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Take your favorite DVD movies on your travels by converting them to watch on your iPod or MP4 player.

Watch DVD Movies On Your iPod

Watch DVD Movies On Your iPodAn iPod or other portable MP4 media player is easier to carry around than a portable DVD player, but it can't play DVDs directly. However, it's still possible to watch your favorite DVDs on your iPod. All you need to do is to convert the DVD to an iPod compatible format.If you search the web for "video conversion software" you'll be overwhelmed by the choice of products available. Many "video conversion" products are general purpose tools that require you to know details of the formats you want to convert between, and baffle you with jargon about things like codecs.Such products may be very good, but if you want to be sure that the copies you are making are optimised for your iPod, or you simply want to make the task as easy as possible, it's best to choose a dedicated DVD to iPod converter.Using a DVD to "iPod converter" really is simplicity itself. You launch the software, insert the DVD in the drive, and the title screen appears in a window. Using the mouse, you select the episode or feature you want to see from the DVD menu, just as with a DVD player.When the movie starts to play, you click a Convert button and select a folder for the output. The amount of time conversion takes depends on the power of your computer. On a modern computer it can be faster than real time, but using an older one it may actually be slower.After conversion is complete, you are offered the option to start iTunes and upload the converted movie to your iPod. That's all there is to it! Give it a try, and you'll soon be watching your favorite movies on your iPod media player.

Xbox 360: A Revolution in Console Gaming

Xbox 360: A Revolution in Console Gaming

It wasn't so long ago that kids who got the "new" Nintendo 8-bit gaming console or the Sega system for Christmas were the envy of every less fortunate and burned out Atari owning neighborhood playmate. As time elapsed, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, and NES's Turbo Graphix 16 became all the rave. Anyone now in their twenties can recall being impressed by the awesome advancements in playability and graphic display of the Nintendo 64 and Sega's Dreamcast system, and even more recently (only five or so years ago) the advent of Microsoft's Xbox, Nintendo's Game Cube, and the Play Station by Sony. The Video Gaming industry has made great strides in the past twenty years: from slow-moving, barely recognizable forms on screen in original Atari games such as Pac-Man, Calga, and Tron, to the extremely vivid and life-like graphics of Tomb Raider, Splinter Cell, and Tekken; available for the Xbox and Play Station. Now, just in time for Christmas 2005, Microsoft has made the next move in the continuing race for Video Gaming Supremacy with the introduction of the Xbox 360. The result is truly phenomenal.The Xbox 360, as with all video game consoles, is basically just a computer with hardware and software dedicated to the function of running video games. The original Xbox was pretty much just a Microsoft PC with a modified Pentium III processor, some powerful graphics and audio capabilities, and a modified version of the Windows 2000 operating system, all packaged in that distinctive black box. This year Microsoft has released two versions of the Xbox 360: the Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Core System. The Xbox 360Core System is "plug and play", that is, that in addition to the console, it includes an integrated controller and an AV cable. The Xbox 360 (not the "Core system") comes with a wireless controller, an HD AV cable, an Ethernet connectivity cable, a headset, a media remote, and a removable 20-GB hard drive.For anyone who thought the original Xbox was a technological marvel, you must try this out! As amazing and realistic as the play on the first Xbox was, the Xbox 360 makes its predecessor look tired and worn-out. Microsoft has rebuilt the Xbox from the ground up. From the name to the look, from hardware to features, the Xbox 360 is a radically different and more powerful machine than the original Xbox. Far more than a video game console, the Xbox 360 is a total media center that allows users to play games, network with other 360 owners; rip, stream and download all types of media, including high-definition movies, music, digital pictures and game content, as well as play DVD movies and audio CD's. The Xbox 360 will revolutionize the gaming world. Microsoft has definitely set the new standard in video game technology.

