December 19, 2011

Top 10 Reasons to use Puppy Linux as a Linux Live CD Operating system!

Puppy Linux is an easy to use desktop operating system based on Linux which you can use by just burning Puppy Linux to CD, and using the CD to start your computer to Puppy CD. Usually, all you need to do is just leave the CD inside the CD drive of your computer after you burnt it, and your computer will recognize that you have Puppy Linux Live CD in it, and will automatically boot to your Puppy Linux Live CD, and after a minute or less you can start using Puppy Linux when Puppy Linux is done loading on your computer or laptop.

Puppy Linux is a great free desktop operating system for web browsing, watching videos, listening to music, photo editing, or just having fun with your computer rather then trying to fix performance and stability problems since Puppy Linux is very stable, and runs fast on many older and newer computers and laptops which were made in the last 10 or more years.

Top 10 Reasons to use Puppy Linux Live CD!

1. Puppy Linux is free since Puppy Linux is based off of Linux which is a free operating system which you can use on your computer for free with no need to spend extra money to maintain and keep your computer safe by buying an antivirus, antimalware, antispyware, system utilities, disk clean up, registry cleaners, registry defrag and disk defrag program to maintain your computer like Windows based computers where many Windows users spend hundreds or even thousands maintaining one or multiple computers by buying Windows maintenance software. But, with Puppy Linux no paid software is needed  for maintaining your operating system since every time you restart Puppy Linux, it would be as fast as the first time you used it.

2. Puppy Linux is easy to use and learn. The user interface, and programs which come bundled with Puppy Linux are similar to programs which you use in Windows, Mac, or other Linux operating system like Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.  By using Puppy Linux, you don't have to learn about anti-virus, disk clean up programs, disk defrag, Operating system updates, and system utilities to keep your operating system running well because everytime you use Puppy Linux it works like new without the need for operating maintenance. All you basicly have to learn is how to use programs like Firefox, Chrome, Abiword, and media players rather then learning how to maintain your operating system like Windows.

3. You'll experience fewer software problems like computer freezes, crashes, and other problems with Puppy Linux since Puppy Linux is based on Linux which runs many of the worlds top websites like Facebook, so it needs to be stable. Plus, the bundled software which comes with Puppy Linux is compatible with Puppy Linux, so there should be no or fewer compatibility problems when using software in Puppy Linux compared to software made for other operating systems like Windows and Mac where software does not always work for older or newer versions of their operating system.

4. Puppy Linux is very unlikely to be infected by virus, spyware, and malware programs since there are very few bad programs which can automatically attack your computer without your permission unlike Windows operating systems which has a greater chance of getting a virus. In Linux, you have to manually give permission to any program which wants to install on your PC in most cases, so auto-run virus programs are very rare.

5. It is easy to get started using Puppy Linux. All you have to do is go to the Puppy Linux website, and download the CD ISO image file for the Puppy Linux Live CD, and use a CD burning program like Roxio, or Nero to burn it, and restart your computer with the Puppy Linux CD inside of it, and in 1 minute or less your computer would be booted into Puppy Linux. You can also install Puppy Linux on to a USB flash drive with UnetBootIn by setting UnetBootin to use the Puppy Linux ISO to make a bootable flash drive.

6. Puppy Linux is one of the most fastest operating systems which run from a LiveCD since it copies itself to your system RAM, so you can take out the CD, and just use Puppy Linux from your faster system RAM. This means Puppy Linux does not need to read from the CD to launch programs since it reads from PC RAM which is a lot faster then CD. Your computer will also run quieter since RAM is silent when reading programs on it compared to a CD which spins, and make noise as it reads content off it.

7. You don't need a very fast computer to run Puppy Linux since Puppy Linux is designed to work on many older computers and laptops. It should work great on most desktop and laptop computers made in the last 10 years or longer.

8. You can save your settings, files, and other data which you changed on Puppy Linux to a USB flash drive, or internal hard drive, so you don't lose your settings, programs, and files which you installed in Puppy Linux After you rebooted your computer. Puppy Linux will ask you if you want to save your settings for your video, internet, installed programs, and other files when you reboot or shutdown your computer with Puppy Linux for the first time. After the first time you shutdown, Puppy Linux will automatically save your settings to the Puppy Linux save file on your hard drive, flash drive, or other storage device like a SD card.

9. Puppy Linux does not require you to install it on your computer, so you don't risk losing data from a failed dual boot, or regular install on a hard drive with Data from Windows, or other Linux operating system like Ubuntu. You can just use Puppy Linux from the CD. Although, you can install it to your computer drive if you want to with the Puppy Linux Universal Installer and Gparted for faster start up after the install.

