Apple v Android

I’m very sorry cousin but I’m afraid the city life is a bit to much for you.. i shall motor you back to the country….

iPhone4 vs Android
City Life Isn't For Everyone

Rule #1 Hang Up Call Back Trick

Ever get connected to an idiot when calling tech support? You knew from the moment he opened his mouth that nothing good was going to come out of it? Cut your losses early! Hang Up! Call Back! Pray for someone else!

Tech Support Sucks
Tech Support Sucks

Giving Back & Helping Out

October is breast cancer awareness month. There are literally a million ways to participate and pitch in. The easiest being a simple donation. A few bucks mutliplied by everyone is a lot more than a few bucks. I know the economy sucks and we all want iPad’s but please try and scrape around in the change jar and head over to to donate. See the tasteful image below :).

My other favorite charity is My favorite part about this charity is that you have people who want to work hard and a network of people who can help them do it. My first loan was $25. It has already been paid back and i loaned it to someone else. Every time i have extra cash i make another $25 loan. This is pocket change i would have wasted on candy. Now its being used to build lives and love all across the world.

Control System WI-FI Touchpanel Evolution

The iPad is a revolutionary device that millions around the world own or want. It already has and will continue to change the way many “personally compute”. The iPad is also causing a stir in the Home Automation /System Integration world. WI-FI touchpanels from control system manufacturers like Crestron typically cost in the neighborhood of $3000-5000. The entry level iPad costs $500. There are many pros and cons to using the iPad as a control system touchpanel, here are a few.


Significantly less expensive
Better wi-fi range
Better display
Better battery
1/2 to 1/3 lighter
Access to the App Store


Suffers from limitations and/or requires 3rd party products & software
Connection lag or app loading time creates a few seconds of user frustration
Will be the target of theft in a commercial setting
No promise of consistency from Apple. It will be difficult to maintain the product.

I am sure there are other issues but i think these are the most important. There are valid arguments against using the iPad as a control system touchpanel but once you have one in your hands it becomes very difficult to say no. I can remember handing a TPMC-10 to a client for the first time. I can remember handing a TPMC-8X to a client for the first time. Neither prompted a smile on the clients face that the iPad did. Whoever you are, whatever your experience in this industry… when you see how the clients respond to this product in person you will understand why I and so many others are excited about the iPad.

I don’t think the iPad will ever be good for a commercial application. People will be prying them loose from in-wall and lectern mounts on a daily basis. I think the existing quirks will be ironed out over the next 6 months and then it will be a perfect fit for residential. Here are a few pics of the TPMC-10/TPMC-8X/iPad. Its one thing to discuss the battery life and cost but another to actually see how much difference there is.

10.4″ diagonal screen
16 Bit 65,536 colors
Battery 3 Hours
Release Date : September 10, 2004

8.4″ diagonal screen
18 Bit 262,000 colors
Battery 9 Hours (more like 2 hours with extended battery)
Release Date : September 14, 2006

9 5/8″ diagonal screen
24bit 16,777,216 colors
Battery 9 Hours
Release Date : April 3, 2010 (from wikipedia)

Rack Mounting The Crestron CEN-IDOCV-DSW

Custom order MiddleAtlantic RSH plate used to mount Crestrons in-wall iPod dock. Looks pretty darn slick! Their universal Media Shelf option for the table top iPod dock left a bunch of unused space and it was a bit of an eyesore once CD boxes and remotes and manuals started getting stored in them I came up with this simple but effective plan to keep my racks pretty :).

Crestron iPod Dock

Husky 14 inch The Total Tool Bag With Tool Wall

Husky 14 inch The Total Tool Bag With Tool Wall
Model #79907N09

This is one of the most unique tool bags i have seen in a long time. It’s a steal @ $89.97. I spotted it in Home Depot. The flaps are filled with storage puches & pockets inside and out. They can be completely unzipped to give you complete access to the “tool wall” in the center of the bag.

The outside has a bunch of nice pockets including the ones on each side that can hold small parts boxes or other tools.

The handle is a dark chrome with a rubber grip in the center. The handle hinges nicely so that it can fold down flat while transporting the tools. There is also a shoulder strap included.

The bag has a “shape” to it. What i mean is that its rigid and not soft so the bag mantains its shape and dimensions. It has 4 large rubber feet on the bottom.

New Orleans – Cereal Box paint job?

I have seen lucky charms, trix, frosted flakes and count chocula. I thought it was something to do with cereal until today i spotted the BIG SHOT candy bar wrapper. These cars are completely product themed inlcuding the nutrition information. Can someone please tell me what the heck is going on down here in the dirty south?

Big Shot Candy Bar Car
Big Shot Candy Bar Car

Husky Hang up Tool Bag

Tired of kneeling down to get your tools? Check out this Husky tool bag. It has rings built into the flap so that you can hang it up. I didn’t get a price or model number from it because it was sitting alone on a shelf at Home Depot.