JVC And The First High Def Camera

The amazing company of JVC (Victor Company of Japan)
released the first high definition video camera for
consumers back in 2003. The GR-HD1 high def camera
was the first digital video camera in the world to
record and play back high definition images.

By utilizing a newly developed 1/3 inch type 1.18
million pixel progressive scan CCD and JVC type
processing, the new camera records and plays back
750/30p digital high definition and 525p progressive
wide screen images to mini DV tape.

Features
The GR-HD1 is was the first digital video camera in
the world to record and play back high definition
video and images. The GR-HD1 records digital images
to mini DV tapes using MPEG 2 compression, recording
and playing back digital high definition images
while still maintaining conventional 525i DV
standard recording times.

The GR-HD1 also comes with an optical 10X zoom lens
and a built in optical image stabilizer. It also
uses a newly developed 1/3 inch type 1.18 million
pixel (1.14 million effective pixels) progressive
scan CCD. Due to the JVC original signal
processing circuitry and driving system, it can
record muti format high quality images.

There are three recording modes; HD mode, SD
mode, and DV mode that are based according to
the camera operators requirements.

The HD mode records 750/30p digital high definition
images, SD mode 525p progressive wide images, DV
mode at the conventional 525i DV standard. This
way, camera users can freely choose among the 3
modes according to their specific requirements.

Even though it was the first high definition
video camera to release to consumers, the GR-HD1
is still a very impressive camera. It has a
slew of other features, which are sure to please
camera lovers everywhere.

What Makes A Great Game:

A Gentle Reminder for Programmers
It’s easy to get lost in all the details of building a great video or computer game – so easy in fact, that we can forget the parts of a game that make them fun to play. The following serves as a gentle reminder of what prompts players to play games in the first place. Refer to this reminder in the event that you get bogged down or distracted with confusing C++ syntax, or lines and lines of Visual Basic statements and DLL structures.


1. Remember the player is the main character. Here’s a secret between you and me: People play games to gain a sense of control. If you can manage to program your game in a way that puts the player in control, then you’ve already won half the battle. This doesn’t mean to suggest that the game should be easy. It simply means that when a gamer runs home from school or drives home from work to play a video game, she wants to feel the control that she didn’t have during the hours between nine and five. The outcome of a game – whether it’s a win or a loss – should never be random, but the result of a good, controlled game play instead.

2. KISS. Remember that acronym? It stands for Keep It Simple Stupid. We all know that programming a game is hard business, but believe us when we say we don’t want to be reminded of it. The difficulty of programming a game should never be part of the game play so when possible, make the game easy to start, easy to navigate, and of course, easy to play. We’re not asking for pre-school strategy here, but on the other hand, we don’t want to feel as dumb as a pre-schooler either. Forget the hundred page manual. Nobody except the truly obsessed is going to read it anyway. Build your game for the average Joe and everyone will be your fan.

3. Add plenty of action. And add lots of it too. The more action you add to your game, the more attention players will pay attention to it. And the more that players pay attention to your game, the more addictive your game gets. For every action that a player’s character makes, have the game react and then prompt the player for more.

4. Make the story a good one. Nothing is worse than playing a game only to wonder what you’re doing and why. Purpose is and always has been a human obsession. But without it, we’re left wandering… in the darkness… wondering bizarre things like how the house would look in a coat of bright pink paint. Don’t give your players the opportunity to waste time like that. Give them a mission and make sure your game reminds them what the mission is at opportune times and why they must complete it.

5. Give us eye candy. But make it relevant. The graphics in a game shouldn’t be distracting, they should make our eyeballs glaze over with satisfaction upon seeing them, and then salivate for more. Graphics should contain clues and entice us further and further into the game until we’ve beaten the thing.

6. Make it real. Fantasy games are okay, but what makes them cool is the fact that they’re realistic. It’s hard to get into something that isn’t familiar or that there’s no way we could ever experience. But if you can implement some reality into your games, players will appreciate it and relate to it on a whole new respectable level.

What’s Up With Playstation 2 and 3?

