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Archive for the ‘Multimedia’ Category

iPod Encyclopedia

Friday, August 4th, 2006

iPod Encyclopedia

To say that most people love iPods would be a bit of an understatement. People are not only using it as an MP3 player, but also as a portable drive. Today, we are going to discuss a useful new tip, which can render your iPod more useful than you would have ever thought.

Now, let’s say you have one of those old first generation iPods and since then… Continue reading

How to Rip a CD Using WMP

Friday, August 4th, 2006

How to Rip a CD Using WMP

You’ve probably heard the term “rip” before, but do you know what it means exactly? Well, if you don’t, read along with me as I show you how to rip a CD using Windows Media Player (version 10). Once you’re done reading this article, you’ll be a CD ripping pro! (If you don’t have Windows Media Player installed on your computer, you can… Continue reading

Winamp Plug-ins

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Winamp Plug-ins

If you ask a crowd of people what software they use to play music on their PCs, most are probably going to say Winamp. Winamp has been a favorite of many since its early days and continues to enjoy popularity with each new version, which brings us new and attractive useful features. The purpose of this article is to teach you about the many ways you can customize… Continue reading

The iPod

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Okay, my kids got me an iPod for my birthday, but I do not know how to use it. Can you please give me some basics?

Your kids must really be awesome, because an iPod is a very cool gift to get. I would say iPods are one of the most popular music related devices out on the market today. It seems like everyone I know… Continue reading


Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Can you give me a little information on iTunes? I’m confused as to what it really is.

Sure, that’s no problem. iTunes is becoming more and more popular every day, so it doesn’t hurt to understand the whole concept of it just a tad bit. Basically, iTunes is an online digital media player application that is used for playing and organizing music and video files. iTunes… Continue reading


Friday, April 28th, 2006

Can you give me some information on transferring ringtones from my computer to my cell phone?

There is a lot of information out there about this topic, so I will just give you a basic overview. First of all, just in case some don’t know, a ringtone is the sound a cell phone makes when someone receives a call. It’s just like the ringer on your… Continue reading

How to Share Videos

Friday, April 14th, 2006

How to Share Videos

So, you finally got that video off of your digital camera and on to your computer. Maybe it was from a family event or a night on the town with a bunch of friends. But, it had been sitting there on your camera for weeks and everyone else was dying to see it.

Now that the video is ready to go, the question is: how do… Continue reading

Name Those Tracks

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Name Those Tracks

Do you often listen to CDs on your computer? Maybe you just need to hear your favorite song to get you through the day at work, or you might just like to listen to music while you’re cleaning your house or just relaxing.

If you do, an easy way to keep all your CDs straight is to make playlists for them. Once you do that, every time… Continue reading

Burn Videos to a CD? Maybe Not!

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Q: I would like to know if there is a way to burn videos to a CD with a regular burner?

A: Well….you could… but I don’t know if you’d want to do that.

DVDs are optimized to store the massive amounts of data that a movie holds. They can hold up to 25 times more information primarily because you can record on both sides. It’s also 9 times… Continue reading

Codec or codecs defined

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Have you ever tried to play a movie or audio file, only to be met with a message saying that you need to download a codec? What IS a codec, anyways?

The word Codec stands for either Coder-Decoder or Compressor-Decompressor, depending on who you ask. There are audio, text, and video codecs. They’re used to coordinate the

VoIP defined phone internet service

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Megan from Ashtabula asks:

What is VoIP, exactly?

That’s an easy one, Megan!

In addition to being fun to say (go on, try it!), VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. It’s a method for sending voice over the Internet using TCP/IP packets. You may have heard of VoIP phone service

Shift to Disable Autorun

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Whenever I put a CD into my computer it automatically opens Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc. and starts playing. How do I stop this from happening!?

So you want to start the music on your terms, eh? Well, that’s easy enough. Just hold down the Shift key when you insert a CD and you’ll bypass Autorun, allowing you to manually choose when your… Continue reading

Spaceship Radio

This site hosts a show that plays public domain Sci/Fi radio plays from the 1940′s and 1940′s.

You’ll find the latest show in the series at the top of the front page. Below that is the news and recent articles. Click Listen Now to listen to the episode, err, now! :) Clicking this link will download the file into your browser and then play it. You… Continue reading

Podcast 102

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Podcasts, part 2

Yesterday, we talked a bit about what podcasts are and where to find them. Today we’ll learn a little more about my favorite way to let my computer entertain me while I work and drive! Almost everything in podcasting is done in several different ways by different podcasters and services, so please excuse all the generalities in this article!

