The world of home security cameras is a literal minefield. There are few okay options and hardly any good ones. Netgear's Arlo Pro solution has great potential but like so many others the system is crippled by closed environments and proprietary cloud access.Read More
This comparison uses estimated digital resolution equivalents of film to provide a baseline to compare quality of picture. These are based on recent movie restorations on each film format, the scan of the negative used on Interstellar, and personal judgement in seeing each of these formats projected in theaters.Read More
With few exceptions, every movie theater now uses digital projection technologies. There are only a select few places theatres that still use film based projection of either 35mm, or the more rare 7Omm and IMAX 7Omm formats. The cost for distributing movies is greatly reduced with digital. Film prints can cost several thousand dollars, 7OMM upwards of $20,000, and IMAX $55,000. Mailing a hard drive with a digital movie costs $300. Having digital projectors also lets the theater run movies without having a dedicated projectionist or projection staff, which further reduces cost to operate a theater or multiplex. There are currently 5 primary digital formats, 2K, 4K, 4K Laser, IMAX Digital, and IMAX Laser.Read More
Over the over 125-year history of motion pictures, there has been a constant effort to enhance the capturing and viewing quality of these recordings. Even now, despite many standardizations throughout the 1900s, there are many different theatre marketing names that have cropped up in an effort to get customers to pay ever-increasing ticket prices. Not all of these marketing terms are straightforward or represent accurately the many technologies used to project the images onto all of those screens.Read More
I use this automation to turn on my garage door, it does not sound like much but I find this simple automation to be one of my most used and loved home automation setups. I have a tilt senor on my large garage door and a open/close sensor on my conventional door. We park our cars in the garage and use it as our entry into the house. Basically as soon as we pull into the garage or walk out into it the lights turn on. Our garage overhead lights are a significant improvement over the very dim light that turn on by the garage door alone. Even though I have this setup for our garage, this idea can easily be adapted to any light/door combination (e.g. closets, bathrooms, ...etc).Read More
When our little one started opening cabinets, I looked around for the best cabinet locks I could find. None of our cabinets have handles and I was not thrilled by the thought of drilling holes in our nice cabinets for locks. But then I found the Kids Guard Magnetic Child Safety Cabinet Locks. They use 3M double sided tape rather than screws to lock the cabinets.Read More
The PC is the back end of the party button system. You could say it is the heart and brains of the system or as I like to say it's where the magic happens. Everything is controlled by the PC and it completes a lot of tasks from just a simple push of a button.Read More
The button box is the most visible part of the party button system. Sometimes I would leave it on a counter top or side table as a conversation piece, but it can be easily hidden away if needed. The mobility of the button box is great as it can be passed around to party goers. When we first started dating I had my girlfriend (now wife!) press the button to start a New Year's Eve party. Needless to say, she was impressed!Read More
Imagine: you're hanging at your place with some friends, the A/C is humming, the room lights are on, it's quiet and calm all around.
Then you press the Party Button.
There is a short pause and then the room lights dim; black lights and disco lights beam up, and some awesome music starts playing. The party starts!Read More
When it was time to anchor our furniture because our little one was walking I selected the Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps. They had good reviews on Amazon, were less than $3 per a strap, and did little damage to walls/furniture. Install is pretty easy and took me about 15 minutes after I figured out what I was doing. I found the straps to work really well for most of our furniture, but decided to find another product for sentimental pieces that we did not want to drill holes into.Read More
Eventually we all end up with an extra router whether it is because your old router micro stutters or like me you get married and have two of everything. Whatever the reason don't let an extra router sit idly or worse rot in the local dump. This post will show how to setup a Linksys (Cisco) wireless router as a wireless access point for your home network.Read More
As I moved from one apartment to the next during my bachelor days there was always one annoying feature nearly everywhere I went. The lack of task lighting on kitchen counters and sinks. I often "solved" this problem by retargeting the track lighting when available but this left a shadowy area somewhere else. I don't think anyone ever noticed but it always bothered me and some places (like my current residence) don't have track lighting in the kitchen...Read More