more vinyl comeback news

According to a story in the New York Post, Best Buy is planning to offer vinyl recordings in some of their stores.

On the Best Buy website, they do offer some. Also, I found some of the listed available (music) formats interesting:
DVD (17100)
VINYL (4569)
12-Inch Single (1533)
DVD-Audio (415)
DualDisc (360)
Blu-ray Disc (218)

I only was able to find one title that I consider a release of album audio on Blu-ray, and that is “Neil Young: Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972“.

Per Amazon.com: “…This Blu Ray disc edition contains 10 discs…9 of these discs hold a total of 128 tracks (12 hidden), all presented in ultra high resolution 24-bit/192 Khz stereo PCM state-of-the-art master quality sound, and featuring nearly 60 previously unreleased songs, versions, mixes, or rare tracks….20 special feature videos, film clips, and film trailers…55 audio tracks of rare interviews, radio spots, and concert raps…image galleries of archival photos, press, lyric manuscripts, documents, biographies, tour dates, and complete lyrics…Each of the 10 Blu Ray discs feature 1920X1080 high definition picture quality…(a Blu Ray disc of) ‘Journey Through The Past’…a digital download card to access MP3 files of all 128 audio tracks…”

It is scheduled to be released June 2.

The Tech Alternatives to Air Force One buzzing New York

We’ve no doubt heard of the incident that took place over the skys of Mahatten on Monday April 27th with a 747 in Air Force One colors and an F16 Chase plan. We’ve been told by Media Outlets and the Press Office of the Administration that the plane bieng used for a Photo Opportunity with the Statue of Liberty as the 747 flew over the monument. The fly-over brought terror to many as you can see in Various YouTube videos that have been posted which have demonstrated the memories many New Yorkers felt back to the terrible morning of September 11th, 2001.

What seems to us to be missing from the Administrations decision to how this could effect the businesses and residents of New York was the overlooking of technology and how this could have been completely rendered using products such as Adobe After Effects. Not only could the feelings of those on the ground and in evactuated building been spared but certainly the budget of over 350k it took to accomplish this photo-op, could have been reduced.

With a team of pros, this could have been completed and produced at certainly less the cost with dynamic results. Yes, having Air Force One available is great to have but in today’s age of technology, a possibility of creating this could have been done with a helicopter capturing the footage of the New York Skyline and Statue of Liberty and merged together with footage of the 747 or digitally rendered. We have the technology, this would have been a great time to use it.

This would be a great time for a Digital Artist to create the effect and submit it to the Administration to demonstrate the possibilities with today’s Digital Creation programs from Adobe After Effects to the popular Maya and Lightwave programs as well.

New Interview Posted

We’ve posted a new Interview at http://www.techtalkradio.com with Associate Creative Director Yvonne Perez Emerson of Curiosity Group. The Company, based in Portland, handles creative design and output for client projects with companies such as HP, Apple, Disney, Sega, Dreamworks and an impressive list. Yvonne shares with us how she has integrated the Adobe Creative Suite 4 products into the workflow for the stylish and creative agency.
Tune in to find out how you can try Adobe Creative Suite 4 for 30 days to get your feet wet and how the products interact with the other software in the suite to provide faster and productive completion of projects. Listen in at http://www.techtalkradio.com/software/curiositygroup.html

technology training, and degrees, and jobs/careers

In the latest edition of Network World (March 30-April 6), there are a couple of interesting articles…

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Does a computer science degree matter anymore?

…CIOs and IT staffing firms say the skills they need most are collaboration, problem solving and communications…

…U.S. tech companies say there are still not enough computer scientists and engineers to fill all of their open jobs…tech companies and CIOs often hire computer-savvy business majors instead.

When CIOs are surveyed about the top skills they are looking for in entry-level and mid-level employees, they cite few technical skills. Instead, their top concerns are ethics, critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving and communication skills…The technical skills that are in demand – programming, database and system analysis…

“The things we need are project management experience and business process evaluation. You don’t get those from knowing the applications on your desktop…”

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/040609-hot-tech-skills.html

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Top 10 technology skills

Here’s our list a list of 10 tech skills that are still in demand:
1. Business Process Modeling
“It’s about how does our business work, what are the business processes and how do we analyze them…”

2. Database
…Companies are looking for IT workers with experience in Microsoft SQL Server and the Oracle Developer Suite. They’re also willing to pay for workers with database certifications such as the Oracle DBA Administrator Certified Master and the Teradata Certified Master, Certified Application Developer and Certified Design Architect…
…database skills…among the top skills for entry-level employees…

3. Messaging/Communications
…unified communications and messaging systems, which was among the highest paying IT skills…A related skill that also ranked among the highest paying was VoIP and IP telephony.

4. IT architecture
…enterprise architects as well as system, network, application, data, information and security architects. Among the certifications rising in value are EMC Proven Professional Technology Architect, Security Certified Network Architects, Microsoft Certified Architects, SNIA Certified Architects, and the Open Group’s IT Certified Architect.

5. IT security
A slew of security certifications – including the CompTIA Security+, GIAC Security Essentials, Certified Ethical Hacker, GIAC Certified Incident Handler and Check Point Certified Security Administrator– have increased in value…

6. Project management
The Project Management Professional certification remains in demand…
…Project planning, including budgeting and scheduling, was also cited as well as project integration and management.

7. Data mining
…information on demand, content management and unstructured information management…

8. Web development
…there is still a need for developers who understand the latest Web trends, especially social media.

9. IT optimization
…virtualization and cloud computing…

…certifications from Cisco, SNIA, EMC, Brocade and Avaya.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/040609-10-tech-skills.html