Let’s talk about how podcasts (or webcasts, netcasts… Continue reading

Web Design Workshop: The Sounds of Music

Monday, September 26th, 2005

In a Previous tip, I went on and on about the perils of having music play automatically when you design your website. Now, of course, I’m being inundated with questions about how to put music on your site. I should have seen that coming. Okay. I’ll tell you, as long as you promise to give the viewer the choice to listen to it or not.

First, let’s… Continue reading

What are .mp3s?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

What are mp3s? I keep hearing about them.

Audio files can be saved in different formats that have different file extensions, just like picture files (.jpg, .gif.). Loosely speaking, you can think of .mp3 as the .jpg of audio. It’s a format for saving sound files.

The .mp3 file extension stands for MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3. MPEG, in turn, stands for Motion Picture Experts… Continue reading

Multisession burning

Friday, September 16th, 2005

When you burn a data CD, most burning software will allow you to add more data to that CD later. It’s called “Multisession burning.” Keep in mind that this won’t work with audio CDs. ~Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Mega Music Disk

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

If you have a DVD burner in your computer and a home DVD player that will play mp3 files then you can make a disk with about 50 hours of music!

Since DVD-R disks can hold around 4.7 GB of data, that means you can select about 1000 mp3 files through your DVD burning software and create one mega music disk.

This also gives you a back-up of your songs… Continue reading

Default Media Players

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Is there a way to specify which music players and programs handle different media file types?

If you have several players and you want different players for different media file types, you should go into the settings for each individual player. For instance: I can tell MusicMatch Jukebox to be the default for my MP3′s, Windows Media Player to handle WAV’s, and WinAmp to do MIDI.… Continue reading

Microphone Won’t Work

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

I plugged in a microphone to my computer but I can’t hear anything. How can I get it to work?

It could be that the microphone is muted or not turned up.

Just double-click the little speaker in the system tray (down by the clock). You may see a slider control for the microphone. If not, then go to Options/Properties and check off “Microphone”. It should… Continue reading

DVD Region Settings

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

DVD’s have different region codes. Region 0 play on all DVD players, Region 1 in USA and Canada, Region 2 is Japan & Europe, Region 4 covers South America—there are places online to find more detailed listings, but you get the point. A region 2 DVD will only play on a region 2 DVD player while a region 1 will not.

If you have a DVD player in your computer… Continue reading

Windows Sound Recorder

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Sound Recorder

Did you know that Windows has a sound recorder that allows you to record and listen to WAV files? The up side is that you can record voice messages and audio coming through your sound card. The down side is that it only records for 60 seconds at a time (but you can stitch them together). Great for clips and noises you want to use in… Continue reading

Audio CD’s: Data vs. Music CD-R’s

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

I make music CD’s that I play on a regular CD player. Should I use regular data CD-R’s or should I use the kind specified for music?

I’ve never had a problem using regular data CD-R’s to make music CD’s. Some brands work better than others and I have heard of people that can’t get them to play in their stereo.

As for your question, I… Continue reading

Download: CDex

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

I don’t know if this happens to any of you, but for me it seems like I need my music in a different format every now and then. For example, I was making some slide shows for my family with all the digital photos I took over the year. Everything was moving along at a steady clip until it came time to put some music in. The program I was… Continue reading

Multiple Downloads

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

Ever wonder if you can do more than one download at a time? Well, you can! In fact, Firefox will allow multiple downloads “out of the box”.

Internet Explorer, on the other hand, will only allow two simultaneous downloads. What kind of geek downloads just two files at a time? Geeze! Sure it’s better than just one, but definitely a bummer if you’re on a high speed connection. Well, here’s… Continue reading

Speaker Arrangements

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Are you a sound fanatic? Do you have your computer hooked up for surround sound or at least have multiple speakers? Well, if you tell Windows about your sound configuration, you’ll probably enjoy your speakers even more. Here’s how:

1. Click the Start button, Control Panel , then open the Sounds & Audio Devices icon.

2. Under the Audio tab, click the Advanced button… Continue reading

Choosing Computer Speakers

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

It used to be that choosing speakers for your computer was an easy task because there weren’t really any options to choose from. Sound was typically an afterthought and most speakers made for computer use weren’t exactly what you would call “ear candy”.

That has all changed now. Many well-respected audio/video speaker manufacturers have gotten into the computer speaker game. It is

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