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Transferring Your Summer Videos to the Computer With FireWires

Sep 30, 2011

Did you know that FireWire cables are similar to USB cables? The difference? FireWire cables have a faster transfer rate and are the most preferred method when it comes to transferring large files.

A Little About FireWires
fire wire cablesFireWires were developed by Apple in the 1980′s and vary by speeds, some at 3.2 Gigabits per a second and others at 6.4 Gigabits per a second. They’re used for networking computers and creating digital video connections. Cable boxes use FireWires to stream On Demand Programming.

So why use a FireWire to upload your summer videos? Summer videos are memories that will be cherished for years to come. So you want the very best connection. The file size of raw digital video from a vacation camera is so large, it’s recommended to use a FireWire instead of a normal cable. Therefore, by using a FireWire, you’ll be able to transfer the video much faster than that of a normal cable and it results in minimal – to no loss in information and quality. And no loss of information or quality is what you will want for those summer memories!

There are many other devices that use FireWires such as:

  • Digital cameras
  • External Hard Drives
  • Older model iPod’s and MP3 players

FireWire cables are a great way to efficiently and quickly transfer videos as well as pictures and music. This way you’re protecting the information and quality of those important keepsakes!

How to Remember to Keep Printer Ink in Stock

Sep 23, 2011

Running out of printer ink can be disastrous especially for businesses. It is crucial that everything is in stock so that it does not interrupt your daily operations which can result in a possible loss of revenue.printer ink

Here are some ways to help you remember to keep your printer ink in stock:

  •    -   Figure out how long the ink normally lasts, whether it happens every two weeks, every month, etc.
  •    -   Assign calendar reminders in your email to help remind you when it?s time to order more ink. (Make sure it is an email account you use regularly and pick a date in advance to order the ink so that you are not paying for express shipping or waiting on ink to arrive)
  •    -   Set a reminder on your phone so no matter where you go you know its ink ordering day!
  •    -   If your company goes through ink in a short period of time then order ink by bulk so you do not have to re-order it so often. (This saves you money!)
  •    -   Assign a post it note on your computer. (Windows 7 offers post it notes for your computer screen.)
  •    -   Use a real post it note and put it somewhere that you will always see it. Put it:
    •    -   On a fridge
    •    -   On your computer monitor
    •    -   On your phone
  •    -   Mark it on your calendar at your desk or wherever you keep a paper calendar.

With these helpful tips remember to order printer ink in advance, your business will continue to run smoothly and you?ll be able to avoid any stress that may come with forgetting!

10 Facts to Celebrate TV Cable Month

Sep 15, 2011

Cable TV is a staple in many homes in the U.S. and around the world, and it’s one of the most common forms of entertainment and news. As part of our TV Cable Month celebration, we?re sharing some fun and interesting cable TV facts!component video splitter adapter cables

Did you know?

  1. In 1948 John Walson of Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania invented cable TV.
  2. His company’s name was Service Electric and is known today as Service Electric Cablevision INC.
  3. CATV was the original name of cable. It stood for Community Antenna Television.
  4. Cable TV is now a community antenna. (Local antennas were originally used but those in mountains areas were not able to receive nearby network stations.)
  5. Walson put antennas up on hills and ran cables to homes in his area.
  6. Each TV was connected by a separate long cable to the antenna.
  7. Amplifiers were used to help make the signal stronger because the cables were so long that it weakened the signal while traveling.
  8. The signal went through as many as 30-40 amplifiers before reaching a household TV.
  9. If one amplifier failed out of the entire chain, then you lost the entire picture.
  10. Currently, cable can be displayed on more than one device using component video splitter adapter cables. The video splitter cable also allows you to connect one input device such as a DVD player, cable box or satellite receivers to what is considered a two output device such as a TV or projector.

Cable has come a long way and without the experience and technical education of John Walson, who knows how we would be watching our favorite TV shows today!

Experience Sound, Retro-style with an Audio Party

Sep 8, 2011

Back in the day, listening parties were all the rage. Well, they happened at least when I was a kid. Back when a person picked up an album, you would invite your friends over to listen together. Oh the simpler times.
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Now it’s easy to just buy music from an online store, have it shipped to the house and everyone else buys the same. The big artists still hold private listening parties to their new albums. We think it?d be fun to have a listening party at home!

Here’s what you’ll need for your listening party:

  • Surround sound audio system. Experience the music like it should be. While you can?t get a real, live concert acoustics you can get close by using audio splitters to divide the audio cleanly around the room.
  • Comfortable seating. While row like seating is perfect for the movie set up, staring at the back of a person?s head is going to take away from that experience.
  • Good eats! You can just sit there, enjoying the music and doing nothing else. Or you can make it a real party by offering delicious snacks, drinks or even a full meal.

Celebrate the release of a new album with friend in a good old listening party. It’s an even better opportunity to show off your great sound system. How do you share good music with friends? 

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