Is your digital camera compatible with your computer?Written by Doug Rogers
So you recently bought a digital camera or perhaps your thinking about it. And perhaps you may be wondering how many pictures will your computer hold? First you need to answer a few questions to come to an accurate conclusion. First, how big is your hard drive and how much free space does it currently have? You can find answer to that question by first left-clicking on "My Computer:" Right-click on "C drive." A menu should appear. Left-click on "Properties." A pie chart should be displayed that will show you size of hard drive and how much of disk drive is free. Your next step is too know how many mega pixels does your camera have? A pixel is a light sensing cell on image pickup device. The higher number of pixels, higher resolution or picture quality of camera. A higher pixel number will also require more storage space in your camera and computer for a picture. How much storage does each picture need? If you have a 2M pixel camera, a high resolution picture will require storage in range of 500kb. Two 500 kb pictures would occupy 1 MB. If that one picture requires 500kB of storage, you should be able to store 2000 pictures of that size in 1 gigabyte of disk space. I usually store my pictures in one folder in my computer called “Camera Pics” and then create sub-folders within that folder with different names depending on occasion pictures were taken at for easy reference later on. Most camera manufacturers will provide software to allow you to transfer and edit pictures from your camera. But some of that software is not easiest to install and operate. There are a few ways to do transfer without camera software. If your camera has a memory card, you can buy a memory card reader and use it to read pictures from your camera. The memory card reader plugs into a free USB connector on your
Dragons: A History of Mythology and BeliefsWritten by Johann Erickson
The oldest culture in world to utilize dragons in their mythology and beliefs, are Chinese. For them, dragon is a divine, mythical creature that brings good fortune, prosperity and bounty. It is symbol of emperors and imperial rule, and its legends have shaped a good portion of modern Chinese culture.
The dragon is a positive force, and represents power, excellence, and striving for goals, as well as being a benevolent force, which radiates goodwill, good luck, and blessings. Shrines to them can be found in many places in China, usually near sea, since Eastern dragons tended to be water creatures.
In Eastern culture, dragon represents essential forces of Nature. While Emperors consulted them as revered advisors, they did not always follow that advice, and consequently dragons’ anger would either produce storms and floods though clouds they breathed out, or such things as water shortages, when they beat their tails about, and emptied lakes and rivers. A dragon’s celestial breath, known as sheng chi, bestows warmth from sun, wind from ocean, soil from Earth, and water from rain.
The number nine figures in many aspects of dragon worship in Chinese culture, for example, nine ways in which they are shown:
In Western culture, dragon developed a very different persona, which many aficionados claim is misinterpretation of tales in which their stories are told. Where Eastern dragons are perceived as good and benevolent, western dragons are all fire, and flinging their tails about, and biting heads off. In reality, if you read a broad range of literature from both hemispheres, you’ll find that eastern dragons sometimes took a notion to be bad characters, and in west, there are
- On screws of fiddles because they are said to like music
- On top of bells and gongs, because they call out loudly
- On bottom of stone statues, since dragons can support heavy weights
- On top of writing tablets, because dragons are fond of literature
- On bridges, because dragons are associated with water
- On eaves of temples, because dragons guard against danger
- On Buddha’s throne, where dragons rest
- On prison gates, which represent trouble-making dragons
- On hilt of swords, because dragons can slaughter their enemies