Wireless Printers – How does that Bluetooth Technology really work?

Now a day, most everyone has a device with Bluetooth technology. Most people, especially California residents, have a Bluetooth hands-free headset due to the cell phone law. But do you really know how it works? Often times we take for granted these technologies and just accept that they work and leave it at that. However, I think you’ll find it interesting to know how Bluetooth technology works and how it differs from other similar technologies.

Bluetooth works by transmitting low-powered radio signals in the 2.4GHz range. Unlike other technologies that require line-of sight positioning, Bluetooth is omni-directional and can communicate with devices at a distance and even extend and penetrate through walls, doors and even different levels of buildings.

Bluetooth can be found not only in hands-free headset devices and cell phones but also laptops, computers, entertainment systems and printers. The cool thing about printers equipped with Bluetooth is that they can communicate wirelessly to digital cameras and download all your new photos in a flash. Just think: you can wirelessly download pictures and instantly print out your photos to show relatives who may be visiting.

For Bluetooth or wireless printers, I prefer hp printers. They are feature rich, have beautiful resolution and color clarity, and are very affordable. I also recommend the PIXMA line of canon printers. They are a good value and often come with an LCD display to preview your photos so you don’t even need to login to a computer.

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Netbooks – trends and truths

Netbooks are a class of notebooks, or laptops, that are specifically designed to access the internet and other wireless communication but unlike their counterparts, they are not designed for resource-intensive applications or complex programs. Because of this netbooks have far less features and are typically 5 to 10 inches (in display size) and weight about 2 to 3 pounds. They started out with only about 512 RAM and 80GB max hard drive space, although this is changing rapidly. While the netbook’s history can be linked back to the “One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project and was meant to put a laptop in the hand of all children across the globe, even in impoverished areas, the netbook has become a huge trend in Western Civilization. Today you can find “netbooks” with practically the same specs as a laptop – display size is inching up to 10 to 13 inches as standard with 1 GB RAM and 120 GB hard drive and up with many other features laptops carry. The only thing different is the retail-price strategy which is keeping the cost down to about $250-$350. Basically Manufacturers are using this new netbook fad as a way to lower the cost of laptops and get them into the hands of more consumers. Don’t get me wrong, there are several true netbooks out there purely designed for wireless communication and accessing the internet without the weight and energy consumption – you’ll just have to do your homework to find them. And believe me, I do find them pretty fascinating myself. You can check out the new Acer Aspire One AOD150 which further cements Acer’s lead in the netbook department.

Problems with Apple iPhone Anyone?

Ok, so today I am going to go off on a tangent a bit and ramble on about my iPhone. How many of you have iPhones? Does your iPhone ever freeze up and boot you out of apps? I must say, that while I do love the iPhone (it has such a superior screen, display colors, graphics, and the sound is incredible) lately it has let me down a bit. Several times today the phone freezes up and kicks me off the internet, stops in the middle of a song, and in the middle of using one of it’s wonderful applications. Perhaps there is another update coming out, or perhaps I need to get a new iPhone! Sometimes I check in on Apple Discussions at the Apple website where people chat about fixes, etc. Tell me about your iPhone experiences.

Generic vs. Name Brand Ink

Refill Ink Cartridge

In order to save money in hard times like these people often turn to generics to lower their costs. Ink is one of these items that people sometimes turn to generics because of their sometimes high prices. However, these cheaper generic ink cartridges may not be saving you money on printer supplies the long run. There are a number of factors to take into consideration when figuring out the ROI of your ink cartridge including prints per cartridge, longevity of prints, and quality of the prints. These factors actually make buying name brand ink over alternative “cheaper” options a better choice for you.

In addition, many of the re manufactured, refilled or generic cartridges can actually damage the printer itself. These ink cartridges are not designed specifically for you printer and have a tendency to bleed or spill into your printer causing damage and costing you more money in the long run.

