Yearly Archives: 2001

Mobile Essentials #2

Continuing from last weeks article focusing on mobile essentials that I have discovered recently by gaining first hand experience.This is particularly understandable when you bear in mind that in future I’ll be writing my articles on my laptop in rainy Wales!

Last time I talked about the ability to connect your mobile phone to your laptop in order to access the Internet to send and receive e-mails or to surf the Web.Obviously this resulted in a somewhat slower connection than by using a normal landline and so if you were required to send a moderate amount of data then e-mailing from a laptop may not be a satisfactory option.

The two main alternatives that Read the rest

Readers Questions and Answers

This week I will again answer some of the mail that I have been receiving recently in the hope that it will resolve a number of problems that my readers have been having.

What is the intended function of the Wingdings option which comes up on my old Word 97 choice of fonts?

Someone drew my attention to the weird link you get with recent tragic events in New York by keying in the characters 33QNY in Wingdings bold face at maximum size (26) which brings up a print line of symbols resembling from the left, twin towers, an airplane in flight, a Read the rest

Mobile Essentials

Having started at Cardiff University this week I thought I would take the chance of using a couple of articles in order to discuss some essentials for mobile computing on the move.There is the obvious essential ownership of a laptop computer that I have discussed in weeks gone by that will allow you to use the devices that I’m going to cover but asides from that there are a number of other things that I would recommend.

This week I’m going to discuss the perks of having a mobile phone while you’re out and about.Obviously, mobile phones make and receive calls, which would Read the rest

Home Networking

Some lucky people in this world have two computers in their household; one in the kids’ room and one in their room maybe.This week I’m going to shed some light on the advantages that can be gained by networking both machines together.

First things first, to make setting up a home network easy and worthwhile I would suggest that both machines are of fairly good specification and ideally should be running a Network friendly OS such as Windows ME or XP.This isn’t essential as you can have two old machines running Windows 95 if you like but the immediate benefits will be less obvious and your network will be a lot harder to set Read the rest

Processor Overview

Many newcomers to the PC world may well be perplexed by the apparent choice of PC’s that are available to choose from; CD or DVD drive?20Gb or 30Gb hard disk?However, possibly one of the most confusing issues to arise recently is the new choice between different processors that are available, or to be more specific, whether you should go for a AMD Athlon or Intel Pentium 4 Processor.

For those of you unaware, the processor in your PC is really the brains of the machine, it does all the calculations that allow the computer to function and without it, the machine wouldn’t work at all.It is therefore essential that you choose Read the rest

Windows XP

With the successor to Windows ME and Windows 2000 just having been released to manufactures, I thought that this week I would review the newest Operating System on the market from Microsoft; Windows XP.For most people in the industry this new product is the most exciting development in its area since Windows 95 was released however, most home users may also have something to gain from this new release.

You may or may not remember the very first article I published for the Herald when I discussed the distinct differences between Windows ME (Millennium Edition) and Windows 2000.To summarise the article, Windows ME Read the rest

MP3 Players

Over the past couple of weeks we have looked at using your computer to experiment with music recording and playback through the use of music files known as MP3’s and the use of writers that can copy these tracks to CD’s.

The principle was that to listen to your music in the car, you would download MP3’s onto your computer from the Internet and copy them on to a CD.Alternatively if you wanted to make your own mix then you could copy specific tracks off a number of CD’s and group them all together for recording onto a CD.

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CD Writer Drives

Continuing on from last weeks article related to the uses of compression techniques used within music files, this week I’m going to shed some light on an area that will allow you to put this technology to good use.It’s all very well being able to download hundreds of un-copyrighted music files from the Internet and play them on your computer but it’s another thing altogether when it becomes possible to be able to put these tracks onto your own CD so that they can be played anywhere whether it be on your home hi-fi or on the move in your car.

Not only this but by using a CD writer you are able to Read the rest

MP3 sharing.

Last week we discussed the theoretical uses for file compression on the Internet and to take this one stage further, this week we will put this technology to use by looking at a off-shoot of it which has caused quite a bit of controversy in the media lately - MP3’s.

For those of you who missed Click last week, I’ll quickly explain that MP3’s are very tightly compressed music files which can be downloaded off the Internet at the rate of approximately one track every 25 minutes.This system has been open to abuse with many people downloading commercial MP3’s which is obviously a Read the rest

File Compression

There are few technologies in the IT world which are just so helpful that once you’ve got used to using them you will find them simply indispensable; file compression is just one of those things that you may not have yet given any thought to and it just so happens to be the subject of this weeks article.

To give you an example of how file compression would reflect the real world; Could you imagine how useful it would be that when you wanted to go onto holiday you simply put everything you needed into one huge suitcase which could then be shrunk Read the rest