Happy Face ThinkingHere are the "How-To" BASICS. These are non-technical, step-by-step instructions to guide you through your entire home-media world: sources, hardware, software, tools, and techniques. Everything you need to organize your own personal media.

Step 01: What I Have Now?

Step 01: What I Have Now?

Perform a complete inventory of your media sources and content. You need to know what you already have and what you are spending.

Step 02: What Do I Want?

Step 02: What Do I Want?

Streaming, cable, DSL, satellite, movies, TV shows, music, photos, home videos, etc. what do you want? This is a wish list.

Step 03: Local Channels

Step 03: Local Channels

Broadcast, over-the-air (OTA) TV is a must have for most people. Local news, sports, community shows are all broadcast free OTA to your home.

Step 04: Internet

Step 04: Internet

Sure, we all need internet but how much, how fast and how expensive? Don’t buy more than you need or use.

Step 05: Home Network

Step 05: Home Network

How important is your home network? It is the last mile, the hub, the wireless heart of your home media.

Step 06: Streaming Devices

Step 06: Streaming Devices

Firestick, Roku, Nvidia, and more choices. choices and more choices is the name of the game. Where do I start? Which one is for me?

Step 07: Streaming Services

Step 07: Streaming Services

Local channels, networks, sports, travel, documentaries, I want it all! Wait a minute, maybe not all, just a bunch.

Step 08: Cut The Cord

Step 08: Cut The Cord

At last, the moment has arrived. Will cutting the cord really set me free? Am I just grabbing a new cord?

Step 10: Photos

Step 10: Photos

Hi, my name is Frank and I am a photo pack Rat! But unlike most pack rats, I know how to keep track and organize my photos. I am going to share with you how I do it.

Step 12: Music

Step 12: Music

I want to make sure you know today’s easy techniques and how to get your music library organized and ready to enjoy.

Step 13: Books

Step 13: Books

This topic is a mixed bag of various solutions. Read it and decide what works for you.

Step 14: Data

Step 14: Data

Add all of your important documents to your personal digital library.

Step 15: Backup & Protect

Step 15: Backup & Protect

Know where everything is and backup, backup, and backup. Hope for the best and plan for the worst. Your photos and home videos cannot be replaced.

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