video http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2129/all en-US Got a Personal Finance Tip or Story? Enter Get Rich Slowly's Contest! http://www.wisebread.com/got-a-personal-finance-tip-or-story-enter-get-rich-slowlys-contest <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/got-a-personal-finance-tip-or-story-enter-get-rich-slowlys-contest" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/video_camera.jpg" alt="Video camera" title="Video camera" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our friends over at Get Rich Slowly are running a video contest where readers can share their personal finance tips and success stories for a chance to win $500. The deadline is fast approaching &mdash; all entries must by in before the 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time this Sunday, April 15. Check out the <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/videocontest/2012">contest information page</a> for all the details on how to enter, or take a look at the <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/videocontest/2012/latestvideos">current entries</a> for some inspiration.</p> <p>Wise Bread isn't participating in the contest, but in the spirit of it, I made this short video about my one favorite frugal living tip.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kLP2tX_kAVM"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://youtu.be/kLP2tX_kAVM">Watch video</a></p> <p>There's some neat entries in the contest already &mdash; I look forward to watching yours!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/got-a-personal-finance-tip-or-story-enter-get-rich-slowlys-contest">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/join-our-tweetchat-on-thursday-623-12pm-pacific-for-a-chance-to-win-prizes">Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 6/23, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rutgers-is-giving-away-1500-to-wise-bread-readers">Rutgers is Giving Away $1500 to Wise Bread Readers!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/join-our-tweetchat-at-400-cdt-for-a-chance-to-win-prizes">Join Our Tweetchat for a Chance to Win Prizes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meet-meg-favreau-our-senior-editor">Meet Meg Favreau, Our Senior Editor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/financial-decisions-of-young-adults-highlights-from-our-chat-with-rutgers">Financial Decisions of Young Adults: Highlights from Our Chat With Rutgers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Announcements get rich slowly video Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:24:10 +0000 Meg Favreau 918811 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Ways to Incorporate Video into Your Business http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-business <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/articles/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-business" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/articles/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-busines...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000012137541Small.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I started my online business in 2008, using video for your online business was new and experimental. Fast forward to today and video is absolutely everywhere and then some, even those with no real business are cashing in on fame and fortune thanks to mega popular <a href="http://youtube.com/" target="_blank">YouTube</a>.</p> <p>Although everyone seems to be tuning into the importance of video, it&rsquo;s still a daunting thought for many business owners who aren&rsquo;t quite sure where to add video to their online brand. But it&rsquo;s not so hard. Here are 11 ways to make use of video.</p> <h3>1. Use video to entice people to sign up for your newsletter</h3> <p>By far the biggest way to drive sales to your business is through a mailing list or a newsletter. But getting people onto your mailing list is not always easy because nowadays, everyone has some sort of &lsquo;free&rsquo; offer to entice people to join. More and more people just do not consider these freebies very valuable any longer.</p> <p>Video is a great way to entice people onto your newsletter because you&rsquo;ll be breaking away from what everyone else is doing and showcasing yourself and your company in a very real and engaging way.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: John McIntyre recently created a personal development site called <a href="http://makelifegobang.com/" target="_blank">Make Life Go Bang</a> that features a video of him sharing 50 reasons to sign up for his newsletter. This interesting method means people won&rsquo;t join just for a freebie and also helps them quickly connect with his mission and personality.</p> <h3>2. Better engage with your blog posts</h3> <p>More and more people are using video in blog posts to present their products and services in a more visually appealing way. Video can often be more engaging and entertaining than a printed article.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: David Siteman Garland from <a href="http://therisetothetop.com/" target="_blank">The Rise to the Top</a> and Andrew Warner from <a href="http://mixergy.com/" target="_blank">Mixergy</a> are two of my favorite video bloggers because their passion shines through in every video they produce. By taking time out to interview interesting people, they&rsquo;re helping other entrepreneurs and start ups learn the ins and outs with stories that inspire and motivate.