A Guide of What’s Available for SCEA’s Playstation 2, Playstation 3, and the PSP System

The Playstation Systems. As number three in a line of Playstation products, Playstation 3 ($599.99) boasts new parallel processing that enables broadband multiplayer action. It’s built in Blu-Ray disc drive promises high definition gaming, tons of media storage, streaming videos, music and an online service leaving you little to desire.

It’s predecessor, system number two, sells for only $19.99 and networks as well (just not as fast as system number three). With over 1,400 games to choose from, it’s hard to argue against this bargain.

PSP is hot again ($169.99) and integrates 3D gaming on widescreen with high fidelity stereo music, full motion video, communication and wireless networking.

Playstation 2 Accessories. If you’re still “old schooling” your Playstation, then you’ll enjoy Playstation’s Dual Shock 2 Analog Controller ($24.99), Wireless NERF controller ($29.99), or it’s 8MB memory card ($24.99). But the music doesn’t stop there. It plays on with the SingStar Pop game and accessory pack ($49.99) or the Guitar Hero II ($79.99).

Playstation 3 Accessories. What’s required? The Playstation 3 system sports two different kinds of controllers: a standard Chillstream controller ($39.99) and a Sixaxis Wireless controller ($49.99). Combined with the Blu-ray remote control ($24.99), you can have complete domination over your system in no time.

PSP Accessories. Never interrupt your game play again with a 2GB Memory Stick Pro Duo ($69.99) or 4Gb Memory Stick Pro Duo ($109.99). Carry your handheld in a Platinum Pack ($19.99) or Traveler Case ($19.99). And don’t forget a carry all for your media ($14.99). PSP’s Media Manager ($24.99) will keep you organized as well.

Playstation Games. Looking for games? We’ve separated this part of our guide into two sections: one for children and one for adults. Use caution when purchasing Playstation games for players under 18 years of age.

Playstation 2 Games
FOR CHILDREN:

MLB 07: The Show $59.99
ATV 4: Off Road Fury $39.99
Meet the Robinsons $29.99
Dance Dance Revolution: supernova $39.99
Durnout: Dominator $39.99
NBS Street Homecourt $59.99

FOR ADULTS:
Shadow of the Colossus $19.99
God of War $19.99
Gran Turismo 4 $19.99
Socum U.S. Navy Seals Combines Assault $39.99
Rogue Galaxy $39.99
God of War II $49.99
Destroy All Humans! 2 $39.99
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories $19.99
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas $19.99
Medal of Honor: Vanguard $39.99
Dawn of Mana $39.99
Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion $59.99
Resistance: Fall of Man $59.99
MotorStorm $59.99

Playstation 3 Games
FOR CHILDREN:

MLB 07: The Show $59.99
NBS Street Homecourt $59.99

FOR ADULTS:

Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion $59.99
Resistance: Fall of Man $59.99
MotorStorm $59.99

NOTE: Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion is works with all Playstations and is a game

COMING SOON:
Lair
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2

PSP Games
FOR CHILDREN:

Ultimate Board Game Collection $39.99
Street Horizon $39.99
MLB 07: The Show $39.99
Rachet & Clank: Size Matters $39.99
Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition 19.99
Full Auto 2: Battlelines: $39.99

NOTE: Street Horizon brings both turn-based and real-time strategy game play.

FOR ADULTS:

300: March to Glory: $29.99
Socum U.S. Navy Seals Combines Assault $39.99
After Burner Black Falcon $39.99
Dragonball Z Shin Budokai Another Road $39.99
The Warriors $19.99
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories $29.99
Prince of Persia: Rival Swords $39.99
Rocky Balboa $39.99

COMING SOON:
Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics
Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2

The American Cowboy

Americans have a unique vision of themselves and their role in the world. Unlike perhaps any other peoples in history, Americans see themselves as people of destiny and a people who were put here to do something phenomenal and something significant for history and for all peoples of the earth. This unique self-concept, sometimes perceived as arrogance, is deeply grounded in a set of archetypes that Americans use to form their vision of themselves in the world. And no other archetype is as powerful in the American psyche than that of the cowboy.

