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  • Are You Sending the Right Signals?

    We’ve used signals for communication for eons. One of the most famous signaling scenarios allegedly happened during the American colonies’ struggle for independence. Memorialized in the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” written by poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the passage is quoted here:

    “One if by land, and two if by sea;
    And I on the opposite shore will be,
    Ready to ride and spread the alarm
    Through every Middlesex village and farm,
    For the country-folk to be up and to arm.”

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  • Making Sense of All Things USB

    If your organizational skills are anywhere near as advanced as mine, you likely also have at least one drawer in your kitchen or office that’s jammed with all the various USB cables that have been packaged with electronic products purchased over the years. Charging one of those devices often means untangling multiple cords while also attempting to eyeball matches between connectors and devices. There are times when I wonder if that annoying process is a sign of technology moving backward rather than forward.

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  • USB-C Brings New Functionality to USB Connectors and Cables

    The latest addition to the USB connector lineup is USB-C, and, according to its developers, it might be the last (at least until the next one comes along). It takes the “universal” in “universal serial bus” seriously – not only is it sized slim enough to fit the sleekest smartphone, it’s also designed to make the most of the new USB 3.1 SuperSpeed+ standard, which enables broad enough bandwidths to transmit 4K UHD video to a flat-screen TV.  This means you could use the same cable to charge a laptop and connect a streaming device to your TV.

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  • “Reliability as a Service” Model Gives Consumers New Options for Backup Power

    Generators can represent a significant investment for a homeowner, who might be eyeing the purchase as another form of insurance policy. They might only really need backup power once every couple of years – or even less. For some, the upfront cost and ongoing maintenance expense can still seem a fair trade for the security gained in knowing a home or business can keep running when others’ lights are out. For many others, however, generators can simply be budget busters.

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  • Outdoor Lighting – Lamps and Fixtures

    Lighting up the night has been important to us for centuries. The reasons are many and varied.

    • Safety
    • Security
    • Increased productivity, and
    • Aesthetics
    Beginning with early campfires keeping wild animals at bay, we've always turned to lighting to enhance our lives during the twilight hours.

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  • Troubleshoot Common Electrical Wiring Devices and Construction

    Klein Tools has come out with two new electronic AC/DC voltage testers designed to easily check, verify or troubleshoot common electrical residential, multi-family or small commercial electrical wiring devices and construction.

    Both models include four levels of voltage testing and augment Klein’s existing Test and Measurement product line.

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