</p> <h3>3. Create a dedicated video page</h3> <p>While using video in your blog posts or to entice newsletter subscribers is a great start, you can take things further by displaying all of your videos with one dedicated page on your website. This will lower your bounce rate with new visitors and help people filter through your interesting content better.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Entrepreneur Pat Flynn has a great dedicated video page on his blog <a href="http://smartpassiveincome.com/" target="_blank">Smart Passive Income</a> that works with the Wordpress plugin <a href="http://tubepress.org/" target="_blank">TubePress</a> to bring all of his recent Youtube videos right onto his website. It&rsquo;s an easy way to showcase his videos and keeps his readers engaged with his content for longer periods of time.</p> <h3>4. Add video to your about page</h3> <p>To help connect with new visitors, why not create a video demonstrates your personality and company vision to share on your about page? It will be a welcome change from static images found on most other about pages and will give people a real glimpse into who you are in a very short time.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Michelle Ward, the <a href="http://whenigrowupcoach.com/" target="_blank">When I Grow Up Coach</a>, uses video on her about page in this way. As a business owner, you want to ensure you attract the right customers and by sharing a snippet of your personality &ndash; or your company&rsquo;s mission &ndash; right on the about page, you&rsquo;ll engage the right people while saying goodbye to those who wouldn&rsquo;t be the right fit anyways.</p> <h3>5. Sell more on your sales pages</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re serious about selling a service online, video can help attract and convert potential customers on your sales pages. By giving visitors the chance to learn more about what you&rsquo;re selling and your motivation behind it, you&rsquo;ll see a higher interest rate, more people willing to share your message, and more customers at the end of the day.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: <a href="http://taragentile.com/" target="_blank">Tara Gentile</a>, creative business coach, uses video often on her sales pages to entice potential buyers to get to her know better and decide if the product is the right fit for them. Of the benefits, she says, &ldquo;I know my enthusiasm and passion is what helps to sell a product. I can spend hours writing copy, crafting headlines, or perfecting prose, but 3 minutes in front the video camera says more than I can ever hope to with written words. Video makes the intangible, tangible. And that, inevitably, converts more sales.&rdquo;</p> <h3>6. Excite on your product pages</h3> <p>We live in a world in which stunning photography is the norm &ndash; even amateurs with cell phone cams can produce images the equal of those shot by professional photographers. That means having wonderful photos of your products isn&rsquo;t going as far as it used to.</p> <p>Use video on your product pages to show people exactly how your items work, their key features, benefits, and also to give people a closer look into what life would be like by owning them.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Catherine Choi of <a href="http://soyoungmother.com/" target="_blank">So Young Mother</a> uses video to feature her diaper bags, lunch boxes, and <a href="http://www.soyoungmother.com/products/cooler-bags" target="_blank">cooler bags</a>. Whenever I visit her website, I always take a moment to view one of her videos because her video marketing is so engaging &ndash; as if she&rsquo;s right there in person explaining her product details to me.</p> <h3>7. Master the YouTube stream</h3> <p>YouTube recently announced their videos get <a href="http://thenextweb.com/google/2011/05/25/youtube-hits-3-billion-views-per-day-2-days-worth-of-video-uploaded-every-minute/" target="_blank">over 3 billion views a day</a>, and all those eyeballs need to go somewhere, so why not toward you? You can easily embed YouTube videos on your website and take advantage of the crazy volume of traffic YouTube gets daily, exposing new audiences to your message and increasing your brand awareness over time.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Mashable wrote a great post about <a href="http://mashable.com/2009/06/01/youtube-brands/" target="_blank">5 brands killing it on YouTube</a> but one that stood out to me most was <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/homedepot" target="_blank">Home Depot</a>. Sharing their expertise with YouTube watchers means people will continue to think of them anytime they want to change their kitchen cabinets or replace their tiled floors. Maybe you can share your expertise in the same way?</p> <h3>8. Stream live for more interaction with fans and customers</h3> <p>By making yourself fully available for questions and chats live, you&rsquo;ll win people over continually because you&rsquo;ll become known as someone who cares deeply about your customer&rsquo;s needs and wants.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: Even though <a href="http://garyvaynerchuk.com/" target="_blank">Gary Vaynerchuk</a> has built a multi-million dollar business stemming from <a href="http://tv.winelibrary.com/" target="_blank">Wine Library TV</a>, he still jumps on <a href="http://www.ustream.tv/user/garyvee" target="_blank">ustream</a> to chat with fans and followers. This good will encourages people to get to know him better and increases his likeability and brand.