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Want to easily stream movies stored on one machine to another? Check out DLNA

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) has been around for ages, yet I have only looked into it in the last month.  I didn’t know it was so widespread and how useful it could be.Wikipedia’s entry for DLNA nicely summarises it’s purpose and how widespread it is:DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a standard used by manufacturers of consumer electronics to allow entertainment devices within the home to share their content with each other across a home network.As of August 2009 it is supported in more than 5,500 different devices and in 2008 over 200 million devices sold with it built inHome Network DLNA devices fall into the the following categories (Source: http://dlna.org):Digital Media Server (DMS)These devices store content and make it available to other devices (e.g. PCs and NAS devices) .Digital Media Player (DMP)These devices find content on Digital Media Servers (DMS) and provide playback and rendering capabilities (e.g. TVs, stereos and home theaters, wireless monitors an…

Geocaching: What is it?

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Jane & I started geocaching this year and have been thoroughly enjoying it.Geocaching is described nicely on the http://www.geocaching.com/ website:Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.I was surprised by the number of geocaches very close to my home, and in fact throughout New Zealand and the World (over 1 million!!!).  Type your address into the search box on the http://www.geocaching.com/ website to see how many are near you. Inside a geocache you will find a log book to log that you have been there and depending on the size of the cache a pencil (for the logbook), items that you can swap out and replace with an item of equal value, a short overview of what geocaching is, and trackable items that tend to have a task associated with them that you can take out of a cache and help them…