Johnny Mota

Johnny Mota

Johnny Mota is a systems integrator in northern California. He writes for rAVe [Publications] as a member of the BlogSquad, as well as SF New Tech, Geek Beat TV, Lust Gadget and other places. He also acts as the social media manager for a few AV and automation companies. He loves art, technology and lamp. Don’t make it weird. You can reach him at jm3@vsys.us.


Are You Tired Of A Dumb TV?

Are You Tired Of A Dumb TV?

Smart TVs are all the rage these days, and we constantly rAVe (<—see what I did there?) about them to our friends. Unfortunately, pricing on said HDTVs aren’t as “Smart” or convenient. So, I’m guessing you’re like me and haven’t found a reason to buy a new TV (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it) just yet. Well, LG […]

Two Things: U-Socket…

Two Things: U-Socket…

I often like to make up new words, sayings, animals, ETC…by taking two random things and giving them the name that best suits that creation. A good example of me doing so that many you will instantly recognize (If your on the Twitter) is the Hashtag #AvTweeps. AV (Audio Video) Tweeps (Twitter Peeps) is one that is used daily by more […]

Western Digital TV Remote For Android

So there I was, cruising the market of the Android apps (as I often do), when I happened upon yet another cool free control application. This one was just released by Western Digital, specifically for the use of its WD TV® Live Hub™ media center or WD TV Live™ streaming media players. This one (just like every other I […]

How to steal the ROKU 2 HD right now!

Well, maybe it just feels like you’re stealing for roughly 10 Ninja Lincoln’s ($47.99).  Yeah, that’s right, this weekend only ROKU decided to give us all more reason to score one of the most popular set-top boxes on the market right now, their ROKU 2 HD! Here’s the deal, if you have been considering joining the rest of the world who […]

Welcome to “New Pandora”, Adobe Flash need not apply

Welcome to “New Pandora”, Adobe Flash need not apply

Over the past two months Pandora has been sneakily hooking up select users a preview of what is now referred to as “New Pandora”, and you know what, it’s pretty flippin’ sweet. It was officially launched this last Tuesday. You didn’t notice either eh? Maybe because you’ve been busy listening to GrooveShark , Turntable.fm , Google Music ,Spotify , Insert any other Streaming Media radio service […]

Qwikster, the new DVD mailing service, or is it?

Qwikster, the new DVD mailing service, or is it?

So by now all of you are done with the Netflix, Blockbuster DVD mailing service fight, right? Good, because get ready for Qwikster!!??!! That’s right, yet another service that brings those discs (a soon to be dead technology in my opinion, but that’s another post) to your door for your viewing pleasure. In reality Qwikster dot com is just a new site that […]

Google Music Beta

Google Music Beta

Google Music Beta: Since this year’s Google I/O (When Google Music Beta was announced and released) I have been excited to get an invite sent my way. A few days ago mine came in the (G)mail! Huzzah! I’ve been playing with it now on different devices (Android(s) and some of the non Droid Variety) to get that […]

CEDIA welcomes the #AvTweeps

It’s that time of the year again, time for the CEDIA show, time for all the manufacturers to bring out the new goodies for all us integrators, installers, designers, and programmers to ogle over, poke and tinker with, also there’s booze to drink and parties to attend ( more on that in a bit). This year CEDIA comes back […]

Stream a little stream

Stream a little stream

Today (July 31st, 2011) is the day that some people have anticipated for some time since it original release and price tag of $300.00. After the chatter that Logitech’s Revue sales number weren’t anything next to great, rumors and inevitability have caught up to today.  Logitech has official put a price tag of $99 on its Google TV set top […]

Star Tours The Adventures Continue in 3D

Much like the “AV Jedi” of this publication Gary Kayye, I am hooked on Star Wars (Very similar to most people when they eat Girl Scout Thin mints). A few weeks ago was the opening weekend for “Star Tours The adventures continue”. I was not in attendance for it, but you can bet some Ninja Lincoln’s and several Disco Hamilton’s I […]

ElkDroid Security and Automation

ElkDroid Security and Automation

Some of you already know and have been using this since it’s release back in August of 2010. ELK Products has got your back with their third party Android application, created by Williams Automation: “Get full command of your Elk at your fingertips. Become a power user with ElkDroid! Achieve full control of your configured Elk M1G or EZ8 home security panel […]

Designing for the App generation

Designing for the App generation

As an integrator it’s important to always be well informed on all things tech because technology is constantly changing. In the Audio Video industry we notice this daily. This is so true, that every project I have worked on is immensely different from the last. The only thing that is a constant (recently) is that […]

Audio Video To Do’s for 2011

1. Ditch that pile of remotes: Aren’t you tired of having at least three remotes to simply watch anything on TV these days? My biggest pet peeve is going over to a friend’s house and trying to watch the game, or anything for that matter, and taking forever to figure out which remote from the ‘80s that happens […]