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NetFlix members now have many ways to stream content

February 21st, 2010 · 5 Comments

Just a few short years ago NetFlix was only in the DVD rental business.  Things have changed during those years, though, and Netflix members can now stream content across the internet using just about every device in their living room instead of waiting for those shiny disks to show up in their mailbox.

I’d previously written a post about what the NetFlixnetflix[1] streaming service was and how it worked (you can read that post here).  When I’d written that post you could only watch NetFlix video streams on a computer.  Now there are so many different ways to stream that content that I thought I’d take a minute to list the different ways that I watch NetFlix right in my living room right now.  This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list by any means, but just an example of how pervasive this ability to stream movies and TV shows has become.  Here, then, in no particular order, are the ways that I can watch NetFlix in my own living room

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Tags: Computer Hardware · Computer Software · Gadgets · Home Theater

Monitor your Electricity Usage with TED – the Energy Detective

February 2nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

Electricity prices are only heading in one direction — up. You may have already taken some steps to try to get your electric bill back under control. Maybe you’ve replaced your old incandescent light bulbs with new CFL bulbs. CFL bulbs make it easy to see their potential savings because they tell you right on the package how many watts they use compared to your old bulbs. But some of the bigger electricity users in your house can’t be measured so easily.

Look at your clothes dryer, for example. How much electricity does it use? Sure, you may know how much it was supposed to cost you each year when you bought it ten years ago, but how much is it using now? How about your water heater? Would it pay to replace it with a newer, more efficient model? How about your central air conditioner? Is it better to keep your house at a constant temperature while you’re at work or is it better to let it warm up and then cool it back down when you get home?

You get a bill each month that shows how much electricity you used but that’s not really enough information to tell you what to blame for that check that you have to write. Now there’s a way to see how much those appliances are costing you. Its name is TED (“The Energy Detective”). Let’s check it out.

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Tags: Computer Software · Gadgets