John Sciacca

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John Sciacca Posted: Oct 05, 2006 0 comments

Having lived on both coasts, I've personally sampled from the buffet of natural disasters each has to offer. I lived through the 1989 World Series earthquake, standing in a doorway trying to decide whether to be more worried about myself or my large tube TV, which was doing the Hippy Hippy Shake on its stand.

John Sciacca Posted: Oct 08, 2004 0 comments

After returning from our honeymoon, my parents took my wife and me to dinner at one of San Francisco's swanky restaurants. To commemorate the event, I brought a prized bottle of wine - a 1982 Sterling Private Reserve cabernet. Instead of being offended that I had my own bottle, the sommelier asked if he might have a taste. But the restaurant still added a $20 corkage fee to our bill.

John Sciacca Posted: Nov 16, 2005 0 comments

By nature, we're attracted to cool stuff, and A/V cabinetry usually isn't that cool. When somebody says, "Check out that rack!," component storage isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But your system needs to have a place to call home. Before deciding where you're going to put your gear, here are some things to consider.

John Sciacca Posted: Nov 11, 2008 0 comments

The CEDIA Expo - held this year in Denver, Colorado - is usually buzzing with people talking about at least three or four must-see things. But at this year's show, a common response to, "What have you seen that's really cool?" was, "Nothing much." And for the first time in years, attendance was down.

John Sciacca Posted: Sep 06, 2004 0 comments

Years ago, a friend of mine qualified to play in the California State Amateur Golf Tournament, and he asked me to caddy for him. This was a big event, held at two difficult courses against the toughest competition in the state, so having a good caddy by his side was important.

John Sciacca Posted: Apr 06, 2008 0 comments

Like most S&V readers, I was excited by January's feature story called "50 Greatest A/V Innovations." How could any red-blooded techie not be sucked in by a title like that? But, as with all lists, this one included and excluded some choices that were debatable - and I'm going to weigh in on one of the biggest omissions.

John Sciacca Posted: Jan 03, 2005 0 comments

Inventor, musician, scientist, politician, and philosopher, Ben Franklin was a brilliant man. His Poor Richard's Almanac is full of timeless proverbs, such as, "For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

John Sciacca Posted: Jul 06, 2005 0 comments

When I'm on vacation, I peruse the local phonebook for A/V stores. It's a great opportunity for me to go rub shoulders with other installers, trade war stories, get ideas on how to set up our showroom or solve a problem I've run across - and to get wowed by a killer demo.

John Sciacca Posted: Jul 02, 2006 0 comments

Back in high school, I had to write an essay on "the more things change, the more they stay the same." (I'm sure the teacher enjoyed reading it about as much as I enjoyed writing it.) While that might hold true for many things, it couldn't be more off base when describing the constantly evolving world of technology.

John Sciacca Posted: Sep 06, 2005 0 comments

Few sports hold as fast to their traditions as golf. In fact, one of the sport's ruling bodies is known as the Royal and Ancient. Before i was a custom installer, i was a golf pro at a swanky club in northern California.

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