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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Give Your Old Tablet A New Lease On Life

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home Talk" @ 11:23 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5925049/new-u...your-old-tablet

"Tablets of both the Android and iPad variety have been lauded for their portability and greatness as often as they've been berated for their uselessness. Regardless, lots of people have them, and lots of people upgrade. We've talked before about using your iPad as a creative tool, but what about the rest of us? If you don't want to sell that tablet you might as well find a creative use for it."

The life cycle of tech is getting shorter and shorter. Us enthusiasts are trading what we have for the newest and greatest almost on an annual basis if not sooner. Take tablets for an example. I'm willing to bet most of us have already upgraded once. So, what do you do with your old tablet once you've gotten the new one?

LifeHacker has compiled a list of ways to give your tablet a new lease on life. Some of the more intriguing uses include dedicated e-reader or magazine reader, portable media center and home automation remote. LifeHacker's list is by no means exhaustive so do you have any good tips on re-purposing an old tablet?


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What To Use For Your Home Theater PC

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home News" @ 09:38 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5879191/what-...-something-else

"The problem is, no one solution is "best"-it all depends on what you plan to use it for, how much you're willing to spend, and how much you're willing to tinker with it."

One of the challenges in building a home theater PC is where to start? Do you convert an unused PC, get a net-top PC, Boxee Box, Apple TV or build your own? This is an important consideration as it will dictate where your build goes and the amount of work. All have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Luckily LifeHacker has put together the pros and cons of each of the options and done some basic ground ground work so you won't have to go in blind.

Of the options listed in the LifeHacker article, they seemed to prefer either jail breaking an Apple TV or doing a custom build. What do you prefer when it comes to HTPC?

Tags: htpc, lifehacker

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Upgrade Your Old Tech And More Without Paying A Lot

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home News" @ 09:56 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5826174/top-1...ing-extra-money

"The life of a tech junkie is expensive, but you don't always need to spend tons of money to get tons of features. Here are some of our favorite ways to add extra features to your tech without paying an arm and a leg."

LifeHacker has compiled a list of ways to re-purpose or upgrade your old equipment in order to eek out a little more serviceable life. It ranges from simple things such as modifying a simple pen cartridge to installing new firmware/software into a point and shoot camera. If you have old tech and feel bad about having it sit in a drawer collecting dust, take a look at the videos. Maybe you can bring some of them back to life.


Friday, July 22, 2011

How To: Make Your Old Computer Useful Again With FreeNAS

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:05 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5822590/turn-...ne-with-freenas

"Here, we'll show you how to set up FreeNAS on the computer of your choice, connect it to your other computers as if it were directly attached to them, and show you a few simple examples of how you could use it for backup, iTunes music streaming, or video streaming to a home theater PC."

If you are someone who likes to keep up to date with the newest and greatest hardware, you most likely have an old computer sitting somewhere gathering dust. It's not old enough to just throw away but not quite new enough to satisfy your computing needs. So, what should you do with the old box? Why not install FreeNAS and turn it into a networked backup, streaming, or torrenting machine? Lifehacker has a great how to documenting the procedures of transforming your old machine into a networked NAS system. Click the read link to get all the details and report back on your experiences.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Making Use Of The Cloud: Lifehackers Top 10 Clever Uses

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Talk" @ 06:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5734265/top-1...s-for-the-cloud

"The "cloud" is where we've been sharing our lives and storing our files for awhile now, but with so many cloud services there's much more you can do that may not have crossed your mind. Here are our top ten ideas."

The cloud has become a big buzzword over the last year or so. You may or may not understand what it means but you probably do use it in some form or other if you use applications such as Dropbox. Lifehacker has a list of 10 uses of the cloud you might find useful, some of which you might already be doing.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Lifehackers Alternative Guide to Airplay

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Talk" @ 02:00 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5700741/the-a...ming-your-media

"AirPlay is Apple's great new media-streaming technology, but unless you've purchased a handful of Apple devices, you're not welcome to the party. Here are the best alternatives to AirPlay that offer even more options for streaming your media."

Airplay is an upgrade for Apple's Airtunes which allows Apple devices such as the iPad or iPod to stream content to an Apple TV box for display on your TV. It has a number of limitations such as which media files it will stream, and also which devices can stream and to where. What if you don't have an Apple TV box? Not to worry, Lifehacker has an article listing a number of alternative options for you, both hardware and software.


Friday, January 16, 2009

Lifehacker Picks The Best DVR Software

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5128408/six-b...vr-applications

"Earlier this week we asked you to share you favorite DVR applications, and now we're back with the six most popular answers. This week's Hive Five Call for Contenders was one of our tightest races yet, which is why we're featuring six popular DVR apps instead of the standard five."

Lifehacker's most recent Hive Five asked their readers what their favourite DVR applications where and the results are in! Their six choices will not surprise anyone who has looked into setting up their own media center, however, only one hardware solution made the list. I am a Windows Media Center person, but I've used all the choices they have listed at some point or another and they are all solid choices. It should be noted that two of the choices are also free, meaning all that is required to set up your existing computer as a DVR is a capture card. Is anyone out there looking to set up a home media center?


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