Category Archives: technology

iPads as televisions and a desktop computer DVR

December 23, 2018 I canceled my cable television subscription in early 2008. But, like most so-called cordcutters, I didn’t actually cut any cords. I retained what was then 5 megabit/second internet service over the same cable that had been providing television … Continue reading

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Climate controls

November 18, 2018 & UPDATED November 24, 2018 I’ve had climate on my mind this fall, since it played a role in three minor home improvement projects at Meador Manor. The workroom now has an exhaust fan, the faded portions … Continue reading

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A Revolution in Home Automation

November 3, 2018 We recently had a home automation revolution at Meador Manor, with Google Home devices vanquishing a number of Amazon Echo toys that had built up over the past two years. In the summer of 2016 Wendy gave … Continue reading

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Bob Cratchit and Bias Bubbles

December 28, 2017 We hear much these days about “fake news”, a term promoted by President Trump when he wishes to deflect critical coverage of his latest untruth, of which there are many. But he is correct in that there … Continue reading

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Listening as one of my digital clouds evaporates

December 22, 2017 The forthcoming demise of Amazon’s Music Storage service, limiting my access on its streaming services to songs it has licensed, prompted me to assess my approach to digital music. The rapid pace of the digital world’s evolution makes … Continue reading

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Demagogues and dopamine

December 15, 2017 In these trying times, I’m thinking of demagogues and dopamine. Back in my grade school days, we learned about civics and history. We saw how Father Coughlin and Senator Joseph McCarthy earlier in the 20th century had created needless strife … Continue reading

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Bringing a new Harmony to our home theater

November 21, 2017 My purchase of a new OLED television and then a new AV receiver meant it was time to revisit the remote control situation at Meador Manor. And, as usual, that meant spending time and money on a new … Continue reading

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