Business Models for Managing the Digital Home

We anticipate significant opportunities for hardware and software companies helping service providers, home network and home computer vendors, and CE vendors to develop more proactive customer help solutions.

Chord CPM 2600 Integrated Amplifier

When people first hear Chord amps they are surprised at the liquidity of the sound, the musical fidelity, and the amount of detail they hear. It's like the best of tube amps coupled with the best of solid state.

Classic Home Toys Installment #9 - Coleco Strikes Back

Colecovision's reign as king of the video game kingdom was short lived. Though the system sold well, Colecovision was reluctant to invest in original game design and relied heavily, if not almost entirely, on games brewed from arcade classics.

Content Insider #76 - - DRM - Keeping the Treasure Hidden or Opening the Mountain

"Conscience. What a thing. If you believe you got a conscience it'll pester you to death. But if you don't believe you got one, what could it do t'ya? Makes me sick, all this talking and fussing about nonsense." -- Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Content Insider #79 - The Undersea Internet World

"The natives over there are cannibals. They eat liars with the same enthusiasm as they eat honest men." - Captain Nemo (James Mason) - 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

Content Insider - #78 Blue is Here to Stay…That's Not Pulp Fiction!

"Jules, did you ever hear the philosophy that once a man admits he's wrong, then he's automatically forgiven of that wrongdoing?" - Vincent (John Travolta), Pulp Fiction, 1994

Digital Hell

There are lots of theories about how and why new products achieve mass-market success. I'd like to offer my own little rule of thumb. No product will ever achieve mass-market success unless it inspires envy. People must look at the early adopters and want to become one.

Editorial Comments

It's already daylight saving time where I live. Did your PVR / Media Server / Home Automation Controller know about the change? A minor headache if not ... but a headache none the less. The more spoiled we become ... the more spoiled we want to become and the more dependent we get on technology. I'll leave it to philosophers to decide whether that is a good thing or not.

Home Theater Design Part 9 - Adjusting for Peak Performance

Now it's time to head to the fridge for a cold one, kick off those shoes, and see how many decibels you can make from the MI3 sound track before the neighbors come over for an intervention.

Improving Home Theater Performance

Every link in your home entertainment system should be the best your budget allows. Think of the power conditioner as the bloodline. Anything less than the best will only lessen the vitality of your system.

M1 Gold Cross Platform Control

The M1Gold is a very economical and easy to use solution for your every day installations and many of today's advance home control and automation needs. It can bring your company into the automation market without a big investment in time or arduous training.

NuVision 47LCM1 Deep Black 1080p LCD HDTV Monitor

Being a sports fanatic my first test would be an NBA game in HDTV. NuVision Monitors display HDTV in 1080p, and the industries brightest panel provides a clear, bright and crisp picture superior to any others I have seen. With the fast NBA action no noticeable artifacts could be seen.

PLC - Memory Backup

The memory card is a recent method for memory backup. Some new PLCs provide a slot for a memory card. The PLC ladder application program can read and write to the memory card.

Power How-To #3

Dear Home Sketch Pad Experts, To rattle the rafters with the audio of my home theater, I recently purchased a very powerful, top-flight subwoofer and a 7.1 amplifier. When installing these, I noticed a warning in both manuals: "Do not use with a surge strip or power conditioner." I will of course follow the instructions, but I'm a little confused. Wouldn't I want to protect and amplify the performance of this equipment the same way that I would the rest of my components? What should I do instead? Sincerely, Confused in Connecticut

Ten Reasons to Buy a Video Processor

Video-processing technologies are essential in order to achieve outstanding picture quality for today's high-resolution video displays. When buying a video processor, consumers should look for the following technologies and features to receive the best-possible viewing experience from their HDTVs.

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