Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Up To Speed (Bought Some New Stuff)
We've had Roadrunner broadband internet service in our home for years now, with an older 802.11 -B wireless system.
We've always avoided watching most videos on our computers, the link was too slow and the stopping and jerking of the videos drove me crazy.
But over time, Roadrunner has gotten faster and we upgraded to their fastest home service.
But our older wireless system wasn't capable of using all of that new speed.
So this past week we've bought a few new electronic gadgets for our computers.
I bought a new Linksys wireless router that is 802.11 -N, which is the latest, fastest system available.
Lovely Wife's laptop already had a -N wireless adapter in it, so as soon as I hooked up the new router to the cable modem, she was instantly super fast. She could watch streaming movies from Netflix and so forth on her computer for the first time without all the skipping and jumping.
I bought a -N wireless adapter for the desktop computer I use, and it's now super fast with internet videos now as well.
This just totally changes the whole internet experience, we're finally fast enough for all kinds of videos now and pages load almost instantly; no more waiting for images on pages to slowly trickle in.
We also bought a blu-ray DVD player (LG brand, BD390 model) that has built-in wireless capability and since were subscribers to Netflix, our new wireless router sends us streaming movies across the house to our DVD player.
In other words, our DVD player plays hi-definition DVDs as well as connecting to Netflix so that we can watch movies via it's wireless connection to the internet.
It's all a neat setup and it was super easy to get it all hooked up and working.
I can therefore highly recommend the following gadgets:
- Linksys by Cisco WRT400N Dual-Band Wireless-N Router
- LG BD 390 Network Blu-ray Disc Player
- Linksys WUSB600N Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Network Adapter
I also bought the latest version of Adobe Photoshop Elements, version 7.0. I have used version 4.0 for three years and needed to upgrade to have the ability to work with Nikon RAW files from my D90 digital camera.
I have loved Elements, it's a really great program, and the upgrade from version 4 to 7 is a big difference and the program has many new features when compared to my older version. Well worth the upgrade for me.
So I can highly recommend Photoshop Elements 7 and The Photoshop Elements 7 Book for Digital Photographers book by Scott Kelby.
If you have fooled with image processing programs a little, like Elements, Photoshop, or GIMP, then this book by Scott Kelby is the perfect companion to Elements 7. The book assumes some basic experience with imaging programs, but he explains each topic step-by-step, and is simply the best Elements book you could buy.