Image Editor Software

Once I got my digital camera, I became crazy when taking pictures. I have always loved to take pictures, but now that I have a digital camera, I can take even more than ever. This does not mean that all of my pictures come out as I wish them to be, but it does mean that I have more power over the end result. I use image editor software to crop and resize many of my pictures.

This means that even a bad shot can be turned into something worth saving. This is something I could never do what I used film, though there are times when I still prefer to use my film camera.

Most computers today will come with image editor software included. The problem with most of the software however, is that it doesn’t do very much. It may resize or allow you to crop your pictures, but there are many other features you may wish to have. If you want good image editor software you may have to go out and buy it for yourself. Though it can be quite pricey for the best software, if you take a lot of pictures and want to do a lot of things with them, it will be well worth the price.

The image editor software that I use right now is actually rather old. I have Adobe PhotoDeluxe version 4.0. Though this is older software, it does party much everything I needed to do. Many of the shots I take at home come out just fine, but when I am away from home traveling, or a concert, many of my shots need to be fixed in order to be saved. The Adobe software that I have does everything I needed to do. Perhaps one day I will buy the latest version of their image editor software, but for now, I have exactly what I need.

Another popular type of image editor software is Photoshop. I have used Photoshop once or twice, and I have found it to be great. I don’t use it very often however, because I am so used to how Adobe works, I find it confusing to open a different program. That doesn’t mean that Photoshop is not good image editor software, it just means that it is set up quite differently from what I’m used to.

It does pretty much the same stuff, but it just does it in a different manner. No matter which of these you choose to use, you should be happy with the results.

Filed under: Software

Tazer Guns

As a young woman I am very concerned about my personal safety. I am not big or strong or exceptionally fast. I did take a class once in beginner’s karate but I seriously doubt that I gained enough from the class to defend myself if a situation arose in which I needed to.

If you know that you are not physically capable of defending yourself against potential attackers, what are your options? Self defenses classes can only take you so far and without natural physical strength I doubt that I would learn enough to save myself in a hairy situation. A bull dog is definitely out of the question. What about guns then?

I am not a big fan of guns myself. I have never really handled one and am not comfortable even thinking about doing so. I think that having a hand gun may only put me in more danger. I think that many situations escalate quickly because of guns and I doubt that I would know exactly what to do to ensure that the situation was diffused.

Knives are not an option for me either. I guess I am left with tazer guns. As far as my personal safety goes, I have few options that I am comfortable with. How comfortable would I be then using tazer guns to protect myself?

At the very least, tazer guns can be pretty affordable. I searched around the net and found several that were only a few hundred dollars. The only problem with tazer guns is that most of them hold only one round. After that has been spent you would have to reload and I am not exactly confident that I could do so quickly enough if I needed to.

I saw a few tazer guns that were manufactured to look just like real hand guns. I liked those a lot. I figure that if someone saw one, they would have to assume that it was a real gun and I may not have to use it at all. Unfortunately, tazer guns only shoot about fifteen feet. This sounds like a lot, but you may only get one shot so it had better go where it needs to.

All in all, the tazer gun route may be the best for someone like me. I don’t want to hurt anyone but I do want to be able to protect myself. If I get one I hope that I never need to use it and I certainly hope that if I did, the shock would be enough to drop a linebacker.

 

Filed under: General

Roomba

In the 1950’s we imagined a future in which everyday chores would be done by robots. Remember R2D2, and from the Jetsons, Rosie the robot maid? Today, people don’t have time or energy to keep up with household tasks and the friendly Roomba is a  perfect companion for every homemaker.

A big flat disk about 13 inches across, this robot’s been around for three generations! Well, at least in robot years. The first Roomba was introduced in 2002.

