Archive for June, 2009

Jun
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Case Of The Missing Speaker

MIA Speaker

The cut out WAS round at one point

I used “EL RotoZip” to cutout for this puppy a couple of weeks ago. The ceiling was plaster on wood lathe. I installed a Sonance In-ceiling speaker. Today i show up and the speaker is gone, the opening is now drywall and NOT round. What the heck happened? Does this house have some speaker stealing vortex that zaps Sonance In-Ceiling speakers into another dimension? My mind was racing a hundred miles an hour trying to grasp what was going on.

Ok.. not really.. I knew some slack jaw pulled it to do something so i started looking around in cabinets and closets and eventually found it :). Fun story though huh?

Jun
2

Tool Bag Evolution

I spent today organizing my gear and i decided to put together an article about my tool bags & boxes. Its interesting to see how my wants & needs were shaped based on what was available. If you rewind back 10 years to the BucketBoss and compare it to the Veto Pro Pac i use today you will see that my needs have always been the same. I wanted something that would hold each tool upright so that i could access them quickly and keep them organized. Both products (and some of the others in between) were able to do it but only the Veto Pro Pac is able to do it right.

The slide show is below, each photo has a description included. I had most of them here at home, some in the garage and some in the basement. The surprising thing was the amount of tools i found in each one. I probably have enough tools here to outfit 2 more CI’s :).

Jun
0

Vendor Client Relationship

Props to AVZONE & briremo over at integrationpros.com for making me aware of this video. I have been using restaurants in analogies for years when talking about CI work.

On the flip side… next time a CI tells a client that they wont have the project completed on time… imagine a youtube video about a waiter coming out an hour after you ordered and saying “sorry, it will be a little while longer”. And the next time you don’t deliver as promised imagine the follow up video of a waiter serving you a burger even though you ordered steak.

I guess it all boils down to beer budget & champagne taste or plain ol’ tryin to git sumthin for nuthin :).

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Jun
Jun
0

Plasma TV Repair Tutorial

Anyone remember the scene in Armageddon where the Russian astronaut says “American components, Russian components… All made in Taiwan” as he bangs a wrench against the computer in the space shuttle?

Jun
5

XBOX 360 Middle Atlantic Rack Installation

These are photos of my first XBOX 360 installation in a Middle Atlantic Rack. The emitter is hidden inside. The face plate pops off so i was able to embed the emitter without opening the XBOX 360.

XBOX Installation Front View

XBOX Installation Front View

XBOX 360 Installation Top View

XBOX 360 Installation Top View

Getting it to play nice on it shelf was easy. I have the power supply tucked to the side & the power cord tied up neatly across the back.

XBOX 360 Installation Rear View

XBOX 360 Installation Rear View

This is poor quality :) video of me testing the XBOX 360 emitter installation by sending the eject command via Crestron XPanel.