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    by Published on 05-29-2017 11:10 AM

    Solid Signal is closed today but of course our online ordering is still open. Our shipping and fulfillment centers, as well as our customer service department, are all closed for the day so our team members can spend time with their families. (That, and our shipping partners are closed too.)

    Memorial Day is a time to remember that freedom isn't free, that our way of life didn't just happen. Real people -- people who may only be as old as your kids or grandkids -- went to faraway lands and did tons of things they didn't want to do so that here at home we are free to play Candy Crush and bingewatch Cristela. Someone actually died for that.

    Personally, I'm lucky enough that none of my direct relatives died in war that I know of, and I personally grew up at a time when my service wasn't needed as urgently. I chose not to serve but I grew up with a healthy respect for those who did.

    Tomorrow, we'll be back to business as usual but for now, enjoy a burger or a dog and think of those folks who never came back.
    by Published on 05-27-2017 11:05 AM
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    Comet TV recently made the jump from OTA to a streaming box app. Does this mean that other sub-channels will follow Comet into the streaming world?

    A partnership between Sinclair and MGM, Comet TV is an antenna broadcast network that offers 24-hour science fiction and horror programming. Cord-cutters are familiar with Comet as itís usually offered as one of a few sub-channels in nearly every TV ...
    by Published on 05-26-2017 04:39 PM

    I wish I could say this was an encylopedic archive of every Family Circus cartoon ever printed, but it's just a smattering. At FamilyCircus.com, you'll find about 50 of the best of those momentary chuckles we all grew up with. You can also look at today's cartoon and ones from a little while back.

    Since its start in 1960 under cartoonist Bil Keane, the strip has never gone out of print. Now produced by Mr. Keane's son Jeff Keane. Chances are you think of yellowed cartoons posted on your mom's refrigerator or gritty enlargements being passed along from person to person in those days before email and social media made sharing all that much easier. It's a reminder of earlier days, and while it may not keep you laughing for long, on some days even a momentary smile is worthwhile and Family Circus certainly provides that.

    Wikipedia alleges that the strip was once called Family Circle but the magazine of the same name objected. If nothing else that would account for the round edges of the comic, rare in 1960 and even rarer today.
    by Published on 05-26-2017 10:32 AM
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    So I finally got around to watching Hidden Figures. By now everyone knows what this movie is about, so I won't rehash that. But look past the actors and the story and there's another little bit there that's sure to appeal to the folks who read this blog: The IBM 7090. A little research will tell you that it was one of IBM's first transistorized computers, capable of an amazing 24,000 floating ...
    by Published on 05-25-2017 02:29 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, as well as other old stuff we think is super-neato.

    This one's kind of a double throwback. First of all, if you're old enough to remember when going to Blockbuster Video ...
    by Published on 05-25-2017 12:22 PM
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    Thanks to Signal Pro Brad for this suggestion!

    As long as we don't go back to avocado green. Since the end of the "woodgrain era" of electronics, your stuff has generally come in one of two colors: black or silver. And, it's mostly been black. There was a perilous flirtation with silver televisions and accessories in the mid-2000s but since then, pretty much everything ...
    by Published on 05-25-2017 11:35 AM
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    Several months ago, I posted a rather bitter description of the new programs debuting on the broadcast networks. I cited the lack of imagination of the networks and their collective ability to actually provide much stuff that I personally wanted to watch. (If you're curious, here's the article.) I thought it would be fun to go back and tell you how each show fared. Chances are you've forgotten ...

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