DVD Insider #53 - The War of the Roses

Next generation DVD was going to be a beautiful marriage that produced some beautiful, brilliant kids. It has also turned out to be a dysfunctional relationship.

DVD Insider #54 - Bell, Sarnoff Together at Last

If they had spent more time together and merged their respective laboratories in Murray Hill and Princeton we wouldn't have two content transport systems fighting over who is going to service our home today.

HD DVD vs Blu-ray, Battle Lines Blur

The story between the lines seems to be which manufacturers aren't taking sides at all. Conditions indicate a great possibility of a unified product sooner than we might have first suspected.

HDCP-Is Doom Upon Us?

You know, it's a shame a minority of knot-headed pirates have to spoil the recording concept for us all but I have to wonder if things would really be all that different if those guys just didn't exist. I suspect not. Resistance, is futile… or perhaps more accurately, a matter of time.

Helping You Choose The Best Home Theater Projectors

Take your time, and choose wisely. Again, all of these award winning projectors will produce a truly impressive image for their rather reasonable prices.

Home Automation Portal Appliance: Part 2

In this paper we discuss how the small, lightweight and low power box produced by IO Anywhere can act as a Home Automation Portal Appliance. We discuss how a simple script written using a free open source language (Tcl/Tk) can be used to interact and control this Home Automation Portal Appliance across the Internet. We illustrated how this script could be used to provide closed loop control.

Home Entertainment Chair

Seamlessly embedded within the ultra-comfortable BodySound chair is a complete sound system, including six audio speakers.

Home Theater Design - Part 5

It's a sad fact of life that we all can't have an unlimited home theater (or home, sports car, or vacation) budget. You'll need to determine a realistic budget. One of the spending ratios that can be used is: Video Display - 30% Speakers & Subwoofers - 35% Receiver or preamp / amp combination - 15% Source Components - 10% Interconnects, Wire & Accessories (power conditioner, etc.) - 10%

Home Theaters: Going All-Digital Is the Only Way

All-digital systems connected by all-digital cabling, even up to hundreds of feet, allows consumers to immerse themselves in a richer, higher quality, more multi-dimensional viewing and listening experience, while preparing them to reap the benefits of all-digital connectivity well into the foreseeable future.

Home Weather Station - Toy or Necessity?

At a home, a weather station measures the ambient weather that defines a homeowners "microclimate". With that information and a connection to the Internet, various home automation systems can control some home functions in a near immediate response to changes in the weather.

IS China 2006

All in all ... I can only say that we all need to open our eyes to the reality of the global marketplace and seek partnerships with Chinese business. I have never felt more welcome as a foreigner in any country that I have previously visited. China is undoubtedly becoming one of the most powerful economic forces on the globe. Do you want to be a partner or a competitor? It's your choice!

Maintaining & Restoring your DVDs & CDs

Always wipe your disc gently in a straight line from the center of the disc out. Wiping in a circular motion may cause scrapes that will interrupt the circular path of the disc's signal.

Motorized TV Lifts

It's important to ask the right questions and get honest, direct answers. You'll be able to delight your customer in all aspects of the custom job.

Photoplus Expo 2005

One would have to be living on a deserted island somewhere not to have seen the effects digital photography and printing have had on this century old industry which has been profitable even through the toughest of depressions and recessions.

Programmable Logic Controller - Hardware

The PLC is a versatile product that has many hardware options to accommodate the large number of different electrical interfaces out there. The PLC is modular in design so that one can mix and match the input/output (I/O) hardware requirements to meet the needs of the project.

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