Streaming Content - Why and How?

Supposedly now --- life is better. I should be able to stream content including TV, movies, news, music and everything else --- from the internet directly to my entertainment system. I should also be able to do all the old stuff too including listen and watch the movies and music which I purchased and stored on my hard drive. So, since I are an engineer, I'm going to break everything down into point form and see if I can make sense of all of these options --- oh and by the way --- I know you can do all this internet stuff with a phone too but I'm not even going to go there at this point in time :-(

Surround Sound Technology Training

As far back as 1940, with Walt Disney's production of "Fantasia", surround sound has been a concept that nearly everyone finds exciting. Consumer electronics tried to take advantage of surround for music in the early 1970s with various forms of quadraphonic sound. It never really became a mainstream success, however, due to limited recorded software and much more expensive phono cartridges or tape decks needed to play it back.

Trade Show PR Mining…It's Time for Someone Else to Do the Labor

Conventions/conferences are events that challenge a man's (and woman's) stamina. 

They push you to the limits of creativity and performance.

Companies spend hundreds of thousands, no millions to attend them annually just to reach, educate, inform, persuade other companies and the media.

Two recent events are typical - Black Hat Technical Security Conference and NAB (National Association of Broadcasters).  

Both in Las Vegas.

Both at the same time.

"We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges." - Gold Hat (Alfonso Bedoya), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (Warner Bros - 1948)

Why do I need a check up on my system

As an ISF calibrator for many years I find myself in a lot of homes to make their systems perform better. I am constantly amazed at how many systems have everything they need to watch HD video and listen to HD audio but have never seen or heard either. I find that about 5 out of 10 consumers fall into this category. Why is this happening you ask? 

Why Doesn't the Press Call, email, Text, Tweet?

PR/publicity folks are just like every trend follower..always ready to jump to the next "new/hot" thing.  In their case to prove they are like way in front of the communications curve. Blogging? Fading. Facebook Like page (Fan page is out), Tweety? Oh yeah!

Writing clean/concise/meaty releases, checking the Press Web Site? That is so yesterday!!!

So what if the site is where media folks go to find/get news/data and where they go to get contact info?

Just because the lowly company press room is pivotal for everyone, everywhere why should the person leading the charge stoop to make certain the company's press site had just the right information and that the information is easily available, fresh. We wrapped our many years of experience and feedback from media people into the attached article.

Avtrak Rotating Equipment Rack

This rack was an absolute breeze to install --- even for me --- so professional installers will have no problem whatsoever.

Blu- Ray: The Next Generation DVD - Part 1

Once DVD's had become an entrenched part of the world's media landscape, home video aficionados knew that not much time would pass before movie companies did one better than the picture and sound quality of DVD discs.

Blu-Ray DVD Part 2: The Format Wars Begin

In 2004, the physical specifications for Blu-Ray Disc were finalized. In January 2005, Sony announced that they had developed a hard coating polymer for Blu-ray discs. Cartridges, originally used for scratch protection, were no longer necessary and were scrapped. The BD-ROM specifications were finalized in early 2006.

Consumer Video Security

Many of the technologies used in consumer video security are adopted from those implemented in the broad consumer electronics market. As advanced consumer technologies are introduced, market leaders such as LOREX will continue to adopt and integrate them in their video security solutions.

Content Insider #138 - Interactive TV

According to The Nielson Co., 106.5 million people watched Super Bowl XLIV. Our kids grabbed most of their favorite Winter Olympics events on their smartphones or notebooks. With less than 100 days to futbol's World Cup, we're all looking forward to the South African event.

Content Insider #139 - The Smarter Smartphone

With 300+ million in the U.S. and six billion plus globally, mobile phone/device penetration is rapidly approaching 90+ percent. Young/old, rich/poor, male/female are constantly available if not using their device to communicate with others, find information/entertainment.

Content Insider #140 - Boomers Plus

Our son can't imagine how people survived in the "Dark Ages" without email, texting, cell phones, social sites, MP3, Tweets. He also can't believe that some of the rock stars of that era are still going strong.

Content Insider #141 - Skirt Length

Technology is So Pass© ‚Ķ It's All About Fashion

Content Insider #143 - Business, Skills Training Is a Never Ending Process

As we move forward in the 21st century, traditional technical workers will have to expand their business skills while general business employees have to become more proficient in their understanding and use of technology. People across the board will need to not only know how the devices and applications work, where the information is located and what the data means.

Controlling HVAC Systems with Home Automation

If it were my home and money was not a concern, I would put in geothermal units with zoning, media air cleaners, UV lights, steam humidifiers, whole-house dehumidifiers and energy recovery ventilators. I would then be able to control each zone from the home automation systems through touchscreens and remotes.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!