Archive for November, 2010

I have recently been looking for various alternatives to Medical Treatments we have, off course Medicine is Science and there is no big deal in having a post in my tech blog. For those suffering from debilitating pain or a condition doctors can’t seem to treat, alternative medicine may offer some form of relief or simply help patients deal with life-changing health problems. Even healthy people may participate in practices like yoga, homeopathy or acupuncture to try to manage their health more holistically or avoid the chemicals used in standard drugs. Before you engage in any form of alternative medical care, remember that conventional medicine normally is held to high standards of proven effectiveness and safety. Just because something is natural or holistic doesn’t mean it can’t damage your health or well-being. Talk to your doctor to determine the best way to add these 10 alternative medicine treatments into your wellness plan.

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Hypnosis

Hypnotists guide a patient to an altered state of consciousness, then make subtle suggestions to help the patient improve his health and well-being. Hypnosis has long been used to help patients stop smoking, lose weight and treat insomnia. Hypnosis also shows promise for stress relief, pain management, headaches, dental pain and childbirth. Although scientists know little about how hypnosis works, studies have shown that hypnosis creates a biological reaction within the body, including stimulation of the nervous system. One caveat to keep in mind is that studies suggest it doesn’t work for everyone. Some practitioners believe that patients with an open mind toward the treatment experience more measurable results, and others feel there’s simply no way to know if hypnosis will affect you or not.

Homeopathy

If ingesting a small amount of a substance can produce a range of symptoms in a healthy person, could that same substance also be used to treat those symptoms in someone suffering from an illness? Practitioners of homeopathic medicine think so, developed in Germany more than two centuries ago, homeopathy is based on the idea that “like cures like,” meaning that the substances that make you ill can also help you stay well. Homeopathic practitioners analyze patients as individuals, and then prescribe a variety of pills to bring the body into balance and get rid of disease. Doses are infinitively small, and include many herbal and plant-based remedies as well as yoga, meditation and other traditional practices. These tiny doses pose one of the biggest problems for researchers when it comes to evaluating the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment. Not only is it difficult to measure and observe such a small dose, but the individualized treatments used in homeopathy make it hard to generate meaningful statistics.

Yoga

If you’ve ever stretched and relaxed your muscles in a yoga class at the gym or a local yoga studio, you may have noticed an improvement in your flexibility and circulation. But did you know yoga also provides some serious health benefits? Studies show that regular yoga practice reduces stress, eases depression and helps control high blood pressure and diabetes symptoms. It also helps to reduce inflammation, which can improve asthma symptoms, ease back pain and even keep your heart healthier over time. Unlike traditional medical care, yoga comes with a low price tag and poses few risks, making it accessible to a wide variety of people. Of course, even with its many benefits, yoga can’t replace your family doctor. Instead, try different types of yoga to complement your regular medical care plan, and ask your instructor about the best classes for your specific wellness concerns.

Guided Imagery

Visualization, or guided imagery, is a practice that’s gaining ground for cancer patients, stroke victims and those who suffer from anxiety and stress. Doctors direct patients to focus on a specific image or concept to improve the connection between the mind and body. In medical studies, brain scans of patients who follow this practice show that visualizing an activity promotes the same brain activity as actually performing the activity. This provides strong evidence for using guided imagery to help stroke patients relearn basic actions, or to treat patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers also hope that visualization techniques can make the cancer treatment process easier for patients and help address a number of psychological and stress-related conditions. Best of all, guided imagery poses little to no risk for most patients, and can be practiced almost anywhere, making it accessible to a wide audience.

Massage

Massage has become a mainstream part of the modern lifestyle, but few recognize it as a legitimate medical treatment. During a massage, therapists manipulate muscles to ease pain and tension, but some types of massage may also help improve a variety of other health conditions. Few medical professionals associate massage with any serious health risks, although a massage that’s too intense may cause pain or discomfort. Talk to your doctor before you add massage to your wellness plan, and of course, don’t attempt to replace more well-established treatments with this alternative medical practice.

