Monday, December 3, 2012

Peoplestring let us down

Hi I want to apologize for Peoplestring because of what they did to me and all my downline 140 of them from mymailboxincome they did not pay out any money that was due me or my downline and closed down without even a email to their members or a video explaining what was going on with their company. I am deleting my youtube video about Peoplestring and Mymailboxincome Today the reason I am deleting mymailboxincome too is it simply is not living up to its word that everyone makes money in this system I did not or my 140 downline members. I believe it was because of the Hype about making money with Peoplestring for free so members did not want to upgrade in other stages or steps in the system.and I did not want any part in Mymailboxincomes new MyTrialBux because I do not want to complete offers to make money.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Correct Order To Tuneup Your PC

The first step to tuneup your computer
The first step to tuneup your pc should be to scan and get rid of any malware on your computer,malware being viruses, trojans,worms,rogue software and any keyloggers. The tools you use to do this should consist of your main anti-spyware, antivirus software,and one or two other malware cleanup software programs like malwarebytes anti-malware or super-antispyware. The second scan should be in safe mode with networking and with malwarebytes ant-malware run the update first then do a full scan which might take a few hours depending on how large your hard drive is. The second part of your pc tuneup should be to clean the registry and cookies on your pc I use Ccleaner which is free and will do a very good job of cleaning and is safe to use, some registry cleaners can leave your pc in a non bootable state. The last step I take is to defrag the hard drive in safe mode with Ultradefrag this program is free also and even has a built in boot time defrag which you can enable in the settings then reboot your pc, also when you defrag run it in Optimize my hard drive mode it will move your files that are used the most to the fastest part of the hard drive so they start up faster.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Weapons against Computer Malware

The first weapon against computer malware is operating system updates,because if you don't keep it updated there will be security holes that the bad guys can attack you with. The second weapon against computer malware is program updates, using a free tool like Secunia PSI personal software inspector will allow you to update your programs with ease and its free for personal use, security flaws in software can allow the bad guys to get malware into your machine. The third weapon in your defense against malware will be your security program on a windows machine like my favorite Kaspersky Internet Security, but you should also have a program that will help remove and cleanup any malware that your security program misses because they are not perfect, which I use is MalwareBytes-Anti-malware.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Video Training on Pinterest and Gimp

How would you like detailed training on how to use Pinterest with a bonus video training on Gimp First let me tell you that Pinterest gets more traffic then most other social sites and has many features that can benefit you. The Gimp stands for Graphic Image Manipulation Program and has the power of Photoshop without the high price tag,so if you want detailed training on these two programs check out Dirks Crazy Week Offer.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Short Easy Surveys That Pay You

There are many survey sites on the internet,but most are long and boring and some tell you after you take them that you are not qualified what a waste of time, not so with PaidViewPoint the surveys are short and you get paid for all of them even at the beginning. When doing surveys if you have many sites you are working with you might want to get a password manager if you don't already have one,the two best are Roboform it cost about $10 a year and works on windows computers and mac, or you can get LastPass for free and it works with windows,Mac and Linux.

Monday, October 1, 2012

977Music Listen and Earn Prizes

977music.com - Free Internet Radio and Music

Listen To Music and earn Prizes

there are fantastic websites for audio and music like pandora its a website that lets you build your own playlist of artists and songs and play them while you are surfing or working on you computer. What you get out of most of these sites are enjoyment through your favorite music,but what if you could get more,like winning prizes for just listening to your favorite tunes,would it be even better if you can get points for referring your friends to so they can enjoy it too well the site is called 977Music so if you really like music then why not earn some prizes as an extra benefit too.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Gaming On Linux

Gaming on linux may be getting better very soon, why you say, because they have a new player in their field, Valve company the one that made the steam client and runs many games on windows, are working on a client for Ubuntu Linux. The details are on a new blog they put up GamingOnLinux So don't give up on trying linux because you think they will never have good games to play on the linux Operating System thanks to Valvesoftware things are going to change for the better in the linux world.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

What is Malware and How to get rid of it

Malware is a any software,site or email that causes harm to your computer. The how to get rid of malware is a three step process,if you are using a windows computer that is, one is you have to have a active internet security program or a antivirus software. The second step is you should have a good anti-malware remover if you don't then I recommend Mal ware-Bytes Anti-Malware this is what will scan your computer for malware that your antivirus or internet security software might miss. The third step is your software on your computer must be checked to make sure its all up to date with no security holes, part of this is making sure your windows is up to date,but another part is all other software this can be a headache going from one program site to another and checking your version compared to the new one. One thing to make this super easy is to download a free program for windows computers called PSI its made by a security firm and is free at their site Secunia this will do most of the work for you it will scan your computer then let you know how many and what programs need updating.some will have auto update then some will give you a link that you can click to update.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Peoplestring Problems

Hi all there has been a problem with people string being redirected in a loop that won't finish it should be just People string.com then you log in but it seems to be going to People string.com/main then it will not go to the log in page,but if you hit the back button on your browser the left arrow next to the address bar it will let you log in sometimes,its not the browser I have tried it on three different ones and the new versions of Firefox,Opera and chrome and it will not work in IE8 either. you can still earn points from checking email and shopping and a few others but lotto is not working or Guess which hand has some issues, prize wheel I believe is still working. I tried to email support but did not have any luck I will keep trying to get some info on the problem.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

zeek rewards suckered people in

I tried to warn a few people I know about Zeekrewards program but some signed up and put money in it anyway, well what I told them is what company closes support on the weekend? and what company that is legit has many links in their back office that leads to a non working page and where is their payment processor to pay their affiliates? These are some of the things you can check before jumping in on a home biz offer! so you will not meet the bad end of the stick you might say. Legit programs have payment processors like Payza which is kinda like paypal but for making money online. The best multi program system I have seen is Mymailboxincome the system is free and the programs are legit and been around for a while they will make you money and are good services and products that you will be proud of.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Malware is at a all time high

As reported by malwarebytes one of the best and trusted companies for computer security and spyware and malware removal recently did a report about the most malware removed in certain states and in this list California is number 1 and Florida is number 2. The most important thing is if you have a windows computer make sure it is protected and its updated. the next thing to do is make sure you have a good removal tool in addition to your internet security or antivirus software like malwarebytes anti-malware. The programs and operating system needs to be up to date as well because hackers and virus writers look for holes in your security and vulnerabilities in your software where they can find a way in,so do yourself a favor and keep your system updated. There is one company that makes software that will make checking and updating you software very easy and its free for personal us it is PSI by Secunia.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Well, they call it the Viral Brand Builder link.

Hey, Yes, I have a special link for you. I just got one for myself not too long ago, and it's been doing wonders for my online business. What is it? Well, they call it the Viral Brand Builder link. And it allows you to specially create your branded profile that you can share accross ALL the advertising networks. Grab it here: bweeble It's a new list builder that works a bit differently. Sure, like normal list builders you can mail up to 8500 people every 2 days. But, it's got a social brand building twist, that really allows you to build your business. Check it out: bweeble Its 100% free... But they do have an upgrade option which is worth checking out. By far the best value is their one-time-offer which you can see after you sign up. It could be best investment you've made online. Enjoy!

Monday, July 23, 2012

New way to get traffic

Cashblurbs

Don't forget your user names or passwords

A lot of sites require you to sign up with a email address and select a user name and password, to sign in to your account. Most people will not have a password manager this will usually mean a lot of people will forget their user name or password to get in to their account. The good news is that you can get a first class password manager and form filler for windows computers for about $10 a year now from Roboform, which use to be the best password manager I have used but now I use LastPass which is cross platform and free.There is other free alternatives and ones that will work with linux apple o/s and more like keepass password safe which is free, also their is a opera browser extension or add on that works with roboform. When trying to make money online you need a password manager so you let the software handle all of the accounts you only have to remember the master password to get in to the password manager and it also speeds up the process and fills in the forms for you at least roboform will.


