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Random Thoughts (Blog)
Random Thoughts (Blog)
Random Thoughts (Blog)
|Posted on July 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM||comments (4)|
Demonstrate a Kaleidescape system to 100 people and I bet you’ll have 100 people that would love to own one. With its world-class user interface, near instantaneous access to a vast library of DVDs, Blu-rays and CDs, automatic bookmarking of the most iconic scenes in thousands of films, and the world’s only way to download and own movies in exact Blu-ray quality, Kaleidescape systems are one of the easiest products to get people excited about. I use Kaleiedescape as...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 18, 2013 at 12:30 AM||comments (3)|
Answer: “Just one. But it takes several hours to first research the bulb type and load, compare it to the list of approved bulbs, replace and reprogram the new dimmer and then change the bulb.”
That joke would be funny if it wasn’t so painfully true. Because if you’ve been in this business for any amount of time and you’ve ever installed a lighting control system then you have received or will r...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
If your name is Cashworth Von Moneybottoms, there’s a ton of cool stuff you can do at your house just by whipping out your Centurion Card and flinging money at people like a feces hurling primate.
Want to recreate the 18th green at Augusta so you can practice your own, “UNBELIEVABLE! HE ROLLED IT IN TO CLAIM HIS FIFTH GREEN JACKET!” moment? Done. Want to dig a massive swimming pool in your back yard and then turn it int...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
Last week, I traded some tweets with a friend that was looking for some advice prior to buying a new laptop. Instead of just saying, “Buy a Mac! They’re the best!” like everyone told me when I asked for laptop advice (for the record, I bought a Sony VAIO. No regrets. YOLO, right?), I suggested that she check out The Wirecutter’s best laptop research.
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|Posted on June 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
Some things are just meant to go together. Haggis and neeps. Starsky and Hutch. Chuck Norris and beards. Vodka and a glass. The same is also true for video projectors and screens. In fact, front projectors are often referred to as “two piece projection systems” amongst the A/V cool kids; the ones that used to wear nerd glasses and push around carts in high-school but now drive Italian sports cars and date super models. (The two pieces being the projector and the scr...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 18, 2013 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
Lying in the vast, middle Promised Land between connected things that are obviously useful and things that are uselessly awful, are connected appliances. Yes. Appliances. That connect. To the Internet.
“Why?!” you say. “How?!” you ponder. Why and how, indeed...
Several years ago I visited Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington and toured their “Home of the Fut...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
A month ago, I wrote a post called “The Death of the Dedicated Theater Room” that listed all the reasons why a theater in a multi-use space such as a living room or family room makes so much more sense than going with a dedicated room. Multi-use spaces are generally more welcoming and comfortable, don’t require an exodus from one location...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 24, 2013 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
You’ve finally sacked-up and decided to take that next step into the home theater Big Boy club; you’ve made the decision to abandon that weak-sauce, girly-man flat panel display and go with a strong-like-bull front projector! First things first...bring it in. We gotta hug this bitch out. Congratulations! For today, you are a man!
So, now that you’ve made this momentous decision you’re probably...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
I had the unique, two-hours-only-a-parent-could-love, pleasure of attending my daughter’s ballet recital this past weekend. And if you’ve never had the opportunity, I can assure you that watching dozens of 4-12 year old girls dancing ballet and tap to covers of Michael Jackson hits is every bit as fun as it sounds. (Did I mention that there was no intermission? Or bar? And that it was two hours?)
Here's a picture of Lauryn-don...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
The world’s largest technology distributor, Ingram Micro Inc., owners of CE distribution powerhouses AVAD and DBL Distributing, hosted a vendor expo for resellers this past week in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the absolutely beautiful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort, a AAA 5-Diamond rated property. (You can read all about this ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 6, 2013 at 4:40 PM||comments (21)|
Last week, I attended a vendor expo in Scottsdale, Arizona hosted by the world’s largest technology distributor, Ingram Micro, Inc. The theme of the expo was “Plugged In to CE,” and along with the manufacturers and venders on hand, Ingram invited representatives from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), including CEO Gary Shapiro, and senior research analyst Chris Ely.
Both guest speakers shared some interesting i...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM||comments (1)|
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C Clarke
Home automation. Smart house. Advanced home control. If those words conjure images of lights mysteriously flashing on and off at random times or of fat piles of cash and sweaty technicians huddled over their laptops programming for weeks at a time, then you need to read on. The truth about home automation today is that techno...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM||comments (2)|
A little over four months ago, Kaleidescape unveiled an industry leading download store that offers Kaleidescape owners a revolutionary way to add content to their systems, by easily browsing and purchasing movies that automatically downloaded to their systems. Kaleidescape installed a fiber link between its Sunnyvale facility and its data center ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on April 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM||comments (1)|
As I mentioned in my previous post, I think the next big boom won’t be having home theaters in dark, secluded dedicated rooms but in the large, open, multi-purpose family and great rooms many homes have.
After talking about the home theater system in my family room, I thought there would be nothing better than to...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 9, 2013 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
Last month I wrote a post titled, “How I learned to stop worrying and love the soundbar,” a play on the Dr. Strangelove title. That post detailed all of the reasons why I used to be prejudiced towards soundbars, and why we didn’t really capitalize on that segment of the market. But our company finally came around and realized...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM||comments (3)|
A recent blog post I wrote titled "The Death of the Dedicated Room" got me talking about my family room home theater system.
I’ll be honest, when I installed it, I felt like installing a theater in my family room was a compromise. I really wanted a dedicated room to house my system, but, well, I could eit...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM||comments (1)|
When you think about it, we custom integrators work in a strange industry… An industry unlike any other.
Often we encounter people that not only aren’t sure exactly what it is we do, but also aren’t sure they even want or need what we offer. This is a dynamic pretty much unlike any other shopping/buying experience.
As an example, consider a typical purchasing encounter...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 1, 2013 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
Most people love movies. And since you are currently reading a tech site, I’m going to assume that you are probably more a movie lover than most people. But while people love movies, what they don’t love so much is the experience of actually going to the movies. Take your pick from the many possible reasons: Inconvenience, poor performance, the glaring red EXIT light that shines on the screen like a vengeful Overlord, the floors sticky with food and DN...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
There was buzz at CEDIA last year surrounding NFC – Near Field Communication – technology causing one publication to call it one of the “Top 5 Home Technologies for 2012” claiming it “could be the next big thing in home automation” and described as “living in the future” by The Wall Street Journal.
Crestron said that NFC brought “new meaning ...Read Full Post »