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    On a walk through the woods, Aidan Dwyer unknowingly replicated what scientists have been doing since the beginning of time. He looked at nature, took inspiration from how it solved a problem, and replicated what he saw in the lab. Where the average observer sees chaos in the way the leaves grow on trees, the budding scientist saw structure and order, and a lot of history and math later, he discovered that tree leaves follow…

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TED Talk: Hans Rosling and the Magic Washing Machine

by Dennis Burger on Mar 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and one of the foremost (and most entertaining) experts on the developing world, is back with a new TED talk. In his latest, Rosling makes the case for the lowly washing machine as one of the most important… Continue Reading »

Control4 and Cisco Partner for Automation Platforms

by Enid Burns on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Control4 and Cisco are working together to provide network-enabled automation platforms for connected smart communities and home energy deployments. The deal, spurred from an Cisco investment in Control4, includes the integration of Control4 technology into Cisco’s Service Delivery Platform (SDP) and the availability of Cisco-branded Control4 products. With Control4 as… Continue Reading »

Control4 Energy Management System Selected by NV Energy

by Enid Burns on Jan 31, 2011 at 06:22 PM

NV Energy‘s Demand Response Rollout announced Monday that it will be using Control4‘s energy management system in 20,000 in Nevada homes. In this program, 20,000 NV Energy customers will be equipped with Control4 EC-100 energy controller, a 4.7” touch-screen with a full color interface that provides up-to-the-minute feedback on their… Continue Reading »

Lutron Announces iPad App for RadioRA 2

by Michael Riesenbeck on Jan 31, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Who needs an iPad? I may have uttered those words when Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the company’s hotly anticipated tablet in January of 2010. I own a MacBook (that I love) and an iPod touch (that I really love), so the iPad didn’t seem like much of a big… Continue Reading »

New Yorkers Sort Through Ewaste with The 4th Bin

by Enid Burns on Jan 18, 2011 at 08:25 PM

If you found a new HDTV, laptop, cell phone, or other consumer electronic under the tree over Christmas, then you might be faced with the question of how to dispose of your old electronic device. Many consumers are faced with that question, and some, including residents in New York City,… Continue Reading »

Wet Circuits are Water Resistant

by Michael Riesenbeck on Nov 19, 2010 at 06:13 AM

Monday morning. You’re up early. What time? I don’t know, but let’s call it too-dang-early. As if on autopilot, you hit the button on the coffee maker. Ahh, that’s better. The synapses are starting to fire. How about we take that cup o’ Joe over to the computer and catch… Continue Reading »

Lutron Launches Mobile Experience Tour and Contest to Promote Energy Saving

by Michael Riesenbeck on Nov 5, 2010 at 08:58 AM

If you’re like me and you feel like your invitation to the “going green” party got lost in the mail, our friends at Lutron have a campaign tailor-made for the energy-saving Luddites out there. The company is launching a program dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of using… Continue Reading »

Michael Maiello Discusses Schneider Electric’s PowerChute Business Edition 9.0 UPS Software

by Lucy Newman on Oct 27, 2010 at 04:57 PM

Schneider Electric recently announced APC’s PowerChute Business Edition 9.0 Uninterruptable Power Supply Software. The program provides energy reporting for IT equipment and helps customers understand their power consumption using fact-based energy, cost, and CO2 emission reports on a per Smart-UPS basis. The software has a unique ability to calculate the… Continue Reading »

Lutron’s New Dimmer Technology is CFL and LED-Compatible

by Jeff Kleist on Oct 2, 2010 at 03:12 AM

Perhaps one of the most gratifying things about about home theater automation is the moment you press that one button that brings the lights down and pulls the curtains open, and you really feel like you’ve bought that cinema from your childhood. While the new CCFL and LED bulbs are… Continue Reading »

Rotating Houses: Green Energy Future?

by Jeff Kleist on Aug 27, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Rooftop solar panel installation is becoming increasingly popular in new home construction, and with governments offering ever more enticing tax credits, retrofit installation is picking up steam, as well. In the right areas, like the American southwest, photovoltaic panels can produce a surplus of energy, allowing homeowners to sell power… Continue Reading »

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Was looking for a DVD/VCR recorder combo and had basically chosen this unit, the came across your article - question: are you still happy with it??



HBO requires a level of content protection that is not currently supported by Airplay/Apple TV. This is a capability that might be offered in the future as per HBO GO

kate on
HBO Debuts HBO GO App for iOS, and Android
September 12th 2011 9:42 AM

Way to go Aidan! Congratulations on your discovery and deserving award.

Is there anyone that has use this 3D adapter kit, How good or bad do this adapter do ?

