Famous Buyers Guide

A Plethora of Resource Materials
i.e. Hard To Find 'common' Keyboard Symbols

¢   ¥   £   ₤   ¼   ½   ¾   ⅓   ⅔   ±   è   ã   å   ℅   ©   ®   ™   ♫   Ω   ☺   
cents / Yen / Sterling / Lira / Fractions / + and - / accent (fiancè) /  Care Of /
Copyright / Registered / Trade Mark / Musical Note / RAZR - ohm / Smiley

NOTE: Tips & Toll Free Phone Numbers
Are Still All At The Bottom of the page...

Please Read this carefully Take Your Time !
This page has a
wealth of information passed on from many
    sources and experts and my MANY e-mailers.

This page is actually an Excellent Resource  
 Guide to YOUR computer, Your Shopping,   
   Your particular area of Video, Photo, Audio   
and SmartPhones!

     Please help yourself, down load, refer back     
    here and pass along any and all info you see.

We're Here 24 / 7 & 365 for FREE
and speaking of FREE...

From My Personal Lectures:
Electric Cars Vanishing Conspiracy!

BelarcAdvisor Link
Fry's Electronics 877-688-7678

MicroCenter  800-634-3478

Great Deals On Memory HERE

Also My Personal Free Recommendations for:

anti virus    AVAST

malware  ADAWARE

Where Is That Page Of Yours
Free after Rebate mr. meister?

If, you are still looking for all that
Music Listing that's on your DVD

For Those Looking For A Free CD
Microsoft Windows OS

  (800) 426-9400

Unfreeze & SAVE Computer Work

This document contains recommendations on what to do if the computer freezes or dead locks.
If your computer has stopped responding, follow the steps below to attempt to get the computer
to unfreeze.

Tip: Some programs have an AutoSave feature. If you were editing a document at the time of the
lockup, you may be able to recover a recent version of the document after rebooting.

Note: If your program does not have an AutoSave feature or the ability to recover a recent version
of a document, you may lose all unsaved work due to a freeze or dead lock. It is important to save
your work often to minimize or prevent this possibility.

Give the computer some time

Wait. Give the computer a few minutes to process. Sometimes a computer may appear to be froze,
 but it is really just slow or busy processing a complex task.

Is the computer dead locked?

Computer keyboard num lock LED
See if the computer can respond to anything by pressing the Caps Lock key on the
keyboard and watching the Caps Lock LED (light) to see if it turns on and off. If the computer can
turn on and off Caps Lock, continue to the next step. If nothing happens, the computer is dead
locked and you must reboot the computer.

End Task the Not Responding program

If the Caps Lock can turn on and off, Windows is still working, but another program may not be
responding and causing the computer to freeze. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open the Windows Task
 Manager. If the Task Manager can open, highlight the program that is not responding and choose
 End Task, which should unfreeze the computer.

Note: It could still take ten to twenty seconds for the unresponsive program to be terminated after
you choose End Task.

Reboot a frozen computer

If none of the above steps helped, you must reboot the computer. To reboot a frozen computer,
press and hold down the power button until the computer turns off. Once the computer is off,
wait a few seconds, then turn the computer back on and let it start as normal.

Note: During the computer startup process, you may see a screen asking if you want to start the
computer in Safe Mode or Start Windows Normally. Choose the Start Windows Normally
option and see if Windows starts up correctly, without error.

Suppose You have a program that you have spent
hours Working On and you find yourself with a
Frozen Screen and it is waiting on an action
window but is hidden behind the document Even If you
Carefully closed every single open document except
the one critical document you have not saved.

Fear not, help is on the way and you may have a
Way Out. 1. Put your computer to sleep.
2. Come back after a Good 10 Minutes
3. Open up a Dummy page and do minor work
4. Once you see your original document is freed up
rapidily save your original work.
5. Close and perform a normal Complete Shut Down.

Resolve Hardware or Device Driver issue

If after trying all of the above, the computer is still frozen or continues to freeze after rebooting,
there may be defective hardware or a device driver that is not working correctly. A defective
hard drive, stick of RAM, video card, or other piece of hardware can cause a computer to freeze.
A device driver can also cause a computer to freeze if it is out of date, conflicting with another
driver, or just not working properly.

If you determine that a defective piece of hardware is causing the freezes, you should replace the
hardware right away to prevent further damage to the computer. If a device driver is at fault, down
load the latest driver from the manufacturer's website and install it before the computer freezes. Or
use another computer to download the driver and try installing the driver on your computer.

If you are unable to install the latest driver before the computer freezes, another option is to
start the computer in Safe Mode. Once in Safe Mode, you can access Device Manager and uninstall
the hardware device corresponding to the device driver that is not working correctly. Then, restart
the computer and load into Windows normally. Windows should detect the hardware that you
uninstalled and try to reinstall the device driver. This process may be enough to fix the issue and stop
further freezes from occurring. You can also try installing the latest driver at this point, to make sure
your computer is up-to-date for that device driver.

You can also try accessing the computer BIOS and disabling any hardware that is not working properly,
 to see if that stops the freezes from occurring. However, you should still replace that hardware, as you
may not be able to use your computer fully if the hardware remains disabled.

Take PC to Repair Shop

If none of the above options work or are not possible to try, we recommend taking your computer to a
computer repair shop and allow a computer technician to diagnose and fix the problem.


Free Internet = WiMAX
Right Now WiFi
IS Free Internet at just over
879, 644 locations nationally.
Over 100k businesses, 380k public and the
rest private, personal, military, govt and edu 


Part ONE    Here is Buying DV  and  A/V    
 equipment anytime, any day all year long   

     Part TWO is Computer Tips, Short Cuts  
 Found Near The Bottom Of This Page.

 HERE...   Look at this for instance...   
'meister? Is there a place for FREE    
       where I can test my computer's memory? 
Sure It Is @...

You WILL Love This...   Free
From Microsoft !

They will send you 100% Free a CD to:
   Update virtually ANY Microsoft product.
Really! ... all @

Want To Do A FREE Quick Check
of the computer you're on to see if  
  you are Free of All Viruses, Worms
& Trojan Horses?



I have been told that this one tip has been a God-send !
Unlisted Toll Free Number is 

 I Think You Will All Love This... The Secret To Retirement !                                               

A Different Twist on ....RETIREMENT by the meister's Father...
Recently I was checking my 401k account and thinking about retirement,
as everyone does when they hit the BIG 50 / 60 /70 or in my humble case
the 80              .  I saw an article about nursing homes, care facilities and
retirement homes and ALL the expenses. Then it hit me.
                                No nursing home for me!
Here is my plan:   I'm seriously  thinking of checking into A Holiday Inn.
WHY?   Read on and although conceived in humor... this is Very Sobering!

With the average cost for a nursing home reaching $188 per day, there
is a better way when we get old and feeble. I have already checked on
reservations at the Holiday Inn. For a combined long-term stay discount
and senior discount, it's $49.23 per night. That leaves $138.77 a day for
breakfast, lunch, dinner in any restaurant I want, or room service. It
also will leave enough for laundry, gratuities, and special TV movies.

Plus, I'll get a swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge, and washer
and dryer. I'll also get free toothpaste, razors, shampoo and soap. And
I'll be treated like a customer, not a patient.

Five dollars worth of tips a day will have the entire staff
scrambling. There is a city bus stop out front, and seniors ride free.
The handicap bus will also pick me up if I fake a decent limp. Ride the
church bus free on Sundays. For a change of scenery, take the airport
shuttle bus and eat at one of the nice restaurants there. While you're at
the airport, fly somewhere.    Meanwhile, the cash keeps building up.
It takes months to get into decent nursing homes. On the other hand,
Holiday Inn will take your reservation today. And you are not stuck in one
place forever -- you can move from Inn to Inn, or even from city to city.
Want to see Hawaii? They have a Holiday Inn there, too. TV broken? Light
bulbs need changing? Need a mattress replaced? No problem. They fix
everything and apologize for the inconvenience.

