More HDTV Gotchas to Know by Black Friday

2:52 PM, Nov. 25th, 2009 · · John Martellaro’s Blog


On Tuesday, I talked about some of the gotchas regarding LCD HDTVs and how manufacturers fudge or redefine specs to their own advantage. In this installment, I'll discuss the very basics of handling audio in an HDTV system.

What You Need to Know about HDTV & Blu-ray by Black Friday

5:47 PM, Nov. 24th, 2009 · · John Martellaro’s Blog


High Definition TVs and accessories are on the mind of many this holiday season.  Here are some thoughts on what to watch out for, starting on Black Friday. For starters, manufacturers play fast and loose with LCD HDTV specs. Also, things to watch out for in the Blu-ray and HDMI cable world.

Quantum Oscillations in the Applesphere

6:14 PM, Jul. 11th, 2008 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

This was a significant week in Apple's history. In the past, Apple's well tuned marketing engine worked just as well, but the Mac faithful just weren't present in sufficient numbers to jar the Applesphere.

Explosions and Debris (Week of May 12)

5:54 PM, May. 16th, 2008 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

From time to time, we all change browsers. It's either to experiment with something new or flee from something distasteful. This week I fled from Safari. It's because I visit hundreds of Websites and their links everyday.

Fewer Particles, More Debris ( Week of May 5)

6:01 PM, May. 9th, 2008 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

This week, there was some discussion of what might be Apple's name for the next version of Mac OS X, 10.6. According to one writer who investigated last year, trademark filings show that Apple has only two names left: Lynx and Cougar.

No More Mystery Updates From Apple

7:46 PM, Mar. 31st, 2008 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

I think it's time for Apple to give up on the idea of mystery updates. By that I mean updates that tell the user nothing or almost nothing about what's changed, what impact it might have, and why the user should install the update.

Building a Custom PC

8:22 PM, Mar. 3rd, 2008 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

My wife uses Linux, Java, Perl, and C++ at work. Recently, she wanted to get a new PC with Fedora 8 so that she could do work and research at home on a fast system. Her old custom built PC was aging and is really only suitable for interface testing.