WorldStart Tech Tips 2012-10-26
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In The News 10-26-2012
A Big Day In The World Of Microsoft
October 26 – the release of Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 8, is finally upon us. The 26th also marks the release of Microsoft’s new tablet, the Surface. In case you’re wondering – this is a big day for Microsoft.
The biggest news is probably the release of Windows 8 itself, an operating system that many are claiming will be a complete game changer in the world of PC to mobile computing. In fact, this is Microsoft’s first attempt at creating an operating system that will run on PCs, tablets, and phones. Windows 8 features an interface (formally known as “Metro”… and that’s the name I’m sticking with for now) that is vastly different from the desktops many of us are familiar with. 8 starts out in the Metro interface, which includes a series of tiles and applications. Some of these tiles even have live updating information, depending on what that particular app is. Metro is built with touchscreens in mind and includes the large tiles to make it easier access each individual app. You can also have separate “pages” of tiles that can be accessed by a simple swipe, or in the PC version’s case, a click of the mouse. The apps dedicated to each tile can either be built-in Windows or software applications, such as web browsers and photo viewers, or apps downloaded from Windows Store.
The next big release to go along with Windows 8 is the Surface tablet. The first Surface tablet to be released will feature a 10.6″ display, start off at 32GB with an expandable microSDXC card slot, and will run on Windows RT. Windows RT is a scaled-down version of Windows 8 built to run on the tablet’s ARM CPU. Later versions of the Surface tablet will feature larger storage and use an Intel CPU. These “Pro” versions will also be running a full edition of Windows 8 Pro, have more RAM, and include a higher resolution screen.
Be sure to keep reading Tech Tips in the coming days and weeks as we continue to take a more in-depth look at Windows 8, the Surface tablet, and whether or not Windows 8 is right for you!
…What Did Apple Just Do?
The release of Windows 8 isn’t the only thing causing waves in the tech world. Apple also had some big news of its own that it released earlier this week.
The biggest news? The new iPad Mini. So what is it? To put it in simple terms, it’s an iPad – only smaller. A more in-depth look reveals a new tablet that comes in with a 7.9″ screen, 7.2mm width, and a weight of only 0.7 lbs. The Mini starts off at $329 for its 16GB Wi-Fi only model and finished off at $659 for the 64GB model and cellular capability. It will also include a resolution comparable to the iPad 2 and not the newer iPad’s ‘retina display’. Speaking of the new iPad…
The “new iPad” got an update as well. The tablet, which was only released six months ago, received an upgrade to its camera, a faster processor, and 4G LTE capability. The iPhone 5, released last month, was the first Apple device to finally make use of 4G LTE.
The iPad Mini kicks off pre-orders today (October 26) and the Wi-Fi only version will hit store shelves on November 2. Models using cellular networks will be released in the few weeks after.
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Print My Fonts - Print/Preview Installed Fonts
Ever wanted to add a bit of flavor to a document? Make text in a photo or video stand out? Make a headline in a presentation really pop? Well, the vast array of fonts in your computer (or if you’ve bought font packs) can help do that.
So why is it that everyone keeps using the same few fonts over and over? Simple: No one knows what all the fonts look like. Sure, you could change the font to a random font in the list to try it, or look at the tiny preview and try to guess if that’s what you’re looking for, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could just get a printout of every font with a line of text you choose as an example?
Well thank you Stefan Trost from STT Media for making the freeware program: Print My Fonts.
Just like the name implies, this software allows you to print your font list out using an example line of text. The software also can export this list of fonts as a JPEG image or a PDF document. The download is free, and once you unzip the file and double click PrintMyFonts.exe you’ll be presented with a list of your system installed fonts and a preview of each font if you click on it. You can then select in the lower right hand corner Printer or other Output Format (default is printer), then click export to print or export the document.
If you click on Tool then Advanced Settings you can select the layout, spacers, what information to display and even the size of the example font.
So what does the output look like? Well I can’t send you a sample page from my printer, but to download the JPEG I outputted of my system fonts click here. Be warned, it’s a REALLY long document as it contains 597 font examples.
If you’ve ever wanted to see what fonts you have, get printed examples to see what they look like printed and have a reference book to be able to quickly scan through fonts I highly recommend downloading this application.
You can download Print My Fonts by clicking here.
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On your iPad, Safari uses Google as its default search engine. That’s all well and good, but what if your allegiance lies with another provider – say Bing or Yahoo?
Let’s make the switch.
First, click on your Settings icon. Once in the Settings panel, click Safari in the left-hand column.
Read how here!
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Vernon from Tennessee writes:
What advantage/disadvantage is there between 32 bit and 64 bit Windows?
If you’ve ever tried to compare different computer or laptop models to see which is a better deal, you’ve realized it’s like comparing apples and oranges. There are just too many variables to be able to make this comparison valid. While browsing, you may have noticed that most non-Macintosh computers come with Windows pre-installed, though some come with a 32-bit version and others with a 64-bit Windows.
Higher numbers are typically better when looking at computer components and software, and this instance is no different. The 64-bit Windows is newer and better than the 32-bit in a number of ways. The 32-bit version of both Windows Vista and Windows 7 can only handle up to 4 gigabytes of RAM (random access memory), which is what your computer relies on when running programs and loading files. Your computer can’t truly utilize every byte of RAM, so you’re left with about 3 gigabytes of RAM to work with. The 64-bit version, on the other hand, can handle up to 17.2 billion gigabytes of memory. That’s four-billion times more RAM than the 32-bit! Don’t rush right out to buy that much RAM just yet though. Your computer’s motherboard can only handle so much RAM too, so you’ll need to check the specifications for it before adding mass quantities of RAM.
But wait, there's more!
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It's time for some desktop fall color! Unfortunately, I didn't much in the way of fall color last season, so I'm featuring some images from previous years that were really popular. Enjoy!
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