The Inn has a night security person and daily room service. The maid checks
to see if you are OK. If not, they will call the undertaker or an ambulance. If you
fall and break a hip, Medicare will pay for the hip & Holiday Inn will upgrade
you to a suite for the rest of your life. And no worries about visits from family.
They will always be glad to visit you & probably check in for a mini-vacation.

When I discussed my plan with friends, they came up with even more benefits
that Holiday Inn provides retirees. Most standard rooms have coffee makers,
reclining chairs, and satellite TV -- all you need to enjoy a cozy afternoon.
After a movie and a good nap, you can check on your children (free local phone
calls), then take a stroll to the lounge or restaurant where you meet new and
exotic people every day. Many Holiday Inns even feature live entertainment on
the weekends. Often they have special offers, too, like the Kids Eat Free program.
You can invite your grandkids over after school to have a free dinner with you.
Just tell them not to bring more than three friends.

When I discussed this concept with relatives they had even more input... like
NO electric bills, no water & sewer bills, No Cable TV bills, No Trash bills
in fact some one each days comes and empties ALL your waste baskets, does
the beds... straightens up the living room, bath room, kitchen and bed room
along with making up the beds.  There is no charge for a daily newspaper
or for 24 hour security and SEVEN day a week maid service. Meals are from
a REAL menu and there is 24 hour coffee shops, guests services, business
room with Fax, copier and the like. Uh, did I mention most now offer FREE
internet.  Free towels at the Pool, Jacuzzi, spa and workout facilities.

Those of you worried about savings... forget about a horrendous Maintenance
bill that looks like what rent use to be. Save your money when it comes to
property taxes, school taxes, lawn care, house up-keep as in gardening and
landscaping. Parking is FREE and secure and convenient especially if you are
 handicapped and are a LONG term resident customer. You can greet guests in
the Lobby, reading area, party or function rooms and later take them out to eat
without Going Back Out. Valet parking makes everyone feel special and on v
vacation. Everyone there greets you with a smile and by name within one week
of staying there. You feel welcomed and that you belong to a Team and one of
the staff.  Everyone ALWAYS treats you with dignity and respect you will
NEVER see at an institution.

Pick a Holiday Inn where they allow pets, and your best friend can keep you
company as well. If you want to travel, but are a bit skittish about unfamiliar
surroundings, you'll always feel at home because wherever you go, the rooms
all look the same. And if you're getting a little absent-minded in your old days,
you never have to worry about not finding your room -- your electronic key fits
only one door and the helpful bellman or desk clerk is on duty 24/7.

Being natural skeptics, we called a Holiday Inn to check out this idea of my plan.
I'm happy to report that they were positively giddy at the idea of us checking in
for a year or more. They even offered to negotiate the rate to $35 a night !

My dad now has special medical needs but just like if he were home... the nurses
can visit him daily at the Holiday Inn, so can the podiatrist, the personal
Aid and assistant and even the PT therapist. On an extended stay for months you
can personalize your quarters with your own books, pictures and decorations.

Dialing ZERO and you have a live voice only a few steps away that can respond
to a request or offer assistance.   The more one thinks about this and the thousands
that can be saved and invested... why in two years you could be living FREE with
a simple investment in Tax Free muni's where the principle is never touched...
You could have a 6 digit estate to hand down to your children in less than 10 years.

Now THAT is called LIVING... Seen any of the dozen Hawaiian Holiday Inns...
You would think you are in Heaven...  my uncle now has a 7 day chauffeur for the
Jaguar he got for FREE with all the savings this has brought him.  Amazing !

So where am I at right now... a nursing home and so is my bride...  Why?
Simple, I did NOT PLAN and guess what?   Neither have you !   You've been warned...

A More Innovated Approach and Up-date to the above...

About 2 years ago my friend and I were on a cruise through the western
Mediterranean aboard a Princess liner. At dinner we noticed an elderly
lady sitting alone along the rail of the grand stairway in the main dining
room. I also noticed that all the staff, ships officers, waiters, busboys, etc.,
all seemed very familiar with this lady. I asked our waiter who the lady was,
expecting to be told she owned the line, but he said he only knew that she
had been on board for the last four cruises, back to back.


As we left the dining room one evening I caught her eye and stopped to say
hello. We chatted and I said, "I understand you've been on this ship for the
last four cruises". She replied, "Yes, that's true."  I stated, "I don't understand"
and she replied, without a pause,        "It's cheaper than a nursing home"  !


So, there will be no nursing home in my future. When I get old and feeble, I
am going to get on a Princess Cruise Ship. The average cost for a nursing
home is $200 per day. I have checked on reservations at Princess and I
can get a long term discount and senior discount price of $135 per day.
That leaves $65 a day for:
1. Gratuities which will only be $10 per day.

2. I will have as many as 10 meals a day if I can waddle to the restaurant,
or I can have room service (which means I can have breakfast in bed
every day of the week).

3. Princess has as many as three swimming pools, a workout room, free
washers and dryers, and shows every night.

4. They have free toothpaste and razors, and free soap and shampoo.

 5. They will even treat you like a customer, not a patient. An extra $5 worth
of tips will have the entire staff scrambling to help you.

6. I will get to meet new people every 7 or 14 days.

7. T.V. broken? Light bulb need changing? Need to have the mattress replaced?
No Problem! They will fix everything and apologize for your inconvenience.

8. Clean sheets and towels every day, and you don't even have to ask for them.

9. If you fall in the nursing home and break a hip you are on Medicare; if you fall
and break a hip on the Princess ship they will upgrade you to a suite for the rest
of your life.

Now hold on for the best!  Do you want to see South America, the Panama Canal,
Tahiti, Australia, Glaciers off the coast of Alaska, New York Cruise to Niagra Falls,
Asia, or name where you want to go? Princess will have a ship ready to go. So don't
look for me in a nursing home with CRUMMY FOOD, LOUSY SERVICE, CONSTIPATED
Oh, and I forgot the ZINGER... prices out the WAZOO... Not this chicky. Bon Voyage...
              who knows, maybe an off spring or two may just join you...

Time To Clean Up Your Act (re: Computer!)
I would download and run Ad-aware or Spybot Search and Destroy.
They will find and delete spyware. Update these programs before you run
them. Both are free.

I want to say again how pleased I am that you have made the effort to protect your computer. This isn't difficult if you take the time to grasp it. This will save you the heartbreak of having system failures and going through a possible RAID data recovery. Others who have not done what my e-mailers did should get themselves in gear. Everything you need is accessible through my site. Most of it is free. So, pardon me while I get on my soapbox and preach.

First and foremost, you need anti-virus protection. Free programs are available through my site. The link is below. If you are not comfortable with a computer, you may be better off paying for a program. That should get you more handholding. There are many pay programs. Three I like are McAfee, Panda and Symantec. Those Web sites are, respectively:

You also need a firewall. Personally, I like ZoneAlarm. It works well & it's free. Another good & free, firewall is Outpost.

Don't forget about spyware and adware. These are programs downloaded to the unwary by advertising companies. Some of this stuff is so intrusive that it can cause computer problems. You can eradicate most of it with Ad-aware or Spybot-Search & Destroy.

Spybot also will block most spyware and adware programs from roosting on your computer. All of these programs, with the exception of the pay anti-virus products, are available. That address is:

If you lock down your computer, you are very unlikely to have problems with hackers. Take a little time to learn this stuff & you'll be in great shape!

You can check your system ports on the Internet. Go to Gibson Research & run the Shields Up application. It will tell if your computer is hidden, or if your ports are answering pings. Gibson is at:

I Want To Manage All My Photos, Remove, Edit, e-mail... I want to do it all... Help


Q. I sent a picture of a chair to my sister via e-mail. Instead, she received a picture my husband had taken of me nude. We were both shocked. I had deleted that picture. I went back to my computer and my picture was not there, but my chair was! Also, I have sent documents via e-mail. Changes I made to the documents didn’t appear. Instead original documents were received. What's going on?

