Belkin Tunecast II FM Transmitter Review

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Belkin Tunecast II FM Transmitter

I was driving away from work with my MP3 player attached to the radio through a cassette tape adapter. It wasn’t anything too high tech, but it got the job done. Suddenly, my radio crackled and faded away. My recording had stopped working. So, I took a trip to my local Wal-Mart. Next to each other were a generic cassette tape adapter, and a Belkin Tunecast II FM Transmitter. The FM Transmitter was only a few dollars more, so I decided to get it.

The first thing I found about the FM transmitter was that it was not as simple as the “plug-and-play” accessibility of the cassette adapter. I had to find a radio station with a weak signal and tune the Transmitter into it.

Then, I discovered that if I put the wire in the seat next to me, the signal faded and the sound of static filled my car. So, I had to drive with it in my lap. Though granted, a cassette adapter doesn’t have HD quality, it far surpasses the sporadic static (and don’t steal that for your band name) that you get with the FM transmitter.

MP3 player

After driving for a fair amount of time, the signal started to fade again. More and more, it faded until I finally had to change the radio station and find another weak indicated position. On long road trips, I have to modify the position several times, searching for a location where my music comes through.

Aside from all that, it also requires either a battery or for you to plug it into your cigarette lighter, which means that it even uses more power than the cassette adapter. While the lighter adapter will keep it running, it takes up something that you may need to use to power something else.

On the plus side, however, you can use it in any car with radio reception. Many cars these days do not have cassette players, so if you’re riding in a friend’s car, you may have to suffer through 5,000 radio commercials for each song.

 5,000 radio commercials for each song

Also, it is considerably more durable than the cassette adapter. My cassette adapter lasted for almost a year, and it was the second one that I had purchased. However, the transmitter has one thick wire, that connects directly to your music player, and it is a solidly-built piece of technology.

Still, I can’t help regretting not just buying another cassette adapter. Even though most of my friends don’t have cassette players, they all have their own mp3 players, so I am safe there. When listening to music, the most important factor to me is sound. Simply put, the Belkin Tunecast II FM Transmitter just doesn’t look that good. My personal suggestion is that you stick with a cassette adapter.

Wireless HDMI Technology Will Make Wiring Your Home Theater System Obsolete

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Wireless HDMI Technology

Anyone who has tried to wire a home theater system on his or her own knows that it can be very nerve-wracking. Countless cables, each of which needs to be wired correctly for the system to work, tangle up and are hard to keep track of, not to mention the aesthetic downside of having to hide this web of wires, so they do not ruin the décor. Wiring a system has never been more simplified.

It’s hard to imagine how things worked when color coding was not yet introduced, and all wires looked the same and had to be selected by the method of trial and error.

Even though color coding simplifies matters tremendously, it still does not change the fact that countless hours have to spend on trying to connect all these wires to the various components of the home theater system.

Wiring a home theater system together can put you in the most uncomfortable positions in most unusual places. And, of course, there are limitations that wires impose on the way you want to put your home theater system components.

Home Theater System

You can’t space your system too widely; some wires simply don’t have the length. You have to bend all around your TV set and crouch on the floor round and about your speakers just to plug in a wire. Wiring your home system requires preparation.

There is a way to avoid all this, though. Wireless HDMI home theater will take away the need to experience all these unpleasant things while wiring your system.

Wireless HDMI home theater is a perfect remedy to all connection problems. With wireless HDMI home theater systems, you will never have to waste your valuable time on component connection again. The only thing you will ever have to plug in is the power cable.

You will be able to place your system components in a way most convenient to you, never having to worry whether there will be enough cable length. Wall speakers will be put as high as you wish on any available segment of the wall.

The TV set and other system components don’t have to be clustered tightly together. And, of course, there will never again be any worrying about that sloppy mess of wires on the floor ruining the ambiance of the room. HDMI wireless home theater is the way to go.

Wireless HDMI home theater

Just imagine the ease of which you will be able to wire your entire home entertainment system within minutes of bringing it home. Just open the box, get the contents out, set them up in their places, set up the transmitter and you are ready to roll. Your wireless HDMI home theater is there and ready to function.

Wiring would be a cinch, no worries. For those who already have a home theater system set up, there isn’t necessarily any reason to immediately throw out all your old equipment and rush to the store to buy a new regime.

