Newsletter Comments from SCScompA
Newsletter Date: March 31, 2002
Welcome to my monthly newsletters.
Spring is arriving very nicely in this (Raleigh NC USA) area. It will be interesting to see how next year's "El Nino" Spring will come about -- but, we need not worry about that now!
I will be "on the road" quite a bit in April, so the April newsletter will not be available until mid-May. I realize this (late newsletters) is getting to be a habit -- but, someday I hope to get back on a more-prompt schedule.
I encourage you to browse earlier SCScompA newsletters if you have not already done so, and to send me any comments/questions/concerns that you may have regarding material presented in these newsletters.
I hope you all are having a good start to 2002.
Let's begin, as usual, the newsletter with a couple of scanned (I use a Microtek ScanMaker V6upl) comics.
Person-to-Person Communication Is Often a Difficult Matter
I guess that we should always say exactly what we mean!
Should We Look For a Trade?
I am not sure we want to know the answer to each question.
I wish you success with your use of home computing systems.
Contact me regarding any matter in this newsletter that causes you concern or you want to otherwise discuss.
eMail to: SCScompA@aol.com
Comments Regarding Digital Camera and Laptop/PC Use
Many times -- I know that many of you would tend to feel too many times -- I discuss my use of digital camera and laptop while I am on a vacation/trip.
As a review, the following figure is a summary:
Some comments on the steps I will take during an upcoming vacation/enjoyment trip as relates to the above:
- First, I will make a decision about how much "detail" I want to use for pictures taken during the trip using my digital camera.
This trip, I will use the maximum "detail" that my camera allows. (I put detail in quotes -- since there is more to "detail" than I want to include in this month's newsletter. Anyway --) My camera has two settings that account for the level of detail I want to use. In the past, I have used the lowest setting.
My camera has two settings.
One is called Standard Quality (SQ) and saves digital pictures at 0.3 megapixels. This is the level I have taken pictures on previous trips.
The second setting is High Quality (HQ) and saves at 1.2 megapixel detail.
Your digital camera may have (probably does have! -- my camera is over 3-years old) higher settings than 1.2 megapixels.
In any case: I will use, this trip, the highest setting.
- Secondly, I find a picture to take! No problem, in that regard. All I have to do is look around and remember to hold the camera steady!
The digital picture is stored (by Olympus Camera, in my case) on the camera's digital storage space.
My deciding to store the pictures in 1.2 megapixel detail affects the camera by limiting me to 36 pictures at a time before the pictures need to be downloaded to my laptop or deleted from the camera if I believe the quality of the picture is insufficient.
In the past, when I used the lowest setting I could take 110 pictures before having to download the pictures.
Was it a good decision (from the above point of view) to use the higher level of detail (megapixels)? I won't know until after the trip!
- Thirdly, I will move the pictures from the digital camera to my laptop. I will probably do this on a daily basis. After all, 36 pictures is normally a full day's worth.....
However, sometimes I take "panorama" pictures by moving the camera slightly and taking a wide view. Will 36 pictures be sufficient for a day? I won't know until the end of the trip.
I plan on being more selective about taking pictures...
Moving the pictures to the laptop may take me more time than in past years, since the size is higher this year. We see if the additional time is justified.
I will, when I have time during the trip, look at the pictures on my laptop. I normally (for a quick peak) use Olympus' Camedia application to view the pictures in slideshow fashion.
I modify the pictures as necessary (we have talked about that in the past) using JASC's PaintShop Pro application.
I may, also if time allows, point to using HTM (we also have talked about this in other newsletters) and view the pictures using a local Web browser directly on my laptop.
I will also use Microsoft Word and/or WordPad to keep a journal regarding the trip as well as for documenting the pictures I have taken with the digital camera and moved to my laptop. I always keep a journal -- and, sometimes, key pictures taken during the trip are part of the journal. However, normally, I do not complete the journal and pictures until I return home and have access to my primary PC's resources.
During the trip, the backup of the journal and pictures take some time/effort/resources. In the past (using the lowest setting my digital camera offers) I have had success using floppies. When I got home, I had a manageable number of floppies. I use WinZip for backing up.
Will the larger detail for the pictures be easily backed up during this trip? Stay tuned...
Will the larger detail for the pictures "fill up" my laptop's hard disk? Stay tuned....
- Fourth, after the trip, I will move the pictures and the journal to my home PC.
My home PC has more resources than does my laptop.
If I had sufficient space on the laptop's hard disk to save all the pictures: Terrific. I can move the pictures from the laptop to the PC using my local LAN (network). If I have to save some of the pictures on floppies or some other media and erase them from my laptop's hard disk for space reasons: OK -- I can move the data from that media to my home PC.
- Fifth, now that I have the full resources of my home PC I can easily:
- Modify as needed the pictures using PaintShop Pro. View them in slideshow format using Camedia.
- Document the pictures using Word and/or WordPad as needed. I can also write text on the pictures using PaintShop Pro if I decide to do that.