When you turn the Roomba on, it cheerfully beeps, sings a little melody, “looking” at you with its red lights. The first generation Roomba had to be given the size and perimeter of the room. However,   second and third generation Roombas calculate the size and shape of the room using a red laser light and recognizes and avoids obstacles.   Just four inches high, and goes underneath beds and furniture. It’s unlikely but possible for the Roomba to get stuck in a spot that it can’t get out of, causing the poor little machine  to sing a mournful tune, calling its owner to come and retrieve it.

This cheerful robot has several cleaning methods. It can move in a spiral pattern to cover every square inch of space. Using the shape of the room as a guide, a cleaning pattern is chosen, and the Roomba starts a spiral clean or may go back and forth in straight lines. It’s even so “intelligent”, it sniffs out especially dirty spots and then treats them as needed.

When a room or section is completed, the robot sings out a happy little distinctively-toned victory song, letting its owner know the task is finished.  That announcement made, it moves on to the next assigned section.
 
Some second and third generation Roombas are so advanced they return on their own to their charging base when all vacuuming tasks are done. Battery operated, it needs to charge up occasionally.  Instead of the owner having to trouble with plugging it in, the able Roomba humbly finds its way back to its charging base. If the robot finds itself lost or unable to proceed, it courteously sing out the “I’m out of options” song out and then shuts itself down, perhaps with a little inner robot sigh.

This little guy is really easy to maintain. You simply remove the full bag and replace with a new one. You don’t have to worry about it hurting itself. It has sensors that tell it when its approaching sudden drops like a stairway. When signaled of an impending fall it just turns right around.

The great thing about the Roomba is that it not only saves time and effort for the young and able, but is especially helpful for elderly and disabled people, who often find vacuuming tasks both painful and difficult.

One of these robot friends makes a terrific gift. Depending on the model, expect to pay from a low of $100 to a high approaching $400.

Filed under: General

Front Load Washer and Dryer

Every mom knows how important it is to have appliances that work well. With busy children in the home the washing machine and dryer is usually running day after day. With a new front load washer and dryer a family can actually save both time and money.

Traditionally the machines used to wash and dry clothes were large and bulky. In many homes the laundry room was designated to the basement mainly because of lack of room on the main floor of the home. The person responsible for keeping the family’s clothes clean had to lug heavy baskets up and down the stairs. Now with the smaller size of a front load washer and dryer, a main floor laundry room is more and more common.

One of the nicest features of these new, improved and more compact appliances is that they can usually handle large loads. Some models are designed to wash and dry more clothes at one time than their larger counterparts have in the past. With a front load washer and dryer in the home, even items as big as a queen size comforter are easy to clean.

What this means to the person designated to laundry duty is less time spent in front of the machines. Bigger load size allows for more clothes to be washed and dried at one time. In the past only a few towels or bed sheets could be washed in one load. With a front load washer and dryer with a large capacity, fewer loads are the result.

Another great feature of these modern appliances is their convenience. Many sets are designed to be placed on top of one another. For a family living in a small space, this can be the difference between doing their own laundry and having to regularly visit the Laundromat. Even folks living in a one or two-bedroom apartment can accommodate a front load washer and dryer set that fits horizontally together.

The price is obviously going to vary depending on the features found on the machines. For most families a large capacity front load washer and dryer should be viewed as an investment. When you consider how many loads of laundry you are doing in the space of a year, it’s easy to see how economical these appliances really are.

After all, we all need clean clothes and if you have a laundry pair that works well and saves you money that makes the job of laundry much less burdensome.

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DVD Copy Software

Copying DVDs can be a little bit tricky. You see, the industry has been working hard to find ways to protect their intellectual property rights. Fortunately, DVD copy protection software is not very good. Most DVD burner software can get around it, however a lot of it can not. DVD copy software is a little bit risky, because there are so many different DVD protocols. If you do not get free DVD copy software, you are taking a risk. You might be spending money for something that cannot even copy the DVDs that you own. It may be defeated by the most basic DVD copy protection.

