Q: Hi, I hope you can help me. I was wondering if there is a recording device like a VCR, except it would record to a hard drive. I have satellite service at home and use their DVRs and love them. We travel a lot in a motor home, and sometimes want to record shows from the networks. I used to record with a VCR, which I hooked up to either the antenna or the campgrounds cable service. It's bulky, too many tapes, and I have to move it from one TV to another.
A stand-alone hard drive recording device would seem to be a great solution, simple and small.
A: I sure do envy you guys. Nice life.
For you, nothing beats the combo of a portable
DVDirect MC6 (about $165 at
). The DVDirect records video from your camcorder directly to a
, without using a computer. It's also the easiest way I've found to transfer old VHS tapes to DVD. IT also connects to a DVR, so you can transfer shows from your satellite DVR to DVD, then take the DVD to your motor home and pop it into a portable DVD player, which you can connect to the TV in your motor home.
There is another way to do this: Use a laptop and a TV tuner that plugs into the computer's USB port. The tuner could pull in basic cable channels for free, and you could use software to record shows to your hard drive. Then you could burn your recordings to a DVD and watch on your motor home's TV, connected to a portable DVD player. The good: A laptop's hard drive can hold tons more video than a DVD can. The bad: You won't be able to record your satellite channels to watch in your motor home.
Hope this helps. Happy trails!
A: Hi, Marcia.
You can use your Dell. To back up your iPad 2, you'll need iTunes for Windows, a free download from Apple: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download.
It'll create a folder called a Photo Library. After you've edited your photos with whatever software you plan to use, copy the photo to your iTunes Photo Library.
Then, when you sync the iPad by connected it to your computer, the photos in your iTunes Library will be copied to your iPad, and you can see it by tapping the Flower icon, which will open your iPad's photo album. Fortunately, it's not as complicated as it sounds. It'll make more sense when you have your iPad and iTunes in front of you.
Q: Mr. Gwinn: My wife and I have a little mobile home in the woods, 8 miles north west of the nearest city. Our Sprint cell phone does not work inside the mobile home but will work outside of the house.
I have gotten to the point that I really want to have Internet and had a very disappointing experience with dial-up. I not only disconnected that but disconnected the local phone line. Do you have any ideas for me? I want to have reasonably fast Internet so I can hook up an Ooma
device while up there or have a magicJack
connected to my laptop.
I do not want the expense of a satellite dish, and there is no broadband that I know of. There is a company called Main Street Broadband that is starting to advertise in the county.
Thank you for any words of wisdom that you might share,
A: Good idea to try out a telephone-over-the-Internet service such as Ooma and magicJack. Consider
(www.skype.com), a free download to your computer and a very popular way to make free or cheap calls.
Back to your Internet question. I entered your ZIP code into Comcast's site and learned that you could get Comcast's broadband Internet there. The cheapest option is $27 a month for 6 months, and then $42 a month for the next 6 months, and then $52 a month every after that.
To find the plan I mentioned above, go to http://www.onlinecomcast.com/comcast-internet.aspx and enter your address.
Hope this helps!