August 2017

NICE AND EASY: What’s an “obstruction?”

This. If you’re asked if there are “obstructions” between your antenna or dish and another location, you might have sheepishly said no, not knowing what an obstruction is. “Obstruction” is just a fancy word for…




Will a cell booster electrify your brain?

No. Of course we’re all worried about the effect technology is having on us. Studies tell us that just sitting is hurting us, and there are those who feel that holding a radio transmitter to your…




STREAMING SATURDAY: Improvements Across the Board

This week’s Streaming Saturday looks a lot like last week’s column. While this might seem repetitive, it’s actually very good news for streamers. We have good news for streamers this week. In a nutshell, it has…


FUN FRIDAY: Star Wars Sound Effects

There are two recurring themes running through Fun Friday, a column which this blog has featured for over five years. One is that I spend too much time obsessing about Star Wars, and the other is that I…



What is SCART?

A few weeks ago, I came smack dab against the limits of my knowledge. I’ve been playing with or working with home theater and audiovisual equipment now for about 35 years, and it’s fair to say…





THROWBACK THURSDAY: CES 1987

Beta ED. Super VHS. 8mm Video. Man, the days when people actually wanted CDs. I didn’t get to go to the Consumer Electronic Shows then — and back then there were two of them every year…