How to purchase from amazon.co.jp in English

*** Remember you can always use amazon.com as well, and purchase from online buyers who ship internationally. In the event that the price difference is between the US based price and Japan based price, you may want to order with the cheaper of the two depending on shipping costs. If the yen to dollar price isn't that different, I would recommend ordering the item from a seller in Japan ***
We can either simply create an account first or we can attempt to purchase something and then create the account upon checkout. This tutorial will show how to do it when making a purchase.

Video qualities and their dimensions explained

A lot of people ask me what is the difference between 720p, 1080i, and 1080p, etc. With the recent boom of the buzz word High Definition or more often used acronym, HD, I thought I would quickly write up a quick explanation of the differences.

When speaking of video qualities people tend to use the term DVD or HD video. The more technically savvy people will throw in terms like 720p, 1080i, and even 1080/30p. What do these mean?

They are basically just easier ways of telling you the dimensions (which equates to quality) of the video. Here is a table I quickly threw together to make it easier to understand:

How to modify the Path variable in Linux/Unix

To view what your current PATH variable is type the following at the command prompt:

  1. # echo $PATH

This will output the PATH stored in the $PATH variable. If you simply wish to add an additional directory, simply do something like this:
# export PATH=$PATH:/the/directory/you/want/to/add

Dropbox.com – Your Free Secure Data Backup and Sharing Solution

So what is Dropbox.com?
Dropbox is an online software that allows you to setup a share folder on your computer that is securely stored on the Dropbox servers in the cloud. This folder appears by default in your my documents folder. Drop whatever you want in this folder (free accounts are up to 2GB in storage) and it immediately gets synced to the Dropbox servers. It takes about 5 minutes to create an account and install the software on your PC. So right away you have a backup copy on a secure online server. So in the event that you lose your laptop or computer HD gets fried, you still have your files safely backed up on Drop box’s secure server.

Access your Dropbox files anywhere!

How to Create High Quality (HD) Screencasts for the Web

I will quickly describe how to create HD quality screencasts for the web. The key to creating screencasts that end up looking great all depends on how you started to create your videos.

I recommend to use Camtasia for all video screencasts, it's an amazing piece of software and very easy to get the hang of it in a short period of time with minimal investment.

RECORDING YOUR VIDEO

How to organize your Music Library with MediaMonkey

If you have made the switch from iTunes to MediaMonkey, odds are you have a folder structure on your computer with files everywhere and a bunch of album artwork all over the place. Time to tidy things up with the monkey.

You will want to clean up your music files and have MediaMonkey auto tag them, but then you are going to want to organize them on your computer. I like to organize all my files based on genre and then by artist. Here is how you do it!

Use Mediamonkey to organize music by genre.
Select the music you want to organize in your main window. Then click on Tools -> Auto-Organize Files...

It will open a window and show you how your files will be organized in the New Path column.

Windows Media Center Has Stopped Working - SOLUTION!

I thought I would share the solution to this problem with my readers. I struggled with the "Windows Media Center Has Stopped Working" problem for months before finally dedicating a good few hours researching for the solution. Nothing I found on the web worked, even after hours of searching through Google. And then I while just doing some testing I found the solution to my problem.

Actually, for me, the problem started with my Xbox 360 always losing the media center folders I had setup. I couldn't figure out what the problem was and when searching Google for other people experiencing the same problem, I found literally NOTHING. I couldn't believe. I guess that's why I'm so good at troubleshooting things, I seem to always the most bizarre issues.

How To Backup your Gmail Email Account

I am a big advocate of Google and all their awesome FREE services, however with something as important as email you don't want to be at the mercy of Google. If you don't have a backup of your gmail account you will have nobody to blame but yourself.

What format should I convert .ts/.mkv files to?

Recently I have found .ts and .mkv files popping up more and more. I understand the .mkv file format is this open source blah blah container, but it just doesn't play well in most of the media players and also results in very large video files. I can convert them in the mpeg4 file format and reduce the filesize by half and be left a quality that has no noticeble change in audio/video quality. I'm not a fan of either, mostly because it gives my xbox 360 media center problems when trying to stream them from my PC that I use as my media center.

How to Embed Subtitles into your Videos

If you have movies with subtitle files (.srt or .idx/.sub) you know that you are unable to watch them through your XBOX 360 media center and other players that do not support subtitles. It's a shame that the XBOX can't handle these separate files and display your video with them.

There is a work around. You can install PS3 Media Server (initially it was developed for the PS3, however it has grown and now supports the XBOX 360) and serve your files with the subtitles and watch your movies with subtitles on your XBOX. I don't like this method for a few reasons,

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