REDBAND: Install Like It’s For You (The Remix) by Mark Coxon

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Install Like It’s For You- The Remix

I have to tell you that I was rather excited a couple weeks ago when fellow RedBand Blogger John Sciacca (@SciaccaTweets) tweeted about his upcoming article in Residential Systems that would include a Taylor Swift song parody about the install business.

I quickly asked him to alert me when it went live, which he did (Thanks John), and I hurried to check it out.  I wasn’t familiar with the Swifty song before seeing this, so I watched the Vevo link and then read his interpretation, smiling the whole time.  If you missed the original article, click here.

I promptly complimented John, and then made the mistake of saying I was going to lay this down for him, lol.  I quickly attempted to suggest John’s friend Jelly Dee (@AnjelicaDee), with her talent, was much more suited to do this than I, but it was too late!  John didn’t give me an easy exit (Thanks Again John) and now I was stuck.

I then went “all in” by also telling Todd Anthony Puma (@ToddAnthonyPuma), another RedBander, that I was preparing to tackle John’s parody.  Now I was committed, like it or not.

So I took my 1 year of self-taught acoustic guitar lessons, combined those with probably the most Pink-like Taylor Swift song I have ever heard, added in John’s lyrics, and this is what came out the other end.

Obviously I do not record at home.  I don’t have microphones, mixers, garage band software or anything like that.  This was captured with all the glory of an HTC front facing camera and microphone J

I wanted to give John’s lyrics a voice.  I hope you get a kick out of it.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33cWGUcVCCo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Best and God Bless!

Mark C

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Mark has been in the IT & AV field for over 12 years. He currently works as an Account manager with  Horizon Display and is a contributor with various AV industry publications. You can follow Mark on Twitter @AVPhenom.  The expressed opinions are his own…You have been warned!

 

REDBAND: Top 10 Gnarliest Movies Ever – Woody Edition by John Sciacca

I’ve mentioned my Definitive Technology rep, Woody, before. He is the one where we shared a Gay Chamsake at our local sushi bar, and then I think he *may* have proposed to me with a delicate selection of pastel colored sakes on another occasion…

Regardless, Woody comes to town a couple of times a year to show us new Def Tech product, go over any upcoming specials, and see if we need anything from him to support our business, blah-blah. Then we go out and grab some dinner. It’s a great opportunity to hang out and chat informally and get to know each other beyond the typical, “Hey, Woody! I need another Mythos SoloCinema XTR!” and “OK! I’ll ship it right out!”

Because we’re both in the tech business and intimately associated with Definitive Technology – a company that was basically founded on the principles of making home theaters more awesome-er – talk naturally gravitates to movies. And it turns out that Woody is into some gnarly-ass stuff when it comes to movies.

Now, I have a list of my 10 Worst Movies Ever, and I thought that some of the stuff I’d seen – specifically Leolo and Man Bites Dog – was pretty gnarly. Like, physical making me ill, asking myself why, dear God, didn’t I get up and leave the theater, gnarly.

To continue Reading Click the Link Below:

http://johnsciacca.webs.com/apps/blog/show/26275108-top-10-gnarliest-movies-ever-woody-edition

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John Sciacca started a personal blog back in 2010 which dared to ask the hard questions like, “Huh?” and “Whaa?” all written in a pithy, deliciously witty and uproarious manner. His blog likes to make new friends and would love to have you over for some caramels. You can follow John Sciacca on Twitter @sciaccatweets  and at his personal blog www.johnsciacca.webs.com

REDBAND: Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself by Mark Coxon

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself.

 

Let me start off by saying that I’m excited to be joining the RedBand bloggers.  I have followed most of the crew for some time, and always look forward to a new Neto, Sciacca, Tucker, or Puma blog.