10. Puppy Linux is fun to use since it comes with all the programs which many people regularly use on their home PC like web browsing, office suite, chat, and media players, so you spend more time having fun on your computer rather then searching for programs, and fixing problems from downloaded programs from the internet which you installed on a PC.

December 7, 2011

Hibernate vs Sleep power plans on operating systems, and how are they different from each other?

Hibernate and Sleep are two different power plans which you can use to save power when you are not using Windows or your computer.

What is Hibernate Power Plan?

Hibernate is the process of saving all the content in your RAM/Memory on your hard drive before your computer is turned off. Hibernate needs as much free space as the used space in your RAM. Hibernate will make your computer start up from a power off state a lot faster then Shutdown your computer, and turning it ON or Restart. Hibernate uses no power when your computer is OFF. You are not as likely to lose unsaved work in Hibernate if your computer experience a power outage during a power outage vs. just leaving your computer ON, or in sleep mode without saving your work, but you should still save and backup your work before you Hibernate since if your hard drive or hibernate fails, you'll lose all your data or unsaved work. It is best to use Hibernate if you plan not to use your computer for a few hours.

What is Sleep Power Plan?

Sleep is the Windows Power plan which turns off your CPU, Hard drives, computer fans, optical cd drives, video card, and other devices, but your Motherboard, USB ports with mouse, keyboard, and other devices plugged into them will still be power on, your power supply, and power button are also ON, so your computer can easily wake up from sleep. Most importantly, your memory is not off since your Memory is needed to be powered ON to avoid data loss which will cause Windows to stop working, and you'll lose unsaved work if there is a power outage.
Waking up from Sleep is almost instant, and a lot faster then Hibernate. Sleep is best used when you plan not to use your computer for a few minutes or under an hour.

September 25, 2011

Windows 8: How to Reduce Costs and Problems When Upgrading (Guest Post)

Computer, operating systems, and application manufacturers know they are selling you something that is not complete, and they will improve on very fast, so you can buy another product from them. This article shows small business owners and individuals how to reduce the costs of this cycle.

August 24, 2011

Back to School Gadgets and electronics for the school year!

It is almost back to school, or already back to school for some students in Canada or the US, so what back to school Gadgets do I recommend? I recommend a large flash drive, Netbook, Tablet computer, laptop, voice recorder, and MP3 Player for students to use during the school year for studying and relaxing.

 A large flash drive like the SanDisk Cruzer 16 GB Cruzer USB 2.0 Flash Drive is useful for backing up important assignments, and large media files.

Netbooks  like the Toshiba NB505-N508BL 10.1-Inch Netbook (Blue) has good battery life, and is light, so it won't be overly heavy when you just need to take a notes in class, but don't want to carry around a heavy laptop. A netbook is also good for surfing the web and doing other basic tasks.

Laptops and Netbooks are great, but they are not very easy to hold with one hand to read, so I recommend a Tablet Computer like the Acer Iconia Tab A500-10S16u 10.1-Inch Tablet Computer (Aluminum Metallic) for using as a E-book reader to read E-books, or to use to go online, use apps, watch video, or listen to music. Some Tablets can also be used to take HD video and pictures.

A full size laptop like the Toshiba Satellite L675-S7108 17.3-Inch LED Laptop (Grey) is great for running more powerful programs like video editors, music editors, photo editors, web design software, games, and watching movies in full screen.

A voice recorder like the Olympus VN-8100PC Digital Voice Recorder 142600 (Silver and Black) is great for recording lectures, or recording reminders for doing tasks like Studying, and handing in homework on time

A portable MP3 player like the Creative Labs Zen Mozaic EZ300 8 GB MP3 Player (Black) are great for listening to audio books, lectures you downloaded or recorded with a voice recorder, or listening to music when you are relaxing.

August 1, 2011

Watching Widescreen video while you are on the go with the Sony PSP!

Wide screen video is better because it is more realistic and better to look at because it gives you a Panoramic view of the video. There are many device that can play Wide screen video like the Sony PSP Hand Held console, Smartphones, Tablet computers, Portable video players, and laptops.

But, most of the devices I mention are expensive except for the Sony PSP handheld game console which you can buy for under 90 dollars on Amazon.