</p> <h3>9. Brighten up your digital products</h3> <p>If you sell virtual products, such as business tools and training, video is the perfect medium to use to better connect with your customers and explain things that sometimes text just cannot.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: While I&rsquo;ve tried a lot of virtual products that include video, Danielle Laporte&rsquo;s <a href="http://whitehottruth.com/shop-adore/the-spark-kit/" target="_blank">The Spark Kit</a> includes an incredible amount of beautifully made videos &ndash; frequently interviews with experts and some of her flying solo &ndash; that share insightful tips and inspiring nuggets.</p> <h3>10. Add some magic to your support area</h3> <p>Many companies use video in their technical and customer support areas because it cuts back on customer emails and phone calls considerably. Whether you sell something physical, virtual or service based, you can use video to answer frequently asked questions, demonstrate how to use specific features of your products, and much more.</p> <p><b>Real business example</b>: My invoicing and time tracking system of choice, <a href="http://www.getharvest.com/" target="_blank">Harvest</a>, does a great job of showcasing tons of different help queries in their <a href="http://www.getharvest.com/help" target="_blank">support area</a> with video. I&rsquo;ve found that by taking a moment to filter through their pages, I have less need to email with questions, which is quicker for me &ndash; and cheaper for Harvest.</p> <h3>11. Cut down on training time for new employees</h3> <p>By creating training videos, easily done with screencasting software, you&rsquo;ll connect with your employees in a deeper way and clarify all aspects of the work you need done very simply for them. In addition, you can reuse videos any time a new employee is brought on board, freeing you up to work on more important matters.</p> <p><b>Real business example:</b> As I expand my team, I can clearly see the benefits of recording training videos and sharing them with new employees compared to alternatives such as email communication or live training sessions online. I use <a href="http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/overview.htm" target="_blank">Screenflow</a> on Mac to record my training videos and this eliminates confusion over little details and ensure my people are quickly up to speed when they sign on to work with me.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/justine-grey">Justine Grey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/11-ways-to-incorporate-video-into-your-business">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-freelance-clients-part-two">How to Find Freelance Clients: Part Two</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-100k-jobs-you-can-do-online">8 $100k+ Jobs You Can Do Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-best-money-saving-channels-on-youtube">9 Best Money Saving Channels on YouTube</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Small Business Resource Center marketing small business training video video support web marketing YouTube Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:54:30 +0000 Justine Grey 629994 at http://www.wisebread.com Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro webcam: why doesn't 4 stars tell the full story? http://www.wisebread.com/logitech-quickcam-vision-pro-webcam-why-doesnt-4-stars-tell-the-full-story <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/logitech-quickcam-vision-pro-webcam-why-doesnt-4-stars-tell-the-full-story" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Photo 60.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Logitech makes some good stuff: I keep hearing raves about their Revolution mice, and they're well-known for keyboards (I own a DiNovo Edge and it has great battery life) and webcams. However, <strong>Logitech is also one of the more lopsided companies in regards to support across multiple platforms</strong>, as I learned recently with the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001AOK7KI/?tag=torllive-20"><strong>QuickCam Pro for Mac</strong></a> (Amazon affiliate link, but you may rethink buying after reading what's to come). While not a conventional review, this is a closer look into what to beware of with the QuickCam Vision Pro.</p> <p>I have a QuickCam Pro 9000 that worked pretty well on my Windows XP (since upgraded to Vista) machine, aside from blue screens of death if I replugged it. However, when I connected it to my Mac, I had extremely low framerate, around 5 FPS. Casual searches showed this was because the &quot;RightLight&quot; technology to automatically compensate for dim conditions was only in software, and <strong>there are <em>no</em> Logitech Mac webcam drivers</strong>. Thus, I learned about the confusingly-named Vision Pro. It has a very similar form factor to the 9000, the main differences being some coloring ones, such as the ON ring light is white instead of orange. But the insides are supposedly different (I haven't cracked mine open), with the Mac version having <a href="http://forums.logitech.com/logitech/board/message?board.id=general_webcams&amp;view=by_date_ascending&amp;message.id=13968#M13968">RightLight in hardware</a>.