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Greetings from Seat 5B, CES 2013 Bound!

Posted on January 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to the largesse of the folks at GoGo In-Flight WiFi, I am coming to you live – well, live as I type this, highly unlikely to be still live as you are reading it – for the first time ever from 30,000 feet from my US Air flight to Las Vegas for the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show! Huzzah!


Unthanks to the umm, whatever is the polar opposite of largesse, folks at US Air for lumping...

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Babes in Boothland

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (9)

There was a bit of a hubbub at CEDIA this year when a major, well-respected trade journal decided to run a “fun” (their words), “Hottest CEDIA EXPO Booth Babes” contest during the show. (I’m not gonna say who it was. Except it wasn’t Residential Systems or Sound + Vision, whom I write for. You can Google “Hottest CEDIA booth babe” if you want to know...)


Amidst the Twitter pus...

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CEDIA 2012: The Most...

Posted on September 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Another CEDIA EXPO is in the bag, and this show marked my 14th in attendance. There have certainly been a lot of changes for my EXPOs over the years; from those wide-eyed days of running around the hallways checking out the HD Garden of Delights, grabbing every piece of literature I could stuff into a backpack and sneaking into parties uninvited to being a member of the press, grabbing every USB drive I can stuff into a backpack and attending “under embargo” meeting...

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CEDIA EXPO 2012 - Day 1 Recap

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

My first official, non-press-related day at CEDIA EXPO began at 5:50 AM after The Darryl Wilkinson's alarm went off. It sounded like an angry, malevolent, homicidal robot had burst into our room and was augmented with the flashing of the the iPhone's arc sodium light that punctuated the staccato bleeps and blaps of the hostile robot intruder. Since I had no idea what this was, I leapt out of bed yelling, "I don't know what's happening?! Why is this happening?! What's going on?!...

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CEDIA 2012 - The Videos

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (1)

I had a new strategy to covering the CEDIA EXPO show this year; I wandered about the showfloor aimlessly with no real plans or specific objectives and when I found something that looked interesting, I'd pop in to take a closer look. If it was really interesting, then I'd ask the exhibitor to talk about the product while I video'd them. Quick upload to YouTube and BAM! I've got my show coverage done!


So here's the videos I sh...

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#CEDIA12 - Now with at least 4D!

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This moment finds me in the US Air Lounge in Charlotte, waiting for my connecting flight to Indianapolis for the annual CEDIA EXPO. (I’ve already come face-to-face with the cruel, harsh realities which are life as a lowly Silver Elite member, cast down on high from the Olympus of Gold Elite status as I didn’t even get a bump up to First Class for my Myrtle leg today. Oh, how the mighty have been humbled, forced to sit on the wrong side of the curtain, smelling the a...

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Top 10 CEDIA EXPO Memories

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (2)

A week from today, I will be walking off of a plane and stepping into the (hopefully) welcoming bosom of Indianapolis for the annual CEDIA EXPO. (Love ya, Indy, but, can't lie, looking forward to going back to Denver in '13!)


This will be my 14th EXPO and it is my favorite of the conventions for all of the reasons listed in my “Why...

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Sciacca Touches: Make Me a Meme Contest!

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A meme (meem) is ‘an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.’ A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. An Internet meme is an idea that is propagated through the World Wide Web. The idea may take the form of a hyperlink, video, picture, website, hashtag, or just a word...

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Why I Love CEDIA's EXPO

Posted on August 12, 2012 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As someone who has attended a number of tradeshows, I can easily – and honestly – claim that the annual CEDIA EXPO is my favorite. (It's held each year in September, and will be in Indianapolis from the 5th to the 8th this year.)


While the other events have their plusses, the EXPO is the one industry event that I consider a must attend for anyone truly serious about the industry. Since I became a custom installer in 1998, I&#...

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Meet CEDIA's Tweeps

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

If you have spent any time on Twitter lately, you have probably encountered the #CEDIATweeps hashtag. This is a new concept CEDIA is experimenting with to try and build buzz around the 2012 Expo being held this September in Indianapolis.


In the beginning of May, CEDIA put out a call for applicants. They were looking to fill out a team of 10 “social media fanatics” to help spread the word on why the CEDIA...

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Lessons learned from my 7th CES

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

If my shoddy memory serves, this year’s CES show was my seventh. And while that might feel like an infinity-worth when you are actually the one IN Vegas doing ALL of the walking (and walking and walking...) and writing and eating and drinking, the reality is, in the world of CES show attendance, I am but a babe.


