Can Apple TV Be Connected to Regular Monitor with HDMI Instead of HDTV Television?

A user can use an HDMI cable to directly connect an Apple TV to any monitor with an HDMI port. As of July 2012, OS X Mountain Lion permits wireless mirroring of a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to any Apple TV. The monitor must be HDCP ready to support the connection. HDCP or High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection is a form of digital copy protection developed by Intel Corporation designed to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as data travels across connections. Connections used include DisplayPort (DP), Digital Visual Interface (DVI), and High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), as well as less popular, or now defunct, protocols like Gigabit Video Interface (GVIF), and Unified Display Interface (UDI).

 HDCP is commonly incorrectly called  High-Definition Copyright Protection.

New Facebook Graph Search Tool Is in Beta; Focuses on People, Photos (by Location or Topic), Places and Interests

Facebook has announced that it is unveiling and tool to find content and data on Facebook, known as Graph Search, but it is only in beta, and requires that users sign up for a waiting list. Graph search is immediately available to a limited number of Facebook users — in the “thousands, and will gradually extended to the rest.

Graph Search will appear as a bigger search bar at the top of each page. When a user starts typing to search for something, Graph Search will make suggestions of searches users area looking to perform. Once a user selects the search it will return results on a page that a user can further customize and filter (for things like specific timeframes).

Facebook programmers have been working on the new search feature for about a year. The first version  of Graph Search focuses on four main areas: people, photos (by location or topic), places and interests. The new search feature will facilitate searches of LinkedIn for jobs, Yelp for restaurants, Match for dates. Facebook has been collecting data on users, and is betting that friends will prefer recommendations from friends on restaurants, services and products, more than advice from a media food critic or a stranger on a message board. Initially the data mining that will be used come from users' pictures, likes, and check-ins, but not their status updates. Instagram photos will not initially be part of the Graph Search database.

For data outside of Facebook, Microsoft's Bing search engine will be resourced to help find information on the Internet.

Graph Search also potentially undermines the privacy protections in Facebook’s advertising model by indirectly reaching target population segments, which the American Civil Liberties Union believes can allow advertisers to easily identify Facebook users whose publicly-available data fits a specific profile.

Top 5 Windows 7 Tips from Dylan Combs: Speed Up Aero Peek, Run Command Prompt from Any Folder and More

Top 5 Tips For Windows 7 Optimization. Get the most out of your operating system with these and more tips.

Apple Mac Keyboard Combination Commands During Startup

Here are some helpful keyboard combinations that are helpful for Mac troubleshooting (The command key is the key with the cloverleaf symbol). The following keyboard combinations should be performed immediately after Mac power on or Restart ...

Steve Jobs introduces the phrase "Digital Lifestyle" and the "Digital Hub" strategy at Macworld 2001

On January 9, 2001, Steve Jobs gave one of his greatest Macworld keynote presentations.

Steve Jobs introduced at the January 9, 2001 keynote ...

The original version of Mac OS X;

The original SuperDrive;

The original widescreen PowerBook G4;

The original versions of iTunes and iDVD.

Windows Upgrade Demonstration Video: Every Version from MS-DOS 1.0 to Windows XP

Andy's Tech Experiments Blog presents a video presentation covering an experiment involving an upgrade of every major version of Windows.

According to Andy, the whole procedure took 3 days, of which approximately 12 hours was spent doing the actual installing. The remaining time was spent trying to obtain valid copies of windows. Windows 98 was installed by renaming system files to trick it into upgrading.

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Andy's Tech Experiments Blog Chain of fools: Upgrading through every version of Windows

TRANSCRIPT: "Hello, I'm Macintosh"

The Original 1984 Macintosh Introduction: A magic moment when Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh computer, released it from its bag, and let it talk.

TRANSCRIPT: "Hello, I'm Macintosh"

Hello, I'm Macintosh. It sure is great to get out of that bag.

As accustomed as I am to public speaking, I'd like to share with you a maxim I thought of the first time I met an IBM mainframe: NEVER TRUST A COMPUTER YOU CAN'T LIFT!"

Obviously, I can talk, but right now I'd like to sit back and listen. So, it is with considerable pride that I introduce a man who's been like a father to me ... STEVE JOBS.

Apple iPhone 5 Available with No Contract from Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless

Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless, America’s largest and top rated no-contract cell phone provider, today put the power back in the hands of customers with an industry game changing offer. Starting on January 11, 2013 in more than 2,000 Walmart stores and online at, customers now have access to the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 on  Straight Talk’s $45 no contract unlimited talk, text and data plan. To make this offer even more affordable, Walmart will be offering customers who purchase the phone in the store, a no interest fixed-monthly payments special financing offer for only $25 a month with a Walmart Credit Card.