Lastpass free password manager

Monday, June 18, 2012

How to fixes for dvdFlick

Sometimes problems like sound out of sync with the video or just plain video or dvd not working can have a easy solution. the first thing to do to prevent such problems is make sure your folder you create is on the main hard drive or another internal the reason is that you will have much greater transfer speed then with usb 2. Number 2 make sure your windows is up to date and your programs, windows is easy to make sure it is updated if auto updates is turned on,if not go to the control panel of windows and make sure its on. Your programs are not so easy to get updates for unless you have the free program Secunia PSI installed on your computer it will scan and check all your software for updates and some it will auto update for you. When you have issues with your video sometimes its the driver of your video to blame for it. There are easy ways to update drivers now if you have a nvidida or ATI based card or internal,just go to the site say ati which will be amd then go to amd.com and pick support and drivers then just select your card and operating system and go to your download recommendation. Another problem area for software is that its files get corrupted and then the only solution is to uninstall the software cleanup the registry afterword and then re-install the software making sure you install the latest version from the company site. Sometimes software works with other programs so make sure you have these and that they are updated an example is many programs run on adobe air so make sure this program is the current one you install. Software of some companies use services like Microsoft.net framework so make sure this is updated too.

Dvdflick free software to make your own dvd on your windows pc

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Test windows security software

I have run and used about all security and anti-spyware software there is and the one test you can use is do a scan with the best anti-malware product and do one in safe mode in windows, the product is Malwarebytes-anti-malware this has proved itself to be the best anti-malware out there for finding and removing infections on a windows pc. The best security software keeps your pc clean and removes malware and has the ability to clean up windows like disinfect and restore windows. One internet security suite I have tested that comes up with a clean scan from malwarebytes anti-malware is Kaspersky Internet Security. When you use your computer its best to have a paid product to protect you from the bad stuff,sure you might use a free anti-virus and get by but is it worth it when you have to pay hundreds of dollars in clean up or restoring your computer then losing important files like pictures and scanned documents? Test your anti-virus and anti-spyware today do a scan with malware-bytes anti-malware in safe mode with networking this is so very few programs load at startup but will allow malwarebytes anti-malware to update, run the scan if it finds loads of malware then you need better protection. Another way to keep your computer in top shape is make sure to not only update windows but also your programs too.

how to remove malware with the free windows software malwarebytes

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Real Ways To Make Money

There are real ways to make money on the net some don't involve building your own websites or domain names or other complicated stuff,just real ways to earn income. my best pick for this is earnsomecash it will let you make money online many ways and after that many more powerful ways to increase your Knowledge ,just watch the videos and see for yourself,its real, powerful and easy

earn some cash from home

Monday, May 28, 2012

Do fun things and make money

I just discovered a site that is kinda like  playing games on facebook This is a fast loading and easy to use site called Kingdomcraze, and they reward you for  for playing games so you might want to give it a look at to see if its got anything for you, its also a game within a game so you can build a kingdom.


Kingdomcraze build your kingdom and earn some cash

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

not much time lately

Hi everyone its been a while since I posted last, I have been extremely busy I work a full time job in a retail store as a photo specialist, then I have a part time job repairing computers and when I have time I spend about 3 to 4 hours a day doing Internet Marketing so I am sorry that I have not created any content lately. If any reader of mine has any ideas for any posts or even a video I will give it my best shot, Have a great day larry miller also known by some as gadgetman.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Top 5 Ways To Speed Up Your PC

1- Defrag Your Hard Drive Doing this in safe mode will defrag more files and be faster also on most windows pc tap the f8 key before booting up to go into safe mode,and I recommend Smart defrag. 2- Clean your cookies and registry every week or two, I recommend Ccleaner for this job because it is easy and safe and I also have a video tutorial on my youtube channel if you need it. 3-Make sure windows update is set to update windows for you if not have it download and let you know so you can decide when to install them. 4-Keep your programs up to date,one automatic way to do this is install PSI from secunia .com it will scan your pc for out of date software and update some for you automatically. 5-Keep Your computer Up to date with good Security software like Kaspersky Internet Security and run a scan every other day, one good xtra piece of software to have for this is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware its free and can remove many spyware and malware from your computer safely, I have a tutorial of this one on my youtube channel also at youtubemychannel

how to computer tips at youtube.com/user/larrydmi

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Number one Lesson Internet Marketing Guru's Should Be Teaching

Almost all internet marketing guru's tell you the money is in the list but what they fail to tell you and teach you is organizing and using your email program properly. I am not just going to tell you I also have a video that shows you how to keep your email organized and use it correctly. Most good advertising companies tell you to use gmail, if you have to do businesslike email because of its high delivery rates. Building a large email list and not being able to find a delivery when it comes can be a disaster,so keeping it tidy is more then important,ok here I will give you my link to the video that shows you what you need to do. How To Create a Whitelist Filter In Gmail 

How to create a whitelist filter in gmail

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Still Struggling Making Money Online

Then This Free Report May be just for you
A done for you system
. To Get Your Copy Click Here

35 minutes a day To Market and Earn

There are so many ways to advertise and get traffic to ones site to make some money it is unbelievable many of these is enough to give most of us a migrane headache like 1- writing articles this can work if you are writing tons and sending to many directories. 2- web banner advertising but is it that effective for the money you spend? 3- social sites for traffic sure it works for some like coca cola company and a few other big sites. 4- Video will get you traffic but it will take time. 5- blog posting works but then again it takes more time then most people want to spend. There are some effective places you can advertise make money without spending a ton of time doing it the 2 I recommend the most right now are 10Kchallenge.com and the other is www.ibotoolbox.com Both are free and can help you a great deal thanks for reading and have a great day.

Friday, May 4, 2012

What Is White Listing A Email Address

Emails from some people or companies sometimes wind up in your spam folder even if they are from legit addresses. Spam that is from senders that force mail down our throats are often blacklisted meaning they are bounced away from most email addresses. White listing is telling your mail program that this sender is ok, the way this is done is by going into your email programs settings a making a filter to keep this address from ending up in the spam or junk folder. I have made a video tutorial on my youtube channel for creating a whitelist filter in gmail this will give you details on how its done you can find it at youtube.com/user/larrydmi Thanks for reading and I hope this helps

computer tips and tutorials at http://youtube.com/user/larrydmi

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The First Strategy to Make Money Online is Building a List

