Why are Commercials Louder than the Television Show?

Jul 29, 2011 | One Comment

Have you ever been watching television and suddenly the commercials come on and you’re jostled by the booming voice of someone trying to sell you something? Why do commercials sound louder than the television show? Advertising is typically talking head (one or two speakers and not a lot of music or sound effects) content that […]

Sewell 2 Port 1×2 Powered HDMI Splitter Review

Jul 26, 2011 | 2 Comments

Taking one HDMI signal and bringing it to two screens sounds difficult, but it isn’t very hard if you have the right splitter. Sewell makes a self-powered 2 port HDMI splitter that allows you to successfully split a HDCP signal and send it to two destinations, simultaneously. The difference between a splitter and a switch […]

Pelican HDMI Quick Switch Review

Jul 26, 2011 | No Comments

So, you’ve got two devices with HDMI out and only one HDMI in port on your projector or television. What do you do? You could go out and buy a new TV, but that isn’t very practical. It could also be a pain in the neck to have to unplug one device and connect another […]

Top 5 Audio Mistakes Frequently Made by Podcasters

Jul 18, 2011 | 5 Comments

Whether you’re doing a video or audio podcast (or vlog), the importance of good quality audio remains throughout. Your production value is absolutely determined by the ability of the audience to hear and understand the message conveyed in your content. Here are top 5 audio mistakes frequently made by podcasters. Lack of Normalization and/or Compression […]

Five Tips for Setting Up Your Home Theater

Jul 15, 2011 | 3 Comments

Home theaters have evolved by leaps and bounds over the past ten years. They’ve gone from a simple television with maybe a VCR (videocassette recorder for you youngsters) and a game console to full-blown high-definition multimedia centers with Internet access and more components than you could ever hope to fit in the TV stand. This […]

Analog VGA vs Digital HDMI and DVI Video Connections

Jul 14, 2011 | One Comment

VGA has been an active video standard for personal computers for a very long time. DVI and HDMI (along with the new display port standard) are making a tough case for the aging analog port, though you might be surprised to find out that VGA is still superior in some ways. Because VGA is an […]

How to Make Money with Your Voice Online

Jul 14, 2011 | 4 Comments

Do you have a decent microphone and a unique voice? Have you considered possibly giving voiceover work a try? There are many ways to make money with your voice online, and most of them don’t even require you to leave your home at all. First, this isn’t a good idea for everyone. It is harder […]

HDMI or DVI: Which is Better?

Jul 13, 2011 | 8 Comments

Should you go with HDMI or DVI when connecting to your television and/or monitor? Recently, Brandon Wirtz of LockerGnome sat down with me to go over a multitude of video cable solutions to determine how to solve many problems facing users as they consider connecting their computer to the television in their living room. Having […]

How to Find the Right HDMI Cable

Jul 12, 2011 | 4 Comments

The cable industry is a racket. Some manufacturers charge a reasonable price for their products while others boost their price to the moon while boasting qualities that just don’t make sense considering the very nature of digital cables. So, which HDMI cable should you get? HDMI cables range in price from a few bucks up […]

Music Services I Use: Rhapsody Vs. Rdio Vs. Spotify Vs. Pandora

Jul 12, 2011 | 7 Comments

So Spotify is allegedly (finally) coming to the US. I, for one, welcome our new music overlords. Rhapsody pulled a fast one on me yesterday, after years of loyal service with them (dating all the way back to when Windows Media / MTV’s Urge was enveloped). They told me I needed to up my plan. […]

Eton Soulra XL Sound System for iPod and iPhone Review

Jul 7, 2011 | No Comments

What’s better than an iPod speaker dock powered by solar energy? The answer would be a solar powered iPod speaker dock with 8 speakers. This is what you’ll find in the NSP500B Soulra XL Sound System by Eton. The Soultra XL connects to your iPhone or iPod and gives you incredible sound with no annoying […]

Facebook Skype Calling vs. Google+ Hangouts

Jul 6, 2011 | 8 Comments

In a highly anticipated announcement today, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is teaming up with Skype to introduce the ability for users to have video calls with each other. Unfortunately, this feature lacks some of the fundamental perks that makes Google+ Hangouts so interesting. Jake Ludington, a member of the LockerGnome team, joined me for […]

DIY Geek: Home Speakers

Jun 15, 2011 | 4 Comments

Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed Every so often, I like to get my hands dirty. I needed to replace the ceiling speakers in my bedroom and bathroom ceilings. I had been having issues with audio quality in the bathroom, and found the culprit when I removed […]

Are You Using Google’s Music Beta?

Jun 11, 2011 | 9 Comments

Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed Google’s Music Beta allows you to place your music collection in the cloud, quite similar to what Amazon’s Cloud Player and Apple’s iCloud do. The tech giants appear to be ready to get into a head-to-head battle with each other, with […]

Five Tips For a Better Audio Podcast

May 29, 2011 | No Comments

Audio podcasts are like pre-recorded radio talk shows. In fact, many of them are radio talk shows that have been edited and re-released. The cost to produce a good podcast can range anywhere from free, with equipment you may already have, to high-end productions fueled by thousands of dollars worth of equipment. Whether you’re recording […]

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