Middleware Technology for Digital Home Services

Home application developers depend on middleware to develop solutions that can be implemented across multiple systems, amortizing the implementation cost of different systems integration.

Moving IPTV Around the House

A major challenge for service providers in delivering IPTV has been in distributing signals from the customer's residential gateway to other IPTV Consumer Devices (IPTVCDs) located in different locations around the house.

PLC's - Analog Values

In order for an analog voltage or current to be used by a PLC, a circuit called an Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) or a PLC analog input module is used.

Stewart Millager - HDMI

The current HDMI standard is 1.3- 1.3 is quite a step up from the old 1.2 standard in many ways. It doubles the maximum video bandwidth to 10.2Gbps- this is nearly 400% higher resolution than a 720P HD format.

Success Story - ProSyst and XANBOO

For its new release, Xanboo was looking for a software platform which is scalable, extendable and based on open standards. Xanboo decided to choose OSGi technology.

The A/V Troubleshooters

This article is a great troubleshooting tip based on the "tool of a thousand uses", the good old tone generator, tone detector.

The XTB - Amplify and Repeat X-10

Repeaters, like the XTB-IIR, perform their magic by "hearing" the first command of the pair and transmitting at much higher power at the exact time the second pair of the command is being transmitted.

What's Up With Off-Air Antennas

An antenna not only gives a viewer the ability to receive all their local stations, but, with the right Antennas Direct digital antenna and location, some viewers may even be able to receive out-of-town channels, carrying blacked out sports programs or network broadcasts not available in their home town.

Fanless Core 2 Duo Mini Pc

Stealth announced the LPC625F , a Core 2 Duo computer measuring just 200mm x 200mm x 60mm that is completely fanless. The LPC625F features a Penryn Dual Core P8400 or P9500 CPU, 1 to 4GB of RAM, 120 to 500GB hard drive or optional SSD drive, HDMI & DVI Out, and optional WiFi. Full 1080P HD video playback and 3D graphics are both possible because of the machines Intel GMA X4500 on board video card. The rugged exterior can be mounted to the back of a monitor and is available now for $1595.

Eric Wieland of ITC (Instant Tool-Less Connectors)

Eric Wieland has 15 years of experience in installation and installation management, and has held such positions as director of In-Home Services for Tweeter in Chicago. Over the course of his career, Wieland has developed a great understanding of what works in the field and what doesn't. As brand manager of ITC, he applies this knowledge to help make the lives of installers and their companies easier and more profitable.

2007 Chaos, What/Who Wins in 2008?

This is really going to be the year of storage. Cause you can make, send, grab all the content you want. But if you've got nowhere to store it you are so S******ed!!!! Google, Yahoo and hundreds of "new, fresh" services offer the solution...store it in our cloud! It ain't a cloud folks...it's storage! And it's my content...my stuff! Think your stuff belongs with them? Maybe. We'll see.

AVIA Inc. Increases Revenue and Decreases Costs with D-Tools

AVIA Inc. has experienced a significant reduction in time and cost for each project because resources are correctly allocated, resulting in better tracking and correctly ordered equipment for each job. Additionally, AVIA reduces time by generating easily understood and applied documentation with D-Tools so remote installations can be managed onsite by AVIA's technical staff.

CES 2008 - News Report

Hundreds of product announcements from CES 2008.

Challenges in cleaning your new flat-screen TV

Using the wrong cleaning solutions or methods can permanently damage your screen. Here are the reasons why cleaning your screen properly makes a big difference on the picture quality and ultimately the longevity of your viewing investment.

Classic Home Toys #14 - Atari's Next Wave: The Atari 5200

The 5200 console became yet another obsolete home video game system that was obsolete almost from the day it was released. Although a financial failure, the 5200 would earn its rightful place as a classic home toys and find a niche in the annals of video game history. A downturn in the video game market and stiff competition from Coleco and Mattel forced Atari to abandon the 5200 in the hopes of achieving success with a new line of game systems.

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