Digital Signs Don't Sell, Don't Inform When They Display the Blues

By the time PC-based digital signage users realized that the February 2010 Microsoft security updates were causing their PCs to crash, it was already too late. Their PCs were plagued with the dreaded "blue screen of death" and rolling reboots, causing the digital signs they were using to deliver targeted messages to completely shut down.


Over the past 10 years we've studied the formation of more than 50 companies in the PC/CE/communications content arena. We've also talked with the heads of several venture capital organizations about the subject.

We realize this isn't startling that 90 percent of them were started by engineers,  beyond that, we focused on the disciplines that are generally found in engineers and entrepreneurs,

The goal?   See why so many individuals--and organizations--fail.

HDMI cabling for 3D TV

I've always said that the cable should be the easy part in the home cinema system installation - the bit you don't see when it's all finished, the bit that doesn't give you grief.  With the advent of 3D, this mantra does not change. 

Hidden Wires - Audio from the Cloud

From entertainment to lighting and energy controls, it is no exaggeration to say that home entertainment and control options have changed - or more appropriately, evolved - several-fold in a very short period of time. And, nowhere are these changes felt more clearly than in the area of distributed audio.

HomeToys Interview - Healthcare Automation

PEAC provides a robust, scalable and flexible platform to extend your health care facility and provide palliative care for your residents. It can be integrated during the construction or retrofitted onto an existing facility without the need for expensive rewiring.

HomeToys Interview - Media Decor - Vanessa Sayen

Located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Media Decor, LLC was founded in 2003 to fulfill elegant designer-level solutions for today's home entertainment installations for designers, architects, and A/V custom installers. 

HomeToys Interview - RF Remote Control - Bob Dolatowski of NextGen

NextGen is an innovative provider of unique a/v product solutions for the residential and light commercial markets. The company is best known for its award-winning Remote Extender which gives an ordinary remote control powerful RF capability. Founded in 2002 and based in Port Richey, Florida, NextGen designs and builds many of its award-winning products and then markets them throughout the world.

HomeToys Interview - Screen Research USA

In June 2009, Mike Barber joined Screen Research to serve as the Director of Sales and Business Development for the North American division. As such, he is responsible for all sales within the Americas and Canada, as well as strategic planning and expansion throughout those regions.

HomeToys Interview - WirelessHD

John LeMoncheck is the President and CEO of SiBEAM, a pioneer in developing intelligent millimeter wave technologies for wireless communications.

SiBEAM is a privately-held fabless semiconductor company and founding member of the WirelessHD™ Consortium. A pioneer in developing intelligent millimeter wave technologies for wireless communications, SiBEAM is the first to build 60GHz chipsets using standard CMOS technology. The first applications for the company's innovative technology are based on the WirelessHD™ specification for home multimedia content delivery and A/V connectivity.

Hometoys Interview - Yan Rodriguez, HomeRun Holdings Corp.

Yan Rodriguez is VP of Business Development at SALT Division of HomeRun Holdings Corp. Retro - TIVO is approaching its 14 year anniversary. A virtual internet dinosaur, HomeToys published its completely online magazine for the first time on October 1, 1996, and since that time we have published thousands of articles, interviews, reviews and more.

We thought it would be fun to look back and see how we did. We will take a look at some of the early technologies we reviewed, predictions our writers made and all and all just take a trip down Home Technologies memory lane.

How to handle a defective product

SO, you got some new do-dad for your stereo, once you hook it up, you find you have: Hum, buzz, distortion, no power, or some other issue. Here are the best ways to handle the situation and the order in which you should do them:

Infocomm 2010 Special News Report

News releases and announcements from the show

Interview - IEEE 1901 Powerline Communication Standard

Frederic Onado is Chief Operating Officer of SPiDCOM Technologies and he is also Vice President EMEA of HomePlug Powerline Alliance.

Networking 101: Utilizing a Toolless Keystone Jack

When setting up a home network, aesthetics are important to any installer. This is particularly true if that network happens to be located in your own home. For clean, attractive terminations, one option is to install wall plates that utilize keystone jacks for Ethernet connections. For small projects that only require a few jacks, an easy option is a toolless keystone jack. These do not require the use of a punch down tool like the 110 style keystone jacks.

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