What’s In Store at CES 2010

With the 2009 holiday season rapidly coming to a close, techies around the world can again rejoice with the coming of the annual electronic gadget wunderfest in Las Vegas. Officially known as the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), it …

Counterfeit Cable Burns Me Up

On the morning of November 21, 1980, a fire started in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (now Bally’s) in Las Vegas. 87 people were killed, mostly due to smoke and toxic fume inhalation. It remains the 2nd worst hotel …

Sign of the Times…

There is a trend that has become pervasive in our society… as people everywhere demand products at cheaper and cheaper prices, manufacturers have begun giving them what they ask for.  What suffers?  Quality, of course.  We’ve seen this trend in …

HDMI 1.4

In my last post, I commented about USB 3.0.  I made the comment that “I like simple technological advances that I can explain to my Uncle Dominic.”

Well, the new HDMI 1.4 isn’t one of those.

Sometimes I think …

USB 3.0 musings

So… USB 3.0 is coming out.  What is it, and why do we care?  Well, basically, under ideal conditions, computers will talk to USB devices up to 10 times faster than our current generation of USB devices.  Many of these …

Trade Show Excess

I returned from a trade show a few weeks ago, and I’m reminded again how foolish some marketing endeavors can be.  They had a meeting area set up with tables and chairs.  When I stopped there to take a break, …

Overengineered cables?

… and while we’re on the subject of overpriced cables, I might as well rant about their close cousins, overengineered cables.  I’ve seen all kinds of nonsense here.  One of the most egregious things I’ve seen recently is a six-foot …