A. I get a lot of e-mail from people want this answer. I can guess why, but I’m not going there.

Most likely you clicked the wrong image file. You say that you deleted the picture, but I bet a copy was still on the computer. It’s not that uncommon. The way pictures get named by most cameras using numbers adds to the confusion. And your camera’s software may be keeping backups, too.

That’s why I recommended that you download the free program, Picasa. After you install it, it will search your entire hard drive for any image files. Afterwards, it presents you with a semblance of organization. You can see the pictures by dates. You can rename files. You can delete files. You can even do some photo editing.

After this call, I posed the question to the other geeks in the office. Sorry to say, but we think you probably just made a mistake. And as a point of reference for the future, if you take these type of photos, it’s probably a good idea to format the camera’s memory card afterwards. Sure, a really determined person still could recover them. But for all practical purposes, they would be gone.

Also, when sharing pictures with others, you don’t have to use e-mail. Use a photo-sharing site such as Ofoto or Yahoo! Photos.

As for the documents, there might be a logical explanation. Attaching a document to an e-mail will send the last saved copy. So if the document is open, any changes you’ve made since it was last saved won’t be included. Before you attach a document, save and close it.

The ability to send files is one of the best features of e-mail. Unfortunately, it trips a lot of people up. We’ve all received messages that reference non-existent attachments. Likewise, we’ve all been guilty of forgetting to attach a promised file. And, of course, many people have sent the wrong files with an e-mail.

I’m constantly asked to walk people through attaching files to e-mail. For those who don’t know how to attach files, here’s a quick rundown.

The process is quite simple. E-mail programs vary somewhat, but, typically, you click on the paper clip on the toolbar. When the attachment dialog box opens, navigate until you find the file. Then, highlight it and click Insert.

You can repeat the process for multiple files. Or, if they’re all in the same folder, press Ctrl+A to highlight all of them. Then send the e-mail as you normally would.

If you access e-mail via the Web, there are a few more steps. Also, the process will vary, depending on the e-mail provider.

For example, on Yahoo! you click the Attach Files button. On the next page, click Browse. The File Upload dialog box will open. Navigate until you find the file. Highlight it and click Open. Repeat the process for each file. Then click Attach Files.

After the files have been scanned for viruses, click Continue to Message. You can then edit and send your message as you normally would.

To be on the safe side, before clicking the send button, double-click the attachment in the outgoing message. This usually opens it. Close it and click Send. As for forgetting to attach files, I suppose there’s no cure for that! Even I am guilty of that from time to time.


The Secret to Reading News on the Internet
Question mister meister:  I am looking for a program that allows me to scan a paper into the computer,
then listen to it read back via audio.    Does such a thing exist?

meister Answer's. It certainly does exist. As a matter of fact, there are many programs that will do this.
    2nd Speech Center, v.1.50. This program not only translates text to speech, it does it in 11 languages! It costs $40. A free 30-day trial version is available. Get more information at:

   Natural Voice Reader. The Standard version has the perfect price- free! Two other versions, Professional and Enterprise, cost $40 and $70, respectively. Both offer clearer voices than that of Standard, according to the company. They can also convert text files to sound files, such as MP3s. More information is available at:

Many print entities--newspapers, magazines and professional journals--require readers who use their satellite Internet sites to register personal information before viewing their content. Various media outlets say they can't make money unless they can prove to advertisers who their readers are.

However, anecdotal evidence suggests readers are annoyed with the registration process. Some enter bogus information, while others are looking for ways to bypass the registration roadblocks. That's where comes in. Less than a year old, this Australian-based Web site creates login names and passwords for sites that require registration information, a boon to privacy and anti-spam advocates. The site's home page claims some 15,000 Web sites that have been unlocked to news junkies. may be the most popular site people use to skip the registration/e-mail process, but there are others that can do the same thing albeit a bit differently:

  • allows users to create e-mail addresses specifically used for content providers that require registration information but not use their private e-mail address.
  • works in much the same way as Mailinator except that users have to set up an account that generates bogus e-mail addresses.
  • The New York Times link generator lets bloggers post links to articles so that people don't have to log in.

Chuckmeister, where will I found All the answers to ALL
the questions that have up-till-now...    NO answer?


Here as Promised is...
Helpful Computer Hints...

Want FREE 100 or 200 Blank CD's or even DVD's?     
Rebates, Store coupons and manufacturer's promotions at    
Staples, Office Depot, Office Warehouse are going on all the
time. Just ask or be on the look out for store flyers

Best COMPUTER desk... neatest, cleanest, takes up the
LEAST room, fits anywhere and big enough for TWO      
 people to share side by side = IKEA. Besta Burs which    
        comes in Gray, Black and White. Two Huge 79" drawers       
    Neat thing is its Only 15" deep yet my full size Sony Laptop
    & my Mach-1 Netbook can all fit inside With accessories   
      while my wife's 17" Apple and Aspire One netbook also fits.


 Best CELL PHONE Service... after T-Mo goes down the drain  
SPRINT will be the best choice on several accounts. They are
         the only ones that say Unlimited unlimited especially when it comes
     to Internet without hidden ceilings or slowing you down after you
   used a gig or two. They begin Nites at 7pm, they will match any
    cell phone you currently have and they are 4G. They have great
 corporate or union or Group discounts some as high as 35%.

Want Some Great FREE Music with Artist Names & Titles
24 / 7 from the 1940's, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's and 1980's ?

24 / 7 Computer Help & Assistance...  FREE
First Off... interested in Free & Almost Free?

Internet for About $5 month
 Free Phone Tech Support !
    UNLIMITED hours per month
            10Meg Space + 5 E-mail accounts
Set Up Fee... FREE !
OOO-wee How about High Speed
Internet for $9.95 ? Interested??


Tip number one... 
Are you looking for a really inexpensive host for your 
personal Web page? We recently ran across
UCVHost, where you can    
5 MB of storage, unlimited POP3 for your email, unlimited data transfer   
and much more for -- are you ready for this? --
$1.00 per month. 
There are no setup fees and you can register a domain name for $10.   

We are not being paid to advertise for UCVHost. It's just that we put
a site there, primarily for email use a month or so ago, and have
had no problems with it at all.
You can get more information UCVHost by clicking here.


 You will Love this one...
Like to know every single detail, every password and get this
  All Those number and letter KEYS for every program ever you
have to enter when installing new software? 
(Like the ones Microsoft says NOT to loose)
      and how about what your computer REALLY has on board... 

What your
  RAM Really is, HDD really Has, Processor Speed & etc??     
 This is all YOUR Info and now you will know where to go to   
find it and have it any time YOU want or NEED IT !!!
   It's FREE and it's VERY informative... I've used it MANY times! 

Where can I get Anything
on sale
Anytime & Anywhere?
OK, this is the one everyone is talking about where
you can find 150 CD-R's for Free! 100 Thin Jewel  
  cases: Free!   DVD-R's @ 25 Cents! 512MB @ $75
Everything on Promotion in USA is Here



Want a FREE program that takes THREE (3) seconds to download
and will convert Any image to ANY image? Like BMP  to JPG?

OK, This IS Important !
Forget AOL and $20 or $25 or $29 per month, GET:
Free Monthly InterNet and Free E-Mail @ NetZero

Actually I have a Better &   More Up-To-Date    
offer on Cell Phones, High Speed Internet and    
World Telephone calling for
Now WiFi Free a    
     minute Including  Italy, Israel, Canada, Japan,      
   and ENTIRE Middle East!  Satellites comm just
got closer. 

Ready Folks? Kiss
ALL Smartphones Goodbye 2020 !

Actually I May Have An Even Better & More Up-To-Date
Offer on  CELL Phones,  HOME Phones &  INTERNET

Briefly it's $49 ONLY a Month and you can get over  220,000 Minutes
per month... who would even care about Roll Over? How about this: a
State-of-the-Art  $499   Bluetooth Cell phone with Voice Dialing, Silent
 alert, Video Cam and one of the smallest Non Folding Sony Cell phones

  FREE !
in fact you get actualy Two and up to 5 (FIVE) and ALL for Free!

