Streaming All Summer Long

One of the most frequently asked questions our techs here at CableWholesale answer is, “How do I hook up my PC to my TV so I can stream movies off it.” This is an easy fix. With one device you can all set up and start streaming in no time.

The VGA + 3.5mm Stereo Audio to HDMI Desktop Mini Converter is a portable device and is super easy to use.The first step is to verify that you have a VGA port on your laptop, then make sure you have an HDMI port on your TV. If you have both of these connections simply plug both ends in and start streaming. This device is small enough to throw in your bag so you can take it with you and watch movies on your friend’s TVs. You can stream your favorite TV shows, games and websites this way as well.

If you are lucky enough to have an HDMI port on the back of your laptop, it’s an even easier fix. You can use a regular HDMI cable to connect the two. HDMI cables can help clean up your cable clutter, and come in all sorts of lengths.

Nobody Gets Out Alive, Anyway.

“Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
Hunter S. Thompson

You don’t have to live like Hunter S. Thompson in order to understand his point of view. After watching the news last night, I turned off the TV with a heavy heart. Within an hour I watched four separate distressing stories in a row. In present day we literally have news at our fingertips at all times. It is accessible from our computers, from our smartphones and our TV’s. We don’t always like what we are watching, but we feel the necessity to do so. We have been told over and over again that we need to know what’s going on in the world around us. It’s been ingrained in us.

Just in the last thirty days there have been a few big stories on constant repeat in the news. A jetliner carrying 239 people disappeared into thin air. In the year 2014 the idea that a plane can actually get lost without a trace is a frighting thought. Continuous footage of the passenger’s grieving families is replayed over and over again.

Then there is the news about the high amounts of carbon monoxide that is in our air; the highest amounts since before cavemen existed. And they say it will only get worse, and will eventually kill us all. Not exactly a comforting thought. Most of these types of stories can be found on repeat 24 hours a day on any news channels. If that’s not enough, updates can be provided by email and are accessible any hour of the day, you can even set up text alerts.

Sometimes I have to wonder if it’s only bad news that is funneled through the news stations and delivered to us in a big, sad package. We can hardly escape it. There is something to be said about looking outside your own little world and knowing what’s going on with the rest of the universe. But is it always necessary? I for one, think not. I think hearing stressful, sad or depressing news on a daily basis can start to affect your quality of life. It’s no wonder that we are a society of anxious people; most of us are just waiting for that other shoe to drop.

We live in a world of information overload, which can cause most of us to walk around ina semi-state of panic. What we shouldn’t forget is how short life is. Nothing is guaranteed, any of us can drop off at any point. Life is really too short to take it all so seriously. We need to lighten up! Some of us need to remember how to experience joy. How to live for the moment; and not overthink everything.

There is still some good left in the world, I don’t think that we are not all doomed. When everything looks so dreary, it may be just be a little harder to see. But turn off your TV, look away from your phone, and you might catch a glimpse.

I’m having a good time! Not….

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“The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life” – Andrew Brown

Anyone else have friends that live through their various online profiles? I know I do. There are a lot of people I know that don’t even have real lives anymore. Most of them are so concerned with getting a picture that documents how much “fun” they are having, or what a “good time” everyone else is missing out on, that in reality they are not experiencing any of these things.

Living through social media creates an alternate universe, one that is much safer than real life. It’s the kind of universe where you can Photoshop out your flaws, and have strangers shower you with adoration. In turn, egomaniacs are being created in droves. Thanks to social media, people can be even more in love with themselves than ever.

Apps like Instagram are all about instant gratification. We can filter our pictures, make them look pretty and wait for people to “like” what we posted. Then in turn, we feel liked. And popular! Online “followers” can even replace real-life friends. You can control your interaction with them, weed out the negative and focus on the positive. It’s all too easy.

The same goes for social media websites like Facebook and Twitter. People can carefully paint a picture of their lives; typically a much prettier picture than real life. Perfect families, perfect relationships and perfect kids are blasted all over these sites daily. In this universe, you can be connected with everyone that you went to high school with, even the people that you didn’t like back then! Now you can be “friends” with these people, and even better, they can see how wonderful your life is, and how “happy” you are now.

If all that wasn’t enough, Gmail just introduced a new feature called “Shelfies” – short for Sharable Selfies, which comes with the tagline “set your own photo as a Gmail custom theme and share it with your friends so they can enjoy looking at you as much as you do.” At first I thought this was a joke. Then I realized that it wasn’t. Narcissism at its finest!

Maybe someday there will be a backlash to all this, and people will go back to living their lives; maybe even reinstating human friendships. At least until the next big thing. ♥