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    by Published on 05-30-2016 10:06 AM



    You stand today in a free society.
    This is the sort of country where people are free to blog about consumer electronics or anything else they want. You're free to walk across the street, free to pursue happiness, free to live your life under clear blue skies. We're even free to criticize our leaders or those who want to be our leaders without fear of retribution.

    Those freedoms didn't come free.

    Today, we pause to think about the millions of Americans who fought all over the world to make sure that you can check your facebook status without being afraid of the black boot of tyranny. Many of them didn't make it back home. They gave up their chance to have a long life full of family and friends so that you could have those things.

    Take one day a year -- even better, take every day -- and think about the sacrifices that have been made for you. Thank a veteran who made it home, and visit your local war memorial and think about the names you'll find on that statue.
    by Published on 05-27-2016 04:04 PM



    So the first thing is, there is such a thing as Shanghai Disneyland. Which, I didn't even know that. Apparently it opens in about 3 weeks. And it looks uh-maaaa-zing.

    I found this video of someone riding the Tron Lightcycle roller coaster and I just have to ask, why did we not ever do that here? I know the original Tron wasn't a hit initially, but for a geeky kid like me it was uber-awesome. I probably watched it almost as many times as Star Trek II. Disney tried to build it into a franchise with 2010's Tron:Legacy which again, I personally liked but not enough people did. (What is wrong with you people!)

    So yeah, when I say all that I guess I understand why Disney didn't want to commit real estate to a ride based on a movie that wasn't an out-and-out hit. I mean, Universal Studios built a huge attraction around Waterworld which is a movie most millennials probably don't even know. If you remember it at all, you probably remember what utter crap it was. So Disney didn't want to do that.

    But seriously, here's a movie that just begs for a ride to be built around it, right? If you don't believe me, watch the video.
    by Published on 05-26-2016 01:04 PM
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    Because TVs sound like the speakers are made from tinfoil.

    My $2,000 TV sounds terrible. My $300 TV sounds even worse. It's kind of ridiculous. I shouldn't need a whole home theater system just so I can watch TV in the bedroom without it sounding like my favorite characters sound like they're on the other side of a tunnel. ...
    by Published on 05-26-2016 12:49 PM

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first eight years of The Solid Signal Blog, and other stuff from the past that we think is cool.

    Cards on the table, I'm not much of a circus lover. But I do love old technology and at some point old circuses become interesting because they represent an interesting mix of what was modern and unique about the moment they existed, at the same time calling back to a much earlier time when parents were children and experienced circuses for themselves. It's an interesting dynamic.



    There's an interesting photo essay over at Flashbak showing the way the circus looked back in the 1950s. It's an amazing testament on several levels, not just it's a historical document, but clearly some time and effort went into restoring these prints so that they could be shared digitally.

    Still doesn't make me like clowns, but I'm impressed nonetheless.
    by Published on 05-25-2016 12:36 PM
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    In FOOD FOR THOUGHT we'll take a look at the things we take for granted that are actually so amazing that it's hard to even imagine that they work at all.

    The other day I upgraded to a 40" monitor. It's an incredible jump in just a few years; when I started working on this blog I was ...
    by Published on 05-22-2016 10:23 AM
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    I really want an UltraHD Blu-ray player, which is a sure sign the format is headed for an early death. As my friends know, I have the worst luck picking sides in electronics battles. I was the guy who picked Digital Compact Cassette over CD, the guy who picked Sega over Nintendo, the guy who picked Windows Media Audio over iTunes. Oh yeah, and HD-DVD. I picked that too. So if there's a format ...
    by Published on 05-21-2016 12:39 PM
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    I can't explain why, but it seems like the world has gone batty for virtual reality lately. I'm old enough to remember the last time this came around, back in the 1990s, and I have a feeling that new VR setups have addressed the big issues that caused VR to fail back then: poor quality, slow response time, and lack of anything interesting to ...

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