I’ve read it is not the brightest idea to broadcast the fact that you will be out of town for several days, as thieves might be intrigued by that information. So I just kinda dropped off for a week and went on a holiday.
It had been more than a year since I last had a few days off, so it was badly needed, and much enjoyed. If you have not been to San Francisco and Northern California, get the area on your bucket list. I had been to the area once or twice, but just on business and never long enough to really see much.
Now I’m trying to figure out some way to relocate to San Francisco for part of the year. I must have said “Wow!” 400 times in seven days.
Biggest highlight: Point Lobos (pictured here), a natural reserve just south of Monterey and Carmel. Just amazing.
I did work in a little business and dropped by RMG Networks and SeeSaw, which have offices within a few blocks of each other in downtown San Francisco.
I also got a first-hand look at the extensive digital signage deployment in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The facility (definitely worth a visit) has done a really nice job of building screens into most aspects of its operations – such as entry/ticketing – and presentation, using full screens and nice combinations of print and those half-height LCDs. The information I have suggests there are about 200 NEC panels around the place. I didn’t take any snappies because I was too busy shooting pix of marine life.
So, back to work and back to posting after I wade through the email pile. Did I miss anything?
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.