Ayurveda

People in India have relied on the ancient practice of Ayurveda for thousands of years to prevent and treat illness. Ayurvedic practitioners use herbs, diet, breathing, massage and meditation to treat the whole self and restore balance in the body. They focus on maintaining a healthy prana, or life energy, which shares many characteristics with the qi of Chinese medicine. A poorly managed prana is believed to cause illness, and this illness can only be treated by realigning the mind, body and spirit to rebalance the prana. For the most part, Ayurveda remains a relatively safe practice, and shows promise as a way to boost memory and focus. However, practitioners should be aware that no scientific evidence exists to support most health claims associated with Ayurveda, and some supplements used in this practice can be dangerous.

Meditation

During meditation, patients focus on slow, even breathing and keeping the mind clear of distraction. Some also use a trigger word or idea to help them ease into this practice, while others may even incorporate prayer or spiritual teachings. For the majority of practitioners, meditation provides a free, personalized and versatile method of stress relief that can be performed virtually anywhere and at anytime. For others, this practice may also have far-reaching health effects. And it seems there’s a growing body of scientific evidence to support its effectiveness. According to the National Institutes of Health, meditation may improve focus and relieve the effects of attention-deficit disorder. Studies also show an improvement in asthma, pain and high blood pressure symptoms among those who meditate regularly. Because of its ability to reduce stress levels, meditation may also relieve depression, insomnia and anxiety while lowering long-term risk for disease.

Spinal Manipulation

Chiropractors align bones, joints, muscles and the spine to improve health and relieve pain. Well-established scientific studies support the use of spinal manipulation to treat back and neck pain, but no evidence exists to show that this practice can effectively treat headaches, asthma or other conditions. For a more holistic approach, consider osteopathic spinal manipulation. Doctors in this field combine traditional chiropractic techniques with homeopathic techniques to treat the whole body. Despite little evidence to support this field of medicine, some patients find it a fitting method of care.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture dates back thousands of years in China and other Asian nations, but it’s only more recently gained ground as an established medical practice in other parts of the world. Trained practitioners use small, thin needles to manipulate the body’s natural energy flow, or qi (also chi, pronounced “chee”). By inserting these needles into more than 400 specific points on the body, the acupuncturist can redirect qi to cure or prevent certain medical conditions. If you’d prefer your qi balanced without the needles, try acupressure, which relies on massage or pressure instead of penetration. . The World Health Organization supports the use of acupuncture for treating more than 28 medical conditions, including pain, respiratory and digestive disorders. Mayo Clinic also recommends acupuncture for patients suffering from fibromyalgia, nausea, back pain or headaches.

Herbal Medicine

Many of the vitamins and nutritional supplements you take each day have their roots in ancient Chinese and Indian medicine or other alternative medical treatments. For example, fish oil is proven to reduce your risk of heart disease, and may also help treat arthritis and depression. Garlic may reduce your risk of cancer or heart disease and help lower cholesterol, and ginseng provides important benefits for heart patients and those suffering from depression. Thousands of other herbal supplements may also provide some benefits, but results are less established for most. This widespread use doesn’t necessarily mean these supplements are safe for consumption, however. Some contain dangerous toxins, such as lead or mercury, and others may interact with your current medications. A number of herbal remedies are downright dangerous, and pose serious risk of heart attack, stroke or even death. Talk to your doctor before trying any new health product, and look for supplements backed by reputable scientific research, not gimmicky marketing spiels or testimonials.

Let me know what is your thought on this alternatives to your usual Medical Treatments, have you tried any of them before and what is your experience on it.. Leave a comment to this Post… Have a great weekend..

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I previously posted on the top 10 HDTVs and one of my friend asked me to have a post about the top 10 best laptop around today, also bcoz he is buying a new one and he got no better person than me to research on it ;). Offcourse the most common question we get around is simple: “What laptop should I buy?” Being a generally difficult person by nature, I usually respond with my own series of questions, why do you need a laptop for, whats your cost range, what screen size u need, what other features and they go on and on…But sometimes people just want a simple suggestion, based on what I actually like. So, here is a jargon-free list of the current crop of laptops that I’m digging, either because they give you good bang for your buck, they excel in their specific category, or because they just plain rock. I have not listed out the e2e specs and price, which you could easily find it out on the web..

