OTT to TV for the Independents: a BroadbandVision Show Report

Shirley Bloomfield of NTCA interviews Jeff Gardner of Windstream at NTCA.

The BroadbandVision 2014 show was held in Las Vegas last week. While smaller than the TelcoTV show that used to be held for a similar audience until last year, the BroadbandVision show was nonetheless fairly well attended and continued the tradition of being a wealth of good information. One much discussed topic was Over-The-Top Television (OTT TV) and…

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Google’s Actions Hurt Broadband Rollout, Particularly in Rural America

September 25, 2014
Kurt Gruendling teaching how to use Google Apps to rural customers

Lack of relevant content, affordability and digital literacy are the three dominant barriers to the adoption of broadband, according to the World Bank Broadband Strategies Toolkit. The Google Apps Partner Edition™ platform addresses these barriers as it is a relatively low-cost, email/communications/productivity/device management platform. The Google platform has become a platform trusted by tens of…

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Sony Vegas 13 – Catalyst for a New Computer

August 14, 2014
When the GPU option is enabled on the NewBlue FX, occasional noise would be introduced, as seen in this screen capture. This noise would be seen in the rendered output. Interestingly, the noise was only visible in the edit line when it was in draft quality. Even if it couldn't be seen in the edit mode, it was still there in the rendered output.

PC hardware manufacturers should love Sony Vegas 13, as it will drive new sales, at least if the experience of this author is typical. Granted, this author’s two-plus year old laptop, with its 4 Gig of memory and Intel, i5-based CPU, had issues editing with Sony Vegas 12 (would need to reboot at least once…

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Tohisba Satellite S55t B5233 as a Video Editing Machine

August 12, 2014
The Toshiba Satellite S55t B5233 lap-top.

The following post provides a high-level view of the Toshiba S55t B5233 lap-top and its performance as a video editing laptop. The intent isn’t to provide a comprehensive review, but to give a snapshot of a couple of days of use for primarily editing videos using Sony Vegas 13 with various 3rd-party plug-ins. This combination…

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Lenovo Y50 – Almost, but No Cigar

August 10, 2014

The following are my notes from trying the Lenovo Y50, Intel Core i7-4700HQ, 15.6″ 4K Resolution Display, Notebook With 16GB Memory, 256GB SSD, Windows 8.1. The intent of this  post is to help others who may be thinking of purchasing this unit. Sadly, after investing several hours into trying to make this work, primarily as…

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