Monday, November 05, 2007

LTB Q-BEAN-STB Wireless Stereo Headphone

I've been looking off and on for a decent wireless headphone solution for listening to TV at home without disturbing my family.

Last week, I found the LTB Q-BEAN-STB -- A wireless adapter that plugs into the headset of your Audio Video system and broadcasts true stereo to a small reciever.

The receiver is worn on a lanyard around the neck or pinned to clothing. You then plug your normal Stereo headphones into the receiver.

My package arrived last week and this weekend during the football games was my first chance to give it a try.

The BEAN has a rechargable battery. The base station is either powered by the same cable that charges the BEAN or by 3 AAA batteries.

My initial impression is very positive. The bean works well, sound quality for TV was excellent, and there were no interruptions anywhere in my house. The AV system is located on the main floor in the front of the house, and I was able to go upstairs and to the basement without any interference.

Two big thumbs up.

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Excel 2007 Very slow to open external files

Excel opens external files very slowly

If you open an Excel 2007 file by double clicking on a desktop icon, or explorer or from an outlook attachment, the file opens very slowly -- 30 seconds or more...

This is caused by a bad setting in the windows Explorer file type. To fix it in Windows XP try the following:

  1. Open Windows Explorer (explorer.exe)
  2. Select Tools | Folder Options from the menu
  3. Go to the file types tab
  4. Select the XLS file type (for Excel 97-2003 files)
  5. Click the Advanced button
  6. Select Open
  7. Click the Edit Button
  8. In the Application used to perform action, change the text from:
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\EXCEL.EXE" /e
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\EXCEL.EXE" /e "%1"

Note the double quotes around the %1, they are required.

Nolw repeat steps 4-8 for the xlsx file type (Excel 2007 files)

Tags: excel, bug