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Ev'rybody's talkin' 'bout Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism This-ism, that-ism, ism ism ism All we are saying is give peace a chance - John Lennon (and the Plastic Ono Band)

So, your first one was given to you by your parents for your first apartment (assuming that you are not still living with your parents…hey, you’re 32…time to get a life!).  They used it in their bedroom but they were getting a new one anyway.  It was made by Magnavox or Hitachi or, if you were really lucky, Sony.  It was 36” square and 24” deep and it weighed about 100 pounds and you and your buddy had to stop for a beer after carrying the thing up the stairs to your place.  And you used that TV for probably 10 years.

They called it, “Paradise,” I don’t know why. Call someplace, “Paradise,” and kiss it goodbye. - Glenn Frey

I’ve been in this business long enough to remember the very first multi-zone audio systems.  We used to put speakers in 3 or four rooms, match them with a 40 or 50 watt Receiver and put volume controls in between.  You could then listen to music throughout the house as long as everyone wanted to listen to the same music.  We thought we were in Paradise.

"Mr. Watson--come here--I want to see you." - Alexander Graham Bell’s first words on the telephone

Ready to feel old?  It was over 43 years ago that Martin Cooper, an engineer with Motorola, made the first call from a mobile device.  It wasn’t called a cell phone then because “cells” didn’t yet exist.  Unfortunately, unlike Mr. Bell’s famous first call, we don’t have the words recorded for posterity.  I suspect it was something along the lines of, “Can you hear me now?  Is this thing on?  Check, check, check.  Testing 1, 2, 3.”