</p> <h2>I did my research, I swear!</h2> <p>I searched for the Vision Pro at Amazon, and read the many (now 102) reviews, which averaged out to 4 stars. I noted most of the ratings corresponded with intended usage: people just doing iChat or Skype video chat were enthusiastic, while others who had more heavy needs weren't as happy &mdash; placing myself in the latter category and mindful to clarify the caveats myself, I ordered one. As with other Mac versions of Logitech goods, it's significantly more expensive than its Windows counterpart. In this case, about US$100 vs. $70 &mdash; presumably that's because of the hardware as well as having less sales volume, but Logitech hasn't acknowledged this.</p> <p>Unboxing and installing the Vision Pro was very easy. I plugged it in to a free USB port on my Mac Pro. But I also noticed, to reaffirm what I mentioned earlier, there are <em>no</em> Mac drivers, <em>no</em> control software which allows you to adjust picture settings as well as <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7Gn2TyEyHw">wackier special effects</a> &mdash; as is present and <a href="http://logitech-en-emea.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/logitech_en_emea.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=3428&amp;p_created=1142451071&amp;p_sid=H9vPWmAj&amp;p_accessibility=0&amp;p_redirect=&amp;p_lva=&amp;p_sp=cF9zcmNoPSZwX3NvcnRfYnk9JnBfZ3JpZHNvcnQ9JnBfcm93X2NudD0yMSwyMSZwX3Byb2RzPSZwX2NhdHM9JnBfcHY9JnBfY3Y9JnBfc2VhcmNoX3R5cGU9YW5zd2Vycy5zZWFyY2hfbmwmcF9wYWdlPTEmcF9zZWFyY2hfdGV4dD1RdWlja0NhbcKuIFNwaGVyZSBBRg**&amp;p_li=&amp;p_topview=1">extensively developed</a> on the Windows side. Apple does provide Photo Booth, so I started that up and was sorely disappointed: <strong>the framerate was <em>as</em> slow and jerky as the 9000 on my Mac</strong>. I couldn't find any way to optimize this; others report the same.</p> <p>Then, I tried iChat and Skype. In both, the video preview was silky smooth (as expected), and here's where I noticed a substantial framerate improvement. Looking closely, I wondered if this was because of the dimensions: iChat and Skype <em>seem</em> to (again, I wish Logitech provided clear documentation) show a <strong>320x240</strong> preview, while Photo Booth records at <strong>640x480</strong>. (Photo Booth with my MacBook Pro's built-in &quot;iSight&quot; webcam is visibly smoother at this same resolution.)</p> <p>A video's at least a few thousand words, see for yourself (an unaltered framegrab is at the top of this article): I look like a ghost because what's on my monitor is white-ish. This isn't the Vision Pro's fault.</p> <p><object width="480" height="385"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/LmQf5rGTTI0&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1&amp;rel=0&amp;color1=0xcc2550&amp;color2=0xe87a9f&amp;hd=1" name="movie" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed width="480" height="385" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/LmQf5rGTTI0&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1&amp;rel=0&amp;color1=0xcc2550&amp;color2=0xe87a9f&amp;hd=1"></embed></object></p> <p>Another test: I started QuickTime Player, because File menu &gt; New Movie Recording lets you do just that. Again, I was thwarted by a choppy framerate, and on top of that, the <strong>image was forcibly zoomed in</strong>, cropping the image. I don't know why it does this, and couldn't find a way to disable it. So far, I was very disappointed.</p> <h2>So many half-finished features</h2> <p>Now, it was time for me to use the Vision Pro for real &mdash; record screencasts with <a href="http://www.telestream.net/screen-flow/overview.htm">ScreenFlow</a>. I'm sad to say that Telestream, the makers of ScreenFlow, offered me no leads on recommended and compatible webcams, so I chose the Vision Pro because it seemed to be in the higher-range of things. But overpriced, I do think. Again, a disappointment: ScreenFlow's preview was very jerky. However, when I actually did record a video, it looked smooth. The final recording size was shown as 640x480, even though its blurriness suggests it was <strong>actually recorded at 320x240 and upsampled</strong>.</p> <p>So in short, here's the rub: <strong>Logitech's support for the</strong> <strong>QuickCam Vision Pro is sorely lacking. You have little idea what to expect or how it should behave.</strong> Its marketing is disingenuous, too, which is a red flag to consumers. <a href="http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/webcam_communications/webcams/devices/4528&amp;cl=US,EN">They claim</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>HD video:</strong> QuickCam Vision Pro is a high-performance webcam capable of delivering 720p high-quality images* up to 1600 X 1200 pixels.</p> </blockquote> <p>Yet aside from a little footnote, <strong>Logitech don't give you advice on how to actually get higher resolutions. No list of tested, compatible software.</strong> On the Windows side, the included picture-taking app makes it easy. On the Mac side, no such luck. It really makes you feel like while this was offered to the Mac market, they put little thought and consideration into its usefulness.</p> <h2>But wait, there's more&hellip; suckiness&hellip;</h2> <p>There's no system way to turn off autofocus or RightLight either, and like the 9000, the <strong>microphone is mediocre, captures too much background noise, and distorts easily with awful clipping</strong>, so <em>don't</em> believe the &quot;A high quality microphone provides excellent, hands-free audio.