Digital Cameras Quality Vs. Size

Digital Cameras  Quality Vs. Size

When looking to purchase a new digital camera there is always the debate between size and quality within the range of your budget. No matter what the budget, the choice will have to be made between a smaller size, more portable camera and a higher resolution camera with more features. Making the choice between the two is simply a matter off considering what the cameras purpose.Digital camera users who plan to use a camera for simple point-and-shoot purposes will want to focus their budget on a small, portable camera. These individuals are most likely using their camera to document travels, family events, and personal experiences for their own memory. The photos dont need to be or a super high resolution because they will not be blown up to poster size, but will remain 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 in a frame on the mantel. It is important to consider that when size is traded for quality, while the photos will be higher quality, users may be less inclined to take photos as the size of the camera becomes a hindrance to taking it along for the fun.Photographers who are more interested in the end product will want to sacrifice size for a higher resolution camera or one with more features and/or accessories. The bulkier high-resolution cameras or digital SLRs will be the better choice for users who are taking artistic or professional photographs. Even the amateur artist, will want to invest in quality over size to produce the kind of photos that can be enlarged to show detail. Cameras used for professional shots, whether to be displayed in a portfolio, brochure or website, will also need to be of higher quality, and it will be worth hefting the extra weight to get the higher-end photos.Knowing the type of photographer you are, will help you make the right choice in cameras. When you have an idea of what characteristics are most important to you, take the time to shop, read the reviews, and compare the various cameras in your price range.

Why Are Plasma TVs So Slim?

Why Are Plasma TVs So Slim?

If plasma TVs can be so thin, why have we spent decades with those bulky, oversized television sets taking up an entire corner of the room? The answer is in the technology. To understand why plasma TVs can be so thin, you should start by understanding why traditional television sets of the past couldnt be. Those televisions typically used tubes as the means to producing the pictures. There were several problems with tubes, including their size. The size of tubes inside a television set depended on the amount of screen space the picture was expected to fill. The technology wasnt put to the size test until people became disenchanted with the typical 20-inch screen and started demanding larger screens. Manufacturers were happy to meet the demands, but there was a problem. The dimensions of tubes are predetermined. If you want a bigger screen, you have to be prepared to project a larger picture. Larger picture demands a larger tube. Its always been a given that the size of the television set was dependent on the amount of stuff that had to be fitted inside. Larger tubes meant larger cases. If you consider the average size of a 20-inch television set that used tube technology, you can imagine how big the case would have to be in order to project a picture for a 32-inch, 40-inch or larger screen.By contrast, a plasma TV doesnt need the tubes in order to project the picture. Plasma TV, by its very technology, can be housed in a very thin case. Instead of having tubes that project a picture onto that big screen, the plasma TV works by lighting up the phosphorous coating at various times to create the images prescribed by the signal. The result is that plasma TV screens require very little space other than the room for the screen and the phosphorous. In fact, the entire packages are actually thin enough that they can be mounted - creating a viewing experience only to be imagined with the tube-type television technology. It also means that the thickness of the screen can remain virtually constant, even while the width and height of the screen increases dramatically. When you consider where the technology is, and where its come from, youll see that the huge television sets of a decade ago werent merely a fad. Those cases werent created that large simply to provide a shelf for moms favorite flower arrangement or the wedding photo. It was just a matter of providing a case for the technology.

Digital Cameras - A Guide To Buying

Digital camera sales are going through the roof. As the quality of images from digital cameras improve they are becoming much more affordable and the sales are simply not surprising. Consumers are also becoming more comfortable with the whole idea of taking of photographs digitally.In choosing a digital camera take into account your basic needs and what you plan to use the camera for.Digital camera typesIt doesnt matter whether you're shooting film or digital images there are basically three types of cameras. There are point and shoot cameras, prosumer cameras and professional quality cameras.1. Point and shoot cameras operate automatically. They do everything for you except for framing the subject. Exposure is decided by the camera as well as whether a flash is needed or not. All you need to do is to point and shoot.2. Prosumer Cameras. This camera is a step up from your typical point and shoot because it allows the photographer not only to shoot in a fully automatic mode but also to have control over various aspects of the exposure. They typically have various modes including portrait mode, a close-up mode, action mode, and landscape mode.ResolutionIt doesn't matter what sort of camera you decide to get you will have several decisions to make regarding resolution of the camera.The salespeople of most electronics superstores are quick to tell you that the most important thing to consider when buying a digital camera is how many pixels there are. Now while it is important it is not the end all of digital image quality. Pixels are tiny squares and in some new models they're starting to use other shapes as well. The more pixels you have in your image the sharper the detail of the image will be.Most current digital cameras on the market today will produce an image with more than 4 million pixels. That's enough resolution to easily print images up to 8 x 10 with good image quality. Is not likely that you will print images larger than 8 x 10 and so most of these camera should meet your needs.Try various digital cameras before you purchaseThere is a wide selection of digital cameras on the market with various image qualities even though they may have the same number of pixels. There are different kinds and sizes of image sensors, which is the chip that actually records the picture. It is recommended that you take a memory card into the store with you so that you can put it in each camera and take sample photographs that you can then take home to view on your computer to compare.The technology is constantly improving and digital cameras will be constantly changing. Dont be surprised if several months after you purchase one there is one that is new and better with more pixels. If you take the time to choose a good quality digital camera which makes good photographs you'll be able to enjoy digital photography for a long time in the future.If you do make the move into digital photography remember this. Many people using digital cameras simply put their photos on their computers and never actually make prints anymore. It is easy for these photos to get lost and therefore it's recommended that you print special photographs for generations to enjoy.