Want To Lock YOUR Web Pages To Keep
Them From Being Copied, Free ? here...

I want to MAKE A CD with Music...

Q. I am trying to learn how to copy music CDs. I was able to copy one CD on my computer. But it only plays on the computer. I want to play it in my car and on my stereo. Can this be done? Must I convert the songs to MP3s to play them say, in my car?

A. You should be able to use the CDs you create in ANY CD or even a DVD player. However, there are a couple of things that might trip you up.

First, there are two types of burnable CDs.
CD-Rs can only be written to Once. CD-RWs, on the other hand, are re-writable (hence the RW). They can be erased and reused. Unfortunately, not all players can read them.
So make sure you use CD-Rs.

You might also have created a data CD instead of an audio CD. Audio CDs will be readable by any CD player. Data CDs, on the other hand, are only readable by computers.

Your computer probably came with CD burning software. When you open the program, make sure you're creating a music CD. It should prompt you when you create a new CD project.

Also, many programs include a CD-copying feature. This will copy the original CD. It should automatically create the correct type of CD.

If your computer doesn't have CD-burning software, you can use one of a number of free programs. These include the dbPowerAMP.
Microsoft Windows XP has a Music recorder in the Windows Media Player.

My favorite is the dbPOWER AMP. Here are instructions for using it:

First, set your preferences. In the AMP window, click Tools>>Preferences. Under Category, click CD. Under When Saving a CD to My Library, select Wave (.WAV) and click OK.

Wave files will give you the same sound quality as the original CD. Don't use a compressed format like MP3 when copying CDs. The sound quality will be poor.

When you insert a CD, AMP asks if it should copy it to the hard drive. Click Yes. Once it has saved the contents, it will eject the CD. If it doesn't prompt to save the tracks, click Tools>>CD>>Save CD Tracks. If you have more than one CD drive, select the correct one. The drive letter will be in parentheses.

Once the songs have been saved, click the Burn/Transfer tab. Then, click Burn CD on the left side of the window. Under Add Tracks from My Library, navigate to the CD you just copied. Select the songs and then click Add Selected to CD.

Insert a blank CD and click Burn Your CD. Burning can take anywhere from a few minutes to almost half an hour. This depends on the length of the CD and the SPEED of your drive.

Wave files are large. You MAY want to delete them once you have burned them to CD. If you want to keep music on your computer, use a compressed format. The MP3 format is the most commonly used. Follow the procedures as above, but select .MP3, rather than .WAV.

I personally will make my dbPOWER AMP create WMA files and that is because I can maximize the sound quality and the small space it actually takes up. I have these AudioRAZR's and I can load in version... 20 MP3 files or almost 128+ tunes in WMA. The letters stand
for Windows Media Audio by the way. Here are some further tips you might like to hear from those with a dfew years experience talking...
Choose 64 bit sampling rate, the human ear can not really tell the difference on much larger and space eating sampling rates such as 128 or even 320. Select 44 instead of 48mhz frequency for the same reason. Select Stereo in the drop down window and also choose a convenient folder not used before like a folder you call My dbAMP music. that says it all with out guessing. You may want to put it in a convenient spot and not 15 levels down through files and programs but rather right up at the top say "Desktop".

Next we will cover recording Records, tapes and any audio recorded off air to the HDD so you can later also make CD's or put them on a portable player or Flash Memory.

Next door here I will try and get the DVD burn
version of this important exercise of making music.   :-))     Any suggestions or help gang? 


I Just Love This Stuff meister

OK, Think You Know...
Watch this, can't remember everything you are
trying to Search for? Use the  ASTERISK  '
in place of the missing word, like
Elvis Presley
*' Hotel.  Google will come back & ask are you
looking for '
Heartbreak'? Neat huh!
Let's say you want to know where in the USA
you can find a... say a GE Dish Washer, just   
    ask 'Froogle Google' and don't worry, Google's
  page is so clear and clean of any ad's and junk
  banner's you can't miss anything. Soon as you
 ask you will get almost every known location   
      selling these machines...
with the cheapest prices
listed FIRST
See the Link at Google that says
Feeling Lucky' ? Well if you hit that you will
      actually Land on the web page for that dot com.
Try me at
Feeling Lucky... SuperVideo. 
Told ya !

mien dear meister. Can you PLEASE explain
WiFi & BLUETOOTH   in Layman's terms?

Of course and we can start with some interviews I have had discussing this.  
1st WiFi...

NetGear is a networking company that sells everything from switches to networking power plugs. But Wi-Fi is getting the attention these days. How significant is it?
In the next 18 to 24 months, it will probably permeate 60 to 70 percent of all produc
ts !

How are things changing on the ground?
When Wi-Fi first started, it was just about cards that plugged into your PC and then access points. Then Wi-Fi moved into routers, firewalls and switches. It will become a standard feature. You used to have to pay extra for an Ethernet card, a 56K modem, a DVD drive. Over the years, all of those things became standard features that came with a PC. The same will happen with Wi-Fi. Eventually all digital devices will have to be connected to the Internet. We're talking about MP3 players, basically anything with digital media, whose use is growing every day.

How do you see the sequence unfolding?
All PCs need to be able to be connected to the Internet--either through a wired or wireless means. It's pretty far along already. Today you practically cannot buy a PC--unless you want something really dirt cheap, and even then you have to make an effort to find one of those--that does not have a wired connection to the Internet. Now the wave is starting to outfit every PC with a wireless connection to the Internet as well. THAT is where the revolution is starting.

So it starts off with the PC and then it will move onto other devices.  
tely. For example, today there are Wi-Fi connections both to a PC as well as to a PDA, and you're starting to see PDAs with Wi-Fi built in. That's a trend (integrating Wi-Fi into devices) that is going to be accelerated. And then naturally NEXT we transition into a lot of business retrofitting installed PDAs and installed PCs.

There are two things that is going to happen. The newer digital devices--I've already seen some models like high-definition digital TV sets

in Japan--will come with Wi-Fi. You could see it because you know TV and cable are going digital so you know those are going to have Wi-Fi built in. That can similarly be said for Internet radios, which are digital devices that not only can receive broadcast channels, they can also receive digital channels from the Internet. This is a new generation of digital devices, which will come with built-in Wi-Fi.

But again, there's a huge retrofit market. You could retrofit back for digital devices, such as gaming consoles, TVs and ordinary radios, using a digital media adapter so you can retrofit the old analog devices to connect to the Internet. THIS will become big next year.

What do you think is responsible for Wi-Fi becoming so popular, so fast?
Wireless has always been the preferred choice for connections because it's flexible and easy to install. The phone is a good example. The phone started off wired, but now most people have a cordless phone in their home. People don't just sit around. They move around and you want to connect with people that move around, so you must have a way of connecting flexibility to a moving subject. What prevented it from happening earlier was technology and price.

And why now?
Wireless LANs have been around for 20 years but did not become big until it got easy to use and affordable, just like with PCs. Wi-Fi became big over the last 18 months because the price dropped. That's because chip prices came down as makers came up to challenge Lucent, which was the main Wi-Fi source. Two and a half years ago, In
tersil entered the market, and that's when a second source of chips became available. Then, of course, many others entered and prices dropped further. The second reason is Wi-Fi finally became easy to use because system vendors like Linksys made the set up of Wi-Fi easy. So when the two converged, things just took off.

That is a good history of Wi-Fi, but what's the future?
We need to focus on ease of use and the continued increase in the price performance curve. That doesn't necessarily mean dropping the price all the time because you get to a point where that isn't possible anymore. But you can improve what it does. Wi-Fi is evolving from "b" to "g" to "super g," so from 11 megabits to 54 megabits to 108 megabits per second. But that's not the end of it--you will continue to see higher speeds and more features.

One popular theory is that the more devices out there, the greater the possibility for hot-spot service to take off. True?



