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In the US, Ads watch YOU!

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 23. 1 Reply

Secret signals between your TV, computer, laptop, smartphone, etc, so corporations can  follow your every move. Creepy!…Continue

Tags: spyware apps

Magnet Toys

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 12. 1 Reply

Neat videositeShort story: We’re a group of three university students from Norway who have for 3 years worked with a magnetic game…Continue

Tags: Magination, magnetic toys

Cloud Hosting Infected

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 1, 2016. 0 Replies

'Lurking malice' in cloud hosting services, study findsMalware in cloud hosting services is going undetected.Overall, the researchers scanned more than…Continue

Tags: malicious software, cloud hosting

Question about The Dresden Files.

Started by Joseph P. Last reply by BenGee Oct 22, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a question about a series of books.  I just recently tried reading the series, The Dresden Files.I've heard from so many people about what a great fantasy series it is.  It's the go-to reference for almost any discussion about modern magic in…Continue

iPhone 6 plus design defects

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 7, 2016. 2 Replies

A Design Defect Is Breaking a Ton of iPhone 6 PlusesThe phones apparently malfunction from "molding themselves to the shape of your rump if left too…Continue

Tags: Touch Disease, iPhone 6

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 17, 2015. 8 Replies

Published on Oct 19, 2015 Watch the official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coming to theaters December 18, 2015.I can't wait to see this movieContinue

Tossing your privacy policies

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Donald L. Engel Sep 25, 2015. 5 Replies

The following companies just betrayed billions of peopleThese companies are lobbying for "hugely unpopular surveillance legislation that's been lambasted by privacy groups and security…Continue

Tags: surveillance, privacy, Cyber Threat Information Sharing, cybersecurity

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Comment by Grinning Cat on April 13, 2015 at 4:16am

sk8eycat, here's something to try for the video volume problem (assuming you're using Windows):

Play a video, but keep the physical volume on your speakers at a normal setting that works for game websites and your music collection. Make sure the volume in the YouTube player (hover over the speaker icon) is all the way to the right.

Click the speaker emblem, then click the word "Mixer" under that volume slider. You'll get a panel with the master volume going to the speakers, and separate sliders for different "Applications" such as System Sounds and your web browser. If "Adobe Flash Player" is significantly lower than the others, raise its volume to match the others.

It might be easier to keep everything in proportion if you (first pause the video, then) raise the master speaker slider to 100%, then make sure the other sliders are all at 100%, then put the master volume back where you want it.

(If you want certain programs' sounds to be softer than others, you can make those settings.)

Close the mixer with the X in the corner, and things should be fine. (I hope!)

Comment by sk8eycat on April 13, 2015 at 2:38am

PS: I forgot to add that the music I've loaded from CDs works fine, too.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 13, 2015 at 2:33am

Jerry and I both tried that independently.  Results: effing nada.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on April 13, 2015 at 2:26am

Hi sk8eycat,  is there a speaker emblem in the lower right corner of your screen, on the bottom tool bar?  If so, left click on it.  A vertical movable bar should appear.  If it does, click and drag the horizontal arrow up the scale to the loudness you want.  If this doesn't help, maybe someone else has a clue.

Comment by sk8eycat on April 13, 2015 at 2:18am

I have a;sp been looking for a group for computer tech advice, because even though I have been taking classes , I don't really know Jack about HOW the things work.  I drove cars for more than 50 years without knowing much about internal combustion engines, but this is different.

Anyway, during the past week I have had audio problems.... whenever I go to YouTube, or click on a video that someone sends me a video, the sound is very faint, and I have to turn the volume on my speakers all the way up to what a studio guy I used to know called "JESUS CHRIST!!!" to hear anything at all.

However, I have no problems with the sound and music on gaming web sites, or the effing commercials on web sites.  I just heard from a friend in DC who is having the same problem with his brand new Mac Book.  We are both stuck with Yahoo as our ISP.  (Via our telephone service...different companies, but they both go through  Yahoo - Yay-Hoo.) 

Is this a plot to squeeze more money out of us?

BTW Charter Cable TV keeps raising their rates, and cutting back on the channels available on Expanded Basic.  I'm seriously considering going back to using an antenna on the roof.  (We were warned...before cable became available in SoCal...but the antenna reception really sucked....)

Comment by Donald L. Engel on April 13, 2015 at 1:50am

thanks for the info, Joseph.  I'll go ahead and buy another JVC.  I appreciate your help.

Comment by Joseph P on April 13, 2015 at 12:41am

No.  The brand of the device has no impact on which frequencies it uses.  The available frequencies are dictated by the FCC, and the standard on which the device runs dictates which of the available frequencies it uses.

Even if you have two devices using the same standard and frequency, there are multiple channels for each frequency.  Do you remember the old-school wireless phones which would have a little 'Channel' button to allow you to switch between different channels, if you were experiencing interference on a given channel?  Newer wireless devices have the same feature, only the channel switching is handled automatically.  Devices scan the available channels for potential interference and pick a good one.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on April 13, 2015 at 12:31am

Help-!!  I was looking for a nerd group.  I'm not a nerd, and that is why I was looking for one.  I have a question concerning headsets that are used with the TV.

My wife and I sit side by side at our computers, and listen to different TV programs with headsets.  We have a JVC, and a Radio Shack Auvio.  The Auvio is uncomfortable, and keeps breaking physically.  We would like to both use JVC, but wonder if using two JVC's would interfere with each other frequency-wise.  Wouldn't they both be transmitting at the same frequency? 

Comment by Joseph P on March 13, 2015 at 4:10pm

Err, does it actually work?  "Having all of the required working parts" and "not coming apart when you put it in an actual jet and try to use it" are two different things.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 13, 2015 at 4:03pm
 

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