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Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper

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Steve Cooper is an applications software developer with over 30 years of experience. His specialty is database programming using C, C++ and SQL. His other business endeavors include building custom home media solutions. He particularly enjoys building solutions for smaller budgets and family-friendly rooms.

His interests include reading, music & movies, guitar and woodworking. He's a golfer with interests in sports that include Baseball (SF Giants), Football (SF 49ers), Hockey (San Jose Sharks), IndyCar racing (Tony Kanaan), NASCAR racing (Matt Kenseth) and NHRA drag racing (John Force).

steve@nextstepae.com


Articles by Steve


Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has released it's Amazon Fire TV streaming media player and from what we've seen, it's a game changer – The other set-top box companies (Apple, Google, Roku and Western Digital) have some work to do. With the included Plex app, it gives HTPC (Home Theater PC)...

Racing and Movies

Racing and Movies

My wife and I are both fans of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing and IndyCar racing. I'm also a fan of NHRA racing and Formula 1 racing; my wife, not so much. Yesterday, Sunday, March 26, 2014, was the first race of the 2014 IndyCar season. The day before, in anticipation of...

Kodi Playlist Files

Kodi Playlist Files

The multimedia program Kodi features three kinds of playlists: Basic, Smart and Party Mode. Here, we're going to briefly discuss each one, what the files look like and where the playlist files are stored. Basic playlists are text files with an extension of .m3u. They...

Looking Forward to “Maleficent”

Looking Forward to “Maleficent”

On May 30, 2014, Disney will release “Maleficent” to theaters. This is another look at the story that was originally told in 1959's animated “Sleeping Beauty.” This time, the movie is live-action and focuses on the villain. Talking about the trailer over the dinner...

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