Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Windows 7: Questions, Tips and Other Help

Note that I did not write up an article on Windows 7.  Guess everyone was happy and the computers were behaving so no questions were asked.

Ray O'Neal

I've Been Mooned

Last Saturday (March 19th) the moon was at it's closest point to earth and was also a full moon which is the rare part.  This event will not occur for another 20 years.  So it was off to take a picture of the moon rise and hopefully catch the moon between the mountain peaks.

This was the result after trying a few "free-handed" shots.  (Where did I put that tripod, dear?) Use of a tripod is always highly recommended when taking low light photos.  And yes, this photo is "photoshopped" (manipulated)  because it had the light reflecting inside the lens.  This causes a "pentagon" shaped glob of light that is quite distracting to the viewer.

Earlier in the day, the Tumbleweed Photo Group held an Art & Photography show.  Sales were not as good as we could have hoped for but the economy is still not in the greatest shape.  We did, however,  have several people stop and look which is vital to name recognition with the public.

Ray O'Neal

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Adding Signatures to Windows Live Mail (2011)

Tired of typing in your name after your hard efforts of writing your email???  Want a way to refer people to our blog site?  Want a way for people to remember who you are??? (Hey, Judy!!!  Remember me??)

Adding signatures is an easy and painless (almost) by simply following my clear, concise instructions. First, let's open Windows Live Mail (2011).

In the upper left corner of the Inbox you will see an icon with a down arrow on it.  (Directly above the Email message icon).  Click on that button and select Options and then Mail.  This will open the Options box.  Click on the Signatures tab.

 From the Signatures tab you can select two ways to add your signature for your outgoing emails.  First is the easiest.  Click on the "New" button and select Text in the Edit Signature box. 

Click on the Advanced button and place a check in the box beside the applicable email address.  Now you simply type in your signature as you want it to appear at the bottom of your emails.  After you have typed in the address, CHECK THE "ADD SIGNATURES TO ALL OUTGOING MESSAGES".  You also have an option to add your signature at the bottom of any Replies or Forwards.  Your choice. Finally click "Apply" and then "OK".
 The other way to add a signature file is to make a text file (.TXT) of your signature.  Then you can use the "Browse" button to find the file after you have clicked on "Advanced" and selected the applicable email address.

If you have multiple email addresses you must use the "Advanced" button and select the email address prior to  selecting "Browse" by the Edit Signatures box.  You can have different signatures for each account and you can have multiple signatures for EACH account.

The one disadvantage with using Windows Live Mail (2011) is you cannot change the font or color of your signature.  Other email programs you may use HTML or various fonts setup in text files.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Windows 7 Tips & Hints -- System Repair Disc

Windows 7 is a very stable OS (Operating System) but even in the best of times, your OS may go on vacation without leaving you a forwarding address.  (That's a joke, son....)  One of the first steps that you should perform on a NEW computer is to make the System Repair Disk.  This is a boot disk that can save you money should your computer decide not to boot up.

The System Repair Disk can be burnt to a CD or DVD.  The key thing to remember is to protect the disk as this can save you a trip to the Computer Store or to your computer guru (me).  If you have never made a repair disk, don't fret....it is never too late.

Windows 7 has a built-in tool that will create the repair disk  Simply follow these directions:

#1.  Click on the Windows 7 Start/Programs icon.  You will see a search text box toward the bottom of the screen.

#2 Type in "system repair" and "Create a System Repair Disk" appears at the top of the screen.

Click on the "Create a System Repair Disk and follow the prompts to make the disk.  Of course, you should have a CD or DVD ready to burn.  Make sure you label your disk and place it in a safe place when done.  That's it....a very simple, quick tip from the Guru of Photography, Computers, and Little Green Bugs your kids like to eat.

Next time I will discuss creating a system image disk.  Just think, you are on your way to computer independence and great photography.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Meeting Schedule, Shows and Other Things of Varying Interest

Tumbleweed Art Show & Sale
The Tumbleweed Photo Group is having an Art Show on March 19, 2011.  The show hours will be from 8:00am to 3:00pm and  will be located in Sunsites, AZ.  We would appreciate as many entries from our members as possible. 

Douglas -- Cinco de Mayo Hot Air Balloon Festival (April 29th - May 1st)
The Cochise County Fair Association is sponsoring the First Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival.  There will be reenactments of the Mexican victory over the French in the battle of Puebla of 1862 and other festivities during the weekend.  The centerpiece of the weekend is the balloon rides scheduled to take place at daybreak on Saturday and Sunday mornings, weather permitting.  There will also be an evening "glow" event, a favorite for photographers, when the balloons will remain aglow creating an awesome spectacle.  For further information, see the Cochise County Corner in The Voice In The Desert, March 2011 edition.

The Elfrida Art Center, Inc. Takes To The Streets
The Elfrida Art Center, Inc. is having their 6th Annual May Judged Show & Sale on Saturday, May 7th.  There will be vendor’s putting booths between the Art Center and Noel’s Market along Hwy 191.  Special dining at the Longhorn Steakhouse will be from 5pm to 8pm followed by a dance.  Any members wishing to enter the show for photography judging, please email me for the submission forms and rules for entry.