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    by Published on 08-18-2017 03:34 PM



    I know that your powers of retention are as wet as a warthog's back side... and if that holds particular meaning for you then you're going to like this video. It's recently surfaced as part of "yet another" re-release of everyone's favorite cartoon about daddy issues, The Lion King.

    It's been common practice (even back in the 1990s) to record animation voice actors saying their lines so the animators have a visual reference for the way the characters' mouths are supposed to move. Call it a simple cheat that works for everyone. What it also means is that there's a great record of the performances that drive the movie. In the video above you get a great look at Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, and especially Jeremy Irons who completely acts out his lines as if he were on stage. It's great fun for everyone and a quick video, so why not take it easy for a few minutes and visit the pridelands?
    by Published on 08-17-2017 12:29 PM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first ten years of The Solid Signal Blog, as well as other old stuff we think is super-neato.



    If it weren't for the Altair 8800, I might be writing this blog ...
    by Published on 08-15-2017 04:07 PM
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    Of course it all depends on how you define "smart."
    If it's 1996, it means some very basic internet (what else was there?) plus room for 200 contacts, a clock, a calendar and a fax program. (Yeah, that's right! FAX!) That's what you got with this Nokia 9000-series communicator. ...
    by Published on 08-12-2017 03:39 PM
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    This week’s Streaming Saturday
    looks a lot like last week’s column. While this might seem repetitive, it’s actually very good news for streamers.

    We have good news for streamers this week. In a nutshell, it has to deal with recent developments at Netflix and DIRECTV NOW. These two streaming services are aggressively pursuing market share, each in its own way. Netflix is ...
    by Published on 08-10-2017 02:13 PM
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    So the other day I was having lunch with a friend and his son. The son is in his 20s, and lives on his own. We were talking about Mr. Robot, which is not coming back until the fall much to our mutual chagrin. Then he gleefully told me that he is still working on getting a password to be able to stream USA ...
    by Published on 08-10-2017 11:21 AM
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    In Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at the articles we're most proud of from the first ten years of The Solid Signal Blog, as well as other old stuff we think is super-neato.

    Beta ED. Super VHS. 8mm Video. Man, the days when people actually wanted CDs. I didn't get to go to the Consumer Electronic Shows then -- and back then there were two of them every year -- so I had to be content with waiting until new technology came to my local Highland Electronics Superstore.

    Thanks to one YouTube user, though, we can relive those days, and it's an extra added bonus that they come to us through wobbly standard-definition camcorder video, as all worthwhile things in the 1980s did. You even get blocky titles! Love it!

    This is an hour-long expedition into the future of technology, as seen from the past. It's a reminder that today's tech will look pretty dorky in 30 years, too.

    by Published on 08-04-2017 11:00 AM



    Well, not quite. This recently unearthed video, "The "Automatic Motorist," is a six-minute short showing a look at the future of travel, as it was seen before the first world war. It looks pretty antique and cheesy to us, but not only are the effects state-of-the-art for their day, audiences at the time would have seen this as exceedingly modern. In 1911 most Americans still didn't own a car, most streets were still unpaved, and most towns didn't have any large buildings.

    And then, there's the robot driver. Or, as audiences at the time would have said, "automatic motorist," since the word "robot" hadn't even been invented yet!! Obviously this is a rather silly looking thing but interestingly, this film was made about 50 years before most of those 1950s and 1960s sci-fi classics and the robot (uh, automatic motorist) looks like he came right out of one of those drive-in cheeseballs. That's pretty impressive if you think about it.

    I'll bet you ten million dollars that the movies we make today won't age as well as "The Automatic Motorist." Of course you'll have to wait about 85 years to collect on that bet, and by then ten million dollars ought to just about buy you a cup of coffee.

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