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Burning Books Is One Thing, Burning Cd’s Is Something Else

Every month I am challenged to share with the membership of FullNet useful ways to use their Internet connections. Next month our children will start their summertime vacations and every year for the past 5 years I have written an article on Censorship software to protect our children from objectionable material on the Internet. I have my material for the month of May but what shall I write about in April?

During Christmas 2000 the kids lobbied me for a CD burner. In our house you have to sell to be heard so I was told all the features and benefits of owning our (Read Write Compact Disk drive) Things like, mixing your own music disks, copying CD’s and putting away the original so it wouldn’t get damaged, making data file backups and burning them on CD.

It has now been 3 months and I have to admit that a CD burner was a great family gift. The one we purchased was from SoundBlaster. Below is an article with a link that will help you navigate some of the pitfalls in purchasing and installing a CD burner. I recommend you read the article and make your selection.

Happy CD burning!

Timothy J. Kilkenny,
Founder & CEO

CD Burning Basics

by Ben Peipelman 15 Sep 2000

Ben Peipelman is a Test Engineer at Adaptec. His work has included testing hardware and software including CDR programs. The best part of his job? "I get to try the latest products, and get paid to try and break them."

Just a few years ago, burning CDs was more mad science than routine procedure. Hardware components and software programs were difficult to set up, and often enough, incompatible. So sometimes you got a quality disc, other times an expensive drink coaster. Recently though, CD recording technology has become more stable while recorder and media prices have dropped to affordable levels.

I use CDs to hold my music and important data, and they've become my favorite method of archiving. I transfer home video from my camcorder to my computer, and then burn to CD. I also archive my favorite software and games. Remember, you are allowed to legally make one backup of your data CDs as long as it's for your own personal use. (This can be really handy if you have kids who like to play with your CDs.)

Another great way to put a CD recorder to work is encoding and burning music in the MP3 format. With a single software program, you can encode 10-12 hours of music into MP3 files and burn them on a 650 MB disc. In the next year, combo CD/MP3 car decks will hit the market, and you'll be able to take these tunes on the road. Philips is already selling a portable CD player that will play MP3 files burned on CD.

But before you run out and buy the first burner you find, there are a few pitfalls to avoid, a few choices to make. Roll up your sleeves, put your geek hat on, and we'll help you decide which recorder and CD burning software is right for you.

A quick disclosure: I work for Adaptec, whose CDR program, Easy CD Creator, is bundled with most CD recorders sold today. Toast is Adaptec's CDR program for Mac users. I will talk about both of these programs and others, including a free program that will burn audio CD's and encode MP3s as well.

Now, a quick primer on how CD recorders work their magic, and some other relevant background information.

For complete article go to:
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/00/38/index4a.html?tw=multimedia

Byte Size Information For Baseball Fans

Although you may not be a “dyed in the wool” baseball or sports fan, more than likely someone in your family or a close friend is. As for me, I’m what many hard core sports fans would categorize as a “casual” sports fan. This means that I love to watch sports, most any and all kinds, but I don’t have a specific favorite and therefore don’t always have a handle on the immediate stats of any one particular event. However, as an active socializer, personal and professional, I know that having enough knowledge about the current sports scene is an important resource to have in my communications toolbox. It is especially important to at least be aware of the current sport in season.

The 2001 baseball season got under way Monday, April 2 and there’s a cool new feature on the Internet that whether you are hard core fan or just need some fodder for “sports socializing” will keep you in the know. All we have to do is go to http://www.MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball. This web site goes way beyond the usual stats and scores.

One hour after each game is played, this site will include a large selection of video highlights of every game. The big plus comes when you, or that avid sports fan in your life, create your own instant replays of hits and misses. (If you haven’t already, you’ll need to download Windows Media or Real Player.) With 162 games per team per season, even the most dedicated fan can’t catch every one on TV, even if they have extended cable or satellite. If you’re looking for more for the baseball buff, include these in your favorites:

Don Turner
VP Marketing & Authorized Agent Sales

Fullspeed Is Coming To A Town Near You

Are you tired of surfing the net through seaweed with your dial up service? Are you tired of waiting for high speed Internet access to come to your neighborhood? Are you tired of listening to promises made from telecom companies about high-speed access coming your way? Are you tired of watching high-speed access companies come and go, come and go, come and go?

Then ISDN Is For You!

Whether you are a resident or a business, high-speed dedicated 128K ISDN access is the answer. With FullSpeed, consolidated billing is easy, and $249.95 a month includes the 128K Dedicated (on-line all the time) Internet access along with the Southwestern Bell 128K ISDN line. You can even use one of the channels for local dial tone and save even more! Call 1.800.fullnet for details or email sales@fullnet.net (not included is a one-time installation fee of $100.00, hardware is as low as $200.00,one-year agreement required)

Two Attentions
This month I have two important items for your attention:

  1. FullNet will be moving our central dial-up equipment on April 12. This move will likely take place during the day, and you could experience problems with your access during that time. We will do our best to keep downtime to a minimum, but we will be relying on several other vendors to assist in this process. We appreciate your patience as we get the last remaining pieces of our equipment into our million dollar data center. Once this is done, we don't plan to ever move again. (Trust me, it wouldn't be worth it!)

  2. The time has come to call an end to the FullReferral program. We will be closing the program at midnight on April 30th. For more information on how you can get involved before it's all over.

That's it for now, but I look forward to a couple of exciting announcements next month as we continue to roll out new and improved services. (Hint: Anyone interested in web-based email?)

Jason Ayers
VP - Operations

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