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Tivo Bolt’s skip feature is awesome

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Hi, my name’s Matt and I loath commercials. Care to join my Commercial Hater’s Anonymous group (CHA!)? Then check out the Tivo Bolt. I’ve been a Tivo guy for years now, but recently upgraded to the Tivo Bolt – and

Posted by Matt Chiste
April 15

Wall-mounting a photo frame powered with custom-made USB cable

Table-top photo frames based on Android are great and all, and I’ve already covered a wall-mounted frame which is powered through existing low-voltage lines, but I wanted to replace that old photo frame with my new Lenovo Tablet for not

Posted by Matt Chiste
March 30

Setting up a family-friendly photo frame with online sharing

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For Christmas last year I wanted to get a digital photo frame for some family members that would allow us to share pictures between us and have the pictures automatically update over time. I had already wired up a wall-mounted

Posted by Matt Chiste
March 26

Installing a wall-mounted projector

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The family room now has in-wall speakers powered by an HDMI audio extractor and small amplifier, and now it’s time to set up the video component: an Epson PowerLite Projector. I liked this particular projector because it’s capable of 1080p

Posted by Matt Chiste
March 10

Power in-wall speakers with an HDMI audio extractor and cheap amplifier

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Remember those in-wall speakers we mounted a while back? Well, now we’re going to need to power those things, and all we have for the source audio is the HDMI output coming from our HDMI matrix. So, we need two

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 27

A better HDMI matrix for whole-house video distribution

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A few months back, I wrote about my whole-house media distribution system based on an HDMI matrix in my basement. The problem I found with that matrix is that the HDMI output signal went through an additional conversion process to

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 19

Installing in-wall speakers

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We’ve already covered installing ceiling speakers in these pages, so I won’t go into great detail on the process of physically installing in-wall speakers – it’s a virtually identical process to installing them in the ceiling. However, if you’re installing

Posted by Matt Chiste
February 11
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