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Wahoo's Computer & Internet Tips Newsletter - April 2005

In The News This Month...
Well, we all thought that spring was coming early here in little ol' McBride but it seems old man winter won't quite let go. Over the past week it has been warm and sunny one day, raining and windy another, and snowing another! That's mountain weather for you! We have a saying here (as I'm sure most cities and towns do, not just ours) that if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes.

I'm going to keep this short because I have included 2 articles for your reading pleasure this month. The first one is Tips On Buying a Home Theater Audio System by Sibas Fargio and the second one is about Digital Cameras by Denise Lauren. Hope you enjoy them!

That's that. Thanks for reading!
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Did You Know...?

Without any greenhouse effect, Earth would be cold and lifeless with an average temperature of 0.4 degrees Fagrenheit. Brrr!

Tips On Buying A Home Theater Audio System

If you're ready to buy a home theater audio system, here are some tips to help you find the right system for you.

1. Spend a little time in the room where you are planning to put your new audio system. Whether you know it or not, the room is a large component in your home theater system. Consider whether or not this room will be used solely for the system or will also be used for other family activities. This will also help you decide if there are any considerations with regard to the size of the components and speakers you plan to buy.

Consider drawing a map of your room and sketch the possible placements of your furniture, components and speakers. Measure the room's dimensions and write them down. Make a list of all the inputs you currently have and will continue to use. Make a list of the inputs you intend to add to your new audio system. You should write down which components are going to need cables and wires. Also, write down the approximate lengths of those cables and wires. Once all of this is worked out, carry this information and map with you when you go out to buy your new audio system.

It is important to arrange your room for optimal picture and sound by reducing screen and hard surface reflections. Do not forget the TV picture is not very pretty when light is reflecting off the screen. Also, audio is not so wonderful when sound waves are reflecting off hard surfaces like bare walls and windows.

2. Decide on what you want to experience when you settle down on your couch with your partner and a big bowl of popcorn. Ruminate on the experience you want before you ruminate on your budget. Is it stereo, surround sound, or primarily movies?

3. By spending some time looking on the internet and reading through forums you will be ahead of most. If you spend this time investigating, you will gain major leverage as a customer. When the time comes for you to buy your system, make sure your brain is as full of information about home theater audio systems as possible.

4. Revisit the drawing of your room and your research. You will ultimately end up with two, possibly three choices. By now you should be a confident consumer. Decide what you absolutely want.

5. To find the values out there, you must be an expert on home theater audio systems. Watch for deals and promotions that your local electronic store offers.

6. Don't get stuck with a mismatched TV size for your room. The key here is balance. If the TV is too big then you tend to see the details of the screen, not the image. If the TV is too small, you might feel like you're sitting in the nosebleed section. Here is an equation to help you decide the best screen size for your room. Two point five (2.5) X the size of your TV screen = suggested viewing distance. For example: if your TV is 36 inches then according to the equation you should sit about 90 inches (or 7½ feet) from your TV (36 x 2.5 = 90). Note that this chart is only a reference.

Take your time and do your research and you'll find the perfect home theater audio system to meet your needs.

Sibas Fargio is the webmaster and owner of Fps Audio which is an excellent place to find audio links, resources and articles.

Digital Cameras

Digital camera sales are going through the roof. As the quality of images from digital cameras improve they are becoming much more affordable and the sales are simply not surprising. Consumers are also becoming more comfortable with the whole idea of taking photogrpahs digitally.

There are many different types of digital cameras to choose from and the one you choose will have a lot to do with what you plan on using the camera for.

Digital Camera Types
It doesn't matter whether you're shooting film or digital images. There are basically three types of cameras. There are point and shoot cameras, prosumer cameras and professional quality cameras.

1. Point and shoot cameras operate automatically. They do everything for you except for framing the subject. Exposure is decided by the camera as well as whether a flash is needed or not. All you need to do is point and shoot.

2. Prosumer cameras are a step up from your typical point and shoot because they allow the photographer not only to shoot in a fully automatic mode but also to have control over various aspects of the exposure. They typcially have various modes including portrait mode, a close-up mode, action mode, and landscape mode.

3. Professional cameras allow a photographer to actually look through the lens. These are called single lens reflex (SLR) cameras. What you see is what you get. You have full control over the exposure with these cameras but you can also shoot in full automatic mode or using various exposure modes.

It doesn matter what sort of camera you decide to get. You will have several decisions to make regarding resolution of the camera.

Most current digital cameras on the market today will produce an image with more than 4 million pixels. That's enough resolution to easily print images up to 8 x 10 with good image quality. It's not likely that you will print images larger than 8 x 10 so most of these cameras should meet your needs.

Try Different Cameras Before You Buy
Different cameras can have very different image qualities even though they may have the same number of pixels. This is due to different types and sizes of sensors on which the images are recorded and the various qualities of lens used.

Digital cameras are constantly changing and being improved upon. Every few months it seems there is a new model out with more pixels and better features at a more affordable price. Do not let this bother you. Take the time to choose a good digital camera which makes quality photographs and enjoy the benefits of digital photography for years to come.

And one last piece of advice. Digital photogrpahy has created a new problem. People are not printing their photos anymore. They download them onto their computer and then they eventually get lost or deleted. Print those special photographs. Your children will thank you.

Denise Lauren is the webmaster of Filme Cameras Inc. which is an excellent place to find camera links, resources and articles.

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