Welcome to the 375th issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly
of news and tips. There is something for everyone, and if this is your first
issue, I'm sure there will be something for you. If you give me two or three
issues, I know that you will come back for more!
If you are using Outlook 2003, you may have come across the new anti-phishing
protection that was added in SP1. I ran into it for the first time the other
day, and blogged
about it. You may also want to read about my application for the Windows
Live Mobile beta.
With Christmas just around the corner, make sure you don't stay out too late!
One of the Wal-Mart's in the area opened this morning at 7 am and will be open
until Christmas Eve at 6 pm (83 straight hours!). I feel bad for the employees
who have to work the midnight shift. Anyway, we hope you all have a Merry Christmas
and look forward to hearing about any new "toys" you receive from
Inkjet printer makers will continue to benefit from rising ink sales as
demand for photo-quality prints increases along with digital camera sales,
Nomura Securities predicts.
We think the market has strong growth potential. We look for home photo
processing to spread in line with improvements in the quality and durability
of photos printed with inkjet printers and decreases in printing costs," said
Nomura analyst, Tetsuya Wadaki. Nomura is Japan's largest brokerage.
Analyst firm Directions on Microsoft,
which last week published its list of Microsoft's top 10 challenges for 2006,
cited the marketing of Windows Vista as its top concern. "Windows Vista could
offer large organizations improvements in software development, security,
reliability, systems management and user interface," according to the report. "However,
public demonstrations have been full of cool graphics effects and consumer
features that probably turn off more IT staff than they attract."
Almost 40 million people worldwide signed up for digital subscriber line
(DSL) technology for their broadband access in the 12 months to 30 September
2005, research published today has claimed.
According to the data produced for the DSL Forum by industry analyst Point
Topic, the growth in DSL uptake equates to over 100,000 users every day and
means that more than 125 million homes and businesses now use broadband DSL.
You can find anything on eBay, right? Well... maybe not. Sure, you can bid
on anything from jewelry to cars to antique Pez dispensers -- but if you
were thinking of stuffing a stocking with a small, four-legged, tail-wagging
friend, you're out of luck. As it turns out, you won't be able to find live
pets any time soon, according to the online auctioneer, which almost changed
its ban on such listings.
Last week I talked about framing
for printing. I had expected to have a review of Microsoft
Digital Imaging Suite Plus to discuss today, but had problems with hardware
for the video portion of the review so that will have to wait until next
week. The software consists of both a still image editor and a video editor
(from Pinnacle). This week I
will discuss the rule of thirds.
This week's tip is a compositional tip intended to further help you create
dramatic photographs. The rule of thirds (really more of a good guideline)
states major elements in your photograph should fall in one of the outside
thirds of the photo, or on the intersecting point, when the photo is divided
into 3 equal vertical sections and 3 equal horizontal sections. The image below
provides a good example on how your viewfinder would be broken up using the
rule of thirds as your guide. The red dots are of course the intersection of
In the following two photographs, I have overlayed the above
image to show how the elements in the photo line up with the rule of thirds
guidelines. Notice how the spring on the left is placed on the bottom right
intersection and the red barn in the right image is on the upper right intersection.
Also notice that the shadow of the spring follows along the line dividing the
lower third from the middle third.
In the following photograph of some Freezies,
the intersection of the Freezies falls on the intersection of the thirds and
the orange Freezies extend along the horizontal and vertical third indicators.
This could have been centered, and would have looked acceptable, but is a stronger
composition when it is offset.
The last image below does not have a subject that can be easily
placed on one of the intersections, but the horizon has been placed in the
top third of the photo. When shooting a horizon, it is usually best not to
center it but to place it in the top or bottom third of the photograph as shown.
Strong vertical elements should be placed in the left or right third as shown
in the Freezie photo.
(click on any of the four photos to see
the full size image)
Does this mean that a subject should never be placed in the center?
Of course not, that is why the Rule of Thirds should really more of a guideline
than a rule. Many digital cameras have a grid overlay that will help you compose
using the rule of thirds. Read your manual to find out if your digital camera
can do it.
Next week I will have my Microsoft
Digital Imaging Suite review complete (my video problems have been corrected).
I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday and gets in some good shooting!
The digital photography tip of the week is written by the PCIN Assistant
Editor, Chris Empey. Chris is a long time photographer and is currently
the vice-president of the Niagara Falls Camera Club. You can see more of
his photography at his Photo
of the Day website.
If you have a tip to send Chris, or a question about digital photography
he can address in the newsletter, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Microsoft used to let you download a complete version of IE for you to save
to your computer. They don't do that anymore. Now you download an IESETUP
file that is only 300kb or so. It then downloads all the files that are needed
for installation. There are temp files left on the hard drive, but these
are only the files you need on your computer. What do you do if you want
a complete copy that you can use on any computer?
Microsoft has provided a couple of document to let you know what options
are available when you are running IESETUP.
You might want to control the way that Windows Update Setup runs for
your users. You can use command-line switches to choose the installation
mode, specify a quiet mode (which removes or reduces the prompts the user
receives), or control whether the computer is restarted after installation.
This method is generally for enterprise users, but any user can benefit
MSKB 257249 -
Download-only installation of Internet Explorer 6.0, Internet Explorer 5.5,
or Internet Explorer 5.1 in Windows XP or in Windows 2000 MSKB 200007 -
Internet Explorer Batch Mode Setup Switches MS TechNet -
Internet Explorer Batch-mode Setup Switches Google Search - ie6setup.exe
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