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Rounding Deftech BP-3000 out with surround speakers and Atmos elevation speakers

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Well, I have resurrected an old 5.1 mini speaker system (an Energy Take 5) and it sounds really great. Adding a Denon AVR-X3700H and then four NHT Atmos Mini Add-on was a great choice. by luck, these tiny little speakers fit on top of the Energy Take 5 modules and the room sounds really nice….

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Winter time buys of Ecobee Doorbells and Outdoor speakers and things

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Now that it is really fall and there is no summer left, here are some things to think about getting as winter is coming: Smart Thermostats like the Ecobee Thermostat. Right now Best Buy has them for $200 or $50 off and through the end of the year, Puget Sound Energy is offering a $75…

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More notes on shopping from Chrome using Freedom, Discover, Camelcamelcamel, Honey and Fakespot

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Wow shopping the smart way has definitely gotten more complicated. But if you really want to do this effectively, a few short words on how to make sure you are taking the most advantage of the various discount programs: Use Chrome or Firefox. Sadly until Safari supports extensions properly you can’t install the ones you…

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Monitor color calibration and extending the life of my DataColor Spyder3

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Ok I know this sounds little strange for an electronic gizmo, but I’ve had for 10 years, the same color calibrator. There are newer ones out there, but for a device that I literally use once a year, it seems sad to have to buy a new one. This is the Spyder3 and about three…

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Devcare a budget guide to chairs, monitor stands, monitors, great mice, keyboards, wrist rest, and mousepads

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OK, as the geeks are staying home more and more, it’s way more important to have the right working environment and to make sure it is ergonomic and not going to give you Carpal Tunnel syndrome or neck aches. So here are some notes on things to get in order of importance (at last IMHO):…

Strange pricing at Xfinity get 1Gbps and unlimited data for $90 vs $110 for 300Mbps and unlimited

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Well you can see how they manage their incentives so that for now: 1. Move to 1Gbps plan for $90 on a year and you get unlimited data. Normally this is $30 a month. But if you use their gateway for $25 then you get it for free. 2. More strangely if you get the…

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Social Distancing and Indoors with better air handling with HEPA filters and Indoor Air Monitoring

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Well during the summer we had our socially distanced walks and meals with 2-4 friends. That is wearing masks and at least six feet apart and outdoors as much as we could. But now that the fall is here in the Northern Hemisphere that is going to get harder and harder. So what can we…

End of sprint @restartpartners

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Been way buried this last three months doing decision making tools for https://restart.us Aka @restartpartners. Great adventure learning how to write code and get my hands dirty leading a small but amazing group. Main observations: Pandemic was great. So many great CS undergrads with nothing to do. Yet another chapter in the book about how…

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Argh beware an nVidia Shield killed my AVR

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Yikes what a strange story, but we’ve been using the original NVIDIA Shield for years and suddenly, our home theater’s audio-video receiver (AVR) died. It literally wouldn’t power up and the UPS also didn’t work. Replacing the UPS didn’t help. We also replaced the receiver and the Shield actually caused the processor to hard crash…

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Stability achieved. Cut over to Unifi Dream Machine Pro happiness and do not brick your EdgeMax by rebooting too fast

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Well it took all night but finally cutover from a MacBook controller to a Dream Machine Pro and I’m glad I did: Unifi and Synology becoming the Apple of networking and storage. Yes you can hack away or buy cheap consumer gadgets but they are a headache. These two companies are taking the open source…

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