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Tweak Your Ceiling Fan

Wired - Fri, 12/10/2010 - 20:02

Summary: /* Flip the switch */

[[Image:Ceiling fan.jpeg|thumb|300px|left|Photo by Michael Calore/Wired]]
When was the last time you paid any attention to the humble ceiling fan, spinning all lonely-like above your head? Stop giving it the runaround and show it some love.

Here's our guide to calibrating, hacking and improving your ceiling fan.

''This collection of tips and hacks is part of '''a wiki anyone can edit.''' If you have advice to add about putting a new spin on your ceiling fan, log in and contribute.''

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===Flip the switch===

Ceiling fans don't cool or warm a room, but they can circulate the air such that it feels warmer and cooler to you.

The trick is make sure your fan is spinning the correct way:

In the winter, that means the fan blades bring the warm air down from the ceiling, to circulate heat around the room. Since in the the winter you do not want to feel a draft, much less one on your neck, you turn the fan so it draws air upwards. In the summer, you want a breeze so the fan turns to blow the air down, creating a breeze you can feel and the sensation of "windchill" reducing the apparent temperature of the air.

Note, this might seem counter intuitive, that you are blowing warm air down at people in the summer, but the heat transfer from moving air, i.e., a breeze from a direct flow, is greater than the decrease in heat transfer caused by a few degree difference in temperature (as would be in a room with properly circulating air). See CeilingFan.org [http://www.ceilingfan.org/ceiling-fan-direction/] for a nice explanation. (or for additional confirmation, ceiling fan manufacturers, e.g.: [http://www.casablancafanco.com/Support/FAQs/#a7])

Turn on your fan and note which way it's spinning. If necessary, flip the switch which should be on the main fan drum near the pull chain.

===Fix a wobbly fan===

Wobbles are worse than annoying. They will actually wear down the motor bearings and bushings, leading to nights filled with dreadful squeaking and whining.

The first trick to balancing a ceiling fan is mark each blade with a bit of tape. For added visual help when the blade is spinning, put a bit of florescent paint on each piece of tape, one color per blade. The paint will make it much easier to keep track of the blades when they're spinning.

Now go around each blade and tighten all the mounting screws to make sure everything is firmly in place.

The next step is to stop the fan and use a ruler or yard stick to measure the distance between the ceiling and the leading edge of each blade. This will tell you which of the blades -- if any -- is out of alignment.

If the edge of a blade is clearly out of whack (step up to eye level to check) you can try gently bending the blade's mounting bracket up or down. If that works then you're home free, if not, read on.


===Balance it===

If the wobble is too severe for you to correct by bending the blade brackets, or if you just don't trust yourself to bend it properly, you can add weights to the blades to correct a wobble.

You'll need a binder clip and some small magnets or weights (U.S. quarters works well).

Clamp one of the small weights to the blade using the binder clip. Start by placing it in the center of the blade that's farthest out of alignment and turn the fan on to the speed to produces the most wobble. You may have to move the clip from blade to blade until you find the best position to correct the problem. Once you've found the most promising blade to work with, begin to slide the weighted clip in and out along the length of the blade until the wobbling stops.

Once you have found the perfect spot for the clip, apply some very strong adhesive to the weight on the back of the blade where the clip is located. Remove the clip, and your fan should be working properly.

If this isn't working, or if you're not confident that your adhesive is strong enough to hold the weight on, head to your local hardware store and pick up a balancing kit. The kits are cheap and consist of a set of self-adhesive weights and a weighted clip.

===Light it up===

The fan works fine, but it's pretty boring to look at. Some inventive hackers have taken to installing POV systems on their fans. These consist of a strip, or several strips, of multi-colored LEDs arranged along the fan blades. When the fan spins, the LEDs flash at a rate that produces an image. A POV system can be used to draw groovy patterns and shapes, or to display text.

You can get Adafruit's popular [http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=6&zenid=0618fd2e29f7f72634d5d8419a1918c8 SpokePOV] ($38 to $100), which is made for bicycle wheels, and modify it to light up your ceiling fan.

Also, [http://www.instructables.com/ Instructables] user UncleBone has created [http://www.instructables.com/id/Ceiling-Fan-LED-Display/ his own ceiling fan POV]. Check out his step-by-step instructions for further ideas.

Here's a video:

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===Overclock it===

''Got any advice to share about turning your ceiling fan into a wind-ripping turbine? Please log in and add it here.''


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DVD Copy for Mac Freeware, Backup encrypted DVD movies to Mac OS free

Wired - Fri, 12/10/2010 - 05:56

Summary: DVDsmith Movie Backup software for Mac is a smart but easy-to-use dvd copying freeware for Mac users, which can backup dvd movies to Mac OS free with no copy protection.

[http://www.any-dvd-cloner.com/dvdsmith-movie-backup.html DVDSmith Movie Backup for Mac] is a '''free DVD Decrypter''' and D'''VD copying software for''' Mac to copy entire DVD movie to hard drive, and removes all the DVD copy protections (CSS, RC, RCE, APS, UOPs and Sony ARccOS) while copying. With this DVD Backup Freeware, With DVD Smith Movie Backup for Mac, you can copy DVD movie with 1:1 ratio with the same quality of source DVD. You can play your copied DVD on your Mac with any free player, such as VLC player. This backup solution avoids the inevitable risk of getting your originals of your DVD movie discs scratched or damaged. You get disc protection with no loss of playback quality.

To [http://www.any-dvd-cloner.com/dvd-copy-mac-freeware.html backup protected and unprotected DVD disc to your Mac OS free], you can follow below steps to copy DVD to ISO or copy DVD to DVD folder on Mac

'''Step 1.''' Run DVDsmith Movie Backup for Mac and Inserting DVD disc

Insert the DVD disc you want to backup in the DVD-ROM of your Mac, and then you should wait a second for Mac reading the data of the disc.

'''Step 2.''' Choosing backup mode
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'''Note: There are two backup modes for you to choose.'''

'''Full Disc:''' backup all DVD content, including main movie, bonus features and any other clips

'''Main Movie:''' backup only main movie of DVD

'''Step 3.''' Selecting input device, output folder, and copy method

Input device: Select correct DVD device from Input Device dropdown menu.

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Output Folder: Choose a place that has enough space to store output file.
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Copy Method: There are two copy methods for you to choose:
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'''Normal (for Unencrypted and CSS Encrypted DVD):''' when Normal copy method is used, the program will focus on scanning the main movie title in a DVD. If there is bad cell in the main movie title, a prompt window will come up asking you to choose Enhanced copy method.

'''Enhanced (for Encrypted and CSS Encrypted DVD):''' when Enhanced copy method is used, the program will try to read out as much titles as it can be detected in a DVD, and it will then copy all detected titles. Particularly, the program is able to identify the main movie during the scanning process, and skip all bad cells during copying process.

It's recommended to use the Enhanced Copy Method to backup the most recent DVD movies like '''Toy Story 3,Twilight Saga: Elipse''' etc. especially for Disney DVD movies.

'''Step 4.''' Starting backup, When setting finished, click Start Backup button to make copies of encrypted DVD disc on your Mac
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After analyzing DVD files, the program will start backup; you can Click Stop Backup button to stop copying.
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Wait for a while, the backup DVD folder of a DVD disc will be created successfully on your Mac. Click OK button when backup finished.

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How to transmit/stream movies, music and photos from Droid X to Home Theater via DLNA

Wired - Fri, 12/10/2010 - 01:18

Summary: New page: The article will present the best solution to transmit/stream movies, music and photos from Droid X to Home Theater via DLNA for playback with wide screen. Before streaming movies and mu...

The article will present the best solution to transmit/stream movies, music and photos from Droid X to Home Theater via DLNA for playback with wide screen.

Before streaming movies and music from Droid X to DLNA Home Theater, you should put videos on Droid X. Just follow the article and you will get what you want.

'''Part 1: Put movies and music on Motorola Droid X.'''

As you know, Motorola Droid X can only support limited video/audio formats, like H.264, H.263, MPEG-4. If you want to transmit or stream Droid X videos to Home Theater devices (HDTV, PS3, Xbox/Xbox 360, etc), the first thing you need to do is to convert videos to Droid X supported formats. A professional '''Droid X Video Converter''' [[http://www.foxreal.com/video-converter/]] will be your best choice supporting converting TiVo, WMV, AVI, MKV, TS, TP, M2TS and other Droid X unsupported videos to H.264 MP4 for Droid X.

Step-by-step guide as below:
Step 1: Load videos/movies to the best video to Droid X converter.

Run Foxreal Video Converter as the best Droid X video converter and click Foxreal Video Converter ADD to add video files into it, including TiVo, WMV, TP, TS, M2TS, AVI, MKV and more.