There are many different kinds of DVD copy software. The one that most people think of is DVD burner software. DVD burning software basically takes a DVD and rips an identical copy of it onto a blank disc. This is a great way to copy DVDs. For most people, it is the best kind of DVD copy software. You see, DVDs take up a tremendous amount of storage room on hard drives. The video is in such high resolution that a full-length movie can fill up half of your hard drive! This is why you really need to burn it onto another blank DVD. Otherwise you will have no room on your computer at all.

Of course, there is another kind of DVD copy software. A lot of people do not like the idea of having a huge and ever growing stack of DVDs sitting around. They would rather have a few choice movies on their hard drive and be done with it. These people use another form of DVD copy software, one which actually burns the DVD onto their hard drive.

Some of them do this without even compressing the DVD. This can take up a tremendous amount of space, as I have mentioned before. Other DVD copy programs, however, compress the DVD. There can be a significant loss in digital video quality, however the movie takes up much less room. For many movie fans, it still looks good enough to be worth keeping, and you can fit hundreds of them onto a reasonably large hard drive. This is the DVD copy software of choice for people who do not have a lot of space to keep a library.

A lot of dyed in the wool computer hackers like to keep their DVDs on their hard drives. That way, they can have a copy of them whenever they want.

DVD Software Reviews

Filed under: Software

Digital Editing Software

No matter what field of media you work in, digital editing software is key. When I first started out as a designer and musician, I thought that the art you created was largely independent of the media. A good artist could create good art, no matter what they were working with. A bad artist, even with the best digital audio editing software, would always produce junk. It has taken me years to realize how naïve I was at that point. The things that I believed simply were not the case. Software digital editing is the future. The way you process the image is more important than the way that you envision it.

I have been working with digital video editing software for years, but it only took me weeks to realize how important it was to the movie industry. Let’s face it: movies have gone downhill but no one has noticed. The digital editing software is so good that they can splice things together, add in special effects, alter the dialogue, alter the characters, and generally rework things at the last minute to make them appear passable. The same movies that we make today would not work without digital editing software. Can you imagine seeing the Lord of the Rings without all of the CG? No one would bother. It would be a flop!

The same is the case with most of the music that we listen to nowadays. I have a friend who is heavily involved in the recording industry, so I know what I’m talking about. He says the digital editing software is more important than the actual artists that are picked by the studios. The artists are mostly picked for their looks and their style, not for their musical ability.

All the songs are written by Independent songwriter who contract with the studious anyway. A few vocal tracks are taken from the “recording artists”, and patched together with digital editing software. I would say a good half of the pop stars nowadays don’t even know how to play music. At least a third of them could not sing the first time that they came into the studio. It doesn’t matter. With the right digital editing software, anything is possible. Digital editing software can make Britney Spears a star, just as analog editing hardware once made the Beatles a supergroup. You can be bitter about it or you can accept it, but the facts don’t change. You need the right gear to do the job.

Filed under: Software

Easyshare z740 Camera

Easyshare z740

My first digital camera was something of a joke. My husband bought it for me, but he had no idea what he was doing, and he did the best he could. That was a long time ago though, and since that time I have found a digital that I can use for years to come. Though they may come up with newer models with more features, I am quite content with the one I was given last Christmas. I chose a Kodak Easyshare z740 and I have not looked back since.

I first saw the Easyshare z740 when I went to a concert a few years go. A girl there had that model of camera, and I could not believe the quality of the pictures she got from it. Not only were the picture crisp and clean, they were huge. The Easyshare z740 also took video with sound, and if you have a large memory stick, you can take more pictures in one go than you could possible ever need. Once I saw what it could do, I had to have one.

It was a year and a half before I could get my own Easyshare z740, but it was well worth the wait. I got it for Christmas last year, and my husband looked very pleased with himself. He knew he had gotten the right one this time, and he also knew that I love to take pictures. The Easyshare z740 was the perfect gift, and it’s not often a man can be absolutely sure he’s chosen the right thing at the right time.

