Setting Up the Apple TV 4K for Lossless Music and Dolby Atmos with the Sonos Arc Surround Sound System: Settings After the New Installation

Overview This is the final post in a series of four posts focused on Setting Up the Apple TV 4K for Lossless Music and Dolby Atmos with the Sonos Arc Surround Sound System. For a detailed list on each of those posts, with links to each section of their table of contents, go to the end of the post. The… Continue reading

Setting Up the Apple TV 4K for Lossless Music and Dolby Atmos with the Sonos Arc Surround Sound System: Installing the New Hardware

Previously in this Series Back in February, 2022, I published the first in a series of four detailed posts about our efforts to upgrade our TV sound system in the Den. That first post, Setting Up the Apple TV 4K for Lossless Music and Dolby Atmos with the Sonos Arc Surround Sound System: The Hardware, focused on the hardware we… Continue reading

Setting Up the Apple TV 4K for Lossless Music and Dolby Atmos with the Sonos Arc Surround Sound System: The Settings

Overview In the first post in this series I bemoaned the poor audio and flat video quality of our current television setup. In that post I go into great detail about the existing hardware, our goals for a better system, and the choices we made to reach those goals. I had already looked at the settings on the Gen 1… Continue reading

Setting Up the Apple TV 4K for Lossless Music and Dolby Atmos with the Sonos Arc Surround Sound System: The Hardware

Overview This is the first of four posts in a series. For information about what the other posts cover, jump to section 9: Other Posts in this Series in the Table of Contents above. For years now our TV setup was been nothing fancy and, frankly, has been a wee bit less than adequate for our TV-watching needs. While not… Continue reading

Second (Follow-up) Review of the Roborock S7 Now with Its RockDock

Back on June 19th I wrote a rather detailed initial “first impressions” blog post about our Roborock S7 Vacuum and Mop robot. You may recall that I really liked this robot. In fact, after having it for only a couple of days, we bought a second one for downstairs. Roborock S7 on the RockDock We also pre-ordered the RockDock–a docking… Continue reading

First Impressions: Roborock S7 Vacuuming & Mopping Robot

Article Outline Click or touch a subheading to jump directly to it. IntroductionRoborock S7 Strengths and FeaturesSetupI found these YouTube videos helpful.Preparing for the First Mapping/CleaningInitial MappingSuggestions for Your First CleaningEditing Our MapSchedulesAreas of Lesser StrengthSuggestions for Improving the S7 SoftwareS7 Concluding Thoughts & SummaryDisclaimer Introduction Living right on the Pacific Ocean is too awesome! During the summer we often… Continue reading

Impressive Deadbolt

Having just purchased a house, we need to rekey the property. We prefer keyless locks because we don’t always have our keys with us. And this, being the largest property we have ever had, makes walking out to the shop (a quarter mile from the house) only to realize you don’t have your key to the shop1 a real pain.… Continue reading

“They” Really Are Listening!

This is a true story. I don’t know who “they” actually are, but you can draw your own conclusions: Is someone really listening to our private conversations through our digital devices? I have concluded someone absolutely is! Here’s the true story: Several months ago, near the beginning of the pandemic lockdown in Atlanta, Steve was in the kitchen cooking dinner.… Continue reading

The LARQ Bottle

Offered in a variety of colors Finding unique but useful holiday gifts can be a challenge. Introducing the LARQ self cleaning, water purification bottle. I got us each one for the holidays. I hate using single-use plastic bottles, even though I frequently do so. And I hate re-using a plastic water bottle because I worry about germs when they start… Continue reading