However, it would be great if you can watch widescreen video wherever you go by carrying the device in your pocket. The PlayStation Portable 3000 Core Pack System would be a good choice for your portable wide screen video on a portable device. The PSP can be used to playback MP4 video files, MP3s, and other media file types which you load into a memory stick. It also is a very fun portable hand held gaming console which you can use to play hundreds of games on, or use to surf the Internet with wireless internet from a wireless hot spot with its built-in browser.

The Sony Playstation Portable is sleek, portable, and lightweight, but have enough power for playing back high quality video clips and games for hours when you are on the road.

Using better Speakers for better sound on a TV without spending much money!

Many smaller TVs come with poor sounding speakers which sound similar to laptop speakers. However, most smaller TVs also have a 3.5mm head phone jacks on the side which let you easily plug in a pair of head phones, or speakers which uses a 3.5mm jack. This means you can buy a pair of 2.1 speakers like Logitech S220 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer which are mainly use for computers and portable music players for your TV. In Some cases, you may need to buy a Y-connector like the one listed below to connect your RCA audio output plugs to your TV RCA out, so you can convert it to a 3.5mm plug to plug your speakers into the TV.

By having a sub woofer, which is the biggest speaker, the bass would be better sounding. The left and right speakers for your new 2.1 sound system also sound better then the cheap inexpensive speakers on your smaller TV. This means you would experience more realistic and louder sounding sound on the Logitech S220 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer compared to using the built-in sound on budget home TV speakers which are not as rich sounding as Logitech's 2.1 speakers.

S-video to RCA composite video cable for connecting your laptop to a TV or display with RCA Composite video, but no S-video

S-Video to 3-RCA Composite AV Cable for Laptop PC TV Cable lets you easily connect your laptop with an S-video output to a TV which only have the Yellow video, red and white sound composite cables.

This cable will help you convert your S-video video signal to the Yellow RCA composite signal for TV, and the 3.5 mm headphone audio jack to red and white audio connectors to connect to your TV for playing back audio on your TV's speaker system.  You can also use the red and white cable to plug into your stereo or home theater sound system if they both supports RCA inputs for sound.

You can also use this cable for a DVD player which only have S-video out, and no RCA out. The length of the cable is about 5 ft. long.

RCA composite cables are also a lot more easier to plug into a TV because it only have one thick connector compared to multiple connectors on the S-video plugs which you have to align accurately with the corresponding holes in the TV inputs unlike RCA connectors where you just plug it into one hole.

S-Video to 3-RCA Composite AV Cable for Laptop PC TV the perfect cable for easily plugging in your laptops S-video feed to your TV with a Yellow video RCA input.

July 31, 2011

Record Video games from Xbox 360, PS3, Wii to Computer with Roxio Game Capture to upload to YouTube

The Roxio Game Capture lets you easily capture video from your Component video while you are playing your Xbox 360, PS3, Wii in HD on your HD TV. The Roxio Game Capture captures video and audio from your Component video cables and Red and white audio RCA composite audio cables to record on your Laptop or Desktop computer which is running Windows XP, Vista or 7.

If you have component cables for your PS2, PC with component out, or other consoles you own, you can also use Roxio Game Capture to record component video or sound. You might also even be able to use it to record DVD video discs from your DVD player since a lot of DVD players also have component video out.

The Roxio Game Capture also comes with software for recording, editing, save, convert, and uploading your recorded game footage in HD Quality to YouTube, and other streaming media sites, or to playback on your computer in AVI, Divx, or WMV video file format. You can also add voice overs and webcam commentary to your game videos.

For under 70 dollars, the Roxio Game Capture is one of the cheapest options to record HD video of your game footage considering the Roxio Game Capture also comes with the Cables and software you need for capturing, recording, editing, and narrating your gameplay videos. The Roxio Game Capture is a lot cheaper and easier to use then a Digital Video Recorder/DVR which can cost hundreds of dollars, and is difficult to export video to a computer for editing, and uploading to Youtube.

The Roxio Game Capture is a inexpensive, simple, and high quality way to capture, edit, narrate, and upload your video for sharing on video sharing sites like YouTube.

How to plug in newer game consoles, dvd players, and video devices on TV without RCA Composite plugs

Do you still have a older TV or traveling to a place which has TV which still does not have RCA Composite inputs which are those Cables for Yellow for video, Red, and White for sound on the plugs which a lot of game consoles, DVD players, portable DVD player,Camcorder and other video devices uses. No matter which TV you use, you'll be able to play your favorite game console on a older TV without RCA composite plugs.

You need a RCA Composite to COAX Converter box like the RCA CRF907 Compact RF Modulator to be able to plug in your RCA cables to the TV. The RCA Converter box will convert your RCA signal to work with the coaxial cable which is the type of cable you use to plug-in your coax cable from the wall into the TV for watching cable. A RF modulator also lets you hook up more types of devices into your older coax based TV without spending a lot of money.

