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    by Published on 01-14-2017 11:33 AM
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    When it comes to streaming, do you prefer on-demand or live streaming services? While it is not exactly the burning debate of the day, Iíll admit that I do have my preference.

    Thereís no doubt that streaming is here to stay, and itís not just some cult phenomenon either. Many people who pay for cable or satellite TV services, as well as many cord-cutters ...
    by Published on 01-13-2017 12:23 PM

    According to the internet (which is always right) You get a Friday the 13th about every 212 days. So, three times in two years. Since it's the first Friday the 13th of the year, my thoughts are drawn to that 1980s horror staple, the Friday the 13th horror movie series.

    Unless you're a serious fan, you probably have nothing more than vague memories of a hockey mask, some cheesy effects and a lot of fake blood. Well I'm here to tell you, your memories are pretty much spot on. There's not a huge amount of plot there, but surprisingly there's enough to create a fairly convincing backstory for the only recurring character, horror badguy Jason Voorhees. In fact, over the 12 films (yes, seriously, 12) there was enough to build a fairly convincing history of the character.

    And, since this is the internet, you know someone did just that.

    Check out this article in Comic Vine which goes into astounding detail about Mr. Voorhees, his history, and his exploits. I don't know about you but personally I had no idea there was such depth in this character. I guess when you've devoted about 24 hours of screen time in the course of 29 years to one character, you're going to get some details even if he's basically a murder machine in a hockey mask (which, this site claims, he didn't even don full time until the third movie.)

    You'll never look at Friday the 13th (the movie or the day) quite the same ever again.
    by Published on 01-12-2017 12:24 PM

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first ten years of The Solid Signal Blog.

    About four years ago, I started a new feature: The Solid Signal Podcast. The first podcast was heard about 100 times across different media, not exactly a huge success out of the gate. But big things often have small beginnings.

    Today, the podcast hasn't exactly taken over the world, but I'm proud to say that each podcast is heard about 1,200 times in the first week. Not so bad considering it's still a fairly "niche" thing.

    In case you weren't with us back then (and I guess only about 100 of you were) here's the original for you to listen to.

    by Published on 01-01-2017 12:58 PM

    It's going to be a great one... and I can tell you that big changes are coming to your favorite consumer electronics web site. I can't tell you what they are but you're going to find even more reasons to shop at Solid Signal and even more reasons to read this blog.

    The blog turns ten years old this year, and we'll be doing a bunch of stuff to celebrate. That means more contests, more giveaways, more content, more of everything!

    The Solid Signal Blog started as an experiment in 2007 to see if our team members could get more involved in social media in a controlled way. Remember this was really before Facebook and Twitter were on anyone's radar so this was a way to introduce the team to the rest of the world. The blog and forums continued on until late 2010, when staff changes and the global recession meant that we took a little time off to focus on core issues. We relaunched in 2012 as the ultimate source for tutorials, opinions, and support, merging together our blog and forums. Since that cold January day when we went live, this blog has been seen on over 2.75 million devices (it's a little harder to say how many actual people that is), our tutorials have been downloaded over 200,000 times, and our videos have seen a combined 500,000+ views. That's a lot to be proud of.

    And to be honest, we couldn't have done it without you, our readers. Even though I know that about 95% of you read without commenting, I can still tell you're there, and I wanted to personally thank you for all the support over the years.

    We're just getting started... keep reading and we'll keep writing!


    Stuart Sweet
    The Solid Signal Blog
    by Published on 12-30-2016 01:23 PM

    This recently unearthed video shows us what people thought things would be like in 2017. It was made back in 2007 and I'm not saying it's wrong, just not quite right.

    Facial recognition? check. Biometric payments? check. But where are the smartphones? There's no question in my mind that the biggest difference between 2007 and today is the ubiquitous smartphone with its always-on internet connection. In 2007 you could leave the house and maybe someone would text you, maybe they wouldn't. Sure, you might have a GPS unit with you, or you might just have to know where you're going. You could call someone from the car, and you might have even have a Bluetooth headset (I did, and it was really heavy) but more likely you opened up your flip phone and talked into it.

    Even Brian Williams didn't have a tablet in 2007... he made do with a sort of clunky looking laptop and let's be honest, that was probably there as a prop.

    See, you can't really predict the future, that's the one thing that's certain. For every prediction that comes eerily true, there are a dozen that are totally off base. Take a look at what people in 1900 thought that our lives would be like. The predictions they got right were all just extensions of what was going on then, like electricity and airplanes (being researched, not quite there in 1900) but as they go further... weather machines?

    I know that since the internet remembers everything, it will remember my predictions for 2017 and beyond, and I'll tell you know history won't be kind.
    by Published on 12-29-2016 01:04 PM

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first nine years of The Solid Signal Blog.

    2012 was the first year of our new and improved blog. It's hard to believe it's been five years! Back then we were just getting our feet wet but since then, it's been nothing but up!

    That isn't to say I haven't made a few mistakes along the way. Take a look at this excerpt from 2012: The Year In Signals, a post I made at the end of that year. I do okay until you get to the bottom...

    MDTV - The Revolution's late but it's finally here

    It took years but we finally saw a mainstream MDTV product with the eyeTV Mobile. There's still a demand for live TV while out and about, and using your data plan isn't the way to go. Now there's a product that turns your iPhone or iPad into a TV, even in a moving car.
    MD what? MDTV was a failed attempt at bringing live, broadcast TV to smartphones. I was pretty excited about the technology back then and it's completely gone now, thanks mostly to healthy data plans and fast download speeds. No one wants to just watch TV, they want the whole internet experience and in 2017, you can get it.

    As we look forward to 2017, no doubt we'll see even more growth in mobile technologies, and without a doubt at least one of the predictions I made this week will look like complete rubbish. You'll just have to wait and see!
    by Published on 12-22-2016 12:57 PM

    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first nine years of The Solid Signal Blog.

    For a short while, The Solid Signal Blog was honored to have Marty Silbernik on staff. Marty is a retired captain of industry who thought it would be fun to try his hand at blogging. I thought he was pretty good, too, especially this 2014 piece entitled, "Where do we go from here?" It opened up a whole line of thought about whether or not we're actually giving something up when we give up our obsolete technologies. Sometimes, a technology like vinyl records comes back strong, but for the most part the landscape of tech history is littered with useless bits like Commodore VIC-20s, spring-loaded thermostats and AM-only radios.

    When we say we miss old technology, we're really saying we miss the mindset that old technology put us in. We miss the care we had to take winding a watch or the way we had to actually pay attention before DVRs made instant replay common. Those attitudes are still with us, you just have to think about it. Clean your monitor screen every day. Put down the remote and the phone and just watch TV. Listen to a recording all the way through. You don't need old technology for that... just an old mindset.

    I miss Marty's columns, and I think it's a shame he decided in short order that he was, in fact, too old to do this. You can still read his articles, here.

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