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  1. PhillJones

    What are the rules for mail order/distance selling accross state lines?

    I can never get the hang of all this different laws in different states so I thought I'd just ask you guys, as you seem to know everything. Anyway, it was my birthday just recently, happy birthday to me, and my parents bough me some martial arts equipment, some pads and stuff. Since it was a...
  2. PhillJones

    Laptop recomendations

    I'm looking to get a laptop. I've never owned one so it's very exciting. The thing that it must have is an in-built DVD writer other than that my vague wish list is 1) Tablet. Would be nice but my word doesn't it make it expensive. 2) Not too heavy. I'm not sure how heavy too heavy is but it...
  3. PhillJones

    Video conferencing recomendations

    I've been looking around at videoconferencing options and have been surprised at how poor the choice is. I'm looking for multi-way video and audio. Application sharing and whiteboard would be cool if possible. The only one of the free video chat programmes that does this is Yahoo, as far as I...
  4. PhillJones

    BMW: Infant car seat base negligence

    My wife has gone down to Texas with our son ahead of me for christmas. I got a panicked phone call from her yesterday from the airport parking lot where her mother had gone to collect her and little one. My mother-in-law had taken the car seat base to be fitted in her car to the BMW dealer that...
  5. PhillJones

    What's jitter?

    I come accross this term from time to time, often as a justification for expensive digital audio cables. I've tried googling it and checking forums but it seems that the debate on jitter always seems to develop into an EE/transmission line theory, ahem... contest. :D With the person who knows...
  6. PhillJones

    Factory adjustment and bias rewound. What does that mean?

    I recently took my HK AVR630 to an HK service center after the front left channel suddenly went quiet. Not silent, but very quiet. They've fixed it under warranty (big sigh of relief there) and called me to say it was done. I asked the guy on the phone what was wrong with it and he said that...
  7. PhillJones

    Who could tell me about tenants rights in MA

    We just moved into a new apartment in a brownstone and are but static from the building management I'm sure they think we're problem tenants because we keep phoning them asking them to do stuff that they then refuse to do. The latest thing is access to the circuit breakers in our apartment...
  8. PhillJones

    Rule 240 and American Airlines. Oh, how they disappoint!

    Last week-end. The wife and I went to Texas for a family reunion. Our flight was delayed for maintainence reasons and we would have missed our connection. The story eventually turned out okay as we re-routed to my Wife's parents and drove down to the reunion with them from another city in Texas...
  9. PhillJones

    Wireless routers, A+G?

    I'm looking into starting my wireless network. I was going to get this from netgear: Double 108 router . But then I noticed this: Double 108 A+G , which has a "fast lane" 802.11a channel on it. The website says that the a channel is faster due to the lack of interference and is suitable for...
  10. PhillJones

    Pronto Neo: Load of rubish?

    I bought onew of these from Tweeter because I like the idea of a touchscreen with the hardbutton cursor. It regularly locks up, it's forgotten all it's codes once and had to be re-loaded from the computer and now tha touchscreen seems to have gone out of calibration so badly that I can't even...
  11. PhillJones

    HK630 receiver setup, need a little help

    I'm trying to get my HK630 receiver set up just right and am having some trouble with the subwoofer settings. I don't have a sub and so I set the option in the speaker setup menu to sub:none. However, when I use Avia to send test tones to each speaker in turn, I don't hear anything when the...
  12. PhillJones

    Multi-room. powered outputs and long cables or pre-outs?

    my receiver (HK 630) allows me to use the surround back channels as a second set of powered outputs for a multi-room setup. Is it better to buy a load of cheap speaker cable and run it into the second zone or should I use the cheap spare receiver I have lying about to amplify the sound in the...
  13. PhillJones

    Palm Tungten E and Omniremote

    This is a bit of a long shot but I know some of you guys have tried using Omniremote on the palm pilot. Has anybody used it on the Tungsten E. The pacific neo people insist it works but it just hangs the palm up everytimg I try to get it to learn a command. Any experiences or suggestions...
  14. PhillJones

    Tuner card for watching vs for recording

    I've been looking into using a cheap computer and TV tuner for watching TV on a projector with a VGA in but no componant connections. I thought I read someplace here or on another forum that PVR cards like the PVR-350 aren't as good as a cheapo cable tuner card as the former compresses the...
  15. PhillJones

    I just blown up two amps in one week-end

    I know this is a long post but I urge you to perservere. There's nothing like a bit of shadenfreuder to cheer you up on a Monday morning. Finally my shiny new Amex with the 6 months interest free comes through so I head down to a dealer in Boston to buy my long awaited RSX-1056. Giddy as a...
  16. PhillJones

    Getting started with AviSynth. Meanings of errors

    I've been trying to get AviSynth working and just plain can't, can anybody with experience with this software lend a hand? The Version() command works fine so the thing is installed properly but if I try and write a simple AVS file to just pipe an AVI file to media player 6.4. I get this error...
  17. PhillJones

    Can I record 5.1 TV broadcasts?

    I'm going to use a PC as a DVD player/PVR/radio receiver/media server. I'm thinking about recording atm. Can I use sageTV to record video in into say a Haupauge PVR-350 and take the audio from the digital input of a Delta-410. I can't record HD from my cable box, but I'd hope I could get 5.1...
  18. PhillJones

    Recomendation for inexpensive bit perfect SPDIFF output

    I've been trying to make sence of this issue over on the AVSForum but quite frankly, it's very complicated to sift through the multitude of threads and answer the simple question of which soundcard should I buy. The M-Audio Revo is out as it doesn't support ASIO and so unless you go to Kernel...
  19. PhillJones

    What size PSU

    If I want to build a new PC, how do I know how big a PSU I need? I thought I could just check manufacturers web sites for power demands so I went to ati but couldn't find it. I don't want to build a PC and it not work or build one that's noisier that it need be. It's an HTPC BTW. I'm...
  20. PhillJones

    Using a TV capture card with componant inputs

    I've been lookingarround and found the PDI deluxe and Xcard combo. This seems like a good way forward as it allows me to capture the componant ouput of my cable box for PVR, I think. The problem is that I only have one set of outputs on the cable box and I think I need to drive my plasma TV...
  21. PhillJones

    Graphics cards for HDTV

    Okay, now I've just gone and confused myself and I'm drowning in information. Here's what I think I know. For the best results I need to buy a proper video card: somethinhg that I can set my output resolution to the native res of my plasma screen and the resfresh rate to 72Hz for ntsc and 75...
  22. PhillJones

    72Hz 3:3 using HTPC

    I've been looking into getting an HTPC. I know that AnyDVD automatically sets your screen refresh to 72Hz but do I need some software to properly take care of 3:2? Does DVD player software normally know how to repeat every 5th frame to smooth out the judder? Also, are there any players that use...
  23. PhillJones

    HTPC, digital recording from HD cable box?

    I'm fairly new arround here and am looking for a bit of guidance of whether to buy an HTPC or not. Excuse the stupid questions. I first thought about it as a solution to my multi-region and multi standard needs and so that I can stream TV programmes from my beloved BBC directly onto my...
  24. PhillJones

    PAL/NTSC Progressive scan

    Morning all, Please excuse me if I'm posting in the wrong forum. I'm new arround here but I figure that my questions are pretty basic so I'll put it in here. I've just arrived in the States from England and all the HC terms and technologies are different and confusing for a poor simple...
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