It is simple to use a RCA RF Modulator. You first need to plug in the RF modulator to your Wall's power plug then connect your Yellow, Red, and white cable from your Game Console, DVD Player, Camcorder, or VCR to the RF Modulator, and tune your TV to either CH 3 or 4 then turn on your game console, or DVD player. If you subscribe to cable, or watch antennae TV, plug your TV cable from the wall into the TV in coax plug then plug the TV out cable into the TV out of the RF modulator then Plug the cable into your TV.

You might experience better picture quality with this RF modulator instead of the ones made for Game consoles since most RF modulator adapters are non-powered.

July 30, 2011

Using Ubuntu Linux as my main operating system

I recently decided to use Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx as my main operating system on my computer rather then using a Windows or Mac based operating system for most of the day. Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx is a free Operating System which is based on the Debian Linux Distro operating system. However, Ubuntu is more easier to use then Debian, and Ubuntu is designed to make it easy for Linux newbies to use as their daily operating system.

So far, the experience have been great. I mainly use my computer for posting on forums, blogs, and websites. I also watch video and music on my PC when I am surfing the internet. When I use Ubuntu, I do not have to close system tray programs, start up programs, and other programs which are running in the background, so it runs faster like Windows. I can spend hours watching video, listening to music, and browsing the web without closing anything or noticing any slow downs.

Using Ubuntu Linux is also more quieter since there are no scheduled disk defrags, virus scans, caching apps, and maintenance programs which make my hard drive click, move back and forth and spin a lot like Windows.

I still use Windows for printing documents, and photos, video editing, and scanning stuff. I also use Windows to record shows on my hard drive with my USB TV Tuner since I find it more convenient to do these tasks in Windows.

It is great that Ubuntu makes it easy for a computer user to have the choice of running Ubuntu and Windows on the same computer drive, but on different partitions by using the GRUB bootloader to start your computer into Windows or Ubuntu by using the Arrow keys. It is also nice that it is extremely easy to use the Windows Ubuntu Installer to install Ubuntu on a Windows drive without the need for partitioning a hard drive and starting a computer from the Ubuntu LiveCD to install Ubuntu.

But, for the most part, Ubuntu Linux 10.04 have been great for what I usually do which is watching videos on YouTube, watching videos, listening to songs, playing flash games, blogging, foruming, making websites, photo editing with Gimp, and playing a few games.

I love the fast start up, application start time and shut down times for Ubuntu Linux 10.04 on my computer with a 1.8GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 320GB sata II hard drive Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS is great to be used as a multimedia computer listening to music and watching videos since it is fast and cost nothing to install and use unlike Windows or Mac.

 Using Ubuntu Linux is great because I can be using my web browser like Google Chrome, Firefox, or Opera, and not have it crash. Plus, Ubuntu Linux 10.04 does not require disk defrags, virus scans, and other backgrounds apps which slow down most operating systems.

I also don't have to use any System Monitor or Task Monitor Programs to End Tasks and Processes to stop a slow program or service which is slowing down my computer like Windows. This means I can be more productive by not constantly closing and opening programs like disk defrags, scan disks and other programs to speed up my computer. I now have more time to spend on checking e-mails, blogging on Blogger, surfing the internet, watching videos, listening to music, and doing other important tasks rather then running a disk defrag, scan disk, disk clean up, and virus scan like in Windows...

There is also no real need to stop start up applications in Ubuntu Linux since there are very few start up programs which slow down the computer during start up.

Ubuntu 10.04 also comes with the ability for me to automatically backup my important files by making a Ubuntu One account, so I do not need to use DropBox or other online storage accounts to back up my files to online storage accounts.

It is also to install new programs with the Ubuntu Software Center, and keep my programs and Ubuntu Linux up to date with the Ubuntu Update program. The Updates are also fast to install, and don't constantly nag you to restart your computer.

Software I recommend for Ubuntu Linux which you can search for and install on Ubuntu Software Center under the applications menu on the top toolbar are
  • Adobe Flash Player for playing back YouTube videos
  • Gimp for image editing
  • Chromium for Web browsing
  • Kompozer for making websites
  • FileZilla FTP client for uploading your website
  • SM player for playing videos and audio
  • VLC player for playing your video and audio files
  • Kdenlive for advance video editing
  • Openshot for basic video editing
  • Audacity for recording and editing sound files
  • Cheese for recording and taking pictures with a webcam.

