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    by Published on 04-28-2017 04:10 PM



    Yes, I get it. I talk way too much about Star Wars and Star Trek on this blog. I have been accused of trying to turn this blog into a generally geek-oriented news and view site and some people say I don't focus enough on the products we offer at Solid Signal.

    Guilty.

    But hey, listen friends, I pump out a lot of content on this blog and I love doing it. Every so often I just can't help indulging my lifelong love of those twin pillars of mainstream sci-fi. It just sort of creeps out, especially on Fridays when it's hard to remember the last time I slept in.

    To that end, I present Boldly Go, an original musical based on Star Trek. It was produced and performed at Caltech (of course) and now available in its entirety online (again, of course.) It's not exactly Tony-winning material, but it's got a lot of heart and more than a little talent.

    Check it out, and don't blame me if you don't get anything done all day.
    by Published on 04-27-2017 03:32 PM
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    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.

    Seriously. Back in 2012, we talked about DISH's sponsorship of Pac-12 Networks and the fact that DIRECTV still wasn't jumping on this station. Fast forward ...
    by Published on 04-22-2017 03:25 PM
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    Netflix and other streaming services
    might be spending big money on original programming, but that money canít buy me the newest movies!

    When some pundits hear that Netflix is spending $5 billion last year to acquire original content, it begs certain questions. One of those questions might be ďWhy does Netflix think ...
    by Published on 04-20-2017 05:03 PM
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    2. Cell Phones


    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, and occasionally from even further back.



    Selfie is a real word. Ask the Oxford English Dictionary, the American Heritage Dictionary, and others. Maybe it shouldn't be. Maybe the world was a better place when it wasn't. But it is. And this, according to several sources, is the very first one.

    Not that Van Gogh and others hadn't painted portraits of themselves, but photographically speaking, it was Robert Cornelius who, in 1839, pointed a camera at himself for the first time. Selfies weren't quite so impromptu back then, as photographic exposures took minutes if not hours to achieve. None of that explains why Mr. Cornelius didn't feel it worthwhile to comb his hair. Still, his slightly worried expression does far more than his tonsorial discombobulation (see the words we throw at you!) to show his mood at the time.

    In early photographs, by the way, people were discouraged from smiling. This has led to the impression that everyone in the 19th century was miserable, but it's more a function of the long exposure time required by portait photography. Even when exposure times dropped to mere seconds in the 1860s, it was still quite a bit easier to keep from moving when your face was plastered with a foul-looking grimace.

    It is that fact more than any other that explains why the first selfie looks so grim and is devoid of photobombs.
    by Published on 04-15-2017 09:28 AM
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    The springtime competition between Amazon Prime Video and Netflix
    is heating up, just like the weather. This is good news for fans of both streaming services.

    Good news, streamers! Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are working hard to improve the experience for each respective streaming service. Amazon Prime Video is spending ...
    by Published on 04-14-2017 04:38 PM
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    When I was young, a calculator was not a toy. If you had one in the early 1970s (as my family did) someone in your family was a rich hobbyist. If memory serves, the calculator my family owned cost about $100, which is somewhere about $600 in today's money. A similar model can be found at most convenience ...
    by Published on 04-13-2017 05:56 AM
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    2. Data/Networks
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    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, and occasionally from even further back.

    Who here remembers 1996? The internet was a new and exciting place back then, full of promise for power users but still daunting for many ...

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