Recycling Unwanted Electronics – When you bring home those latest home entertainment products and computer gear, what do you do with the old stuff if it’s not working, not worth repairing, and too obsolete to sell in a classified? Take it to one of the electronics recycling centers set up in many cities, or participate in one of the occasional community collections programs for unwanted electronics. Some have a very small charge and others are free. One Chicago suburb just held a collection that processed 353 vehicles which dropped off 15 tons of disposable electronics in three hours. A representative said including three previous collections they had totaled 40 tons of recyclables that were thus kept out of landfills.
Harman International Acquired – One of the major conglomerates of AV equipment brands, Harman International, has agreed to be acquired by Kohlberg Dravis Roberts and the private equity arm of Goldman Sachs in a cash deal valued at about $8 billion. Among Harman’s brands are JBL, Revel, Infinity Systems, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Harman Kardon, AudioAccess and AKG. In recent years the company has expanded into AV and navigation systems for luxury cars.
Head Monster Visits Middle East Conference – Noel Lee, who founded Monster Cable in 1979 after discovering that wires of different constructions affected sonics in audio equipment hookups, will speak at the Hometech Middle East Conference in Dubai from May 13-15. The biggest consumer electronics show in the Middle East brings together attendees from around the world. He will talk about how he created a new product category that revolutionized the audio market. Before Monster Cable and all its imitators, audio systems were wired with ordinary zip cord.
Cellist/Conductor Mstislav Rostropovich Dies – The acclaimed cellist and conductor died today at age 80. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had feted the maestro at an 80th birthday celebration in the Kremlin last month said: “This is a huge loss for Russian culture.” The musician was probably second only to Shostakovich as an international symbol of the struggle for artistic freedom under the former Soviet rule.