The Many Benefits of Owning a DVR

Has This Ever Happened To You? OK.. it’s Friday night, the kids are asleep, and a movie you’ve been waiting for is on Pay-Per-View for the first time. You buy the movie, grab a bag of popcorn, get all comfy on the couch, and ten minutes into the movie “RINGGGG” it’s the _______ phone!!! (you fill in the blank).

Well, you can either:

1)Let the answering machine get it

2)Answer it yourself and miss the movie

3)Hit pause, answer the phone, talk for 20 minutes, then resume watching the movie exactly where you left off!

If you answered #3 then you must have a DVR in the family. LIFE IS GOOD!

For those unfamiliar with DVR’s a short introduction is in order. The initials “DVR” are short for Digital Video Recorder. In a nutshell, a DVR is the modern day equivalent of a VCR with one major difference… it does not use tape. A DVR records audio and video onto a hard drive where they are stored in digital format. DVR’s take recording to a whole new level by enabling you to pause, rewind, slo-mo, and instant replay live TV broadcasts, a priceless feature to have when watching sporting events or Pay-Per-View movies.

Can a DVR really change the way you live your life? Well, you’d be surprised about all the benefits adding a Digital Video Recorder to your Home Entertainment system can have. A DVR is one of those rare products that can have such a profound impact on the way we live our lives that we’ll find ourselves wondering how we ever lived without it. Following is a list of some of the major benefits a DVR can add to your TV viewing experience, along with a brief explanation.

Take control of a live TV broadcast: One of the features that helped make DVR’s famous is their power to control a live TV broadcast. By buffering the satellite signal, your DVR can pause, rewind, and slo-motion a live TV broadcast. When your done you can resume the program without missing a thing.

Never miss your favorite shows again: If your schedule doesn’t permit you to be around to watch your favorite shows, just program your DVR to record them for you so you can watch them at your convenience.

Put an end to family squabbles: With a DVR in your life family arguments over who gets to watch their favorite shows on the big screen TV are a thing of the past.

Two of your favorite shows on at the same time? No Problem: If your DVR is equipped with dual tuners, you can have it record one show while you watch the other. If you are not going to be home, you can have your DVR record both shows (even though they are on at the same time) and watch them at your convenience.

More powerful yet Easier to use than a VCR: Most DVR’s include a feature rich Program Guide that can extend up to 14 days into the future. The DVR functions are then seamlessly integrated into the guide to make recording your favorite shows a snap.

Skip over annoying commercials: With a DVR there’s no need to sit through annoying commercials any more. While watching a recorded show, just hit the fast forward button and they’ll fly right by. Some DVR’s can fast forward in 30 second segments making it even easier to skip over unwanted commercials.

Play your MP3 music files over your sound system: If you’ve got an extensive array of MP3 music files on your PC, you can transfer them to your networked DVR and play them through your home entertainment system.

Watch digital photos on your big screen TV: Are you tired of having to huddle around a tiny computer monitor to view your digital photos? With a networked DVR, everyone can get comfortable and enjoy digital photos right on your big screen TV.

Both DirecTV and DISH Network offer Satellite receivers with Digital Video Recorders built right in. In addition, many cable providers are also beginning to offer this technology to their customers. Once you live with a DVR, I can almost guarantee that you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.

Using Technology to Achieve a Work-Life Balance – VPN and BYOD

The following article introduces some of the technologies that can be used to help us improve our work-life balance by being more efficient and flexible in what work we do and where we do it from. Many of the technologies help us to work from dynamic locations and make communications and the sharing of information speedier and more versatile – thus providing benefits to both employers and their employees with higher staff morale and higher productivity.

VPN

The term VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is used to describe scenarios and technologies that allow two disparate local computer networks (LANs) to be securely connected across public networks such as the internet. The exact technologies and protocols can vary with some VPNs using software programs and/or network configurations, but the basic principle is that the data that is transmitted between the two endpoints on each network or device is contained within encrypted packets, whilst each endpoint itself requires authentication to restrict access to authorised users. As the encrypted packets can only be decoded at these endpoints, the data cannot be intercepted as it travels across the public networks.

