How to listen to TV at a volume that’s different from what everyone else hears

sony-mdr-if245rk-wireless-if-headphonesIf your hearing isn’t as good as it used to be, chances are you have to crank up the volume on your TV to a level that’s uncomfortable for everyone else.

If that’s the case, there’s a very simple way that you can enjoy watching TV at a volume you can easily hear while everyone else listens at a normal volume. All you need is an inexpensive set of wireless infrared headphones. The ones I like best are made by Sony.

The Sony MDR-IF245RK Wireless IF Headphones come with a small infrared transmitter that plugs into your TV set. The audio is then transmitted wirelessly to the headphones which let you adjust the volume to your liking. [Continue Reading]

RicksDailyTips Weekly Newsletter for August 27, 2016 – Where to look for help with a Microsoft product

newsletterHello again! I hope you had a great week!

It’s no secret that Microsoft products dominate the landscape in the world of personal and business computers.

After all, Windows is far and away the most popular operating system on the planet, and virtually every major company in the world (and countless small ones as well) use Microsoft Office in their workplaces.

Add in email, the Skype communications suite, the Bing search engine and their various other software and web-based offerings and it’s easy to see why Microsoft is one of the largest and most successful tech companies ever.

And as you might expect, with so many Microsoft products and services being used daily by so many people, there are always hordes of folks looking for help and/or tech support for something or another from folks in Redmond.

There are many places both online and in the real world where you can turn for help with most anything that Microsoft provides, but some of the best resources are absolutely free, and readily available via your favorite web browser.

Today, I’d like to tell you about a few of my favorite places to look for help with most any Microsoft product. [Continue Reading]

Picture of the Day: “Sunrise at the Roman Colosseum”

Today’s “Picture of the Day” features a very colorful sunrise at the iconic Roman Colosseum. I hope you like it.

You can see more of photographer PicMasta’s photos at Flickr. Here are the camera and settings used to capture this image:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Focal length: 8mm
Shutter speed: 1/20 second
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400

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Click here to check out the awesome selection of free and low-cost photography ebooks at Amazon!

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Q&A: Which is better for gaming, a more powerful CPU or a discrete video card?

intel-core-i5-logoQuestion from Eric P.:  My dad is going to help me build a gaming PC. He’s already built one before so he knows what he’s doing, but we’re both confused about something.

The money I’ve saved is just enough to buy one of the following:

1 – An Intel Core i5 CPU and a discrete video card

2 – A Core i7 CPU with no video card

Basically, if I go with the i7 I’ll have to use the motherboard’s integrated video.

My question is which CPU should I buy for the best gaming performance given the fact that if I go with the i5 I’ll be able to add a stand-alone video card?

Rick’s answer:  [Continue Reading]

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E545 20B20011US 15.6-Inch Laptop

lenovo-thinkpad-edge-e545I’m often asked if it’s still possible to buy a new PC that comes with Windows 7, and the answer is yes. A perfect example is the excellent Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E545 20B20011US laptop.

Actually, this laptop gives you a choice between two operating systems: Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

It comes with Windows 7 Pro pre-installed, but it also comes with a Windows 8 installation DVD and license. You can always replace Windows 7 with Windows 8 at no additional charge, then update Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 for free.

But the flexibility you get in terms of the operating system isn’t the only great thing about this machine. The hardware is quite capable (and expandable) as well. In a nutshell, this is what you get: [Continue Reading]

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