This strategy is the most important step to continue to make money long term. If you do not already have some type of auto responder system you need to get one to build a list. Don’t be cheap here either because your entire business will hinge on this one piece of software. You can build your list many different ways. You can buy leads from reputable list building companies and get them into your autoresponder. Most good list building companies will have an option to send an email to your autoresponder so you don’t have to manually input the lead’s information. Another effective way of building your list is from the traffic that visits your website. This step, which is probably the most effective and does require you to have a website in order to implement an opt-in list form unless you have a system like PPMarketingCommision.com. Of course if your Affiliate program does offer a list management service then you can send traffic to the affiliate URL, but I don’t recommend it as you will usually not be able to email the entire list with special offers. To make the most of your opt-in form and get the most sign ups when building your list, you should place it in your sales page text. It should be strategically located in the sales text after you present a problem. The title of your autoresponder email series should address the problem by offering a solution. In the example below we will assume that I am selling a hosting package and I want opt-in subscribers to my email course for back end sales. Example: You can use the pre built websites or build your own. Many people think that building a website is hard, but I can show you how easy it really is if you use PPMarketingCommision system. The second strategy to make money online is driving traffic to your website. When I say traffic, I don’t just mean any old traffic, I mean targeted traffic, people who are motivated and ready to buy can and will make you money. You can use programs and techniques such as Google Adwords blogging, article writing and linking to drive targeted traffic to your website and build your list. Google Adwords is a resource offered by Google in which you can pay for your site to be show when certain keywords are queried in their search engine. The secret to using Adwords is not to bid high on popular keywords. Instead what you do is find similar keywords that still describe your website, but are used much less frequent. These keywords will cost much less to bid on and will allow you to spread your money out over many different keywords, getting the most bang for your buck. You can use this handy little tool to find similar keywords:ht1 http://inventory.overture.com/d/searchinventory/suggestion/ Blogging is another great way to drive targeted traffic to your website. To get the most out of this technique the blog should be hosted on the same website as the sales page witch links to our affiliate program. Once its setup all you have to do is fill your blog with good quality content will help build your list. I recommend writing your own content which specifically relates to your affiliate program and or products. Once you have some content you will need to submit your RSS feed to as many blog search engines as you can. This will put your blog out there for other webmasters to use as content feeds on their websites and a good squeeze page helps to build your list too. This win-win situation allows webmasters to have quality content on their website, which increases the value of that website while driving targeted traffic directly to you. This is done by the URL link that you conveniently placed under your name after the blog was written. That means that your link is on a blog feed that is on thousands of websites. Not only do people click those links but Google sees these links pointing back to you and thinks that you’re popular and you are rewarded with a higher page rank. Article writing is basically the same as blogging except the information in an article will need to have more useful content and be peppered with keywords that the webmasters are looking for. After completing your article you will submit (syndicate) it to content sites as opposed to blog search engines. Content sites are places where webmasters go to find specific content to offer their readers. If you are a good writer you may at some point build up a name for yourself and finagle a deal with a webmaster to write exclusives for his site. His readers get great exclusive content and you get highly motivated targeted traffic. Linking is perhaps the most widely used form of increasing traffic and page rank. However, if done incorrectly you could end up hurting your Google page rank and ultimately loosing potential buyers. You will need your own website for this technique as you will need a ‘links’ page to place your reciprocal links on. Many people go and submit their URL links to link farms in an attempt to trick Google into giving them a better page rank. This does NOT work; in fact Google has been known to penalize websites for engaging in the such activities. The secret to linking is to find websites in your niche market which have a Google page rank of 4 or above and enticing the web master to list your link on their website. You may think that you would be helping your competition, well you would be. But your competition would be helping you as well. It’s better to send leaving traffic to a partner than just having them close their browser window, and remember that works both ways. The strategies listed in this article do work and they will increase you sales and residuals it done correctly. Reciprocal linking, Blogging and Article writing are great ways to bring massive amounts of high quality targeted traffic to your website. Those strategies combined with an effective sales page with an integrated opt-in email list can make your business soar to new heights. You can and will make money with this system, Guaranteed


PPmarketing Commissions

Sunday, April 29, 2012

List Building Headaches And The Cure

List Building is a great way to make money on the internet,but there are many headaches along the way suck as 1- you have to have many items to give away of value to your list which most beginning Internet Marketers will not have available. List Building Headache number 2- You have to have a hosting account to upload all of the gifts to give away. List Building Headache number 3- There are many skills needed to run a website and provide valuable products to download. List Building Headache number 4- Domain Names most domain names for a website can cost you around $10 a year and this domain name is needed for a website and most list building systems. List Building Headache number 5- The skills you need to run a auto-responder account which is a program or service that allows you to auto broadcast emails to your list of customers and track the hits to your products. List Building Headaches Solved By a very smart marketer named Kevin Fahey he created a system called PP Marketing Commissions that not only gives you all you need to create your list, but also many ways to make money with it as well such as Paypal and Clickbank and Aweber and EbizAC which are Auto-Responder Services. So if you think you could not ever make money online because of all these headaches with listbuilding and website hosting issues then try the free report below and give PPMarketingCommissions A try you might find out its the best thing to ever help Internet Marketers that are new to the game and experienced ones too! Wipe out all of the headaches with building a list and making money online.

PPmarketing Commissions

Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Done For You System Which Earns $2,844.39 a Day!

Need To Know? (100% Newbie Friendly) How's it working for you, so far? The secrets found lurking inside this free report, are used by Six & Seven Figure Marketers, to build their subscriber lists and explode their PayPal with instant payments, DAILY! This "done for you" system will show you... - How To Get Quality FREE & Paid Traffic To Your Site! - How To Find More JV Partners To Help You Succeed! - How To Make MORE MONEY From Your Current List! - How To AUTOMATE 90% Of Your Business & More! Get Your Personal Copy Here: ppmarketingcommissions.com

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Firefox 11 not playing videos 2

Firefox 11 sometimes will not play videos correctly in windows and linux here are some things to check for when having this trouble, check at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ if your flash version is old this site will let you download for the browser of your choice say if you want it for opera open opera and go to the site,if its for firefox 11 open firefox there are versions for many web browsers out there. Some video on windows machines may need Microsofts Silverlight installed,and some require divx codecs and others may require you to have apple quicktime player installed. On linux machines make sure all updates are installed some are for firefox to work correctly. Video drivers are very important for smooth video playback check the manufactures site for the latest ones for the best performance. If your video is not known go to the site that makes your pc and search on the model you have in the support section under downloads for your video drivers.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Photo Editing The Terminology