&quot; It's <em>not</em> true, it sounds like you're in a tin can if you speak from about two feet away. I use a <a href="http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1994">Zoom H4n</a> for my mic recordings, but it's over $300! (You'd be far better off with even a dedicated USB condenser mic.)</p> <p>To get around the issue of no video adjustments, you can get <strong><a href="http://www.ecamm.com/mac/iglasses/">eCamm's iGlasses</a></strong> which works with most webcam apps (but not ScreenFlow), but this sort of thing should've really been bundled.</p> <p>That's not the end of your troubles: several reviewers note the <strong>Vision Pro gets very dark if two or more apps try to use it at the same time, or in quick succession</strong>. I can confirm this is true, as well as another problem where it fails to turn on if you keep making one recording after another &mdash; it's a pain and breaks your creative <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology)">flow</a>. Workaround? Replug. But that's <em>annoying</em>.</p> <p>Oh, if you're wondering, human support from Logitech is lacking, too. I've received no help on how (if it's even possible) to make the Vision Pro work adequately in Photo Booth. Did I mention iMovie <a href="http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=9515462">doesn't support</a> it either?</p> <h2>All in all&hellip;</h2> <p>While the Vision Pro is usable, it gives me mixed feelings and has wasted a lot of my time. <strong>I'm not satisfied with my purchase</strong>. Buyer beware if you intend to do more than the most basic video chat, where cheaper webcams will perform fine. I'd give the Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro <strong>2 stars out of 5</strong>. I looked at getting an original <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISight">Firewire Apple iSight</a> but they're even more expensive, and I've been wary of competitors like the <a href="http://agent.liquiddigital.com.au/">aGent</a>.</p> <p><strong>It appears there's a dearth of really excellent Mac webcams &mdash; if you know better, <em>would you please recommend me and fellow WiseBread readers one?</em></strong> I'm so sad.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/torley-wong">Torley Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/logitech-quickcam-vision-pro-webcam-why-doesnt-4-stars-tell-the-full-story">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-even-more-freebies-in-exchange-for-a-review">How to Get Even More Freebies in Exchange for a Review</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-questions-to-always-ask-yourself-before-making-a-big-purchase">8 Questions to Always Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Purchase</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-amazon-prime-perks-youve-forgotten-to-use">7 Amazon Prime Perks You&#039;ve Forgotten to Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping accessory Amazon audio logitech Mac peripheral pro quickcam video vision webcam Sun, 14 Jun 2009 23:01:47 +0000 Torley Wong 3264 at http://www.wisebread.com Free movie rental from Hollywood Video http://www.wisebread.com/free-movie-rental-from-hollywood-video <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-movie-rental-from-hollywood-video" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Hollywood_logo_red.jpg" alt="HV" title="HV" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="124" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This deal is about as simple as they get. So grab a bag or two of your favorite popcorn, browse through the aisles of your local Hollywood Video and pick up a video rental on the house.</p> <p>So, what's the catch? Well, there is one but it's a tiny one. All you have to do is sign up for the <a href="http://www.hollywoodvideo.com/Default.aspx?">Hollywood Video</a> newsletter, no big deal, and you get your coupon.</p> <p><img width="312" height="176" title="Coupon" alt="Coupon" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_2_1.png" /></p> <p>Any restrictions? None that I can see. This was on my coupon:</p> <p><em>This coupon is a one-time offer and is good for one free New Release DVD or Hollywood Film Library&reg; movie rental. </em></p> <p>The only slight niggle I had was installing the coupon printer, I'm no big fan of extra software. But it's a small gripe for a free movie. Enjoy.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This deal is about as simple as they get. So grab a bag or two of your favorite popcorn, browse through the aisles of your local Hollywood Video and pick up a video rental on the house.</p> <p>So, what's the catch? Well, there is one but it's a tiny one. All you have to do is sign up for the <a href="http://www.hollywoodvideo.com/Default.aspx?">Hollywood Video</a> newsletter, no big deal, and you get your coupon.</p> <p><img width="312" height="176" title="Coupon" alt="Coupon" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/Picture_2_1.png" /></p> <p>Any restrictions? None that I can see. This was on my coupon:</p> <p><em>This coupon is a one-time offer and is good for one free New Release DVD or Hollywood Film Library&reg; movie rental. </em></p> <p>The only slight niggle I had was installing the coupon printer, I'm no big fan of extra software. But it's a small gripe for a free movie. Enjoy.