Meet David Norman – New Guy on


So some of you reading this are thinking to yourself…….. “self, who is this new guy, why should I read his blog posts and what does he know?” Well I am here to briefly answer some of those questions and then I will be posting things that are actually interesting…. I hope

I have been an active member of many of the online HTPC and AV forums for around 5-6 years. Posting worklogs, asking questions, lurking in areas that cost WAY to much for me really even be looking at and trying to help others who have found problems that I have been fortunate enough to find prior.

By day I am a high school science teacher, a husband and a church goer. By night I am a hardware junky, software novice, case-modding enthusiast and a network beginner. Like many of you I have always loved to tinker with things; whenever I buy something new and nice for myself I HAVE to be able to take it apart, see how it works and then try and put it back together again. In college I had 2 roommates, one was a graphic design major (website ) and the other was a CS major, and we had an apartment at Azusa Pacific University and in that apartment we had between 8-12 PCs, most of which were used for playing Counter-Strike. Ever since then I have been overclocking, case modding, playing PC video games and recently been using HTPCs to archive DVDs, Blu-rays, music and family photos. My wife and I recently purchased a new home and I knew I had to have a unique home theater setup, so we built it (mini-work log to follow). With the new house I have many projects and ideas, of which I plan to post them here for you guys/gals to see and watch me make all my mistakes and hopefully get some ideas of your own.

My goal for this blog is for me to be able to bridge the gap between the “High End (30K) Home Theater” crowd and the “Best-Bang-For-Your-Buck” enthusiast and provide information, pictures, ideas and commentary on items that you guys (the 2 people who might actually read this, thanks Mom and Dad :D) will find useful. Hopefully I can provide some insight into the Home Theater and PC world from the perspective of a Middle-Class, mid-income perspective…….

Please provide some feedback in the form of ideas, questions and comments for my upcoming post…

Here is what you can look forward to in the near future:

  • Mini-Work Log on my Dual Purpose Living Room / Home Theater, with a high WAF
  • Intro into Home Automation, A/V distribution, and Whole House Audio
  • Reviews and Guides on new hardware:
  • IR on/off Switch from SIMEREC
  • Running W7 RTM with HDhomeruns, ATI Cable Card Tuners and a Hauppauge HVR-1600
  • ASUS AT3N7A-I Intel Atom 330 NVIDIA ION motherboard as a W7 HTPC
  • Ebay special $50 ELO Kiosk 15” Touchscreen LCD w/ mControl, W7 RTM