Step 2: Select Droid X video format.
In the Format option to choose Android - > Motorola Droid (X) H.264 Video (*.mp4) for Droid X. You can also click Settings to adjust video/audio parameters to get the best Motorola Droid X video format Video H.264 (*.mp4) at 1500 bitrate and 23.97 frame rate with 854*480 resolution.

Step 3: Convert video to H.264 MP4 for Droid X.
Click Foxreal Video Converter Convert to start converting TiVo/MKV/AVI/WMV/M2TS/TP/TS, etc to Droid X. Do not worry. The video to Droid X conversion will be completed at up to 5x faster speed based on the latest NVIDIA CUDA technology. Even batch Droid X video conversion is supported.

Step 4: Transfer videos to Droid X.
Connect Droid X to your computer via USB (Please first ensure the 32GB micro-SD card is inserted). Then transfer and sync the converted videos/movies to Droid X under the DCIM - > Camera folder. You can know the detailed guide on how to transfer or copy videos to Droid X here.

'''Part 2: Transmit/Stream videos to Home Theater via DLNA.'''
Before streaming movies/music to your DLNA Home Theater, please make sure that the Droid X is connected to an active Wi-Fi network and has access to the Home Theater support DLNA.

Step 1: Turn on the Home Theater and Droid X, and touch Launcher icon - > DLNA on the Droid X. (If a message reminding to turn on Wi-Fi connection pops up, just touch Yes and go to the settings menu to turn on Wi-Fi.)

Step 2: Touch Share media under the DLNA screen and choose the media file (Music, Picture or Video) you want to play on the My shared media screen. (Just follow the instructions you see on the Droid X.) Then touch OK.

Step 3: Within a short time, you can view a green DLNA logo in the status bar when your handset is transmitting successfully.
Step 4: Check your Home Theater devices for Droid X and the folder files you wish to share with the Home Theater.

It is easy, isnt it? Now, you could easily '''play Droid X videos on Home Theater through DLNA''' [[http://www.foxreal.com/stream-transmit-droid-x-videos-and-movies-to-home-theater-via-dlna/]] . Hopefully the article will be of help for you to play around your Droid X phone with ease.

You can go to the '''Motorola Droid X''' [[http://www.foxreal.com/droidx/]] column for more useful tips or tricks here.


Siphon

Wired - Thu, 12/09/2010 - 22:50

Summary:

[[Image:Siphon1.jpg|thumb|250px|left|Homebrewed beer being siphoned into a carboy bottle. Photo by Sean Mason/[http://www.flickr.com/photos/smason/275154898/ Flickr]/CC]]
Siphoning fluids -- gas out of a car, water out of a fishtank, or homebrewed beer into a carboy -- is a simple exercise in physics.

Contrary to what many assume, a siphon does not rely on atmospheric pressure (it works just fine a vacuum, should you ever need to siphon gas from your spaceship), but rather gravity (a potential problem for the spaceship scenario) and the cohesive forces at work in columns of liquid.

The mechanics of it aren't difficult to understand, and once you've started a siphon, all you have to do is cut it off once the desired volume exchange is achieved.

''This article is part of '''a wiki anyone can edit.''' If you have advice to add about siphoning, please log in and contribute.''
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===How to proceed===

[[Image:Siphon2.jpg|thumb|200px|left|Photo via [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Siphoning.JPG Wikimedia Commons].]]
At the most basic level, you need three things for a siphon: a source of liquid, a place for the liquid to go, and a hose. Ideally the hose would be clear you can see what's going on, but that's not absolutely necessary.

In order for a siphon to work, the source liquid must always be higher than whatever container you're trying to transfer it to. Remember, gravity is doing the work here.

Start by feeding the hose into the source tank and putting your secondary container on the ground.

Now you need to suck the fluid out of the source tank and get rid of any air in the tube. You can do this with your mouth, but if you're siphoning gas, you'd have to be slightly crazy to use your mouth. We've all seen it done in the movies, but unless you're in dire straits, it's far safer to buy a siphon pump. A siphon pump does a better job than your mouth, and it eliminates any chance of you swallowing something toxic and ending up in the hospital. The simple plastic device costs less than $10.

<blockquote style="margin-left:20px; padding:10px 0; border-bottom:5px solid #333; border-top:5px solid #333; display:block; float:right; width:200px; font-size:12px; color:#666;">You can "prime" the hose by filling it with water first. This eliminates the need to use a pump or suction to get the siphon going. Don't do this with gasoline, though -- putting water in a gas tank causes problems.</blockquote>
Once the air is out of the tube and the liquid has reached the end of the hose, maintain suction on the hose and carefully crimp the hose or use your thumb as a stopper. In either case, the goal is to prevent any air from entering the hose.

Now just drop the the hose into your secondary container and release the crimp. Viola, siphon complete.

If you ''must'' use your mouth, a clear hose is a must. Hold the hose between your thumb and forefinger, ready to squeeze, gripping it as close to the end as you can. Once the fluid starts making its way down the hose, it comes quick, so watch out. When the fluid column is four or five inches from your mouth, '''squeeze hard''' and pull the hose from your mouth in one motion.

When you need to stop the siphon, lift your secondary container and the hose together to a level higher than your source container. Then, remove the hose and let the excess fluid in the hose drain back into the source.

If you're draining a jacuzzi, a fish tank, or beer, just lift the hose out of the source.

===Tips===

* The trick to avoiding air bubbles in your siphon line is hold the hose straight up and down so you're sucking the liquid up, rather than sideways or down.


* Be sure to keep an eye on your source liquid and make sure the hose stays fully submerged, otherwise you'll end up with bubbles.


* It's illegal to siphon gas out of a car that's not your own, without permission.


* Yes you can siphon with your mouth. That's fine if you're draining the jacuzzi or the fish tank, but it's a '''really''' bad idea with deadly, toxic liquids like gasoline.


* You don't have to suck on the hose, unless you're siphoning beer, in which case sucking on the hose is desirable and rewarding. Here's how to avoid it: Just submerge the entire hose in the source tank, then place your thumb firmly over the delivery end of the hose. Holding the end of the hose closed, move it to the receiving vessel. Remove your thumb. If you've done it right, the siphon will flow. If it doesn't flow, then you've got a bubble in the hose. Do the whole thing over, and this time get all the air out of the hose.


* If the hose is thick or the end is too rough to get a good seal, use vise-grip pliers to pinch it off.


* Another possibility when siphoning water out of a pool is to use a garden hose hooked up to a faucet, especially if the faucet is below the pool water level. In this case, simply hook up the hose, and turn the faucet on until water flows into the pool with no bubbles coming out of the hose. Unscrew the faucet from the tap, and presto, instant siphon. If the tap is located above the pool level, use two lengths of garden hose, with the hose joint at the point you want to siphon to. Simply run the water into the pool until any bubbles disappear. Then unscrew the hoses and the one going into the pool will begin to siphon water automagically.



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Managing Executive Stress

Wired - Thu, 12/09/2010 - 17:17

Summary: http://www.executivejobsonline.n.nu/executive-job-online.mypage

'''Managing Executive Stress –Learn to say “NO”'''

Most executives find themselves stressed because they haven't baffled the art of accusation and saying no. Often leaders acquisition themselves adage 'Yes', back in actuality they should be adage 'No'. Stress levels acceleration as you actualize alike added burden annoying about how you are activity to get through everything.

'''Managing Executive Stress - Delegate & Nurture Others'''

One of the best tools of managing executive stress is to make the best use of the talents and skills from own resource. By knowing your people and knowing the type of work they love to do, you can delegate to them tasks that they will be only too excited to take on.

Managing Executive Stress – Indulge yourself - relax and Play

* Stop Deceiving Yourself
* Moderate Exercise
* Routine Meditation
* Break Up Your Work Day and spend good times with your families.


'''Utilize Support Network'''

A leader with high self-esteem find it easy to ask for assistance from others and never feels ashamed.

'''Managing Executive Stress - Control Your Mind'''

Many people make himself busy of thinking negative goal-setting. You have probably had experiences where you have been worrying about something in the future and it didn't come to pass. Fussing and fretting about what 'could be' does little for your energy levels or the future. Taking the right actions now is the most important thing.
[http://www.executivejobsonline.n.nu/executive-job-online.mypage]


Punjab & Sind Bank IPO To Be Open On 13th Dec 2010

Wired - Thu, 12/09/2010 - 09:21

Summary: The bank was founded on the principle of social commitment to help the weaker section of the society in their economic endeavours to raise their standard of life.

State run Punjab & Sind Bank will raise up to 4.8 billion rupees through its initial public offer (IPO) with a price band of 113-120 rupees a share to be open on 13th Dec 2010.

The bank was founded on the principle of social commitment to help the weaker section of the society in their economic endeavours to raise their standard of life.

