Easiest way to rip audio CDs to your computer 

by on January 27, 2009

Q: What free software should I use to rip some audio CDs to my computer’s hard drive?

A: It’s always fun to help people rip music to their computers for the first time! Apple’s iTunes software is probably the best free CD ripping software for beginners. iTunes is pre-installed on today’s Macs, and you can download iTunes for Windows for free . For legal reasons, I recommend that you only rip music from your own CD collection.

To set your CD ripping preferences in the Windows version of iTunes, go Edit => Preferences => General. If your computer has a large hard drive, I suggest that you import your CDs at full quality by choosing the Apple Lossless option in Edit => Preferences => General => Import Settings => Import Using. Music imported with the Apple Lossless setting works great on today’s iPods! Read the rest of this entry »


Do they make a remote control for iPods? 

by on January 27, 2009

Q: I was wondering if there is a way to hook up a wireless remote to my 2nd gen ipod nano so that when it is docked on the speaker system across the room I can control the ipod by remote. My speaker system did not come with a remote. Thank you!


Why does my HP Brio ba410 make a stange sound then beep twice when I turn it on? 

by on January 27, 2009

Q: I have an HP Brio ba410. When I turn it on it makes a strange sound then beeps 2 times. What is wrong?


Can I upgrade my Toshiba A205-s5000 graphics card? 

by on January 27, 2009

Q: Can I upgrade my Toshiba A205-s5000 graphics card?


How do I setup a computer running Windows ME on a wireless network? 

by on January 27, 2009

Q: How do I setup a computer running Windows ME to a wireless network?


My computer crashed with a USB drive attached but now I cannot access the USB drive 

by on January 26, 2009

Q: My computer just crashed and I had a USB hard drive attached at the time it crashed. When I restarted the computer and attempted to access my USB hard drive it no longer showed up as a drive. I unplugged it and replugged it in. What happened was it asked me if I wanted to view files etc on the USB hard drive but then when I clicked on view files it told me there was no USB hard drive. Does anyone know what happened, how to fix my USB hard drive, and whether or not the info is still on it?


Best PDA without a phone 

by on January 26, 2009

Q: I was wondering if you could recommend a PDA that does NOT have a phone or camera.

It must fulfill the following requirements

Windows CE: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 or Microsoft Pocket PC 2000 (ARM/X-SCALE only) 2002, 2003, 2003 SE; Palm OS 3.5 or higher. If there’s not a PDA you can recommend, could you explain what these different requirements mean? I know there are companies like Palm and HP. Can Palm work with both Palm and HP or just a Palm?

A: Modern devices from BlackBerry and Palm (including the cool-looking Palm Pre) all have phones built into them. And because of poor security and even worse usability, I cannot recommend Windows Mobile PDAs at this time.

Therefore, I suggest that you consider purchasing an Apple iPod Touch. It has the same PDA-like functionality as Apple’s iPhone, but without features you may want to avoid: phone, Bluetooth, GPS, and camera. The iPod Touch can play music, display photos, and play videos. It currently comes with your choice of storage capacity: 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB. The 8 GB iPod Touch can hold thousands upon thousands of emails, contacts, documents, etc. But if you have a large collection of multimedia files, consider purchasing either the 16 GB or 32 GB version. Learn more about the iPod Touch.

Tip: From time-to-time, Apple will release software updates for your iPod Touch. Some of these updates will be free, while others will cost money.


What solder should I use when making modifications to an xbox controller? 

by on January 26, 2009

Q: I am doing some work on an xbox controller and I don’t know what solder to use. The circuit board is pretty delicate so I need a solder thats easy to work with.


How come multiple characters type when I press just one button on the keyboard? 

by on January 26, 2009

Q: Some of my Dell Inspiron 1520 keys are doing strange things. Some keys are adding characters and some are not displaying what they are supposed to. For example, when pressed the “h” key shows “h6”, “g” key “g5”, “5” key “g5”, and “6” key “h6”. I don’t get it. I haven’t spilled anything on it but some of my keys are sticky feeling.


How do I go about getting a replacement remote for my DVD player? 

by on January 26, 2009

Q: My DVD remote control is lost and I would like to replace it. If I buy a remote that was used on the same model of my DVD player will it work on mine?