2013

CES 2013: DISH announces Hopper with Sling

DISH stole the spotlight today with its next-generation Hopper with Sling. It looks like it’s a version of their popular Hopper that adds a built-in Slingbox. The new device looks just the same as the current Hopper but…


CES 2013: Samsung takes us for a ride

We just finished with Samsung’s press conference and well, that was some time we’ll never get back. It’s not that there weren’t new features and new products, but let’s talk about what there wasn’t: There wasn’t any…


CES 2013: RCA shows all-in-one TV/MDTV/Tablet

2013 begins with a bang for long-suffering mobile DTV enthusiasts. In advance of CES, RCA showed their DMT580 tablet TV. This all-in-one device follows the old tradition among second-tier electronics manufacturers of piling on the features…


CES 2013: DARBEE Cobalt announced!

The next generation is here! We have heard that DarbeeVision, maker of the popular Darblet device, are planning on showing their Cobalt device at CES 2013. The Cobalt will be a lower-end version of the Darblet,…


TIP: Reset that remote!

Remote not responding? It happens to everyone. Maybe it got dropped one too many times, or maybe you’re trying to use an old remote with a new box. Either way, you need to reset it. There’s…


BACK TO BASICS: Combo Wrench

Don’t use an adjustable wrench… and certainly don’t use pliers. When you’re attaching cables the right tools are critical. An open-end adjustable wrench won’t work in a tight situation and has a tendency to strip the…


The DIRECTV D10… the one that started it all

Modern DIRECTV history starts in 2004… with the introduction of this receiver, the DIRECTV D10-100. Before this receiver, there were several different manufacturers. RCA made most of the low-priced ones, but Sony, Philips, Hughes and others…



BACK TO BASICS: Compass

Directions. You can’t get anywhere without them. The most basic directions for aiming any satellite dish involve using the azimuth, tilt, and elevation. Some of these are marked on the mount itself but for basic azimuth…