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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


Articles by Steve


Kodi Playlist Download The 90’s and 2000’s

Kodi Playlist Download The 90’s and 2000’s

This week's Kodi Playlist Download is “The 90's and 2000's.” After finishing all of the single decade playlists and while building artist, genre and other types of playlists, our daughter asked for one that spanned the 80's and 90's. I hadn't considered that before...

Kodi Playlist Download The 80’s and 90’s

Kodi Playlist Download The 80’s and 90’s

This week's Kodi Playlist Download is “The 80's and 90's.” As I mentioned in the previous playlists (for example, Kodi Playlist Download The 70's and 80's), I built these dual-decade playlists to satisfy the desires of those who want playlists that span more than just...

Yamaha RX-S601 Network A/V Receiver

Yamaha RX-S601 Network A/V Receiver

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, Yamaha introduced the RX-S601 slimline network A/V receiver – The latest product that supports Yamaha's MusicCast wireless multiroom audio system. At 4 3/8 inches high, the Yamaha RX-S601 is about two-thirds the height of the average A/V...

Logi Circle Portable Home Connection Camera

Logi Circle Portable Home Connection Camera

  On Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Logitech® introduced the new Logi Circle portable home connection camera – A portable and rechargeable home surveillance camera. Included in the announcement was a free iOS® or Android™ companion app. The Logi Circle camera is...

Bose Solo 15 Series II TV Sound System

Bose Solo 15 Series II TV Sound System

On Sunday, September 20, 2015, Bose® introduced its new Solo 15 series II TV sound system as an update to it's previous pedestal TV speaker. Unlike a typical sound bar, your TV sits on top and is supported by the Bose pedestal speaker. The speaker measures 24 ¾” wide...

Kodi Playlist Download The 70’s and 80’s

Kodi Playlist Download The 70’s and 80’s

This week's Kodi Playlist Download is “The 70's and 80's.” As I mentioned in the last playlist (Kodi Playlist Download The 60's and 70's), I built these dual-decade playlists to satisfy the desires of those who want playlists that span more than just one decade. We'll...

Kodi Playlist Folders

Kodi Playlist Folders

Note: This article was originally written for XBMC media center software. The name "XBMC" has been changed to "Kodi". In keeping with this name change, this article has been updated from the original to reference to Kodi instead of XBMC. If you are still using XBMC, I...

Marantz AV7702mkII A/V Pre-processor

Marantz AV7702mkII A/V Pre-processor

On Friday, September 18, 2015, Marantz® announced its AV7702mkII Multi-channel Network A/V Pre-processor. An update to last year's AV7702, the new Marantz AV7702mkII (mark 2) model adds the latest HDMI version 2.0a compatibility with High Dynamic Range (HDR), BT.2020...

Ultimate Ears UE BOOM 2

Ultimate Ears UE BOOM 2

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Ultimate Ears Announced the addition of UE BOOM 2 to its lineup of wireless mobile speakers. Designed to be waterproof (IPX7) and drop-proof (from up to five feet high), UE BOOM 2 is the size of a water bottle and should fit in your...

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