Archive for April, 2010

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

This week’s tech tip came from a suggestion emailed to me by a somewhat anonymous viewer, who referred to themselves as “exploitationnation.” If you’re looking for a way to quickly edit a photo, without downloading or installing any programs, he has a solution for you. Pixlr.com offers two image editors for your free use: one, Pixlr express, that is fairly simple yet effective, and another, Pixlr editor, which is more in-detail and almost like an online version of Adobe Photoshop. I tried both out, and they’re actually really cool, and produce great results. I believe these two will even open Photoshop files (.psd). Again, Pixlr.com is where it’s at!

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

With all the downloadable music and such out there, it’s a wonder that some of us haven’t run out of space on our computers! If you’re getting close to full, however, check and see where you’re wasting space. The easiest way to do this is using Disk Space Fan, a program which shows you, graphically, how much space you’re using up on your computer, and in what folders. Then, using what you see in the program, you can better judge what needs to be deleted. For Mac, Disc Inventory X will also accomplish a similar feat. You can download Disk Space Fan at, simply, diskspacefan.com, and Disc Inventory X at derlien.com.

Mother-Moto arrives!

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Ahhhhh, sweet Motorola goodness arrived in the form of a USPS Priority Mail box at my front door last Friday. I purchased, off eBay, a Motorola MT2000 commercial UHF portable for a very decent price! Came with speakermic and charger, etc. This is to replace my Kenwood TK-380 which, sadly, didn’t do the 440 ham band. I found, though, that the MT2000, while being older, has slightly more features, which is good! It’ll do 160 different modes (like channels) out of the box, and in basically unlimited zones, I believe, or groups of channels. I’ve heard, however, there’s a setting that will allow you to increase that number of modes up to 255, which I have yet to do.

Regardless, I got it all programmed up as I like it, and I’m very pleased! 4w on UHF gets places, when I’m used to having only about 1.5w on the old Icom IC-24AT. I’ve got all the area repeaters on UHF that I know programmed in (29 in total), and I’m working on adding commercial stuff for scanning, as well as FRS/GMRS. Overall, I’m very pleased. In order to program this beastie, I’ve got to use the Motorola RSS, which works ONLY in MS-DOS mode on a spare Windows 98 computer I have sitting down. Originally, I thought, “Bah, I’m going to ignore all those people who say, ‘You must use DOS to program these…’ But, anything else just plain DOESN’T WORK, not even an MS-DOS prompt window on Windows 98.

Trust me, I tried it, didn’t get anywhere.

Sooooo, if anybody has any questions about the radio or programming it, I’d be happy to help :) Just leave a comment here, or send me an email.

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

I seem to be on a thumb-drive and back-up kick lately, as far as tech tips go… So, why not combine the two? If you’re worried about things getting deleted from your thumb drive, or from your home computer, Back4Sure will relieve all your worries! Install it, and you can select what folders you want to back up to a thumb drive. It will do it automatically, even compressing the files to take up less space if you’d like! This is a good idea to do, as you never know when you may lose your thumb drive. They keep getting smaller and smaller!

Click here to download Back4Sure!

Titan Tech Tip for Thursday, April 1, 2010

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

As you know, I’m always bringing you the latest and greatest in the tech world. Well, ladies and gentlemen, boys and germs, I believe this will perhaps be THE GREATEST tech tip to every grace this Earth. Late last night, delving deep within the tech resources of my la-bor-a-tory, I stumbled upon an ingenious concoction of technical serums and salts, and I believe I’ve found the greatest tech invention yet! What does it do? Nearly everything, my friends! Email, word processing, picture sharing, blog reading, financing, mapping, translation, video sharing… the possibilities are almost endless! Creatures of the earth, I present to you… without further ado… mankind’s greatest creation yet… the great… the illustrious… the magnificent… (more…)