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By Joe Calise Starting a C-business is like climbing Mt. Everest. If you don't have a great support staff when you start the climb, your battle will be even more difficult, if not impossible. If I didn't have great people around me, I could not be where I am today. It starts at home. Before you make the leap, make sure your family understands that you'll need its help every step of the way. I've been extremely lucky in this department. My wife and kids have been very understanding. After family, you must rely on great employees. Not good ones, but great ones. Good

Cable-Compatible TV, at Last! By Cliff Roth It's been over 20 years since the first "cable-ready" TV sets and VCRs hit the market. But as any installer can tell you, a funny thing happened on the way to cable compatibility. The signals got scrambled. While it was true that a "cable-compatible" TV set could use its built-in cable tuner to view all the unscrambled basic channels, the same technology was essentially useless for all the premium channels, such as HBO and Showtime. With the advent of digital cable service, the "cable-ready" tuner became even more useless. And in some cable TV markets, such

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