AV SuperFriends: On Topic

AV SuperFriends: On Topic

The AV SuperFriends discuss design, installation, and support of classroom and commercial AV integrations.

Episodes

February 10, 2024 27 mins
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Episode 43: BYOD is an AV Rodent

Recorded January 19, 2024

Our topic for February is “things just won’t go away” or “things that keep coming back year after year” like Groundhog Day. We’ve each selected items that we all hope might see their shadow and disappear for a while. BYOD, VR, terrible marketing, wireless sharing, and more. We’re also testing some format changes to On Topic to keep the show shorter an...
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On Topic Episode 42: People will start laughing at us
Recorded December 20, 2023

(Part 2 of 2)

It’s our third annual prediction show! And I predict we’ll do it again next year.

We first review our predictions from last year to see just how well we did. Some of us were dead on, others were hit & miss, and yet others seem to be deliberately vague just to claim accuracy regardless of outcome.

Then, we each prognosticate on what to exp...
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January 1, 2024 21 mins
On Topic Episode 41: All of this is just BS
Recorded December 20, 2023

(Part 1 of 2)

It’s our third annual prediction show! And I predict we’ll do it again next year.

We first review our predictions from last year to see just how well we did. Some of us were dead on, others were hit & miss, and yet others seem to be deliberately vague just to claim accuracy regardless of outcome.

Then, we each prognosticate on what to expect in 202...
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Episode 40: Toys today are so much worse than they were

Recorded November 15, 2023

It’s December, so it’s time for a holiday wishlist! Each of us shares the AV device or service that we’d really like under the Christmas tree. Some of these are real products, others are slight variations on commonly available products, and one requires a time machine.

Merry Christmas, y’all!

Alternate show titles:
I had cool s...
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November 15, 2023 29 mins
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Episode 39: AV Turkeys 2023
Recorded October 27, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

If you recall, last year we accidentally set fire to Marc’s house while trying to deep fry a turkey. This year we all went to Jamie’s house where Larry volunteered to smoke the turkey overnight, which turned out great! While enjoying Thanksgiving dinner, we each shared our thoughts on some AV turkeys– that is, products or services ...
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October 9, 2023 39 mins
On Topic Episode 38: I work in the V department
Recorded Sept 15, 2023

(Part 2 of 2)

Rather than discuss whatever the topic is this month, we decided to challenge ourselves to collaboratively determine how capable of a basic classroom we can put together. Focusing on the capabilities, not the stuff, and given the scenario of a general purpose classroom, about 30 students, single display, and collaboration/hybrid capable, we hashed out...
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October 5, 2023 39 mins
On Topic Episode 37: They don’t care about the A
Recorded Sept 15, 2023

(Part 1 of 2)

Rather than discuss whatever the topic is this month, we decided to challenge ourselves to collaboratively determine how capable of a basic classroom we can put together. Focusing on the capabilities, not the stuff, and given the scenario of a general purpose classroom, about 30 students, single display, and collaboration/hybrid capable, we hashed ou...
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Episode 36: This Should Be Better Than My High School
Recorded August 18, 2023

Let’s talk about the Student Experience. And that’s really why we’re all here, isn’t it? We discuss what students are expecting from a university in 2023, advocating for students when no one else will, and crushing everything down to be delivered by Zoom or Teams. After all, we have one chance to get it right; are we cutting corners that puts that all ...
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August 7, 2023 52 mins
On Topic Episode 35: Questionable Undefined Modalities

Recorded July 21, 2023

We’re joined by Marina Walton from Trinity University to talk Faculty Support covering everything from identifying champions, supporting innovative learning spaces (that everyone hates), engaging department chairs, hosting an IT Open House to put faces to names, adding a personal touch to IT support, and much more. We also discuss an article (and related s...
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July 1, 2023 33 mins
Recorded June 13, 2023

We figured since five of the six AV SuperFriends were all in the same building, we’d record our On Topic episode for July. The topic is Showcase Spaces, but rather than review our own showcase spaces, we discuss the general process of developing a showcase space, what the end user clients want, and that’s it’s absolutely, completely possible to have a showcase space that is just terrible in every way and still...
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On Topic Episode 33: Tchotchke of Choice / InfoComm Preview