Punjab & Sind Bank, is proposing subject to market conditions and other considerations an initial public offering of up to 4,00,00,000 equity shares of `10 each (the "Equity Shares") for cash at a Price Band of Rs. 113 to Rs. 120 per Equity Share and through a 100% Book Building process (the "Issue"). The Issue comprises a Net Issue to the public of 3,80,00,000 Equity Shares (the "Net Issue") and a reservation of 20,00,000 Equity Shares for subscription by eligible employees (the "Employee Reservation Portion"). The Issue shall constitute 17.93% of the post-Issue share capital of the Bank. The Net Issue shall constitute 17.04% of the post-Issue share capital of the Bank.

BRLM:SBI Cap/ ENAM Sec/ ICICI Sec
Issue Period:December 13– December 16, 2010 –Monday to Thursday
Issue Period (For QIB):December 13– December 15, 2010
Issue Period (For Retail & HNI):December 13– December 16, 2010
Price Band Rs. 113/- to Rs.120/-

To subscribe this IPO or to [http://www.demat9.in/demat-account-opening.html open a demat account] visit www.demat9.in.


Extract audio track from iTunes M4V movies

Wired - Thu, 12/09/2010 - 08:48

Summary: With Noteburner M4V Converter, you can easily remove drm from m4v videos, and convert m4v videos to various kinds of common video formats. You can also extract audio from iTunes m4v movies when it's D

As we all know, MP3 is the most popular audio format nowadays. We often listen to music as mp3 format to playback on various portable players like iPad, iPod, iPhone, Walkman, Creative Zen etc. anywhere at any time.

For iTunes lovers, it's a troublesome if they want to [http://www.noteburner.com/extract-audio-from-m4v.html extract audio track from their purchased or rental iTunes M4V videos]. To get this achieved, what they need is a [http://www.noteburner.com/noteburner-m4v-converter.html iTunes DRM removal software] and a [http://www.any-video-converter.com/products/for_video_free/ video converter freeware]

'''Remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V movies'''

As we know that M4V Movies purchased or rent from iTunes store are DRM protected and limited to play on most players and portable devices other than Apple's. It's also a difficulty to extract audio from iTunes M4V movies and convert to MP3, WMA, AAC formats. Here you can learn how to convert iTunes M4V movies to MP3, WMA, AAC etc step by step.

'''Step 1. Import M4V movies from iTunes library'''

Click "Add" button, you will get a popup window listing all files in iTunes library. You can search M4V videos according name, then select the videos, click OK button.
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'''Step 2. Set output path and output format'''

You can select output format as MP4, AVI, MOV, MPEG, FLV etc. and output path as following pictures show:
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'''Note:''' If you don't set to custom output path, the output files will be saved in the default folder.

'''Step 3. Customize video and audio options on the right settings panel.'''

You can customize the output video codec, bitrate, Ratio and audio codec, bitrate, channel for the output vidoes.

'''Step 4.''' Click "Convert" button to remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V movies with NoteBurner M4V Converter for Windows.
'''Extract Audio Track from iTunes M4V movies to MP3, WMA, AAC etc.'''

'''Step 1.''' Download Video Converter Freeware and install it on your PC
[Image:http://www.noteburner.com/image/article/video-converter-freeware.jpg]
'''Step 2.''' Launch Video Converter Freeware, Click "Add Video" button to add DRM free videos

[Image:http://www.noteburner.com/image/article/output-profule.jpg]

Any Video Converter freeware supports importing almost all popular video formats. So you can remove DRM from iTunes M4V movies and save to any formats you like.

Step 3. Click "Output Profile icon", you can set the output formats as "Audio formats".
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Step 4. Choose "MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, OGG, M4A " audio formats as output.
[Image:http://www.noteburner.com/image/article/convert.jpg]

Step 5. Click "Convert" button to start converting iTunes M4V to MP3
convert itunes m4v movies to mp3, wav, wma, aac


Compress dual layer dvd 9 to single layer dvd 5

Wired - Thu, 12/09/2010 - 08:33

Summary: Any DVD Cloner is not a dvd cloner program but also a dvd decrypted, dvd shrinker software which supports copying encrypted dvd 9 to dvd 5 with 1:1 ratio quality

[http://www.any-dvd-cloner.com Any DVD Cloner] can handle single layer DVD-5 and dual layer DVD-9, so it's able to copy DVD movies between different mediums, such as DVD to DVD, DVD to hard drive, hard drive to DVD, region code DVD to region free disk.
As a DVD shrinker software, Any DVD Cloner programs support compressing DVD-9 to DVD-5 as well as copying from Dual layer DVD-9 to Dual layer DVD-9, and Single Layer DVD-5 to DVD-5.

To shrink Dual layer DVD-9 disk to a Single Layer DVD-5 disk, follow below steps

Step 1. Run Any DVD Cloner on your computer at first, get the main workplace as below:
[Image:http://www.any-dvd-cloner.com/images/work-space.jpg]

Step 2. Go to menu Settings > Options, select 4400 (DVD D5) in Max DVD Size:
copy single layer dvd-5 to single layer dvd-5
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Step 3. Insert a DVD-9 disk into the drive, and click Open DVD button:
[Image:http://www.any-dvd-cloner.com/images/button-open-dvd.jpg]

Step 4. Check select clips page to omit some files from the source disk to let the final size fit a DVD-5 disk.

Step 5. Insert a blank DVD-5 disk into another drive (DVD burner), and click Copy DVD button:
[Image:http://www.any-dvd-cloner.com/images/button-copy-dvd.jpg]

Wait for a while, a clone DVD-5 disk will be created successfully.

Note:
a. If you frequently use this clone type, you can check Auto Burn in step 2;
b. If you want to save hard disk space, please check Delete temporary folder when DVD Cloner finished in step 2;
c. If you are Mac user, click to learn how to copy DVD 9 to single layer DVD 5 on Mac OS X .


Play 720p 3GP videos/recordings on both the Droid X and the Xbox 360 via DLNA

Wired - Thu, 12/09/2010 - 06:57

Summary:

If you’ve collected or recorded some 720p 3GP videos by using the Droid X HD camcorder, you may find that the Droid X 720p .3gp recordings can not be played on the Xbox 360 or Xbox.


No worry. Foxreal Droid X Video to Xbox Converter [[http://www.foxreal.com/video-converter/]] will do a great favor for you, which can help you encode and convert Droid X 720p video to H.264/MPEG-4 AAC (*.mp4) compatible for Xbox and Xbox 360 with high quality.Here the article will instruct the easiest and fastest solution to convert Droid X 3GP video to Xbox and stream and play the converted Droid X 3GP 720p movie on Xbox 360 through DLNA.

Part one: Convert Droid X 3GP recordings/videos to Xbox/Xbox 360.

Step 1: Free download Droid X to Xbox Video Converter, install and launch it. Then click Foxreal Video Converter Add to load the Droid X 3GP recordings on your computer.

Step 2: Click the “Format” option to choose the video format “Android - > Motorola Droid (X) H.264 Video (*.mp4)” for the Droid X and Xbox 360. Generally, the default settings can convert video to MP4 with good quality. If you like, you can also click “Settings” to set bitrate, frame rate, codec, sample rate, and more to get the video quality you prefer.

Step 3: Convert Droid X 3GP video to H.264/MPEG-4 MP4 for the Droid X and Xbox 360 by clicking Foxreal Video Converter Convert. After the 3GP video to Xbox conversion, you can connect the Droid X to your computer via USB to transfer videos to Droid X after getting the converted videos/movies in its default output folder.

Part two: Stream Droid X 3GP movies to Xbox 360 or Xbox through DLNA connection.

Step 1: Make sure your Wi-Fi network is up and running.
Step 2: Turn on the Xbox 360 and ensure that it is connected to your Wi-Fi network.
Step 3: Open the apps tray on the Droid X and select the DLNA app.
Step 4: Check Support Xbox after pressing Menu hard key and selecting Settings. Than press back to exit.
Step 5: Touch Share media under the DLNA screen, and choose the specific media file type (videos, music or photos) you want to share on the My shared media screen. Then touch OK.
Step 6: Wait for a while, a green DLNA logo will appear in the status bar showing the DLNA connection succesffully.
Step 7: Check the Xbox 360 or Xbox for the Droid X and the specific media file you selected to stream and play.

As you see, after the above steps, you could easily stream and play Droid X 3GP videos on Xbox via DLNA [[http://www.foxreal.com/droid-x-3gp-to-xbox-360-stream-720p-videos-from-droid-x-to-xbox-via-dlna/]] with high quality.

You can go to the Motorola Droid X column [[http://www.foxreal.com/droidx/]] for more useful tips or tricks here.


How to upload Avchd Holiday Home Movies to Youtube

Wired - Thu, 12/09/2010 - 02:47

Summary: New page: [[AVCHD]] (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) is a format for the recording and playback of high definition video. Got a HD home movie camcorder already and ready to shoot the coming ...

