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Floridians Move Forward with Phone Relay Service

Apr 28, 2011

A phone call can mean so much

Helping to lend a hand or just an ear, Florida is looking to continue work with the non-for-profit organization that sets up relay phone services for the deaf, impaired and hard of hearing.

The Florida Telecommunications Relay is a 24/7 telephone service running 365 days out of the year. The program provides residents with a hearing loss or hearing impairment with special phone equipment.

As the program’s contract was about to expire with Sprint, the Florida Public Service Commission had to vote to continue the program. They’re now waiting for proposals from new telecommunications companies, but have already heard interest from many companies, meaning the program should continue to provide this great service until June 2012. You can find out more about this program here.

Just one phone call can mean a lot to a person. We think this program is a great way to provide the most basic communication to Florida residents.

Quality telephone cord accessories and splitters can always be found here at to help improve your current connection.

Can you Match your RCA Cable Colors?

Apr 20, 2011

Color code it

Red, white and yellow. Those are your typical RCA cable connector colors. But do you know what they each do? If you guessed red and white are for audio and yellow is for video then you’re right – typically. Connectors also come in other colors, for the same and different uses with different cables.

For example, both white and black connectors both are commonly used to connect left analog stereos. Confused yet?

Your common RCA cables will correspond with following colors.

In analog audio:

  • White- Left  or Mono
  • Red – Right
  • Green – Center
  • Blue – Left Surround
  • Gray – Right Surround
  • Brown – Left Back Surround
  • Tan – Right Back Surround
  • Purple – Subwoofer

For composite analog video:

  • Yellow – Composite

How about the other colors of commercially made RCA cables?

Next time you come across an unusual color you’ll understand where that RCA connector that fits. For all your audio video needs you can find RCA cables here at

Make Your Computer Run Like New with Simple Upgrades

Apr 8, 2011

Upgrade you computer easily!

Tired of your humdrum computer? Wish you could just buy a new machine – but can’t afford to start from scratch? You can improve your current machine’s performance and make it feel like new with these tips:

  • Clean up the insides of your computer. You can run a few different programs to clean up unused files and programs, such as spyware, disk clean up and disk defragmenter programs.
  • Get a new monitor. Many times the biggest improvement with a new machine is simply a bigger monitor.  Attach your current tower to a bigger and better monitor with a VGA monitor cable.
  • Got hard drive? External hard drive, that is. If you have an external hard drive and the original recovery disks to your computer you can reboot and refresh the drive. Make sure you’ve backed up your entire drive externally, and that you have the backup disks for any programs you want to put back onto your computer, before restarting anything. You may lose some preferences and personalized settings, like with your browsers, but your computer may run like new.

Do you have any tips for improving your computer’s performance? Let us know!

Set your Printer to Save on Ink

Apr 4, 2011

Save on ink

Have you ever gone to print a simple document and only after the fact realized that you’ve printed a block of text in bright blue – when it could have been black? It no fun when all you needed were the text portions, not the big blue and pink graphs and headers. Rather than waste the color ink on accidents, set your printer to default black printing.

If you regularly print pages in black and white, you can save ink by changing your default settings to automatically print in black, rather than letting the reverse happen.

How to Change your Settings

Go to the “Printers and Faxes” folder on your computer, or go under Control Panel to find your Printers. Right click on your default printer and choose Printing Preferences. Change the color settings from color to black and white for all future printing projects.

Just remember when you do go to print something in color, many programs will remember that last setting and print in color again. You can always change that setting by going back to Print Preferences and changing the color back to black.

Some computers and printers act differently though, so always remember to check your settings before clicking print! This way quality ink cartridges are saved for important printing jobs like your photos and presentations.

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