It is also very easy to change the animations, windows' appearances, fonts, and desktop background within Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx have been a fast, stable, simple and very customizable free operating system which is great for older and newer computers.

Ubuntu Linux also saved me a few times when Windows failed to boot or login to the Windows 7 desktop, I could use Ubuntu Linux to copy my files on my broken Windows partition to my working Ubuntu Linux partition because Ubuntu can read and write Windows NTFS and FAT formatted drives and partitions.

July 29, 2011

Make your Tablet act like a PC or Laptop by buying a keyboard for it to type on!

A Tablet is great for using to read e-books, watching videos, playing games, and other activities, but it is not very good because it lacks a physical keyboard, and the onscreen touch screen keyboard can be hard to use, and slippery.

There are companies like Logitech Tablet Keyboard for Android 3.0+ (Keyboard-and-Stand Combo) which make USB or Bluetooth based keyboards for you to input text on your tablet with a keyboard similar to your laptop's or PC's  keyboard with all the letter, numbers, directional and other keys.

This will make typing long e-mails, documents, and doing office work on your Tablet a lot easier then using your fingers and the on screen keyboard since a keyboard is easiest to use to input text into your tablet PC because you can use both hands to type on the keyboard rather then peking each individual key on the onscreen keyboard on a tablet. Using both hands to type on a keyboard will increase your productivity since you can now type text twice as fast on your tablet with a keyboard.

Using a keyboard to type text on a tablet also reduces the number of fingerprints or scratches on the screen since you touch the screen less since you are no longer using the screen to type, so it reduces the chance of you scratching, and smudging the screen with your fingers. Your touch screen will last longer because you are using it less to type, so there is less wear and tear from regular use from typing on the on screen keyboard.

Plus, you can also move your tablet PC farther away if you prefer your tablet to be farther from you when you type. Having a keyboard also frees up your hands for typing and viewing videos since most tablet pc keyboards also come with a stand or a case for you to hold your tablet on to hold it while you watch a video.

July 26, 2011

Solid State Memory Drives Advantages

The benefits of Solid state memory drives like the Kingston SSDNow V100 64GB SATA II 3GB/s 2.5 Inch Solid State Drive are they uses less power, run faster in some cases, run cooler, can be more reliable, are quieter, and are smaller then mechanical drives. Solid State Drives uses technology which is similar to your USB Flash drive, SD memory card, and other flash based memory. However, SSD drives are a lot faster and more reliable since they uses the SATA II drive interface to connect to your computer.

Solid State drives are faster like 250MB/sec read and 145MB/sec write speeds for the Kingston SSD drive and will stay faster over time since you do not have to worry about data fragmentation when using a SSD drive. Plus, the hard drive does not have to spin up to access data like mechanical drives. Your computer start up time and program start up time will also be a lot faster compared to a mechanical hard drive.

The main reason solid state memory drives uses less power is that there are no moving parts like mechanical hard drive which have a motor to run the data discs and read and write head inside a drive.

Not having mechanical parts inside a solid state drive also have the benefits of using less power and making no noise while the solid state drive is on unlike a mechanical hard drive which has clicking and spinning sounds when the drive is on.

Some higer end and faster drive may require additional fans to cool mechanical hard drives. The cooling fans will also add additional noise to your PC.

While a solid state drive does not require extra cooling since they usually run pretty cool since there is not a lot of heat generated because it does not have mechanical parts. Solid State drive are also great for laptops, tablets, and low power usage computers since they use less power which means you do not have to charge your laptop as much, and you will use less power when your computer is on. This has the benefit of paying less for your computers electricity usage.

Solid State Drives are also smaller, so you do not have to worry as much as not having enough space inside your new computer to mount the drive to.

SSD drives are also lighter then 3.5" mechanical hard drives and 2.5" laptop mechanical hard drives since they
have fewer parts in them and uses chips rather then disc platters and mechanical motors to store, read and write date. Solid State Drive are more environmentally friendly because they can last longer, uses less material to make, can be reused in your future desktops, and laptops you buy, and use less electricity which is good for the environment.

Since solid state drive don't have any mechanical parts, so  it is better suited for places with a lot of vibrations, or if you are more likely to bump or drop your laptop. With a hard drive, if you drop it, you risk losing all your data if your hard drive read and write head crashes in to the data platters in your drive. With a Solid State Drive, there is no read or write head to crash, or motor to fail. You also do not have to worry about the Solid State Drive failing because of cracks or dents on the case like a metal mechanical hard drive which will break if even a particle of dust some hows enter inside the hard drive case.

