Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Convenience of Online Shopping

As the holiday season gets into full swing, online shopping really picks up. It is a delightful way to find presents you would not find so easily close to home and you get to avoid the crowds.

Shopping online has many advantages, especially if you are shopping for family and friends who are far away. If you are going to have to ship the presents anyhow, shopping online can save you a trip to a crowded post office and the wait in line. That alone can make shopping online worth it. The challenge can be deciding where to shop. There are all the big names, of course, such as Amazon, but when you want to stand out there are many more great options out there

Comparison shopping is also easier online. You do not have to go all over town to see who has the best price. You can search various sites and figure it out for yourself. No car, no gas, no crowds. You just have to appreciate that.

Shop when it is convenient for you. Online stores are open 24/7/365. It does not matter what time is convenient to you, the websites are there waiting for you. If you have to shop for your own children it can be much easier to do the shopping online than to try and sneak presents past them.

There are, of course, some disadvantages to online shopping too. You need to be certain that the merchant uses your credit card and personal information appropriately. Before you buy anywhere, check the privacy policy and make sure the merchant is using a secure connection for taking your information. You will also want to check return policies. Returns should be fairly easy.

Here is a list of tips you should consult when shopping online:

1.Trust your instincts.
If you do not feel comfortable buying or bidding on an item over the web, or if you feel pressured to place your order immediately, maybe you should not.

2.Be knowledgeable about web-based auctions.
Take special care to familiarize yourself not only with the rules and policies of the auction site itself but with the legal terms (warranties, refund policy, etc.) of the seller's items that you wish to bid on.

3.Double check pricing.
Be suspicious of prices that are too good to be true. Also consider carefully whether you may be paying too much for an item, particularly if you are bidding through an auction site. You may want to comparison shop, online or offline, before you buy. Make sure there are not extra shipping or handling costs.

4.Find and read the privacy policy.
Read the privacy policy carefully to find out what information the seller is gathering from you, how the information will be used, and how you can stop the process

5.Review the return, refund, and shipping and handling policies as well as the other legal terms.
If you can not find them, ask the seller through an e-mail or telephone call to indicate where they are on the site or to provide them to you in writing. See Legal Terms.

6.Make sure the Internet connection is secure.
Before you give your payment information, check for indicators that security software is in place. See Security.

7.Use the safest way to pay on the Internet.
Pay for your order using a credit card. See Payment.

8.Print the terms.
You should print out and date a copy of terms, conditions, warranties, item description, company information, even confirming e-mails, and save them with your records of your purchase. See Recordkeeping.

9.Insure the safe delivery of your item.
If you are concerned you may not be home when your package is delivered and that someone may take it if it is left on the doorstep, ask whether you can specify that the shipper must receive a signature before leaving the package. Or, it may be safer to have the package delivered to your office. See Delivery.

10.Inspect your purchase.
Look at your purchase carefully as soon as you receive it. Contact the seller as soon as possible if you discover a problem with it. Tell the seller in writing about any problems you have, ask for a repair or refund, and keep a copy of your correspondence. See Legal Terms.

11.Do you know to whom to complain or contact if you are not satisfied or have a question?
Check the site for a customer service page, contact us link, e-mail address, or phone number to get your complaint addressed or questions answered. If you have a complaint, ask for what you think is fair even if it is more than the legal terms stated. A merchant is not forbidden from doing more than required to make the customer happy.

Online shopping can be a real delight when everything goes smoothly. However, it is not for everyone and it may not always be all that easy.

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Top 7 Things to Do With Your PSP Besides Play Games

Okay, so most people buy a PSP to play psp games, right? But what if you're just not sure you need another game system? And what do you do with the PSP until that one game you've been waiting for comes out? Just like its big brother the PlayStation 2, the PSP can do more than just play games.

Some of the PSP's extra features will be more useful than others, but it's pretty cool that it has them at all, and each new system update adds new things to play with.

1) Listen to Music:

The PSP is a multimedia player which can play video as well as audio files much like an iPod. With a PC, a USB cable, and a memory stick, you can download your music to your PSP and listen on the road. It may not be a big deal if you've already got an MP3 player, except instead of having separate machines for games and music, with the PSP you only carry one. You'll probably need a bigger memory stick than the one that comes in the box, but they're getting cheaper every day.

