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Dec 07 2016

Blog - Myths about HTPCs, or why they are worth the investment

Myths about HTPCs, or why they are worth the investment

To buy a home theater PC is definitely a big decision, probably as big as the question every person who dreams of having this wonder of technology at home asks – why do I need it? Interestingly, price is not always the matter – after all, there is an opportunity to build an HTPC for less than $500, which makes it absolutely affordable. For many people it is much more important to find out whether HTPCs are indeed as worthy of investment as they seem to be. However, this question is not as rhetorical as it sounds. To answer it, one just needs to ask – why not to have an HTPC, actually? 

Nov 22 2016

Blog - The Best Laptops for Masters Students

The Best Laptops for Masters Students

When you’re working toward a master's degree, you need a computer that will put in as much work as you do. Countless advanced degree students have attempted to complete their research papers and dissertations on old computers that could not keep up with their vigorous workloads, crashing, quitting or destroying valuable data at the most inconvenient of times. If you have a masters in business administration online degree that you are working on, and you know that you need a laptop that is fast, advanced and backed by a comprehensive warranty, check out these options. The best laptops for master’s students are affordable, powerful and designed to help students complete their studies better than most other computers.

HP EliteBook Folio G1

Online MBA degree students have a friend in the HP EliteBook Folio G1 model laptop. Featuring a battery designed for extended, continuous use, you can take this laptop with you while you run errands, make entries, check your email and update your class schedule without needing to stop and charge it very often. The HP EliteBook Folio G1 is another laptop that has a sleek, thin design that makes it possible to store it in the unlikeliest of places. There’s a ton of USB ports so that you can attach all of your accessories at once, and your laptop will still run strong.

Nov 03 2016

Blog - How to Boost Your Online Store’s Credibility and Gain More Customers

How to Boost Your Online Store’s Credibility and Gain More Customers

Every online store’s main goal is to sell more products. The best way you can achieve that goal is by building a strong, avid group of customers that appreciates the products available in your catalogue. Before you can start attracting the right kind of traffic and begin turning them into customers, however, there are a few things you need to prepare first.

Credibility is a crucial thing for an online store. Unless customers can trust you, there is no way you can make as many sales as you want. These three key elements will help you boost your online store’s credibility right away.

A Secured Site

Do you know why certificate authorities like Verisign charge so much for an SSL certificate? What makes those SSL certificates so much more expensive than the standard ones from web hosting companies? The answer is credibility.

When a customer sees a green padlock icon next to the address bar, they will quickly notice that your site is properly secured. When that padlock icon is clicked, then can find out more about your business, the person in charge and the certificate authority that issued the SSL certificate.

You don’t have to spend thousands to get a certificate from Verisign, but a properly-implemented SSL security is a must. It is the first step towards ensuring the safety of your customers’ personal information, which will make them feel more confident about making purchases on your online store.

Oct 25 2016

Blog - How Can Getting A Bonus Increase Your Odds Of Winning?

How Can Getting A Bonus Increase Your Odds Of Winning?


A number of big name online casinos will offer a number of bonuses and promotions. First of all they can attract new customers by offering these kinds of deals, they also offer them to long term members as a reward for their loyalty. Using bonuses on an online casino is essentially like using free money, which means you can increase your odds of winning. If you’re a member of an online casino, then make sure you keep a look out for any bonuses or promotions that come your way as you can use them to your advantage.

Bonuses

Different online casinos offer different kinds of bonuses so it is always worth shopping around to find the best casino bonuses for you. The bonuses to keep an eye out for are the ones that offer a low wagering requirement that you can also cash out, these are the ones to take full advantage of. Using bonuses to play your favourite game means you can play for longer which in the long run will increase your chances of winning a tasty jackpot.

Loyalty

In many cases you won’t find yourself receiving jackpots very often unless you’re a long-term member of an online casino. This is why it can be a good idea to remain a member of a site, even if you don’t intend to play there anymore. Somewhere down the line you may get emailed an offer to reward your loyalty to the site. Furthermore, the site may even notice your inactivity and offer you a bonus to entice you to play again. Some sites will even offer cash back for all losing wagers, which is well worth looking out for and taking advantage of.