The downside of a solid state drive is it cost more for the same amount of storage space compared to a mechanical hard drive, but solid state drive are less likely to fail because you drop your laptop or computer  on the ground, so you save money on data recovery since you won't need it since your SSD survived a drop on the ground. Data Recovery can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars if your drive head or motor has failed on a mechanical hard drive where you can't turn on or use your mechanical hard drive anymore. However, if you have a USB external hard drive, a secondary internal hared drive with lots of storage space like 500GB or more, or don't have a lot of files, the space limitations of a SSD would not be very noticeable for someone who mainly use their computer for web browsing, playing a few games, listening to music, and watching a few HD movies on a SSD.

A Solid State Drive could extend the life of your computer since it produce less heat, have no moving parts, and uses less power, so your power supply does not have to work as hard to power your SSD drive, and SSD have no moving parts, so your data should be safe even after a fall from a few feet unlike a hard drive which can fail if it falls from a few feet off the ground.

Solid State Drive offer the speed, reliability, quietness, and power savings for saving your data.

July 16, 2011

Warning signs and prevention- How to avoid getting stuck with a computer crash (Guest Post)

If you’re one of those lucky souls who’s personally experienced a computer crash, and had one of those “counseling sessions” with your computer repairs people, you’ll understand how important it is to recognize a computer with problems. You’ll also know that there were a lot of things you wish you’d known long before the crash, so you could have been better prepared.

July 12, 2011

Tablet PC, The perfect Companion this summer.

A Tablet PC can be a great companion computer for you to use this summer since it is inexpensive, small, and cute unlike a bulky heavy laptops which are big, expensive, and less attractive.
For example, the ViewSonic gTablet with 10" Multi-Touch LCD Screen, Android OS 2.2 can be a great book sized computer for you to use to watch videos on long car/bus rides, or at a restaurant with Wifi. You can also install and put Apps, E-books, music, video, and other files on it when you do not have internet access by WiFi which is a lot cheaper or free to access the internet at most libraries, and coffee shops then using your Smartphone mobile phone service which sometimes just give you 1000MB of data transfer for month for 20 dollars or more a month.

The good thing about a tablet is it won't overheat as easily since you mostly be holding it on your hand unlike a laptop which can overheat if you rest it on a bed, your lap, or any other soft surface.

Tablet computers can also be good for people with chubby fingers, or poor eyesight which makes it hard for them to read the songs on an iPod or smaller MP3 player, but with an Tablet PC the Text is bigger, and the on screen keyboards buttons, are easy to push with your finger tips because of the bigger screen. Tablet PCs also look a lot nicer then portable DVD players, and TVs, and can playback more types of video, audio, document, games, and other files. You can also use Tablet computers to video chat with people via skype and record video, and take pictures if the tablet computer also have a webcam/digital camera. If you like, you can buy a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and mouse for your tablet to be used as a laptop/netbook when you need to type a lot of text.

Most Tablet computers also have built-in speakers for you to play back sound, so there is no need to buy external speakers, or headphones to listen to sound or music. You can also use headphones or plug in external portable speakers to plug into the built-in headphone jack on tablet computers if you prefer using headphones, or louder music by plugging your tablet into louder speakers then the built-in speaker.

Tablets also start up faster like Cell phones and smart phones which usually start up in seconds rather then minutes like Laptops and Desktop computers. The reason for tablets being able to start up in seconds is because the operating system, and hard ware are optimize to start up quickly and there are no or very few startup processes which slow down the boot time like Windows. Your tablet also won't slow down due to overheating or being messed up after time like Windows computer when it is heavily infected by virus, spyware, and malware. You also do not have to worry as much about getting a virus from browsing the internet when using a Android based tablet.Plus, you do not have to carry around a mouse to use a tablet since the screen is the mouse/touch pad and keyboard, so you do not have to worry about forgetting your mouse if you are not use to using the touch pad on a laptop. Tablets also use solid state flash memory like a USB Flash drive or a SD Card which is less likely to fail then a laptops hard drive which is mechanical. SSD Solid state memory is also faster then regular mechanical hard drives when it comes to opening files and copying files. Some Tablets let you use SD Cards, and MicroSD cards to expand the amount of storage space your tablet have which is a lot easier then replacing a laptops hard drive with a bigger hard drive by opening up the laptop and replacing the old laptop drive with a higher capacity laptop hard drive. Tablet computers are cheaper and easier to maintain since they have no fans or cooling systems to maintain, don't require system utility software like disk defrag software, antivirus subscriptions, as many operating system and software updates as a desktop or laptop computer. Unless you are using a Windows 7 Tablet which requires an Anti-virus, and all those other system utility software for Windows. The Blackberry Playbook, Google Android, Linux, and non-Windows based tablet computers are the way to go if you want a tablet which is fast, and does not require an anti-virus, system utility software, etc while in use.

