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DIY DTV Antenna

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Design, HDTV, Videos

Still cursing over the DTV change because you finally got a converter but your antenna sucks? John Park has a solution using a few coat hangers, wire and wood. If that doesn’t solve the problem add some foil. Still have lousy reception? You are just going to have to cave and pay for a probably overpriced retailer’s antenna. As a bonus, at the end of the video John also makes a camcorder stabilizer.

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Harris Poll Finds DTV Transition Mostly Positive Experience

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: HDTV

Harris Poll

It didn’t take long for Harris to take a poll to find out how many TV watchers will opt for free OTA today. Fifty five percent said they are likely to switch to antennas and drop their cable or satellite subscriptions, while those under 24 seem the most positive about the switch. Sixty nine percent found that the transition will be “good,” and the company’s Jay Adrick feels that “consumers are embracing the change.” We are not sure we agree with the survey completely as most viewers we know wouldn’t dream of giving up their gazillion+ channels.

 

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eCurrency Converts for Travelers

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Travel, $1.99

eCurrencyNext time you travel overseas, think about downloading eCurrency. The simple interface supports 34 currencies with rates provided by the European Central Bank. All its functions are on one screen and it has a “shake to inverse calculation” feature. There is also a designated keypad for faster entry and it is compatible with iPod touch and iPhone and with a 2.0 software update. eCurrency is available at the App Store for $1.99.

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doPDF Free PDF Converter

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Hot Deals, Internet, Software

doPDF

If you don’t have access to software that can convert documents to PDFs and you do have IE and Windows XP SP2/Vista, then Softland’s doPDF converter is for you. There are simple step-by-step instructions to install it as a printer driver. After selecting “print,” you can convert Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel sheets, company reports, AutoCad drawings and many other documents. Best of all, it is free to download.

 

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More TV Stations to Crossover to Digital Before June

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Digital Crossover artThe FCC has announced that 158 more stations will switch from analog to digital before the June 12 deadline, with about a third of them being PBS affiliates. This leaves 927 stations, 51.6%, to make the change later. One of our local stations that made the early transition almost harasses you if you tune them in without a converter. Twenty four hours a day of telling us to get a box is not exactly friendly PR. You can check the list of those that are crossing over early on an FCC PDF.

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More Demand Than Supply for Digital TV Converter Coupons

Converter Coupons

The conversion to digital TV is less than 2 months away, so if you stashed your coupons in a drawer somewhere, they have probably expired. Apparently there is a last minute rush as the Department of Commerce says there are simply not enough available. They are hoping that Congress will allow additional funding.

“Once the obligation ceiling is reached, the program will hold coupon requests until funds from unredeemed coupons become available,” said Meredith Attwell Baker, acting asst. secretary for Communications and Information at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. There are about 60 models out there to choose from, but without the coupon, you will pay between $40.00 and $90.00.

 

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Better Measure Mobile Currency Converter

Better MeasureWe wish we had one of these on our last trip to Mexico. Visual Byte’s Better Measure is a nifty app for those with Windows Mobile. Supporting portrait, landscape, square and dynamic orientation, it will convert both currency and units set up in configurable tabs. You can select those that you need as well as making custom currency, such as poker chips. Better Measure also includes a calculator and digital ruler. The download application will cost you $19.99. Think of the investment as actually saving a few pesos down the road.

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