[[AVCHD]] (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) is a format for the recording and playback of high definition video.

Got a HD home movie camcorder already and ready to shoot the coming holiday gathering? We used to burn home movies to DVD for sharing sweet holiday videos with family and friends. However, nowadays more and more people would like to show the world their holiday home movies by uploading the videos to YouTube. It's easy and FREE!

A good news is YouTube recently began offering users an option to view content in high definition 1080p resolution (when the source upload supports it). But YouTube is currently experimenting with this feature and optimizing it accordingly, so it can't guarantee that your videos will always be transcoded into this format with this user option present. The recommended resolution to upload a HD home movies to YouTube is 1280 x 720, not 1920 x 1080 (1080p). So make sure you've captured HD home movies with 720p resolution.

To upload AVCHD home movies to YouTube, you have to convert the videos to YouTube accepted video formats first. Here take [http://www.ifunia.com/avchd-converter-mac.html iFunia AVCHD Converter for Mac] for an example to convert AVCHD videos to YouTube compatible video format for uploading.
== Steps ==
===Add AVCHD M2TS videos to AVCHD Converter for Mac===
Download and run AVCHD Converter for Mac, and click "Add…" button to select AVCHD M2TS video files. You can add your AVCHD M2TS video by drag-n-drop. And the software has a feature of previewing and playing your AVCHD video files. Simply select a file which you want to preview in the Source File area and click Play button; you can also take snapshot at will to store the image you like.<br>

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===Change the output settings for uploading to YouTube===
Select one or more files in the file list, and select your preferred video format from the Output format drop-down menu. Here we choose MP4-MPEG4 Video File (*.mp4) video, and click the folder icon to specify a directory on your computer to save the output files.<br>

[[Image:Avchd-m2ts-mts-imovie-output.jpg]]
===Start converting MTS to MP4 video===
After the above settings, check the needed files to convert in the file list, and click "Start" button on the window to start converting with AVCHD Converter for Mac. The Progress bar shows the status of the converting task. iFunia AVCHD Converter for Mac prompts you when the converting task is completed, then click OK. Congratulations! You have converted an AVCHD M2TS to MP4 video on Mac.
===Upload video to YouTube===
Once you've finished converting videos to YouTube acceptable format, made sure it's less than 10 minutes, smaller than 2GB in size, you're ready to upload it.<br>1. Click the Upload videos to YouTube button in the upper-right-hand corner of any YouTube page.<br>2. Click the "Browse" button to browse for the video file you'd like to upload to our site. Select the file you want to upload.<br>3. Click the 'Upload Video' button to start the uploading process.<br>4. As the video file is uploading, enter as much information about your video as possible in the relevant fields (including Title, Description, Tags, and Category). You're not required to provide specific information, but the more information you include, the easier it is for users to find your video!<br>5. Click the 'Save changes' button to save the updates you've made to the video file.

== Tips ==
*It can take from a couple minutes to an hour for your video to upload to YouTube. This depends on the file size of your video and the broadband speed of your network.

== Things You'll Need ==
*A Camera
*AVCHD home movies
*iFunia AVCHD Converter
*YouTube account
==Related articles==
[[TOD format, what are TOD files, how to play TOD files on Mac]]<br>
[[Embed YouTube Videos in Your PowerPoint Presentations]]<br>
[[Watch YouTube on Your iPod]]<br>
[[Upload music to YouTube without visiting the web site]]


Build a Fire

Wired - Wed, 12/08/2010 - 20:31

Summary: /* Start with tinder */

[[Image:Firelogcabin.jpg|thumb|250px|left|A classic "log cabin" style fire. Photo by kw.traveller/[http://www.flickr.com/photos/kw_traveller/4660176968/in/photostream/ Flickr]/CC]]
There's more to building a a good fire than just squirting some lighter fluid on wood and flicking a match.

Sure, it works to get things started. But if you build a proper fire and pay attention to the arrangement of the wood, your results will be longer lasting, hotter and safer, whether outdoors on the trail or in the fireplace in your living room.

''This article is part of '''a wiki anyone can edit.''' If you have advice to add about starting fires, log in and contribute.''
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===Know your science===

Before you start building a fire, it's worth taking a minute to understand what makes a fire possible -- namely, fuel, heat, oxygen and a sustained chemical reaction.

The first is easy. In this case, your fuel is wood and tinder.

The heat in the equation refers to the initial heat you provide to start the fire, whether from a match or by rubbing two sticks together.

To provide enough oxygen, we need to make sure the wood and other burnables aren't so tightly packed that the fire snuffs itself out.

The last bit is simply a reminder that a burning fire is actually a chemical reaction. Fuel and oxygen are consumed, producing heat and light as byproducts. Block any component of that reaction and your fire will go out.

===Start with tinder===

Tinder refers to anything that ignites easily and can feed the initial flame to the next step in the chain. Good tinder includes paper, dry grasses, dried moss, pine needles, wood shavings, and even lint or wax. Denim, if frayed and unraveled will do in a pinch.

If you're building an outdoor fire, pine needles and dry grass are likely to be your most plentiful sources of tinder. For indoor fires, grab the Sunday paper and crumple it up. What? The Sunday paper is on your iPad? Yet another drawback of digital publishing...

===Kindling===

The next step in the chain is kindling. Where the main goal of tinder is to ignite quickly, kindling consists of larger materials so that when the heat from the tinder moves on to the kindling the fire grows.

The best source of kindling will usually be dry twigs or small pieces of wood chipped from your main logs. Try to find twigs about 1/8 to 1/2 inch thick. Other good sources of kindling include bark or cardboard. Whatever you use, make sure it is very dry.

===Fuel===

[[Image:Teepeefire.jpg|300px|right|thumb|The classic teepee, one of the many architectural methods of fire-building. Photo by Matt DeTurck/[http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalboz17/295420227/ Flickr]/CC]]
Once the tinder ignites, it feeds heat to the kindling which then catches on fire and passes even more heat onto the actual fuel. This is where your logs come in. This is also where you'll find a number of different fire "architectures."

* '''The teepee:''' Stack your larger fuel logs in a teepee or cone shape around the tinder and kindling. As the the fuel begins to burn, the outside logs will catch at the base and then fall inward as they burn, feeding the fire.


* '''The trench:''' Best used when you don't have a lot of fuel. To build a trench fire, dig a small cross under the fire; dig down about 4 inches. Lay your tinder at the center of the two channels and then build the fire on top of that. The two channels you've dug out will pull in air and create an updraft that helps feed the fire.


* '''The log cabin:''' Build a four-walled box outside your tinder and kindling by stacking your fuel logs in alternating directions, just like a log cabin. This method creates an effect similar to a chimney, and the heat on the inside pulls oxygen through the gaps in your "cabin" walls, feeding the fire.


* '''The pyramid:''' Also known at the upside down fire, the pyramid starts with two larger logs laid on the ground, parallel to each other. Then lay a foundation of other logs across your base. Then add another layer in the opposite direction to the one below it. Continue adding layers, using smaller, thinner logs as you go up. Add your kindling above the last layer and then the tinder on top of that. Light from the top and the pyramid will burn down. This method works well in indoor fireplaces.


'''Tip''': Which architecture is best depends on the situation you're facing. The teepee is best if the fuel wood is wetter, since logs outside the main fire can dry before they burn. The pyramid is compact and requires very little maintenance, making it ideal for an all night fire.

===Summon the god of wind===

Occasionally, you have to fan your fire to keep it going, especially if it's small. We recommend this method:

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[[Category:Travel]]


Christmas Gift - Laser Pointer

Wired - Wed, 12/08/2010 - 03:45

Summary: the cool gadget green laser pointer is always a good choice for Christmas Gift.

[[Image:Nether-green-laser-pointer.jpg|thumb|2315px|right|''Nether series green laser pointer'']]
With the coming of Christmas Day, gift has become an unavoidable outcome for all of American people. Well, what should I prepare for the Christmas day gift? Different people will hold different ideal, while more and more people would like choose cool gadget as their idea Christmas gift. For example, Iphone, a new brand wrist watch or the most popular [http://www.laserto.com laser pointer] are all wonderful gifts for Christmas day.
It is to strange for young adults and senior people in US, the green laser pointer is quite popular among them, which is not only a good choice for entrainment, also a very practical gadget for astronomy, teaching etc in our daily life. Why most of people would like to choose a green laser pointer as a Christmas gift?
It would be the best choice for laser man to choose the Nether series adjustable focus green laser pointer with safety key. This 532nm green laser pointer, ranging from 100Mw to 350Mw, has a long lifetime of more than 8000 hours and long warranty period of 1 year factory warranty. The most important of all should be its cheap price while comparing with those laser pointers with the same range of output power as the result of the application of the latest laser diode technology and higher working efficiency, which is a good way of money saving to choose this series green laser pointer from http://www.laserto.com.
The beam of [http://www.laserto.com/nether-series-green-laser-pointer.html nether series] green laser pointer can travel as long as 8000 hours, which can not only used for stargazing and watch celestial objects in astronomy, but also be to burn plastic, cut electric tape, light match and cigarette etc. The multiply function green laser pointer can not only bring people a lot of enjoys but also a useful tool in our daily life.
If you are still seeking the Christmas gift, just take a consideration of this cool gadget – Green laser pointer, which can never bring you any disappointment.


