Watch Digital Media on TV with Slingbox

Some people love TV so much that they wish they could take it with them wherever they go. Well, guess what? That is now possible. The Slingbox is anybody’s dream come true. This smart equipment really brings, or should I say sends, it to you with ease, i.e your favourite TV programs. Now you can watch what you want on your laptop or even mobile device. The best thing of all is that it is quite inexpensive. You can choose from the Slingbox SOLO which allows you to watch and control your favorite TV source from anywhere you are, or even try the SlingLink Turbo 1 Port Ethernet Kit which allows you to connect to the TV even if your router is in a different room.

Other Slingbox products that you can choose from include the Slingbox Pro HD Connect Cable, Slingbox Tuner, Slingbox Pro, Slingbox AV, and Slingbox PRO and Sling HD Connect Cable Bundle. Go get your Slingbox right now and enable yourself to watch TV no matter where in the world you are.

Random Access Memory

When you are planning on upgrading your computers memory, you need not only install the best brands of ram but also to ensure that they are compatible with your computer. All too often people go to a computer store and buy the wrong memory, only having to return it to get the right one that they need. Now you can save yourself all the hassle of guessing which memory your computer needs. 4AllMemory.com has a Check My Systemâ„¢ tool on their website that will tell you the model RAM that you have and need for your computer. You will be shown tested and guaranteed computer RAM upgrades for all major computer manufacturers.

If you have a Dell, Apple, Compaq, IBM, Canon, HP, or Toshiba, there is a memory upgrade that is just right for your computer. From their website, you can buy different types of memory like RDRAM and Rambus, DDR Memory, DDR2 Memory, and SDRAM Memory for Desktops and Notebooks, along with other types of memory. Other ways in which you can find out which memory is right for your machine is to do a search by manufacturer, model name, or part number. 4AllMemory.com has low prices and provides secure shopping online. Find and get your Random Access Memory for your computers all in one place. As “The Memory Specialists”, 4AllMemory.com has the expertise you need to find the right RAM for your computer.

Speakers As Microphones

Did you know that speakers can be used as microphones? Neither did I, ’till I decided to experiment and see what happened. I tried it many years ago and found that it worked. How did I do it? Well, the speakers had a 1/8 jack on the end that I plugged into the radio (yeah, not a computer at the time). After plugging it into the microphone receptacle, I put in a tape started and started recording. I then spoke into the speaker and, voila, when I played back the tape I heard my voice.

The reason why this was possible is because the makeup of the speaker is similar to that of the microphone. Both have a coil that vibrate when audio hits it. The audio (sound energy) is transformed into electrical energy which is transmitted to the recording head which writes to the tape as sound energy. That’s why it oworks. It also works on the computer.

Please note that this was all for fun. If you are going to do any serious recording, use a microphone.

Computer Slow Downs

Computers tend to slow down over time as we keep adding more and more programs and files to it. As such, we need to constantly remove old and un-needed files on a regular basis. In addition, defragmentation of the computer hard drive may become necessary after a period of time. Remember, too, that programs and software that consume a lot of memory will cause a computer to lose speed.

To improve performance, defragment regularly and, if you have small amounts of memory, install a memory booster so as to help free up memory when needed. If at all possible, add more memory to your PC to aid in improving program loading times. Uninstall unnecessary programs, especially large ones, that take up a lot of disk space.

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Hooking Up Your PC To Your Component Set

Been to the movies lately? Have you ever been amazed by the superb surround sound in the theatres? Did you know that you can have this same sort of sound at home, using only your computer and a component set? Yes, it’s true! The heart-throbbing sounds of a movie cinema’s sound can be duplicated.

To set up your computer to run through your component set, here is what you need to do:

1. Obtain a 1/8 (male) to double-RCA (female) adapter .
2. Buy a length of twin male-to-male RCA cables.
3. Connect one end each of the male-to-male RCA cables to the double-RCA (female) adapter.
4. Plug the other end of the adapter into your computer’s sound port.
5. Then plug the other two ends of the male-to-male RCA cables into the auxillary input at the back of your computer.
6. Turn your component system on and switch to auxillary input. Set the volume to a low level and gradually increase it to a comfortable level once you start playing from your computer.
7. Lock and load! Your home cinema is ready.

Adjusting the bass levels will give your home more of a “rumbling” effect, making your experience even more wonderful.

Funny Sounds Inside Your Computer

There are times when we hear ‘funnysounds in our computers. More often than not it is the sound of the various fans at work keeping components cool. The sounds are normally low decibel sounds, i.e. you barely hear them while the computer is running. If you don’t hear them any at all, they may be the ‘extra quiet’ type of fans. In any case, always check to ensure that they are in fact spinning and operational.

If, however, you realize that the sounds seem to suddenly become high pitched, i.e. louder than usual, any or all of the following could be a factor:

1. The Motherboard Fan needs to be changed
2. The Chassis Fan is defective and needs to be replaced
3. The Power Supply Fan is in need of replacing

Try to locate the source of the noise. When you discover which fan it is, try to get a replacement quickly. Improper cooling can destroy sensitive components in the PC. Read my previous post on The Burning PC which shows what can happen if improper cooling takes place and what you can do to prevent and remedy the situation.

But there are times when the fans are perfectly okay. So where could the sound be coming from? The next logical device would be the hard drive (hard disk). When a hard drive starts making out-of-the-norm loud vibrating sounds, it could be an indication that it is about to fail. To see if this is the case, perform a simple drive check. If it is defective, seek a replacement as soon as possible and also backup your data.

