Saturday, June 29, 2013

Windows 8

Okay, perhaps it's a little early to christen Microsoft's Windows 8 as the heir-apparent to its Vista operating system.

Microsoft hears the complaints loud and clear and is doing what it can to avoid another total disaster. For those of you already suffering with Windows 8 you might be interested in this article.

How to Upgrade to the Windows 8.1 Preview

 As for me, my laptop runs Windows XP and my desktop runs Windows 7. I like them both very much. I intend to keep running XP for as long as the hardware lasts. As most know, Microsoft will stop adding updates to Windows XP in April 2014. Won't that be loverly? Just imagine, no more annoying and nagging reminders that you have updates to run! I love the thought, and just hope that the old iron keeps chugging along.


Friday, June 28, 2013

Scanning a Signature for Digital Documents

Here is a handy tip from the NY Times.

"If you have access to a scanner, writing your name solidly in dark ink in on white paper and scanning the page is one way to go. Once you save the image file of your signature, you can insert it into Word documents, PDF files or as an image in your e-mail program’s signature area. (When saving the scanned file, choosing the black-and-white bitmap or PNG formats may result in a crisper signature, but the JPG format is more common.)

Image-editing programs like Adobe Photoshop have tools for cleaning up and enhancing your scanned signature, as demonstrated in this tutorial. Adobe TV has a video that shows how to use its Adobe Acrobat software to do the same thing. If you have a Mac with a built-in Webcam and at least OS X 10.7 (Lion), you can also use the Preview app to create a digital signature file you can use to sign documents.

If you do not have a scanner — but have a smartphone — a free or inexpensive document-scanning app can capture an image of your signature; many of these can also convert photos of documents into PDF files or images. Some apps can also directly digitize your signature, so you may want to browse around your phone’s online store to see what solution works best for you."