Photo Editing Overview Photo Editing Terms 1 - A To D Photo Editing Terms 2 - D To I Photo Editing Terms 3 - I To M Photo Editing Terms 4 - M To R Photo Editing Overview Photographs capture a moment in time. Photos are generally regarded as "factual," as opposed to a drawing or painting, which would be the artist's interpretation. Photos tend to be trusted more, because they accurately depict what was in front of the camera at the moment the picture was taken. At least, photographs are supposed to be accurate. How easy is it to edit a photo so that it shows something different than what really happened? The concept of photo editing is almost as old as photography itself. The first photographic images were recorded in the 1820s, and one of the first widely known edited photos was a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Sometime in the 1860s, someone took a standing portrait of Southern Congressman John Calhoun, pasted in Lincoln's face from the portrait for the five dollar bill, and created a historic photo of Lincoln on the spot. Even an action as simple and innocent as cropping the picture can be controversial. Imagine a scene of the wreckage left by a tornado. If the photographer cropped out all of the damage, and focused instead on a single building that somehow survived, it would appear that the tornado hadn't damaged very much at all. In today's world of digital photography, some photo editing is necessary on nearly every picture. Digital cameras have to "guess" at the proper color, contrast, and shading of the pictures they take, and proper use of photo editing tools can correct or even enhance the camera's guesswork. At the same time, digital photographers must keep in mind that photography--especially journalistic photography--is meant to be a record of a moment in time, and not an artistic recreation of what the photographer wants his audience to see. While editing photographs has become quicker and easier, the temptation to alter the photographs has risen as well. Photo Editing Terms 1 - A To D Aperture The Aperture is the size of the opening in the camera lens at the moment a photo is taken. Aperture is measured in fractions, so the larger the number, the smaller the aperture opening. Shutter speed and aperture are the two primary controls for limiting the amount of light that hits the film or sensor. Application An Application is just another word for computer program. Browser A Browser is an application that allows the photographer to sort and rename the pictures in his or her collection. Burning Burning means darkening part of a photograph. In the darkroom, it's done by blocking some of the light that would normally reach the rest of the photo. In digital photo editing, it's usually a paintbrush-like tool built into the application. CD Compact Disks are the typical means of storing digital photographs. They hold about 700 megabytes of information, and can be CD-R for writeable CDs and CD-RW for re-writeable CDs. Cloning Cloning is an image editing term for copying one part of the image into another part of the same image or a different image entirely. It's used for painting out unwanted items, like electric lines. CMYK CMYK is an acronym for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black. These are the four colors used in the standard printing process. It's also a color mode in photo editing programs. Compact Flash Compact Flash is one form of digital camera media. It was the original standard, and is still one of the most common formats. Cropping Cropping involves chopping out part of a picture. You might crop to focus attention on the real subject, or to remove extra stuff that intruded on the picture. DVD When it comes to storing digital pictures, a DVD is basically a monster-sized CD. It will hold over four and a half gigabytes of data. Photo Editing Terms 2 - D To I Dodging Dodging is making a section of a photo lighter. When this is done in the darkroom, it's usually by blocking some of the light from reaching that part of the picture. In a photo editing program, it's a paintbrush like tool that lightens instead of painting. Download Downloading is the opposite of uploading. Downloading means to pull data from another location. Normally it means to get data from the Internet, but in digital photography, it also means to get the pictures from the camera. Sometimes used interchangeably with Importing. DPI Most photo printers and monitors measure their resolution in Dots Per Inch, or DPI. The higher the number, the higher the resolution. EXIF EXIF stands for Exchangeable Image Format. Most digital images have two parts. The first is the image itself, which is usually stored as a JPG image. The second is the EXIF data. EXIF data most often includes all of the photographer's information, like the date and time the picture was taken and the shutter speed and aperture set at the time. Flip Flipping an image is the same as reflecting it in a mirror. Flipping is one of the basic image editing tools. Grayscale Technically speaking, a spectrum of gray shades from black to white. A grayscale picture is the digital equivalent of a black and white photo. Highlights The Highlights are the whitest part of a picture. Normally, they are a very small percentage of the picture, because it's very easy to lose details in highlights. Histogram A Histogram is a chart that graphs all of the tones in a photo. Most programs will generate histograms, and most digital cameras can create them also. Image File Format The format of an image file determines the size of the file, the overall image quality, and several other things. Common image file formats are JPG, GIF, TIFF, and PNG. Photo Editing Terms 3 - I To M Image Resolution The Resolution is the number of pixels, or dots, in a picture. Inkjet Printer An Inkjet printer sprays tiny jets of ink onto paper. ISO The sensitivity of film is measured by ISO, and the larger the number, the more senstive the film. ISO 100 needs a lot of light, like outdoors on a sunny day. ISO 1600 doesn't need much light. However, higher ISO means more grain in the film. Digital images borrowed the ISO scale to measure the sensitivity of a camera sensor. Just like the grain that's added to film at higher ISO settings, more "noise" is added to digital images at higher ISO. In general, as ISO goes up, quality goes down. JPG or JPEG The Joint Photographic Experts Group developed a method for making digital images smaller while sacrificing only a little bit of quality in the process. This is called JPG compression, and is the most common picture format on the Internet. Landscape The word landscape, like portrait, actually has two meanings. The first and original is the photography term for a picture of wide open spaces, like a mountain or sunset. The second meaning is a description of the alignment of a picture. Pictures that are oriented horizontally--with the narrow sides upright--are known as Landscape images, whether they depict a mountain or not. Layers Think of Layers as sheets of tracing paper or transparency film laid over top of your image. Graphic designers use layers to separate out elements of their project, so that they can work on individual pieces without damaging others. Adjustment Layers are a special kind of layer that shows the results of whatever filter or function is attached to that layer. Media Media is a technical term for storage. Compact disks, memory chips, even floppy disks, are all storage media. Removeable media is a chip or disk that can be moved from one computer to another without losing data. Photo Editing Terms 4 - M To R Megabyte A megabyte is generally about a million bytes, or a thousand kilobytes. Technically, a megabyte is 1024 kilobytes. Megapixel A megapixel is one million pixels, or dots. Megapixels are the de facto standard for measuring the power of a digital camera. Generally speaking, a four megapixel image can be printed at about 5x7 or perhaps even 8x10 without making the pixels so large it ruins the picture. Memory Stick (R) One brand of digital camera media. It looks like a small stick of chewing gum. Online Photo Printing Online Printers are Internet companies that allow their members to upload pictures for printing. Once the prints are done, the company then mails them to the customer. Panning Panning the camera involves following a moving subject while snapping the picture. Done properly, the subject will be sharp and the background behind it will be blurry. This technique can be duplicated by using a radial blur on the background in a photo editing application. Photochopping Also Photoshopping. Digitally altering a familiar photograph into a visual joke of some kind, usually by merging two pictures (like a shark and a rescue helicopter). Pixel Pixel is short for Picture Element, and it's basically a dot. All digital pictures are made up of these dots, and counting them is a measure of the image (pixels per inch, or PPI), print (dots per inch, or DPI), and camera power (millions of pixels or megapixels). Portrait The word Portrait actually has two meanings. The first and original is the photography term for a picture of a person. The second meaning is a description of the alignment of a picture. Pictures that are oriented vertically--with the long sides upright--are known as Portrait images, whether they depict a person or not. RAW RAW is the internal format of a digital camera. Many cameras "pre-process" images. They will do JPG compression, white balancing, and a number of other adjustments. The RAW image is the starting point for all of these. Digital photographers prefer to start from the RAW file so that they can make their own changes to these items.


