Jason Yang

Jason Yang is the founder and director of Digital Studios, a web design and development company. He also serves as a business representative on the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board in Bethesda, Maryland.
All of Your Questions About Power Button On/Off Symbols, Answered
Never question which one is “off” again.
Aug 24, 2023
Make Sure Your Next Home Isn’t In A Noisy Airport Flight Path
If you were apartment or home searching, chances are you’d know not to rent or buy that unit that’s across the street from a train track or a granite quarry. But there’s another common source of noise pollution that most people don’t think twice about, and no, it isn’t your – ahem – neighbor’s inappropriate noises. Instead, it’s airplane noise. Have you ever stopped and asked yourself, “what are the flight paths over my house?
Apr 13, 2022
Ken and His Belle of New York
Name: Ken Yang & Pattra Belle Bumrarb Location: Upper West Side; New York, New York Size: 850 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented Our story begins with a boy named Ken and his beauty Belle, who once lived far away in a modern glass cell. From the Capitol steps our lady Belle escaped, by train and by coach to a life freshly-shaped. Yet love cannot stand so many miles apart, so Ken closed the gap, and thus began a fresh start.
Dec 19, 2019
The Power Went Out: Do You Keep or Toss the Food in the Refrigerator?
It’s an age old question: “do I keep it or toss it?” This is of course pertaining to food in the fridge that’s been sitting there for a questionable period of time after a power outage. We refer you to our U.S. government guidelines on food safety, recommending just how long our refrigerators and freezers will hold their temperatures, as well as whether to keep or discard food kept inside during a power outage.
Dec 16, 2019
Get The Look: Iron Man/Tony Stark’s Man Cave
You may have drooled along with us at Tony Stark’s dream garage and workshop. Turns out some of the tech is actually quite achievable. Unfortunately we don’t mean the fantastical suit of armor, fanciful interactive 3D user interface, the sports cars, or the kickass space. But there’s plenty of daily tech in use that is quite attainable. Come check out Iron Man’s man cave!Tony Stark’s workspace is a man’s dream realized for the movies.
Aug 10, 2019
In Defense of the Belt Clip Cell Phone Holster
The belt clip cellphone holder is the modern equivalent of the fannypack – super useful but super dorky. While many women (and some men) carry the equivalent of a Best Buy Mobile store in their purses, the streamlined person has to make to do with the old school pocket. But with smartphones getting more expensive and more often out of your pocket than in, the gadget holster is making a stylish comeback as a useful tool and somehow not as dorky as it used to be.
Aug 10, 2019
Skipping the Hassle Of Hiding Home Theater Wiring
We’ve always preached the pros of going wireless here at Apartment Therapy (check out Joel’s wireless audio setup), and there have always been pros and cons. This is the year to finally take your video and audio wireless and stop stressing about running unsightly wiring all over your home.Wireless VideoWireless video has been around for quite some time now, but many of us have struggled with the drawbacks that it brings.
Jun 26, 2019
The Pros and Cons of Switching to a Tankless Water Heater
If the idea of constantly heating your water in a big tank sitting in your basement sounds mighty inefficient and wasteful to you, then a tankless water heater may be the right option for you. I’ve researched some of the advantages of a tankless water heater system, alongside some of the compromises that come with the compact, more energy efficient option. There are many advantages to going with a tankless water heater.
May 5, 2019
On Sale: Home Office Furniture & Accessories
Be colorfully creative with CB2’s aqua and pink furniture or stay traditional with a big walnut desk from Room & Board. Straddle the line with contemporary work desks and accessories from Crate & Barrel. Make sure to stay organized with rolling storage and more from West Elm. CRATE & BARREL Sentry II Walnut 55″ Work Table $799.00 $699.97 (also in 68″ or oak) Sentry II Walnut Filing Cabinet $799.00 $699.97 Sentry II Oak Filing Cabinet $699.00 $599.97 Crane Desk $599.00 $399.
Apr 11, 2014
TV Tips: What I Learned About Renovating from Home Makeover Shows
I’ll admit that I have a little bit of an addiction to renovation reality shows. After endlessly watching reveal after reveal, I’ve come to realize that there are quite a lot of real-life lessons to be learned from the TV version of home renovating. Here’s some of the wisdom I’ve gleaned from those hours in front of the tube. 1. Everything Costs More Than You Planned.
Apr 4, 2014
Pets in the People Bed: Tips for a Cleaner & Cozier Pet Pajama Party
Many pet owners love the idea of their little furry bundles of joy cuddled up in bed next to them. But the reality of sharing a bed with a pet can be a lot messier, with these little heat generators hogging the bed and leaving a mess of fur and dirt. We share a few simple home remedies for common pet co-sleeping problems that can help make communal bedtime just a bit more restful. Problem: What a mess!
Mar 7, 2014
Do It Now: Be Sure to Shut Off Your Hose Bibs for the Winter
You’ve probably heard it said that you should shut off your hose bibs for the winter season. When the weather dips below freezing, any unprotected water pipes, such as those leading to a hose bib, are susceptible to freezing. When water freezes it expands, and can exert a pressure of up to 2,000 pounds per square inch. That’s a lot of pressure in a solid pipe with nowhere to go, leading to bursts and costly repairs.