Smoking Bans: How effective are they?

Wired - Tue, 12/07/2010 - 19:46

Summary: New page: Smoking Bans: How effective are they? By Shane Although smoking ban’s have been around as early as the 1590, in the early 2000`s smoking bans began to take affect in cities and states ...

Smoking Bans: How effective are they?
By Shane

Although smoking ban’s have been around as early as the 1590, in the early 2000`s smoking bans began to take affect in cities and states across the country and even world. From the beginning there was many supporters and non supporters of these laws, with each having their own opinion whether they were effective or not. Now that time has past it seems that the ban has gotten out of the hot seat and is just a part of daily life for everyone, which makes it a good time to stop and look at its outcomes. Although I am a non smoker and personally support the smoking ban, but its important to look at the opinions of both supporters and non supporters no matter if they are smokers or not. Facts show that smoking bans have created healthier public environments and minimizes smoking all around. I’ll support my opinion by summarizing an article about the effectiveness of smoking bans, then we’ll look at non supporters point of view and lastly my opinion and supporters opinions.
The article is from Seed magazine, and is titled, Do Smoking Bans Work?, By Dave Munger. As the title sounds it is about smoking bans and how effective they are with deterring people from smoking and minimizing impacts on non smokers. Although the author states he believes many smoking bans have proven to be effective, he feels there may be a point where they can become counter productive. He doesn’t know where that point is, but he believes its possible and we need to be careful with the extent we place laws on cigarettes. An example he used to prove not all bans are effective was a study taken on the effectiveness of warning labels on cigarette boxes. The study used two different groups of kids, one with self esteem issues and one without. Then a label that had to do with self-esteem and one with death. The study showed that each label effected each group differently, with one label making one of the groups view smoking more positive than the other and vise versa. He also supports his opinion that smoking bans are having positive impacts on controlling smoking, by discussing “bloggers” opinions on public smoking bans. One “blogger” he mentions is a physician that posted there are studies that show workers in restaurants and bars have improved health after the ban has taken affect. Another “blogger” was a bar tender at a bar that ban smoking was enforced and felt it was effecting business. This article clearly shows the type of ban affect who it is targeting is key to being successful.
From the beginning of the to now, there are many people that still oppose the bans based on the idea of in just human rights. “The Case against Smoking Bans” is a good example of non supporters argument against smoking bans. The author Thomas Lambert discusses many strong points but three stood out to me. He first states that smoking bans do not allow for the control of smoking that there once was when there weren’t bans, which causes more smoking. Smoking was controlled by all aspects of businesses, owners and both smoking and non smoking consumers. Owners were able to manage smoking to the appropriate levels that they were comfortable with. This gave consumers choices of where to go, but also managed smoking because people were aware of the amount of smoke inside which slowed smoking. Having people smoke outside doesn’t give a gauge of how much they are smoking, causing them to smoke more. Second, smoking bans have increased health insurance costs and lowered wages costing the public money. Insurance costs have raised 7 percent for men and 4 percent for women because the life expectancy has raise since smoking bans came into affect(6). Employees have also suffered a pay cut since the work environment is cleaner and safer, they no longer have the power to request a higher pay. Lastly the processes of studies conducted by the EPA supporting the need to implement smoking bans were found to be unreliable and bias. These were all strong points but the personal view can change how you look at them.
As a supporter I feel that, yes it is unfortunate that smoking bans have increased the cost of health insurance. But the fact that its because the life expectancy has risen greatly out weighs the higher costs because that is why the bans were put in place, to increase public health. This also goes for the cut in pay for employees. Yes we are at tough economic times and more money would be useful, but since health has increased the chance of going to the hospital for smoke related illnesses drops, which means you save money on actual hospital bills. A recent study by the American heart and lung association shows that health costs have dropped by 16 million since the implementation(3). Since 37 percent of non smoking adults are affected by second hand smoke, these numbers aren’t just the savings of smokers. The health benefits mentioned are just one reason for supporting smoking bans. Another reason for supporting smoking bans is the idea that it minimizes smoking and the chances of non smokers picking up smoking. A study conducted in Canada found that 20% of smokers that lived and worked in smoke free environments quit smoking within two years of the ban being enforced(2). That’s nearly a quarter of the test subjects. If bans were this effective and the results were consistent with the studies results, almost a quarter of the population would quit smoking in two years.
These stats along with my personal feelings make me believe smoking bans are beneficial to society, but there’s a point to where it needs to be the smokers choice. I believe too much regulation can have a reverse effect and people should be able to make personal choices as long as it doesn’t affect the health of others. There are many reasons I believe smoking bans are affective but the most important considers the health of both smokers and non smokers. They no longer make people have to deal with the smell of smoke in public places and it creates a healthier work environment for employees trying to make a living at their work places. I also feel it helps smokers smoke less by making it no longer convenient to light a cigarette and smoke without having to get up and leave the building. On top of those reasons I feel it doesn’t make smoking as present in everyday life, making it easier for smokers to quit smoking and less of a chance for non smokers to pick up smoking. These feelings are backed by many of the studies I mentioned earlier. As far as personal experiences.
Ultimately there wont ever be a time when everyone agrees or disagrees with smoking bans but the fact is they are making a difference. It’s the persons perspective that makes them feel whether they are good or bad and mine makes me think they are good. Nothing is ever going to create completely positive results such but if the positives outweigh the negatives it believe it is successful. The possible financial side affects of smoking bans may not be desirable, but they have definitely made positive impacts by increasing the publics health, both smokers and non smokers. Law makers need to be careful, because smoking bans do regulate a right that many Americans rely on. Too much regulation could cause negative impacts, which makes me feel that ultimately it is a personal choice to smoke and no ban should prevent a person from being able to make that choice. Freedom of choice is a right that makes our society so great and taking that away would take away a key to our societies greatness.


Source:
Seed magazine (October 27, 2010) do smoking bans work?. Dave Munger
Retrieved 11/20/10 http://seedmagazine.com/content/article/do_smoking_bans_work/

(2) Physorg.com (August 22, 2007) Study: Smoking Bans reduce smoking. Retrieved 12/1/10 http://www.physorg.com/news107021203.html

(3)Instah.com (November 21, 2010) Smoking Ban Statistics in United States and Health Effects on the heart
Retrieved 12/1/10
http://www.instah.com/quit-smoking/smoking-ban-statistics-in-united-states-and-health-effects-on-the-heart/

(4) Not to smoke.com (2010) Smoking Ban- Obstruction of Freedom?
Retrieved 12/1/10
http://www.notosmoke.com/herbal-smoking-articles/public-smoking-ban.htm

(5) smoking Statistics.org ( July 29, 2009) How Smoking Bans have affected the USA
Retrieved 12/1/10
http://www.smokingstatistics.org/How_smoking_bans_have_affected_the_USA.asp

(6) Thomas A. Lambert (2007) The Case Against Smoking Bans
Retrieved 12/1/10
http://www.cato.org/pubs/regulation/regv29n4/v29n4-4.pdf


Weatherproof Your Windows

Wired - Mon, 12/06/2010 - 22:27

Summary: /* Eliminate drafts */

[[Image:Windowsweather.jpg|thumb|300px|left|Photo by Greg Emel/[http://www.flickr.com/photos/hillsdalehouse/1795065154/ Flickr]/CC]]

The arctic cold is creeping in again in the Northern Hemisphere, and we're all cranking up the heat. As nice as your heater is, you're wasting a good bit of energy -- and money -- if your windows aren't properly weatherproofed. But with a few inexpensive fixes, you can stop the chill from coming indoors and sending your heating bill through the roof.

Here's our guide to the tried-and-true DIY methods of stopping leaks and weatherproofing your windows.

''This article is part of '''a wiki anyone can edit.''' If you have advice to add about battling the chill, log in and contribute.''


==Eliminate drafts==

The most critical step is to simply fix up your existing windows. Give your windows a thorough inspection for cracks, gaps and holes. If there are any cracked panes, replace them or seal the cracks with clear caulk. Check the putty around the edges of the glass, and seal any cracked or missing areas.

Remember that it's entirely possible for air leaks to come from both inside and outside. Inspect the exterior of your window for gaps, missing weatherstripping or other damage. Exterior repairs can usually be made with a quality latex caulk, just be careful that the caulk doesn't interfere with the operation of the window.

