Brent Saltzman


Interested in all things technology with a passion for analog, design, audio, and anything that sparks creativity and imagination.


  1. Helping people around the world with their computer's microphone

    Happy New Year! In a previous position at work I maintained a blog where I posted topics, tips, and tricks surrounding the use of the system I managed. One of these tips was how to properly adjust a microphone input level within Windows XP, Windows 7, and OS X. I…


  2. Controlling Belkin Wemo lighting with a Logitech Harmony IR Remote

    Recently I've found myself dabbling in some basic home automation for lighting and control. I've had pretty decent success with the Belkin Wemo line of products and more recently I've enjoyed using their light bulbs on their Wemo Link platform. Here's my problem: I have these Wemo controlled LED light…

    on Code, Scripting, Home Automation, HTPC

  3. Controlling Polycom cameras with microphones

    At work I maintain classrooms outfitted with equipment for video conferencing for mainly distance education. These rooms can be quite complex with multiple cameras, video monitors, and audio and video routing that would make you dizzy. One of the challenges we face is maintaining a free flowing educational environment for…

    on Audio, AV, Biamp, Work, Video Conferencing

  4. Using PowerShell to update XML files on remote computers

    Someday you might need to update XML configuration files for an application on a remote computer or many remote computers. In my case I had to do this, stop, and start a system service on 87 computers. Here's how I did this using PowerShell: The great thing about this script…


  5. Sound Thinking (Biamp): The Coolness of AEC

    "The Coolness of AEC", Justin O'Conner from Biamp: AEC’s benefits can be difficult to quantify. “Improved communication: $3” does not appear on a financial statement. Yes it is expensive and when it's all setup and running the client will ask where the additional expense went as everything sounds…

    on Audio, AV

  6. Getting the number of signatures from iPetitions (in XML)

    iPetitions is a free service that allows anyone to create an online petition and distribute a link for people to virtually sign it. To date their website claims they have collected over 25 million signatures collectively across their petitions. At work there was a need to take the number of…

    on Code, Digital Singage

  7. Query

    via xkcd…


  8. Heartbleed Explanation (via xkcd)

    on heartbleed, Security, xkcd

  9. Ohm's Law and How to Never Forget It.

    One of those things you have to learn when you're in the Audio industry (and many others) is the Ohm's Law. Yes, that annoying pie chart that looks like a jumble of letters and math equations: It's pretty simple really, to find the Wattage, Current, or Voltage of something,…

    on Amateur Radio, Audio, Electronics

  10. Google Authenticator and Why You Should Use It

    Google is one of those tech companies who put out a ton of a ton of great services and applications. Their claims of fame include Search (obviously), Gmail, Drive (formally Docs), Maps, Voice, and Picasa. One of their lessor known, but perhaps most valuable and unsung hero of Google's offerings…

    on Apps, Google, Security

  11. Pushover Notifications

    There are only a handful of apps that I can't live without, let alone I would blog about for free (but if Superblock wants to throw some stickers my way, I'll put them in good places :)). One of them is Pushover. Pushover is a simple notifications app that allows you…

    on Alerts, Apps, Code, Monitoring, Notifications, Scripting

  12. Script All the Things!

    I'm a big fan of scripting. I'm not talking about PHP or Javascript, however I am a fan of those too and may cover them in future posts, but this one is about batch scripting in Windows. What's so great about batch scripting? Lots of things! It saves me trouble…

    on IIS, Scripting, Windows