Recorded May 19, 2023

It’s June and for the pro AV world, that means InfoComm… and that happens to be the topic of this month’s episode. Our download numbers show that you’re likely listening to this before you travel to Orlando, so this episode is all about what we’re doing all week long. Justin is teaching a 3-day course, Chris is leading a HETMA workshop, Larry is prese...
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Episode 32
"I'm Not Much of a Top Hat Guy"

Recorded April 14, 2023

Is it over yet? While the topic for this month’s show wasn’t clear, it was assumed to be about the approaching end of the school year. Instead, we opted to discuss technologies that we’re just sick and tired of discussing. And, if you know us, you know we just love VR and the metaverse. And while we don’t wish anyone ill will, we do enjoy our s...
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April 1, 2023 36 mins
On Topic Episode 31: Pull the Stick Out

Recorded March 10, 2023

Who wants some riveting discussion of IT budgeting? Yeah, neither do we, but we make a heckuva effort to stay awake for this. Chris budgets projects with massive contingencies and with market pricing, Marc budgets by time, Larry is concerned about trying to make up all of last year’s projects and complete this year’s projects, Jamie borrows used gear from the rich to giv...
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March 1, 2023 36 mins
On Topic Episode 30: It’s Trash in the Classroom

Recorded February 10, 2023

It’s the coldest part of winter, so let’s talk Spring Cleaning! Remember to fully submerge your touch panels in bleach before re… oh, not that kind of spring cleaning. We’re joined by Joe Way to talk through our plans for Spring Clinging— that is, what we should be thinking about replacing, what we are holding on to, and what things we should be getting rid...
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29: A Premium Experience In Their Own Pocket
AV Superfriends: On Topic

Recorded January 11, 2023

This month’s topic is BYOD and why that’s a terrible idea all around. Wait, it’s not? Well, you’ll have to convince me. We discuss BYOD for conferencing vs. BYOD for presentation only, BYOD for meetings, BYOD for student devices, wired vs wireless connections, why all wireless sharing appliances are bad, and even campus-wide iPad/Chrome...
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January 1, 2023 47 mins
On Topic Episode 28: Let me get out my genie lamp

Recorded December 14, 2022

It’s our annual prediction show!

But first, a Festivus Miracle— ClearOne and Shure have settled their dispute over squares, or whatever it was.

Anyway, we review our predictions from January 2022 to see how right (or wrong) we were and then make bold predictions for 2023. Marc talks AR and VR, Chris foresees a student-driven redefining of the college experienc...
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27: Holiday Wishlist (B&H Convenience Store) | AV Superfriends: On Topic

Recorded October 26, 2022

In the spirit of American retail annual sales scheduling, here’s a holiday episode recorded in October. Our theme for this show is stocking stuffers, so we all have a little gift to share (aka a “recommendation”) or something from our AV wish list that will hopefully arrive soon. Little Marc gives everyone AVoIP decoders, little Chri...
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November 2, 2022 32 mins
26: AV Turkeys | AV Superfriends: On Topic

Recorded October 21, 2022

For Thanksgiving, the AV SuperFriends all gathered at Marc’s house and stood around the kitchen waiting for the turkey to cook in the indoor deep-fryer.  In addition to an assortment of side dishes, we all brought an AV Turkey to share.  Marc reminds us of the nonsense of touchless AV control, Chris complains bitterly about wireless sharing appliances, Justin gives ...
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October 1, 2022 28 mins
On Topic Episode 25: AV Nightmares

Recorded September 28, 2022

In a change of pace, we've collected our scariest and creepiest tales of AV projects, equipment, customers, and support. Join the AV SpookyFriends as we sit around the bonfire and share our tales of fright. Justin brings an Old Kentucky Fable, Marc recounts his End of Summer Waking Nightmare, Larry reminds us that our worst fears can come true during the Year of Good E...
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24: I’ll Meet You Halfway Via This USB Adapter | AV Superfriends
 
Recorded August 19, 2022

This month’s topic is software AV and we couldn’t decide between software AVoIP content, software AV control, or software management platforms, so we’ll cover all three!  We start with an article about a semiconductor manufacturer widening software (and hardware) support for SMPTE 2110, which gets us one step closer to HDBaseT-style interoperab...
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