HomeToys.com Retro - TIVO

HomeToys.com 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.

Pre-Wire Your New Home - Chapter 6: Whole-Home Audio

This is the fifth installment of a multi-part series covering all aspects of low voltage wiring in the home: entertainment, security, automation, and future planning. A new section will be published every few weeks.

Project Showcase - AVD - The Country Retreat, Australia

We asked some of the Dealer / Integrators in our company directory to send us examples of projects they have completed so we could share them.

Project Showcase - Intellipowered - MedAssets Offices

We asked some of the Dealer / Integrators in our company directory to send us examples of projects they have completed so we could share them.

Project Showcase - Logic Living - Home in Hawaii

We asked some of the Dealer / Integrators in our company directory to send us examples of projects they have completed so we could share them.

Project Showcase - WannaGetWired Rewires Older Building In Ontario

We asked some of the Dealer / Integrators in our company directory to send us examples of projects they have completed so we could share them.

Review: i-Got-Control IRB1

i-Got-Control IRB1 is an accessory that turns your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a universal learning remote control. i-Got-Control quickly and easily replaces the multiple remote controls that clutter your home. And, when you're on the go, i-Got-Control lets you operate A/V equipment in your hotel or conference room, as well as many other places that utilize IR equipment, in just three simple steps.

Startups…Being There at the Beginning

"Get in on the ground floor, put in a rough year or two and retire a millionaire."

"We're open to new and innovative compensation options."

"Play a key role in tomorrow's Amazon…FaceBook…oh heck, Apple!!"

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)

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