You will actually save more money and time in the long run by buying the inkjet cartridges made specifically for your printer by the printer’s manufacturer, and this will ensure quality prints every time. One tip, however, to extend the life of the brand-name ink cartridges is to wait until the ink completely runs out versus replacing the cartridge as soon as the “low-ink” light comes on. This warning usually comes on well before you need to replace the ink.

You can visit HP’s website for more detailed information about the truth about discount ink cartridges.  They have even more fantastic photos and articles regarding the subject.

Analog to Digital Switch Delayed

End of broadcasting in analog

End of broadcasting in analog

So, for all of you wondering, it’s official – Congress has passed legislation that delays the deadline for television stations to stop broadcasting in analog.

The deadline was supposed to be today, February 17, 2009 for all stations to end broadcasting in analog, but it is now pushed back to June 12, 2009. It appears there were millions of people still not equipped for the change (I’m not sure how, I couldn’t live without my Cable Package!). Some full-power stations may actually stop broadcasting in analog this month, but many have decided to postpone “flipping the switch.”

If you are looking for additional information regarding the switch to digital and the exact dates it will take place, detailed information can be found on the FCC’s Digital TV Transition site.

The All-New MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

With the relentless march of technology, laptops have become ubiquitous in today’s world. While it might seem that every computer company under the sun offers a laptop computing solution, one particular offering stands head and shoulders above the rest. The new MacBook Pro offers powerful computing, dramatic enhancements and a slim look that you won’t find elsewhere on the market.

What’s different about the new MacBook Pro? First, it offers a slim, yet functional design that can’t be beat. At a mere inch in thickness when closed, the MacBook Pro is one of the slimmest notebook computers available.That slimness does not translate into a loss of capabilities, though.

Monitor size is available from 15 inches all the way through 17 inches and offers high definition resolution for better graphics viewing. One of the most popular innovations in the MacBook Pro is the amazing touch pad.This option offers iPhone-like capabilities, including slide, pinch and flip capabilities that you’ll not find in any other touch pad on the market today.

With the addition of Intel Core 2 Duo processors that run at up to 2.6 GHz, the new MacBook Pro provides much more processing capability than previously. An onboard L2 6 MB cache provides additional processing capacity and faster speeds, as well.

The MacBook Pro provides 3 USB ports, a FireWire 400 and a FireWire 800 port, as well as audio in and out ports, a DVI port and an ExpressCard port.

If you’re concerned about wireless connectivity (and what laptop owner isn’t?), the MacBook Pro provides built in 802.11n technology.This is the newest technology on the market and offers backward compatibility to work with older wireless services if necessary.Wireless backup (through Time Machine) and wireless printing capabilities (AirPort or Time Capsule) fill out the massive capabilities of this unique machine.

If you’re looking for a notebook computer that can grow with you, this is it. There’s plenty of room inside for new additions, though the larger hard drive will keep that eventuality at bay for some time to come.

First 2TB Hard Drive Announced

Western Digital 2TB Hard Drive

Last Tuesday, January 27th Western Digital announced that they would be the first company to produce a 2TB hard drive in a single 3.5” unit. Is this really a big deal, you ask? The truth is IT IS for Western Digital and for the rest of us. Western Digital, known for top-selling hard drives such as their Western Digital My Book Series, is typically not a leader in direct jumps in hard drive capacity technologies. Seagate Technologies, on the other hand, is usually the driving force. The last example of this was their Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 TB hard drive, which was the largest hard disk drive on the market. However, this accomplishment was tainted for Seagate subsequently due to product flaws including a self-bricking malfunction. This means the product appeared to be “normal” until, after some use, the product suddenly stopped being recognized by the user’s computer. Seagate states they are currently “working with customers to expedite a remedy. This is unfortunate for Seagate, a top-quality Hard Drive Manufacturer, but a golden-opportunity for Western Digital as they step out from under their #2 position in the hard disk drive manufacturing industry and outshine their competition.