Tablets also use power more efficiently then laptops since Tablets do not have any mechanical parts like cooling fans, CD-ROM drives, mechanical hard drives which uses more power then flash/solid state storage drives like SD cards. More of the Tablet's battery power will be used for powering the screen, speakers, and other parts require for tablets to display video and playback sound. You also do not have to run disk defrags, virus scans, and system utility software like a desktop or laptop base computer which need to use them. System Utility software, and scanner software will use up more power when in use. By using a Tablet, you'll use less electricity to fully charge a laptop, and more of the tablet battery's power will be used for running applications, the screen, speakers, and internal parts rather being wasted on running the cooling fans, mechanical drives, and system utility software. This mean you'll save money on electricity charging your tablet then charging a laptop computer which requires a lot more power to run while a tablet requires less power to run, so you'll save a lot more money on electricity if you mainly use your tablet for going online and watching videos instead of using a power hungry PC and laptop.

Tablet PC's are also light, so your back won't hurt from carrying it around town unlike some heavy desktop replacement laptops. You also do not have to carry around CDs, USB flash drives, or any other external drives to access your data since Tablet computers also have a fair amount of built-in storage to carry your files on. A Tablet can also access data which you have stored in your e-mail, online storage, and social network accounts when connected to a Wi-Fi Wireless internet hotspot which are found in a lot of places like the library, schools, restaurants, and coffee shop.

The problem with using a laptop or desktop in some cases, is that I have to hunch over, adjust my computer chair or position my body weirdly to be able to view the screen comfortably with my eyes. However, using a tablet does not have this problem because I can hold it with my hand or buy a adjustable stand for it to view it comfortably rather then slouching or hunching over to use a laptop which can lead to shoulder or back pains in my experience. Holding a tablet is like a book, you can hold it farther or closer to your face without slouching, or you can just set the font bigger to read it easier like a E-book reader.

You can also use a Tablet PC while standing or walking on a treadmill which is hard to do with a laptop because of the size, weight and keyboard. Standing or walking on a treadmill have the benefits of being better for your health then sitting on a chair because you are more active.

The thing I dislike most about laptops and desktops is they tend to require a cooling pad with a fan or installing a more powerful fan for cooling it or it overheats which can lead to increase noise.

A Tablet Computer can be used all year round like in the winter when the power goes out because of a storm, or in the fall when you need a E-book reader, calculator app, e-mail app, etc for school or work. They make a great gift for people who needs the functionality of a computer, but don't have a lot of space. They can also be used to display a map, or be used as a GPS system if your tablet has a GPS. Some Tablets also let you easily connect your HD Television to it with a HDMI cable.

Tablets are great when you need to view your videos, websites, docs, and games and other media in seconds vs waiting minutes like a computers or laptop.

A Tablet PC offer most of the features and convenience of a smartphone, or even more features, but a tablet has a bigger screen, more powerful CPU, more RAM, better battery life, cooler apps and greater storage space. It almost can be a replacement for your laptop computer for doing simple tasks like web browsing, typing out short documents (unless you also buy a keyboard for your tablet then you can use it like a laptop except a tablet is lighter and starts up faster then a laptop), taking pictures and video, and playing casual games when you are on the go, but don't want to carry around a heavier and more expensive laptop.

May 14, 2011

Ways you can improve Windows 7 by not installing any new software or Hardware

Windows 7 can sometimes get slow, and installing software or hardware to make it faster can be a hassle, and kind of expensive if you do not have money to spend on software and hardware. Some of the free software which claims to make Windows 7 faster sometimes can make Windows 7 slower, or broken if it deletes something needed for Windows to run.
Windows 7 comes pre-bundled with software like Msconfig, Windows Update, and Advance System Settings for you to optimize Windows 7 for performance by disabling startup programs, and themes which can make your PC slow.

You can use Msconfig which is Windows built-in startup manager for disabling and enabling startup programs and services which can make Windows start-up and run faster.

May 5, 2011

"What you see is what you get" WYSIWYG website editors save time in making website.

 Dreamweaver, Frontpage, and Expressions are all popular "What you see is what you get" WYSIWYG website editors which you can use to quickly make a website by raging and dropping pictures, and text into the website builder program.