Choice Of Games

Oct 20 2016

Blog - The Top Degrees to Consider Studying Online

The Top Degrees to Consider Studying Online

Online education has come a long way over the last few years, and more students are now opting to enroll in online degree programs than ever before. After all, if you can attend some of the best universities around the country from remote, without having to relocate, why wouldn’t you? But which degrees are the best ones to consider when you’re opting to study online? Keep reading for a short list to get started.

Psychology and Counseling Degrees

Degrees in psychology, with a concentration in counseling, are hugely popular today because they give you the expertise necessary to help a variety of people. Whether you wish to help children who are going through tough times or couples who are having relationship problems, or you want to become an addiction counselor so you can help people overcome their addictions and lead sober lives, there are a variety of paths that you can choose from.

Business Degrees

There are a variety of business degrees that you can easily pursue via the world of online education. If you are an undergraduate, you can get your bachelor’s degree in business administration, management and marketing, entrepreneurship, and accounting, as a few examples. And if you are a graduate student hoping to advance your skills and your career, you can even find online MBA programs that will teach you even more of the skills necessary to work successfully in the corporate world or run your own company.

Oct 14 2016

Blog - The Best Apps That Will Help You Blog Like a Pro

The Best Apps That Will Help You Blog Like a Pro

Whether you want to publish game reviews like the ones we post here on Mobile & Apps, or you want to share your expertise on travelling and other subjects, blogging is still one of the best ways to do it. Social media and video sharing are great, but a good website with a Blog section will always be the anchor of your online presence.

Blogging doesn’t have to be difficult at all. In fact, you can blog like a pro with these apps installed on your mobile devices.

Save Post Ideas with Evernote

One of the biggest challenges you will – or perhaps already – face as a blogger is finding time to sit down and write. We face the same challenge all the time! Even worse, you may have an awesome idea for a post but forget about it by the time you find the time open your laptop and start writing.

Evernote is a great solution to get around that. Available for both Android and iOS, you can use Evernote to write down pointers and ideas quickly. You can also save URLs, photos and other details about the blog post idea you have.

Later, from the Evernote app on your laptop, you can recall those ideas and start writing immediately. Have catchy phrases or cool lines crossing your mind at odd moments? Store them in Evernote and retrieve them the same way later.

Edit Photos with Snapseed

A long article is never complete without great photos to go along with it. No matter how informational your article is, you still need to add pictures and visual elements to make it more interesting to read. You can snap photos using your smartphone and use them in your blog post. You can also capture screenshots to go along with your review.

Oct 13 2016

Blog - A Look at How Smart Technology Brings the Future to Our Homes

A Look at How Smart Technology Brings the Future to Our Homes

Many people can still remember the early days of computer technology when everything we have been doing was the stuff sci fi flicks were made of ‘back in the day.’ However, it goes beyond saying what would have been the reaction if someone would have told them that there are cars without drivers on the roads, showers that can adjust the temperature based on who’s in the tub and windows that shut by themselves when it’s raining or suddenly cold outside. This the future and it’s here today.

You Can Thank an Engineer

If you are wondering who to thank, it would most likely be those engineers who gave tirelessly of their time and effort developing new technology geared at making life easier for us in the 21st Century. Are you looking for a career in engineering to further smart technology and its impact on our lives? If so, you can study engineering online while forging ahead to make life easier and in many ways much more secure. Here are some of those technologies that have become such a vital part of our homes.

Various Approaches to Climate Control

As mentioned above, smart controls can actually take all the worry about how hot or cold your home is or when your furniture or hard wood floors don’t get damaged from rain coming in the windows. An online master of engineering could not only put you in the top earning bracket of the field but could also place you smack dab in the middle of a history-making moment where technology keeps us comfortable through weather extremes with no human intervention necessary. You set the controls initially how you want the climate in your home to remain, and smart technology does the rest.

