I’m a technology-obsessed engineer and MBA and have a passion for figuring out how things work and how to make them better.

I spend my free time with my family and working on my hobbies, which include home theater/automation/security, sports cars, web development, photography, skiing, scuba diving, and triathlon.




  1. Hey Carlton,

    Just found your site while researching setting up an audiophile-quality media server. I see you enjoyed Genesis way back when…have you picked up the new box set? I’d very much like to hear your thoughts on it.


  2. Hay Carlton,

    It has been along time sence we last spoke to each other. My sister Melissa told me about your web sit, so I thought I’d take a look. I live in Ohio now with my wife of 5 years now and our two children. Austin who turns 3 in July and Abbie who will be 4 months old in June. I also have a son, Jordan, form a prior marage that will be 11 in August. I work for the Ohio National Guard full time as a training NCO.
    Just started this job last Sep. Not a bad gig.

    Well I have to get back to work now, I look forward to hearing from you.

    Have a great weekend,

  3. Matt: Great to hear from you! I drive by your old house each time I go to visit my Mom in E-town and wonder how you’re doing. It sounds like all is well; I would have guessed that you were still in the service. My wife Nicole and I have been married 5 years now and we’re expecting our first in August (a girl.)

    Have you played a baritone lately? I still remember the day I turned in my instrument in college and I haven’t picked up one since. But it sure was fun while it lasted. Those were fun times in high school. I’m glad your sister got us in touch. We can catch-up more over e-mail.

  4. Carlton,
    My 26 year-old son just turned me on to your web-site and your Theater Calculator spreadsheet. Thank you for your efforts. I am a Manufacturing Software Consultant that is just getting into the world of high-quality video and audio. I built a new house a couple of years ago and designed it to include a 14’x24′ entertainment room. I finally have taken care of all my wife’s priorities for the new house (you know how that goes) and I can concentrate my efforts, and wallet on the entertainment room. I have a Panasonic PT-AE2000U on order and I am researching mounting, placement and screen alternatives. So, thanks again for the calculator spreadsheet. It is very helpful in the setup decision process. I have a question about the Excel spreadsheet itself. How do you get the spreadsheet to display the information box for each of the blue cells that accept user input? I have never seen that before and it would be helpful to me in spreadsheets I put together in my work.
    Van Backeris

  5. Hi Carlton,
    My appreciation for your efforts regarding proper distances for viewing HDTV. I’ll have no problem getting the 61″ Samsung for my 9′ room depth.
    I was surprised by the similarity of interests, from cats to the Justice League. Just substitute horses for your Scuba and Car interests and our favorites are virtually identical. What put me over the top is when I saw the Greek translation of your article. It read perfectly well.
    Oh yes, one minor difference: Go Patriots!
    Thanks again
    George (married,age 57, Masters in Clinical Chemistry, Manager for PerkinElmer Corp, Favorite Book = Dune by Frank Herbert)
    Lancaster, MA.

  6. I too am 57 and Greek.
    What a coincidence.
    Two 57 year-old Greeks posting comments on your website within hours of one another.
    I would like to communicate with George Pappas. See my email below.
    Van Backeris
    van [at] mfgsystems [dot] net

  7. Just took a brief tour of you site – it great. You seem like a real nice normal guy that puts a lot of effort into your responsibilities as well as helping others. Although it look like you need to update your “About Me” are since the birth of your child. Anyway, congratualtions and best of luck to you in life to you and your family for all you have done. Hopefully many of your dreams and asperations will come true in the not too distant future.

  8. Hey Carlton…I was looking online to see how to program my new tv with my dish network remote and your website was the very first I went to…I thought how many Carlton Bales can there be in the world and I saw Kevin’s name and new it was you… I’m married living in Lexington with two dogs and live a fantastic life. After Etown I went to Murray State and then transferred to UK, where I met my wife. I graduated with a degree in business management. I spent five years working on cruise ships and now manage the Lexington Olive Garden. Send me an email sometime….I’d love to hear from you!
    Sean Nealey

  9. I appreciate your follow up to my question about computer cases. It is rare, in these days, to find someone willing to help that isn’t requiring a donation or vote. Like your site. Thanks again.


  10. THANKS for your website & You are a Handsome Fella and NOT a Geeky Engineer! 😀

  11. Impressed that you have such a vibrant interest in so many things!

    Are you still open to discussion WD drives and data recovery

    Happy New Year!


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      Hi Asher. Happy New Years! Yes, still open to discussing WD drives and data recovery, though it has been a while since I worked on those.

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