Hot spots are the best thing on earth. The question is whether people willing to pay for that service. Psychologically, it will be difficult for people to get over the hump in terms of paying for it. People must continue to experiment to figure out what is the right model for getting people to pay.

I like to compare them to ATMs. People said, "Why should I pay to get my own money?" It was ridiculous, and the banks, 20 years ago, realized you just can't be competitive without ATM service. So over the years banks changed their views on ATMs. They were free, and then they charged for them, and then they were free again.

Now banks look at ATMs as a necessary customer-enhancing service to attract and retain customers, while other people are willing to spend $20,000 to $30,000 for a machine so they can to stick it in a grocery store and make a killing on charging fees. The industry found equilibrium, where ATMs would be a customer retention tool for some, while in other places people charged.

And you see the parallel with hot spots?
It's the same scenario. The industry just has to find the right balance to get there. Along the way there will be those that can't hit it and fold and others that will hit it and survive. It's just like e-commerce. Some people asked, who can make money out of e-commerce? Guess what? Some people did, and THEN there were a lot of companies that ended up as Road Kill along the way.  J   

Sincerely cm


       Now we will give you a Primer on...   Bluetooth....
Once upon a time in a Galaxy far, far away... Seriously you might be asking yourself what a strange name. Why, where did it come from and why again? Fear not my mortal meisters, your Obi-won is here to guide you through the valley of terrible death of Computer Terms! OK. Bluetooth means simply No more wires. Apparently the young inventor was a descendent of Scandinavia and named his invention after a King of so long ago who had this penchant for the Berry (read Wine) and so naturally his smile said as much we have been told. Now what and how... THAT is a little more involved.

Bluetooth Technology is a specification for a small form factor, low cost wireless solution providing links between mobile electronics with other mobile and even non mobile electronics. Such equipment as... Cell Phones and one item that sounds intriguing is the cell phone Ear Phone so the phone can remain on your belt, in your pocket, purse, briefcase; why, even left behind in the car charging! The ear phone can Take a call, since it has voice dialing it can therefore Make a call as well. Distance is changing. Use to be a couple of feet like pocket or purse to your ear. Then it went 30 feet or all around the home or office. We now are expecting hundreds of feet... like the office Building, the Mall... you get the picture. It can be in your next printer. It IS in many computers especially Laptops. Not to be confused, however, with WiFi above. You ready for this? Tell your cell phone to call up your notebook. Tell your notebook to go on line. Tell your notebook to have the cell phone connect you with a dial up ISP like your nearest AOL or where ever your ISP is located. You say that could be a long distance charge? NOT necessarily. Yeah, my meister's Swell Cell Deal gives you 220,000 minutes a month but you also have VoIP and everyone is getting on THAT bandwagon especially if they want to sell cell phones and cell phone service... Duh!

Bluetooth technology is designed to replace cables and wires between all these electronic equipment. A VERY unique feature of the Bluetooth concept is ad hoc connectivity or devices coming into close proximity to each other can spontaneously create or join an existing network. Bluetooth services are FREE unlike WiFi with unlimited access, use time and schedules.  Conversely all devices leave the network when they move out of range so you could enter an office with your Bluetooth Laptop and connect to an existing Bluetooth printer and start printing away. All devices maintain a virtual connection with one another that is only converted into a physical connection when data is actually transferred. Therefore every Bluetooth capable device can communicate with a range of other devices. This small wireless network is usually referred to as a PAN or Personal Area Network or lately... a PicoNet. In addition to point to point connections, the Bluetooth specifications allows up to seven simultaneous connections to be established and maintained by a single Bluetooth radio. Each Bluetooth component is identified within the network by a unique address similar to the MAC address used in Ethernet networks. Your existing Ethernet connection maybe a Cable modem or DSL by the way.

Bluetooth radio waves operate in a frequency range between 2.402 GHz and 2.480 GHz in the so called ISM (Industrial, Scientific, Medical) band that is Free and unlicensed through-out the world. The Bluetooth speed specifications is 1Mbps (Mega ((million)) bits per second). But, protocol and header info occupies some of this bit rate. Therefore, a maximum of 723 kbps (kilo ((thousand)) bits per second is available for speech and data transport. This speed is sufficient for wireless speech, music, audio and data applications but is considered too slow for the transmission of MPEG video. Nonetheless, at the 2002 International CES (Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas) Sony demonstrated Bluetooth equipped camcorders capable of transmitting short video clips and still images across a wireless link to other Bluetooth devices such as a Sony Vaio Laptop computer and desktop PC.  However, many of these products when they are finally shipped outside Japan are stripped of key features and most are the Bluetooth feature unfortunately. FYI the meister's world famous
Black MAMBA2 RETAINS it's Bluetooth feature despite it being stripped out of any Euro or North American markets, sad to say.

Currently the maximum range is set at 10 meters or about 30 feet according to the guide lines set down with the Bluetooth convention. Another specification is now on the horizon, was shown at the 2004 CES January in Las Vegas called Bluetooth II which can carry at least 300 feet. It will require more power so this feature may be spared for now in Cell Phones and put in computer peripherals such as printers, scanners and the like. Security issues may be on your mind about Bluetooth and we have that covered as well.  Bluetooth is a fast frequency hopping system. This divides the available frequency band into 79 channels which the system continually switches (or "hops") between these channels, jumping 1600 times per second to provide a modicum of security protection. Frequency hopping also provides a measure of protection from other interfering transmissions in Bluetooth frequency range. If one channel is occupied by an interfering radio source then communication is blocked for only 1/1600th of a second.

Each Bluetooth system is comprised of three elements: a receiver / transmitter and associated radio frequency electronics; a LINK controller that manages
communications and handles device identification and access;  and lastly a link manager that creates the data packages ands secures the communication. In the future the Bluetooth LINK manager is expected to support other wireless protocols such as WAP (wide area protocol) and IrDa which is wireless infrared (remember your TV remote control?). The Bluetooth chip set currently costs about $10 but most experts agree that once costs get below the $5 threshold in 2004 a Much Wider range of devices and applications will occur.

Mobile phone and computers comprise nearly half of all 133 new Bluetooth products. In 2004 listing the order of Bluetooth devices in use are Cell Phones, Laptops, PDA's and finally MP3 players (the last two outside of the North American market). Since a Bluetooth Laptop can go online using a Bluetooth Cell Phone,  Microsoft announced in 2003 support for the protocol in all of it's next generation OS.

What's NEXT? Well the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) for the automotive industry announced GM & Chrysler will begin offering a Bluetooth enabled hands free use for mobile phones upon entering the driver's seat. Based on a voice recognition system the systems communications is driven through the use of the driver's wireless Bluetooth phone. The system automatically connects and up to five Bluetooth devices can be handled simultaneously. This will allow the driver especially to make and receive calls and control the phone with just voice commands. The audio can also be fed through the vehicle's existing speaker system over riding the radio.  A truly universal remote control for ALL home appliances and electronics is in the offering under Bluetooth II. Garage doors, bank machines and even cash registers like those in movie theaters would transact and dispense a movie ticket by just the customer walking by.

In the beginning there was just Ericsson, Nokia, IBM, Toshiba and Intel that created the Bluetooth protocol. Now there are over 2, 000 companies! While most of the existing patents are owned by Ericsson (which is now SONY BTW!) Bluetooth remains surprisingly a Royalty Free specification.  2003 the Bluetooth convention adopted the third generation and if you want to read the behind the scenes details please go to .

I certainly hope my presenting these lecture topics is of some help in understanding many of these new technologies. Please keep in touch by referring periodically with the monthly and the LATEST news and Rumors page @

A Little Primer On Audio Music Sound
Have you heard music recordings referred to as MP3s? Did you think,
"What could that possibly mean? I'll never understand all of that!"

The letters and numbers attached to music can be intimidating.
But they're not too bad when you break them down. So, let's do that.

Things like MP3, WMA and AAC are file extensions. They tell Windows
which program to use to play the file. All files have extensions.
Probably the most common is DOC, which is used by Microsoft Word.

