Who doesn’t love free stuff? Even better, who doesn’t love free stuff that actually works? Here’s my Fab 5 list of Freeware programs, in no particular order. The quotes are from the respective Web site for each program. While I’ve found all of these programs helpful in one way or another, make sure you’ve read and understand my Web site Terms of Use before visiting any of these links.

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I swung by a national discount department store the other day, and while walking through their electronics department strolled down an entire aisle of cordless phones on display. Interestingly enough I notice this enormous sign above the aisle that read “900 MHz Good - 2.4 GHz Better - 5.8 GHz Best.”

I suppose I really shouldn’t be surprised by blatant lies in marketing messages anymore, but this one got to me for some reason. So I thought I’d poke around on the Web to see what the manufacturers themselves were saying, and to my surprise found that they’re probably the source of this marketing ploy.

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Please note that this article was originally published in February, 2005.

Let me start by saying that I am by no means trying to imply that DVR, NVR or any other digital or IP based video system cannot produce good quality video evidence. There are even 2 or 3 high-end, mega-pixel quality digital surveillance cameras and systems on the market today whose capabilities far exceed those of a traditional analog based system. However, to my point, it seems more often than not digital based systems are producing very poor quality video evidence regardless of the system's actual capabilities.

So why do DVRs typically provide poor quality video evidence? Here are a few of the common reasons:

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A few weeks ago I signed up for Amp’d Mobile service, and shortly thereafter received my new Kyocera Jet multimedia phone via Fedex. I was immediately very impressed with the look, size and form factor. I’ve always been a flip man, but I’m very keen on this slider from Kyocera.

The new OS is very cool, user friendly, and customizable. The Amp’d multimedia service is pretty sweet, effectively replacing my previous phone, mp3 player, and even the game system for short trips, etc… The microSD capability adds even more value, as you can simply transfer your existing content from the PC using the provided SD adapter. It should be noted that you cannot transfer purchased music from iTunes to the device or card as it is protected; however, you can rip CD tracks all day long or transfer other unprotected content (music, vids, images) - supports mp3, aac, mp4, 3gp, 3g2, m4a, and m4b file types.

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