So I guess the first thing I should do here is say "Thanks for stopping
by" and introduce myself. My name's Greg and I'm your editor/guide to
the wonderful world of Digital Home. This is an area that I've been
interested in for quite some time, and one that causes many debates in
my house. I have an engineering mentality, which means that it is all
about function. My wife, however, is all about form. The great thing
about a digital home is that, if done right, is a mesh between our two
extremes. I get to implement toys and gadgets and systems to expand my
experience, whether it is watching TV or just enjoying the ambiance of
the house, while she gets to have something that "looks" nice.
These posts going forward are going to be generally focusing on two
different things. First, I'm going to try to share with you my
experience of setting up a digital home; Choices that I've made, why I
made them, and how things went when trying to implement. Just as an
introduction to this section I'll let you know that my house was struck
by lightning last year which led to an insurance-paid upgrade of a few
items to get me started (more about this on the next post).
The second area I'm going to talk about is what is happening in the
digital home industry. Discussions that I'll have with various people,
new products that I hear about that I think are interesting, and just
generally what is going on from my point of view. Obviously I can't
write about changes to my own home every week I don't have either the
time, not money, to be doing upgrades on a constant basis, so I will be
looking out into the world to see what might be there that I think you
should know about.
I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences and insights with you
all, and if you have any ideas or things you would like to share with
me I'm all ears! Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sounds very interesting Greg. The digital home is becoming quickly more common in Canada, and you're right about the balance between form and function. A digital home should be easier to use, and simpler to operate, with the technology, not the other way around. And don't forget price - it has to be reasonably affordable too!
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