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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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Adventures with Skype and MySpace
Plus Info on Automatic Backups of MSWord Files

I was surprised when a reader called recently to say that she had overheard a conversation Mary and I were having in our office. Here's what happened:

I recently wrote about signing up with Skype, the free PC-to-PC voice communication service, but had not yet learned its various options. Well, the other day, I decided to click my Skype icon and check things out. Unbeknownst to me, doing so meant that my contact name "donedrington" appeared on Skype-user Dolores' computer, saying that my service was connected and that I was available. So she clicked her Call icon to contact me.

However, I was not wearing my headset/microphone combo, so I heard no incoming sound — but I did see a message saying that someone was trying to call via Skype.

At the same moment, however, a friend sent me an IM, which hid the Skype message. So I chatted briefly via the IM and then went looking for the Skype note. Not seeing it, I assumed that the caller had hung up, whereupon Mary and I had a conversation about all that had just happened.

Well, Dolores had not hung up and was patiently waiting for me to respond.

Furthermore, the built-in microphone on my new laptop was picking up everything that Mary and I said. So Dolores used her land-line phone to call and apprise us of the situation.

The lesson here is that if your PC has a built-in mic and if you use an Internet-based voice service, everything you say might be heard by others who have your number. So be aware of your PC's communication tools and learn how to use them. As for the future, Dolores and I will always communicate via free Skype.

MySpace Not Just for Kids

Speaking of modern PC communications, many are using the free tools available on MySpace. My granddaughter and I often leave messages on each other's pages rather than using email. Yes, others can see these notes, so we only post nonpersonal messages. However, seeing messages, photos, videos and blogs of your friends and their friends is a large part of what's fun about MySpace.

MySpace has gotten lots of bad press because of some of the bad things a few users have done. However, when used with propriety, it's a place where grown-ups can have as much fun as the kids.

Having your space on MySpace is basically the same as having your own web site — only it's free and can be set up in practically no time at all. Then you can start uploading your favorite photos, videos or essays, or you can start a blog and invite others to post to it. Doing all this with a conventional web site hosting service could take a matter of days to get started, and you would normally be charged for everything. Yes, there are various free web site services available, but none is easier to use than

Automatic Backups of MSWord Documents

In other news, a reader wrote to ask if an MSWord document is still in existence if the file was closed without having been saved. Well, maybe — depending on certain options previously chosen. To see these choices, click Tools>Options>Save. I recommend Always Create Backup Copy, Allow Background Saves and Save AutoRecover Info Every __ Minutes.

The second two options combine to automatically save your work every so many minutes regardless of other save options you use. The first means that each manual save (File>Save or Ctrl+S) saves your current file along with a backup bearing an extension of .wbk. All the above is predicated, of course, on your having given the document a file name in the first place.

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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
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