Download Full albums, single songs, unreleased mixes plus more! You can transfer music from your computer to your PSP with ease! Copy your own CD collection or download from our existing database of music already available online.

2) Watch the Movies:

According to some few reports, sales of movies in the PSP's UMD format are higher than sales of games. Regardless, the PSP makes a nifty portable movie player. You can either buy movies on UMD, or transfer your own DVD movies onto a memory stick. The PSP's screen might seem too small for movie-watching, but it's actually super-sharp, and the audio is great with headphones. And I swear I saw a laptop-sized portable DVD player at Walmart with a screen about the same size as the PSP's.

Download Full DVD Quality movies, video clips, music videos plus more! You can transfer films from your computer to your PSP with ease! Copy your own DVD collection or download from our existing database of movies already available online.

All you need is a PSP USB cable or compatible memory stick reader, and at least a 256MB Memory Card. You will be able to transfer films or Movie Clips from your PC to your PSP! This includes the following formats: AVI, MPEG, RM, WMV, MOV, MP4, MPEG4, XVID, DIVX, AC3, OGG, 3G.

Not only can you play the movie and television show downloads on your PSP you can play them on your computer, a compatible media player, or your DVD player. All movies and television show downloads are fully compatible with all major DVD players.

3) Look at Pictures:

You can also download and view photos (or any other images in a supported format) with a memory stick. You can zoom, rotate, and move pictures, and even view them as a slideshow. It's an easy way to show your relatives your latest digital snapshots, without a computer. You can even transfer photos from your PSP onto your mother's PC. The possibilities of using the PSP as a portable portfolio of my art and design were a significant factor in my decision to buy one as soon as I did.

4) Surf the Web:

With the system update version 2.0, an internet browser was added to the PSP's features. The "keyboard" might take a while to get used to, but if you've ever sent a text message on your cell phone, you shouldn't have any difficulty. You might not want to bother with websurfing at home on your PSP, especially if you have a desktop or laptop computer handy, but if you're out of the house, you can access any open wireless points. Why lug around a laptop when all you need is your PSP?

5) See in the Dark:

You might consider this a stretch, but I've found the PSP's bright screen handy on several occasions, such as trying to sign an attendance form in a completely dark lecture theatre (I could never have found my name on the list if I hadn't pulled out my PSP and turned it on). Another time, I had to sneak around in a dark room in which my roommate was sleeping. I couldn't have found what I was looking for without waking her if it weren't for my PSP.

6) PSP Keyboard Mod:

Though not very practical, the homebrew PSP keyboard mod allows users to create and save text files. Apparently Logic 3 has been trying to develop a keyboard for the PSP for some time but they’ve been beaten to it by a homebrew hacker, whose new application allows you to save short notes as .txt files on your console

7) PSPhone:

That’s right, a modder has managed to create a custom phone chip for the PSP, which amazingly enough, “is able to receive incoming calls, and display the current signal strength.”

Though currently unable to make outgoing calls…PSPhone is also capable of communicating over both CDMA & GSM cellular networks. I’m still working on how to resize it and get it into a mass production.

The pack will contain:
* X1 antenna
* X1 board
* headsets with microphone
* X2 wires
* X1 32 mega memory stick

The antenna to connect to the local network. On the board will be a switch to switch between CDMA network (without sim card) and the GSM network (with the sim card). The wires are to connect the board and the antenna to the PSP. All will cost approximately more or less than $60

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Tips in Online Shopping

Here's a list of tips you should consult when shopping online:

1.Trust your instincts
If you don't feel comfortable buying or bidding on an item over the web, or if you feel pressured to place your order immediately, maybe you shouldn't.

2.Be knowledgeable about web-based auctions
Take special care to familiarize yourself not only with the rules and policies of the auction site itself but with the legal terms (warranties, refund policy, etc.) of the seller's items that you wish to bid on.

3.Double check pricing
Be suspicious of prices that are too good to be true. Also consider carefully whether you may be paying too much for an item, particularly if you're bidding through an auction site. You may want to comparison shop, online or offline, before you buy. Make sure there are not extra shipping or handling costs.

