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A Look at “Old Time” Entertainment: The Radio

Aug 29, 2011

Back before we had high tech entertainment systems with HD cables delivering high def movies, shows and play it now TV connections, there was only the trusty old radio. National Radio Day has passed, and we thought we’d celebrate by taking a look back at the original entertainment system – the radio!

  • After the Titanic disaster and WWI, investors fueled the exploration for a wireless technology. It was by 1920 that radios first entered homes and soon after took off in popularity!
  • After that, it was a fast journey to the top!
  • Radio stores in the 1920′s were a popular place to gather because people were able to see the latest in radio technology.
  • By 1930, 12 million households in America had a radio in their home and by 1939,that number jumped to 28 million!
  • Eventually, the 1930′s became known as The Information Age.

hd cablesHowever, the stock market crash and depression made an impact on the radio industry putting a lot of radio companies out of business. Only the large companies survived. Soon the radio was viewed as a centerpiece of the family room and provided entertainment and news. From 1928-1950 radios evolved and went from large and bulky pieces to beautiful pieces of furniture in a family room, just like you now see a home entertainment system arranged. Radios were also transformed into frequency-modulated (FM) radios to avoid the static interference.

Some fun radio facts:

  • The first commercial radio broadcast topic was on the election results for 1920.
  • On October 30, 1938 the “The War of The Worlds” presented by Orson Welles caused panic amongst listeners.
  • “Old time Radio” is the term used to describe entertainment programs broadcast to the public from the 1920s-1960s.
  • In the 1930s the first daytime series materialized, featuring romance- which appealed to the typical American housewife.
  • The word soap opera was used because soap products sponsored the series.
  • The “Jack Benny Show” began in 1932.
  • Most “Old Time Radio” shows were aired live up until the late 1940s.

If you want to learn more about the history of the radio and see how far we’ve come, why not visit The National Capital Radio and Television Museum in Bowie, Maryland!

Tidy Up Office Connections

Aug 19, 2011

You wouldn’t bring a client or customer into an office with cups on the floor – shouldn’t the same go for cables all over the floor?wall plate

Office connections don’t have to be a mess. A professional looking office is thoroughly clean and modern. All cables and tools that aren’t activity used, and some that are, should be discreetly hidden. As you move to make the office more functional, adding presentation displays and adding internet routers to devices, the cable will grow. You can tidy up all these spare cables using using cable adapters run through wall plates.

Just pop in the right insert into a keystone wall plate and label any adapters that may get mixed up!

- Run Ethernet cables through the walls and bridge that connection with a Cat 5E 110 punch down insert.

- Make accessing the HDMI connections even easier by running adapters and extension cables out to a wall plate and using a HDMI keystone coupler insert.

Keep your cables in the walls and under the floors so they’re out of sight and out of mind – accessible only when you need them!

Next time you give an audio/visual display, just access the nearest wall plate to hook into the internet or local server. It’s all about perception and presentation!

Get Your Eyes Checked for National Eye Exam Month

Aug 12, 2011

hdmi cablesAt Triangle Cables, we take eye care seriously. Do you think that keeping the TV and/or computer monitor at a safe distance will help preserve your eyes? You may be surprised.

While sitting too close may also give you a terrible case of eyestrain, the simple fact that you need to sit close to the TV may be a sign that you should have your eyes checked out. You may also get what is called repetitive stress injury from straining your eyes.

There once was a time, long ago, when sitting too close to the TV was very harmful to your eyes. With the advancements in technology, we no longer have to worry about dangerous x-rays being emitted by our goggle-boxes, but you still want to keep a nice distance to help preserve your eyes.

Here are some tips to help you keep your eyes healthy!

  • Sleep!
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Stay about 8-10 feet away from your television. If you need a longer cable, you can rearrange with lengths of HDMI cable of up to 100 feet to help you out.
  • Don’t watch TV in the dark.
  • Adjust the brightness and contrast of your computer monitor.
  • Use a screen filter to reduce glare on your monitor.
  • Periodically, look up from the screen and focus on an object in the distance to reduce eye fatigue.

Your eyes are an important part of your health. There are many ways to treat your eyes right. The simple tips above can help you keep your eyes healthy and beautiful for years to come.

Home Entertainment Worthy of Family Fun Month

Aug 5, 2011

home theatre set upHave you gotten to work on your amazing home entertainment system yet?

That’s right, we’re calling you out. It’s Family Fun Month and it’s time to finally deliver on that amazing home entertainment center you’ve been promising not just yourself – but the entire family.

To get you started, we’ve listed some of the ‘must haves’ that every home entertainment system needs:

- Completely furnished room, with comfortable seating for movie marathons.
- Full screen television placed at a moderate distance from the seats, so your eyes aren’t strained.
- Surround sound system with all the right audio and stereo cables.
- Coffee and side tables at the right height to reach while seated.
- Popcorn bowls so you have a movie-style snacking experience!
- Black out curtains or shades to keep the glare off of the screen.

Of course there can be things in your way, like needing to extend the reach of your cables. That’s why there are HDMI extenders and adapters available at TriangleCables.com, to help sort out and fix any of your additional wiring issues or give you the reach you want. Make your entertainment system complete with all the fixings and trimmings to celebrate Family Fun Month off right!

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