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TIP: Connect a round dish to a SWM multiswitch

They said it couldn’t be done. They were wrong. Many folks think that just because you’re using a round dish, you can’t use SWM technology. That’s why people choose to buy expensive multiswitches from Spaun or other…


Updating Apps

Marty Silbernik is the author of I’m Too Old To Do This, a tech blog for folks who remember when none of this stuff existed. This article appears with permission. I’ve always been one of those who…


Webmail vs. Stand Alone Email Clients

Marty Silbernik is the author of I’m Too Old To Do This, a tech blog for folks who remember when none of this stuff existed. This article appears with permission. Over the last few weeks I’ve had…




What happens when a satellite stops working?

Satellites eventually wear out. Usually the first thing to go is the thruster fuel. Because satellites drift over time, small rockets are used to keep them in place. When those rockets run out of fuel, the…






Transformer Tests

I’ve been telling people to try their antennas without the standard TV 300 Ohm to 75 Ohm transformer for years now. With the inclusion of the Digiair DTV Spectrum Analyzer in my bag of tools,…


Manufacturer codes for DIRECTV receivers

HR24-700. HR44-200. D12-100. Everyone knows what the number before the dash means, but what about the number after the dash? Does it matter? The number after the dash is the manufacturer code. Back “in the day”…