I Did Not Know I Could Do That - Nifty Software Tools

Written by David D. Deprice

Sticky Notes


With StickyNote 9.0, you can create beautiful 3D notes on your desktop or send them instantly overrepparttar Internet. StickyNote also enables you to adhere notes to documents or windows AND to attach documents to your note. StickyNote eliminatesrepparttar 148978 clutter and confusion of keeping up withrepparttar 148979 reminders and phone numbers that never seem to be where you left them. Forget jotting down messages and let StickyNote deliver them for you. You can even customize a note's texture, color and priority with a few simple clicks, and you can set an alarm to have notes appear at a certain time or at regular intervals.

Cute Reminder


Withrepparttar 148980 help of Cute Reminder software you can easily create desktop sticky notes and make reminders for an appointment, birthday, phone call, bill payment, meeting, oil change, TV show and other events or tasks. Take a pill reminder, break reminder, gift reminder, etc., and you will never miss anything important. The program automatically tracksrepparttar 148981 history of related events and storesrepparttar 148982 information into archive. Individually colored skins, support for audio files in various formats, schedule, linking files and Web pages to reminders and printing. The user-friendly interface provides comfort at your workplace whether atrepparttar 148983 office or at home.

How to Shop for Satellite TV Receivers and Dishes

Written by Sarah Gustafson

Let’s face it, Internet readers, most of us are guys. And as red-blooded American guys, we all have men’s desires, men’s needs. Don’t play coy. You know what I’m talking about. We want it faster, more creative, more imaginative, and not to put too fine a point on it, slimmer. We know we’ll have to pay for it eventually—we always do—but we’d rather not breakrepparttar bank just for a little nighttime fun. There’s a wide variety out there to choose from, so point us inrepparttar 148723 right direction and we’ll happily engage inrepparttar 148724 hunt. But why do they make us work so hard to get it? Sure, we’re tech-savvy geeks, even nerds, but does that mean everything has to be some huge intellectual puzzle? Is there a way to make these people give uprepparttar 148725 goods with a bare minimum of confusion? I’m talking, of course, about home consumer electronics, specifically satellite television systems.

Look, I’m sorry if I led you on, but I hope I’ve provided a more interesting introduction torepparttar 148726 world of home satellite equipment than most industry vendors have. Take a look, for example—if you dare—at RapidSatellite.com, a one-stop Internet shopping point for satellite TV. A recent search turned uprepparttar 148727 following entries:

DIRECTV DVR80 3-Room 70 Hour DIRECTV DVR Satellite TV System w/ TiVo (1) DVR80 (2) D10 with Standard Dish, Multi-Switch & Standard Installation

DIRECTV DVR80 3-Room 70 Hour DIRECTV DVR Satellite TV System w/ TiVo (1) DVR80 (2) D10 with Triple LNB Dish & Standard Installation

DIRECTV 3-Room 70 Hour DIRECTV DVR System w/ TiVo (2) TiVo Receivers (1) Hughes Director Receiver with Standard Dish, Multi-Switch & Standard Installation

DIRECTV 3-Room System (1) HR10-250 200 Hour (STD) 35 Hour (HDTV) DIRECTV High Definition DVR w/ TiVo (2) DIRECTV Receiver System with Triple LNB Dish & Standard Installation

A little help here? Those ads are about as welcoming as a brick wall, and they present us with more acronyms thanrepparttar 148728 U.S. military. For pure reading pleasure, they rank somewhere between Finnegans Wake andrepparttar 148729 book of Leviticus. Am I buying satellite TV service, or naming robots for science fantasy sequels?

Relax, Luke Skywalker. Scanning through orbital space may not be like dusting crops, but we’ll work our way through this thing together. Let’s start withrepparttar 148730 first ad.

DIRECTV DVR80 3-Room 70 Hour DIRECTV DVR Satellite TV System w/ TiVo (1) DVR80 (2) D10 with Standard Dish, Multi-Switch & Standard Installation

Okay, first things first. DirecTV is a national satellite TV subscription service owned by Hughes Electronics and, in large part, Fox Entertainment. In order to watch DirecTV programming, one must first by a dish to collectrepparttar 148731 signals beamed to Earth byrepparttar 148732 satellite. Then one must buy a set-top box to decode those signals. Lastly, one must have a TV of some kind to displayrepparttar 148733 imagery represented by those signals. The first ad is trying to sell us a hardware package that’ll allow us to watch DirecTV, but it adds a few nifty bells and whistles. For example, this package includes another device called a DVR80. And what exactly is that? It looks like a license plate.

Good guess! No, a DVR80 is a brand of receiver manufactured and sold by RCA. To be more precise, it receives DirecTV signals as well as TiVo interactions. TiVo is a kind of DVR, or Digital Video Recorder, manufactured byrepparttar 148734 TiVo company. A Digital Video Recorder does exactly what it claims to do: It records video, not on tape as a VHS video recorder would, but as digital data in a dedicated hard drive. The DVR80 is capable of recording up to seventy hours of digital material, just as promised obliquely inrepparttar 148735 ad. Whatrepparttar 148736 ad doesn’t make clear is thatrepparttar 148737 amount of materialrepparttar 148738 hard drive can store depends on how detailedrepparttar 148739 information is. Just as a VHS tape can hold anywhere from two to six hours of material, depending onrepparttar 148740 image quality, so do DVR image recordings suffer when recorded atrepparttar 148741 seventy-hour setting. The DVR80 has Dolby Digital sound capability and comes with a universal infrared remote control. When sold separately, it retails for anywhere between $100 and $150.

The comparison to VHS tends to minimize what TiVo can do. The hardware and allows for instant replays of live TV, plusrepparttar 148742 ability to skip through commercials while a program is airing. The Season Pass feature tracksrepparttar 148743 user’s favorite shows, even if they change network time slots, and records them each week automatically. It’s even capable of predicting which unfamiliar showsrepparttar 148744 user might like, based on his or her previous recordings. Simply put, TiVo is neato.

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