It is entertaining to see you guys struggle.
IPVM is invested in IP cameras dominating the security market. Your problem is the increasingly obvious fact that not every camera should be an IP camera. Your latest position (breaking news just in time for ISCW!) is that of course not every camera should be an IP camera, it's just that every camera probably should be an HD camera, and certainly every HD camera should be an IP camera, at least in USA and maybe parts of Europe. Did I get that right?
IPVM is afraid of HDcctv. For example, IPVM identified HDcctv in Sep 2009 as one of the potential threats that would derail IP cameras from dominating the market. Those invested in the all-IP-cameras doctrine have good reason to be getting nervous: Those tiny cameras fit in analog camera housings, but they're digital? Damn, those live views look great. Gee, that was easy to set up. Gulp, hundreds of factories started cranking these things out overnight; is it really true that HDcctv cameras are much simpler to develop than IP cameras? Uh oh, are HD DVRs going to be more cost effective than NVRs for same-resolution applications, as they proved to be for SD video? How the hell can complete first-generation HDcctv systems be on the market already under $100 per channel?
I've gotten new insight from Europe about what happened over at HDcctvMagazine.com. I am very sad for the founder, and I hope that his family will be OK. The consequences of that person's life struggles do not reflect any worse on the HDcctv movement than, for example, IPVM suing Michael Miller, a staunch all-IP-camera advocate, for a perceived copyright violation, or something. Stuff happens.
The only way we (the authors on this thread) are wasting our time is if only 5 or 6 people are reading this stuff. I suspect that while some folks are just tagging along for the smack-down snipes, the majority of readers are interested in professional surveillance eqiupment.
Eleanor Roosevelt wrote, "Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people."
Your personal animosity toward me may have less impact on the industry than you give yourselves credit for. I look forward to your studied coverage of this product category. I don't expect it to be un-biased or positive, but I do expect it to be well-researched.
PS: John, you were kidding when you said that Randy Jones is the only US guy moving HDcctv gear. C'mon, is any of you up for an over/under bet on HDcctv on display at ISCW? Let's pick a number: 40 booths? 150 products? Suggest something.
PPS: I notice on the Anixter thread this morning that someone characterized their decision to commit only to IP cameras as drinking a specific sugary refreshment. Do you find that offensive?