Dell Inspiron 15R/14/17

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This is the Value for money laptop from Dell you can go either go for 14/15R/17 I think they are equally good, It’s among the basic ones in the market but still got quite good hardware which includes core i3 processor from Intel with 3 GB of RAM.On demand graphics card and increase in battery life by upgrading to 9cell lithium battery.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.2GHz), RAM: 4GB (!), Hard Disk Size: 320 GB, Display: 14″ High Definition Wide Screen, Battery Life: 6.5 Hrs. Operating System: Windows 7 64 bit OS

HP Pavilion dv7-4183cl

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The HP Pavilion dv7-4183cl’s new components, including a faster Core i5 processor, 6GB of DDR3 memory (from 4GB), and bigger battery, are more dominant than anything else you can buy at this price. Sexy metallic design. Even bigger battery now, which delivered 6 hours of battery life. Big, bright screen. Spacious, fast 500GB drive. Blu-ray drive included. Terrific speaker system.

Sony VAIO VPC-Z1390X

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The Sony VAIO VPC-Z1390X is, hands down, the lightest and most powerful ultraportable money can buy. It lead medium budget market when it comes to the look and feel of the device, but lags on the hardware front where as it’s competitor give much better hardware in the same price. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T9900 (3.06GHz), RAM: 4 GB, Hard Disk Size: 250 GB, Display:Battery Life: 6.5 Hrs, Operating System: Windows 7 Premium 64bit

Macbook Pro

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Not a big deal on Apple, but by far is the best Laptop in the market. Not because of the hardware it provides but because of the features, final product finishing and combinations it offers. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (2.26 GHz), RAM: 3 GB, Hard Disk Size: 250 GB, Display: 13.3″ With 1280 x 800 Resolution, Battery Life: 7 Hours (!), Operating System: Mac OS Tiger

HP Compaq 6730b

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Compaq Presario is a value for money laptop and HP has sold lot of these equipments. It’s better finished as compared to it’s competitor Dell Studio. Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 ( 2.4 GHz)
RAM: 2 GB, Hard Disk Size: 320GB, Display:15.4″ WXGA BrightView display, Battery Life: 6 Hrs, Operating System: Windows 7 Pro :

Acer Aspire

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The Acer Aspire AS5745-7247 is one sweet laptop deal, putting in parts and features you don’t normally get at these prices. A $600 laptop, for instance, will usually use a budget processor like an AMD Athlon or Intel Pentium and a hard drive no bigger than 320GB, But Aspire comes with Fast Core i3 processor. Great battery scores. Whopping 640GB of storage. Lightweight. Excellent user experience.

Gateway ID49C13u

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The Gateway ID49C13u seduces with an aluminum design that not many can pull off for $850, let alone put in premium components like a Core i5 processor and Nvidia Geforce GT 330M graphics. Powerful Core i5 processor. Switchable graphics with a good Nvidia chip. Inexpensive. Four USB ports. Great battery life.

Toshiba Satellite T235-S1350

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Toshiba’s latest CULV-equipped laptop, the Satellite T235-S1350, has all the key laptop essentials for an unbeatable price. Very aggressively priced. Exquisitely thin and lightweight. White design is vibrant. Excellent battery life. HDMI and eSATA included. Excellent keyboard. Wide touchpad.

Dell Latitude E5510

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The affordable Dell Latitude E5510 business laptop comes complete with a durable frame, excellent user experience, and the performance you would expect from a Latitude laptop. Inexpensive, for the Latitude line. Durable chassis. Excellent keyboard. Soft mouse buttons. The 1,600 by 900 resolution. Good processor for the money. Huge battery delivered 7 hours.

