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Old Man Meade: Stop & Look Around

Every day we in the audiovisual industry are buried up to our necks in technology and the process of making it all function. However, sometimes it,Aeos a good idea to pull back and look around to just appreciate the marvels of what we can actually accomplish with the devices we offer.
For example, even with the glitches that may or may not happen over the Internet, you can have a meeting via your laptop with a group of people who are physically located in every time zone in the country, allowing you all to get together virtually and have a face to face conversation. As little as 10 years ago, this would have never been able to happen without hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of background equipment. Now we can do it with a tablet computer.
In keeping with the Internet and expanding that idea, I did a trouble shooting session recently completely over the Internet. What added some of the wow factor was that it was in the middle of Africa from my office in Maryland! I had two separate connections going simultaneously allowing me to video conferencing with the client on one, while the second was a direct desktop connection to an on-site laptop where I was controlling the central DSP processor for a major airport. This allowed my counterpart on the jobsite to be my ears as we tuned the system.
I,Aeom showing my age, but when I started in the industry we were still hanging CRT projectors that weighed over 200 lbs. and spending hours converging the three tubes into a clear picture. Now, the same brightness that was put out my those monsters is able to be put out by a projector that can fit in the palm of your hand and projectors the size of those old CRT,Aeos are now are being used in movie theaters and similar applications.
One thing that gets taken for granted in this ever mobile society is the sheer computing power most of us hold in our hands on a daily basis in the form of our smart phones. As an example, the phone I use has multiples of the computing power and memory of that of the first laptop that I used to program AMX systems.
All these examples are reasons to pull back and take a larger view every once in a while in our daily working environments. It,Aeos very easy to get caught up in the minutiae of getting this switcher to talk to the network, or that scaler to have proper EDID communication with the monitors, or wondering why the touch panel goes into a page flip loop, and miss the bigger picture of enjoying the technological marvels we deal with on a daily basis.

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