So, you'll see something like Filename.MP3. That tells Windows that the
program associated with MP3 should be activated. That program could be
Windows Media Player, the RealPlayer, MusicMatch, or any of a number of
others. When you double-click Filename.MP3, the associated program will
open and play it.

All of the music formats I have mentioned ARE compressed. MP3,
for instance,     is about 10 percent as big as an uncompressed file.
MP3s revolutionized music,   because they made it possible to put
 music libraries on computers. Uncompressed music files are huge,
and can overwhelm even monster hard drives.

So let's look at some music formats.

MP3--This is an old standard, but still very usable. Almost all music
players can handle it.  You won't go wrong with MP3.

WMA--This stands for Windows Media Audio. Its files are much smaller
than MP3s, but they deliver comparable music quality. Because WMAs
are smaller, you can get more of them on the player. Many MP3 music
players can also handle WMAs.

AAC--This is Advanced Audio Coding. It is used to format the music sold
by Apple and RealNetworks. It is difficult to convert to more open
standards such as MP3. Therefore, it is generally restricted to just
a few music players.

WAV--This is an uncompressed format. It is sometimes used on recordable
CDs. But it is not suited for storage on a computer. It's just too big.

So meister... how do we convert WAV to MP3, or MP3 to WMA?
There are a number of conversion programs but mine is... Free !
This  is an Excellent Easy way to move Music from Disks,
such as DVD's, Cd's, even records, radio... you name it to
your computer & onto your Portable Music player which
even now Includes My WalkAbouts

Guess what a little birdie told me at
2004 CES?  Kiss CCD's Goodbye!
The dirty little secret is that all the electronic companies making things
like camcorders and what-not... are all in bed with one another, at       
 least when it comes to hanging on for dear life to a LOSER... CCD's !
Case in point... FOVEON and the CMOS imager. Ready?

 CMOS chips are cheaper... waaaay cheaper! and they are better...     

Right... WAAAY better and we are going to get a taste of just how     
much better as the CMOS chip has just done an end run around       
 the much inferior old antiquated and washed up CCD... they are       
 going into... Ready?... cameras inside your Cell PHONE!  Why, you   
  say kimo-sabe is THAT important? Because Tonto... we are going to  
see in a Cell Phone cam... High Definition before we see it in Our      
   camcorder! And THAT will be revolutionary. Just like the CD coming
onto the scene to replace records and sweep everything that came  
   before away in a flash... this lil CMOS is going to over night have HD
all over the place.

The Foveon CMOS sensor takes in photons not only across but also
through the chip. With a CMOS based optic processor you capture
more than TEN (10) mega pixels worth of data.  The result is a 3.4  
Mega Pixel image with the sharpness and DETAIL of a 6 or even 7
Mega Pixel image!  Amazing...

The importance of this new technology can best be illustrated when
we start to approach the absolute limits of resolution as defined by  
lens technology.       At some point the lens won't be able to resolve
     beyond so many pixels per inch. Let's say 25 mega pixels with a 35mm
       full frame. The CMOS technology will produce an image at least Twice
    as good as the CCD at this point. Probably the death knell will sound
    with the next CMOS advantage over the lowly CCD... battery usage.

    Camcorders, digital phones & digital cameras are all becoming more
        common and there is NO voltage to spare with all the bells and whistles
going on let alone adding a battery drainer like CCD's. CMOS will
       have a ratio of 10 to 1 power advantage and that is at the present time
  with more technology improvements that can take that to well over
 100 to 1.     A Cell phone whose talk time is measured in 100 hours!
Stand by times in Months!  Good Bye CCD.

        The ONLY wrinkle to all this is the Sony, Pana, Sharp, JVC; all except
       Canon! has Heavily invested in CCD and they will not let go without a
    fight.  Stay tune for Round One. CMOS is on it's way and April will
     be the first shot.  CMOS has too much going for it to be ignored or  
continued to be pushed aside by the conglomerates.

Oh Crap?  Kiss What Goodbye...
We said adios to Records, tapes, cartridges,
cassettes, disc CD, DVD, BD which leaves
Only Memory (jump drives & etc)!
So... what comes after 512K TV?

Ok, got a little helpful tip to get you in the right mood...
I get a lot of hits... 86,000 per day and whole heck of
a lot of e-mail... I do not need spam & I want to rid my
self of all of it Easily, Neatly and Efficiently.  Watch...

Ever notice that e-mail arrives and they don't have your 
correct address or 
name, or anything at all at times? Guess what? You
can sort on that mistake by the spammers! Yup...

If it does not correctly have your name in the "TO" 
 box in Analog Letters... it's deleted... automatically 

Go to your mail program like Outlook, Go to Tools
and open "Rules Wizard" and hit "NEW"
Now we are going to First select the very
first choice "Check Messages When They Arrive"  
|and then go to the bottom and hit "NEXT"

Next is conditions when you want this to apply,
This is very important... check the box that says 
"where my name is NOT in the To box"  
and then second from bottom of the list 
check "suspected to be junk mail"
Go to the bottom and hit "Next"

Next is what to do with these spams, third
one down check "delete it".   Hit "Next"

Next is to add any exceptions and you
check "if your name is in the CC box"

Lastly I need you to name it "Junk Mail"
and check box "Turn on this rule" 
and then hit "Finish"

Now... only mail that at least has your name will 
 be seen.  Mr. Gates, you can send me my check
to the meister Honolulu Office... ! Hmmmm.

!10 Cool Tips for Outlook E-mail Issues!
1. If you are using Outlook already, and continue to enjoy the Experience,
first ensure you get rich very fast - you'll need the money to buy new versions.

2. You need a good internet connection to use Outlook. Zapped? 
how'd you get the patches, updates and service packs?

3. Get a good anti-virus s/w. Better get all known antivirus kits. 
You will need them, and more.

4. Attend a 'crash' course on mind-control and self-restraint. 
You will need tons of patience to handle 'crashes'.

5. 'Forwarding' your mail is not so simple as MS tells you in 
Outlook 'rules'.

You need to pay a lot of attention, else you'll be in for a shock. 
For starters, you will find that MS retains a copy of all forwarded 
messages on the server.

6. When going out of town, your 'forward' wont work, 
if your Outlook is still running on your desktop. 
So, if you need to keep your system 'on' to use GoToMyPC,
 be sure to shutdown Outlook.

7. If you forgot to do this, call up your office,
 give your password to unlock, and shutdown Outlook. 
It is still late for mails already received.

8. When the Exchange server is rebooted to load one 
of the numerous patches and service packs, be sure to 
shutdown Outlook and restart. Else, you cant send 
mails and cant figure out why!! If you discovered 
this half-way through composing a mail, save the 
draft, restart Outlook and then send.

9. If all the above tips leave you cold, than scream to 
your admin, to change Exchange server to a Unix server. 
Then get yourself peace-of-mind switching to simple cool 

10. If you're a geek, then start writing a replacement for 
Exchange and Outlook, minus the unwanted 'features'. 
You'll make excellent returns on your investment. 
Who knows, Bill G might buy you out for a cool 
billion dollars and you could be writing Outlook 2002.