Lenovo IdeaPad V460

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Lenovo IdeaPad V460 have Intel Core i5-450M-HM55 processor and Windows 7 Professional 32bits , 1.3 Mega pixels Camera, 4 Giga Bytes DDR3 (1066MHz) RAM, 320GB 5400rpm HDD, 14.0 HD LED Glare and 6 Cell.This laptop is reasonably good on hardware front but it’s looks and battery is what really pushes it backwards, and there is no customisation option for the same. This is a medium budget laptop.

You have your antivirus updated, browser version is latest, and don’t browse porn or other so-called dangerous sites. So you are sure you are safe online. Not really! Though the above things definitely help you in guarding against cyber crime, they do not ensure 100% safety. The increasing proliferation of business activities on Internet has also made it a haven for criminals. So let’s debunk some of the biggest common myths relating to safe Web browsing. Here’s what you may think ‘safe’ is really not ‘safe’ on the internet.

7 Myths about Safe Internet Browsing..

7 Myths about Safe Internet Browsing..

Web is safe as I’ve never been hit by malware

If you are among those who still believe that you have never been under malware attack, read this. According to many studies many web users may not even know if they are under constant malware attack. The attacks are designed to steal personal information and passwords or use your machine for distributing spam, malware or inappropriate content without your knowledge.

Only porn sites are dangerous

If you think only porn and gambling sites are home to hackers, here’s a reason to worry. The majority of infected sites are websites that you trust and visit almost daily, hijacked trusted sites represent more than 83% of malware hosting sites.

Only naive users get hit by viruses

Being a computer expert is not a sure shot formula to prevent you from falling victim to any cyber attack. Many attacks happen silently without any user involvement. Malware from drive-by downloads happens automatically without any user action, other than visiting the site. Therefore, it doesn’t matter what level of computer expertise you may have.

I can only get infected if I download files

For those who assume that only downloading content makes them vulnerable to cyber threats, need to get facts checked. Most malware infections now occur through a “drive-by” download. Hackers inject the malicious code into the actual Web page content, then it downloads and executes automatically within the browser as a by-product of simply viewing the Web page. The malware is typically part of a professional exploit kit marketed and sold to hackers that leverages known exploits in the browser, operating system or plug-ins to infect the computer and download more malware. And this happens without a user having to do anything other than visit a hijacked Web site.

Firefox is more secure than Internet Explorer

There is no fool-proof browser that can prevent you from falling prey to hackers’ trap. All browsers are equally at risk because all browsers are essentially an execution environment for JavaScript, which is the programming language of the Web and therefore used by all malware authors to initiate an attack. In addition, many exploits leverage plug-ins such as Adobe Acrobat reader software, which runs across all browsers. Although the more popular browsers may get more publicity about unpatched exploits, it’s the unpublicized exploits you should be most concerned about.

Lock icon in the browser means it’s secure

When the lock icon appears in the browser, many of us believe we are opening a secure site. This is because the lock icon indicates there is an SSL encrypted connection between the browser and the server to protect the interception of personal sensitive information. However, it does not provide any security from malware.

In fact, it’s the opposite because most Web security products are completely blind to encrypted connections: it’s the perfect vehicle for malware to infiltrate a machine. There have been many cases where hackers emulate bank, credit card sites complete with spoofed SSL certificates that are difficult for a user to identify as fraudulent.which runs across all browsers. Although the more popular browsers may get more publicity about unpatched exploits, it’s the unpublicized exploits you should be most concerned about.

Web security is a trade-off with freedom

While the internet has become a mission critical tool for many job functions, whether it’s Facebook for HR or Twitter for PR, it’s completely unnecessary to create a trade-off between access and security. A suitable web security solution provides the freedom to grant access to sites that your users need while keeping your organization secure. Policy settings for groups or individuals don’t need to be complex -— a few quick steps through a wizard are all a user needs to secure and enable your organization.

When evaluating a Web security solution, be sure to focus on the administration tasks you will use most often, such as establishing special policies for users or groups. How easy are these tasks? How much time do they take? How many steps are involved? Is documentation required to navigate through the process? Ask these questions and more.