===Seal the sill===

If drafts are your problem, check the crack at the bottom of the window where the window meets the sill. This is where cold air often creeps in through.

To block the crack, fill a pair of socks with rice or lentils and tie off the tops. Lay the filled socks across the window sill. Of course, make sure the socks are nice-looking, and sturdy enough to hold the rice. You can also get some bean bags and lay them across the window sill. Or, measure the length of the sill and sew your own long bean bag for a custom fit.

===Add weather stripping===

The next step is to get some weather stripping and seal the edges of your windows. Weather stripping is cheap and will go a long way toward keeping out those drafty flows of outside air.

<blockquote style="margin-left:20px; padding:10px 0; border-bottom:5px solid #333; border-top:5px solid #333; display:block; float:right; width:200px; font-size:12px; color:#666;">Vinyl is your best bet, especially if you live in a place with some pretty extreme weather conditions. It's waterproof, durable and forms a tight seal. Foam and felt are cheap, but they aren't as durable and the seal isn't as tight. All of these options come in self-adhesive strips. If vinyl's too ugly, you can use copper or some other metal, but you'll have to nail it in place.</blockquote>
Measure all the surfaces between the sashes and the frame -- the sashes are the movable pieces that hold the glass panes, and the frame is the box built into the wall that holds the sashes. If you have a double-hang window that slides up on a track to open, make sure you measure across the middle of the frame where the two sashes meet when the window closes. Add up all the measurements, then add 10 to 15 percent to the length to account for mistakes. That's how much stripping you'll need.

Apply the stripping to both surfaces to be sealed, keeping things snug in the corners. Make sure the seal is tight when the window is closed.

The areas where you're attaching the strips needs to be clean and smooth. You might need to do some light scraping or sanding if you have old weather stripping that's worn off.

===Seal your windows with caulk===

Inside, especially on older wood windows that are worn from time and use, there are temporary caulks you can use to seal all the gaps around the sashes for winter temperatures. This seals the sashes of the window to the frame, so you won't be able to open the window, but these caulks peel off easily so you can remove them when the weather warms up, restoring full use of the windows.

Look for the tubes of weather stripping caulking marked "removable" and "temporary". They're usually clear, they dry solid and they don't bond to paint or finishing. One tube should be enough for two or three windows.

==Plastic==

[[Image:Windowplastic.jpg|thumb|300px|left|Plastic window coverings are nearly invisible when installed properly. Photo by Christopher Patterson/[http://www.flickr.com/photos/dimmerswitch/2227042738/in/photostream/ Flickr]/CC]]
You're probably familiar with those plastic window-sealing kits they sell at hardware stores. They work surprisingly well -- the idea is to create a pocket of insulating air between the window and the air inside your house. It's the same concept as the one used by double-pane windows, which have pockets of inert gas between the panes. You won't be able to open your windows once you cover them with plastic, but the technique definitely will cut your heating bill down to size.

These kits are easy to install -- just seal the plastic over your window with the provided double-sided tape, then use a hair drier to shrink and tighten the plastic -- but they usually cost around $20 per window.

A cheaper option is to use generic plastic sheeting. It comes in big rolls, and it costs between $3 and $5 per window. The downside is that the result won't be as attractive. Plastic sheeting is on the opaque side, so sunlight will get through to warm the house, but you won't be able to see as clearly through the window. If visibility is important, use the bulk sheeting option on the windows in your house that you don't need to see through, and go with the more expensive kits where you need the plastic to be invisible.

Tip: For extra protection -- using either bulk sheeting or the kits -- put another layer of plastic on the outside of your window as well.


==Coverings==

Double up on curtains. Hanging one set an inch or two from the window, and a second set an inch or two away from the first. It uses the same technique as the plastic by creating an air pocket. It isn't as efficient as plastic, but it's better than nothing.

==Install storm windows==

A storm window is essentially a second piece of glass fitted over your existing window.

There are custom options, but now storm windows come pre-fabricated in the most common sizes. Just head to your local big box home improvement store and pick up a few storm windows that fit your existing windows. Mount them with a drill and screw driver to the outside of your house according to the instructions.

Just like with the plastic coverings, you won't be able to open your windows. Leave a window or two uncovered for ventilation and for escape options-- we recommend the window in the bathroom.


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Build a Suspension Exercise Device for Less Than $60

Wired - Mon, 12/06/2010 - 04:09

Summary:

'''Introduction: What Are Suspension Exercises?'''

Suspension exercises utilize a person's own body weight for resistance through the use of a supporting structure or apparatus. The term "Suspension Training" is a registered trade and service mark of [http://www.fitnessanywhere.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=SFNT&AFFIL=K0ocyD6T Fitness Anywhere, Inc.] and specifically refers to the use of their TRX (a rough acronym for T-otal-body R-esistance eXercise). The TRX has been available since 2005, but the original suspension exercise, the pull-up, predates bipedalism!

With the invention of the gymnastics rings in the mid-nineteenth century, the number of possible exercises exploded. Unlike the pull-up bar, rings are accessible to beginners--with one's feet on the ground, rings can provide as little or as much resistance as the user wants; the challenge typically depends on the pitch of the body or the amount of assistance from the legs.

The true innovation behind Randy Hetrick's TRX is the merger of the gymnastics rings' two anchor points into one. A user can rotate 360 degrees around a single anchor point, allowing unencumbered movement through all planes of motion. This enables an unlimited number of exercises and offers a degree of instability that fosters functional strength and balance. At $189.95, the TRX is cheaper than most gym equipment but still too pricey for my college kids (that's a lot of Top Ramen noodles). For those on a budget, ten minutes and $60 worth of chains, carabiners and handles offer a fully functional and weatherproof clone of the TRX.

Suspension exercises are suitable for people of all ages and abilities, but only when done with proper technique. Please see the libraries available at the the [http://www.fitnessanywhere.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=SFNT&AFFIL=K0ocyD6T&RU=http://www.fitnessanywhere.com/trx-resources/trx-exercise-video.php Fitness Anywhere] and [http://www.acefitness.org/exerciselibrary/exercises.aspx?equipment=6 American Council on Exercise] websites to learn proper form before you begin. Ask your doctor or physical therapist before starting any exercise program.


'''Gather the Materials:'''

1. A length of chain from the hardware store (8 to 16 feet depending on the height of the object to which you will anchor it).

2. A short chain (1-2 feet depending on the circumference of the object around which you'll wrap it).

3. A used bicycle inner tube.

4. 3 strong carabiners from the hardware store. They should be able to hold your weight several times over.

5. 2 handles (I ordered mine online from Power Systems. Metal handles are available at second-hand sporting goods stores)


'''Assemble the Parts:'''

1. Connect the handles to opposite ends of the long chain with carabiners.
2. Connect the third carabiner to the center of the long chain and to one end of the short chain.
3. Pull the short chain through a piece of a used bicycle inner tube with a string or a coat hanger.
4. Fasten the short chain around a sturdy structure.


Hints:

* Remember, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link! Use materials that can hold your weight several times over and only attach the Chains to a sturdy structure.
* You can substitute a long eye bolt for the short chain if you have a strong structure to screw it into.
* Ensure that the chain links are wide enough for the carabiners to fit through them.
* Check that each side is the same length (if the chain links are not perfectly uniform one side might be longer than the other).
* Slide a strap through each handle and tie or sew its ends together to create foot cradles (like the ones on the TRX in the third photo below).
* At their lowest point (clipped to the very end of the chains) the handles should be a few inches from the ground--the one I made is a little too short for the chosen anchor point.


'''Learn proper suspension exercise technique!'''

Please see the libraries available at the the [http://www.fitnessanywhere.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=SFNT&AFFIL=K0ocyD6T&RU=http://www.fitnessanywhere.com/trx-resources/trx-exercise-video.php Fitness Anywhere] and [http://www.acefitness.org/exerciselibrary/exercises.aspx?equipment=6 American Council on Exercise] websites to learn proper technique before you begin.

If you have any questions, contact me at [http://www.budser.com/suspension.html budser.com] or seek the help of a certified personal trainer. Ask your doctor or physical therapist before starting any exercise program. By creating and using your own suspension device, you alone take full responsibility for your safety and well-being.


Put music or movies on Droid X

Wired - Mon, 12/06/2010 - 03:19

Summary:

''This article needs to be edited to meet quality standards. The information is here, it just needs organization and clarity. Please log in and contribute.''


'''Video''':

Video Format: H.264/MPEG4 .MP4
Size: 854x480
video bitrate: 1500
video framerate: 29.976 fps
Audio:AAC
Audio bitrate: 160 kbps
Sample Rate: 44100 HZ
Audio Channel: 2

'''Audio''':

Audio format: AAC, MP3, MPEG-4, WAV, eAAC+, WMA v10, MIDI, AAC+
This worked perfectly for the Droid.

