Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0018 – Business Beliefs

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0018 – Business Beliefs

Every so often things happen behind the scenes at AVNation HQ that Tim and I believe are worth sharing with our audience. During the week of August 25th there were some challenges with connecting to the AVNation servers. Our hosting company, Dreamhost, was under a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. The attack resulted in … Read more

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0017 – Privacy changes Ownership

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0017 – Privacy changes Ownership

During the week of August 24, 2017 a discussion about how privacy impacts ownership garnered new attention after a Sonos update. The Boston Globe reported about a lawsuit that was based on a ZDnet article. There are many facets to this specific situation that can be debated, however the basic concept of a company changing … Read more

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0016 – Which file is it?

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0016 – Which file is it?

Revision control is a very important thing. All to often we forget about keeping track of our electronic files and which one is the most current. If not the most recent one, the one that should be running in the system. I believe that we have all seen filenames like this: Final Version – Tim’s … Read more

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0015 – What is the actual cost?

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0015 – What is the actual cost?

A frequent topic for me is reacting to challenges. The reason for discussing these topics is that from my experience, things going wrong is what impacts projects and people the most. These issues cause extra costs and possibly impact project deadlines. Obviously, problems will happen, the key concept is to understand the cost of a … Read more

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0014 – Troubleshooting never changes

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0014 – Troubleshooting never changes

I get to work with some large and complex systems as part of my role at Harman Professional Systems. Sometimes the systems don’t work as intended. As I joke, “the best way to make a system crash, demonstrate it to customers.” The problem quickly turns into a stressful time for everyone involved. There are lots … Read more

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0013 – Can you tell me what you are doing?

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0013 – Can you tell me what you are doing?

Last week I talked about losing my notebook but I did not lose my knowledge. This week I want to continue discussing losing knowledge. The challenge is “tribal knowledge” or people who have been at the company and know the processes. The blunt way to put it is, “What happens if you get hit by a bus?” That is pretty extreme. A better example could be what happens if your web architect goes on a cruise and is not reachable and you need to update the website.

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0012 – Hard copies are optional

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0012 – Hard copies are optional

Title panel for Bradford's Brain Balloon #12. Hard Copies are optional. Sub heading, I lost my notebook but not my data.

This post is a response to a few people’s request for me to review a Internet of Things pen, the Neo smartpen.

A few months ago I purchased the Moleskine Smart Writing Set. The reason is that I want to be able to digitize my notes as I went. Some of the other solutions require an additional step of taking pictures of the notes to import into the software solution. This one simply records what I am writing using special pen and paper. I just have to synchronize every so often.

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Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0011 – Change is Constant

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0011 – Change is Constant

On July 28, 2017 Legrand announced that they are purchasing Milestone AV for US$950 million dollars. Legrand had made a press release and acquisition information available. The brands of Milestone are Chief, Da-Lite, Projecta, SANUS, and Vaddio. Currently Legrand owns at least 18 other brands in the infrastructure market.

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0009 – To Error is Human, to think you got it right takes a computer

Bradford’s Brain Balloons Column #0009 – To Error is Human, to think you got it right takes a computer

Recently Tim and I were debating about the grammar of a sentence. Yes, that is what we do when looking at the website and looking for challenges that can be improved. While I might be cranky quite often, I do not want to berate and attack people with incomplete data. I took the sentence in … Read more