IT and Internet briefs
June 21, 2004
WASHINGTON — If your digital camera accepts standard AA batteries, don't use traditional
Alkaline AA batteries. Use rechargables. The NiMH rechargeable
batteries cost a bit more initially, but they hold a charge longer
and can be recharged as many as 1,000 times. You'll save a
significant amount of money by avoiding single-use AA batteries.
Visit an online store such as Thomas Distributing
(www.thomas-distributing.com) to see the range of
rechargeables and rechargers available today.
No pop-up stopper? Don't worry. There are quick ways to get rid
of annoying pop-up ads when surfing the Internet. Press the Esc key
when you see a pop-up appearing on your screen. Sometimes this
stops the pesky thing right away. If the pop-up has already
appeared and you're using Microsoft's Interent Explorer, press
Ctrl-W to close it quickly. With Explorer and any other browser,
Alt-F4 also works.
Check before purchasing
Before purchasing a digital audio player – a unit capable
playing back MP3 and other sound files – find out how long it lasts
on batteries. Not all units are as capable when it comes to
preserving battery power. Look for digital audio players that last
for at least four hours on a single charge. Anything less, and
you'll be running for spare batteries or a charger too often.
Today's scanners are high-quality compared to units just a few years ago. But to get the best scans
possible – and to avoid time-consuming touch-up work later – use
the best original possible. Whether you're scanning photographs or
text documents, take a bit of time to clean your originals by
blowing away dust and removing fingerprints, if possible. Any
imperfections in the original will transfer to the digital copy.
Use advanced searching techniques when
you try to locate hard-to-find information on the Internet. Google
(www.google.com) and most other search engines online offer
an "advanced" mode that gives you the option to be more precise
when specifying the type of information you're looking for. These
advanced modes can be particularly valuable if a search term is
likely to turn up thousands upon thousands of results. Using the
advanced mode will typically allow you to specify criteria such as
date, language, order of words, and more.
Saving camera batteries
Want to extend the battery life of your digital camera? Keep the
playback of images on the rear LCD screen to a minimum. That tiny
LCD uses a lot of battery power relative to other components of
your camera. If you're out on holiday and need to maximise battery
life, use the controls of your camera to turn off the automatic
review of images altogether. Get well enough acquainted with your
digital camera that you don't need to rely on the review screen to
determine whether the picture was taken properly, and you'll find
your digital camera running for much longer per charge.
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