Canon EOS Rebel XT

Home Theater and Surround Sound

Home Theater System Common Surround Sound Formats Surround Sound Possibilities Surround Sound Speakers Home Theater System For a while, I have been dying for a home theater system. You see, I have a friend who has it all. He doesn't buy stuff to impress people – he just loves high-tech gadgets and has the money to spend on them. He has been working on his home theater systems gear for about three years now, and it is really coming together. He actually has the best home theater speaker system that I have ever seen, and his tv is not shabby either. He has one of those new widescreen TVs – not the newest ones, but the ones from a generation before. It is still extremely high resolution, and although it takes up a huge portion of the room, it is worth it. I have been saving up for the most perfect home theater system that I can find. You see, just for once I wanted to have the best one. My friend always has nicer stuff than I have. He wears better clothes, he drives a better car, and of course he has a better home theater system. He knows all about theater home system design as well. You see, and he is an acoustic engineer professionally, so he loves really high-quality audio gear. I know what TV I want to get, but I can't quite decide on home theater audio systems. What kind of home theatre system should I get? Part of me wants to get one of those over the top, extremely high powered home theater systems. I want to be able to turn up the sound as loud as I want and scare the neighbors. Another part of me, however, thinks that I'm getting too old for that. Rationally, I think it would be better served by a home theater system with flat-panel speakers. I have heard that that kind of home theater system delivers the best sound quality, which is kind of the whole point. The really tough thing is that there is nowhere I can try out a home theater system before I buy it. Oh sure, I can try it in the store, but the acoustics of the store have nothing in common with the acoustics in my house. How will I know if the home theater system will play the way I want it to if I don't get to listen to it inside? Oh well – sooner or later I'll make a decision. Common Surround Sound Formats In case you hadn't figured it out by now, surround sound is named as it is because the sound literally surrounds the listener. While there have recently been significant leaps and bounds in this technology there was a huge gap in time between the introduction of this technology and the significant improvements we have seen in recent years. This is especially true when the evolution of sound technology is compared to how fast the world of video has evolved over the last three decades. There are many different formats on the market today. This can be confusing for many consumers though the good news is that most devices that interpret the formats do so automatically. In other words, you won't need a PhD in terminology in order to enjoy the latest blockbuster hit to come out on DVD with your surround sound system. You will however need a good AV receiver and even better speakers in order to get the maximum enjoyment from your home theater and surround sound system. If you are simply curious or like to know a little about a lot, then you just might find some of the following explanations for common surround sound formats to be useful. Dolby Digital AC-3 is by far the most commonly seen surround sound format. It is a 5.1 channel format (this means five speakers plus one subwoofer). This is what most DVDs will include and some programs that are found on digital cable or satellite channels will have this type of surround sound as well. You can use Dolby Digital for older mediums that do not include surround sound in their format, as surround isn't required in order to use the system. Pro Logic is a system used by Dolby in order to translate or decode the signals from other mediums such as old videocassette tapes or television broadcasts. This is becoming widely known for its ability to take two speaker sounds and turn them into shockingly realistic surround imitations. DTS is the largest competitor for Dolby when it comes to sound. DTS is this company's answer to Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. This is mostly seen only on DVDs. DTS-ES is the above-mentioned company's answer to Dolby's 6.1 surround system (this is 6 speakers plus 1 subwoofer). Of course DTS is also going to have their own answer to Pro Logic and that answer would be DTS NEO:6, which is said to produce great imitations of surround sound from existing 2 channel mediums very much like Pro Logic. You may be wondering why we went through all of this information and the primary reason is so that you know there is a difference and you purchase equipment and DVDs that are compatible with one another. Failure to do so could result in a sound that is less than desirable. Most systems will at the very least support both Dolby Digital and DTS, however, you should make sure that you are aware of the format your system requires from the start in order to make the proper decisions when purchasing. Much like anything in life the proper formats and surround sound system comes down to a matter of choice. The more speakers (such as you would find in the 6.1 or 7.1 surround systems) will present a great quality of sound than fewer, however poor quality speakers can completely ruin the beauty of the sound of your surround sound system. Your speakers should be your single largest investment when it comes to building your ideal surround sound system. There are many things that go into creating not only the perfect surround sound system for your home but also the perfect surround sound set up. Do not get so caught up in researching these systems online that you neglect to walk into your local stores and actually hear the sound systems you are considering for purchase. There is noting like hearing the quality of the sound to help you make your final selection. Surround Sound Possibilities In case you are wondering why so many people make the investment in surround sound equipment, systems, and speakers there are many reasons for many different people. When it comes to surround sound, just as with many other things in life there is no one size fits all answer though for the most part the answer wouldn't be because Mr. Jones has one (well maybe for some it would but for the most part it has more to do with wanting the system for a specific reason). There are a few common reasons that people decide to invest in surround sound and home theater systems and we will explore a few of them over the course of the next few paragraphs. Perhaps you will find the inspiration to get a surround sound system of your very own. I will start with my very own personal reasons. First, when I was growing up my father was the manager of our local cinema. I spent many nights sleeping in the office and watching movies from the projector room and those are some of the fondest memories of my childhood. I will never forget watching The Return of the Jedi the night before it was released in the projector room with my father and a few members of the theater staff but there was nothing compared to watching the movies inside the auditorium. What was different? The sound. There is not enough that can be said about the quality of sound inside a theater and in days long past it simply couldn't be imitated at home. However technology has been evolving over the course of the last ten years that is allowing us to bring the same quality of sound into our homes for a reasonable price. That is reason enough for me-to relive fond childhood memories. Another excellent reason for bringing a surround sound system into your home is not so much for watching movies or enjoying the big screen as for the enjoyment of video games. Whether you are playing in the World of Warcraft or one of the many other wonderful worlds that have been created for online gaming enjoyment you will find that surround sound is a beneficial tool in keeping your character alive and intact. These games provide important clues that place you in the center of action with knowledge of what is going on around you if you take advantage of the audible clues, hints, and tips that are provided through ambient surround sounds. If the reasons above aren't enough to convince you to take a trip over to the bright side of the entertainment room, then perhaps the enhancements that surround sound provides to music will do the trick. Imagine hearing your favorite music with a fuller and richer sound, with the nuances completely defined and obvious to the ear. There is so much that can be said about the difference that surround sound makes (more with some types of music than others) and yet not enough that can be said about it. If you enjoy live recordings, imagine the ability to become a part of the crowd as the ambient sounds of being there fill your room. It's truly an amazing effect for music. As you can see there are many reasons to bring the wonders of surround sound into your home. I hope this article has shed some light on ways that it could improve your multimedia enjoyment and possibly given you some ideas for expanding your current use of your surround sound system. Surround Sound Speakers When you are building a home theater or surround sound system for your home there are many things that must be considered in order to create the best possible system and solution for the space you have in which to create it. We live in a world where floor space and real estate are premiums and we only give them up begrudgingly. It is very true that the best speakers on the market (even today) are generally stand speakers and they occupy a tremendous amount of prime real estate within your media room or home theater. For this reason we are seeing technological emphasis placed on improving speaker design and making them smaller more now than at any other time in the history of speakers. This is good news for you as a consumer since it means that there is both emerging technology in these smaller speakers and that you will see lower price in the race to create the best small speakers on the market. For many consumers this offers a win-win situation that is too tempting to pass when shopping. It is important however that you remember to see, or in this case hear, for yourself the quality of these smaller speakers before you make the rather sizeable investment that a good set of surround sound speakers will require. The good news for those of you are experiencing a little bit of sticker shock over the price tag is that speakers should be the largest investment you make in your total surround sound system by far. They are the most vital components to the overall sound and your entire investment will be wasted in your other equipment if you do not have superior quality speakers in your system. While the number of speakers will increase the quality and depth of the sound and the overall surround experience, good quality is more important than greater numbers, you can always add more speakers to your collection later. I do urge you to purchase the entire set together if possible however, if you can only purchase 6 (remember there's a subwoofer involved as well) rather than 8 at first, then I recommend that you do that rather than going with inferior quality in order to get two more speakers. If you do not purchase your speakers as a complete set you need to make sure that the speakers you purchase later are compatible with the speakers in your surround sound system. In most cases this isn't a problem if you purchase the same brand and style however if there has been a significant passage of time or shift in technology it could prove problematic. A typical set of speakers for a 5.1 channel surround sound system will include two channel speakers (front left and right), one front center channel speaker, two rear channel speakers (rear left and right) and a subwoofer. A 6.1 channel surround sound system adds one more speaker in the center rear and moves the rear left and right speakers of a 5.1 system to the side left and right respectively. A 7.1 channel surround sound system will add an additional rear speaker and have one on each side rather than one in the center. The sound is the most important feature of any surround sound system and there are many things that go into creating the perfect sound. When it comes to home theaters and surround sound systems the only way to know for sure that you will be getting what you want for your space is to listen to the sound. You may find that what sounded like sound nirvana in the sound room doesn't ring so true in your living room. Make sure that the store or website from which you are purchasing has a liberal return policy on components and speakers-especially speakers as they are the most costly components of your surround sound system and the most expensive to replace.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Super Easy Video Driver Updates

The Driver update process in the past was never a easy one, sometimes taking hours to do, and a lot of research to boot. This driver update process has evolved to just a few clicks with certain hardware like Video cards made by AMD or ATi and Nvidia if you are lucky enough to own one of these type of video cards you will have a very easy time updating your drivers. ATI which is owned by AMD is one of the largest and best video card manufacturers out there and as long as you have java installed they can scan your pc for the video and recommend the best drivers for your card and download them,making a once hard and tedious job super easy. Nvidia also has this new scan your pc for video drivers also as long as you have a built in nvidia chip that you are using for your monitor. The process is something like this you go to nvidia.com then pick your area like north america then usa, then the third step pick nvidia drivers below that look for Option 2: Automatically find drivers for my NVIDIA products then select then allow the file to download and install to scan your computer. These are the same for an amd or ati video card but the address will be amd.com if these options do not come up you will have to install java first.

Video Card driver updating

Thursday, April 5, 2012

10 Tips For Buying The Right Printer

Consider the printer’s DPI (dots per inch) capability, which is the resolution at which it can print photos and documents. The higher DPI (dots per inch) you have, the better quality you will have in either text or photo printouts. Consider the cost of ink. When purchasing a new printer, take a moment to compare prices among ink cartridges and make sure that you can afford frequent ink purchases if you plan to do a lot of printing. Take a look at the connector and make sure it’s compatible with your system. Most new printers connect via a USB port. Older ones connect using a parallel port, which is not commonly found on new PCs. When looking at the cost of ink, also look at the number of pages a single ink cartridge can print. If the page count is high, the cost of the ink may be reasonable. If the page count is low compared to other similar ink cartridges, you may want to select another printer that offers a better performing ink cartridge. Check out the warranty. All new electronics, including printers, carry a manufacturer’s warranty. Depending on the company, warranties can be valid anywhere from 90 days to 1 year and may include defects in material and/or workmanship. If your printer fails to perform correctly and develops a problem while under warranty, you will be glad that you saved the paperwork. Always keep the original purchase receipt and warranty information relating to your purchase. Buy from a name that you trust. When shopping for any item, it is best to purchase from a manufacturer that you know produces a quality product and especially when it comes to a substantial electronics purchase. Consider the size and weight of the printer. This is important for both cleaning general convenience. If your desk is small, you may not want a bulky printer taking up most of your space. At the same time, you may not want to lift on a heavy piece of equipment when cleaning your work station. A lightweight and compact style may be better, especially if your office is at home. Make sure that your computer is capable of running the printer software, which means it may require a specific processor type and speed, available memory, etc. Make sure that the printer you purchase has all of the features and capabilities that you need. For instance, if your primary goal is to produce realistic photos and you also plan to print written documents from time to time, consider the purchase of a photo printer. You can change the quality of printing to suit either images or documents or even a combination of both if you plan to print photo newsletters. Make sure that the printer has all of the necessary connector cables and that you will not need to buy any additional hardware prior to finalizing your purchase. If you need to purchase a USB cable, which is often the case with many new printers, you will want to purchase it at the same time to save on shipping if ordering online or having to make a special trip if you purchase locally.


