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Lavalier Microphones – Huh?

Lavalier Microphone (Photo Credit: PowerMax.com)With more and more people recording video and producing music, there are some new terms you may begin hearing. One of them is “Lavalier Microphone.”

Lavalier microphones are small microphones that can be clipped onto a person’s shirt to record their voice. They usually have their own power source in the form of a small battery pack with one AA battery. The small size of lavalier microphones make them ideal for sit-down interviews as they provide a close perspective sound and block out a lot of ambient sound such as traffic and wind. Many lavalier microphones are omni-directional, which means that the direction it is pointing is not significant. However, this also means that it can pick up other voices or sounds from nearby, which can distort the speaker’s voice.

ExpressCard Technology: An Overview

ExpressCardAs technology evolves, one this has remained constant – expandability on notebooks was primarily limited to the ‘PCMCIA (or PC Card) slot in the side. In 2004, the PCMCIA organization released a new technology – ExpressCardTM. This overview will provide an in-depth look at this new interface standard for notebooks and mobile systems.

expresscardnotebook-hi.jpgTouted as the ‘New Standard for High-Performance, Lost-Cost I/O Expansion for Desktop and Mobile Systems,” ExpressCard Technology promises to deliver modular expansion at a lower cost and in a smaller form factor – with up to 2.5Gb/s bandwidth throughput. Users will be able to add memory, communications and security devices by simply inserting ExpressCard modules into their systems. The new standard supports ‘sealed box’ expandability in desktops and allows for thinner notebook design.

The Evolution of The MP3 Player

music-staff.jpgSo you’re in the gym and see nearly everyone with some device strapped his or her arm. It looks like the remote control to your kid’s TV. The guy in the cube next to you at work always has his headphones on, his fingers drumming to a raucous beat that only he can hear. You take the kids to visit your mom and she even has one. What’s the world coming to? Are you the only person without one of those MP3 things? What’s it all about? Where did they come from? What are the differences between the MP3 players and how much do they cast? Well, you’ve come to the right place to get the knowledge you need and the player you want.

The History of the MP3
mp3_logo.jpgMany years ago in a galaxy far away, well actually less than twenty years ago and in Munich, Germany, the Moving Picture Expert Group Layer III (MP3) was created. The folks at the Franunhofer Institute began researching this technology in the late 1980s. In 1989 they received a German patent for the MP3 and in 1996 the United States issued a patent for the MP3. Within a couple years the whole world began to see MP3 music, and players began popping up everywhere.

Analog to Digital: Take Your Home Movies Into The New Millennium With Video Capture!

old-video-camera.jpgWhat is Video Capture?
Vid-e-o  - [vid-ee-oh] – Noun – the visible part of a television transmission.
Cap-ture  – [kap-cher] – Verb – to represent or record in lasting form

With the accelerated growth of technology, video capture has become a part of everyday life. It was in the late 1970s that you could have purchased a Panasonic VCR for the low price of ony $5,000 – New! Today, you can purchase a VCR from several dozen manufactorers for less than $60.00. If you think that was expensive, how about in the early 1960s, Ampex offered the first home video system in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog and it came with a huge camera, TV monitor, special furniture and a 100 pound Ampex VR-1500 video recorder. And you could have owned all of this fablous equipment for only $30,000 – but wait! There’s more! An Ampex engineer would come out to your home and even set it up for you. What a deal!

Now we have DVD players, Digital Video Recorders (DVR), camera cellular phones that record still and video images, home and office survelience cameras and the list continues to grow. But with so many types of video recording devices, how can we save it so that it isn’t damaged, lost or simply fades away?

The Revolution WILL Be Televised

Plasma, Rear Projection, and LCD Displays Change TV Forever

Since its invention decades ago, there have been constant advances in television manufacturing. One thing has remained constant: the Cathode Ray Tube that projects images onto the television screen. Now the television industry is experiencing a paradigm shift that promises to eliminate these traditional television sets by replacing them with flat panel technology. Plasma and LCD televisions and monitors provide breathtaking imagery and vibrant color. They also take up less space than ordinary televisions. The recent decline in price has catapulted the flat panel industry from designer chic to an emerging television standard.

Tech Update: QuietCare for Our Loved Ones!

It’s winter, storms are hitting hard again this year. With record breaking cold throughout the entire country. Hundreds of thousands of senior citizens and the families who try to take care of them are more aware than ever that their loved ones could be in for the fight of their lives – just to survive. […]

Photography Hints – Motion Photography

Mo-tion [moh-shuh n] – The motion or process of moving or changing place or position. Pho-tog-ra-phy [fur-tog-ruh-fee] – The process or art of producing images of objects or sensitized surfaces by the chemical motion of light or of other forms of radiant energy, as x-rays, gamma rays, or cosmic rays. Motion photography is the field […]

How To Set Up Your New Home TV

You’ve finally made the decision to upgrade your television. This is a very important decision, considering the time that you’ll use viewing programs, the aesthetics of the television and the cost incurred with upgrading your television. Before making your new television purchase, there are several factors that must be considered first such as:

Tech Update: Applications for the Logical Thinker – LogicalApps!

If your data doesn’t comply – it doesn’t fly! With every corporate scandal or headline holding executive accountable for misused customer data for financial fraud, are YOU in compliance? Because of corporate fraud in the 90s, congress passed legislation to stop companies from cooking their books. It literally changed the way companies tracked and reported […]

Going Quad-Core: Processors for the Future of Personal Computing

The Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core Processor QX6700 is Intels first of many true Quad Core processors.  Four processing cores means separate, dedicated processing power for each and every data heavy application.  From Graphics to Games, these power-packed wonders are available now, months ahead of the competition.  But what’s the difference between your motherboard and […]