May 2017

New AIM Meter Update Document

DIRECTV’s AIM Meter is THE satellite meter to use if you’re serious about aiming DIRECTV dishes. It’s the only one approved for installer use, the only one that will aim the new generation of SWM-enabled dishes, and…


Summertime’s not just for streaming!

Cards on the table, traditional broadcast TV has never been terribly good in the summer. But, let’s be honest, it’s gotten better. Why? Because streaming apps showed the big networks that if you put out quality…


Can I get local channels in my RV?

After a long day of driving, it’s nice to settle in for some satellite TV. You probably know that there are systems for every price range, depending on how much work you want to do to…


Sinclair Broadcast Group to buy Tribune Media

You may have seen this story yesterday and not realized how truly impactful it will be. Sinclair Broadcast Group is already the largest operator of local television stations in the US, with 173 local stations. It’s…


The Free Radio Frequencies

Recently I learned that the FCC is proposing to change a few things in the personal radio service. Some History: At one time, the only free personal radio service was the CB (Citizen Band) radio…


OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY: Punch Card

Seriously. In some states, voting data is still stored on paper cards. The technology goes back over 300 years and it’s still going strong today. The paper punched card is a slow, fragile, confusing form of…


DON’T FALL FOR IT: The best TV antenna?

If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. If you go searching for the best TV antenna, you’ll find a lot of claims of “super power” and “super range” from companies you’ve never…



OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY: Semaphore

Fast but not terribly secure. That’s the problem with flag semaphore, which has been used as a simple communication system since about 1800. The idea is this: Someone stands on the deck of a ship with…


OPINION: Smartphone design is stalled

Although I’ve yet to see one in person, The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the most fulfilled expression to date of Steve Jobs’ original vision. Mr. Jobs believed that the devices needed to “disappear” behind the content…





FUN FRIDAY: Buggy devices

Sometimes hardware gets a bit… buggy. I was reminded of this when reading a recent article on io9 about how the PS4 is apparently perfectly designed to attract and retain cockroaches. These roaches set up a nice home inside…