You’ve been watching television all of your life, and all of a sudden, along comes HDTV (High Definition TV). This new technology might seem incredibly costly, confusing, and unnecessary but it doesn’t need to be an incomprehensible morass of technical terms, jargon, and marketing hype. Believe it or not, it’s pretty darn simple: HDTV simply gives a better picture. Whether you want an ultra-thin LCD, a plasma set, a budget-friendly DLP, or even a 3D TV, here is the list of top-rated television for you.

First you need to figure out which type of television to get: Do you want the deep dark blacks that plasma does best? Or would you rather have a slim, energy-efficient LED-backlit model you can mount on a wall? How about a budget-friendly big-screen DLP with 3D? Then you need to settle on a brand, a screen size, and your must-have features. No small feat, but the 10 best HDTVs list is a good place to start.

Samsung PNC8000 series

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The First Choice is looking @ Samsung PNC8000 Series, that one that stands out is Samsung’s PN58C8000 58-inch 3D-ready plasma HDTV delivers top-notch picture quality, is beautifully designed, and comes with a wealth of Web apps. Highlights include bright-room performance, color accuracy, and video processing. The Price Tag ranges from $1500 upto $2500.

Panasonic TC-PVT20/25 series

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The 3D TV on this list is also one of the best 2D HDTVs. This plasma’s overall black-level performance beats that of any of the other sets on this list (even after they fade slightly), and its improved THX mode and antiglare screen up the ante from 2009. And yes, 3D glasses are included. The Price Tag ranges from $1500 upto $2500.

Sony Bravia KDL-55HX800

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The 55-inch LED-backlit Bravia KDL-55HX800 delivers solid 3D imagery, and an even-better 2D picture. Features are plentiful, but you’ll pay dearly for this cutting-edge HDTV. Current Price: $2,600

Samsung LN55C650

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There’s a lot to like about Samsung’s 55-inch LN55C650 LCD HDTV, from its outstanding HD and SD picture quality to its well-stocked catalog of interactive Web apps. Current Price: $1,700

LG 47LE5500

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A slim and good-looking 47-inch HDTV featuring power-saving LED backlighting, the LG 47LE5500 features accurate colors, and offers a nice assortment of widgets and other interactive Web goodies. And now that you can get it for about 25 percent off the list price, it’s even more attractive. Current Price: $1,500

Vizio XVT553SV

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Vizio’s 55-inch XVT553SV LED HDTV delivers big-screen goodness and a strong feature set at a very reasonable price. Current Price: $1,700

LG Infinia 47LX9500

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With its slender profile, ultra-thin bezel, and edge-to-edge glass, LG’s 47-inch LED- backlit HDTV is a thing of beauty. And with solid 2D and 3D image quality and deep blacks, the picture isn’t bad either. It’s just a little pricey for a 47-inch set. Current Price: $2,700

Mitsubishi WD-60738

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The 60-inch Mitsubishi WD-60738 delivers lots of screen real estate at a very reasonable price. The set’s 3D-image quality is outstanding, but since it’s a DLP TV, its bulky and has some uniformity and viewing-angle issues. Current Price: $1,400

Sharp Aquos LC-52LE820UN

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With its Quattron line, Sharp is the first HDTV manufacturer to add a fourth color to the traditional RGB filter. When we tested the Aquos LC-52LE820UN we liked its accurate, bright, colorful, picture, but we dinged the set for its lofty $3K price tag. But now you can get it for almost half-off list price. Current Price: $1,700

Toshiba 55UX600U

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An energy efficient 55-inch LED-backlit HDTV, Toshiba’s 55UX600U delivers good high- and standard-definition image quality along with a wealth of Web features. But if you’re planning on doing a lot of dark-room movie viewing, this isn’t the set for you. Current Price: $1,500

Panasonic TC-PG20/25 series

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This TV’s deep black levels, accurate color, and the typical uniformity advantages of plasma over LCD–excellent off-angle fidelity, uniform brightness, and color across the screen–will tempt videophiles. Its lower price than others on the list will tempt everyone else. The Price Tag ranges from $1000 upto $1500.

