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Tuning In to Local HDTV Broadcasts

If the thought of paying for cable or satellite TV service hurts your head, consider free over-the-air (OTA) HDTV. Nearly every household in America can tune into at least one HDTV station [more…]

How to Add Podcasts to iTunes

It’s easy to add podcasts to iTunes. You can add podcasts to your iTunes library by subscribing to them in the iTunes Store or by subscribing to them directly from Web sites that host them. Similar to [more…]

Setting Up Your BlackBerry for GPS

For GPS to work on your BlackBerry, it needs navigation maps, which are usually downloaded in little pieces as required. And because these maps are downloaded, you must be subscribed to a data plan and [more…]

Ten (Or So) Cool Electronics Testing Tool Tips

Okay, so you're ready to graduate to the electronics big time. But you can't do it alone. You need a laboratory full of impressive-looking gear with blinky lights, bright knobs, and spinning dials. You're [more…]

Navigating Web Pages with a BlackBerry

Using the Browser on a BlackBerry to navigate a Web page is easy. Note that hyperlinks on a BlackBerry are highlighted on-screen. To jump to a particular hyperlink, scroll to the highlighted link on your [more…]

How to Create Podcast Playlists in iTunes

iTunes lets you add podcast episodes to your playlists, or you can even create a playlist consisting entirely of podcast episodes. However, podcasts are a slightly different animal than albums or songs [more…]

Copying CDs and DVDs with the Roxio Disc Copier

Roxio Easy Media Creator 8 includes a nifty program that enables you to make duplicates of any noncopy-protected CD or DVD — even if your computer system has only a single CD or DVD drive. This program [more…]

Menus for the iPod Classic Models and the iPod nano

The iPod classic models and nano offer similar menus. Music, videos, and settings are examples of choices on the iPod classic model and nano menu.

The iPod main menu for sixth-generation iPod classic models [more…]

Circuitbuilding Projects: The Solderless Breadboard

Using a breadboard is one of the basic starting points for the design of many types of circuits and projects. Also known as a plugboard or prototyping board [more…]

Showing You My Etchings: Etching the Circuit Board

Creating the resist pattern on a new sheet of printed circuit board material really only gets your circuit board one third of the way done. For the next step, you need to etch that board to remove the [more…]

Power Your iPod

All iPods require power. Fortunately, each iPod also comes with a battery and a way of charging it (powering it), either directly from your computer or by using a cable and an AC power adapter that works [more…]

Digital TV Basics

DTV stands for digital television, and by June 12, 2009, it will be the only television signal on the airwaves. Although the switch to all-digital TV marks an important shift in the way television is created [more…]

Avoiding Electric Shocks

Your body is a delicate machine. Electric shocks, depending on certain conditions, can be fatal, even at relatively low voltages. What comes out of your wall outlet is deadly if you play around with it [more…]

Splicing a Power Cord

Power cords get damaged from all sorts of things; over-enthusiastic weed-whacking or hedge-trimming, forgetting that the car's battery warmer was still plugged in, even being chewed up by dogs and rodents [more…]

Schedule a TV Recording with Windows Vista Media Center

To do television on your PC, you need a combination of hardware and software. The software comes with certain editions of Windows Vista, and it's called the Windows Media Center. You use Windows Media [more…]

Doing It Yourself versus Hiring the Home Theater Pros

You can handle a lot of home theater setup all by yourself. However, if you want it done right, you may want to bring in some experts to complement your work. If you don't have the right electrical outlets [more…]

Entering the World of HDTV

Since the transition to color TV in the 1950s and '60s, nothing has had as much impact on the TV world as HDTV (high-definition TV) and digital TV. That's right, TV is going digital, following in the footsteps [more…]

Placing Surround Speakers

No matter what the setup of your speakers for surround sound — whether you have two, three, four, or more side and back speakers — your surround speakers play a fundamentally different role than your front [more…]

Backing Up Your iPAQ Files

Synchronizing your files is a great way to keep your iPAQ and your desktop PC working together, but synchronization has one big problem: It doesn't protect you from losing important data. It's easy to [more…]

Connecting Your TiVo and Selecting Channels

A TiVo lifestyle begins with something unavoidably awful: connecting TiVo to your TV, weaving strands of cables into just the right configuration. Thankfully, TiVo's installation happens only once. And [more…]

Downloading and Installing the BitTorrent Client

The first step in the process of setting up your computer to download and view BitTorrent content is to install a BitTorrent client. The BitTorrent client is simply a software program that your computer [more…]

Tuning in Ham Radio

Ham radio invokes a wide range of visions. Maybe you have a mental image of a ham radio operator (or ham) from a movie or newspaper article. But hams are a varied lot — from go-getter emergency communicators [more…]

Your iPod’s Hold Switch

Your iPod has a Hold switch on the top, near the headphones jack. The hold switch locks the iPod buttons, this preventing the volume from changing (and bursting your eardrums) if you accidentally brush [more…]

Freeing Up Memory in Your iPAQ

An old saying claims that you can't be too thin or too rich. When it comes to iPAQs, you can say that you can't have too much memory. Your iPAQ differs in one very fundamental way from your desktop PC: [more…]

Sending E-Mail from Your BlackBerry

Send an e-mail from your BlackBerry to everyone who needs to know that you now have a BlackBerry. Here's how to share your notable news:

1. Open the Messages application. [more…]


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