Sep 12 2016

Blog - Challenge Yourself To These Top New Fun Games

Challenge Yourself To These Top New Fun Games

You can now play on so many platforms from on the go on mobile to staying in on a console. in general terms, mobile gaming has accelerator at a much faster rate than many other platforms. If you had told anyone in 2005, that you could play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on a telephone with the same graphics it had on a PS2, you probably would have been considered mad. Now there are games that look and player better on multiple platforms. As there are so many great games out there on so many different platforms we have chosen just a few of the best ones.

Casino Periodic Game

Sep 10 2016

Blog - Site maintenance

You may have noticed the site going up and down a lot today. We were doing some maintenance to update core software and get the site setup with an certificate.

Please drop me a line if you notice any issues.

Thanks

Sep 05 2016

Blog - The Business Facilities that Set you Apart from the Competition

The Business Facilities that Set you Apart from the Competition

Getting a leg up on competition can be a tricky thing to tackle. The best way is to covertly place a stink bomb in their office so they lose a day standing around outside their office, waiting for it to clear. One: it might be hard to acquire a stink bomb and two: that’s really mean, so the best way to make your company stand out from the crowd is to update your facilities to the highest standard. This may sometime be costly, but if you’re better equipped, then the money will roll in.

SAP

You may have heard of SAP before, but have no idea what it actually is … I don’t think you’re alone. SAP is a company that, when translated into English means Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing, which I admit, doesn’t sound particularly fun, however seeing as SAP is a very large and important company, they must be doing something right. SAP can help you revolutionise your business, however there are other companies, like www.weaveability.com, that make software that runs on SAP to help your specific business. For instance the above company specialise in ecommerce businesses. Once you get your head around SAP (or let the IT guy do it), your business will flourish.

Cloud Software

Jun 05 2016

Blog - Will you buy another AnyDVD HD license?

It was a sad day when Slysoft went away, but soon there was hope in the form of RedFox. Based on the same code, run by the same developers, it seemed too good to be true. And it sort of is because as it turns out RedFox is cutting out existing license holders. Now, I do see their point - they need money to keep the lights on, and any licenses were with Slysoft and not them. While lifetime license holders got great value for the money from Slysoft, I'm not sure that it's worth the risk this time around, and RedFox is being a bit underhanded about it.

May 28 2016

Blog - Is YouTube paying fair?

Last week the music industry released some PR around how vinyl makes them more money than YouTube; with the intent to demonstrate that YouTube is not paying a “fair” price for their content. I will admit that this is a little late, I still think it should be said that this sort of whinging and the press mindlessly repeating it isn’t helpful – if there really is a problem.

The biggest limitation here is that we (the public) don’t have access to the detailed information that is required to make a solid judgement around whether the rates are fair or not, but let’s deconstruct it as far as we can anyway.

Dec 10 2015

Blog - Holiday wishlist

My family always tells me that I'm impossible to shop for, and there's definitely some truth to it. I’m quite particular, not just about what I want, but down to the specific model of a thing. So every year I make a list to make my wife happy, then watch it get ignored. While there’s definitely value in exercise, this go around I thought I’d share – maybe save someone time when shopping for their particular geek.

Oct 28 2015

Blog - What Should Missing Remote Be?

This might seem like a strange question, but I've been thinking a lot about what Missing Remote should be. Where it should go. What we should cover. What we do right/wrong.

Jul 06 2015

Blog - The Amazon Fire TV and it’s use while traveling

With all of the media players and sticks out there to choose from, one of the more popular ones on the rise for many reasons is the Amazon Fire TV and AFTV stick. With their small size you can really take either one out while traveling without having to hook up a laptop and what not to stream entertainment. So I started out the testing of the unit back in February the first time around for a getaway staying at a hotel. Because that particular hotel had a website that you had to click on to accept their terms and services and enter their password, we were unable to use the AFTV because there was no way to launch a browser within the AFTV at the time. So we were stuck using the laptop which ended up working out fine anyway, but I have to say it was very disappointing. The impression that I had received from the units small size, portability and the way advertised is that it would give you the ability to use them out on the road while traveling. Maybe it was my wrong impression and then an update happened.