OK, Here is the Microsoft Keystroke
Chart for all cursor movements!


ctrl + B

organize favorites/bookmarks

ctrl + D

bookmarks current Web page

ctrl + E

open search frame     (IE only)

ctrl + F

opens Find box to find on that Web page

ctrl + H

display history list

ctrl + I

open favorites frame     (IE only)

ctrl + I

displays info about current Web page(Netscape only)

ctrl + L

opens Open dialog box     (IE only)

ctrl + M

opens e-mail window     (Netscape only)

ctrl + N

to open in a new window     

ctrl + O

open address/location box      (Netscape only)

ctrl + P

to print current page or active frame

ctrl + R


ctrl + S

save as  (Netscape only)

ctrl + U

displays HTML code for Web page  (Netscape only)

ctrl + W

closes Web browser

alt + F

goes to the next match with the Find box

alt + <F4>

close current window

alt + <home>

goes to browser's home page (IE only)

alt + <left arrow>


alt + <right arrow>


alt + tab

switches between open windows


move from link to link on a Web page

shift + tab

moves from frame to frame on a Web page  (IE only)


moves from frame to frame on Web page (Netscape)

shift + ctrl + tab

move back from frame to frame on a Web page


stop loading


opens help screen


highlights contents of address box (IE only)


refresh/reload     (IE only)


activate menu bar


toggles full screen view     (IE only)

ctrl + esc

pops up Start Menu

ctrl + A

highlight/select all

ctrl + C


ctrl + X


ctrl + V


ctrl + ]

increase display font size     (Netscape only)

ctrl + [

decrease display font size     (Netscape only)

alt + tab

switch between open windows

double click title bar

shrink or expand that window


brings up Start menu

windows + D

toggles to minimize or restore all open windows

windows + E

opens Windows Explorer

windows + F

brings up Find: All Files box to search computer

                TAPE TIPS...
Ever heard of this? A New tape is a Used tape.... and a used tape can be a New Tape!

What that means is that when you buy a brand new mini DV tape, what do you think happens if you put it in the camcorder and hit play? Suppose you turn the volume all the way up as well. You would see all this snow and hear all this static. Not a good thing. 
Now, let say you wish to record a very special tape, a special moment... like a wedding. Wouldn't you like to be able to make the best tape possible? Watch this...
We need to record some 'pink noise' absolute quiet.  You can do this several ways. One way is to go to your nearest Radio Shack and get a wireless jack for about 25 cents. It is a plug that has no wire attached, just a little black cap When inserted into the external mic jack of most camcorders it forces the camcorder to disconnect the built in mic and without a wire 
attached it disengages the AGC (automatic gain control) circuit. The result is when you hit record you lay a perfect track of silence on both stereo audio tracks and if you are in 16bit you will use all four audio tracks and clean them out with 1 pass. 
Now the video track. You need to lay down a perfect color called 'Engineer Black' where every single pixel position gets coated this special Black signal. Now, there are TWO settings. In Japan and in PAL they have only one called "0 IRE" & you get this darker black 
level by setting your Pana or Videonics Mixers to a Black Level 1.  In USA you can also get this by setting for a "7.5 IRE traditional black or professionally called Engineering Black. This is a neutral color and uses a special mixture to achieve and therefore set each pixel to a neutral setting. Now when used, the tape can be seen in perfect flicker free, edge to edge smooth color and the volume control can literally be set to full blast & Nothing Will occur.       A New Tape has been created.
Also some of the best video you ever made Will Occur!

You are most WELCOME.

FireWire Cables
The rule hear is to use the shortest possible cables from one source to one destination. If you have to connect a mini DV camcorder to a DV mixer, DVCR or computer that is 12 inches away. Using a 24 foot FireWire cable is both a waste of time & a good way to enter artifacts
into the picture and even create antannization' where the length of the cable creates an antennae affect and causes the picture to be disturbed and disruptive. Not a good thing.
Shorter is better. Also better is better and using the best DV FireWire cables you can afford will keep all that money invested in great camcorders, expensive mixers, SFX and audio mixing equipment to say nothing of any computer investment tip top shape and Image perfect. The
VGS video selection of Millennium FireWire is just that sort of choice and direction you may want to investigate and to see for yourself just How Much Of A Difference It Makes.


There are three sets to the Millennium FireWire collection. There are the cables in clear heavy duty vacuum and magnetic free shielding with platinum wound braided bands and clear connectors in a professional 6 pin
connector and each cable comes with it's own 4 pin Sony adapter so that any FireWire equipment can be used and adapted to now, in the past and in the future.
They are Foot Longs, 15 footers and even 100 feet !  There is a special category for those that need and use land lines that will make great single point leaps from and amazing 200' to a whopping 600' !
They are Hybrids employing FireWire & Fiber Optics. That brings us to our second group of Millennium FireWires: USB/FW Dual Hubs.   VGS has a 5 FireWire Input with One Output and conversely can be used in reversed to
create One Input and 5 FireWire Outputs as a distribution hub.
There is also the use as a repeater and it allows a powered connection to occur. You can plug in a 6 pin FireWire and add A/C current and the hub will fire-up and power the signal to another Hub with also a six pin connection. The point to point Hub therefore becomes a bridge and in this instance is a 
Powered Bridge. You connect your 4 pin camcorder to the Hub with a 4 to 6 cable that has an adapter and you connect at the other end a 5 to 4 pin to your mixer, computer or even another camcorder acting as a DV VCR also with an adapter. 
So, even though both units are four pin you have in the middle a 6 pin to 6 pin bridge and it is powered and in Both directions. There is another... and it too is a Hybrid. It is what I call a UFO. It really does look like one, circular in shape and the exact size of a CD or DVD disc and about an inch in thickness. Around its edge is chock a block full of sockets. Get this: 6 FireWire & all can be powered & 7 USB 2.0 High Speed sockets 6 of which are the traditional receive and 1 is a send as USB is NOT the same at both ends. This UFO can be powered by an included  A/C adapter which can be field adapted to run off DC and it   
includes a USB and a FireWire cable.  It is also set to a Matrix and any number of combinations can be set up with Inputs  
and Outputs. It is also stackable and so therefore can be set to a rack whereby they will marry into each other producing literally dozens and dozens of FireWire & USB connections. 
There are also LED red and green light indicators showing transmissions and traffic. 


To open a sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then
slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.

For icy door steps   in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put
Dawn dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't
refreeze. ( not in central and south Florida !)
 Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag,dipped in
baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!).
Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!)
rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
Whenever you purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, immediately take a pair of
scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw
away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would
be much more economical. And now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely!
In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!
Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen
peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works
every time! Now, where to put the body?
====! ============================================
Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for
inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks
Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash
windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably
Spray a bit of perfume on the lightbulb in any room to create a lovely
light scent in each room when the light is turned on.
Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will
smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels
and linen.
Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least
3 hours prior to burning.
To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the
flowers. Shake vigorou! sly as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt
and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!
To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or
two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring
to a boil on stovetop.
Spray your TUPPERWARE with nonstick cooking spray before pouring
in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it
will keep for weeks.
When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out
the corn's natural sweetness.
Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your
forehead. The t! hrobbing will go away.
=========================================== =====
Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future
use in casseroles and sauces. Left over wine? What's that?! :)
To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area
and you will experience instant relief.
Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk
line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants
tend to march. See for yourself.
Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still,
leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to
tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then
pull it off. Scotch tape removes most spli! nters painlessly and easily.
Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer. Clean a toilet. Drop in two
Alka Seltzer tablets,wait twenty minutes, brush and flush. The citric
acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.
Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or
cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.
Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and
immerse the jewelry for two minutes.  To polish it, not from Poland!! :)
Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka
Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer
Tablets down ! the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait
a few min utes, then run the hot water.(Does it have to be "Heinz"???)

for Who, When, Where & How Much Millennium
FireWire Cables, Connections & Collection 
OK peeking! 
I will get to this page this sooner or later!.... promise...

OK, Here is a Smile for all of you that got this far...
Comedian George Carlin's Look At Life...

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids?
If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half
You're four and a half, going on five!

That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back.
You ! jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey,
you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . .
you become 21.
Even the words sound like a ceremony . . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! .
He TURNED; we had to throw him out There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling.
What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40.

Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it,
you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70!
After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch;
you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.

And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards;
"I Was JUST 92."

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100,
you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"

Live Long Enough To Be A Burdon to Your Children ! 

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------

A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the doctor
walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. She was still groggy
from surgery.

Her husband, David, held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest
news. That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had forced Diana, only
24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Cesarean to deliver couple's new
daughter, Dana Lara Blessing.

At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound, they already knew she was
perilously premature. Still, the doctor's soft words dropped like bombs.

'I don't think she's going to make it,' he said, as kindly as he could.

