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RIA's at Cloud Expo Remember me? Sorry for lack of posts. Happy to report I am very busy on both the pressDOOH and Preset fronts, and seeing a lot of airports (but dodging storms). Anyway, there is encouraging news on the Adobe Flash licensing beat - with a senior Adobe guy promising: Adobe will make an unambiguous statement in the new year. This was from the Director of Adobe's Open Screen Project, which is Adobe's big cross-platform initiative. He found me through another Adobe guy who conceded the company's position was confusing, and promised to look into it. He found me through Stephen Randall of Locamoda. So if we do get clarity, finally, Stephen gets a gold star. Nate Kidwell of DS newcomer Ludicast, which uses Flash extensively, has also been a big help, and pointed me (among other things) to a post on a Flash developer's blog, called ickydime. The comment... (more)

"Guru" for hire

Well it has only been a couple of hours, and I wasn't planning on posting anything, but Adrian at Daily DOOH clearly has a mole embedded deep inside BroadSign. I looked at my Google Reader and saw, almost before I knew, that I am on the street. I'm gonna stay on the high road here and state simply that Broadsign is angling towards a channel partner strategy and direct sales is not part of it. It's a little disconcerting and frustrating, to say the least, but if I know anything I know it's not personal or performance-related. I was going to take a couple of days and reflect, and ... (more)

Is Atom Ready For the Bigs?

I keep seeing press releases like this popping up in Google Alerts, announcing new Intel Atom-based micro PCs and boards that are perfect for, among many things, digital signage. Safely hidden away in the turret of my mountaintop compound near the windswept shores of Lake Ontario (OK, a spare bedroom in suburban Toronto), I don't have a bench to test gear, nor would I know what the hell I was doing in assessing whether any or all of these new, low-cost x86 platforms are actually capable of doing as billed. But I suspect a lot of companies are, for three simple reasons: 1 - Form... (more)

Quebec DS company continuing to get traction in, of all places, Alberta

  I was born in Alberta and spent my 30s there, so I know the mindset and I continue to be impressed that Groupe Viva, a suburban Montreal DS company that is very clearly Francophone, continues to make headway in the Canadian equivalent of Texas. (Disclosure - old clients, still good friends) The company just announced it is expanding the footprint of screens it manages and produces content for a hockey superstore chain opening up in the  oil-rich and hockey-mad province. Groupe VIVA is announcing it will reinforce its presence in Western Canada as its client, Pro Hockey Life S... (more)

A Call for Clarity: the Adobe Flash Issue

Adobe Air on Ulitzer When I was selling software, one of things that came up and that I was coached to use as a selling tool was the whole issue around what is OK and not OK about using Adobe Flash. There were a few schools of thought or lines of attack, depending on how you looked at the world. 1 - the Flash End User License Agreement (EULA) expressly forbade the use of the Flash player for digital signage, and software companies needed to buy/license the developer libraries to be legit 2 - the EULA did not apply to PCs and therefore it didn't matter 3 - it was unclear, and Ado... (more)