The actual American cowboy was indeed a unique individual. While probably not as noble and ruggedly handsome as the images created of him in the movies, they were unique types of men who carved out a civilization from the rugged wilderness that was the American west in the years before the turn of the last century.

Some of the reasons that the image of the cowboy sometimes includes elements of the outlaw and the loner is that much of the legend of the cowboy came from stories of refugees from the broken southern army who took to the life of the cowboy rather than attempt to integrate into a society that included making peace with “the Yankee”. And that type of individual certainly did account for many of the outlaws who went on to become the stuff of legend and stories even to this day.

The renegade and loner image combined with the rough life of an actual cowboy whose job it was to guide those huge herds of cattle along trails such as the historic Cumberland trail where they could be sold to become the steaks, leather and other goods that were sold in rustic American stores of the time. This was a difficult life and the stories of the trail make up many history books for sure. But far more of the stories of the trail are glorifications of that lifestyle that must have been difficult indeed.

But the image of the cowboy was also something that grew larger than what the actual lifestyle of those simple but rugged men must have lived in the American west. It was an image that pulled together heroes as far flung as the Australian Gaucho cowboy, the Japanese Samurai and a knight in King Arthur’s court. It was an image of a man who demonstrated the rugged individualism that all Americans consider to be one of the central unifying traits that makes America great.

The cowboy image is one that even has its influence as high in the social strata of America that it influences the presidency. It is said that there is a tradition for any president when he first is elected and comes to Washington to begin learning this big new job. Tradition h olds that each president has as part of their early duties to sit down and watch the movie High Noon. They say that President Clinton watched it dozens of times in his early years. If this is true, it accounts for how often a new president seems to grow and change in the office and becomes his own version of the great American hero that is depicted in that movie. The American cowboy defends the virtue of the weak and helpless. He is a staunch defender of families and those in society who are trying to carve out a home in a difficult world. As such, the American cowboy fits with the “superhero” image that also appeals to the American system of justice and morality and values.

Even the star wars epic films were fundamentally grounded in the legend of the cowboy. The cowboy concept grew up from a history of our country that included the settling of a big land and the settling of a wilderness that pit the god given will and intellect of man against God’s creation. And it was the will of man that prevailed. That is why American’s admire the cowboy because he represents their own struggles for greatness, for success and to be a heroic figure at least for their families, home towns and churches. And that desire so deeply rooted in the culture of American history will always be what makes America and Americans great.

A Video Game Environment of Your Own Keep out Ma’

Have you ever fantasized about building a video game environment of your own? A place where you and your friends could spend hours and hours playing your favorite games without interruption? Or how about a place that really shows off your game fetish? It’s really pretty simple to create such a place and you don’t need to rent out a video game hall to do it. This article will introduce a few ideas you can use to build the ultimate gaming center.

The first thing that you want to do is maintain a happy household if you’re family member. Trying to play a mean game of Super Mario Tetris or Halo 2 can be impossible with kids running around the house and screaming bloody murder. You won’t be able to enjoy the latest role-playing game when the wife’s nagging you about bills or undone chores too. Keep a happy home, keep a happy marriage, and your time spent playing video games is heaven away from heaven.

It’s no secret that some games require as much concentration and focus as when studying for a calculus exam – and there’s nothing more frustrating than when you can’t figure out how to get through to “the next level” of a game. This is no time to be distracted and if home life isn’t what it could be, you’ll never be able to concentrate on your game. Strive to make home a place to unwind first – then work on enjoying your games.

You can next dedicate a place in your home as your exclusive game room. This will not only emphasis the importance that gaming is to you (and to your family members), it will also become conducive to the mentality that you need to play a fun and relaxing (albeit, serious game). Budget permitting, decorate the room with all the amenities that you want. You could add a recliner (or two for your friends), a small stand to hold snacks, a bookcase for your games, and you could even add a small refrigerator and microwave (just in case). Your intent here is to declare the space as yours and that it serves only one purpose: pure gaming pleasure.

