In his first broadcast following the events of September 11th, a serious Jay Leno told his audience that he considered his own job as an entertainer utterly unimportant compared the work of the policemen, firefighters and rescuers who were still laboring to find survivors in the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center and the …

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Whoever says that a college degree doesn’t matter apparently has not followed Gordon Moore’s rise to the top of the technology sector. Last weekend Moore, (a 1954 PhD graduate in chemistry at Caltech) the co-founder of Intel Corp. and his wife, Betty (a San Jose State College journalism graduate) donated $600 million to Caltech with …

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New ‘operating system of the future’ can make sound, picturesBy David NagelIf it’s good enough for Regis Philbin, it’s good enough for video, audio and design professionals. That was the message out of New York last week as Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates officially launched the new era in personal computing with the release of Windows …

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When watching a superb documentary about the late film director Stanley Kubrick, thoughts of perfectionism crossed my mind. Is it justified to be a perfectionist? Is it possible to ever achieve perfection? As digital video editors, should we even try to aim so high? It all boils down to humanity, time, and ultimately, money. Even …

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Price Slashing Impacts 3D Graphics IndustryBy Paulo de AndradeAlias/Wavefront has reduced the price of Maya. Not just by a little bit, but significantly. Maya Complete, formerly priced at $7,500 will now sell for $1,999 and Maya Unlimited, which formerly sold for $16,000 will be priced at $6,999. The software remains the same and no features …

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Media consolidation closes some doors while opening othersBy Charlie WhiteThe FCC recently relaxed its rules for media ownership, so now huge broadcasting companies can grow even bigger. Where corporate giants were once allowed to own only a handful of TV stations each, now a station group can amass enough local stations to cover 45% of …

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Years ago, Guitar Player magazine had a corner column for the studio musician, the hard working-behind-the-scenes-guitar player whose name would appear in fine print on an album, but who wasn’t part of a «real» band. The column talked about who was doing what, for whom, and where. Guitar Player no longer has that column, I assume partially because the …

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Harvey Weinstein is a tough businessman. This also just in: The sun is bright. It feels like every year at this time, someone «discovers» that Harvey Weinstein is a tough businessman with a temper as large and legendary as his passion for cinema. Whoa. Stop the presses. This also just in: The sun is bright. …

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Lately we’ve been looking ahead at new technologies here at the Midwest Test Facility, with two headline-grabbing format wars coming up in the next few years achieving top-of-mind status here at our think tank out on the lonesome, wind-swept prairie. First on the card is the battle between Blu-ray and HD DVD, both worthy competitors …

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