Cure for "Illegal Operations" Sydrome

Written by Mike Smith

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All of your Hardware runs with Drivers. You can find outrepparttar model information and a lot more about them fromrepparttar 107905 "Control Panel". From your START button find SETTINGS, click on that then CONTOL PANEL. Once inrepparttar 107906 CONTROL PANEL scroll down to SYSTEM and double click. The first window will give yourepparttar 107907 information onrepparttar 107908 maker ofrepparttar 107909 Puter and Processor plus how much Memory you have installed andrepparttar 107910 version of Windows you have.

Next click onrepparttar 107911 DEVICE MANAGER tab. You will see a listing of repparttar 107912 DEVICES in your Puter. By clickingrepparttar 107913 + beside each item you can see what you need to find out whatrepparttar 107914 product is. You don't need to openrepparttar 107915 SYSTEM DEVICES unless you are just curious. Now you get to play detective. Go get em, Columbo!

In most cases you can just do a search forrepparttar 107916 manufacturer and go straight to their site. Drivers will usually be found under SUPPORT and should have download and installation instructions. You should check for updates at least every 6 to 8 weeks if not more often. Software updates are not as hard. Most ofrepparttar 107917 programs have a link inrepparttar 107918 Help menu to go to their site and some even have an update link.

But before you start updating 3rd party software (Not Microsoft), you should getrepparttar 107919 latest updates for your version of Windows. Hey, guess what? Gates made this one easy!

Click onrepparttar 107920 START button then go up nearrepparttar 107921 top ofrepparttar 107922 column and you will see Windows Update. Sheer genius! Just click it. You will have to be connected torepparttar 107923 Internet first. Whenrepparttar 107924 browser opens just click onrepparttar 107925 Products Updates and your Puter will be searched for what needs to be updated. From there it is only a matter of following pretty simple instructions (simple? from Microsoft?). It really is pretty easy to do.

One more little thing before I leave you with all this confusion. I use a program for all my Software that isn't Microsoft from ZDNet called, you guessed it, Updates. There is a small download and then it will search your hard ' drive and give you a report of all available updates for your software thenrepparttar 107926 option to downloadrepparttar 107927 updates. Best of all it is FREE! Subscribe, downloadrepparttar 107928 program, get your updates and they will e-mail you a reminder to keep up with them.

Your life will be a lot easier and maybe you won't see so many of "The Blue Screen of Death" or "You have performed an ILLEGAL OPERATION,repparttar 107929 program will be shut down!" Cause ya didn't. It ain't your fault.

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WEB PICTURE QUALITY - knowledge over style over content

Written by Paul Hailey

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Original bmp file .. appx 20mb jpg compression 2: 217kb jpg compression 15: 79kb jpg compression 30: 51kb ..reccommended jpg comression 50: 36kb ..reccommended jpg compression 150: 20kb.

Evenrepparttar 20kb version was adequate for pictures say up to 5 by 3 inches on an 800 by 600 pixel screen resolution. 30 to 60kb seems a good trade off between file size and quality, butrepparttar 107904 file size you get relates torepparttar 107905 picture composition. This would seem a good range for 'average' sized jpg web pictures without noticably losing quality.

----------------------------- 4. jpg versus gif gifs are good for icons and small pics - these can be in 16 colours which makes very small files.

jpeg is a compression facility and does not do so well with 16 colour or small pics, unlessrepparttar 107906 compression number is increased. jpeg is really for compressing big pictures, lots of data, 24 bit colour.

With gif you do not getrepparttar 107907 options for palette selection and compression levels that jpeg gives.

I use gifs for icons and small pics, jpeg forrepparttar 107908 rest. ------------------------------

5.Black and white. For texts, scan textual material in B&W even if there are colour pics onrepparttar 107909 page. Separately scanrepparttar 107910 colour pics, in colour. Black and white is 1 bit not 8 bit - file sizes are much smaller thanrepparttar 107911 equivalent in colour.

I have received text scans in colour - usuallyrepparttar 107912 black is grey rather than black. If 'ocr' software won't scan them becauserepparttar 107913 resolution is too low (and it usually is!), I dorepparttar 107914 next best thing and convertrepparttar 107915 pic to B&W. The process usually involves darkeningrepparttar 107916 colour image as much as possible, to increaserepparttar 107917 blackness ofrepparttar 107918 characters.

Then convert to black and white usingrepparttar 107919 'threshhold' control. This threshhold is justrepparttar 107920 point at whichrepparttar 107921 analyser decides it is a 'black' pixel square, not 'white'.

The threshhold range is 0 t0 255, inrepparttar 107922 range from 127 to 220 doesrepparttar 107923 trick, dependent onrepparttar 107924 colour original, andrepparttar 107925 allowable extra black 'dots' you get ifrepparttar 107926 value is set too high.

File sizes can reduce a text page from 100kb jpg to 20kb gif, just by going to b&w. Somehow I prefer gifs for black and white - I feel gifs are better suited to simpler jobs than jpeg.

Paul Hailey, and site http://www.hailey,

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