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  • Everyone wants to be remembered. You can ensure that your life's wisdom is never lost by using a qualified ghostwriter to tell your story. Check out Don's friend William Hammett at
    Free evaluation.

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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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    Cupid Hearts
    Some Thoughts on Word Processing
    & Writing One's Personal Memoirs

    Plus Some Thoughts on Using
    a Professional Ghostwriter

    The subject of an upcoming presentation at a local meeting of the American Association of University Women will be: "Everyone Has a Story to Tell — Writing One’s Memoir." Have you thought about writing yours? I'm working on mine.

    And if you're not a burgeoning Mark Twain, I have a friend who is a great ghostwriter: William Hammett (

    Back when writing was done with pen or pencil, or even with a typewriter, producing a memoir could be a formidable task. Today's word processing technology makes writing a story wonderfully easy — complete with built-in spelling and grammar checking. In fact, it seems almost incomprehensible that in 1980 businesses paid $7,500 for stand-alone word processing machines, such as the Wangwriter from Wang Laboratories, Inc.

    As for your story, you can have it made into a book by a "vanity publisher" or a "print on demand" publisher, who can produce as few as one or two copies for you.

    You can also tell your story online by creating a Web site. Most ISPs, such as offer subscribers free personal sites, complete with helpful templates which make creating a home page relatively simple. What's even easier is to post your story on one of the many "social networking" sites, such as MSN or Yahoo Groups.

    One of the advantages of cyber over print biographies is that your story can contain links to other Web pages which may be pertinent to your story. However, many books are still being read centuries after they were first printed. You might consider both platforms.

    Compatability Issues Among Various Word Processing Programs

    Speaking of writing, a reader wrote to say she emails a monthly club newsletter, but that not all recipients can open the attached MSWord file. She added that copying the document directly into an email badly distorts her formatting, and asked if I had any suggestions.

    Well, most computer users do have MSWord, but some have other programs such as WordPerfect or the MSWorks word processor. Nonetheless, WordPerfect users can open MSWord documents by clicking File>Open and choosing MSWord from the "File Type" list. MSWorks users will choose MSWord from "Files of Type."

    Furthermore, users of the free OpenOffice word processor or Google's free online Docs & Spreadsheets programs can open MSWord Files. Also, WordPad (which comes with all versions of Windows) can open most MSWord files. Finally, a free "MSWord Reader" can be downloaded from

    Occasionally, MSWord files with very complex formatting — or that were created with an older or newer MSWord version than the vintage of a recipient's program — may not appear exactly as they were created, but the inconsistencies are usually negligible.

    Another way to have documents open in a program other than the one in which they were created is to save them in "Rich Text Format." Do this by choosing RTF from the "Save as Type" or "File Type" menu. RTF files are compatible with all word processors.

    However, if a newsletter is created with relatively simple formatting, just putting it directly into an e-mail is usually the best way to ensure legibility for all recipients.

    © - Donald Ray Edrington - 2007 - All Rights Reserved

    Contact Information on Don Can Be Found Here.

    downloading, creating & editing music files
    1. Various Computer Audio Formats, such as MP3, WMA, WAV, MIDI, etc.
    2. Finding Free Downloadable Music Online
    3. Recover Songs from your Temporary Internet Files
    4. Converting Music Formats (WAV to MP3, etc.)
    5. Converting Vinyl LPs & Audio Tapes to MP3s
    6. More on Converting Musical Collections to MP3s
    7. Using a Digital Voice Recorder
    Table-top JukeBox
    Patsy Cline Dinah Shore
    Downloadable Music by:
  • The Andrews Sisters
  • Teresa Brewer
  • Karen Carpenter
  • Patsy Cline
  • Rosemary Clooney
  • Doris Day
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Connie Francis
  • Lena Horne
  • Brenda Lee
  • Julie London
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Vera Lynn
  • Dinah Shore
  • Patti Page
  • Jo Stafford
  • Kitty Wells
  • Tammy Wynette

  • Jim Reeves   Dean Martin
  • Ames Brothers
  • Eddie Arnold
  • Tony Bennett
  • Brothers Four
  • Johnny Cash
  • Ray Charles
  • Buddy Clark
  • Nat King Cole
  • Russ Columbo, Bing Crosby
  • Floyd Cramer
  • Billy Eckstine
  • Julio Iglesias
  • Ink Spots
  • Wayne King, Guy Lombardo
  • Frankie Laine
  • Dean Martin
  • Mills Brothers
  • Singalong with Mitch Miller
  • Elvis Presley
  • Ray Price
  • Jim Reeves
  • Hank Snow, Hank Thompson
  • Statler Brothers
  • Billy Vaughn
  • Slim Whitman

  • Eydie Gorme, Trio Los Panchos
  • Ana Gabriel, Rocío Dúrcal, Juan Gabriel
  • CeliaCruz, Ernesto Lecuona, Bienvenido Granda

  • Teach Me Tonight

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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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