Even though the Easyshare z740 has been out for quite a while now, you can usually still find it for sale at most major retailers. Though I’m not sure why, I think it might be because it is such an amazing camera. There are later models like this one, but this one still seems to be a good seller.

The Easyshare z740 has 10x zoom, and there are a lot of people that need that kind of power. I take a lot of concert pictures and the zoom is essential or you might as well not take a camera with you at all. On top of that, you can take a lot of pictures in the largest picture size without resorting to digital zoom. That means you can crop away much of the picture to frame just what you want without compromising the integrity and clarity of the picture.

 

Filed under: Cameras

Full Game Download

There is nothing more frustrating than finding what you think is a full game download only to find out that it is nothing but a demo. There you are, at the end of the first level and looking forward to playing the next, when all of the sudden you are greeted by a message asking if you want to buy the full version. It is such a cheap trick. You are already excited about the game, and are willing to do almost anything to get a full version download. Unfortunately, these full version downloads can be hard to find.

There are many ways to find full game downloads. Some websites advertise that, for a small fee, they can help you find the full game download of any trial version you have play. Don’t believe these websites! A lot of them are there to trick you out of your hard earned money. A full game download is only available in a few ways. You can either buy it from the person who programmed it, or you can download it off of some warez site. 

Sometimes, you can also find a full game download available on USENET but this method can take a long time. You see, USENET is huge and badly organized. Anyone can post to USENET from anywhere in the world, and all of those posts are instantly spread across the continents. If the full game download is hidden there – and they often are – it can take hours and hours to find.

You may have to browse multiple USENET sites to find the full game download, and even once you find that, there may be problems with getting it. Sometimes, USENET drops packets. Other times whole sectors of the file might be lost. Still other times, what you think is a full game download is actually nothing but a decoy. It might be a virus, or it might be a fake full game download meant to trick you. Sometimes, the companies will do this to stop you from trying to download their software. They figure that, once you waste your time finding a few fake downloads, you will give up and buy the software.

All in all the best way to get full game downloads is to copy them from someone you know. If you find a full game download from the Internet, you never know what might be in it. If you can get one from a friend, however, you know exactly what is in the file.

Filed under: TV & Games

Digital Surveillance Systems

Our country has a serious issue with crime. Yes, I am addressing the red, white and blues states. We need to crack down on our offenders with a larger bat of something. Because it really doesn’t seem like things are changing for the better. Where does this leave the general public? I will tell you where it leaves us; shopping for the latest and greatest digital surveillance systems. We need grade A protection for our homes and families. It’s not like the police are going to be there in a split second. What’s currently keeping your home safe?

Some may think that they’re a bit extreme, but I feel that contemporary digital surveillance systems are awesome and imperative. Just take a glance around at the world we live in. Check out the local news tonight. Our planet is not safe. This goes double for the United States. We have more crime here than most countries. This all goes back to our laws and judicial system.

 It’s just not severe enough. Imagine how many people would actually steal if we really did chop off hands when folks stole. My guess is it would decrease dramatically. This goes the same for all crimes. However, America doesn’t seem to want this as bad as I do. This is why I’ll be sticking to my digital surveillance systems and several other means of security.

How cool would it be to have cameras mounted on all angles of the exterior of your home? Come on; some part of you loves this. With high-tech digital surveillance systems you can make this dream a reality. Soon you will be checking the perimeter from the comfort of your bed. Wire it to your laptop for utter convenience. I even took digital surveillance systems to the next level when I purchased infrared security cameras. Now I can check the exterior of my home and yard in the dark. It doesn’t get any better than that!

You’re probably hooked on the idea of digital surveillance systems now. Hey, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. While you’re installing those, you may also want to consider an alarm system and panic room. A panic room can be especially handy. This is a place for your family to hide and remain safe if someone breaks in. Use the Internet to investigate these options further.

Filed under: Cameras,General