If you already have HDMI equipment set up, you can upgrade it to wireless HDMI home theater. Leading developers in the industry promise that there will be adapters available to change the current setup of your system to wireless.

Wiring a home theater system is potentially consumer’s largest fear, which will thankfully be sent into oblivion with the arrival of wireless HDMI home theater.

Toaster Technology I Never Thought I’d Love

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Toaster Technology

There are so many technological devices that help our lives be simpler and more entertaining. I am a fan of technology and utilize it every day, but sometimes I find myself laughing or mocking appliances or machines because I do not see what benefit they have for me. One such piece of technology I thought I would never use is very basic, it’s my toaster oven.

When my husband and I became engaged, we thought it would be a good idea to create a gift registry, so we headed down to the store, picked up a scanner and started “shopping.” When we got to the kitchen appliances, I didn’t foresee any trouble.

We added a blender and a microwave to the registry with no issues, then came the toasters. I just wanted a basic toaster, the jack-in-the-box kind where you put two slices in, push the lever, and they jump out when they are done. My husband wanted a full-fledged toasting machine, complete with removable racks and a tray for browning. This was a serious problem.

microwave

A toaster oven just seemed so over the top. After all, we had a microwave on the list, and who eats more than two pieces of toast at a time anyway? My husband put his foot down, the toaster oven would be on the list. I could add my toaster too if I wanted, but I huffed and grumbled and scanned the beast of a toaster oven to add it to the registry, and we continued to bath towels.

Of course, someone bought this overgrown toasting technology as a gift for our wedding. So I huffed and grumbled some more and packed it into the moving truck, then set it up on the counter in the new apartment. Begrudgingly I learned how to make toast, I think I may have even used the special browning tray once or twice during that first year or two.

Then, finally, after 5 years of marriage, I grew to love this toaster oven. I could never go back to just two pieces of toast. I find myself toasting a whole plate of toast, making garlic bread and reheating leftovers. In fact, I think I now use the toaster oven more often than the microwave, which is pretty incredible considering my cooking skills started out with the ability to nuke a corn dog.

toaster

Whether the technology we use is brand new or time-tested, it always pays to give it a try. I still tend to scoff at things if they seem a little different or excessive, but by being open to new things, and exploring what is available, I find that I discover new tools that I just can’t live without.

A Review of Nvidia’s 3D Vision Glasses Technology

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Nvidia's

Now you’re ready to turn on your 3D Vision glasses by a switch on the left temple that will turn a green light on. This light stays for 30 seconds and indicates that the glasses are working. The first thing you’ll notice as soon as you put your glasses on is how much darker your display looks. That is because each of your eyes is only receiving half of the light that they normally would.

The next page of the driver setup program will show you some test images. If you look at them, you will probably see random meaningless shapes. While wearing your glasses, if you close your left eye, you will only see some parts of the image, and if you close your other eye, you will see the other parts of the picture.

Together, this gives you the complete picture. The next page of the setup program will ask you if you see flickering. The next page will ask you if you see a 3D image popping out at you. The last page is a confirmation of completion, and now you have finished configuring your drivers.

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So now we’re going to talk about the IR emitter. Wherever you place it, remember, it does need to have a direct line of sight with the glasses because they also have a receiver to talk to the emitter. At the back of this device, you will see a wheel control. That’s for controlling how much 3D depth you’re comfortable with. A lot of people will start off with a little 3D depth and work their way up to more and more depth as they get comfortable. There is also a port for 3D Sync In, which is for use with 3D Ready TVs. Some DLP 120Hz TVs happen to be 3D Ready.

The advantages of the Nvidia solution include “The Way It’s Meant To Be Played” program. That means that driver development is going to continue in future games, and there is actually a long list of games that are already supported by 3D Vision technology. The other huge advantage that it has over competed for solutions is that it does work with Nvidia SLI. 3D Vision is quite demanding on your video card because you need to run your games at 120 frames per second for the 120Hz monitor.

The system also has to render the images from two different angles which are very demanding, and SLI happens to be a huge advantage for this. The setup process is also quite advantageous because competing solutions take a lot longer to setup their devices with your system.

Nvidia's Max-Q tech

Once 120Hz displays become more popular, you’re going to be able to use your 3D Vision glasses with any computer and some DLP TVs.