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Weather you’re having a a gathering or simply want a soundtrack for your family’s celebrations, streaming Christmas carols and holiday music will add just the right touch.  Of course you can build your own play list of MP3s, or let the few songs of a CD loop or you can try the following:

  1. Visit http://www.last.fm/listen/globaltags/christmas to start popular holiday music playing live.
  2. Use a male-to-male stereo cable, like this one (can also purchase at Radio Shack or Office Max), to connect the audio out from your laptop to your home entertainment system or stereo.
  3. Ensure your laptop won’t go to sleep, turn it up and enjoy!

You could also use the stereo cable above with a MP3 player, or iPod (adapter may be required) to play music through a larger stereo.

Another site to stream holiday music is http://www.accuradio.com/holidays/ – You have a bit more control over your play list, but they have a small credits section between each song.

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USB Port for Your Car

June 19th, 2008
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USB Car Adapter
You can get a USB adapter that plugs into your cigarette lighter in your car.  They can be extremely useful.  I just got one the other day and I love it.  Use it to power or charge your MP3 player, GPS unit, camera, etc.  My BlackBerry uses a standard USB cable so I charge my cell phone battery.  Don’t buy the proprietary $30 chargers for EACH device.  If your electronics have power options via USB, just power it with the cigarette lighter USB converter.

Wal-Mart, OfficeMax, and Radio Shack probably all have them.  I found several suppliers online for less than $5.  Here are some links if you prefer to shop from home:
http://tinyurl.com/5bx38h  (has light to indicate power, 2 USB ports)
http://tinyurl.com/636mat  (great photos and reviews,  no light and only single port)

(There are also some that convert a 110 home power outlet to a USB charger. That’d  be great for traveling / hotels.)

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Your Music Online

May 6th, 2008
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Instantly listen to music online:
This is just the neatest site!  www.deezer.com has got to be the easiest way to immediately start listening to any song.  Visit the site, type in the name of your artist or song and BAM it starts playing. Fast, easy, and free. If you want, there are options to legally download the song on the spot.
For example: http://www.deezer.com/track/167510

www.last.fm is another online resource for listening to music online.

Find your music online:
Ever hear a song on the radio you just wish you knew the name or artist? Here’s what I do: www.google.com. Type in: +lyrics <all the lyrics you heard>.

For example: +lyrics said it’s too late  … will quickly find One Republic’s – Apologize.http://tinyurl.com/6rre24
(The + in front of a word in a Google search makes that word a REQUIRED part of the search.)

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Convert from one file type to another –
Have you ever had a .DOC file but didn’t have MS Word? Or a .TIFF file and not the right image program? Or a .WAV and need a .MP3? The list goes on. You Convert It  allows you to select  one file and it will convert to the type you need it in!

Send large files to someone –
Email is NOT the best way to send a large file (really, anything over 5-10MB). If you have a 100MB file and need to send it to someone, select the Send Files tab across the top of the site. Specify the email address to send to, and select your file. Send!

They have a few other neat features too, check it out … www.youconvertit.com

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