HP Printer

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Firefox and Ubuntu not playing Videos

While surfing the web during 3-2012 you find that firefox and your operating system ubuntu Linux will not play videos one choice you have while they fix this problem is using another browser like google chrome this firefox video viewing problem seems to be only effecting Linux version of firefox and its the new version 11.0. Mozilla web site may have more info on this problem, but you can still watch videos for now under another browser like google chrome if you prefer you can use opera.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Your Videos And Youtube

Are you interested in uploading any videos that you may have made to the YouTube website? YouTube is a website that is often referred to as a video sharing website. It allows internet users, like you, to upload and share any videos that they have made. With a large number of members and site visitors, having your video or videos displayed on YouTube is likely to get your videos thousands of views! If this is your first time uploading a video to the YouTube website, you may be wondering exactly how you can go about doing so. The good news is that uploading videos to YouTube is a relatively easy process. YouTube not only gives you step-by-step instructions on how to upload your videos, but they also provide you with video uploading tips; tips that will not only make it possible for your videos to be uploaded, but tips that will also help to improve their quality. If you have used YouTube before, even just to watch videos, you likely already know that you need to have a YouTube account before you can start uploading and sharing your videos. Registering for you a YouTube account is not only free, but it is also easy. You only need to answer a few personal questions. For instance, you are asked your name, your zip code, the country you live in, your email address, your birth date, and your gender. Once you submit the registration form, you will be sent a verification email. Once you have followed the instructions in that email, you should be able to start uploading videos to YouTube right away. Before uploading your video to the YouTube website, you will need to get it on your computer. Once you have done so, you will want to review it. This can be done with a movie editing software program. Should you wish to edit your video before submitting it to YouTube, now is the time to do so. When editing your YouTube video or saving it, YouTube encourages to you save it as a .Divx or .Xvid file. They also suggest making sure that your audio is in the .mp3 format. Once you have officially saved your video on your computer, you can begin to upload it to the YouTube website. The first step is to make sure that you are signed into your YouTube account. Once you are, you will need to click on the “Upload Videos,” link, which can be found at the top of the YouTube website. You will then be brought to a page where you will be asked to describe your video. YouTube requests that you are descriptive as possible. Once you have entered in as much information about your video as you can, you will then need to click on the “Go Upload a File,” link. This will allow you to select a file from your computer; the file that contains your recently saved video. Once you have selected the right video, your video will automatically start uploading, after have confirmed your actions. Speaking of the uploading process, you will find that the amount of time it takes for your video to upload to the YouTube website will vary. The larger your video file size is, the longer it will take for your video to upload to the YouTube website. In all honesty, YouTube states that it could only take a few minutes, but that it could also take as long as an hour. In addition to the size of your video file, the type of internet connection you have will also have an impact on your upload times. For instance, if you have a dialup internet connection, it will take longer for your videos to upload than it would if you had DSL or cable internet. YouTube states that within twenty-four hours of your video being uploaded, your video should appear listed under the correct category, as well as appear in YouTube video searches. This is when your videos will start seeing the most views, as many internet users search for videos that meet their interests.

http://youtube.com/user/larrydmi

Facebook And Circle Of Friends

Facebook is a social website that allows you to easily stay in contact with everyone. You can invite your friends to join Facebook by sending them an email. Enter in your high school and college information so that others can find you. Facebook can search your contacts list on your computer or phone so that you can invite all of your friends and family to join. By joining groups, you can further expand your social network. Facebook is a way to meet new people who are in your area. How can you use Facebook? Here is a suggestion. Categories are a way that Facebook uses to organize the applications you can use. By choosing a category that interests you and browsing the applications available, you can find exactly what you are looking for. There are many different categories. Applications such as Circles of Friends are in the Just for fun and Utility categories. In addition to keeping in contact with friends, there are many applications that add to the experience of Facebook. Some applications are for organizing your Facebook. Many applications can help you expand your group of friends. In particular, Circles of Friends by Slidescope is a great application that many find useful for just these purposes. Circles of Friends by Slidescope is one of the many applications found on Facebook. Currently there are no ratings for this program. This does not mean it is not useful, it just means that it is too new for people to have rated it. It takes a little while for people to locate, use and then rate a new application in Facebook. Facebook's rating system is based on information provided by users. Another way to tell if a program is popular is to see how many people are actually using it. In this case, where there is no rating, this is a very important feature. You'll find this information in the applications information box. Our program choice, Circles of Friends is not rated however, you can see that this program is being used by 180 daily active users that enjoy it. Use Circles of Friends to organize your friends into groups or circles. This program removes the need to go to the Friends page to find friends. It keeps everyone organized and easy to locate. If you have a large number of contacts then applications such as Circles of Friends is a great help to staying organized. There are many individuals that enjoy sharing through Circles of Friends. It is one of those applications that helps make Facebook fun and interesting. The applications Facebook offers can help you to stay on top of what your friends and family are doing. Sorting your contacts into circles or groups can be a huge help. If you want to show your new tattoo to your friends, but not to your mom, Circles of Friends can be sure that Mom is not included in that group. Circles of Friends helps you keep all of your contacts organized and easy to locate. Overall, Facebook is a great social website with a lot to offer. The ability to stay in touch has never been greater thanks to Facebook and other websites like it. Circles of Friends is just one example of how you can customize Facebook and turn it into your personal experience. Using Circles of Friends can really add to your Facebook enjoyment. Be sure to check out all of the other applications that Facebook offers in order to add to your socializing experiences.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Mozilla FireFox Extra Features – Extensions and How To Install Them

Mozilla FireFox Extra Features – Extensions and How To Install Them If you are still not using any other web browser then FireFox (no matter what OS you are using) you are endangering the security of your computer and missing out on a much richer surfing experience. One of Mozilla FireFox browser most powerful feature is the possibility to install extensions. Since Firefox browser is a product of the open code community, this results in an active programming distribution of firefox extensions. The extensions are plugins that just like skins will add functionality to the firefox browser. The number of extensions is countless and any day more of them are being released. They go from telling the weather or controlling you favorite mp3 player from the browser to adding practical functionality to your special surfing needs, like better managing your downloads or designing web pages. To Enjoy all that you'll have to know how to install them. As an example I'll take a very useful extension named "slime extension list". After installation of the extension, your extension list will be much slimmer and if you are going to install a lot of extensions, it will be much easier to handle. Slim Extension, could be found at http://v2studio.com/k/moz/ . Click on "Install v0.3" link. If your security settings are at default (I recommend to not change them) then at the top of firefox browsing window, a yellow message will appear. Click on the allow button, and a new dialog will appear with the message that firefox has blocked the unknown site from installing a software. Add the site to the list of your trusted sites and click the "Install v0.3" again. This will pop up a window that will follow you through the easy and fast installation. After finishing restart your mozilla firefox browser and check in tools? extensions. Doesn't it look much better ? To get the most out of your firefox, search the internet for "firefox extension" + the keyword of your area of interest. You'll be surprised to find out how many extensions are out there that can make your life much easier. Stop using any other browser. Firefox was developed to work with the world agreed HTML standards. It is faster and safer. The spywares, adawares, keyloggers, Trojans, and all the rests were designed to attack the known security flews of the popular browsers. So do your self a favor and switch to firefox, it's free and powerful.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