There were many in my press crew that were into double-digit show attendance numbers. Some that can claim the badge of *n...

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CES 2012: 17 Superlative-est Things

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, the fat lady has sung, the curtains have been closed and CES 2012 is officially a few days in the bag. After several days of decompressing and detoxing – there is a LOT of drinking in Vegas – and reflecting, I thought I would share my list of Best, Worst, Coolest, and other superlatives from this year’s biggest party in all of electronics.


#1 Best Demo – The Unforgettable Home Theater Experience

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CES 2012: Day 4 -- aka Oh, God! Make it stop!

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (3)

I’d like to say that night three ended as awesomely as nights one and two – and it was certainly headed that way – but, alas, it was not to be. Following the awesomeness which was the IOSAFE “Cage of Death!” demo, I dutifully returned to the press room to file my stories like a good little cub reporter before heading over to the Tau Nightclub in Palazzo for dinner with Lutron’s Melissa Andresko and arch-Sciacca Nemesis (and Home Theater Edito...

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CES 2012: Day 3 -- aka The Show Floor part 2

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Day two ended much like day one, with me at a wonderful dinner with some of my best-est press buddies. (Oh, Jeremy G and Glasses; that you could have been there as well...) The good folks at Paradigm – namely Mark Aling and Erin Phillips – are always great fun to hang out with (even when one of them -- OK, it was Erin -- may or may not admit to TOTALLY agreeing to do a Polar Bear Club dip for $50. And, no, Erin, I am *never* letting go of that...) and the restaurant...

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CES 2012: Day 2 -- aka The Show Floor part 1

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Before I start talking about Day 2, a quick recap of my previous evening is in order… (This would be Tuesday night for those keeping score at home.) I ran into Kaleidescape’s product manager, Tom Barnett, and he accompanied me to what is one of my most MUST NOT MISS events of the show, the DEG party. DEG (Digital Entertainment Group) has something-something to do with Blu-ray disc sales and promotion, but the fantastic thing about their event – besides a well-...

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CES 2012: Day 1 -- aka Venetian Part 1

Posted on January 16, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (4)

CES is definitely about time management; there is more than you could see here in a month – what would feel like five lifetimes – let alone four scant eight hour days. With that in mind, I decided to spend my first official CES 2012 show day at the Venetian, which houses many – if not all – of the audio exhibitors as the show. Since waiting for the elevators at the Venetian can rob you of hours of precious time, it is best to go to the top floor – ...

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CES Press Day 2012: The Video Stuff

Posted on January 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The morning press sessions kicking off the '12 CES show included events from LG and Sharp, with an afternoon at Panasonic and a day closer with Sony’s event at its booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center. (Myself and like 1500 other journalists were shut out of the Samsung event. Apparently every person in the entire state of Nevada becomes a journalist and gets a Press Pass for CES and they all came to the Samsung event.) All four manufacturers touted larger screen size...

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Vegas, Baby, Vegas

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Going to be a quiet-ish week here as I feverishly cover CES for the next few days. It literally just hit me as my first day drew to a close and I had only seen about 10 companies....there is absolutely NO WAY that I am going to see even 25% of what I thought I was going to see. Even if you just spent your entire show looking at audio at The Venetian, you would still not see everything that is JUST at the Venetian. It is the cruel mind game of CES to supply you with hundreds of ...

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CEDIA 2011: Miscellaneous Awesomery

Posted on October 3, 2011 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Yes, I realize that CEDIA 2011 is now three weeks in the bag at this point. The show is dead and buried, and the first little bugs and crawly critters are just starting to work their way into the casket to start gnawing away on the fleshly memories and other juicy bits. But I’ve been busy and still have a few other things I want to talk about from the show. And, since it’s my blog, I’m resurrecting CEDIA 2011 at least one more time to talk about some of the co...

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CEDIA 2011: 4X the Resolution is 4K the Fun (video pt 2)

Posted on September 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (2)

When you hear things like, “The front projection market is dwindling” and each year less and less manufacturers actually show up to demonstrate front projection models to the very group of people that are capable of going forth and installing them, it kind of makes you wonder how much some of these manufacturers care about still supporting this segment of the market...


While I own a projector and LOVE it and still cons...

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