Monday, May 3, 2010

3-D TV's

A Quick Update from The Electronic Jungle!

Just a quick note and follow up to our most recent posting when I talked about 3-D TV. Before you go shopping for a new TV please note today's Columbus Dispatch, 5-3-10, Technobuddy, page A9. Bill Husted, who writes the article, provides some good thoughts regarding 3-D TV's.

Let me know if you have questions.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring has Sprung, Now What?

Sorry it has been so long since our last blog. There is really no good excuse for not saying howdy to our friends on a regular basis, but the good news is that the economy has picked up a bit and hopefully that means something positive to you. A special thanks is extended to our existing/past customers for renewing their faith in the Tiger and calling us when they need a helping hand. Hopefully you have seen, or will see, the same renewal of activity in your world.

Like a lot of our clients and friends spring has brought a renewed belief that there are nice days to be had here in Central Ohio, some even contain sunshine.

Clients are not only doing their spring cleaning, but are dipping into the electronic jungle to take advantage of some of the new technology that has come our way.

Our experiences have taken us into conversations regarding LED TV's, 3-D TV's, Outdoor TV's, Outdoor speakers. Having said that, we did experience a brief slowdown in the availability of some of the more popular TV's for use indoors. As an example, large size 3-D TV's, 60" and above, in the more popular brands, are not available until late summer or early fall. Also, there is simply very little content to be viewed on a 3-D TV at the present time. Some folks are reluctant to wear the necessary 3-D glasses that are important in 3-D viewing, to say nothing of the cost of the glasses themselves. If you are counting, that is 3 bummers for those of you who are ready to take the leap.

Our friends in the remodeling business have begun to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Over the past year and a half the jobs for them have been fewer and smaller. It is still slow by boom standards, but activity has increased. Good Luck to all of our remodeling friends in 2010.

So what's hot for 2010?? Obviously, 3-D TV, home security simply because of what is happening in our society, I Phone's and now the I Pad are tools that can now be used in a home automation or a business automation project to control all aspects of the automation process, and how you interface with your system. Controlling your A/V equipment with one remote is still very big, but adding lighting control inside and out have become very popular. Access to your security system, lighting, as well as your heating/cooling via your laptop, while on vacation for example, has become more attractive and affordable. Individuals simply want control whether at home or away.

Alert!!! It has been recently brought to our attention that more communities are requiring safety devices such as alarms on doors leading to pool areas in the interest of protecting our little folks from accidentally falling into the water. If you have a pool and are remodeling, or will be putting in a pool, check with with local code requirements to see if you need an alarm system for all doors leading to your pool. BE SAFE!

Great deals are still to be had in the electronic jungle. For guidence, direction or a shopping list to help with your search, give us a call at 614-975-0939, respond via a comment on this blog, or send an email to

Let us know how we can help.

Tiger Systems, Inc.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Times They Are a Changin!!

Well here we are in January of a new year. 2009 is history. Hope yours was a good one. As we crank up the new year we hope that all of our friends see a year filled with growth and success.

My how things change. This year we will attempt to keep everyone abreast of the neat technology that we anticipate seeing in 2010.

During the holiday my wife recorded and shared a Martha Stewart show. The show was about electronics. Martha began the show by showing shelves of old time electronics and some things not so electronic. These old TV's, radios and even a typewriter weighed in at 122 lbs. All of the capability that was showcased in that 122 lbs. of stuff has been replaced by one device that can do all of the things that they could do, and of course, better and faster. This device amazingly weighs only 4.1 oz. Most of you have already guessed what this latest and greatest device is and I will reveal it at the end of this blog.

I read an article that talks about Hollywood being high def and the article went so far as to list the top 50 Blu-Ray movies through November 2009. FYI, #1 is The Dark Knight, #2 is Iron Man and #3 is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. We honestly thought that Blu-Ray would have a relatively short life in the electronic jungle, but it seems to be hanging on.

First it was simply TV, then the occasional movie available through your local network channels, then cable & satellite, now movies via the internet, standard DVD's, Blu-RayDVD's and now combo DVD's with both a standard DVD disk and a blu-ray disk. Last, but not least, get ready for 3D.

Good news is that Blu-Players are getting more affordable, but the bad news is that blu-ray disks are still a bit pricey.

Big sellers in the big box stores over the holidays were LED TV's, mainly Samsung, and Blu-Ray DVD players, mainly Samsung. LG held up well also in both departments. Make certain that any TV you purchase has a data port for movie downloads from the internet and the DVD player you select should be network capable as well.

In closing for now, if you selected Blackberry as the 4.1 oz piece of technology that does the work of 122 lbs of stuff, you were correct.

Let us know if you have questions.