Mar 16 2015

Blog - SageTV: Which interface is for you? A review of the choices

I hope you enjoy this writing. I had submitted this just the day before the news that SageTV was coming back to be open sourced from the founder Jeff Kardatzke. Who would have seen this coming? Not me, not our Editor in Chief Mike Garcen; really no one. Sage has stood the test of time. With many beginning to walk away from it including developers, and a few things breaking from time to time, as of lately, it seemed that SageTV was on it’s last legs and would fade away. It’s been no secret to anyone reading Missingremote, that I am a big SageTV fan. Wouldn’t you know after I write that this would most likely be my last SageTV article, that SageTV makes the announcement that it makes this week. I’m glad I was wrong.

I am leaving my writing as is with a few added remarks from myself along the way. This for entertainment purposes as well informative. I hope you enjoy the nostalgia and smirk as much as did when reading it again.

With not much heard from at the SageTV camp anymore (until now) and without further development, unless something changes with SageTV, (Changes will be huge as it is becoming open sourced soon) this will most likely be my last article regarding SageTV.(eeh, not anymore) This writing is about the different interfaces of SageTV, particularly Version 7 regarding comparison. I think it’s important to mention that I think it’s awesome that all of these developers put in all of the time that they have to help make all of the SageTV users experience over the years that much better, so THANK YOU! That being said, I am not a software writer as I have written many times before and I cannot do what you do and may not fully understand all of what is involved with making things work when writing code. My observations are from a user point of view, so some of my observations of your work may seem a bit critical; I mean no offense, with highest respect, again thank you for all of your hard work! Below are my observations with the various different UI for SageTV.

Mar 08 2015

Blog - Amazon Fire TV as a PVR Client with Kodi

Kodi (aka XBMC) is catching fire by using the Amazon Fire TV as a client. As both a user of MCE and SageTV via cableCARD, I have been looking to find a replacement for those particular PVR HTPC systems that has extender capabilities due to no more or little further development from either camp in quite a while. MCE has never really had a viable extender for my needs and I always found them to use way to many resources while not being able to play common file types very well and consistently. SageTV is not cableCARD certified, however due to my cable company not encrypting most of the channels it has been a very good option  for me with the exception of no more support or development unless it is through the user forums which has really slowed down to a crawl. Still if aint broke don’t fix right? Well that’s the trouble. Things are beginning to not work as the should a bit with some of the features over at SageTV. While they are minor issues, Youtube being one was fixed by a software writer in the forum.  My bigger concern was noticing a couple of channels that I would normally get were now encrypted. While first figuring it was a glitch, upon discussion with a coworker, he had mentioned that my cable provider was bought by another cable provider. At about that time is when this issue had surfaced. It could be coincidence but not something that I could chance.

Jan 02 2015

Blog - Missing Remote @CES2015 - Twitter Coverage

CES 2015

We try to Tweet cool things as we find them, and don't always have time to do a full write up immediately. For those of you who don't use Twitter we've embedded the stream below. If you do have Twitter you can follow @TechButton(Kyle Button), @babgvant(Andrew Van Til), @MikeGarcen(Mike Garcen), or @JohnMcMahon_(John McMahon) and we will be the guys on the floor find the best stuff for your #CES2015 Coverage.

 

Jul 20 2014

Blog - The HTPC and why it’s worth the effort

The HTPC (home theater PC) is a great idea and one that is truly close to my heart. Many of you who regularly visit Missing Remote know what an HTPC is. For those that don’t, it is basically an entertainment center powered by a computer. Some have TV and DVR capabilities and some people choose not to have those capabilities and would rather go with a cable box. Not me, I love the TV capabilities in my HTPC. Back in 2002, I started messing around with analog TV tuners that could record cable programming directly on a PC. Being a sports and music enthusiast I could clearly see the benefits of being able to record a show that you know will never be released on video, and be able to archive it forever on a hard drive or DVD. I still have those recordings today and watch them from time to time. Back then, I was not aware of a DVR or PVR mainstream software. TiVo had come out and I thought it was pretty cool; what I didn’t like was the fees required to keep paying for the guide data and their service in addition to the hardware purchase price. My curiosity built when I saw some TV tuners coming with trial versions of a software that could do similar tasks as a TiVo and then you could later buy that software for a one time price. Those worked well and I was surprised and excited which had me building my first “HTPC” system.