- Create an HTM (Web browser displayable) file for sharing the information with family and friends.
- Sixth, I can move part/all of the HTM file and its pictures to the Web (I use AOL's "free" space provided to users for this purpose.).
The pictures are going to be larger in size than previous-year's since I have decided to use the higher detail for this trip.
Plus, I will print selected pictures and the trip's journal.
As I said earlier in this newsletter item: Was it a good decision (from the above point of view) to use the higher level of detail (megapixels)? I won't know until after the trip!
From a "quality" of pictures as viewed from the Web and/or locally on a PC display -- will the additional level of detail be noticeable? We see.
Will the additional level of detail be justified for the no-doubt improved printing of selected pictures? We see.
I will discuss my opinions on this in the May newsletter.
Don't hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments on the above or for any related discussion.
Example of a Cooking Recipe in HMT (Web Displayable) Format
Recently I had a reason to see about a recipe for Cornish Hen. We wanted to give a try at cooking Cornish Hen and took the following approach at doing so.
- Check our cookbooks! We have a number of them, but it turned out we did not have a recipe for Cornish Hen.
- Instead of buying a new cookbook: Check the Web!
- Use a search engine. I use, most of the time: Google. They are at http://www.google.com (I intentionally do not make links in these newsletters clickable. Why not? My Web page is aimed at home computer users and I like to have "new" home computer users get used to entering values rather than clicking).
- Search on "Cornish Hen" or "Cornish Hen Recipe" and see if something looks interesting.
- Print that (found-to-be-interesting for this particular use) Web page.
- Review the recipe with other family members. Primarily: The person who will supervise the cooking!
- Modify the recipe as needed. In our case, we slightly modified the recommended stuffing and adjusted the provided-recipe for two cornish hens as compared with the recipe's ten hens.
- Prepare the meal!
- Enjoy/critique the recipe's results.
- If we enjoy the recipe, move the used-recipe (modified for our use) into our personal cookbook.
This "personal cookbook" is in Word format. However, I often place the information also into HTM (Web-displayable) format. Why? For ease of sharing with other friends/family members -- I can easily place the HTM information and any images onto the Web (I use America Online's "free" provided-to-their-user's Web space) and, in turn, point friends/family to the HTM Web page for their info and criticism/recommended improvements.
To see the results of this exercise, click on:
Example of a Recipe Moved to HTM (Web-displayable) Format
Don't hesitate to contact email@example.com with any comments on the above or for any related discussion.
This Month's Example of Viewing Scanned and/or Digital Camera Pictures using HTM (Web page) parameters.
In most of my newsletters, I show a few examples of using an HTM-type approach at sharing photographs or other material including scanned images with family/friends.
This month I discuss/show examples of:
- Pictures taken at 0.3 megapixels and 1.2 megapixels
- This month's Great Golf Hole.
To see this month's example click on:
This Month's Photograph Examples from SCScompA.
Don't hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments regarding the above or for any related discussion.
Miscellaneous Comments Regarding Home Computer Use Matters that Came Up in February/March
FreeCell Game/Deal of the Month
We continue, in our household, doing FreeCell deals from 1-to-32000! We will NOT accomplish this task. We know that. However, as we go along in our for-fun-effort, yet frustration... I will mention once in awhile specific FreeCell deals we find challenging.
Note: If you are running your PC on Windows 98, it is possible you have to specifically install FreeCell. Just install Accessories/Games.
Let me know if these FreeCell games and the number of times we had to restart to solve the deal is about what you find. If you are going to attack deals 1-to-32000 and want to interact with us in that regard, let me know what thousand-or-so you are going to start with. We have completed deals through 2000. Now, we are attacking 2001-to-3000 and I would recommend you start with 3001! At the rate we are going (a little more than 100 deals a month) it will only take us 22 more years to complete the 32000 deals without your help. If you let us know what you have completed, it will take us less time!
I am adding to this column in the newsletter a few "special" games that we found during the month.
- Deals we completed in one start and view as "easy"-but-still-fun games this month:
FreeCell Deal Numbers: 2061, 2062, 2065
- Other deals we found interesting-and-not-too-hard this month (number of times to restart is in parentheses):
FreeCell Deal Numbers: 2063(also zero restarts - but a nice game!)
- A different type of deal was:
FreeCell Deal Number: 2064.
Number of times I had to re-start to complete in lost-count moves: 2
- Deal 598 continues to be the most difficult one we found in deals 1-2000. I met someone this month who completed this in 3 deals! Congratulations!!!! I have never completed it.
- Deal 1123 is the easiest deal, in our opinion, that we have found so far, with 2018 being second-easiest in our opinion. Another easy one is 2034.
Let me know how YOU do!
If you want to see our list of FreeCell Deals 1-thru-what we are working on now and our comments on how many times we had to restart the deal to find a solution, let me know -- or click on:
SCScompA FreeCell Table of Completed Deals
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