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Too Many Remote Controls

Every consumer audio/video product has a remote control and once you have 3 or 4 devices attached to your TV, you have a coffee table full of remotes. Do you have too many remote controls in your home? Each device will claim how easy it is to use but when combined with the other devices, it is a disaster. Input 1 for this. HDMI 2 for that. Volume control on everything yet none actually controls the volume. And with the advent of apps for our mobile devices, we are promised even better ease of use with each [...]

2016-12-26T22:17:52+00:00February 13th, 2013|

The Convenience of Modern Technology

The explosion of technologies and internet connectivity is creating a dizzying number of choices for everyone. Some see this as an amazing opportunity while others feel overwhelmed and don’t know where (or if) they should start. Consider for example that: • CD’s and AM/FM radio have been replaced with streaming media from Spotify, iTunes and Pandora. . • You no longer need a drawer or closet for your media because it stays in this new thing we call “the cloud”. • Thermostats are now controllable through the web. • Surveillance cameras can be seen on your mobile [...]

2012-10-30T21:58:00+00:00November 15th, 2012|

Texting is a family disease

A few months ago our 14 year old son asked for a texting plan on his phone.  I know.  He's 14!  Some of his friends have been texting since 4th grade or before.  When he asked last year, we said "no, if you want to talk to your friends, pick up the phone and talk."  We explained the importance of verbal communication and how its very existence is being threatened in this digital age.  There is the very real fear that the obsession with texting will become a life threatening activity when he is in a vehicle.  [...]

2012-02-14T15:57:25+00:00January 26th, 2012|

Focus on Music

We are so pleased that the Fall 2011 issue of Coastal Home Magazine  features the home of one of our favorite clients.  The Archibald’s home reflects their warm, inviting lifestyle in every detail, right down to the Green Monster in the back yard.  We were referred to the couple by the builder, Ron Houghton, and met with them early in the house design process to ensure that the systems they wanted to incorporate could be seamlessly integrated into the infrastructure of the home. During this initial consultation, we learned that music is an important element in their [...]

2012-01-10T02:19:01+00:00October 19th, 2011|

The Cobbler Has New Shoes

For the last 20 years I have walked around barefoot in my electronic home. All of my “stuff” has been a mishmash of older components strung together with left over patch cables and power strips. Quite a sight to behold for the home of an electronics “professional”.

2012-01-17T17:35:15+00:00October 5th, 2011|

A New Hampshire Home

  It can be difficult to communicate the scope of the work that we do, but this article tells a big part of the story.  There were a number of exceptional houses featured in the current issue of New Hampshire Home Magazine.  We are thrilled that this particular home was included.  We loved being part of such an innovative design and construction project.  It is always a pleasure working with the brilliant architect, Lisa DeStefano and kitchen designer, Scott Purswell of Dovetailed Kitchens and of course the very gracious and creative homeowner.  Congratulations to everyone who was [...]

2012-01-10T02:42:17+00:00September 8th, 2011|

More on Energy Management

One of our readers, Derek from Software Advice, sent me this link to an article regarding the benefits of energy management systems for apartment dwellers.  I am providing the link as a follow up to an article I posted a while back regarding Google PowerMeter.  I think the article is informative and emphasizes the point that the real savings of money and energy consumption with these devices comes from the user having access to actionable data.  The device and tracking system arms the consumer with information which hopefully motivates the consumer to make changes and reap the [...]

2012-01-04T02:15:45+00:00July 11th, 2011|

MiniBar

Ultra thin LCR bar for your flat panel tv

2012-01-19T13:58:34+00:00July 8th, 2011|

Links to Acadia

Visit Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park

2012-01-10T03:09:55+00:00July 5th, 2011|