August 2017





Should you replace flat antenna wire?

If the antenna on your roof is older than 40 years then it probably uses flat wire that you haven’t seen anywhere else. This 300-ohm “twin-lead” cable was all the rage in the 1950s as it…


So why do they call it “4K” TV anyway?

Actually, they’d rather you call it “Ultra HD.” The people who make 4K televisions approved that term about five years ago and ever since, most TV makers have desperately hoped you would use it. And let’s be honest,…



AT&T issues statement about Barcelona

The following statement comes from AT&T’s news site: AT&T to Credit Our Wireline and Wireless Customers for All Calls and Text Messages from the USA to Barcelona Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona…



THROWBACK THURSDAY: Altair 8800 PC

If it weren’t for the Altair 8800, I might be writing this blog on a typewriter. It doesn’t look like much but the Altair 8800 was the first successful personal computer. It came in a kit…




The very first smartphone

Of course it all depends on how you define “smart.” If it’s 1996, it means some very basic internet (what else was there?) plus room for 200 contacts, a clock, a calendar and a fax program….


Streaming TV is broken. Come back to satellite.

That’s right, I said it. I didn’t just beat around the bush like SlashGear or LightReading. Those sites want to warn you about a possible future where practically every program you want will require its own streaming service….