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Conspicuous Convergence

- It’s an old story. For years, we’ve been hearing about how technology is “converging” to a single standard. We’ve been told that one day everything will happen “in the cloud” and that the only wires we’ll need are the AC mains that carry power into the building. Sitting in a conference room trying to connect 21st century mobile devices to fixed AV assets with 20th century connections, one might be forgiven for being skeptical. Sometimes the failure of convergence to manifest in a form that al…

6 Steps to Create the Perfect "How-To" Video

- Confession: I spent two hours watching makeup tutorials last night on YouTube. The night before, I found a YouTube video that helped my sister with her Calculus homework. Last week I got tired of waiting on my dad to help me fix a leaky faucet in the bathroom. I found a YouTube video and fixed it myself! All of these stories have one common theme: How To. No longer is YouTube just a collection of videos about puppies or homemade music videos; YouTube has become a place to learn and share knowl…

What Does USB 3.1 and the USB C Connector Mean For Video Ports?

- With the recent exciting news released by the USB organization about the future of USB, there leaves a lot of questions to be answered. How will this change mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc)? What will laptops/netbooks and Chromebooks look like in a year? What does this mean for existing video ports? The great news is that the new proposed specifications will really change the landscape for USB and jump it forward in a great way. However, as always with new jumps in technology there is…

Understanding USB 3.1 and USB C

- In 1996, the designers of the original USB standard, USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), had planned to simplify desktop connectivity by creating a single connection that would standardize how all devices are connected to a computer. Their plan included replacing many standard ports of the day, which included DB9 (Serial), DB25 (Parallel), PS/2 (keyboard and mouse), and others. The original USB 1.0 standard, which featured low-bandwidth (up to 1.5Mbit/s) and full-bandwidth (Up to 12Mbit/s) data rat…

A Revolution In C

- Previously I’ve written about the introduction of a new USB connector. New USB 3.1 standards, released in July 2013 and not included in any products on the market yet, hinted at this upcoming change. The actual specification for the new connector (released about a week ago as I write this) is related to both that USB 3.1 standard and the new USB Power Delivery standard, which was released as an element of 3.1 (we’ll be talking a lot more about these standards and what they might mean in upcomin…

Take the Bus!

- The word “bus” has its etymological roots in the word “omnibus” and first appeared in the English language in the earliest part of the 19th Century. We didn’t “miss the bus” until the beginning of the 20th Century, and we didn’t “bus tables” until the very edge of World War I was upon us. But the electrical bus we discuss here had to wait until Niklola Tesla and Thomas Edison finished their feud and ushered in the age of technology! In electronic and computer terminology, “bus” is used to des…


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