What you’re after is a place that’s completely and totally pleasing to you, both aesthetically and functionally so that you’ll enjoy your time there.

With your own space dedicated to gaming, you’ll want to do what’s necessary to maintain it and keep it in a condition that’s inviting not only for yourself, but for others as well. Keep your equipment and games clean. Take care to keep wires from tangling and organize your magazine subscriptions, books, or Internet cheatsheet printouts. Maintenance is a task that doesn’t have to burden you as long as you make a daily routine of it. The advantages of keeping a regular maintenance schedule shows that this space is important to you and that you have a right to keep it that way.

But take special care not to alienate yourself from the rest of your family. We all can have a favorite hobby and we can even dedicate a special area of the home to that hobby. However it’s extremely important to regard this place as a haven – not a hide out. It’s not an area to hide from the kids, it’s not a place to shun home responsibilities, and it’s not a place to live. If this special space is approached in the latter manner, you’ll soon discover it as a place of resentment, uncontrollable habit, or even depression. Be careful, schedule time with the family, and enter your playroom at appropriate times. Cooperation from others will then come naturally.

 

Abraham Lincoln

We would like to think all of our presidents of the United States were truly great men and to be sure, just handling the awesome responsibility of the presidency takes a special kind of individual. One of the unique and great things about the system of government in America is the concept of citizen leadership. This is the idea of an ordinary citizen rising up and becoming president for a while and then returning to private life.

But of the handful of men who have held that office, a few have stood out for their great achievements and leadership in a time that changed the country for ever. And one of these truly great presidents was Abraham Lincoln. Probably more than any other president, Lincoln had to handle an internal civil war that was far more than shouting and name calling. This was a dispute that could have torn the country in half and starting a rupturing that could have resulted in dozens of small weak independent states instead of the powerful nation we know as America today.

It was Lincoln’s leadership, his commitment to values and his strong moral fiber that made it possible for America to find its way through that war and then to begin the healing process that would eventually lead the nation back to unity once again. Lincoln’s term of service from 1860 until his death was one of considerable challenge. If he only had the problem of dealing with the attempt by the south to succeed from the union and his ability to keep those states as part of the American national territory, he would be lauded as a great American indeed.

One of the little known leadership styles that Lincoln used to his advantage in the organization of his presidency was his appointment of talented national figures from opposing political parties to be part of his cabinet. Lincoln felt that he needed to have close advisors from the opposing viewpoint to keep from having his presidency become insulated from the American people and one sided. By gathering members of the “loyal opposition” into his trusted inner circle, Lincoln was always aware of both sides of every issue which made him a stronger leader.

But that is not even his greatest accomplishment or the one that we remember him for the most. His bold and unchanging opposition to slavery is without any doubt his greatest contribution to the history of America and indeed to world history as well. When he was willing to put everything on the line to stop this barbaric social sin, Lincoln made a stand, against the popular opinion of the time in many cases that he would be the figure to bring slavery to an end.

It was not a stand that came without cost. The civil war was one of the bloodiest and costliest in the nation’s history if for no other reason than all casualties; on both sides were casualties of America. It would take many decades for the ravages of that horrible war to be repaired. The schism between north and south continued for decades and is still a part of our national personality in this country.

But the end result was what Lincoln wanted to be his legacy. By issuing the Emancipation Proclamation to make the end of slavery permanent, Lincoln followed that up with the passing of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments which made permanent the freedoms that were hard fought and won in the Civil War.

The freedom that was won for so many black Americans in that war permanently enshrined the memory of Abraham Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents in the hearts and minds of all Americans. Small wonder the monument honoring him on Washington’s national mall is one of the most revered spots in the nation and one that thousands flock to each year to give respect for this great president that made liberty and freedom a reality for all Americans, not just a few. And his face on Mount Rushmore is well deserved so the very mountain itself shouts out, this is one of the greatest leaders in the history of this great country.

