March 8, 2017More about the concrete work on a new countertop for the bathroom in East Housing. Tomiaki checks the surface for any imperfections. Here are Randall, Ron Chandler and Tomiaki.[photos by Sue Kirsch]You can see previous reports with the following links:The countertop is layed out in back of the Lab building. Woodshop manager Randall Schultz explains how the finishing will proceed.The countertop is now in the paint studio where Randall sanded the surface and used a filler for any holes.A closer look of the surface.The last step will be to stain and seal the surface. We will report when the work is complete.
Liberty Global wants to migrate as much of its TV platform as possible to the cloud as this becomes increasingly practical, according to Mourand Veeneman, vice-president, technology at Liberty Global.Delivering the second keynote presentation on day two of TV Connect, Veeneman said that cloud-based systems were becoming more practical, and that teething problems such as latency would ultimately disappear.“We want to bring everything that we can to the cloud,” said Veeneman. “There is talk about latency [and other problems] but that all will go away,” he said. Liberty Global wants to move “everything to the cloud” ultimately, he added.Veeneman said LG was investing a lot in its own cloud infrastructure. “We still like to control things ourselves,” he said.More generally, Veeneman told attendees that IP is the key to convergence and multiplatform user engagement. “IP is the only thing that really brings everything together. All devices are now IP. We have mobile phones and tablets and they are all IP-based,” he said.Veeneman said Liberty Global would look to develop mobile products this year. He said that WiFi was becoming more important both within the home and outside it as a means to deliver video services to multiple devices.“WiFi is becoming a very important way of distributing multimedia in the house,” he said.However, WiFi remains problematic and there will likely be a need for more spectrum in the future to delvier video service wirelessly, he said. While offloading mobile video to WiFi is currently widespread, the rollout of LTE could ultimately provide a better distribution platform, said Veeneman.Veeneman also said that microprocessors were becoming smaller and the reduction in power required for improved performance would continue. “Less is the new more,” said Veeneman. This meant that set-tops would continue to get smaller, while mprovements in Flash memory meant that liberty Global had achieved a 50% reducion in standard storage rack space and a 78% reduction in power consumption, he said.