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HDTV Screens – How Big Is It?

Looking at new flat screen TV’s can be confusing. Upgrading to a larger set isn’t nearly as intuitive as it should be. If you measured where you want to put your new TV, you know approximately how much room you have. But, I’ll bet you measured horizontally and...

HDTV Screens – It’s All Relative

The question comes up when standing in front of the huge wall of flat HDTV screens at a retail establishment. How big of a TV should you buy? The answer came to me by way of another question. What frame of reference do people have in common, when talking about screen...

XBMC Playlist Download
Classic Rock

This week's XBMC Playlist Download is “Classic Rock.” On the radio, this genre of music is usually known for rock and pop music from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and into the current century, but not the last few years. This XBMC playlist will pick up any song with a...

Review – Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel has a reputation for producing movies that are action packed and full of special effects. They also offer decent plots and an interconnectivity that is missing from many of Hollywood’s offerings. The latest addition to the Marvel franchise is no exception....

Kodi Playlist Download Guardians of the Galaxy Mix

This week's Kodi Playlist Download is all about fun. It's a mix of the 70's tracks that were used in the recent movie, “Guardian's of the Galaxy.” Read Brian's review to get our take on the movie. If you haven't seen it, do so. It's this summer's fun movie – a rockin'...

Review – Bose AE2w Bluetooth Headphones

Well, it finally happened. The Nokia BH-905i headphones that I had been using for the last 5 years finally bit the dust. They would no longer link with my phone, or anything else for that matter, rendering them useless as a hands free device. I know, I know, I’m...

Friday’s Favorite Flix – The Great Race

Included on my list of favorite directors is Blake Edwards. The number of his movies that will eventually show up in this column is quite high for a single director. We'll start it off with his 1965 slapstick, action/comedy, “The Great Race”. Produced by...

XBMC Playlist Download
Blues, R&B and Soul

This week's XBMC Playlist Download is “Blues, R&B and Soul.” Originating in America before the 1900's, you can draw a fairly straight line from Blues – to – R&B in the 40's – to – Soul in the 50's – to – Rock & Roll in the late 50's / early 60's. If you play pop or...

Surge Protection

Surge protector, power strip, plug bar, outlet strip; all are terms used for the multi-outlet block that's attached to an extension cord. You typically use this to plug in your home theater electronics. Chances are you haven’t given yours much thought. You should. You...

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