Apple has earned a reputation for easy-to-use products that work fine the first time you try them, but that certainly wasn’t the case in our experience with Apple TV. A visit to the Apple TV bulletin boards confirmed we weren’t alone; many early adopters seemingly also are having difficulties. Everything started off well enough. Since Apple TV requires at least one networked computer to have iTunes installed with content to copy or stream, our first order of business was getting iTunes installed on our Compaq laptop. We downloaded an episode of Showtime’s Weeds that we’d already seen in both HD and standard-def via digital
H-P Products, manufacturer of Dirt Devil and Vacuflo central vacuum systems, was named a North American distributor for the Hide-A-Hose Retractable Hose System for central vacuums. Hide-A-Hose eliminates the need for homeowners to carry hoses around their hoses while using a central vacuum system. With the system, the user only pull out the length of hose needed, connects a powerhead and begins vacuuming. When finished, the system draws the hose back into the PVC tubing hidden within the walls, attic or floor joists.
H-P Products, which manufactures Dirt Devil and Vacuflo central vacuum systems, will offer dealers and installers a chance to earn 2.5 CEDIA Continuing Education Unit credits at September’s CEDIA EXPO in Denver. H-P’s “Proper Installation of Central Vacuum Systems” course will be spread over two levels. In the first level, a seminar details central vacuum systems and installation practices using hands-on exercises and demonstrations. In the second level, students will install an actual central vacuum system in a Denver home. A brief exam will test the students’ resulting knowledge and determine whether they earn the credits to become CEDIA-certified to install central vacuum systems. Interested parties
Americans spent nearly $150 billion dollars on home remodelling in 2005, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, and increasingly, they’re looking at the back yard as “another room,” one that could use a high-end grill island, beer on tap…and a decent sound system at the very least. The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association reports that American spending on their patios and terraces jumped 238 percent from 2002 to 2004. CE and appliance retailers are seeing the trend heat up their sales of stainless steel grills, stereo components, wireless TV systems and outdoor-audio products like “stereo stones.” Jack Baillio, owner of Baillio’s