Whats best: 320 kbps mp3 or 256 kbps AAC from the iTunes store? – Page 2 – MacRumors Forums

So now that big encodings are available. Are the 25k Kbps AAC from iTunes better than 320Kb MP3s, you rip from a CD? Opinions vary and a big assumption is what was the quality of the source (e.g. uncompressed audio). If it was a CD 44.1KHz/16-bit audio or a super high quality 192KHz/24-bit audio. There ...

The Best Lightning Cable | The Wirecutter

So it looks like if you are using a connector based stand, you have to stick with an official Apple cable… I took a close look at the build quality of everything I tested and discovered a major issue with third party cables, even those that are certified: the connectors are fat. Just how fat ...

Beware Monoprice Cables don’t fit Konnect or Hi Rise

These are great cables, but just be aware that if you are using stands like the Konnect (pretty good) or Hi-Rise (very good, but expensive), they need the standard Apple cables because the heads on these are too thick Charge and sync your newer Apple iPod®, iPhone®, or iPad® with the Lightning™ connector using this ...

Sunglass shopping… Getting 60% off

I think we’ve all seen the Sixty Minutes piece about how all sunglasses are made from one factory and have a huge markup. Well at least in this case a little shopping really pays off. Here’s an algorithm: 1. Find some great glass from reviews. I got a Smith Backdrop and i can see why ...

The Best Browser Extensions that Protect Your Privacy

I haven’t research this in a while and have been using a combination of Startpage, Adblock, Ghostery, Noscript, WOT and LastPass for security and passwords. But there seem to be quite a few overlapping ones and NoScript in particular takes quite a bit of work. So what’s the best. Lifehacker suggest Disconnect does the most ...

Picking 4TB Drive Guide

If you are like me, you’re probably completely confused by the plethora of identical sounding models of 4TB drives. Here’s a decoder ring focusing in on warranty (reliability really), performance (mainly rotational speed) and NAS-able (various fast error protocols). The sweet spot for NAS seems to be the Seagate ST4000VN000 which I’ve been buying and ...

Amerideals

This program is kind of a pain in the you know where, but it sure is lucrative. Basically, you get these notices. Have to click on a site and then you get random amounts of discounts. Active this month are these 10% off deals: Monoprice TigerDirect Patagonia Starbucks Burger King California Pizza Kitchen Panera Bread ...

Start Your Chicken in a Cold Skillet for Delicious, Crispy Skin

Got to try this tonight! If you’re looking for deliciously crispy pan seared chicken, the folks at America’s Test Kitchen suggest that—contrary to what you might think—the key is a cold pan or skillet, not a searing hot one like you’d have for a steak. Here’s why. P The key is that by allowing the ...

?Sorcery And Witchcraft: How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

The thing about providing instructions for folding a fitted sheet is that the writing of it, no matter how clear one is, tends to be confusing. Its just one of those tasks that is best taught by showing, rather than telling. And so thats exactly what Ive done for you. Despite the fact that I ...

Audio is sent to wrong channels

Ugh, I keep having this problem with certain files where the main seems to come out of the left speaker. I can fix it with VLC and setting it to HDMI encoded output. This is also a problem with XBMC on the same files. What is happening is that by default the Mac doesn’t try ...