Laptop Tips And Tricks Anyone Can Use

There are too many options to choose from when it comes to laptops. Ranging from specs you have no idea about or brands you have never heard of, it can all feel overwhelming. Instead of making hasty decisions that clearly won’t benefit you, use the tips from this article to acquire the laptop of your dreams.

When you need to buy a laptop, do so with your credit card if at all possible. Since there are many laws in place to protect consumers when they purchase big ticket items with a card, your investment will be safer. Should something be wrong with your new machine and the vendor isn’t cooperative, contact the card issuer immediately.

Make sure your laptop has a quality sound system. There are lots of laptops with skimpy sound systems. If you don’t know it up front, you’ll discover it when you are trying to watch a movie or listen to music. Ensure you listen to how the laptop sounds before buying it.

To keep your laptop computer screen clean and dust free, simply wipe it gently with a soft cloth or tissue moistened with water. Follow with a dry cloth or tissues to remove any moisture. Avoid using harsh household cleaners that can cause damage to the delicate surface of your screen.

Get a case when you get your laptop. This will prevent wear and tear on your investment, and will also allow you to keep papers and a few other miscellaneous items on hand for when you use your laptop. The case is also an easier way to carry your laptop when you’re not home.

Memory is an important consideration when buying a laptop. Having a lack of memory will slow or halt your work processes. Try to figure out the amount of memory in your prospective model, and try to verify if you can upgrade it later on. The more memory it has, the more efficient it will run.

Avoid wanting a laptop just because of its brand name. While it is true that good companies have good products, they may be charging you way too much. When you understand what is in the laptop, you can make a more reasonable decision. Lesser-known companies sometimes offer great products.

It is not easy to buy a great laptop in such an over-saturated market. There are so many things to consider when it comes to the subject of laptops, so it is no wonder that you’re overwhelmed. Hopefully, the tips from this article have helped you get your feet wet in the world of laptops.

Car Repair Tips What To Do When Your Vehicle Is Acting Up

If you could fix your television or computer by yourself without taking it to a repair specialist, would you do it? Of course- it saves time and money! The same applies to your car. Read this article for tips on how to learn simple auto repair in order to save yourself a headache.

When you run into car problems, you should first turn to the Internet to learn what the problem could be. You may find that it is an easy to repair problem that you can do on your own. This could save you hundreds of dollars in labor fees if you had to take it to a shop.

Be very careful when touching the electronic parts on your car. You should not touch wires unless the entire system is turned off. You should pay attention to the warning labels on the different parts of your car; touching some parts can be dangerous even when your car is turned off.

Don’t pay money for air. Familiarize yourself with the correct air pressure of your car tires and invest in an air compressor. Check your tires on a regular basis and keep them properly inflated on your own. Being able to do this yourself on a regular basis will save you money in terms of wear and tear and regular maintenance.

Take advantage of free inspections, but don’t just have them fix everything on the list. There will probably be one or two extra items added on that aren’t strictly necessary. If you are light on cash, ask the technician which items are the most important to keep the car running safely. Get these done immediately, and save up for the rest of the work.

Don’t neglect your regular maintenance. These scheduled visits are not there just to get more money from you. They are designed to make sure maintenance is done on specific components before you end up stranded on the side of the road. While you might be able to skip one or two and be okay, the damage will shorten the life of your car.

As said in the beginning of this article, learning how to repair things on your own makes life much easier in the long run. Besides saving money, you can get a sense of pride from fixing your car yourself. Remember the tips in this article so you can use auto repair whenever you need it!

The Cool Things You Can Do With Your Iphone

Many people love iPhones. Yet, you have to figure out some things before you get an iPhone. Which carrier is best? What apps will make your life easier? Are the expensive models really worth your money? To get the answers to these questions, keep reading.

Take great pictures by using your headphone cord! The volume buttons can be used to take pictures now, so you can hold the cord in your other hand to keep your shots steady and clear. This method can even be used if you are resting your phone on a stand.

Would you like an easy way to take a picture of your phone’s current screen? Try this! Press the home and sleep buttons at the same time, and wait for the sound of a camera clicking. Then, head over to your saved photos. You should see an image of your screen in the folder.