For anyone who may follow me or be familiar with some of my work in the industry, you may already know my take on a variety of AV issues.  For those of you who know me in person from my work in AZ or CA, you know I am at heart a nice guy and a father of 3, as well as someone who likes to engage in some light hearted sparring, (verbally and otherwise ).  I do hold strong opinions but I am not mean spirited, and I am usually very fair.  Even when I competed in Muay Thai, I felt bad when I kneed someone in the face, but I was OK with it because we both entered the ring with the same expectations and knew the rules of engagement, (as well as the possible outcomes).  For this reason I wanted to layout my Rules of Engagement, and what I will be writing about in RedBand.

So. . .

“Let Me Clear my Throat!” –Beastie Boys

In the RedBand Spirit of polite irreverence and honesty, there are a few things that will quickly get my attention and the e-ink flowing.

1)      Superfluous Press Releases- If you are on my Google Alerts for AV everyday announcing that you are now installing in the closest suburb or have just hired an intern to shuffle paperwork, you may find your name in my blogs very quickly McCann Systems.

2)      “Me Too” Product Releases- So it is the nature of innovation that we will not always be the first to the party with a new piece of gear or industry changing technology.  However, if 18 months after a major competitor develops a product, you decide to finally copy it, do not announce it in a coming out party to rival the Ellen announcement Extron.  When my grandma finally got e-mail, it was kind of cute that she made a big hurrah about it, but when it’s a product you should have made a year ago it’s just sad.  Have a private webinar, send out a new catalog, add it to your website, but please don’t put it on twitter as “Sliced Bread” if you don’t want me to comment on it.

 3)      “Pretennovation”- Like everyone else in the Band, I’ve been around the AV block a couple times, and the thing that drives me more crazy than almost anything else, is the creative marketing of features that aren’t new, don’t make a difference, or pretend to be more than they are.  240Hz HDMI cables, formats without content, or strobing eyewear have all made my articles in the past, and anything of the same ilk will definitely get some attention in the future.

 4)      “Yes” Men- As Edmund Burke so eloquently stated, the reason that evil exists is that good men do nothing.  When any of the above scenarios happen, there are 3 choices: Ignore the mistake, help promote the obvious idea out of some sense of loyalty or fear of loss, or call them out.  I will always do the latter, but many choose to help promote obviously failed logic and products out of a sense of loyalty or loss.  Instead of admitting the manufacturer’s baby is ugly, they first contemplate the ramifications and choose instead to Follow You into the Dark in Cutie’s Deathcab.

I’m sure many other things will come up between now and the time I put keyboard to backlit screen, but I thought I’d introduce myself, and let you know what to expect.  I encourage your comments, feedback, and well thought out arguments, and promise I will always respond in a kind and loving manner while either coming to a whole new perspective or attacking your premises at their foundation.  Either way, it’s bound to be fun!

Best and God Bless!

Mark C.

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Mark has been in the IT & AV field for over 12 years. He currently works as an Account manager with  Horizon Display and is a contributor with Commercial Integrator magazine. You can follow Mark on Twitter @AVPhenom.  The expressed opinions are his own…You have been warned.

Check Out! AVWEEK EPISODE 70: THE BEST OF 2012

Check out the Latest Podcast from AVnation.tv . This weeks episode is their best of 2012.

Here is the Description:

“2012 has been a crazy year here at AVNation. We would like to take a moment and say thank you to you, the listener, for continuing to support our little podcast. We are not the biggest, but we strive to be among the best. You have done your part by listening every week and telling others about us. Thank you. As we take this week off to spend time with our families, enjoy these four or five of the best conversations we’ve had this year. From Crestron Executive Vice President Randy Klein, to Chris Neto of AV Helpdesk. We tackle Extron leaving the InfoComm show to 8K displays and Smart Buildings. Enjoy. Here’s to a great 2013.”

Here is the link to Episode 70: the Best of 2012 from AVnation.tv’s AV Week:

 

http://avnation.tv/shows/avweek/avw-70/

A Big Thanks to the AV Nation crew for having me on this year.

