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To prepare for your annual bout of feverish, zeal-laden frenzy that accompanies that frenetic period from the middle of November until the bacchanal bliss of January first, we present a simplified gift-giving guide to one of the most popular gifts: the digital picture frame. Despite its recent introduction to the digital marketplace, the popularity and practicality of having a standalone petite and stylish screen present an entire album or gallery's worth of photographs in a single device has won over the favor of both the technophiles and the Luddites amongst us. Manufacturers produce a slew of display options that vary from the pocket-sized key fob to a 32” diagonal behemoth. Today we will wade through the offerings and help you match the right frame to the right person on your gift list.

                       

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Still listening to AM or FM when you can be enjoying crisp digital radio free of the Internet or a subscription? For stations broadcasting in HD Radio, AM sounds like FM and FM sounds like a CD. HD Radio also enables a broadcaster to send out some three different channels simultaneously, increasing your choices beyond the limitations of conventional stations. If you're ready to step up to HD, radios for under $100 abound.

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The 40th Anniversary of Earth Day might inspire some of us to conserve electricity by pulling AC adapters from wall outlets and curbing the excessive use of disposable batteries. While converting our homes to wind-or solar-power may be beyond our means, exerting a little elbow grease is within all our budgets. That's why the Sima CR-200 Crank Power Radio & Flashlight makes so much sense.

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 The yawn heard round the world that greeted the introduction of 3D TV at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was mainly due to a perceived dearth of compelling content. “It’s the software, stupid,” was the major refrain. But as it now turns out, the content problem could be well on its way to being solved. And we don't just mean ESPN and Discovery announcing 3D channels.

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Have you ever been working on a creative project on your computer and you reach a point where the work loses its spark and starts to go downhill? It's a painful scenario in which the creative potential of your digital tools somehow destroys the idea you were chipping away at.

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When I first learned how to use a computer, I used Windows 3.1 and DOS. At the time, Windows was a little unwieldy, especially for someone just learning the basics of a computer, but it did provide a visual interface with which to navigate the folders, files, and applications scattered around your C:\ drive.

13 years ago
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Color management, the art and science of reproducing accurate skin tones, blue skies, red apples, and yellow bananas is a relatively painless process for about 90%-or-so of the human race. If you belong to the majority of the populous, own a decent monitor, printer, and a color calibration system - and actually take the time to use it – you should be able to faithfully render the color and tonality of the image you saw in the camera's viewfinder.

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One of the most daunting technical challenges facing small businesses as they start up is choosing a data-storage system. The concepts underlying storage arrays go over most people's heads. Even when understood, the rigid structure demanded by RAID arrays means figuring out exactly how much storage you'll need for the foreseeable future.

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