What Determines Neon Light Color?

Question: What determines the color of neon lights?  Answer: As in just about all gaseous discharge lamps, the color that neon lights glow is set by several factors, including: The type of gas inside the neon light’s glass tubing. The amount gas (pressure) inside the tube. The type of fluorescent coating on the inside surface … Continue reading What Determines Neon Light Color?



How to Clean Stainless Steel Electric Percolators

We’ve brewed several tens of pots of coffee in our Farberware Electric Percolator.  We’ve found that without routine cleaning, this stainless steel appliance can become stained brown, and that unsightliness can be hard to remove if allowed to build up.  So, wanting to preserve that silver, new look as long as possible, we looked for … Continue reading How to Clean Stainless Steel Electric Percolators



Sony MDR-V6 Studio Monitor Headphones Headset Review

I listened to the Sony MDR-V6 Studio Monitor Headphones  for several months in 2006, and played them over many evenings with several CD players, iPods, headphone amps, mixing boards, radios, and computer sound cards. I thought them exceptional audio listening devices in lots of ways.  I’ve owned more Sony headsets than any other brand. They look … Continue reading Sony MDR-V6 Studio Monitor Headphones Headset Review



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



Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones Earphones Headset Review

I’ve owned the Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones  for several years now. In that time, I’ve used them with various CD players, iPods, iPads, headphone amps, and stereo receivers. Impressions follow in this review. These dynamic headphones highly impressed me with their notably full response. There’s no part of the audio frequency spectrum that this audio head-gear fails to … Continue reading Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones Earphones Headset Review



Switching Power Supply Adapter Failure 12v External Hard Drive

Switching power supplies and adapters of sizes from the very large to the almost infinitesimal, convert mains and auto electricity into the correct voltage, current, and regulation levels necessary for running today’s high tech computing devices; everything from cell phones and tablets, laptop and desktop computers, to just about any device based on IT technology.  … Continue reading Switching Power Supply Adapter Failure 12v External Hard Drive



Skullcandy Ink’d Earbuds S2IKDZ-003 Review

For the $20 I paid for these  Skullcandy Ink’d S2IKDZ-003 Earbuds,  I felt I got way more value than that, in terms of full and rich low sounds, non distorted mid range, and clear highs up to 12 kilohertz or so. No raspy sounds at these frequencies here, as so many of the cheaper in-ear speaker sets produce.  I’ve … Continue reading Skullcandy Ink’d Earbuds S2IKDZ-003 Review



Philips ActionFit SHQ1000-28 Waterproof, Sweat Proof In-Ear Sports Headphones Review

In short, these Philips In-Ear Sports Headphones, in the earbuds style,   are not high fidelity, But they are very durable, sweat proof, waterproof (as long as you leave the rubber cups that cover the drivers in place), well-fitting, designed for sports applications, comfortable, and not bad sounding. Clearly however, Philips focused more on the ruggedness … Continue reading Philips ActionFit SHQ1000-28 Waterproof, Sweat Proof In-Ear Sports Headphones Review



No Slam Toilet Seat Mayfair Wooden 1B5109408 Review

Purchased the Mayfair elongated wooden no slam toilet seat, #1B5109408, by Bemis Manufacturing Company, to quiet down an at-times noisy bathroom. Well, in short, it worked very well!  No more loud banging as folks with other things on their minds besides keeping the din down, just let the commode seat fall.  Boom!  Quite the startling … Continue reading No Slam Toilet Seat Mayfair Wooden 1B5109408 Review



Internet Radio Stream URL, How to Find

In this piece, we show ways for how to find an internet radio stream URL.  You may own an internet radio.  Popular models include the Sangean WFR-20, IRIS Web Radio, Denon S32, or the Logitech Squeezebox Boom. If so, you may see that their station list web sites, may not have some streams you want. … Continue reading Internet Radio Stream URL, How to Find