The 2004 C-Business 50
April 1, 2004

Today's evolving C-Business landscape is like a Rohrschach test, in that the patterns look different to everyone that takes a peek. But in spite of—or perhaps as a result of—the explosive changes taking place in technology and business practices, the sector remains rich with possibility and continues to grow exponentially. Sometimes that success is driven by companies and individuals whose work is often overlooked in the larger scope of events. Other times, the success is the work of highly visible forces, who bring forth visionary ideas that rock the industry. All of which brings us to this year's C-Business 50. Each year, Custom Retailer

Raising The Bar
March 1, 2004

Fluke Networks' integral role in TIA 570B By Mike Llewellyn For Bob Jensen of Fluke Networks, the custom installation business is all about making sure customers get exactly what they've paid for. To that end, he says Fluke Networks, a member of the Telecommunications Industry Association (where Jensen is chair of the Residential Cabling Standard), has been hard at work with its fellow TIA affiliates hammering out a network testing standard. The product of their labors, to be known as TIA 570B, will be available in the coming months. TIA 570B will define technical standards for residential cabling and networks that all points of

Hardware Spotlight -- Audiobahn/Unwired Technology
June 1, 2003

Audiobahn/Unwired Mobile DVD ENTERTAINMENT System by Grant Clauser While mobile DVD are becoming popular as factory-installed equipment, it's the aftermarket that's driving this sector of the business. I wanted to see and hear if this trend in high-tech travel is all it's cracked up to be, so I checked out a rear-seat entertainment system by Audiobahn and Unwired Technology. For this job, the vehicle was a humble family truckster, a 2003 Mazda MPV minivan, and I recruited Bill Weidemoyer and Joe Henning of Poor Boyz Customs to do the installation work. With a garage in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, Poor Boyz' mobile electronics installations

MP3 On Wheels
December 1, 2002

Audio Compression Goes Mobile By Brett Solomon Specialty mobile electronics retailers often have customers that are technologically savvy in other areas. One of the best ways to service these early adopters is to offer them mobile source units that are as up-to-date as the audio equipment they have at home. Even though Napster is deader than last year's hit single, and other file "sharing" services are under increasing pressure from the entertainment industries, the MP3 compressed audio format is alive and well — very well. Moving MP3 into the mobile sphere not only makes sense, but cars may actually be the perfect venue for