How to Convert VHS to DVD

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Convert VHS to DVD?  Why?

If you were alive in the 1990s and the early 2000s, chances are you took some VHS videos.  You know VHS tapes, the kind you used to be able to rent in video stores.

Ah, memories captured forever on VHS tape.

Wrong!   Those memories about as safe as . . . anybody remember 8-track tape? That’s right, the VHS player is going out of style. Magnetic tape?  For permanent memories?  On a planet with a magnetic field?  Ha ha ha, that’s a good one.

Here’s a kit to convert VHS to DVD.

To convert VHS to DVD you are going to need a VHS player or a camcorder that plays VHS tapes. I would suggest that you take good care of your VHS player if you haven’t yet converted your VHS tapes. Have you shopped for 8-track tape players lately?  That’s right.  Maybe if you got lucky at a garage sale.  VHS is going the same way that 8-track tape did.  The way of the dinosaurs.

So carefully locate your VHS player or camcorder.

Then perform these steps:

  • Install the Honestech VHS to DVD software on your computer.
  • Hook up your VCR (or camcorder) to the conversion box.
  • Connect the VHS to DVD conversion box to your computer via a USB port.
You play your VHS tapes back in real time (yes, it takes a little patience).

Keep in mind that you are saving your video memories from being trapped on 1990s technology.

What’s that worth?  Check the price.

Do you still have VHS tapes lying around?  Do you have a plan to keep your video memories alive?  Please comment!

Cheap Headphones

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 “Cheap Headphones” sounds terrible, doesn’t it?

The headline really should read “Great Headphones at Sale Prices.”

“Cheap” has come to mean “crummy” instead of “inexpensive.”

Well, it couldn’t be farther from the truth!

By cheap headphones I mean, “The same great headphones but at a better price.”

Cheap yes, but that doesn’t mean these headphones aren’t top of the line, state of the art electronics.

Of course, a cheap price isn’t enough if you’re a dyed in the wool audiophile or just enjoy hearing crisp, high fidelity sound.

You want excellent sound quality for your money.

Headphones on sale at Amazon could be your chance to get more quality for less money.

Headphones really are a chance to get the kind of sound that speakers simply can’t duplicate, certainly not for the same investment.

Because headphones offer stereophonic sound from sources near your ear, you can get incredible power and clarity that would cost a fortune if you tried to duplicate it with speakers.  And because speaker placement is no longer an issue, you can sit wherever you want.

Fussy neighbors, roommate or baby? They won’t hear a thing

Using cheap headphones or wildly expensive ones is one of the most considerate gifts a listener can bestow on those around them.  Here’s the truth:  Headphones are as much for your companions as they are for you.  Listen at concert hall volume in your own little world, leaving the world around you in peace.

Listen late at night.

Listen to programming others don’t want to hear.

Listen at any volume you like.

OK You want some great headphones at a great price.

I can point you in the general direction of savings, but I can’t shop for you.  

Why?  There are too many options:

In Ear

On Ear

Or classic Over the Ear, like these

So take a look at the kind of cheap headphones you want and read the reviews.  

Audiophiles are fussy, they will tell you every little thing that’s not absolutely perfect about the sound or the features.

Where to start?

Amazon offers some ideas for the best headphone deals

Here are some headphones I bought for a loved one. They are pretty cheap and come in a rainbow of colors.

The next step is yours!  I hope you find a great deal and a great pair of cheap headphones!

Is Your iPhone Running? Better Catch It!

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Like many people, I love my iPhone.

But sometimes I feel like a caveman carrying around a Star Trek communicator.  

How does this thing work, anyway?  

So I read a recent article at the Wonder of Tech with interest.

The topic:  Are your iPhone apps running and how to turn them off?

The article  is by Carolyn Nicander Mohr on her terrific Wonder of Tech website.  

I had no idea that my iPhone apps were running, and certainly had no idea how to check and how to turn them off.

So I followed Carolyn’s advice and checked my i-Phone.  

Every One of My iPhone Apps Was Running!

No big deal, you think.  How much battery power is that using?  

On, off, what’s the difference?

I’ll tell you the difference for me.

My phone provider was sending me messages that I has almost drained my account’s data allocation for the month.  The problem is that I was doing it in only a couple of days!

I was burning data and didn’t have anything on!

That’s right.  I was using up data without even getting the benefit.  

And I was bleeding data at a scary rate.

The only way I could stop my data hemorrhaging was to go the Settings > General > Network  > Cellular Data and push the slider to OFF. 


Especially annoying because there are some functions, such as phone messages, that can’t be managed with Cellular Data turned off. 

So learning my iPhone apps were running, and how to turn them off was a real i-opener, if you know what i mean.

Then I performed a test.  I turned off every iPhone app.

Then I checked my cellular data usage.  

You can do that by clicking Settings (yes, that opens an app!) and then General -> Usage -> scroll down to Cellular Usage at the bottom.

Darned if my iPhone wasn’t still sending and receiving at least a couple of KB of data!  

But the rate was much decreased by having apps like Safari, etc. turned off. 

Click here to read –> an eye-opening article Turn Off Your Apps! where you will learn how to discover whether your apps are running and how to turn them off.

Did you know your iPhone apps were running and how to turn them off?  Please comment and tell me I’m not the only one!

Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone is great.  Get one!

I just read an “i opening” article that the iPhone keeps running