The Options in Digital Video Recording

We were sitting around one weekend evening watching America’s Funniest Home Videos, a program that we consider a family program. The raciest part of that show might be the accidental hit to a father’s groin by a wayward baseball. The show was on at 7 p.m., a time when I imagine most kids are still awake; at least mine are. Maybe you can see where this is going. The host was about to announce the $10,000 winner when the program went to commercial. The screen went blank of a 100th of a second and then was immediately blasted with scary … Continue reading

Capturing Precious Moments of Your Newborn

Newborn babies are precious. They are small, lovable bundles of joy. However, they do not stay small for very long though. Babies grow quickly and their looks change a good bit during the first few months of life. That’s why it is especially important that you capture those precious baby moments when you can. Grab your camera and your camcorder. You will want to use both if you have them available. Video clips of your baby will capture more, but photos are important as well. I’ve always heard that a picture speaks 1,000 words and I believe that. You may … Continue reading

Why You Should Take a Dog with You When You Die

Recently Wayne was goofing around with our DVR again and decided to put it to use recording old Twilight Zone shows. Before he leaves for work most mornings, we sit in front of the TV and eat breakfast together. Sometimes we watch the news, but since that’s been too depressing lately we’ve been relying on whatever DVR recordings are in the queue for our morning entertainment. That’s how we came to find ourselves watching one of the Twilight Zone reruns Monday morning. No Dogs Allowed in Heaven It was called “The Hunt.” It’s about an old man and his dog … Continue reading

Oprah’s “Why Men Cheat” Controversy

Last week Oprah did a show called “How to Affair-Proof Your Marriage: Why Men Cheat Part 2.” I don’t know if she had the “Part 2” planned or not. From the previews it kind of sounded like they did it in response to all of the responses Part 1 generated. It was the previews that caught my attention. Since I wasn’t going to be able to watch the show when it aired, I recorded it. Saturday while Wayne and I were hanging out to nurse Murph, he was flipping through our recorded programs on the DVR and saw the Oprah … Continue reading

Do You Use All of Your Camera’s Features?

I would venture to guess that most hobby photographers have no clue how to use half the features offered by their digital cameras. Most snap happy parents simply want to point, shoot and capture frameworthy (or at the very least, printable) shots of their loved ones. If that’s the case (and you rarely stray from using your camera’s AUTO mode) then you might not be interested in purchasing the Canon PowerShot G9. I am partial to Canon cameras and this Mother’s Day I was gifted with a Canon Powershot camera (not the G9, but another one that I plan to … Continue reading

HDTV Settings and Room Lighting

With the new high definition television (HDTV) sets, you can get amazing picture quality! You will feel as though you are in the movie theater at home or perhaps even in the middle of the movie itself, and the picture quality gets closer and closer to reality. Unfortunately, you can also get eye strain, garish colors and more if your setting and room lighting aren’t correct. In fact, I would bet that most HDTV users haven’t considered some of the basic things that should be done before watching your HDTV. Let’s first take a look at lighting. Most people turn … Continue reading

Computing Review: March 24th Through March 30th

How is your home theater set up these days? We are introducing a new category here in the Computing Blog. In it, we will have articles that are all about home theater, from high definition technology to how to guides. Also, be sure to check the televisions category as well for now. Meanwhile, take a look at last week’s articles. This is the Computing Blog week in review for March 24th through March 30th. March 24th Computing Week in Review: March 17th Through March 23rd Did you know that you might be able to return your outdated HD DVD for … Continue reading