Jun 28 2014

Blog - Aereo’s Flaw was Hubris

Aereo

The recent SCOTUS ruling making the service Aereo provides illegal was disappointing, but not surprising given the stakes. I was discussing this with a friend who pointed out that “The micro-antennas didn’t fool anyone, it’s the same as cable tv”. Which makes an incredibly valid point because it draws focus to what is the real problem with Aereo -- hubris.

Jan 17 2014

Blog - Questioning the Badge

This year at CES instead of the traditional badges with a barcode, we got fancy NFC enabled ones. I did some playing with it at the show, but didn’t really have the time to look to see what was actually encoded on it. With a better set of tools, and a bit more time, curiosity got the best of me so I wrote a quick app to dump and decode the content.

Jan 08 2014

Blog - Missing Remote @CES2014

We try to Tweet cool things as we find them, and don't always have time to do a full write up immediately. For those of you who don't use Twitter I've embedded the stream below.

 

Dec 08 2013

Blog - SageTV: Past, Present, and Still Future?

Over two years ago SageTV announced that it was acquired by Google 6-18-2011 at 4:57pm to be exact. Initially I didn’t know what to make of it. Look, I love Google, Android and many of their products, so I was partly excited when I heard. Perhaps SageTV can now support CableCard and will have the financial viability to compete with Microsoft’s Windows Media Center on their financial level. Then I clicked on the SageTV store later that day and found it was shut down immediately, leaving an ominous feeling in my stomach.

     At the time all of this happened, I had just purchased a Ceton CableCard because the Hauppauge HD PVR reliability (or lack thereof) had been an issue and impacted my usage of SageTV. When using the Ceton Cablecard, I loved it, however I was restricted to using Windows 7 Media Center (WMC) because SageTV did not support CableCard. I had previously purchased two SageTV server licenses and 3 HD200 extenders and absolutely loved the way the extenders worked. I had to make the switch from SageTV because I am a sports fan--seeing live TV in HD for sporting events on ESPN and SunSports was a must. Another factor was, considering the way things were closed down at SageTV and the announcement, that the guide data was going to expire in January of 2013 rendering the TV capabilities useless. So, I sold my 3 HD200’s for a very modest price and figured I would cut my losses. What a mistake that ended up being.

Oct 16 2013

Blog - Reintroduction: Wait, you have what!?!

While I'm reintroducing myself to a digital home, allow myself to introduce… myself.

I can trace the tech in me back to my childhood - I now understand why my parents gave me Legos, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Shape-O Toy, and Rubik's Cube (I guess it could have been worse, and I'm thankful, at least my parents loved me enough to let me pick out my own Pet Rock, instead of surprising me with one). While none of them are truly tech toys, they fostered my creativity, cognitive functions and problem solving skills.

Oct 15 2013

Blog - My Reintroduction to a Digital Home

I've spent the past few years under a (digital) rock with limited space and opportunity to develop, create and maintain a digital home ecosystem. I've focused more on my trade than my entertainment, and now it shows as I'm reintroducing myself to the ideas and concepts of a digital home.

Many of you don't know me, so here's a brief background of why you may become dumber from having read what I have to say…

Mike and I go back, both personally and professionally, over a decade. We met through Craigslist (Casual Encounters) and explored the world of HTPC's together for a few years before we each moved on. A few years later, I was fortunate enough to become a Microsoft MVP for Windows Media Center and worked for one of the largest semiconductor companies in the world, providing a bridge between the Windows Media Center community and the product managers and engineers I worked with daily. I, literally, had my hands in HTPC's every day and shared my knowledge and experiences with others (since I could afford to make mistakes others couldn't).

Fast forward half a decade and a dramatic sob story not even fitting for a Ron Howard script, I return to a once familiar scene, rebuilding an ecosystem fit for my digital life and those around me.

So, for now, this space will be my reintroduction to a digital home…

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