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|Posted on December 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
Your ISP wants to put the cable guy in charge of your security, automation and more…
Like a modern proof of Newton’s Third Law of Motion – for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction - as more people look to cord-cutting as a way to sever ties with their cable and satellite providers, service providers continue looking for ways to retain customers and bring new customers back into the fold. To maintain this delicate Yi...
|Posted on December 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
Or… How Physical Media is Alive and Well
Through a devilish cocktail that was both beautiful and horrible, crafted from equal parts boredom, morbid curiosity and my own thriftiness, shaken thoroughly in a crucible of suffering and then poured over icy despair into a crystal tumbler of misery, I found myself at a Super Wal-Mart this past Thursday – aka “Thanksgiving” – evening.Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 27, 2013 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
At some point, even the best-designed system will run into some kind of glitch. Maybe it will be from a power outage, maybe it will be due to a guest with button jab-itis, or maybe it will come from a Stuxnet virus attack. But no matter how it happens, when it happens, you’ll be getting a phone call – or email – from a client wanting to get things back on track.
And when that call comes, having a client that is willing t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on November 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
Like a cozy, hand-knit snowflake-design sweater, nothing heralds the coming of fall/winter like the arrival of the latest batch of pumpkin inspired things. And no true beer lover* can let fall pass them by without trying a few of the season’s latest pumpkin beer offerings, and this year I snatched up a trio of pumpkin infused brews to get into the pumpkin season and nutmeg seasoned and cinnamon season and, umm, other similarly spiced seasons.
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|Posted on November 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
I remember reading John Grisham’s novel, The Firm, several years ago, and recall Mitch’s marching orders from the nefarious firm of Bendini, Lambert and Locke as being something akin to, “If you talk to the client on the phone, bill them. If you make a photocopy for the client, bill them. If you even find yourself at your desk, drinking a cup of coffee and maybe flipping through a magazine, and your mind happens to wander to where you even think about t...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
It's not every day that I come home to find packages on my porch. It's even less likely that I come home to find packages of beer on my porch. And the rarest event of them all is when I discover not one but TWO packages of beer on my porch! It's like a solar AND lunar exclipse occuring simultaneously!
When I opened the boxes and saw that both beers were Bastard ales, I knew it was more than just serendipity, it was a sign; cl...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 13, 2013 at 12:05 AM||comments (1)|
Our industry's Holy Grail seems to be developing some form of a recurring revenue stream. Far better than the one-and-done-and-on-to-the-next-one install we typically do, recurring revenue is like that mythical Golden Goose that just poops out stacks of money on a regular basis, while you sit back at your desk, feet up, sipping some Macallan 30 watching all those hundos rolling in and thinking of all the ways to spend it.
In reality, get...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
I have a backlog of beers that I’ve drank. Beers that I’ve photographed. Beers I’ve reviewed. And beer reviews I’ve yet to post. I think there are like 30 of them. In an effort to clear the backlog, here are three beers I drank but neglected to post up. Why? Who can say. Let’s stop trying to figure this all out and just move on to the beers, shall we?
Great Divide Brewing Co - Fresh Hop Pale AleRead Full Post »
|Posted on November 8, 2013 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
If your Internet search history has broadened beyond “Miley Cyrus twerking” or “Katy Perry boobs” and ventured into the realms of “DIY home automation,” then you’ve likely run across the name “Z-Wave” at some point. And then you probably wondered, “What the hell is a Z-Wave?!”
Well, Z-Wave does not describe some new shotgun-to-brain resistant strain of zombie apocalypse. No...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 5, 2013 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
When the robot overlords take over and finish thoroughly examining each bit of the yottabytes of accumulated data that make up the entire collected history of human culture – sadly a process that will only take them around 2 seconds with their quantum logic computing power stolen from the NSA, but it will be a merciful two second reprieve from the constant whippings and cruel task mastering – they will likely determine that the smartphone was the most powerful and d...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM||comments (0)|
There was a time not that long ago when you couldn’t walk 10 paces at an electronics’ trade show without being bombarded by some TV huckster wanting you to see their latest 3-D demonstration.
There would be people lined up like cattle at a feeding trough, crowding around for their turn to grab a pair of glasses and then stand ogling a screen playing an endless demo loop of some carefully selected, overly-bright eye-popping 3-...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 30, 2013 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
While not specifically mentioned by name, White People do love them some Trader Joe's. (Which is kind of just lumped under Whole Foods and Grocery Co-Ops as stuff white people like.)
White People also like Microbreweries. To whit:
"White people don’t like stuf...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 29, 2013 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
The other evening, as I was tip-toeing on top of a chair from our dining room, using a paper clip and the smallest screwdriver I could find trying to pry loose the grille of an older in-ceiling speaker I wanted to replace without totally destroying the grille or falling off the chair, I realized just how far architectural audio speaker technology had come. And I’m not talking about new Rohacell driver technology, and infinitely dense cabinetry bracing or super rare-earth ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM||comments (0)|
"Good people drink good beer." - Hunter S. Thompson
A wonderful little package arrived on my porch the other day. Carefully wrapped inside was a new release from the good folks at Flying Dog Brewery, with the note starting, "To those who spread the gospel of craft beer..."
As one of the true believers in the many wonders of craft beer, I drank Flying Dog's latest offering, and share my findin...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
“When I go to other people’s houses, I don’t like watching TV on their smaller screens and listening through their wimpy stereo sound systems. It feels like you’re watching TV while slightly blind and deaf.” – Allen Wong, “25 Things Rich People Won’t Tell You,” Reader’s Digest, October 2013
I’m not going to call myself “rich” by any means, but I wi...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
One of the big announcements at the CEDIA Expo this year was Nest finally opening up its API for 3rd party integration, starting with Control4. Before the show, there was a lot of resentment and anger towards Nest for creating a product that was so cool, so cutting edge, so popular and Apple-like and yet one that wouldn’t interface with all of the systems that we install. (I might have been guilty of piling some of this on as well...)
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|Posted on October 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
Bringing you up to speed...
Earlier this year, my custom installation company – Custom Theater and Audio – landed the biggest job in our 18 year history, both in the physical size of the home (21,500 square feet under roof on one floor sitting on 4 acres of property) and in financial scope of the job. I decided to chronicle the project over the course of our de...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 13, 2013 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
“Oh, gravity is working against me
And gravity wants to bring me down.
Oh twice as much ain't twice as good
And can't sustain like one half could.
It's wanting more
That's gonna send me to my knees.
Oh gravity, stay the hell away from me
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|Posted on October 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM||comments (0)|
I get a lot of things in the mail – mainly packages with electronics to review – but nothing gets me more excited than seeing a small box with the “Stone Brewing Co.” return address. I mean, free frickin’ beer! It is literally the height of civilized awesome!
So, when I saw a package by the front door, I gingerly carried it to the kitchen, pulled out my “has a taste for blood” Leatherman and care...Read Full Post »