Archive for December 14th, 2008

Justin Frei asked:

Cleaning a liquid crystal display (LCD) screen sounds like it should be a fairly straightforward thing to do, however there are some things you should know about properly cleaning your LCD screen. For starters, and LCD screen is unlike the old fashioned television screens, and is not produced using glass. Therefore, some precautions must be observed when cleaning the display.

1) Purchase a proper cleaning solution/kit.

Though you may decide to skip this step, I suggest purchasing a proper LCD cleaning solution and/or kit. Many manufacturers have created specially formulated solutions for cleaning LCD display screens for desktop and laptop monitors. If you can find a kit, I would use that as it already has a soft cloth in it, as well as the solution. Depending on the manufacturer, I have found very desireable results from cleaning gummy/dusty LCD screens with a purchased product over a homemade cleaning solution. The manufacturers products also seem to have good evaporative properties, which ties in with not accidently getting the cleaning solution inside of the LCD unit.

2) Use a soft cloth.

It may sound like a simple step, but many people will just grab whatever they can find to clean the screen. Due to the material used for LCD screens, especially those that have a glossy (shiny) finish, cloth that is not soft may put abrasive marks onto your screen. This is very undesirable, and will greatly reduce the quality of images on your LCD screen.

3) Do not use a window cleaning solution!

Many people will tell you that they have used Windex to clean their LCD screens, and that they have never run into troubles with it. Windex, and other window cleaning solutions will eventually start to wreak your screen. Another reason not to use these types of solutions is that they are usually quite runny, and are made that way to cover large areas. This is not what we want for our LCD screens, as some of the liquid, if used alot, may seep into the edges of the screen, and cause distortion of colors on the screen, or short-circuit the electronic components.

4) Proper techniques for applying cleaning solution.

This bit is important because you will not want to have left over residue or streaks after you just cleaned your LCD screen! Lots of people have different techniques, however, the one that seems to work for me, when I cleaned the LCD screens at the computer store I worked at was to wipe in a circular motion. I’ve noticed that when some of the others cleaning wiped from left to right, or vertically, that it left some bad residue in corners and streaks that were very visible. If you wipe in a small circular motion, getting into the corners and going over the screen a couple times, you should have no residue left, and you will not notice streaks. It is exactly like buffing your car, or boots, etc. You do not need to apply alot of pressure, but you should make sure that you spend a good 3-5 minutes on your computer/laptop screen, and probably a bit more for larger LCD TV screens.

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David Oswald asked:

“Cause Life is So Brief and Time is a Thief”  –  Rod Stewart from the song, “Young Turks”

I had the great fortune of deciding to no longer watch television about two years ago.  I was going through a time in my life where I was taking a very deep look at what it would take for me to go to a higher level both mentally and spiritually.  In the past, I was always the type of person who would like to finish off a long day by watching a couple of hours or so of television.  Sometimes I would watch informative things, sometimes I would watch sitcoms, sometimes sports and sometimes I would just vegetate with some cartoons….they say “The Diamond” is a big kid anyway, right?  Nothing wrong with some cartoons.  To this day, I often get asked to see my ID when I go to a movie theater.  But enough about me.

Here is what I learned when I stopped watching television.  The box we call TV is an absolute thief.  It robs you of your most valuable commodity – time – but it comes wrapped in such a delightful package of convenience with a deceptive notion that we actually need this thing so we can “know what is going on in the world”…

I took the words right out of your mouth, right?  Well, here is the truth ladies and gentlemen, if something is so important for me or you to know about, we will hear the news some other way.  Bottom line.   What inspired me to write this article is that in a rare return to ‘the tube’, I noticed that I spent a day over at my aunt’s house and I was flipping through the channels for a couple of hours.  She has a few hundred channels and I felt like I had too many options.  Literally, there was so much to watch that I couldn’t decide on what channel to actually stay on.  I felt like a kid in a candy store watching one mindless episode of a sitcom and then flipping to a piece of a movie to endless commercials about who knows what.  I realized how quickly the time had passed and how if I had access to this many channels in my own home, I would be back to the same old person watching two or three hours per night (I have only the basic 18 channels or so and I rarely turn the thing on other than to watch a DVD on occasion).

So what has replaced the television?  I’ve devoured twice as many books as I used to read, I began to jog 30 miles per week, put over 50 properties under contract, I started mentoring others in real estate, developed a seminar company, wrote an ebook and began work on a novel, read the entire Bible, completed four classes toward becoming a minister, traveled about 15 times, learned to golf, started journaling my life daily, began writing these articles to you guys every other week and the list goes on and on.  I’ve probably forgotten more than I can remember at this point.  Hey, I only say this not to impress but rather to make you aware of what I’ve been saying all along – time is your biggest friend but it is also your biggest thief.  I close it out by asking you who wants to be a part of the Diamond’s World?  Send me an email and we’ll see what level we can get you started at.  Get at me! 

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Jason West asked:

After purchasing a plasma or LCD television as well a corresponding wall mounting kit, determining the wall on which to mount it, and making sure all of the necessary tools are available, the next step in mounting the television to a plaster wall is to choose the exact spot on the wall where the mount should be attached.

It is absolutely essential that the television mount is placed in a spot that has a stud or studs directly behind it. Anchor bolts will be used to secure the mount to the stud(s).

Obviously, a plaster wall alone cannot support the weight of a plasma or LCD mount and television, and at least one stud is necessary to ensure that the mount and the television are safely installed. Anchoring the mounting unit to two studs is more secure than using just one, so if there is a location on the wall where two studs are located and can both be used for the installation of the mount, this spot should be seriously considered for the placement.

Beginning the Installation:

It is recommended that the mounting kit be opened and the instruction and installation manual be thoroughly read and understood prior to beginning the installation process. Make sure that all the pieces are present and that all the necessary tools are within reach. Every brand and model television mount is slightly different from the next, so it’s important to follow the directions that come with the one that will be used.

Even if the instruction manual does not list this first, it’s a good idea to place the mounting rails into position on the back of the plasma or LCD television that will eventually end up on the wall. This will help ensure that the television will sit on the wall in its originally intended place. (Sometimes the brackets end up pushing the television up or down an inch or two. If the brackets are put in place first, a better placement estimation can be determined.)

Next, it’s time to mark the wall with indicators as to where the anchor bolts will be drilled into the wall. In addition, the locations where the cable will go from the television to the electrical outlet should also be notated on the wall.

After drilling holes where the anchor bolts will be placed and cutting out spots on the wall where the cable will enter and exit the wall, the next step is to the get the mount ready to affix with the anchors.

Prior to tightening the bolts, make sure that everything is nice and even, using a level. If everything looks good, it’s time to tighten the bolts so that the mount is fastened very snugly to the wall.

After fishing the cable from the cut hole near the mount down (or up) to the electricity source, the television can be added to the mount. Since many plasma and LCD televisions are extremely heavy, it’s recommended that at least two people help to lift it to the mount. After this is completed, all of the cables can be attached to the television, and the television can finally be turned on.


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