And Finally follow this Simple 10 tips while shopping for your HDTV this festive season:

1. Genuine HDTV? A minimum of 1280 x 720 pixels — or little points of light — means you’re in genuine HDTV waters, while EDTVs (enhanced definition TV), offer lower resolutions. Make sure you go with true HDTV. And absolutely make sure the set has at least one HDMI connection port that supports 1080p and supports HDCP, the connection and protocol that guarantees you’ll be able to plug in a Blue-Ray or HD-DVD DVD player, as well as receive and view copy protected broadcasts.

2. Slim is in. The popular plasma type HDTVs tout generally “truer blacks” when it comes to contrast, while LCD, which costs more per inch, is typically brighter. Huge, boxy, rear projection sets are cheap, but the viewing angle and brightness can be spotty. Consider an HDTV projector if you want to fill a whole wall. Lastly, experts agree that “tube” type HDTVs have the best picture, and apart from the fact they’re a dying breed, you’ll need to recruit half a football team to haul one into the house.

3. My favorite movie. Test drive potential HDTV purchases with your own DVD. Colorful, fast-moving titles like “Pirates of the Caribbean” work best. Pay special attention to the set’s ability to handle quick action without the picture breaking up. A faster “response rate” means no blocky pixels when watching the Super Bowl. And be ready for a little shocker: Channels that are not broadcast in HD won’t look very pretty and some will look downright ugly, because the poor quality of standard broadcast gets magnified – and uglified – by your new, super-sharp screen.

4. How hi is up? Cable channels that offer HD generally broadcast in 720p, which is great quality, while some transmit in 1080i, which is even higher, though many debate on whether it’s actually better. Most HDTVs offer some or all of three resolutions: 480p, 720p, 1080i. Some of the latest HDTVs are beginning to offer 1080p, but they cost more. Get at least 720p and 1080i capability in your choice.

5. Tune in or out? To grab free, local high-def network channels over the air with an antenna, make sure your HDTV has a built-in tuner. For beyond-basic cable or satellite subscribers, consider an HDTV-capable “display,” or “monitor,” which leaves out the built-in tuner to save some bucks.

6. Good connections. While most HDTVs have component (red, green and blue) video inputs to connect to your cable, satellite tuner and DVD player, double check to make sure. Two or more sets means no swapping cables between cable and DVD and Xbox 360, for instance. Also, I repeat — make sure your new HDTV has an HDMI input with HDCP support — the connection and anti-piracy combo that future-proofs your purchase for years to come.

7. Plugging in. Connect your gear together using the highest resolution connections possible. DVI/HDMI is highest, followed by component, S-Video, plain Video-in, and finally the lowliest of low-quality lows, old fashioned Coax. HDTV cable and video games require at least the component connection, while hi-def Blu-Ray and HD-DVD players will plug in to the HDMI port for the highest resolution possible.

8. Wide or Not. You can choose between showing bars on either side of a non-widescreen program so that the image looks correct, or you can zoom it to fill the screen. But doing so will squash and widen people and objects. Experiment with the TV’s remote, and your cable or satellite box’s remote, to attain the best look.

9. Make Adjustments. HDTVs ship from the factory with the settings cranked up high in order to show off on the showroom floor. At home, kick things down a few notches by choosing the built-in picture preset settings like “Sports,” or “Vivid,” or “Natural.” Tune to a program with dark and light scenery (or use a DVD), to help find the picture-perfect balance.

10. Surrounded by Sound. Now that you’re feasting your eyes on a super hi-def picture, don’t forget the sound. HDTV boasts Cineplex-like surround sound – providing you have a receiver and speaker system to hear it. Those “Home Theater in a Box” systems have DVD players built-in, or consider a separate receiver and speaker system if you plan to buy a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD player. And make sure to use the “optical” or “digital audio” sound outputs from your HDTV cable or satellite or video game box when you connect to the receiver – that way you’re sure to be surround by the best possible sound around.