How a Internet Router Works

If you've been brought up in the 21st century then you probably take a lot of things for granted that 30 years ago people just didn't have. One of those things is the Internet and its ability to be able to connect people from all over the world and allow them to interact with each other in a variety of ways including sending email, visiting web sites, joining forums, attending online chats and countless other things. But none of this would be possible if it weren't for a device that most people have never seen and probably don't even know exist, called a router. Routers are pieces of equipment that send messages from everyone connected to the network along thousands of different pathways. We're going to take a behind the scenes look at exactly how these routers work. Let's say you're sending an email to a friend of yours who is living across country or even in another part of the world. How does the email know to end up on your friend's computer instead of all the other millions of computers all over the world? A good part of the work to get these messages from one computer to another is handled by routers. Rather than pass messages within networks, routers pass messages from one network to another. To get an idea of how this works, let's take a very simple example. Let's say you have two departments. Department A with 5 employees and Department B with 5 employees. Let's say that Employee 1 from Department A wants to send an email to Employee 3 at Department B. Each department is part of its own network of computers. A router links the two networks together so that they can communicate with each other. It is the only piece of equipment that sees both networks. Many people ask, why not just make one network? The simple answer is that if the two departments do two completely different jobs for the company and send massive amounts of info within the department, you don't want to slow down the other department with the one department's info. To ease what they call the "traffic burden" the two departments are separated into two networks with a router put between them to connect them just in case they do want to communicate for some reason. The way the router knows what to send where is with what is called a configuration table. These configuration table consists of info on which connections lead to which addresses, priorities for each connection, and rules for how to handle the passing of info between networks. The router then has two basic jobs. The main task is to make sure that information doesn't go where it's not needed so that the volume of data doesn't clog up the network and the next task is to make sure the information goes to where it's supposed to go. To simplify how this happens, the router looks at the destination address of each packet sent from the source location. It checks its table to see where this address is and sends each packet to that address, bypassing all the other addresses in the network so as not to slow the network down. In future articles we'll take a more in depth and technical look at how packets are actually routed. Get on your thinking gear for this one.

Just What Is a USB Hub Anyway

Since the mid 90's we have seen the birth and growth of a connective technology called Universal Serial Bus (USB). Originally designed to connect computers and telecoms equipment, it has slowly become the primary means of connecting a whole host of other devices and has made significant contributions to today's IT world. The sheer number of USB products on the market today is just staggering, from mice and keyboards, modems, external hard drives to USB fans, lights and coffee cup warmers! Most external computer related devices today connect to a computer via a USB port. So it's no wonder that before long, most computer users find themselves wondering what to do when the USB ports (sockets) on their computer are all used. There are two solutions to the problem, constantly plug and unplug connectors when swapping between USB devices, or invest in a simple, low cost device called a USB Hub. A USB Hub is a small unit with two or more USB ports, which plugs into an USB port on your computer, allowing you the freedom to connect more USB devices without disconnecting others. Expanding the number of USB ports of your computer in this way not only saves wear and tear on your USB ports and connectors, but also puts and end to all that clambering around behind your PC! Generally speaking, there are four types of available: 1. Internal USB PCI Card An internal PCI USB Card needs to be installed by opening up the case of your PC and inserting a card into a vacant PCI slot on the motherboard, this type of USB expansion is not advised unless you are familiar with working with and inside computers. If you have the older USB1.1 and upgrade to USB2.0, your version of Windows will also need to be updated so that your PC can support USB2.0 functionality. 2. USB Hub (Non Powered) An external non-powered USB Hub is a cheap and simple device that plugs directly into one of your computer's existing USB ports and that's all there is to it. These are usually very compact and so make ideal solutions for mobile users with laptops and for desktop users. Be aware that some USB devices require a small amount of power through the USB port, usually mechanical devices such as printers, scanners, digital cameras and so on. This type of USB Hub may not be able to supply adequate power to these devices especially if you are using a few USB devices together. 3. Powered USB Hub An external Powered USB Hub is also compact and plugs directly into one of your computer's existing USB ports, so again there is no need to open up your computer to install it. The only difference is that the Powered Hub comes with a separate power supply that must be plugged into the mains socket, supplying the power to all the USB ports on the hub allowing ANY type of USB devices to function properly. Most Powered Hubs come with a sensible length of USB cable allowing the Hub itself to be positioned in a more accessible place e.g. on top of your computer or on your desk, making plugging and unplugging USB devices much easier. This makes the Powered Hub the all round best solution for desktop computer users. 4. USB PC Card If you use a Laptop and are on the move, you have an additional choice to the USB Hub, the USB PC Card also known as the PCMCIA USB Card. This device slots into the PCMCIA slot/port found on the side of a Laptop and instantly provides two extra USB ports without using up any of your existing USB ports on the Laptop. This is the most popular solution for mobile Laptop users. When buying a suitable external USB Hub, consider the location of your computer's USB ports. If they are located at the back of your computer or in an awkward position, you can make your life so much easier by using a USB Hub that comes with a USB extension cable, or by buying a separate USB extension cable. This allows the USB Hub to be positioned to a more accessible place for plugging and unplugging your USB devices.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Getting More Out Of Your Laptop Battery

Notebook battery life is an important for the mobile computer user. There’s nothing worse than really needing to access you notebook only to have it switch off due to low battery. There are certain things that can help to prolong battery life. The first thing to consider would be the conditioning of the battery. More namely your charging habits. The worst thing you can do for your notebook battery is always keep it on the charger or charge it while it’s only half full. This will diminish the life of the battery giving you less hours of operating time. The ideal way to charge your notebook battery would be to use it until it is completely dead and then charge it fully. The second issue to consider would be your usage habits. Using multimedia such as movies and music will kill your battery a lot quicker. Especially doing operations that are CPU intensive. Playing games will diminish your power supply a lot quicker than say, browsing the internet. There are also different settings that can help preserve your battery life. Windows has different functions for notebooks. For instance you can set your power usage depending on what you are doing. You can set your notebook to act like a desktop if you are near a power supply to get the full performance out of your system. On the other hand you can also set it to use power as efficiently as possible if you are on the move. These setting change things such as the amount of power the CPU uses, the brightness of the screen and so forth. In the end it’s up-to the individual user. Some notebooks come with the option of a second battery which can double the power your notebook has at your disposal but this is often costly. Also there are more advanced batteries that can be used but again they will cost you extra.

Install Your Own Computer Motherboard

The motherboard is the most expensive computer component so be sure to treat and handle it with great care.There are a few things you should do to ensure no motherboard damage occur as you prepare for the installation. Be sure you have a clean,well lit,and level work place.Relax your mind and make this task both fun and educational.You will need such tools as a phillips screwdriver,maybe some needle nose pliers and the manual that came with the board. Most importantly you must remove any and all electrical static discharge from your body and clothes.Static electricity is a big problem and will quickly damage chips on your new board. PREPARING FOR THE INSTALLATION Preparing to work on your system envolves work area,lighting, and much more.One great danger is the chance of electrical static charge.But this will be no problem when this static buildup is properly removes. Remove this danger by grounding yourself.Touch the metal case of the system unit or better yet,touch a door nobt in your work area to remove all electrical static charge. Set down and carefully read your user's manual and familiarize yourself with your new motherboard and its layout.Taking this time will boost your motherboard installation performance ike you never thought. Study your new motherboard and keep the box it came in.Remove it from its protective wrap very carefully and without damaging the wrap.This is done just in case you need to return the motherboard. You may need to return the motherboard if you made any mistakes in the purchase.Does the holes of your new motherboard line up with the holes in the case?If there are any reason to return the board,you can simply put it back in the box to return. Make the installation of your new motherboard fun and prepare well.Go to www.ultimatepcrepair.com and click on the photos page to familiarize yourself with all of the components in the cmputer.Follow these procedures as a guildline to install your new motherboard. REMOVING THE OLD MOTHERBOARD First Turn on your computer and access your cmos setup. This is done as the computer counts its memory.Press the combination of keys to access your bios.once inside your bios,select "Standard CMOS Setup" and write down all information about your computer's drives. Make sure you get the density of your floppy drives and the type of hard drive you have. Once you have this, turn off and unplug the computer and remove the case. Second Study your system unit layout and you may want to take notes as your remove components and connections so that it will be easier when it comes to re-installing these components or connections. Go about unplugging the wires that are connected to your old motherboard.Remember to label any and all connections to make re-installing them easier later.Here's where its very important to take awhile to study your old and new boards before disconnecting anything. Third Carefully disconnect all drives and label the connectors if needed.Remove the drives and set them out of the way in a safe place.Place all small screws in a cup or something where them won't get lost. Carefully grasp the motherboard and give it a gentle tug upwards to be sure on connections,screws,or other devices are not interferring with the board's removal. Once you are certain there are no obstruction for the board to be removed,lift the board out of the system unit.Look to see if such components as the memory need to be installed onto the new motherboard. INSTALLING THE NEW MOTHERBOARD Installing the new motherboard is the reverse order of removing the old motherboard.Be sure you remove all electrical static discharge from you body and clothes.Inspect the new board for damage and to be certain it is the right motherboard for your computer. Carefully align the new motherboard with the system unit case and secure the board.Be careful not to secure the screws too much.Install the CPU chip if it is not installed on the board from the manufacturer. Connect the large power connector from the power supply the the motherboard connector.Take care in not forcing the connector which may bend a pin. Install RAM Memory into their sockets and check to be sure they are pushed in completely.Re-connect all other devices such as controllers,expansion cards and finally the drives. Check the sound,and videos cards for proper installation. Did you install your internal modem,or scanner adapter card? Connect the leads to the On-Off switch as well the hard drive indicator. After all connections and components are installed,stop and go back to check again,and then,check some more.Replace the system unit cover once you know all is well. Your system should now be ready to go.The motherboard may come with a cdrom containing device drivers and other software utilities that may be required to be installed. Now try turning on the computer and if the POST completed without a hitch,you're there.If you experience problems,go back and check all connections and devices. Ita that easy to install or upgrade not only the motherboard,but nearly every other component in the system unit.Get busy understanding your computer now and save big on future PC repair costs.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Then And Now Printer Ink Cartridge History

