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A matter of protocol

At the 1994 USITT conference in Nashville, some unfortunate (but not unusual) scheduling took place, with these two sessions running concurrently: "New Technology in Computerized Control of Sound Systems" and "Dimmer Protocol Standards." I ran up and down the stairs, attending both meetings. At the Dimmer Protocol Standards meeting, where the possibility of a future standard was being discussed, I stood up and said, "There's another meeting going on downstairs right now, describing a new

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