on 09-02-201604:25 PM - last edited on 09-02-201604:46 PM by rstyle
Once you figure out how you will get video into your house, you have to figure out how you are going to watch it. In the second of his "Cutting the Cord" posts, Agent Gavin C. discusses Internet speed and video streaming services.
on 08-31-201604:19 PM - last edited on 09-01-201608:06 AM by rstyle
So you are moving in to your new place and you are wondering if you can get by without that monthly cable bill. You aren't the only one - we run into cord cutters all the time and have plenty experience sending them down that path. Agent Gavin C. put together a couple of blog posts outlining an approach. Here's the first one.
We are asking our televisions to do more and more these days. As the centerpiece of our home theater systems, our TVs can go from pulling in our favorite news show in the morning to streaming that YouTube video Mom just sent to us over lunch, then playing the latest Mad Max movie during evening “wind-down” time. And anytime we are not using the TV’s screen, it serves as our connection to the music libraries available through the ever-growing list of streaming services. That is one busy machine.
Our team of Agents has a national reputation for our abilities to tame rebellious computer and networking technology. But not everyone knows there is another set of Agents who are more about the display than the processor, more concerned with finding the “true black” than they are about speeding up your spreadsheet program. These are the Field Agents, brave souls who are deployed to client homes and workplaces to install, tune up or debug home theater systems.
Cellphone app developers are our heroes. Their whole purpose in life is to take one of the most useful devices ever manufactured and figure out a way to add functionality. They are the people who put power in our pockets.
With the explosion of video content on the Web, many of us are using our computers, at least some of the time, to just watch TV.
Video sharing services like YouTube, Web broadcasting sites like Hulu and Netflix, and pay-for-play services like Amazon Prime and iTunes have made our computers a key source of video entertainment in the modern home.
My mom absolutely loves the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars. So I had to call her up as soon as I heard that Steve Wozniak would be competing alongside Karina Smirnoff in the next series of competition, which starts today. Of course, her first reaction to this was, “Who?”
It’s not really a surprise to me that Steve Wozniak isn’t a household name like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. Yet “The Woz” (as he’s known in the geek community) is every bit as important to the early history of personal computers as those two.
Woz’s story is every bit as colorful as his personality. It starts with a young engineer who worked for Hewlett-Packard in the early 70s, who involved himself with side projects like running a successful dial-a-joke service. His real claim to fame: when he joined with his friend Steve Jobs to create the original Apple I computer.
The early success of the Apple I allowed Wozniak to leave HP and co-found Apple Computer with Jobs in 1976. The release of the Apple II in 1976 helped to cement both Apple’s success, as well as that of the personal computer revolution that’s changed so much of our world since then.
The Apple II also marked the end of an era, as it was one of the last personal computers to be designed solely by one individual, without the aid of an entire team of engineers required by the complex designs of today’s technology.
Here at Geek Squad, our mission is to provide hero support, and really, in every sense of the word, Steve Wozniak is a geek hero. That’s why I plan on rooting for Woz every step, shuffle and slide of the way during his time on Dancing with the Stars. If you plan on rooting too, check out our Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/GeeksforWoz. And definitely put #votewoz in your Tweets if you plan on Tweeting live to the show tonight.
And if you don’t know what Twitter is, and want to get started, check out our Two Minute Miracle video below: