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    Digital Photo Basics
  1. Getting Pictures from Camera into Computer
  2. Getting Acquainted with Irfanview
  3. Basic Terms: View Size vs Print Size, etc.
  4. Virtually Free Photography - Naming Pics, Albums
  5. When Digital Camera Photos Can't Be Found
  6. Digital Photography for Not So Digital Seniors

  7. Crop, Resize, Align, Colors
  8. How to Crop and/or Resize a Photo
  9. Problem Enlarging Digital Pictures
  10. Understanding CYMK & RGB Colors
  11. How to Straighten (Rotate, Align) a Photo
  12. Darkrooms Replaced by Computers
  13. Be Your Own Photo Processing Studio

  14. Adding Text to Pictures
  15. Adding Text to a Photo
  16. Text & Picture In a Word Text Box

  17. Displaying Your Pictures
  18. Printing Multiple Photos on a Single Page
  19. Displaying Your Photos as a Slideshow
  20. Merging Two Graphics Into One
  21. When Multiple Photos Don't All Fit on a Print-Out
  22. Print Yourself or Have Pics Processed Elsewhere?

  23. Online Images - Emailing Pics
  24. Reducing a Digital Photo's File Size
  25. Red X Instead of a Picture
  26. Reducing the File Size of a Video
  27. Print Yourself or Have Pics Processed Elsewhere?
  28. Copying Images from a Web Site or an Email

  29. Pic Formats - File Extensions
  30. Digital Picture Formats (JPG, BMP, GIF, TIF, etc)
  31. Difference Between "Drawing" & "Painting" Programs
  32. Digital Cameras & Megapixelss
  33. Choosing File Associations for Picture Files
  34. Understanding "Animated GIFs"
  35. Comparison of JPG and GIF Image Files
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Windows Vista — Upgrade, Buy New, or Ignore?

Here's an excerpt of a reader who recently upgraded from Windows XP to Vista: "My computer crawls and programs don't respond. My life is a nightmare. I am willing to give up my investment in this upgrade and go back to the safe and responding days of XP."

I've read other letters saying basically the same thing.

Here's what the professional reviewers are saying about Microsoft's new operating system: Vista is great when it comes installed on a new computer. Although you can buy an "upgrade" version, installing it on your existing XP computer is fraught with hazards. In fact, they say you should reformat your hard drive and install Vista on a clean slate, after first backing up all your personal files.

What's even more confusing is that there are several versions of Vista. CompUSA lists 13 on its Web site, ranging in price from $100 to $400.

The general consensus of the reviewers is: unless you are buying a new PC with Vista installed, there is no compelling reason to upgrade from WinXP. Well, there may be one; Vista is said to be more secure from malware attacks. However, I have had no problems with XP security, since I observe the normal precautions of not opening unrequested email attachments, along with being prudent about what links I click on.

Most of us are mainly concerned about having our PCs perform specific tasks, and we really don't care much about what version of Windows we're using or if we're using a Mac — just as long as the tasks are accomplished quickly and efficiently. Personally, I am perfectly comfortable with WinXP and have no yearning to upgrade to Vista. Naturally, however, I will upgrade in order to be able to answer readers' questions about Vista.

MSOffice 2007 also debuted with Vista this month, and reviewers say it is the best version ever, with many notable improvements. As with Vista there are several versions, priced from about $149 to $680.

Well, MSOffice 2007 may be the ultimate in handling complex business chores, but I still prefer my old MSOffice 2000 over my MSOffice XP. Why? Well, all office suites (including WordPerfect Office and the free OpenOffice) are tremendously powerful applications that can perform an astronamical number of complicated chores. In fact, I would guess that the average PC user employs less than five percent of an office suite's multitudinous capabilities.

In any case, I have no desire to spend more money on yet another office suite when the ones I have can do everything I need to have done. Nonetheless, at some point I'll very likely upgrade to MSOffice 2007 in order to help readers with their questions.

Getting back to Vista, an "upgrade" package costs less than a "full" version. However information on installing a full version from an upgrade is available online.

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  1. Creating Labels & Envelopes with Word, Excel, & MSWorks
  2. Replacing NORMAL.DOC when Word Becomes Unstable
  3. Password Protecting Word & Excel Documents

  4. Pictures & Text Boxes
  5. Picture in a Text Box
  6. Placing Both Text & a Pic in a Text Box

  7. Other Document Types
  8. MSWord, Wordpad, Notepad, Google's Writely/Docs
  9. Converting Data between MSWord & PDF Files

  10. Working with Columns
  11. Dividing a Page into Columns
  12. Lining Up Numbers in a Column

  13. Bullets & Page Numbering
  14. Using AutoCorrect for Bullets & Numbering
  15. Add Page Numbering to a Word Processing Document

  16. Backing Up Word Files
  17. Automatic Backup of MSWord Documents

    Computer Commentary
  1. Signing Up with MySpace
  2. More about MySpace + Some Info on Skype
  3. Internet Explorer6 vs Internet Explorer 7
  4. More on Using Internet Explorer 7
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