IT and Internet briefs
October 29, 2004
Black-and-white digital photography
Washington — If you're a fan of digital photography and would like to print
the occasional black-and-white photograph, pay attention to how
well a printer handles black-and-white work before you make a
printer purchase. Colour photo printers often have trouble printing
black-and-white photographs, since their inks were not designed for
the task. There are a few printers on the market, such as the Epson
2100, that come with special black inks designed specifically to be
able to print black and white effectively.
Washington — Backing up data is a chore that many avoid.
If you're one of the procrastinators, at least consider creating
one special folder that contains all of your essential files. That
way, you can concentrate on regularly backing up that one folder.
Most backup programs, including the one delivered with Windows,
will allow you to schedule backups so that they become automatic
affairs. You can back up the single folder to removable media or to
another hard drive.
Washington — What's the most important keyboard shortcut?
The one you use to save your work. In Windows, hold down the Ctrl
key and tap the letter S on your keyboard. In almost every Windows
program, this is the shortcut for the Save command. Use it often,
and you'll never have to be sorry that you forgot to save your
work. On today's computers, saving work is often instantaneous. In
days past, with slower computers, saving could sometimes take
minutes, depending upon the size of a file. Today, there's no
excuse not to save.
Microsoft's Service Pack 2
Washington — Microsoft's Service Pack 2 for Windows XP has
been available for free to registered XP users for several weeks.
The service pack has received generally good reviews, causing few
headaches for upgraders. Among Service Pack 2's enhancements are
beefed-up security, a pop-up blocker in the Internet Explorer Web
browser, and hundreds of bug fixes and compatibility improvements.
Download the service pack for free from Microsoft's Service Pack 2 Web site.
Digital camera storage devices
Washington — Digital camera storage devices have come down
significantly in price just recently. Thanks to the introduction of
high-capacity four-gigabyte flash memory cards, yesterday's
highest-capacity cards, such as the one-gigabyte and 512-megabyte
flash memory cards, have dropped by as much as 50 per cent in
price. Few digital camera users today require four gigabytes of
storage space in a flash memory card, so the lower price of the
"smaller" translates into a great value.
Washington — You can conserve battery power on your
notebook computer by using the "blank" screen saver. Most operating
systems today allow you to choose the type of screen saver you wish
to use. The standard "blank" screen is often not the default, but
it is the one that draws the least amount of power. Fancy screen
savers can require significant computing power, which means that
your notebook is working even when you're not. That's a waste,
especially when your notebook is running on batteries.
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