By using a WYSIWYG website editor you can save a lot of time since you do not have to know HTML tags and CSS to make and edit a website. There are also a lot of books on using Dreamweaver.

April 7, 2011

Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows lets you play games on your Windows PC with a Xbox 360 controller

Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows lets you use a Xbox 360 controller to play your Windows PC Computer games instead of a keyboard or mouse.

Since the Xbox 360 controller is wireless, you can sit 30 feet away from your PC to play games on your PC.

April 6, 2011

Using a USB Playstation controller adapter to connect your Playstation, PS2 controller, or dance mat to yout PC computer

PS PS2 USB Dual Controller to PC Adapter Converter Works with Playstation One, PSX and Playstation 2 controllers, guns, and dance pads. This adapter will let you play PC games with your PS2 controller or PS2 DDR dance pads. It also supports two players, so you can play multi-player games on your PC with one PS PS2 USB Dual Controller to PC Adapter Converter and two PlayStation 2 Dualshock Controller .

This USB to Playstation Controller can use all buttons, joystick, and directional buttons on the Playstation controller.

The Playstation Controller is a great choice for a PC game controller because it is light, simple, and comfortable to use as a controller for playing games.

March 24, 2011

Xbox 360 RCA Yellow, Red, White Video and Audio Cable Review

Xbox 360 RCA Video and Stereo AV Cable which came with my Xbox 360 Arcade work great at providing a standard definition picture signal and analog sound signal to my old Sony tube TV. The video quality is not fuzzy, or shaky, and pretty clear for a standard definition video signal on older TV.

March 17, 2011

Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless White controller Review

I have been using the Xbox 360 Wireless White Controller for over a year, and it is one of my favorite controllers I ever used for a game console which still works great after a year.

The Microsoft Xbox 360 controller is comfortable, easy to use, durable, has great battery life, and stylish

Transcend 2 GB SD Flash Memory Card Review

I have been using a Transcend 2 GB SD Flash Memory Card  for a few days now on my hand held digital camcorder and camera, and it works great. It transfer files to my computer at a decent speed for a budget price SD card.

I have not experience any problems with this memory card working in my digital camcorder. It stores my video files reliably for transferring to my computer via my PC memory card reader, or my camcorders USB connector with my SD card in it.

March 16, 2011

Kodak ZI8 Black Handheld Digital Camcorder Review

I have been using the Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera (Black) for a few days, and it had been great and very easy to use. The Kodak ZI8 can record in 480P, 720P, 1080P resolutions. 480P is good for YouTube and online video sites while 720P and 1080P is great for viewing on HDTV like plasma and LCD TVs.

The ZI8 is very easy to use all I have to do is turn it on, and press the red record button to record video. I like how easy it is to change the quality settings for recording video after turning it on. The Kodak ZI8 also have image stabilization, and face detection for taking photos and video. It can also take 5 Megapixels pictures.

Here is a sample video I recorded with my Kodak ZI8 video camera which I recorded in 480P for YouTube.

March 15, 2011

Xbox 360 elite 250GB hard drive review

I recently got a Xbox 360 Hard Drive 250GB for my non-slim version of my Xbox 360 Arcade which only came with 256 MBs of built-in memory/storage for game saves. 256MB is enough for a few game saves, but it is not enough space for downloadable games, demos, videos, songs, or for installing games on the Xbox 360 for faster game loading times.

 I like how the Xbox 360 250GB hard drive also has a  very sleek and slim design with metal strips on the side and top of it which look very nice.

March 14, 2011

Using A KVM (Keyboard video mouse) Switcher to use one keyboard to control 2 or more computers.

Do you have two or more computer, but not enough space for the extra monitor, mouse, keyboard,  microphone, and speakers? But, you only need to use one computer at a time?

A KVM switch like TRENDnet 2-Port USB KVM Switch Kit with Audio (Includes 2x KVM Cables) TK-209K (Blue) can solve your  problem. A KVM switch basically lets you use one keyboard, mouse, monitor, microphone and speaker system to switch between two computers by pressing a button for which computer you want to use.

February 24, 2011

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe nice comment Contest

Rules are simple for my contest. All you have to do is to reply with a nice comment on

If I randomly pick your comment you will win a copy of WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe which you can use on your computer for converting video files from one video format to another format like WMV to AVI, etc.

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is an easy to use, fast, and reliable video file converter for Windows. It is valued at 49.95.

Please visit, to add a comment on my video for a chance to win.

The comment can be about the software, video, or whatever.