You know this is your final week before your TV turns into snow, right? If not, it is time to stop procrastinating with the excuse, “The dog ate my coupons.” DTV.gov says that about 42% of stations have already made the digital transition and that means that as of Friday, 58% of the channels you take for granted on your old analog set will cease to exist. Check out their site if you need physical or emotional support.
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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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This is probably the largest remote control in existence. “Michbex” saw a large one at his local mall and decided to make one even bigger. He took two Playstation 2 Dance Dance Revolution Mats and a converter box to connect the 2 controllers to his PC. While he makes it sound like a simple project to hook up with his Windows Media Center, it is the creating that impresses us the most. He has complete instructions on his site in case you would like to build your own.
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Now that the crossover to digital TV has been postponed, don’t think that you still have 4 months to buy a new TV or converter box. Some of the 1,796 full-power stations will still go with the option of dropping analog transmission this month. The FCC has asked those stations to notify them today and can prohibit the change if they feel that it is not in the public’s interest. So if you still aren’t ready and you live in an urban area, you might see that snow after all February 17.
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Time to phase out those old VHS tapes? Ion-Audio’s VCR 2 PC is a clever way to do just that. Hook it up to your USB port and the included EZ VHS Converter software allows you to burn them to DVD, so that you can watch them on your PC, PSP, or iPod. You can also connect your VHS, VHS-C, or 8mm camcorder via the front panel jacks to save anything on them. After you have finished creating your digital library, the VCR 2 PC doubles as a player. You can find them for $249.99.
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Leadtek’s WinFast PalmTop DTV200 H has a whole lot of name for its minute size, but we certainly like its looks. The analog/digital PCTV box is plug and play with USB 2.0, and has DVB-T, FM antenna, a 4-in-1 AV cable and remote. The device, which accepts NTSC, SECAM, and PAL standards, works with your PC to deliver video to your VCR, game console, or camcorder. Powered by WinFast PVR2, its functions include DirectBurn, time shifting, scheduled recording, and EPG on a 2-layer menu. Contact Leadtek for price and availability.
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If you think that CDs are passe, you are not alone. That’s why Hammacher Schlemmer is offering a Digital Photo to DVD Converter. It will take images from your camera’s memory card and turn them into MPEGs, then when you put in a CD-RW or CD-R for DVD, you get playback without a PC. It can also burn in JPEG for computer viewing and has both S-video and RCA inputs for TV as well as USB connection. The device includes an index to keep track of your shots. The converter happily accepts Compact Flash, Smart Media, Memory Stick, Secure Digital, Multi-Media Card, and Microdrive memory cards, and comes at a price of $199.95.
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Convert all those old slides and 35mm film negatives up to 1,829 DPI into digital JPEGs with a single scan. The USB 2.0 converter can take all those boxes of clips and family albums and transform them into something smaller and permanent. The 5MP Cmos sensor features 10 bits per color channel and comes with software for editing, resizing, and correcting with Photoshop. Unfortunately, the device, which features and LED backlight won’t work with Mac, but for $99.00, we guess nothing is perfect. Order now for a one to 3 week delivery.
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Firebox understands that you have never gotten rid of your bargain bin cassette tapes and they have just the remedy. Ion’s Tape2PC USB cassette deck will convert those tapes into MP3s simply and painlessly with EZ Tape Converter software. With this dual-dubbing cassette player, you can mix on either PC or Mac. The deck, at a size of 16.5 x 5.25 x 8.75-inches, comes with both an RCA and USB cable at a price of $149.95. Preorder now for an October 1 delivery.
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We have more news on the death of analog TV in 2009. As we mentioned previously, cable companies will either have to convert their digital signal for analog receiving customers or provide them with a “down converter.” The FCC has approved rules to ensure that everyone is taken care of after the transition. The National Cable and Telecommunications Association say that they can have already pledged to do so voluntarily. Spokesperson Brian Dietz claims they will do this without charging extra or forcing subscribers to up to a pricier digital service. We would just as soon stay out of the fracas as long as we can still get our MTV.
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