Netgear Wireless-N Access Point WN802T V2 Review

Akin to one component in a stereo component system, the  Netgear Wireless-N Access Point, model WN802T   is one such component in a componentized computer networking system. While it does not offer cable or DSL modem functions, routing functions from WAN to LAN networks, or DHCP-based IP address allocation, what it does do, it does quite … Continue reading Netgear Wireless-N Access Point WN802T V2 Review



Setting Default System Voice, Windows 8

While syncing our iPod Nano, 4th generation with spoken menus enabled, we found the Windows 8 default system voice (David in our case) not to our liking, and so, wanted to change it before attempting another iPod population.  The following procedure accomplished this. Open Control Panel   from the desktop by clicking on the Start button, … Continue reading Setting Default System Voice, Windows 8



Copying Digital Talking Books To NLS Player Cartridges

Questions: How do you burn to the NLS digital player blank cassettes?  How do you copy a new talking book onto a blank NLS cartridge? Answers follow. The blank cartridges available for the digital talking book (DTB) players from the National Library Service for the Blind (NLS) are actually just USB thumb drives housed in bigger-than-typical cases.  I’ve purchased … Continue reading Copying Digital Talking Books To NLS Player Cartridges



How To Activate A PC Desktop Computer Power Supply

You can use a desktop personal computer ATX-style PC desktop switching power supply as a fairly well-regulated, well-filtered, and high current source where 12 and 5 volt applications require it. The Problem But the issue is: How do you turn on the power supply?  Unfortunately, you can’t just plug it in to an AC outlet … Continue reading How To Activate A PC Desktop Computer Power Supply



PNY Attache 16 GB USB 2.0 Pen Drive Review

Bought the   PNY Attache USB 2.0 Pen Drive, 16 GB version, at Wal Mart, to save user data from a laptop computer that we’re retiring. The device installed without hiccups, received copied data as quickly as other high speed USB storage drives we’ve tried, and is easy to locate, plug in, and use.  This Attache flash drive accepted … Continue reading PNY Attache 16 GB USB 2.0 Pen Drive Review



Change Wireless Network on Honeywell WiFi Thermostat RTH8580WF

You may need to connect your Honeywell RTH8580WF Wifi Thermostat to a different wireless network than the one it was originally configured with during installation.  Perhaps you have changed the name of your home wifi network, or you want to connect the thermostat to a different access point in your home.  You can do so … Continue reading Change Wireless Network on Honeywell WiFi Thermostat RTH8580WF



iTunes Sound Check Vs. Winamp Replay Gain

Sound Check in iTunes and iPods is the same as Winamp’s Replay Gain feature. The two automatic volume control mechanisms attempt to ensure that the recordings in your audio library play at roughly the same average volume level.  This reduces the differences in volumes as one recording ends and the next one begins. Each method suffers various pros and … Continue reading iTunes Sound Check Vs. Winamp Replay Gain



Boost Wifi Reliability with the Asus RT-AC87R Router

We’ve been experiencing frequent lockups, freezes, and error messages reporting, “an unknown error,” while streaming HD video from our Tivo DVR (digital video recorder) to an iPad Air tablet computer. So, to improve the reliability and stream ability of our wireless network, we’ve upgraded our Wifi access point to the Asus RT-AC87 Wireless Gigabit Router.  … Continue reading Boost Wifi Reliability with the Asus RT-AC87R Router



How To Copy Songs From Multiple iPods Into iTunes Library

There are free ways to   copy songs   from one or more   iPods   into your   iTunes library, even if you do not have the original copies of the music in your iTunes library. WARNING: You’d be committing a crime by duplicating music for which you own no license for; particularly if you distribute said music to others … Continue reading How To Copy Songs From Multiple iPods Into iTunes Library



Power Off Computer Pros and Cons

As software engineers, personal PC computer hobbyists, and tablet users, we’ve wondered whether or not to power off computers   when not working with them. There’s no correct answer for all situations.  So each computer’s requirements given the specific environment as well as the type of computer involved, should be examined.  Think about the pros and … Continue reading Power Off Computer Pros and Cons