'There's only a 10-percent chance she will live through the night, and even
then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very
cruel one'

Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the
devastating problems Dana would likely face if she survived.

She would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably be blind,
and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from
cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and on and on.

'No! No!' was all Diana could say.

She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the
day they would have a daughter to become a family of four.

Now, within a matter of hours, that dream was
slipping away

But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana.
Because Dana 's underdeveloped nervous system was essentially 'raw', the
lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so they couldn't
even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength
of their love.

All they could do, as Dana struggled alone beneath the ultraviolet light
in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close
to their precious little girl.

There was never a moment when Dana suddenly grew stronger.

But as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here
and an ounce of strength there.

At last, when Dana turned two months old, her parents were able to hold
her in their arms for the very first time.

And two months later, though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn
that her chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life,
were next to zero, Dana went home from the hospital, just as her mother

Five years later, when Dana was a petite but feisty young girl with
glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life.

She showed no signs whatsoever of any mental or physical impairment.
Simply, she was everything a little girl can be and more. But that happy
ending is far from the end of her story.

One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving,
Texas, Dana was sitting in her mother's lap in the bleachers of a local
ball park where her brother Dustin's baseball team was practicing.

As always, Dana was chattering nonstop with her mother and several
other adults sitting nearby, when she suddenly fell silent. hugging her
arms across her chest, little Dana asked,'Do you smell that momma?'

Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana
replied, 'Yes, it smells like rain.' Dana closed her eyes and
again asked, 'No, Do you smell that?'

Once again, her mother replied, 'Yes, I think we're about to get wet. It
smells like rain.' Still caught in the moment, Dana shook her head,
patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced,

'NO, it smells like Him !

'It smells like God, when you lay your head on His chest.'

Tears blurred Diana's eyes as Dana happily hopped down to play with the
other children. Before the rains came, her daughter's words confirmed what
Diana and all the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at
least in their hearts, all along.

During those long days, weeks and nights of her first months of her life,
when her nerves were too sensitive for a human to touch her, it was God
that was holding Dana on His chest and it is His loving scent that she
remembers so well.

1 Year Old !

Toll Free Phone Numbers...
that someone did NOT
want you to have!

3Com (800) 638-3266 Tech Support
Acer (800) 816-2237 Tech Support
Adaptec (408) 934-7274 Tech Support
Adesso (909) 839-2922 Tech Support
Adobe (800) 833-6687 Tech Support
Aladdin Systems (800) 732-8881 Tech Support
AMD (408) 749-3060 Tech Support
Anonymizer (888) 270-0141 Tech Support
AOL (800) 827-3338 Tech Support
APC (800) 800-4272 Tech Support
Apple (800) 500-7078 Tech Support
Asante (801) 566-8991 Tech Support
ATI (905) 882-2600 Tech Support
Avermedia (408) 942-2121 Tech Support
Belkin (800) 223-5546 Tech Support
Blizzard Entertainment (949) 955-1382 Tech Support
Brother (800) 276-7746 Tech Support


Caere (800)-654-1187 Tech Support
Canon (800) OK-CANON Tech Support
Casio (800) 962-2746 Tech Support
Claris (800) 325-2747 Tech Support
Compaq (So, Where Is Compaq  HERE)
Compton's (800) 821-5895 Tech Support
Compucable (949) 341-0888 ext. 107 Tech Support
Corel (877) 662 6735 Tech Support
Cosmi (310) 886-3510 Tech Support
Creative Labs (405) 742-6655 Tech Support
Dataviz (203) 874-0085 Tech Support
Dell (888) 560-8324 Tech Support
Delorme (207) 846-8900 Tech Support
Diamond Multimedia (541) 967-2450 Tech Support
Drivesavers (800) 440-1904 Tech Support
Dynatek (800) 462-5545 Tech Support


EMachines (877) 566-E4ME Tech Support
Encore Software (310) 719-2890 Tech Support
Epson America (800) 922-8911 Tech Support
Evergreen (800) 733-0934 Tech Support
EXP (516) 942-5610 Tech Support
Farallon (800) 613-4954 Tech Support
Fargo (952) 941-0050 Tech Support
Focus (800) 538-6000 Tech Support
4 All Memory (800) 566-3727 Tech Support
Fwb (408) 969-8620 Tech Support
Gateway (800) 846-2301 Tech Support
GCC Technologies (800) 422-7777 Tech Support
GDT Inc.  
Global Village (561) 997-7202 Tech Support
Go To My PC (888) 259-3826 Tech Support
Gravis (650) 572-2700 Tech Support
Griffin Technology (615) 399-7000 Tech Support
Grolier (800) 353-3140 Tech Support
Hewlett-Packard (800) 633-3600 Tech Support
Hitachi (800) HITACHI Tech Support
IBM (800) 772-2227 Tech Support


Infogrip (800) 397-0921 Tech Support
Insignia Solutions (510) 360-3700 Tech Support
Intel (916) 377-7000 Tech Support
Intuit (650) 944-6000 Tech Support
Iomega (888) 4-IOMEGA Tech Support
Juno (800) JUNO-889 Tech Support
Kalvins (877) 452-5846 Tech Support
Kensington (800) 535-4242 Tech Support
Kodak (800) 235-6325 Tech Support
Labtec (702) 269-3612 Tech Support
Lexmark (888) 539-6275 Tech Support
Linksys (800) 326-7114 Tech Support
Logitech (800) 231-7717 Tech Support
Macromedia (415) 252-9080 Tech Support
Maxtor (800) 2-MAXTOR Tech Support
McAfee (900) 733-1350 Toll Tech Support
Metrowerks Worldwide (800) 377-5416 Tech Support
MGI (888) 433-5033 Tech Support
Micromac Technology (949) 362-1000 Tech Support
Microsoft (800) 426-9400 Tech Support
Microtek (503) 615-0392 Tech Support
Miramar (805) 965-5161 Tech Support
Motorola (800) 551-1016 Tech Support
My Software (650) 345-1036 Tech Support


NEC (800) 632-4662 Tech Support
Netgear (888) 638-4327 Tech Support
Netscape (800) 411-0707 Tech Support
Nothing But Software (800) 755-4619 Tech Support
Novell (888) 202-5799 Tech Support
Okidata (800) 654-3282 Tech Support
Orange Micro (714) 779-2772 Tech Support
Panasonic (800) 726-2797 Tech Support
Parasoft (888) 305-0041 Tech Support
Philips (309) 229-7100 Tech Support
Pinnacle Micro (888) 805-3588 Tech Support
Pinnacle (650) 930-2990 Tech Support
Polaroid (800) 343-5000 Tech Support
Prodigy (800) 213-0992 Tech Support
Promax (877) 776-6292 Tech Support
Proview (800) 776-8439 Tech Support
Qualcomm (Eudora) (800) 238-3672 Tech Support
Quantum (888) 827-3378 Tech Support
Quark (800) 676-4575 Tech Support
Relisys (510) 413-3050 Tech Support


Seagate (800) SEAGATE Tech Support
Seiko Inst (800) 688-0817 Tech Support
Samsung (800) 726-7864 Tech Support
Software 602 (904) 642-5400 Tech Support
Sony (800) 326-9551 Tech Support
Strata (435) 628-5218 Tech Support
Supra (408) 588-8000 Tech Support
TDK (516) 535-2600 Tech Support
Tektronix (800) 833-9200 Tech Support
Tenon Intersystems (800) 662-2410 Tech Support
Texas Instruments (888) 357-2984 Tech Support
Toshiba (800) 457-7777 Tech Support
U.S. Robotics (888) 904-2243 Tech Support
Umax (214) 739-1915 Tech Support
Verbatim (800) 538-8589 Tech Support
Viking (800) 845-8777 Tech Support
Visioneer (925) 251-6398 Tech Support
Wacom (800) 922-9348 Tech Support
Yamaha (714) 522-9000 Tech Support

I Sincerely Hope All Of This Has Help Many Of My meister web surfers 
fyi With Age Somethings Above Just... "Go Away"...