Have you ever wanted to quickly navigate to the top of a page? Instead of trying to scroll back up, click on the status bar that’s at the top of the screen. In most of the iPhone apps (including Safari, mail, and your contacts) this will quickly bring you back to the top of whatever page you’re on.

Even if you do not plan to use your iPhone for a while, you should store it with a dead battery. Allow your phone to fully charge each time it is put on the charger instead of letting it run down. Otherwise, you run the risk of adversely affecting the chemical composition of the battery, possibly damaging the phone.

If you accidentally drop your iPhone into some water, do not turn it on right away or you can permanently damage it. Dry the phone with a towel and sit it in a bowl of rice overnight. This will help draw out all of the water that may have gotten into hidden areas.

A good tip if you have an iphone is to customize it a little bit. There are many different skins that you can purchase for your iphone that will make it stand out from everyone else’s. It could be of a pattern you like or even of your favorite band.

If you are in a call and cannot hear the person that you are talking to, you can adjust the volume settings on the left-side bar of the phone or put your phone on a speaker mode. This will help you to hear more clearly to improve the quality of your conversations with friends and family.

If you use a car charger with your iPhone, make sure you do not have your phone plugged in when turning the ignition on or off. Electrical spikes can occur when you are starting or turning off a car, and this can fry the main board of your iPhone. If you insist on using a car charger, buy only a brand-name charger because they typically have a higher quality fuse to protect your device.

Hopefully, you have a better understanding of how to use your iPhone since that you have read this article. Remember what you have learned so you can get the most from your current iPhone or what you should be looking for in your next purchase.

A Guide For Those Wishing To Get Into Desktop Computers

Practically every home has a computer inside it now. It gives you a lot of computing power for games, web surfing and other common uses. To get the computer that is perfect for your needs, review the following information.

If you’re looking for a new desktop computer, try QVC, HSN and other home shopping networks. They offer monthly payment arrangements which allow you to get a computer home for a fraction of the price. Be careful when you are doing this, however, make sure the total price is reasonable.

Check the sound capabilities of desktop computers that you want to buy. This is especially important if you do projects or work on computers that relies on sound. Many of the standard sounds cards work for most computer users. That said, if you do sound editing or mixing, you may need something more powerful.

If you are buying a desktop computer online, be sure to see it in person if you can. For example, if you are going to buy a Dell computer online, attempt to see it at a store near you before you buy it. You may find that the keys are too close together for comfort, or that the screen is not as big as you thought. If you’re able to see a physical model, it will help make your decision easier.

Look at the add-ons when buying a desktop. A lot of computers offer the chance to get more accessories. You should only get accessories you will use. Shop around for add-ons. You may find a better price. Components purchased from manufacturers tend to be more expensive.

Take an audit of your uses for a desktop computer before buying one. This is important so that you can really understand how much power you really need. More power means more money. If super powerful desktop won’t be of any real use to you, why shell out the additional funds?

When it comes time to purchase a desktop computer, shop around. You may be surprised to find stores often have sales on computers, and sometimes, the computer you want will be at a much lower price at one store versus another store. You may even choose to look online to find which of your area stores are having sales.

If you want to be able to transfer large video files, you’ll want to invest in a desktop with a writable DVD optical drive. A typical CD optical drive may not do enough for you when you’ve got big video files. You will likely require the space of a DVD drive. It’s more expensive, but typically worth the expense.

When shopping for a computer, don’t assume that a system new to you is actually new. Many of the greatest deals are refurbished systems, which is openly acknowledged. However, sales clerks will often say that these were just systems sitting on display shelves or bought and quickly returned. In some cases, these systems are as old as a decade and just came back from a business lease.

If you are needing to play serious video games or even edit and create video files themselves, then your next desktop needs to be pretty powerful. A cheap, simple computer is perfect for those who just surf the ‘net. Understanding your needs is crucial, and now that you have solid tips you can get yourself a really good computer.