Dec 11, 2013
Storage Options: Over the Fridge Cabinets vs. a Taller Refrigerator
Most refrigerators stand around 70″ tall, slotting into a 6 foot space in the kitchen. Many homes have over-the-fridge cabinets designed to add storage and blend into the rest of the kitchen space. But more often than not, these high cabinets are difficult to reach, and regularly end up being untouched storage space. Which brings us to the question: more kitchen cabinet storage or a taller refrigerator with more food storage capacity?
Nov 25, 2013
Pros & Cons: Should I Keep a Landline for Emergencies?
Last week’s much debated and nicely reader participated discussion on whether a single mother of a 7-year old child should get rid of her land line sparked some important discoveries – several important points about landline telephones during an emergency were brought to light. Here are some of the great reader comments and important points to keep in mind when using a landline telephone service in an emergency situation at home.
Nov 12, 2013
A Hideaway Kitchen Alternative: Refrigerator Drawers
Stainless steel may still be the dominant kitchen appliance finish trend, but that doesn’t mean large metal clad appliances have to dominate the kitchen. A few kitchen appliance manufacturers are starting to take note some customers don’t want a giant fridge as the focal point of their kitchens, and have begun offering an alternative: refrigerator drawers. Refrigerator drawers are fridge and freezer models that fit underneath countertops in place of cabinets.
Sep 25, 2013
When To Vacuum vs. When To Use Compressed Air
Most computers, appliances, and electronics get fairly hot while in operation and need sufficient air flow to keep them running efficiently. Dust is one of the biggest culprits of electrical equipment failure, due to ventilation interference and eventual overheating.
Aug 26, 2013
5 Ways to Speed Up Your Slow Wi-Fi Connection
There’s a good chance you’re not experiencing the full internet speeds you’re paying for. A weak wireless connection is often the bottleneck between advertised maximum speeds and the reality of waiting for pages to load and files to download. So what’s the point of paying for all this speed if you can’t take full advantage of it?
Jul 24, 2013
Avoid the Tipping Point: Securing Furniture & Appliances
The public service announcement above horrifically illustrates just how easy it can be for furniture to tip over onto a small child. Whether they are trying to climb a dresser or reach for their favorite book on an upper shelf, kids can exert enough pressure to tip over even large pieces of furniture.There are a number of very inexpensive anti-tip brackets and straps, all simple to attach onto furniture, televisions, and walls to keep things from tipping over.
Jun 24, 2013
10 Things You’re Throwing Away, But Should Be Recycling
The EPA provides a helpful resource to locate local places to recycle tech and electronic waste. Consider the following statistics: Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year. For every million cell phones we recycle, 35,000 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.
Jun 17, 2013
Be a Better Neighbor: Ways to Soundproof Your Apartment
Lower The Ambient Noise: Consider where and which devices are making all the noise in your abode. Every little electronic device and appliance can contribute to the sum of ambient noise in the home: from the whirring of a computer and cable box fans, to your air conditioner, water heater, and refrigerator running hard all day to keep us comfortable.
Jun 4, 2013
Getting Ready for Summer Entertaining: A Guide to Outdoor Audio
While there has been some debate over the idea of bringing the television outdoors, we’re sure that this guide to bringing tech outside will be met with more joyous sounds – the sounds of music, that is. Today we’ll talk about options to bring audio outdoors.Outdoor SpeakersWhether you go with wired or wireless models, there are a variety of options for weatherproof outdoor speakers.
Apr 24, 2013
How To Take the Home Entertainment Experience Out to the Backyard
As warmer weather emerges, the backyard becomes the destination where many of us go to enjoy entertaining, grilling, and even escape to enjoy music. Some homeowners are bringing the full home entertainment experience outside, with television sets situated in backyard “living rooms”. But weather is no friend of your standard television set…we’ll show you how to set yourself up with a TV outdoors safely!
Apr 23, 2013
Your Old Fridge Might Be Costing You A Lot More Than You Think
The government’s Energy Star website has a nifty refrigerator retirement savings calculator that will help you calculate how much money you’d save by replacing your main refrigerator or freezer or removing your old one from the garage entirely. I plugged in my own old General Electric refrigerator from 1998, and it estimated an annual electricity cost of $126.05 (based on $.11 per KWh).
Apr 1, 2013
You Thought Gasoline is Expensive? Printer Ink is Over $5,500 Per Liter
If you’re shopping and comparing price per unit, forget about gasoline, milk, and other daily supplies. Consider how much you’re spending on printer ink. Nine MSN presents an impressive infographic that illustrates the cost of printer ink at over $5,500 per liter. That’s absolutely insane! Read on for the rest of the infographic to see how other products stack up in price.Here’s what the inside of an inkjet cartridge often looks like.