Pondering – The Year That Was (Almost)

This year has flown by so fast that I cannot believe there are just a few weeks left. Well, I guess it is as they say: “Time waits for no man.” A lot has been achieved in the fields of technology and the sciences. This year has seen computers get smaller, digital cameras being more powerful, processors running at tetra-grade speeds, security systems becoming smarter, and much more.

Due to technology being a constantly advancing part of everyday life, we often take it for granted and just continue to live life ‘as is’. One thing I have observed happening over and over again is pesons discarding gadgets and other electronics and non-electronic items that are in perfectly good condition to get the latest device. I don’t know about you but money is not always easy to come by. As such, as long as something I have is working fine, I see no need to discard it.

Of course it is nice to have the latest of everything, but in a practical sense it does not pay off. Have you seen how many people have gone into serious debt in order to “keep up with the Jones'”? Persons have maxed their credit cards and then go and take out another one and max it. It is like a viscious cycle. And there is no end in sight. No wonder debt aid organizations are thriving now. “Bad credit? No problem. We will help you recover.” That is what they promise, and I am sure the majority truly help people.

Anyway, just remember to spend wisely. Buy only what you need, not what you want (unless of course it won’t hurt your pocket). And always look out for a good bargain. The year is not yet finished, so be careful.

From WebTv to MSNTv

WebTv now has a new name. It is MSNTv. The new service offers a lot of improvement over its predecessor. Though a bit pricey right now, the MSNTv package includes the following:

* MSN TV 2 Internet & Media Player
* Wireless keyboard (batteries included)
* Remote control (batteries included)
* 6′ audio/video cable
* 25′ phone cord
* Telephone-line T-splitter
* Registration card
* Power supply
* Setup and User Guides

I used to use the old WebTv, but that was a while back. I will definitely try the new MSNTv, someday. There are three options available for you to get it. You can buy it online, buy it by calling for home delivery, or buy it at your favourite retailer.

Here are just a few specs. on the new MSNTv:

Model – RM 4100
Operating System – Windows CE
Processor – 733 MHz Intel Celeron
Memory – 128 MB RAM and 64 MB Flash memory
Dimensions – 11.75″ W x 9″ D x 2.375″ H
Weight – 4.45 lbs
Supported Image Formats – JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG
Supported Media Players – Windows Media Player for TV
Web Browser – Internet Explorer 6.0 technology
TV & Stereo Requirements – TV (or VCR connected to a TV) with available audio/video
input jacks or available antenna jack (if your TV only has
an antenna jack, an RF modulator is required). S-video
connection optional.
– Stereo or AV player with available RCA audio input jacks
Wired Broadband Network Requirements – Ethernet network hub/router/gateway
– Ethernet cable with RJ45 connectors
Wireless Broadband Network Requirements – Compatible Wi-Fi/wireless Ethernet bridge
(802.11b and 802.11g) for connecting to an existing wireless network

The Danger of Registry Editing

Editing the registry of your computer is a task that a novice or any other person who is not familiar with the operations of the registry should not undertake. More often that not, persons who have fooled around the registry file have and ended up with a dead computer.

Why does that happen, you may ask? Well, the registry holds all the vital bits of information about your computer, and I mean everything! It has information on your operating system, installed hardware and software, and the location of other key entities that are important to the compter’s operation. I wonder at times why people even bother themselves to go and be inquisitive in the registry. For example, look at the picture below. Do you understand any of what is being portrayed?

I don’t understand most of what all that stuff is, but the computer does. Once the wrong ones are tampered with, it can spell disaster. This post is not to show you how to edit registry settings (though many of us have at some point in time). It is simply a warning to the curious minded persons who intend on delving into every nook and cranny of their computer, worst of all the registry.

My advice to everyone is this: If you do not know what you are doing, don’t do it! Save yourself time and money by leaving the computer registry alone. As the saying goes – “A word to the wise is sufficient”.

Random Access Memory (RAM)


The amount of memory that your computer has is referred to as Random Access Memory, or RAM. These are simply computer ‘chips’ that are normally rectangular in shape, as seen in the picture. RAM is a type of data store used in computers to allow the data that is stored on it to be accessed randomly, not just in sequence. This gives it the edge over other types of memory devices like the magnetic tape and hard disks as these can only access data on the storage medium in a predetermined order due to constraints in their mechanical design.

A general definition of RAM is provided by Wikipedia, where it states:”Generally, RAM in a computer is considered main memory or primary storage: the working area used for loading, displaying and manipulating applications and data. This type of RAM is usually in the form of integrated circuits (ICs). These are commonly called memory sticks or RAM sticks because they are manufactured as small circuit boards with plastic packaging and are about the size of a few sticks of chewing gum. Most personal computers have slots for adding and replacing memory sticks.

Random Access Memory holds the program code and data during computation. A defining characteristic of RAM is that all memory locations can be accessed at almost the same speed. One drawback with RAM is that many types of them are volatile, which means that once the computer loses power, all information that was stored on them disappears.

RAM comes in many different sizes. In the early days, the memory size was as small as 8 kB and they were quite large. Now they are much smaller and the memory size goes beyond terabytes. These are truly ingenious pieces of hardware that must be carefully handled. If they are accidentally (or even purposefully) exposed to static electricty, they will be damaged and may end up nworking at all. That is why they are shipped in non-static bags (grey looking with a firm texture). One important thing to remeber BEFORE handling memory sticks is to discharge any possible static electricty from your hands by rubbing your palms against the power supply of your computer or on any grounded (earthed connection, i.e. has ome connection to the actual dirt or ground outside, hence the term ‘grounded’) object to release the static.

So enjoy your RAM and remember to handle them with care.