Project Showcase - Landmark Audio in Lake Wales, FL

We designed the client's systems around RTI control solutions. With its numerous output options and available remote controls, RTI's XP-8 control processor provides all the necessities within the allotted budget, while the T4 color touchpanel controller and T2-C universal handheld controller offer effortless but powerful control over all systems.

Rescue Audio - Part 1 - Finding the Gems

As you read this, chances are that someone is abandoning a classic audio component-maybe something you always wanted-at a thrift store near you.  Here's how to rescue and enjoy it.

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. Stay tuned for:

Part 2 - Once you've found something worth taking home

Part 3 - Cleaning and touch-up

Rescue Audio - Part 2 - Once you've found something worth taking home

As you read this, chances are that someone is abandoning a classic audio component-maybe something you always wanted-at a thrift store near you.  Here's how to rescue and enjoy it.

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series.

Here is Part 1 - Finding the Gems

Stay tuned for:

Part 3 - Cleaning and touch-up

Rescue Audio - Part 3 - Cleaning and touch-up

As you read this, chances are that someone is abandoning a classic audio component-maybe something you always wanted-at a thrift store near you.  Here's how to rescue and enjoy it.

This is Part 3 of a 3 part series.

Here is Part 1 - Finding the Gems

And Part 2 - Once you've found something worth taking home

If you pick up any classics this way that you want to show off, please take a photo and share them with us here along with some details on how you found it.  And if you come up with techniques and materials of your own, by all means let us know-anything to advance the emerging art of rescue audio.

The Brief Lifespan Of DAT

DAT was widely used in the professional audio recording industry in the 1990's, and is still used to some extent. Particularly with regard to archives created in the '90, although most labels have a program in place to transfer these tapes to a hard disk-based database. DAT  is used professionally due to its lossless encoding, which allows a master tape to be created that is secure and does not induce tape noise (hiss) into the recording.

The Lutron Energi TriPak

The Energi TriPak solution is ideal for small commercial spaces such as conference rooms, private offices, training rooms, open office space, and any other area that benefits from reduced energy consumption. In many of these spaces, lighting is on at full brightness even when the space is unoccupied or when there is abundant daylight. Energi TriPak products can reduce the electricity consumption during these times, and can also help occupants to be more productive by allowing them to set their own optimal lighting.
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The Need for Uncompressed Home Networking

HDBaseT AllianceWith support from consumer electronics manufacturers, content providers and organizations, HDBaseT is revolutionizing the multimedia distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content in the home entertainment environment via a single LAN cable.

HDBaseT technology is the industry's most advanced, cost effective, easy to use, all-in-one solution for whole-home converged distribution of HD multimedia content, with inherent support for the huge install base of uncompressed CE sources and real-time interactive devices.

The Real World Value of the Virtual World

If it looks like a duck...walks like a duck...quacks like a duck do you think that maybe...

Lots of folks are saying the valuations of today's virtual businesses are real, not like the last bunch that went up in glory and down in flames.  Others aren't so sure.  Most of us find it interesting but don't have any skin in the game.

Take a look at the analysis, the comparisons and judge for yourself.  Whatever your conclusion we know one thing we're in for a helluva ride.

just don't wake up with a tattoo and a monkey.

Virtual World Calls for Virtual Money

Money - or lack of it - causes the most stress for individuals and family problems.

But since we're now dealing in a near virtual world let's simply go to mobile device money and do away with the billfold that's either half full or half empty.

Ironically, people in third-world countries have been faster to convert to mobile money than those in industrial countries. The challenges? Infrastructure and security. Someone always wants to spoil the party but the transition is underway.

Did I Turn off the Lights?

Save energy by controlling your home's temperature while traveling.  Check the video feed from your security cameras.  Turn off the security system for a neighbor to enter and feed the cat without giving out a security code.  Turn the lights on and off in different rooms to make potential burglars think that someone is home, or activate the TV at night like you would if you were home.

Digital Signage Dayparting Takes Content Relevance to a New Level

Dayparting optimizes the relevance of your messages because it enables you to schedule various presentations to play automatically at different times of the day and specific days of the week.   Organizations that leverage both digital signage and dayparting experience added convenience, increased freedom to focus on their business, and a greater impact on the viewer.

Hey! I'm a Radio Station

The medical field took us humans apart and analyzed our DNA, thereby placing us in a family, which could be related by matching the elements of our DNA.  Just like the medical field took apart our DNA, the Music Gnome Project took apart the basics of music, such as melody, harmony, rhythm, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics and vocal harmony.  Each part of our DNA makes us who we are, and can compare our DNA association to others in our family.  The Gnome Project makes the same association between families of similar songs.

Hot Selling Devices Spell Great Insecurity Opportunities

OMG your iPhone tracks your movements.  Well yes your Android does to and the wireless companies and Homeland Security and Facebook and Google and  Mom, Dad and .....

How do you think you get those neat coupons when you walk by the store?  How do you think your phone service knows how to deliver a call or your email server to deliver your spam.

You probably can't remember the last time you were alone...really alone.

Sure you thought so but you silly boy/girl !

Getting off the grid is getting even more difficult.  Sometimes it's a bad thing but overall well just don't get're really boring to follow.

 "No matter how incompetent the assassins, no matter how much they miss their target, there's always one person who always gets hit." - Frank Farmer (Kevin Kostner), "The Bodyguard," Warner Bros (1992)

Infocomm 2011 News Report

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Interview - Expanding Markets and Product Lines

We are firmly convinced that every premise should have automated control for comfort, convenience and safety - along with remote access. Security and energy management are a natural fit, since one system provides information (occupancy, mode, etc) to the other, and both are things that we want remote access on our smart phones and mobile devices. This helps with energy savings. That's the practical side of the business. The fun side of the business is the built-in audio, music servers and colorful touch-screens. So the driving force will be all of the above - especially as we are increasingly connected in this world.

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Advanced UPB Lighting Packages from Simply Automated

Advanced UPB Lighting Packages from Simply Automated

Custom scenes (connecting up to 250 switches) in your living, family or great room, kitchen, study, master bedroom/bathroom, and office. Turn off all lights in your home at the touch of a button. Automatically (Timer Scheduler) turn on/off outdoor security lights, heating and AC, or provide night light convenience anywhere in your home. From creating a virtual 3 way switch anywhere in your home, to turning a group of lights when your garage door is opened, door bell or phone rings.