Mar 15, 2013
Replace a Loud Bathroom Fan With a Whisper Quiet Model
Bathroom exhaust fans do the thankless task of removing unwanted odors. That doesn’t mean you have to put up with a loud and obnoxious fan, even in older homes with outdated mechanisms. Here’s a few things to look for while looking to replace fans, with a few inexpensive models for a quick and easy weekend afternoon swap.There are a few things that contribute to the noise level of a bathroom fan. If you want an effective fan the relevant number you’re looking for is the CFMs.
Nov 14, 2012
Tips For Creating a Guest Room That Also Works As a Home Office
Having a home office and guest room are luxuries many of us can hardly afford in smaller homes or apartmentes. It almost makes perfect sense for an infrequently used guest room to work double duty as a home office. But how do you mix the two rooms without overwhelming the space and making it a mess? Read our tips as well as share your own on how to peacefully merge the two.Don’t get too techy, it’s a home office after all.
Sep 26, 2012
A 0″ Wall Mount For Your Flat Screen TV
So you’ve just bought a shiny new big screen HDTV and it’s barely an inch deep. But all that slimness is put to waste if it’s sticking several inches off the wall because of your mounting hardware. If you’re really trying to get as flush as possible, then here’s a great option for a literal 0″ wall mount. How’s that you say? Read on!
Sep 17, 2012
An Inexpensive Solution to Backup HDMI Video Wiring In Your Renovation
If you’re renovating your home it’s a good time to take advantage of gutted walls to run cables through them for a hidden/integrated look when you’re finished. HDMI video cables are the standard for your shiny HDTV, but they can get expensive to run over long distances and are somewhat prone to having technical difficulties. Here’s an easy solution to run backup cabling over long distances at a fraction of the price of duplicate HDMI cables.
Jun 11, 2012
What’s the Maximum Length You Can Run HDMI Cables?
HDMI is currently the de facto standard for connecting video components to your television. Most televisions nowadays are either 720p or 1080p, and HDMI is more than capable of carrying that resolution from your video source to your TV. But how far away can you place your components from your TV and comfortably run an HDMI cable between the two while still carrying a quality high definition signal? Read on through to find out!
May 7, 2012
Would You Consider an Outside Hot Water Heater?
As homes get older and usage requirements continue to expand, sometimes the old mechanical room just isn’t big enough. The hot water heater takes up a huge amount of space and if a new one doesn’t fit, did you know you can actually store a hot water heater outside? Here’s how to do it…Watts Galvanized Steel Water Heater Enclosure: Reviews are horrible for this thing, with reports that the “galvanized steel” is like a soda can. But what can we expect for $100?
Apr 11, 2012
Side-Mount Garage Door Openers
Most traditional garage door openers mount on the ceiling with a track. If you’ve got an extremely high or low ceiling, did you know that you can get a side mounted garage door opener for not much more money? If you’ve got restrictions on a standard motor, why not try a side mounted jackshaft garage door opener. Even Jay Leno uses one in his garage!Side-mount garage door openers are known as jackshaft openers.
Apr 2, 2012
How Many TVs Are In Your Home? More Than You Think!
Is there such a thing as too many televisions in the home? How many do you have? Think beyond the traditional television set and the answer may surprise you!How many TVs is too many TVs? According to Nielson, there are an average 2.5 televisions per household. A whopping 31% of households have more than 4 television sets. Yet would you believe TV ownership is down for the first time in 20 years? In 2009 Nielson reported the average household having 2.86 television sets.
Oct 20, 2011
Can You Name the 10 Dirtiest Things We Touch Everyday?
We recently came across a list of the top 10 dirtiest things that we routinely touch that had us reaching for the anti-bacterial soap. Surprisingly 9 of the top 10 items are your own, either in your household or in your pocket. We highlight some of the scary items on the list and techniques to stay clean and healthy. Yuck.
Sep 29, 2011
How Big is Too Big? Finding the Right TV, Not Just Biggest
50″, 60″, 70″, 80″ – how high can you go? We’d like to think that the bigger the better when it comes to television screens, but in reality there are several constraints that dictate the ideal TV size for your space. Check out our tips on how to ensure your TV looks, fits, and feels right in your home.Fitting a large television through the doorway might not be as bad as it was back in the days of big CRTs, but even so size is still a consideration.
Aug 29, 2011
Sideways: The Case For Turning Your Monitor Vertical
Much has been written in these pages of Unplggd about going vertical with your monitors. It’s time we sat down and definitively find out if going vertical makes sense. Come check out our findings!Computer monitors used to be a 4×3 aspect ratio across the board, and when widescreen technology became all the craze we jumped to 16×9 to match HDTVs. As computer screen and TV technology started to merge, manufacturers seem to have settled on a weird 16×10 aspect ratio.
Aug 18, 2011
Fun Ways to Integrate a Wall Mounted iPad Into the Home
A little over a year after the iPad first made waves, this whole tablet thing seems to be gaining traction. A growing niche of user are turning to ultra portable devices and affixing them firmly onto walls or with mounts, adding to the utility tablets offer.
Jun 15, 2011