Good points John.  For me it sort of helps to answer my question but for different reasons. That is: in those instances where i have a fully DDD recording on LP, the CD will probably serve me just as well.  I will note that many early CDs sounded bad because they were made from compressed-for-lp slave copies of master tapes or (in the case of some “twofers” (2 albums on one disc) a smaller size file was used to squeeze all the info on a single disc (zappa’s overnight sensation/apostrophe disc was way tinny sounding and fared much better—after complaints—breaking them out into two discs at fuller CD resolution

Regqrding the sound of vinyl vs CD and distortion “hidden” in the LP, more times than not I was amazed to find out that distortion I heard on vinyl—and which I attributed to my less than perfect condition pressings—were actually on the original recording. I was surprised hearing certain records by Zappa, The Velvet Underground, Dylan, The Moody Blues and others on CD for the first time and discovering that my LPs didnt sound so bad after all ... it was the way the recordings were made!

I do believe that analog masters contain more sonic info than 44.1/16-bit clones would be able to capture.  But I have to assume (unless someone explains otherwise) that for recordings made natively in the digital domain, then those recordings are what they are…. they’ll never be anything more than what the original was recorded at.

So there is probably no good reason to keep a digitally recorded LP if I can get it on CD these days… unless of course it contains a mix that was later changed/remixed

Hi Mark,

This has been my life’s work since about 1978.  We had some of the first digital multitrack recorders that 3M ever built, and a huge part of my life was supervising the cutting of analog (and later digital) tape masters into vinyl, following those lacquers through electroplating, and then the actual pressing into vinyl.  We had our own pressing plant, so I got to see it all happen every day, from trombonists coming through the front door to record jacket fabrication and excess vinyl re-grinding to make audiophile records.

The bigger point is not which sounds “better”—it’s what sounds most like what the mixer heard when he was working on it in the control room.  If you had the privilege, as I did for years, of sitting beside a mixer listening to control room monitors and watching as he went for a particular “sound”, often worrying himself about the accuracy of the speakers and the room acoustics, you would understand that the whole goal was to try to replicate what he heard. 

Analog tape was very good at that, but always lost a bit of transients, and increased the noise floor a bit, simply because of the limitations of tape.  Indeed it was often quite difficult to tell whether you were listening to the console output or the one-second-delayed playback head of the 2-track master.

When digital mastering came on the scene, first on videotape (we used black and white U-matics, which is why the weird sample rate of 44,100 came to be—it’s a multiple of the horizontal sync frequency of black and white videotape) we were all amazed at the transparency.  What we heard coming back from the digital deck was an identical sonic clone to the console itself, indeed showing the limitations of the console electronics.

Many consumers, however, had grown accustomed to the tracking and tracing errors and distortions that vinyl records inherently have.  No vinyl record truly sounded like what we were hearing on the mix console; it was several layers of distortion removed, with the distortions coming from the cutting angle of the cutterhead, the “de-horning” process which cut off the bottom of the grooves so that the vinyl would release from the stamper, and the inherent noise of the vinyl medum itself.

A CD is a much, much closer replica of what the original mixer heard on his board than an LP could ever be.  Now does that mean that you would rather experience what the mixer heard or experience what an LP listener of the era heard?  That’s actually a very serious question.  Almost no one who didn’t work in recording studios heard “clean” audio, and it was a very foreign sound to consumers, resulting in a lot of reluctance to accept digital media.  Consumers simply didn’t understand that they were, for the first time, hearing what we had heard in the production control rooms.  In many cases, the noise floor and distortion of the vinyl helped to cover up the limitations of the original master—making the CD sound “worse”.

I hope this helps, but I fear it may only add to the confusion.

NW. I bet a tactile transducer connected straight to the desk couldn’t even do that.

BB1 on
How Much Bass is Too Much Bass?
August 09th 2011 8:53 AM

I have the streaming-only service.  One thing that ticks me off is - I am using a web-based service, right - but there are no web-based methods of contact with Netflix - go ahead, try to find a “contact us” that isn’t a phone number!  No email, no chat, nothing!

I wanted to complain about how they had lured me into their service, only to start dropping some titles I had expected to be able to watch (such as all of the, admittedly limited, selection of James Bond flicks).

I also wanted to complain that for weeks, the “Recently Watched” listing was missing.

MikeG on
Netflix's Latest F-You Communiqué
August 02nd 2011 10:59 AM

Wow i would be pissed if i was a Netflix user pisssssed. Here is a secret people. Corporations only get away with what you let them get away with. Hit their pocket book and they will suddenly start whistling another tune.

Carmen on
Netflix's Latest F-You Communiqué
August 01st 2011 3:48 PM

I don’t work for Netflix and I think the author of this article is a huge baby-man with an entitlement complex.

Netflix's Latest F-You Communiqué
August 01st 2011 3:23 PM