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Was 2013 Worthy of Festivus Celebration or Just a Lump of Coal?

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

—Martin Luther King Jr.


As 2013 winds to a close, it seems fitting to look back and see how the year treated the three of us: us the individual, us the company, and us the industry. Are we better off as 2013 draws to a close and are we still moving ...

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Tracking the Mega Job: Part 4 - The Prewire

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Bringing you up to speed…


Earlier this year, my custom installation company – Custom Theater and Audio – landed the biggest job in our 18 year history, both in the physical size of the home (21,500 square feet under roof on one floor sitting on 4 acres of property) and in financial scope of the job. I decided to chronicle the project over the cour...

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"Simple" Things Aren't Always So Simple

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By virtually any metric, I would consider myself a pretty tech-savvy individual. I’ve programmed multiple Control4, Lutron and URC systems. I’ve set up, configured and troubleshot so many home theater systems I couldn’t possibly keep count. I’ve also installed Escient, Kaleidescape, Sonos and almost everything in between. Point being, there aren’t too many pieces of tech I’m not totally comfortable with.


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Cable, Telephone, Internet and...Security?

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Your ISP wants to put the cable guy in charge of your security, automation and more…

Like a modern proof of Newton’s Third Law of Motion – for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction -  as more people look to cord-cutting as a way to sever ties with their cable and satellite providers, service providers continue looking for ways to retain customers and bring new customers back into the fold. To maintain this delicate Yi...

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Surviving the Hunger Games at Wal-Mart

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Or… How Physical Media is Alive and Well


Through a devilish cocktail that was both beautiful and horrible, crafted from equal parts boredom, morbid curiosity and my own thriftiness, shaken thoroughly in a crucible of suffering and then poured over icy despair into a crystal tumbler of misery, I found myself at a Super Wal-Mart this past Thursday – aka “Thanksgiving” – evening.

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