Cure for "Illegal Operations" Sydrome

Written by Mike Smith

"You have performed an ILLEGAL OPERATION, repparttar program will be shut down!" But I didn't do anything! Really, I was just sitting here. :-(

You did update Windows, right? And haverepparttar 107905 current drivers for all of your other hardware and software, don't you? How important is it? Well if you are experiencing a lot of crashes this may just berepparttar 107906 cure. Very few people understand what happens in Windows when you install new software and hardware. Since Bill Gates wants to berepparttar 107907 boss, obviously he put everything into Windows to make it work with Microsoft products.

Now allrepparttar 107908 other companies that sell you things have to make theirs forrepparttar 107909 Gates configuration. Some are not too good at it and some are just careless. For those you getrepparttar 107910 Blue Screen of Death. Ever see this one?

"You have performed an ILLEGAL OPERATION,repparttar 107911 program will be shut down!"? Then a whole bunch of numbers and stuff even a Geek may not understand.

Well it is really a simple matter of shared files not getting along in your Puter. One says "I am going to decide how this operation is done" andrepparttar 107912 other one says "no you're not!" Sorepparttar 107913 one withrepparttar 107914 newest info may win but you get blamed for it becauserepparttar 107915 program didn't do itrepparttar 107916 "Gates Way" andrepparttar 107917 result is thatrepparttar 107918 program could not start.

Now you get a new program out ofrepparttar 107919 box, put it on your Puter and guess what? The program probably has a whole ton of updates available to make it get along with Windows. Windows has a whole bunch of new updates to screw withrepparttar 107920 other companies but "You performed an ILLEGAL OPERATION". Feel a little insulted? I do. Then there are some companies that really don't want your Puter to cooperate with Windows. They want a piece ofrepparttar 107921 Giant and guess who pays for it? Yup, we do.

I won't mention any names but AOL and Netscape are 2 ofrepparttar 107922 biggest offenders. After that comes Real Player and a list a mile long. But let's not makerepparttar 107923 problem too simple. Several companies are out to get each other and at your expense. Yeah, right. They tell you it is someone else that isrepparttar 107924 cause and that company swears that it is another one. So here you are caught inrepparttar 107925 middle and nobody has bothered to tell you that something as simple as downloadingrepparttar 107926 latest updates and drivers just might solverepparttar 107927 problems they are busy blaming each other for.

Here are a couple of solutions for you. First try and find out what all your hardware is. Printers are easy,repparttar 107928 name and model are onrepparttar 107929 front. But what about your CD ROM, Audio System, and monitor? A lot of times, they just don't have that information available. Yup even keyboards can have updated drivers. Drivers? Updates? Hardware? Software?.

WEB PICTURE QUALITY - knowledge over style over content

Written by Paul Hailey

FORMATS bitmap, gif and jpeg. picture formats are commonly used.

I use jpeg format for converting most big pictures, and reducerepparttar dots per inch (dpi) to 70 or below, for a web page.

To keep jpeg file sizes under 50k, I use 30 to 60 onrepparttar 107904 'compression' scale for jpegs ( a scale runs from 2 as high quality, to 255 for low quality. )

Because many users employ a 256 colour palette, gif's are still much in use, but they only handle up to 256 colours. I use gifs for icons and small pics.

I use 24 bit colour bmp's for archiving (I use 300 dpi in case I might print them later), they can be used as a source for both gif and jpeg. -------------------------------- THE FORMATS -------------------------------- 1.bmp (bitmap) This is a pixel-mapped format. I scan pics at 300 dpi -this is aboutrepparttar 107905 maximum for a printer, but too good forrepparttar 107906 web.

300 dpi 10 by 8 inch pictures, take around 20 megabytes file size. 300 dpi bitmap scans are ideal for archiving, asrepparttar 107907 place to start processing.

NOTE - Netscape Browser does not appear to handle bmp's! ----------------


Gif's are useful for small pics like icons, and also come in 'animated' form useful for websites.

Any scanned colour pic should be processed to 256 colour FIRST, thenrepparttar 107908 dpi reduced to a maximum of 72dpi for screen use, then saved asrepparttar 107909 gif.

The basic colour palette options are (in PhotoPaint) : 'uniform palette' - keeps to colours that a 256 colour screen uses. This is good where multiple pics are on one webpage, becauserepparttar 107910 browser might have only those colours to use, (someone correct me if that's wrong?)

'adaptive palette' and 'optimised palette' These both selectrepparttar 107911 'best' 256 colours fromrepparttar 107912 picture itself -. Pics done with these options may not look well on pages with many pictures, asrepparttar 107913 browser page may be limited to 256 colours in total. A picture on its own on a page will look ok.

---------------- 3. jpegs (jpg)

The jpeg compression works directly from a 24 bit colour palette if necessary, whereas gifs are 256 colours maximum.

The standard compression method is type 4:4:4 on Photopaint. There is a scale 'compression' from 2 to 255. 2 is highest quality, biggest file, 255 is lowest quality, smallest file.

Here arerepparttar 107914 pic filesizes I got from different compression of a 70 dpi, 10 by 8 inch scan of a full colour (24bit) photograph:

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