Words from Nerds #62: Wired for Tech

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Are you undertaking a home remodel, considering new construction or just looking for a better way to showcase that new flat screen HDTV on your wall? We’ve got some tips to consider when it comes to making your project tech-friendly.

Nerd News

  • People who signed up for AT&T DSL service after March 31, 1994, may be eligible for a partial refund after the operator settled a class-action lawsuit charging it with delivering data rates slower than promised. AT&T doesn’t admit to any wrongdoing as part of the settlement of a case filed last year in the Court of Common Pleas in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.
  • GoogleMail is becoming GMail in the UK, saving 60 million keystrokes per day.
  • Apple sold 1M iPads by last Friday
  • Google, Microsoft and Apple endorse HTML5 and H.264 for video (not Flash)
  • HP buys Palm for $1.2B
  • Check out the Stark Expo 2010 site for the new Iron Man 2 movie

Feature Story: Wired for Tech

  • You have decided to undertake that big home remodel project. What considerations for tech should you consider?
  • Wired vs Wireless. Is wireless good enough? for the TV? for Music? for Gaming?
  • Lighting: LED, CF, control panels
  • Speakers: wired v wireless, buying, monoprice, freestanding, in-wall (not by power)
  • Hiding tech: wall, RF, cabinets and IR, closets (video cabling and conduits)

Nerd History

  • May 6, 1937 – Hindenburg fire
  • May 5, 1961 – Alan Shepard is first American in ‘outer space’
  • May 3, 1978 – The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (which would later become known as “spam“) is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States
  • May 6, 1994 – Channel Tunnel opens
  • May 3, 2000 – The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.