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Control iTunes With an iPhone Or iPod Touch

So it's not exactly ground-breaking news that the iPhone and iPod Touch can do just about anything (the phrase "There's an app for that" comes to mind), but most of those apps come with a price. Yes, many of them are only $.99 to $1.99, but quite a few of the cooler apps are closer to $30 to $50 or more.


Last month (April) I celebrated the passing of another year in my life, and to celebrate my wife bought me one of these devices, an iPod Touch. Up until that point, I was never really a big fan of the devices. I'm generally not one to give into the hype, but as many of my clients love new technology (which is generally why I stay in business) I find myself having to keep up with the latest and greatest.


So in the process of downloading every free app I could find, and even a few $.99 apps, I ran across something called Remote. This app was created by Apple, and believe or not, was one of the free apps. (I didn't think anything Apple did was free?)


This is the description from the Apple iTunes website: "Remote is a free, fun, and easy-to-use application that turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a remote control. So wherever you are in your house, you can control the music in the iTunes library on your computer and your Apple TV with a tap or flick of a finger."


This intrigued me. So I could take my iPod Touch, which connects to my Wifi network, and control my PC running iTunes as if I were sitting in front of it. Wow, now that's cool. So I had to download.


After running through a fairly simple setup procedure (connect iPod to PC for iTunes to sync it – done, add iTunes server to iPod – done) I was controlling my iTunes PC on a beautiful interface, complete with cover art, right on my portable iPod Touch!


Now, of course, being in the A/V industry, I have my audio system connected to just about every room in my house. Generally I will play AM/FM radio, or drop in my XM Radio to play some music, or just shuffle a bunch of songs from my Windows Media Center PC. But, not having been a big fan of Apple or iTunes in the past, I had never really used iTunes much. Now, that's a whole different story. I love it! I can take my iPod Touch with me to any room in the house and shuffle through playlist, artists, songs, albums, etc. I can even control the volume of iTunes running on my PC (which adds a whole new level of remote control to my multi-room audio system.) This actually comes really close to replacing an iPod dock in the house now (although it is kind of nice to just drop the iPod into the dock and let it play – but I lose my remote control of the iPod/iTunes then.)


All-in-all, I have to tell you, I may be taking a big bite of the Apple soon. I really have enjoyed the capabilities of iTunes and being able to share my music to all of my PCs in the house, and now with the added capabilities that Remote gives me, I see no need to use any other audio sources (although, I do still enjoy listening to XM Radio for those new artists and titles that are not in my collection yet.)

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5 Steps to Optimize Your Computer

Our personal computers are similar to the cars we drive; they need tune ups and maintenance care as a preventative measure in order for them to run efficiently without serious breakdowns. Over time your PC can accumulate unnecessary files and programs or software that you may no longer use or they may be internet downloads stored in a folder. All these things contribute to your PC's sluggish performance and slow running. There are a number of things you can do to improve and optimize the capabilities of your PC.


The following are some helpful tips to improve your computer's performance


  • Check your computer for virus, spyware and adware. These programs are often hidden and may pose malicious intent or annoying interruptions. Get rid of these programs by running a scan or deleting them, as they do slow down your PC.


  • Defragment your hard drive. Your hard drive doesn't always save your files in the one place. It may store parts of files anywhere there is free space. Defragmenting your hared drive organizes those files and brings them altogether. This makes your PC run smoothly and a lot quicker.


  • Free up Space. Remove any unused files or programs you aren't using. Delete temporary files at least once a week. When you view website pages and other programs on your computer, over time they will slow down your computers performance. Your PC setup or startup program may need some tweaking. Close or delete any unnecessary programs that are not required when you turn on your computer.


  • Automatic Software updates. Many programs like Microsoft works continually release updates for windows and other products. This includes updates for Microsoft Office and other regularly used software. By installing these updates they will improve your computer's speed and performance.


  • Other products like adapters and USB's can also optimize the performance of your PC or Laptop. These products help maximize your computers optimal capabilities when you add external compatible devices, which makes for a smooth transfer of information as well as your work conducted efficiently.


It may also be helpful to access detailed information about the performance of the hardware on your PC from going into your control panel and searching for performance information and tools. This should give you the required information on things like processor speed and the amount of RAM memory installed and the size of the hard disk.


Having your computer running efficiently, especially for work is important in order to look professional otherwise it may interrupt or stop you from completing your work, causing delays and possible loss of business.


Remember your computer or Laptop needs a tune up too every once in a while in order to be working at peak performance, for a quicker and more efficient computer. General maintenance is important for all computers as well as having compatible accessories that can enhance your computer's capabilities as well as your professionalism in what you achieve with your computer.

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Data Backup and Data Recovery

When you think about data backup and data recovery, what comes to mind? There have been many myths spread about this type of service, but it is important that you learn the truth about it. You see, data is the foundation of your business, no matter what industry you happen to be and it is an asset that is irreplaceable. You cannot afford to lose your important data. Statistics show that companies that lose a significant amount of data will go out of business within a few years, so data backup and recovery is definitely a critical point for any business.


Today off site data protection, often done via the Internet, is available to help you with your data recovery and backup needs. When you are looking for a company to provide you with this service, you need one that will take your data very seriously, realizing how important it is and providing you with the service you need to ensure that you do not lose critical data for your company. Since data is what keeps your business going, you need to choose a company to deal with that data very carefully, ensuring they will do everything possible to keep your data secure and safe for your company.


Businesses today are fast paced. Processes that used to take days now can be done within just a few minutes, and it is important that you have data backup and recovery that can keep up with the changes in technology today. It is important that you have protection against disasters, which matches your competitive and fast paced business. This is the reason that off site data recovery and backup has become so popular.


Although you may think that data backup for your company is too expensive, think again. Yes, you will have to pay for it, but consider the losses that would occur if something happened to your data and you had no backup. More than likely you would lose your business. Today economical solutions are available for your business and the investment that you make is well worth what you will pay.


Another worry that many business owners have is for the security of their information. They want to ensure that their information is not going to be compromised. Today with the technology available, data recovery and backup is more secure than ever. Highly secure connections are available so your data is safe and you can access it in a safe manner when you need to.


With the right company providing you with the backup and recovery you need for your data, you can keep information secure. You can modify data, back it up in real time, access it when you need to, manage your data, and more. Truly this is the easy way to keep your data protected to keep your business safe.

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Wireless Stereo Setup – Facts

In a wireless stereo setup it mainly concentrates on the wireless speakers, as speakers are the ones which cause a huge mess across the room with all the tangles and unending length of wires. Though wireless does not mean completely without wire, it is comparatively much less wires than a wired speaker system.


But still, a wireless system can be of great advantages as it now looks less messy and it is not as costly as some Home Theater systems. It surely removes the pain of concealing speaker cables if the walls and ceilings in the home or office are not pre-wired which is also quite expensive and time consuming.


In a wireless stereo setup, it sends audio across the room to the speakers through its wireless link. It comes out to be a very cheaper and easier option than getting the room wired. Setting up a wireless stereo system is as easy as taking it out from the box and just placing the speakers in the desired positions and then calibrating the speakers on your amplifier for optimum sound quality. Make sure the wireless speakers are not placed far from its wireless link, otherwise you will hear a hissing sound on the audio.


With the help of wireless system by installing multiple speakers at different places you can enjoy your favorite music at any place you wish to. But still the quality of sound is much better in the wired systems.


Linksys, Creative Labs and D-Link are some of the renowned manufacturers of wireless audio systems.

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