies (like Cablevision) have seized on a DC Circuit decision that found that President Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB were unconstitutional and are using it as an excuse to block various NLRB decisions.

So Dear Senator – Let’s not wait till the Supreme Court decides this case next year. Please confirm all of President Obama’s nominees when you return to work on August 5th. After all, due process is a right that all Americans have – not just corporations.