December 2017

BACK TO BASICS: Line of Sight

Line of sight. Pretty simple idea actually. Antennas work best when there is nothing between them and the thing that’s doing all the transmitting. RF signals do a decent job traveling through trees and walls, but…

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OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY: Smoke signals

Long distance communication didn’t start until the 19th century, right? Actually there has been effective, instantaneous long distance communication for thousands of years. It wasn’t as complex as it was today, but smoke signals have been…




Guaranteed wrong predictions for 2017

Every year, the smartest minds in the country get together and forecast what we’ll see in the next 12 months. All I’m saying is, there’s no one who could have guessed what we’d see in 2016,…


2017: The Year In Streaming

This year in streaming was an exciting one! With so many developments, I want to share a bird’s eye view of streaming services in 2017. Streaming service providers were busy this year. With each company determined…


2016: The Year in Computers

This was the year the PC came roaring back. After years of downward spirals brought on by smartphones and tablets, the traditional PC sprung back to life this year, driven by the successful release of…


OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY: Floppy Disk

Maybe you think you remember the floppy disk. “Hey,” you say, “That wasn’t that long ago.” You’re remembering the 3.5″ hard blue plastic disks that were common as late as 10 years ago. Everyone used them…


Our Predictions for 2018

Who knows what the future will bring? In 2017 we saw the growing dominance of DIRECTV NOW, the coming of DIRECTV’s Genie 2 and Hopper 3, and we finally saw Apple try to take back some…


FUN FRIDAY: Desktop Computers

This old beige box may not have been the first device to use the term “Personal Computer” but it was the one that cemented the term “PC” in people’s minds, a term we still use today…