4.Find and read the privacy policy
Read the privacy policy carefully to find out what information the seller is gathering from you, how the information will be used, and how you can stop the process

5.Review the return, refund, and shipping and handling policies as well as the other legal terms
If you can't find them, ask the seller through an e-mail or telephone call to indicate where they are on the site or to provide them to you in writing. See Legal Terms.

6.Make sure the Internet connection is secure
Before you give your payment information, check for indicators that security software is in place. See Security.

7.Use the safest way to pay on the Internet
Pay for your order using a credit card. See Payment.

8.Print the terms
You should print out and date a copy of terms, conditions, warranties, item description, company information, even confirming e-mails, and save them with your records of your purchase. See Record keeping.

9.Insure the safe delivery of your item
If you're concerned you may not be home when your package is delivered and that someone may take it if it is left on the doorstep, ask whether you can specify that the shipper must receive a signature before leaving the package. Or, it may be safer to have the package delivered to your office. See Delivery.

10.Inspect your purchase
Look at your purchase carefully as soon as you receive it. Contact the seller as soon as possible if you discover a problem with it. Tell the seller in writing about any problems you have, ask for a repair or refund, and keep a copy of your correspondence. See Legal Terms.

11.Do you know to whom to complain or contact if you are not satisfied or have a question?
Check the site for a customer service page, "contact us" link, e-mail address, or phone number to get your complaint addressed or questions answered. If you have a complaint, ask for what you think is fair – even if it’s more than the legal terms stated. A merchant isn’t forbidden from doing more than required to make the customer happy.

Online shopping can be a real delight when everything goes smoothly. Check the Online Downloads for more information.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Portable Play Station

Definition: The PlayStation Portable, or PSP, is a handheld gaming console made by Sony. It was released in 2004 in Japan, and in 2005 in Europe and North America.

The PSP is primarily a game console (PSP games come in UMD, or Universal Media Disc, format), but it can also play UMD-format movies. Using a memory stick, the PSP can play music and video files, and display picture files such as photos. This portable console can also connect to the internet via a web browser (not incuded in early firmware releases) and built-in wi-fi.

As its name suggests, the PSP -- or PlayStation Portable -- is a smaller, lighter version of Sony's PlayStation. It's not as powerful as the PS2, but more powerful than the original PlayStation, and it has a built-in screen and speakers so you don't have to plug it in to anything to use it.

Sony has also announced an add-on camera and a GPS device for use with the PSP, expanding its capabilities even further.

Specifications
• Color:
o black
o ceramic white (Japan and Europe only)
o pink (Europe only)
o Tsukimi -- black with copper (Japan only)
o Kachofugetsu -- white with black and red (Japan only)

• Dimensions: 6.7"/170 mm wide x 2.9"/74 mm high x .9"/23 mm deep

• Weight: .62 lbs/280 g (including battery)

• CPU: PSP CPU (1-333 MHz)

• Memory:
o 32 MB Main Memory
o 4 MB embedded DRAM

• Display:
o 4.3", 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD screen
o 480 x 272 pixels
o 16.77 million colors
o maximum luminance 180/130/80 cd/m2 (when using battery pack)
o maximum luminance 200/180/130/ 80 cd/m2 (when using AC adaptor)

• Sound:
o built-in stereo speakers
o headset connector

• Connectors, Ports and Drives:
o IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi)
o USB 2.0 (mini-B)
o Memory Stick Duo
o infrared
o DC in 5 V connector
o headset connector
o UMD drive (Read only)

• Buttons and Switches:
o d-pad
o analog nub
o triangle, circle, cross, square
o right and left shoulder
o Start, Select, and Home
o Power/Hold
o display brightness, sound, volume up, volume down
o wireless LAN on/off
o UMD latch

• Power:
o lithium-ion battery
o AC adaptor

• Access control:
o UMD region coding
o parental control

What Does It All Mean?
Basically, what all these fancy specs come down to is a kick-ass handheld gaming machine with amazing graphics for its size, that can also play movies and music, display photos and image files, surf the web and, with every new firmware release, even more cool stuff. Phew!

As for whether or not you should buy one . . . well, you'll have to decide for yourself, but I've never regretted buying mine.

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