Author Archives: J.D. H.

HDCP Stripper [SOLVED]

Cheap and effective for stripping HDCP from HDMI signals

I recently encountered an issue where my DirecTV HDMI output was unusable on my new LCD. Thankfully, the following HDMI HDCP stripper allowed me to view the image on my TV NOTE: The best price I could find (shipping from and to the USA) was $23.75 on Amazon and if you don’t already have the extra HDMI cable, they have them for $5.49. The process is very simple: Connect power to the HDCP stripper Connect first HDMI cable from DirecTV receiver to “HDMI

JPS300V 5V DC power supplies for LED signs

JPS300V is user selectable between 110V AC and 220V AC

The JPS300V DC power is a robust option for powering LED signs and other products that require relatively high amperage 5V output. 60A at 5V = 300 watts which is pretty hefty for a DC power supply. Out of approximately 80 PSUs, we have had around 2-3 fail. This is a roughly 3.8% failure rate in some fairly difficult situations (withstanding fairly intense heat, cold and moisture). Overall I would rate them as a good low-cost option especially if you can

Crossroads Inn and Suites, Salem MO WiFi review [EXCELLENT]

WiFi speedtest results, EXCELLENT

I regularly stay throughout Missouri for business. I normally test the speeds at every hotel I stay in. Recently I stayed at the Crossroads Inn and Suites in Salem MO. I have stayed there before, but they recently upgraded their internet so I wanted to run speed tests again. Here are the speedtest results: ~60.0Mbps D/L* ~12Mbps U/L* *average of multiple tests throughout stay.  These are some of the best speeds I have encountered. WiFi coverage was also excellent, both in my room and

New Exede Speedboost plans + wifi [review & prices]

Exede's top speed plans in my area (MO)

Here are some new updates on Exede’s latest plans: Personally, I would only pick a plan that has their new Speedboost + WiFi modem and the Liberty Pass. Initially I enjoyed the “late night free zone” (or LNFZ) but as of late it just became too much of a hassle to manage data usage during the daytime (and saving all the heavy stuff for late night) so now I much prefer the ease and simplicity of the Liberty Pass. Plus I absolutely

Let your kids help!

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Child one unloading the dish washer (and putting up the dishes where they go.) One of the best things about being a parent is teaching your kids to be responsible. Chores, jobs, learning opportunities, or whatever you want to call them… they help kids contribute in a meaningful way and they also help kids appreciate their free time. At a friend’s birthday party last night my wife and I were talking with the family’s grandmother. She grew up on a

White USB-C cables ($6.99)

White USB-C to USB-A cable

After upgrading from a Samsung S6 to a Nexus 6P, one of the few changes needed was new USB-C cables! Thankfully, Amazon has a nice assortment. I especially like the white USB-C cables here: They are usually available for around $6.99 and they allow easy connection to USB-A (“regular” USB) devices like most existing PCs, Macs and laptops. After purchasing a two pack, I’m a happy camper

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