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A State of Control
30 minutes | Apr 11, 2016
AVNation Special: Diamond Programmers
Host: Tim Albright with guests: Jim Pope and Jon Ottesen In this AVNation special we look at the world of programming from the view of a Crestron Diamond Certified programmer. How did Crestron migrate from a dealer focused programming environment to one that encouraged independent programmers? Plus, where do they see control and automation heading?
42 minutes | Mar 22, 2016
A State of Control 23: Stay Within the Bumpers
Host: Tim Albright and Co-Host Steve Greenblatt from Control Concepts with guests: Rich Fregosa and Bernard Morgan This month we dive into the divide between residential and commercial programming. We talk about the skill sets needed for each and how do you transition from one to the other.
56 minutes | Dec 23, 2015
A State of Control 22: Fragmentation
Host: Tim Albright and Co-Host Steve Greenblatt from Control Concepts with guests: Rich Fregosa, Patrick Murray, and Troy Morgan. On our previous episode we discussed how programming of typical systems are being simplified. This month we talk about software solutions that help programmers with simple systems through the most complicated.
57 minutes | Nov 1, 2015
A State of Control 21: Gold Rush
Host: Tim Albright and Co-Host Steve Greenblatt from Control Concepts with guests: Rich Fregosa This month we look at how to get into the programming side of AV, where to go to get your skills honed, and the death of the middle-class programmer.
59 minutes | May 26, 2015
A State of Control 20: Not Everyone Gets A Ribbon
This month we look at the importance of manufacturer training and certifications. What do they cover beyond their specific products? How does InfoComm and other trade organizations add to the knowledge base? What are the responsibilities of the employees going to training? We welcome Crestron's Crestron's Jeff Ashachik and AMX's Chris Backus to talk about it.
51 minutes | Apr 16, 2015
A State of Control 19: Modern Approaches to Control System Design
InfoComm International has released a white paper on Modern Approaches to Control System Design. We talk with some of the members of that task force about the process and why the paper was written. We also cover the impact modern devices have on control and automation.
57 minutes | Mar 17, 2015
A State of Control 18: Kumbaya
On this month's episode of State of Control we take a look at the subject of sub-contractors in the world of programming. We have two integrator programmers and two sub-contractor programmers to hash out when is the best and worst time to use a sub.
50 minutes | Feb 7, 2015
A State of Control 17: Safe Word
We continue our conversation about making good code. How do you get customers to value well written code? What can consultants do to make sure the code is accessible and decipherable?
50 minutes | Dec 23, 2014
A State of Control 16: Be Lazy
On this episode we talk about what makes good code. Does it matter if no one else can read your control code? How does being lazy help you write better code?
50 minutes | Nov 18, 2014
A State of Control 15: The Kid, An Espresso, and a Puppy
Modules make a programmers life easier and more difficult at the same time. What goes into making them? Who is responsible for support? We talk about this and more on this month's episode.
0 minutes | Oct 21, 2014
A State of Control 14: Who's Going To Touch It?
On this month's episode we cover how programmers can provide an Exceptional Experience. What are some best practices for programmers and programming? Plus, we talk about what programming may look like in the next few years.
57 minutes | Sep 29, 2014
A State of Control 13: Let There Be Light
What are the benefits of lighting, shade and HVAC control? How do you explain ROI in the home environment? When is it best to have lighting control versus automation? We talk about this and more on this month's A State of Control.
65 minutes | Aug 21, 2014
A State of Control 12: TMC To CYA
On this episode of A State of Control we tackle the subject of Sub-Contractors. When you should hire them and what is the process. For independent programmers, how do you know when to say yes, and no, to projects.
63 minutes | Jul 7, 2014
A State of Control 11: A Brother's Gotta Eat
This month we tackle "alternative" control systems. Besides Crestron and AMX, there are a number of control and automation companies out there. Some of them may even be a better fit for your particular application. We take a look at a few of them and talk about how to pick the best control for the job.
5 minutes | May 6, 2014
A State of Control 10: AV Is Nicer Than IT
As the AV industry matures, so do the workers who occupy the jobs. How do we get the next generation trained? Where will tomorrows programmers come from? What would an AV Programmer degree look like? We talk about training the next AV programmers on this episode of a State of Control.
51 minutes | Mar 8, 2014
A State of Control 9: The Glue That Binds
With IT and AV converging at lighting speed, what does this mean for the AV Control industry? Have we seen the end of processors and touchpanels? How can the control programmer of today succeed in an IT-centric world?
50 minutes | Dec 13, 2013
A State of Control 8: Sneakernet
This is the Technology Manager edition of A State of Control. We talk with Technology Managers about asset management software, BYOD, and the future of control in the classroom.
61 minutes | Oct 9, 2013
A State of Control 7: The Red Button or Blue $
On this episode of A State of Control we talk about the price of good programming. How are programming budgets created and how to get in on that process? When dealing with consultants and end users, how are programmers able to quantify such an ethereal thing like good programming?
65 minutes | Aug 21, 2013
A State of Control 6: The One Ring
The AV/IT convergence has been upon us for quite some time. What does it mean for the control and automation segment of the industry? How are manufacturers responding to the challenge, and where will it take us in the future. We talk about networking and IP on this episode of A State of Control
58 minutes | Jul 24, 2013
A State of Control 5: Configuratable
From amplifiers to digital video products, control manufacturers are expanding their line of products. As they do, they expect their "certified" programmers to understand and know more. What does it mean to be in this world of ever-changing control and automation? We talk about the role of the certified programmer on this episode. Running
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