Review of Directory Generator by Armand Morin

Directory Generator is a software product that can generate hundreds of keyword-targeted web pages. The purpose is to help you get targeted traffic to your website so you can make more sales or earn commissions. I was one of the earliest users of Directory Generator before it launched publicly August 26, 2004, so Ive had a little head start in testing it. Let me give you a little background info first: In late 2003, new traffic generating software appeared called Traffic Equalizer. I have to admit I knew nothing about it until recently. My guess as to why is that it is talked about mostly among big marketers, and probably mostly at seminars. Its just like Armand Morin to ride the traffic software wave and even try to make a better surfboard. And thats what Directory Generator is.It is supposed to be equivalent to software such as Ranking Power, Traffic Equalizer, and Traffic Hurricane, which allows you to get targeted traffic by generating pages that get high search engine rankings. The difference is, like most of what Armand does, the results are classier and more professional looking. Of the previously mentioned programs, Traffic Hurricane is the only one that is free. Why pay for this other software if you can get it free? Because your Traffic Hurricane pages will have someone elses Google AdSense ads on your pages, earning them money off your traffic. Now that I have Directory Generator, I dont need someone else earning money from my traffic unless theyre going to pay me part of it. Selfish, arent I? One other thing: Im surprised no one noticed this but Google doesnt allow Adsense code to be placed on pages not owned by you, so the way this is set up might get someone into trouble.I know what youre thinkingYeah, thats nice but can Directory Generator really generate targeted traffic? Absolutely! The first website I created with Directory Generator is steadily earning Google AdWords income every single day without me doing a thing. It took 30 days for traffic and commissions to really start kicking in. I dont want this to sound like hype but this is the easiest money Ive made so far. Nevertheless the second website I made isnt doing squat. But that just tells me: Theres no such thing as a sure thing. The domain name you choose and keywords you target can make a difference. But the second website also hasnt been up as long, so well see what happensAm I going to get rich off the money its generating? No, nor could someone quit their job with it, but at the rate its working I would earn the $250 price back fairly quickly. My goal was to first earn the domain fee back and I did. The site is listed in Google, but gets no traffic from there. Most of the traffic comes from other search engines. If it had multiple pages spidered by Google, look out! Ive heard through the grapevine of multiple people earning 4-figure monthly incomes from sites created with traffic-generating software. And Ive heard of one person earning a six-figure income. For now, this test tells me that this software really does work. Heres a little secret: No one who uses traffic generating software will tell you their website URL. Thats because they dont want people ripping off their profitable website. So you have to buy the software to see the sites it produces. At $250 a pop, thats an expensive trial.What do you do with the traffic it generates? 1. You earn Google Adsense commissions (this feature is built into the software).2. You can add SearchFeed (you cant add both. Google doesnt allow it).3. You can add a Linkshare ad to earn additional commissions. 4. The newest version lets you earn Amazon commissions.BENEFITS: Easily generate 100s of keyword targeted pages for a niche directory.Disadvantage: You still have to choose your keywords which will be your site theme. You have to know how to FTP the pages to your web host. Unlike Traffic Equalizer, the program wont do it for you.CONCLUSION: Highly recommended. Thank goodness Armand didnt price this software too cheaply. If you only try one traffic-generating software program, I recommend Directory Generator.For more information, visit http://www.directorygenerator.com.

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Take your favorite DVD movies on your travels by converting them to watch on your iPod or MP4 player.