You are working at your computer and trying to print out important documents and all at once you find you are out of ink. Years ago that would have presented a big problem. Printers used ribbons or daisy wheels to print on paper. Let's take a look at the evolution of printer ink cartridges. In 1984 ink jet printers and printer cartridges were introduced. Printing documents was now easier and so was changing printer cartridges. After years of changing ribbons, adding toner ink to reservoirs within the computer. The dot matrix method used a ribbon. The industry found new ways to make printing easier and more convenient. There is the drop on demand method where the ink squirts onto the paper through tiny nozzles. The amount of ink dropped the page is controlled by the software driver that controls which nozzle fires and when. By 1990 ink jet print cartridges was widely accepted. Printer cartridges can now print in color as well as in black and white for document. Inkjet printer cartridges can print on just about any sized paper, on fabric and on film. Ink jet printers are used in a variety of settings worldwide and is a popular choice for printing. Each brand of printer uses a specific type of cartridge. Ink jet cartridges are given an identification number and the models that can use this particular cartridge, is listed. There are a wide variety of cartridges available and you should check your printer's manual to see exactly what cartridges are available to you. If you are trying to save money, you can purchase refill kits that allow you to fill the cartridges yourself. Not everyone is a fan of these kits however, the quality of the printing isn't as good, and in some cases the cartridges when re-installed can fail to operate. You can get reconditioned and refilled cartridges from some retailers and sometimes from the manufacturer. Compatible cartridges are cartridges that are made according to the exact specs of the original manufacturer. The drawback here is that not every cartridge has a compatible one. In choosing a printer check the type of cartridge it will use. You will need to determine if the cartridge is appropriate for the type of printing and the volume of printing you will be doing. You will have to do some research and you can find much of this information on the internet, through the manufacturer or through stores that deal in the particular printer you are looking at. Discount ink cartridges are available online. All you have to do is type ink cartridges or printer cartridges into your search engine. Some sites offer amazing discounts. Again you are going to have to search for the deal that is best for you. Pay attention to the cartridge top when purchasing them. Check the sides of the box for a list of models the cartridge will work in. There is a time line below that has some really interesting facts. This would make a great list of answers for a trivia game. I cannot imagine the hard work that created the ink jet printer cartridge, as we know it. It is easy to understand why cartridges are expensive. 1452 - Gutenberg used oil-based ink, moveable type, and an old winepress to make the first printing press. Martin Luther began the Protestant reformation making extensive use of the printing press. 1714 - The typewriter was born. Schematics that were done by Mills were discovered however, there is no proof that any typewriters were actually made. 1874 - Christopher Sholes, Samuel Soule, and Carlos Glidden made a keyboard that became known as the “qwerty” because of the first five keys on the top row of the keyboard. 1894 - Franz Wagner developed a typewriter that is very similar to the ones made today. He created a design that let the typists watch as they were typing. Previously, paper would go through a roller as you typed and you could not see what you typed until you were done. 1897 - Underwood (by John Underwood) was the prototypical typewriter of its day. 1939 - Charles Carlson developed electrography, which is the first dry writing technique developed in the United States. 1949 - Haloid Company began to commercially developed electrography for the first time. 1959 - Xerox 914 hit the market and forced other businesses to update their communication systems. 1969 - Xerox first introduced dry printing (laser printing) by Gary Starkweather. 1078 - Xerox put out the world's first business laser printer the Xerox 9700. It copied documents at the speed of 120 ppm (pages per minute) 1979 - The IBM 3800 could print out 20,000 lines per minute. 1980's - The use of toner cartridges became obsolete. 1984 - Hewlett-Packard released the first home-based desktop laser printer.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Playstation 3 vs Xbox360 Whats The Difference And Which Is the Greatest

Gaming consoles are one of the best entertainment tools available and many people buy one for their own home. In fact, gaming consoles are very popular today that every release of a new kind of gaming console, stores always run out of stock. However, there are also different kinds of gaming consoles available in the market today that claims to be the best. These companies claim that they guarantee that with their gaming console, you will have the ultimate gaming experience. Because of this, people tend to get confused on which gaming console they should buy. Two examples of companies that manufacture gaming consoles that are always competing is Sony and Microsoft. The upcoming Sony PlayStation 3 and the newly released Microsoft Xbox 360 are two of the most popular gaming consoles available today. Both companies claim that their gaming console offers the best quality gaming experience that you will ever have. So, in order to end all the confusion, here are some facts about these two different gaming consoles and with this information, you can choose which gaming console is right for you. The Sony PlayStation 3 is the third in the PlayStation series and is expecting great success upon its release on November 2006 in Japan, United States, and in Canada. PlayStation 3 is integrated with the latest and unique technology in a gaming console. It has features like the Blu-ray drive that is not found in other gaming consoles available in the market today. The Blu-ray drive is one of the latest disc drives available presently. What makes Blu-ray special is it has a much larger capacity to store data, meaning it will allow game developers to show their creativity and add detailing effects to make the game more realistic than ever before. The PlayStation 3 gaming console can also be equipped with a Wi-Fi. This technology will enable you to connect to the Internet wirelessly and it will be able to give you the capability to play online PlayStation 3 games along with millions of players worldwide. Think of this as a virtual community where you can make friends with someone halfway around the world. PlayStation 3 also has Bluetooth wireless controllers available. This means that it can definitely let you have a more enjoyable experience when you play a PlayStation game. With PlayStation 3, you can also upgrade the hard disk. PlayStation 3 also has the backward compatibility feature which allows you to play your old PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games in your new PlayStation 3 gaming console. Xbox 360 also offers one of the best features in a gaming console. Microsoft has thought all about the needs of consumers in a gaming console. Because of this, they developed and manufactured the Xbox 360 gaming console system that virtually has everything that you need in a gaming console system. It has wireless controllers, upgradeable hard drive, Xbox Live headset to let you chat with your friends when playing Xbox 360 online games, WiFi adapter and can also be integrated with the Xbox Live Vision. As you can see, both gaming console system are closely matched except for the Blu-ray technology that PlayStation 3 has. If you want a gaming console that offers high definition graphics, you should opt for PlayStation 3. With the Blu-ray technology and advanced HDMI technology, you will be able to have the best gaming experience of your life.