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-movie-rental-from-hollywood-video">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-copy-of-what-to-expect-the-first-year-book">FREE copy of &quot;What To Expect The First Year&quot; book.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-18-cultured-freshwater-pearl-necklace">FREE 18&quot; Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-2gb-ipod-shuffle-from-compass-bank">FREE 2GB iPod Shuffle from Compass Bank</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stapler-stapler-free-20-swingline-stapler">&quot;Stapler. Stapler.&quot; - FREE $20 Swingline Stapler</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies bargain deal dvd email free Hollywood Video offer rental video Thu, 24 Jan 2008 16:54:49 +0000 Paul Michael 1673 at http://www.wisebread.com Hack a Mac! http://www.wisebread.com/hack-a-mac <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/apple.jpg" alt=" " width="256" height="192" /></p> <p>If you&#39;re like me, the closest you get to hacking anything is when you are allowed to carve the turkey at Thanksgiving. But lately, I&#39;ve been inspired to learn how to do all those techy things that my nerdy friends seem so good at. I&#39;m also a sucker for most Mac products, but I had heard bad things about AppleTV.</p> <p>So I was happy to see tech-lovin&#39; geeks at Wired Magazine publish a fun hack that <a href="http://www.wired.com/gadgets/mac/news/2007/04/appletvhacks_0406">turns AppleTV into a full-fledged computer</a>.</p> <p class="blockquote">Apple TV is dead, long live the Mac Nano. Sort of. Just two weeks after Apple released its streaming media box to the public, hackers successfully installed OS X, Apple&#39;s desktop operating system, on the $300 device, making it the cheapest PC Cupertino has ever sold.</p> <p>This hack takes some very <a href="http://www.semthex.com/">serious time and patience</a>, but man, a <a href="http://www.appletvhacks.net/">full-fledged Mac for $300</a>!</p> <p>Picture by <a href="http://www.morguefile.com/forum/profile.php?username=cohdra">Jane M. Sawyer</a>.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/troy-hadley">Troy Hadley</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hack-a-mac">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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UPDATED</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks AppleTV computer hacking Mac Mini online technology video Wired Fri, 06 Apr 2007 21:07:45 +0000 Troy Hadley 466 at http://www.wisebread.com Some of the Best Personal Finance Videos I've Found http://www.wisebread.com/some-of-the-best-personal-finance-videos-ive-found <p> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/isight.jpg" alt="Video?" title="Videos, anyone?" width="360" height="240" /></p> <p>While I can&#39;t post the actual videos because of copywrite issues, CNNs free money videos are positively inspiring. That is, they inspire to to understand more about money, how to save it, and how not to lose it. I know, I know...plugging CNN is more than a little cheesy. But give them (and me!) a chance before you walk away. Try out a video and let me know what you think. </p> <p>Many money videos are so dry and boring that I end up thinking about something (anything!) else. My thoughts trail off until it&#39;s too late; I come back at a point where the introduction is over and I can&#39;t understand anything. Capital gains, eh? And those are...??!!?</p> <p>But these videos? Much better. If you&#39;re new to thinking about personal finance or want a refresher, head over to <a href="http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/money101/" title="Money 101">Money 101</a>. They cover the basics on everything from setting priorities and budgeting to choosing retirement plans and different sorts of insurance. While not at the tip top of excitement (no explosions, sorry!), they&#39;re not boring either and are stuffed full of information. If you&#39;re interested in hearing from the leaders of major companies, try <a href="http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/csuite/index.html" title="C-Suite">C-Suite Strategies</a> on for size. Their interviewees include the leaders of Best Buy and Fed-Ex, among others, all discussing financial matters like investing and entrepreneurship. Finally, there are all sorts of short features, from one that folows a clothing company through the start-up process to a review of driving the Lamborghini Murcielago roadster. Check them all out <a href="http://money.cnn.com/services/video/" title="CNN videos">here</a> . </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/some-of-the-best-personal-finance-videos-ive-found">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-get-taken-how-to-evaluate-an-exchange-rate">Don&#039;t Get Taken: How to Evaluate an Exchange Rate</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-3-best-pieces-of-financial-wisdom-from-oprah-winfrey">The 3 Best Pieces of Financial Wisdom From Oprah Winfrey</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dissecting-gift-guilt-when-does-receiving-a-gift-make-you-feel-bad">Dissecting &quot;Gift Guilt&quot; - When Does Receiving a Gift Make You Feel Bad?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-youre-bad-at-money-and-how-to-fix-it-asap">8 Reasons You&#039;re Bad at Money — And How to Fix It ASAP</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance cnn money money 101 video Tue, 03 Apr 2007 21:27:59 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 447 at http://www.wisebread.com