This secure system can be used, not to only connect two distinct LANs regardless of geographical location, but also to connect individual machines/devices to LANs. For businesses it can therefore be a valuable technology for connecting separate office sites or allowing employees to connect with centralised LANs when travelling or working from other locations. However, for individual employees looking to improve their work-life balance it can be a vital tool allowing them to work from home and still access all of the secure files and data stored on their office’s servers, as well as running programs, such as email clients as if they were sat at their usual desk. The flexibility that this offers can, where the employer is obliging, massively ease time and travel pressures, preventing work from encroaching excessively on personal time. Moreover, employers using VPN are more likely to be obliging when it comes to changing working locations due to the security VPN offers, as well as the continuity, with employees able to contribute and work at the same capacity as if they were on-site.

BYOD

BYOD, which stands for Bring Your Own Device, represents a fast growing trend in the workplace whereby employees are permitted, and sometimes encouraged, to use their own personal devices in place of those provided by their company. A BYOD policy has to tackle security concerns as ‘untrusted’ devices (with varying malware vulnerabilities and the potential to take private data off the network) are introduced to otherwise restricted workplace LANs. On the other hand, adoption can reduce a business’s IT spend, introduce more IT functionality to the workplace and make individual employees more productive – as they work on devices with which they are more familiar. The adoption of BYOD and its benefits therefore relies on technologies such as VPN (above) to provide secure connections between devices and LANs (without necessarily bringing the device directly onto the LAN behind the firewall).

BYOD helps to improve the work-life balance because it blurs further the boundary between working from the office, on the road or at home so that there is a seamless transition between each; reducing the need to travel/commute in many cases. It can also increase the period and efficiency of output which, in turn, can mean that the working day eats less into personal time. All of which means more personal time spent at home. Furthermore, it can’t be underestimated how a sense of morale at work affects the work-life dynamic and so using devices with which one is familiar, experienced and comfortable can be important.

How To Speed Up Your Computer

Many people would like to know how to speed-up their Windows PC. There are many things that can be done to make a Personal Computer faster. I will provide as much information as possible to help you make your personal computer faster.

First, you want to uninstall unwanted software. Sometimes your personal computer comes preloaded with software that you don’t even use. This can be uninstalled by following three simple steps.

Step 1: Click Control Panel

Step 2: Click Programs and features

Step 3: Right click a program and select “Uninstall” button.

Step 4: Follow the steps on your screen. Uninstall all unwanted software programs.

Another great tip is to run a Windows Disk CleanUp. This scans your personal computer for unnecessary large temporary internet files. These are also known as program installers. This will also give you a chance to uninstall programs that you no longer use.

It is important that everyone has an antivirus software program. I cannot express my strong belief in this software. These are all great ways to speed up your personal computer. There are other ways too.

You should also run an Action Center Troubleshooter. Action Center is a flag icon at the bottom of the screen. You click that. The Action Center looks at error reports and checks for solutions. It can identify out-of-date hardware drivers and software updates.

Another good way to speed up your personal computer is by defragging your hard disk. This allows retrieval to data storage on a hard disk. Defragmentation is when you add and remove files on a computer. Computer saves those file in the nearest available free space on a hard drive. So basically it is the process of deleting old files and adding new files, which causes the file data to be spread out over larger areas of the drive surface. This can be done in six simple steps.

Step 1: Click the Start menu and choose Programs, then Accessories.

Step 2: Click System tools

Step 3: Click Disk defragmenter

Step 4: The Select Drive window appears, click Setting

Step 5: Check “Rearrange program files so my programs start faster” and “Check the drive for errors.”

Step 6: Click OK to defragment drive C:

The next thing to use is the software Reginout System Utilities. It fixes errors that often crash Windows, applications or browser. It improves operational speed of computer programs. It allows you to play games without lagging and makes internet faster through its awesome technology.