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Together vs. Alone: The Power of a Door

“Be an opener of doors.” —  Ralph Waldo Emerson I’m done. Of all the abstract ways a person can measure their success, there is one almost holy item that I have that defines my success: a door. All the hard work, all the effort, has lead to a nice office with plenty of space to […]

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Weekly Reading: A Threat to HDMI — Yes!

So apparently this is a thing: My son plugged his iPhone Lighting cable into my new car’s USB port so he could listen to tunes while driving around. It got stuck. Like, really stuck. I wish it had been an HDMI port. Remember when cables would fall out of those if you looked at them […]

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Trouble with HDCP: Q&A with Aurora Multimedia’s Paul Harris

In 2000, Intel Corporation came up with a way to encrypt discs for Blu-ray and other types of digital standard devices to prevent content pirating. High-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) is the digital form of encryption comparable to what Macrovision used to do to protect content on analog devices. It creates a secure pathway from one unit to another, and from the source to […]

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Filing a Complaint

I was at a meeting recently where a frequent flyer mentioned that when he books his flights online, he’s able to make a note in the special services section that he has hearing loss. It’s important to him, because he has missed many flights as a result of not being able to fully understand the […]

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Good Sound Sounds Good

Video quality is easy to judge; sound quality, not so much. I’m still struggling to understand the perceptual processing behind this, but most people seem to be able to identify good image quality much more readily than they can identify good sound quality. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but sound quality […]

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