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My goodness, highfigh, you are certainly giving Bob a hard time for sharing multiple viewpoints on fiber from a bunch of experts in the field. For the record, I was the one who wrote the headline. It was an invitation for dealers who have long been afraid of... — Julie Jacobson on Feb 24
Oh, you’re an audio enthusiast who writes about consumer electronics, you’re certified in a few areas and have studied music & guitar (almost forgot your karate- how that relates to this, I don’t know), want to tell people to not be... — highfigh on Feb 23
Sheesh.  Only our industry would say a 7500 square foot, 5 bedroom single family home is, “...not a mansion by any means, but a normal two-story, five-bedroom home.”  Maybe that is no big deal outside Philly, but in the rest of the... — theloopboise on Feb 23
Update: I wanted to let everyone know that Modulus has started production ramp, and is now accepting dealer registrations for qualification into the Modulus Authorized Dealer Network (U.S. only for initial launch, see getmodulus.com for details).  We are... — SSchulz on Feb 22
Did they say “Next Month” of which year? It’s 2018 already — Eyal Kattan on Feb 21
What a great article! Half of the tips listed probably deserve their own detailed article. I am especially intrigued about setting labor rates as a percentage of equipment. — Clynch on Feb 21
Nice! DIN Rails keep coming. Our Dealers are putting lots of DIN rail panels out there into newly built homes. — flowoess on Feb 20

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