Monday, May 19, 2008

What's New in Windows 98?

Before you do something as drastic with your computer system as changing the operating system, you want to be sure that you're doing the right thing. You'll want to understand exactly how you'll benefit and what problems might occur. This article is about what's new with Windows 98 and how it will affect the way you use your computer.

The major difference you find in Windows 98 over 95 is that your desktop and the Internet are fused in many ways. Windows 98's Active Desktop gives your Windows desktop the look and feel of the Web. When you use Windows Explorer, you'll not only be able to view files on your own computer, but those on the Web as well. Uploading and downloading files from the Internet is as simple as copying a file from one subdirectory to another.

The Active Desktop lets you place the Channel Bar and Internet components on the Windows desktop. These components include regularly updated news headlines and scrolling stock tickers. Windows 98 even lets you set a Web site as the desktop's background wallpaper.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Inkjet printers

If your inkjet printer doesn’t offer the features and quality you want for printing photos, you might be shopping for a new model that’s more photo-friendly.

Many inkjets now on the market are called photo printers. That doesn’t mean they print only photos. They can also produce text and graphics, but they have features designed for digital photographers. (There are compact photo printers that print only snapshots)

Most new inkjets can print photos without using a computer. All but basic, low-cost units have PictBridge capability, which lets you print directly from a camera connected by a USB cable. Many printers also have a slot for the camera’s memory card and an LCD viewer for choosing and cropping photos. Some pricier models add a Bluetooth interface for wireless printing from a camera or computer.

Even more important than convenience features is print quality. The best printers, including some priced at $100 to $150, produce excellent photos. Many use photo inks with six or more colors. Those inks can enhance photo quality but, in our experience, they don’t always do so.

There’s a trend toward all-in-one inkjet printers that can also scan, copy, and sometimes fax. About half of all inkjets bought last year were all-in-ones. Many match the features and print quality of stand-alone models and cost $100 to $200.