Getting Your Tech Together

By Mike Musgrove, Washington Post Staff Writer

How quaint it now seems: Once upon a time, Americans didn’t know how to program their VCRs, doomed to forever blink “12:00.”

Those were the good old days, as it turns out. Today, those still-blinking digits are likely the least of your technology travails. Know how to upload the pictures from your cell phone’s camera? How to broadcast music parked on your computer through your stereo? How to set up a wireless network in your home so you can check e-mail through your handheld computer?

Technology has made it possible for all sorts of consumer gadgets to talk to each other, but they aren’t necessarily speaking the same language. More than ever, consumers need to plan and research their tech purchases beforehand, to make sure the parts of their digital dream home will actually work together.

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