1. If you want to play your .AVI .MKV .WMV .VOB .MOV .M2TS DVD Blu-ray on Droid X, you need to Rip or Converter them to the best Droid X video format( .MP4 H.264 854*680 AAC), just use a Droid X video converter, and just Google it.

2. Droid X Music/Movies format Specifications provided by Foxreal Droid X

'''Sync Music/Movies to Droid x'''

Step 1: Connect your Droid X with PC or Mac via USB.

Step 2: Go to Notifications , press the nitification bar at the top of the Droid X’s screen and drag it down, or press Menu - > Notifications. Then USB connection.

Next, touch USB Mass Storage and press OK. The computer will read the handset as an external drive.

Once your SD card is mounted on your PC or Mac, open the memory card in My computer/Computer.

Step 3: Transfer music/movies from your computer to Droid X. If you wanna easily sync your music/movies on Droid X, just create a folder named movie or music in the root folder on the Droid X.

Enjoy your movies/music on Droid X anytime and anywhere!

'''See more: How To Put music/movies on Droid X'''

Unmount SD card. Enjoy your Droid X Music/movies Now!


Indian Slap Bass

Wired - Sun, 12/05/2010 - 07:19

Summary:

'''Slap Bass-The evolution'''

Many changes occurred in making and playing the instrument Bass Guitar during the last century. Slapping the bass is considered to have begun in the 1920s on the Double Bass. On double bass it refers to the technique which is a more vigorous version of pizzicato, where the strings are plucked so hard that when released it bounces off the finger board, making a distinctive sound. A percussive sound is also made by smacking the strings with all four fingers of the right hand.


'''On electric bass guitar'''

"Slap bass" is referred to percussive playing technique in electric bass as well, that the style sounds and looks percussive rather than the usual fingering of notes. Slap bass is more technically called “slaps" and "pops". In the slaps, the bassist uses the bone of the thumb joint to strike the lower strings near the base of the guitar's neck. In the pops, the bassist uses the index and middle fingers of the plucking hand to snap the higher-pitched strings away from the body of the bass, causing them to bounce off the fret board; this produces a prominent buzzing tone with a sharp attack and more high-frequency vibrations than in plucked bass.

'''Innovations'''

Double Bass player, Bill Johnson is considered by many as the father of slap bass. The methods developed by Larry Graham followed by Louis Johnson are nowadays practiced by a majority of electric bass players around the globe. Some bassists use fingers instead of the thumb to do slapping. Abraham Laboriel, Sr. developed a technique of using the thumb to pop the strings while his other four fingers slap the strings. Bassist Victor Wooten uses a double thumb technique, where he slaps the string when the thumb goes downward and pops when it goes upward. This gives him extra speed to play to sound it like a drum roll on the bass guitar. Tony Levin created a similar drumming sound by using a hard surface on the fingers to strike the strings which was named Funk Fingers. Funk Fingers are kind of small drum sticks strapped to fingers. To get a metal slap tone, bassists usually use their nails to hit the strings. Doug Wimbish also plays slaps with his fingers other than thumb.

Some of the double and electric bass players who are notable in slapping the bass are Bill Johnson, Pops Foster, Wellman Braud, Chester Zardis. Milt Hinton, Kim Nekroman, Scott Owen, Alcide Pavageau, Lee Rocker, Amy LaVere, Bootsy Collins, Stanley Clarke, Jonas Hellborg, Marcus Miller, Stuart Hamn, Les Claypool, Mark King, Kai Eckhardt, Mike Gordon, Flea, Fieldy, Brian Bromberg, Gustavo Dal Farra, Stuart Zender and the list goes on and on. A close watch of these bass players reveals that each and everyone has very distinctive styles. Similarly, every musician whether he is professional or amateur has his distinctive methods and techniques hidden inside. What matters is to develop it with proper training and self motivation.


'''Applications'''

Since the acceptance of electric bass guitar in Jazz Music and subsequent revised applications of the technique since 1940's, slap bass has been increasingly attracting music lovers all over the World. When funk music became more popular, slap bass has been subjected to various experimental playing techniques. Slapping is applied in most of the music genres since the 1960’s especially in funk, disco, jazz, pop and world music fusion

During the changes in the music of the West, fusion music was silently having its own innovations. One of the inevitable instruments of India for fusion music has been Tabla. Bass players succeeded in blending the slap bass with Indian percussion instruments due to the similarity in the slap tones and sound of tabla. Jonas Hellborg and Kai Eckhardt adapted a different approach to the slap to blend it with Indian Classical music.


'''Indian Slap bass'''

“Indian Slap Bass” is playing the Bass Guitar just like the Indian classical percussion instruments Tabla, Mridangam or Kanjira. This is a very simple method because strings are hit like two drum sticks: The index finger acts like one stick and the middle and ring fingers held close together form the other stick. The exercise to begin is hitting the last string with fore finger (F) first and then with the other two fingers, middle and ring (MR). To be precise, the right hand fingering is F-MR-F-MR | F-MR-F-MR for 1-2-3-4 | 1-2-3-4. Later the playing is reversed to MR-F-MR-F | MR-F-MR-F. Subsequently it is practiced on other strings. The same exercise is also practiced on more than one string by slapping alternately. The player can choose his/her convenient position of left hand fingers on the fretboard. In the beginning it is always better to hold the strings half muted with left hand fingers. The sound created when the string is hit with MR fingers is slightly different from the sound created by F finger. The strings which are not aimed to hit may also ring in the beginning. But when it is practiced for few months, the hitting will be controlled. It is therefore better to begin this on a four string bass, because the gap between the strings is higher than other bass guitars having more strings. Many different methods/exercises can be worked out to get playability and to avoid the problems caused by crossing the strings, fingers and notes. Any method is difficult in the beginning and the result is also not apparent immediately. But those who practice persistently will succeed in the application of any difficult technique. It does not matter how an instrument is played, it only matters how it sounds.


'''The future'''

The Indian Slap Bass technique was innovated by Bass Player, Jayen Varma and his effort was appreciated by great bass players like Bootsy Collins, Jeff Berlin, Victor Wooten, Stuvart Hamn, James LoMenzo, Marcus Miller, Michael Henderson, Regi Wooten, David Pastorius, Kai Eckhardt, Phil Powell and many known and unknown bass players. It blends perfectly not only with funk, jazz or rock, but with many other genres including heavy metal. Since the right hand fingers can distinctly produce clear 16th notes on the same string, it goes well with metal music. It can also be blended beautifully with Indian classical music. Jayen Varma believes that the next generation of musicians will find the potential in its application in future music to come.



*Video Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_hAFabslho


Rich and Famous

Wired - Sun, 12/05/2010 - 05:38

Summary: New page: Why does the rich and famous always complain about their lives when they have everything in the world handed to them on a silver platter. Ever heard Good Charlotte’s song “Rich and th...

