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Posted by: Steve Lampen on July 31, 2013

According to my count, this is Blog Number 50 for me! I have been told that there are thousands of people reading these blogs, which warms the cockles of my heart, but more importantly confirms this is a great forum to share important knowledge to a wider and wider audience.

More than a few people come up to me at speaking engagements or tradeshows and ask, "How can you keep coming up with new ideas for blogs?" I mean, this is wire and cable (at least the blogs I write) and that's not exactly the most exciting thing in the world. Some people are amazed I can talk for a whole hour about wire and cable. (Clearly, they haven't seen me talk, I can go for days!) So where do I get these ideas?

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Blog Category: Broadcast AV

Posted by: Steve Lampen on July 24, 2013

I swear, I can empathize that Belden doesn't make it easy for you to choose a cable for a specific application. A week doesn't go by that someone isn't complaining to me that we have too many choices.

I tell most people that we make "6,000 different kinds of wire and cable". What's the actual number? I don't really know, and I don't know if anyone knows. As the introduction of new technologies speeds up, we bring out more and more new products, so that "total" is a moving target.

It's no wonder that often, when I suggest a cable to a customer, they get angry. You see, this cable may have been in our catalog for 20 years and they didn't know about it. They’ve been struggling with some old cable from the Dark Ages, wishing there was a better way, and it has been sitting there waiting for them. I would be angry too.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on July 17, 2013

I remember hearing a story when I was a student (around the time of the Middle Ages):

A physics professor gave a test question to the class. You have a barometer (a barometer reads air pressure). You're in a 100-storey building. How do you use that barometer to determine the height of the building? The answer is, read the air pressure at the bottom of the building, walk up one floor (measuring the distance of that one floor precisely) and read the pressure on the first floor. Then take the elevator to the roof, and read the pressure there. Then take the difference between the pressure on ground floor and on the roof, and divide that by the difference between the ground floor and the first floor. Then multiply that number by the distance you measured to the first floor.

But I will tell you that this is the WRONG WAY to figure this out. Here is a MUCH EASIER way:

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on July 12, 2013

Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, who happens to be a friend of mine, once said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Well, welcome to that future. I talked in one of my last blogs about Dick Stoner, our magician at NAB, but truly the cell phone in your pocket, or the tablet in your hand, is greater magic than anything Mr. Stoner could summon up. And some of that magic is in the wire and cable that's used to hook all those things together. Maybe that magic is not quite as obvious, but it's there.

I was talking on the phone the other day to a distributor. He wanted to be sure that what he was stocking were the right products. He wanted to be sure that he wouldn't be left with a bunch of products that were going out of favor or being passed by new technology. Well, as I always do, I started by telling him that my crystal ball was in the shop, and it was pretty foggy looking into it anyway. Nobody can accurately predict the future, at least not the entire future. And as I often tell my audiences, if you DO know what's coming, go see your stock broker! That's how people get rich, by making accurate guesses about where we are going. Even harder is to look at all the new technology which comes out every five minutes and decide which one is the "Next Big Thing".

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on July 04, 2013

You know that I am a travelling dude. I have Mexico, Brazil and maybe a tour of Asia coming up on my calendar besides my usual travel within the USA. But there is another group close to my heart that also needs education and training. It is a part of my job to make sure the Belden people who help you on a daily basis have all the information they need, including an understand of what's going on in our industry. Now, I often train staff in distant countries, for example I recently spent an afternoon with our staff in Dubai. But since we have such a strong presence in the good old USA, it is even more important that our Customer Service staff here stay up to date. Which is why, at the end of July, for three days, I will be training our US CSRs (Customer Service Representatives).

Do you talk to our CSRs? How did they do? Was there something you felt they needed to be brought up to speed on? What would you like them to know, or learn? Click on Read More below to get in on the conversation.

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Blog Category: Broadcast AV

Posted by: Steve Lampen on June 27, 2013

OK, let's play a game. The name of this game is, "What is Important?"

Let's pretend you're starting a big project and you're about to buy the wire and cable for this project. Here is a list of things you might think about and consider when buying these products. What I want you to do is put a number in front of each one. Put a "1" in front of the most important thing, "2" in front of the second most important, and so on. If you think an item on the list is of no importance, do not number it at all. Ready? Click on Read More to see the list...

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on June 14, 2013

InfoComm13 is wrapping up today and it has been REALLY busy! Take advantage of this last chance to stop by a see the Belden booth #851 where we are featuring all the Belden Commercial AV products in one booth! This is the last stop on another whirlwind tour before I get to head home. Feels like I've travelled a million miles.

I am a million-mile flyer on United Airlines (and closing in on 2 million). Did you see the movie Up in the Air with George Clooney? I probably could do that job (although my job is much more fun than his job). But the one thing you notice in that movie is he is never home. Well, that's the downside to my "dream job". But the payback is you have a good chance of seeing me in your neighborhood from time to time. Here's the run-down on this latest trip.

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Posted by: Steve Lampen on May 21, 2013

At NAB our Corporate Communications Director, Eric Ehlers, shot a little video of me discussing some of our latest cable innovations. We posted it on LinkedIn but I thought I'd like to share it with you all in my blog as well. Let me know if you have any questions or ideas for new products you'd like to see by dropping a note in the comment box below.

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