Originally, I planned to write a post about everything I learned at Crestron Masters this year. In prior years, I wrote everything down that I could and would bring it back to our team of programmers to share. I don't know how much they cared (my notes work well for me but usually not anyone … Continue reading Lessons from Masters
I'm getting excited for next week: Crestron Masters is happening in Orlando, FL. Classes are a little different this year. I'm basically taking Test-Driven Development one day and Immersive HTML5 the next. Then the last day is a bunch of panel discussions. I'm sure it will be worth the trip! Anything is better than sitting … Continue reading Crestron Masters 2022
It's been over a year since my last installment in this series, so I thought it was a good time to reflect on where things are and where they seem to be going. I completely missed the mark on touchless control! But I think the need to diversify our skills as AV programmers is more … Continue reading The Future of AV Programming: Part 6
The owner's manual for the office microwave oven has been sitting on top of it for over a year now. I'm very tempted every time I see it sitting there to file it in the round filing cabinet. While I was waiting for my coffee to finish, I thumbed through it to see exactly how … Continue reading More Office Treasure!
This is a taboo topic, so I'm probably not going to broadcast this one across social media. I'm very fortunate. I earn decent money doing something I find interesting: programming. I don't love sitting in front of a computer all day, but that's where most of the programming happens, so I've learned to deal with … Continue reading Salary
I love going into our office and exploring our kitchen / break room / storage closet when I'm waiting for my coffee to brew. There are so many strange things we've held onto for who knows how long. Like today, I just noticed this nice Pelican case sitting behind the refrigerator: What treasure could we … Continue reading Office Treasure!
I've been getting better at using Org Capture to keep a work journal (as in, actually remembering to write in it). It was especially useful during Crestron Masters to keep everything organized. Org is a very powerful tool, and I've found that working with the parts that are easy to understand, it's easy to slowly … Continue reading Org Capture
Back in 2010, I had just started at a new company as a full-time AV programmer. I already had a couple years of AMX programming under my belt, and I'd just started getting the hang of Crestron and SIMPL Windows. Most of our engineering and programming team were East Coast-based but I was the lone … Continue reading The Time I Almost Got Fired
The brutal truth. Ever since our company was acquired nearly four years ago, I've wondered what the long-term plan for traditional AV (audiovisual) services was going to be. If you look at an IT business pie chart, AV is a tiny sliver compared to giants like telephony, managed services, and cloud. At times, I've felt … Continue reading Into the Cloud!
It's been about a year since the last time I thought about where AV programming is headed. The world was a different place then. COVID-19 has caused the shutting down of shared workplaces, diminishing the need for complicated spaces even further than before. What's a programmer in the AV industry to do? This is what … Continue reading The Future of AV Programming: Part 5