Why does the rich and famous always complain about their lives when they have everything in the world handed to them on a silver platter. Ever heard Good Charlotte’s song “Rich and the Famous”? “Lifestyles of the rich and the famous they’re always complaining always complaining, if money is such a problem well they got mansions think we should rob them.” They really don’t offer good role model examples to our growing population and fans with the impression that stacks of dollar bills is the best way of life. On the flip side, there are artists that offer vast role model examples who are superior both musically and environmentally friendly. Artists that influence us, the fans, in a positive way do exist out there other than the media and scandal seekers.
A few to name right off hand is the founder of Bushfire Records Jack Johnson and his inclusive talented signed artists Mason Jennings, Matt Costa, and Zack Gill. The creator and artist, Mr. Johnson, and his label made positive messages to their fans and other artists by making their CD’s and cases from recycled materials. Their recording studio is made of entire refurbished wood. Johnson is also a member of the one percent for planet organization. Last but not least, their music is not only inspiring and positive, it helps raise money for various shows, organizations, charities. Rather than spending money on fancy Lamborghinis and outrageous court costs for indecent exposure like Lindsay Lohan and Brittany Spears.
Jack Johnson an American singer, song writer, film maker, surfer, and record label owner was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. He started off as a professional surfer but was later forced to quite because of a tragic accident and while recovering in the hospital is when he began writing songs. He graduated high school and received a film degree in Santa Barbara, California. His breakthrough came after his friend G Love covered his song Rodeo Clowns for G Love’s album entitled Philadelphonic. Shortly after the release of G Loves album Jack caught the ear of JP Plunier, Ben Harper’s producer, who worked with Johnson to bring his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales to music stands around the world in early two thousand and one. He married his college sweetheart Kim where they live with their three children in Hawaii on the island of Oahu.
Instead The label uses one hundred percent post consumer waste recycled paper and plastic to make their CD cases. From the exterior to the interior of the studio the label once again uses one hundred percent post consumer waste to build it. The entire studio walls are made of refurbished wood that are insulted with cotton and jean scraps. The roof is constructed from recycled shingles and the solar panels power the studio and offices below. Unlike most artists who have over the top fancy light fixtures and over use electricity without finding other helpful resources, Brushfire Records monitors their energy use and benefit energy efficient light fixtures and supplies. When on tour his trucks and tour buses run on biodiesal despite all other artists in their fancy limos and cars with the atrocious smoke clouds.
In two thousand and four Johnson became the fiftieth member to the join the one percent for planet organization. Later on that year he promoted the one percent logo on his album, In Between Dreams, and ever since then has printed it on his albums. Like artist Little John who promotes Krunk Juice or Beyonce, make-up collections, Jack Johnson promotes to show how to give a little back to mother nature The Brushfire Records signed artists including Jack Johnson and twelve hundred companies donate one percent of their sales to a network of more than eighteen hundred environmental organizations world wide. At his concerts Johnson screens a short film about the one percent campaign to get the word out on the organization. Most other artists that I have seen live worry about all the cool illusions and effects they can perform rather than taking a few moments to help promote something good for the environment.
Rather than seeing Johnson in headlines or magazine covers for DUI charges or influencing violence and animal cruelty such as Michael Vick, he is in the media making a positive impact on today’s society. Jack Johnson is involved in many charities and non-profit organizations that help raise money for several occasions. One major charity is the Kokua Hawaii Foundation. It is an organization he started for the schools in the Hawaii communities. It teaches students to appreciate and understand the importance of being environmentally friendly so they learn to take better care of the land. Their use of hand on techniques leave a long lasting impression in the children and encourages them to be creative and inventive in thinking of new ways to reuse, reduce, and recycle. Every year the program in funded by a festival Johnson holds which includes big names such as Ben Harper, Willy Nelson, Eddie Vedder, Matt Costa, and Dave Matthews. From the success of the Kokua Hawaii Foundation Johnson has now partnered up with several other non-profit organizations. A few include… Head Count is a non-profit organization that uses live music to encourage people to register to vote and voice their opinion in democracy. Water Keeper Alliance is s program Johnson is involved with to protect and preserve water from polluters. Him and his crew also started the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation. The charity promises to match any donations the fans agree to give in the Village Green (environmentally friendly information stands) areas at his concerts. I know what your thinking, “ok, right, he supports this many organizations without wanting media attention for the fame and fortune, who does that”? He truly is an inspiring artist who contributes to making the world a better place and does make money by media spotlight, but it’s inspiring and betters our environment. I mean who else has a song like his entitled, 3 R Song (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) made for kids to have fun singing and dancing the wonderful ways to better our world .
In conclusion, there are several artistst that do everything for the flashiest, most overpaid, overuse of resources to gas guzzling cars and music videos that only weaken our environment and sends out negative messages. Artists do contribute to charities and non-profit organizations once in while, but like Jack Johnson he makes it an everyday routine to better our world. Johnson is not at all concerned with luxuries but finds great interest in bettering the world by being environmentally friendly. From cleaning rivers to crew re-use of water bottles to buying organic food to promoting peace to encouraging and helping people to register vote, Johnson is an artist that stands out as a true and respectable role model for everyone. Jack Johnson, good music, good person, green decisions.
 


Work Cites:
1.) “One Percent for the Planet.” Highlands Publishing. 2005. Web 10 November 2010.
http://www.greensteps.org/steptwo/onepercent.htm

2.) “All at Once.” Author Unknown. Web 10 November 2010.
http://allatonce.org/nonprofits/

3.) “Jack Johnson to the Sea.” Universal Republic. 06 August 2010. 11 November 2010.
http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Jack-Johnson-Announces-Donation-up-to-70000-for-Gulf-Oil-Spill-Relief-1301482.htm

4.) “Jack Johnson Letting It All Out.” Donnelly, Tim. 3 April 2008. Web 11 November 2010.
http://www.huckmagazine.com/features/jack-johnson/





 


How to Edit Blogs from Smartphone Via Mobile Browser, and Completely Forget the Computer!

Wired - Sat, 12/04/2010 - 15:36

Summary:



The exponential growth of mobile technology is allowing smart-phone users to carry out most of the internet related tasks on their device itself with no need to remain dependent on the availability of either a desktop or a laptop.

One of these activities that's gaining momentum is blogging. But mobile blogging is still restricted to what we call micro-blogging, as it's not possible to categorize the posts and also publish useful links in a presentable manner. For that, we have no option but to use our computer.

Yes, there are a few apps available that we may install on our device. Word-Press has recently launched an app, but installing it eats away a huge memory slowing down the phone; Typepad too officially have a mobile app but it doesn't work on my blackberry, and I'm sure elsewhere too, and Blogger is still far away from coming out with a convenient solution.

Obviously, we bloggers, from all over the world, have no option but to hang-on to our desktop or laptop for incorporating necessary modifications after posting articles via email. Right?

Not really, there's a solution to this problem that I could work-out a few months ago -- and, I've been using it since then for updating my blog entries from a blackberry smart-phone.

I've successfully tried it on Blogger, Wordpress and Typepad -- and the methodology is more or less same except a few tricks here and there.

Let me explain how it works for blogger blogs:

Assuming that you already know the procedure for email posting,

1. Send an article to your blog via email. ( Keep the post setting in 'draft' mode by making necessary changes in in blogger account through your desktop or laptop)

2. Now point your mobile browser at m.operamini.com to download and install the mobile browser 'Opera Mini.'

3. Once completely installed, type www.blogger.com to open blogger dashboard after duly feeding your user name and password.

4. Scroll down a bit to locate 'edit post' button and click on it, and you'll be presented with a list of postings.

5. Locate the post, you just mailed, from the list (which should be at the top) - being shown as draft - and click on corresponding edit button located just above the title.

6. What appears next, is what you've been eagerly waiting for: The edit page, where you can change your post title, make necessary changes in blog content and also allot relevant categories.

Do it, and then click on red color 'Publish Post' button. First click will take you to an irreverent destination but don't lose heart and go back to previous page, and click the same button again -- and you're through. Your post is published!

7. You will be seeing the message 'Your blog post published successfully.' Just below that message you will notice 'view post' which you may click to open you published post and check, if the changes you made on your smart-phone are included or not. Don't worry, they would be, as I've already done it a few thousand times.

8. Now, what I'm going share with you is something amazing: Since the edit function that you open on your smart-phone is in html mode, you can make any change that you want just by embedding relevant scripts -- including changing link text, incorporating quote, changing font size, and even image and video.

So, I keep blogging from my Blackberry Curve- in totality - even if I'm travelling, and mind it, for that, I need not open a laptop or install a memory eating application on my smart-phone. In fact, I rarely use laptop now a days.

Why don't you try it on you smart-phone, and let me know -- that it works!

Cross-posted from [http://www.abhijitkar.com]


Print With Any Printer From iPad, iPhone

Wired - Fri, 12/03/2010 - 20:14

Summary:

[[Image:Ipadrelease277.jpg|thumb|630px|left|Photo by Bryan Derballa/Wired.com]]

Apple's latest mobile-operating-system update introduces a much-demanded feature: wireless printing. Problem is, it will only officially print from printers labeled "AirPrint-compatible," which you likely don't own. However, if you want to print from just about any printer, there's a mod for that.

AirPrint Activator offers a solution for Macs to set up wireless printing with iOS 4.2 with any printer shared on your network. Here's how to set it up, with instructions courtesy of the hack's maker, [http://netputing.com/airprintactivator Netputing].


''This article is part of '''a wiki anyone can edit.''' If you have advice to add about printing from the iPad to any printer, log in and contribute.''

===You will need===


* Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.5
* iTunes 10.1 (if you have neither, select the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of your screen and click "Software Updates" to download the latest software.
* [http://netputing.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/AirPrint-Activator-v1.0.zip AirPrint Activator] [.zip]


''Note:'' Netputing has removed the original file for this hack, AirPrint Hacktivator, per Apple's request. Airprint Activator accomplishes the same thing without breaking any of Apple's rules. Download [http://netputing.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/AirPrint-Activator-v1.0.zip Airprint Activator] [.zip] instead.

===How to proceed===

[[Image:Airprint.jpg|right]]
1. Copy the AirPrint Activator software into your Applications folder, then launch the app.

2. Toggle the switch to "On."

3. Enter your admin password.

4. A window will prompt you to add the printer you want to use with AirPrint.

5. The hack will launch the Print & Fax utility in your Settings folder, and you'll be able to perform the add-printer task here.

6. And you should be ready to start printing!


===Video===

See the video below by Netputing, the hack's creator, for a visual tutorial.

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''Originally submitted by [http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/12/ipad-iphone/ Gadget Lab] contributor Brian X. Chen.''

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