Chris

 

Let’s Help the Future #ProAV and #AVtweeps

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Hi Everyone. I’m Looking for some assistance. I received a call from a friend of mine in North Jersey who is a High School Principal .  His technology department is doing some great work in the field of Video. He asked if I knew of any Companies in NY and NJ area that have internship programs in the AV/broadcast/video industry.  If your company has an internship program please email me at chrisneto@msn.com or call me at 908-692-7130.

Let’s help the future of AV.

Thanks so much,

Chris

Updated Link: Commercial Integrator Consultant of the Year Article

Consultant of the Year: AV Helpdesk

“AV Helpdesk plucks positive aspects of design-build and puts them into bid-spec projects, while reminding the industry to focus on clients’ needs.”

Here is the weblink to the Commercial Integrator Article that appears in their December 2012 issue:

http://www.commercialintegrator.com/article/consultant_of_the_year_av_helpdesk?utm_source=home&utm_medium=topstory

 

 

It’s an Honor to be part of the Team.

 

Chris

REDBAND: A Leopard Can’t Change it’s Spots by John Sciacca

A Leopard Can’t Change it’s Spots by John Sciacca

…and a Jerk can’t change his true nature.

Many years ago, when young(er) John was just starting out in this home theater industry, he crossed paths with someone we’ll call Mr. Menace.

Menace was building a fairly large new home and expressed extreme interest in having all of the latest and coolest technology of the day: A dedicated media room with front projector, 7-channel surround and tiered seating, a golf simulator room, full housewide audio and lighting control.

His new home was located about 45-minutes (one-way) from our showroom, but that didn’t matter. This was a 6-figure job back when that really meant something, and young(er) John spared no amount of time when it came to doing the full-court hussle trying to win over Mr. Menace.

Check out the Article by Clicking the Link or Image  Below:

John Sciacca started a personal blog back in 2010 which dared to ask the hard questions like, “Huh?” and “Whaa?” all written in a pithy, deliciously witty and uproarious manner. His blog likes to make new friends and would love to have you over for some caramels. You can follow John Sciacca on Twitter @sciaccatweets  and at his personal blog www.johnsciacca.webs.com

 

REDBAND: Three Moving Day Tips for Relocating Home Electronics By Todd Anthony Puma

Three Moving Day Tips for Relocating Home Electronics By Todd Anthony Puma

Moving can be one of the most exciting but frustrating times in a person’s life. While most women are worried about breaking their china in a move, men are worried about their toys… speakers, TVs, and AV components. The average man on moving day has to disconnect all the wires and wrap them up, only to worry about having to reconnect them properly in his new home.
This is where we, as custom integrators, can help out. We can make a client’s life easier, so he can worry more about monitoring his wife’s china than protecting all of his precious toys.

Check out the Article on ResidentialSystems.com

 

My latest article on CorporateTechDecisions.com – Wishes and Wants: A Holiday Tech List

Wishes & Wants: A Holiday Tech List By Christopher Neto

It’s that time of year again when Halloween ends and December Begins.  Somehow November gets lost in the shuffle. Apparently November is “missing” from the calendars of every shopping mall and big box stores across America. Pumpkins are thrown out and quickly replaced by candy canes. By the time December 1st rolls around you’re up to your eyeballs in jingles, jangles, tinsel and enough Double A batteries to power a small village. Yes it’s the holiday season …Cue the fake snow and Fa La La’s!

Check out the Article and SlideShow by clicking the link or image below:

http://www.corporatetechdecisions.com/article/wishes_wants_a_holiday_tech_list

Check out the November 2012 Edition of AV Technology Magazine!

November/December Issue of AV Technology Magazine.

I was interviewed for the article “Ten Tips for First Time Tech Managers” By writer James Careless. Click the image below to view the article and subscribe to AV Technology Magazine. I will forward the weblink once the article becomes available online.

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Its been a wild and crazy month and I have a few more surprises in the works!

I can’t say it enough…THANK YOU! so much for visiting the site. I am truly blessed to be part of a great industry and part of an outstanding community of AV professionals.

Stay tuned for more….

Chris