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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


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Kodi Playlist Download Back to the Future

Kodi Playlist Download Back to the Future

This week's Kodi Playlist Download is the soundtrack for the movie, “Back to the Future.” “Back to the Future” is a 1985 Universal Pictures film directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and...

Connect Alexa to a Bluetooth Speaker

Connect Alexa to a Bluetooth Speaker

[In this article, I’ll sometimes refer to “Echo” and sometimes refer to “Alexa” – the terms are interchangeable.] Let’s face it, Amazon Echo devices are pretty great. One detail, though. For some Echo devices, particularly the Echo Dot, the sound quality isn’t as good...

Yamaha RX-V385 AV Receiver Introduced

Yamaha RX-V385 AV Receiver Introduced

On Monday, April 9, 2018, Yamaha introduced the RX-V385 AV receiver. Intended for use in a home theater setup, the Yamaha RX-V385 is a discrete 5.1 channel surround sound AV receiver. The RX-V385 offers the ability to bi-amp the front speakers in 2.1-channel or...

Kodi Playlist Download Footloose

Kodi Playlist Download Footloose

This week's Kodi Playlist Download is the soundtrack for the movie, “Footloose.” “Footloose” is a Paramount Pictures film directed by Herbert Ross, written by Dean Pitchford and starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, and John Lithgow. Avoiding giving anything away, the...

ecobee Switch+ Now Available

ecobee Switch+ Now Available

On Monday, March 26, 2018, ecobee, Inc. made available its new ecobee Switch+ smart light switch. The switch includes built-in far-field voice technology microphones, a speaker, and integration with the Alexa Voice Service. In addition, it contains built-in motion,...

Heritage Headphone Amplifier Announced By Klipsch

Heritage Headphone Amplifier Announced By Klipsch

On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Klipsch®, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation, announced the debut of its Heritage Headphone Amplifier. Designed primarily to be used as a discrete balanced headphone amplifier, the Heritage Headphone...

YouTube TV App for Samsung TVs Announced

YouTube TV App for Samsung TVs Announced

On Tuesday, November 21, 2017, Samsung announced that it’s now offering a new YouTube TV app for Samsung TVs. The new app gives viewers the ability to stream and record live sporting events, news, and TV shows through their Samsung Smart TV. The YouTube TV...

Speaker Stand For The Sonos PLAY:5 Launched By SANUS

Speaker Stand For The Sonos PLAY:5 Launched By SANUS

On Monday, November 20, 2017, SANUS® launched the newest member of their Wireless Speaker Stand Series. The SANUS WSS51 speaker stand for the Sonos Play:5 holds the speaker at the Sonos recommended listening height and angle. The geometry gives the speaker...

Designer On-Wall Speaker Series Announced by Klipsch

Designer On-Wall Speaker Series Announced by Klipsch

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, Klipsch®, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation, announced its new Reference Premiere™ Designer On-Wall speaker series. Designed to compliment modern day flat panel televisions, the new on-wall speakers...

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