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SLO Bytes Newsletter - April 2008 - PUSH Article Descriptions

AutoMatting™ - Unique Digital Matts … Extraordinaire by Neil Longmuir, a member of the Winnipeg PC User Group, Inc., Canada (Approx. 663 words). AutoMatting is a digital mating software program that creates a unique matt for each image. The way images are shown to customers, friends or family tends to be a bit boring but with AutoMatting you can create a unique matt for each image in a folder and resize that image to the aspect ratio of any monitor or TV screen.

Converting CD-based Music to Compressed Audio Files by Mike Moore, editor, Bowling Green Area Microcomputer User Group, Kentucky (Approx. 1,205 words). Why would a guy spend the time to rip (compress) the tracks of a CD or other ancient audio product to MP3 files? There are a few good reasons to do this and Mike tells us all about it.

Hasta la Vista - Customize Your Vista Data Locations by Lee Reynolds, a member of the Broward Personal Computer Association, Florida (Approx. 655 words). If you take a look at the new Vista Start Menu, one change from XP is that there is a link at the top of it which is your account name. If you click on that, you will open up a Windows Explorer window that shows all of your user folders. This is handy because in Details view, one column shows the Folder path for many folders. Lee also tells us how to move data locations to another partition.

How to Forward Email by Vinny La Bash, a member of the Sarasota Personal Computer Users Group, Florida, (Approx. 907 words). After opening your email you find a message that you simply must share with all your friends. You press the "Forward" button and one way or another get all their email addresses in the "To:" box. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Hula Offers Free TV and Movies Over the Net by Ira Wilsker, APCUG Director; Columnist, The Examiner, Beaumont, TX; Radio and TV Show Host. In a recent search for streaming video, Ira came upon a recently released and legitimate way to view thousands of TV programs and movies over the Internet, for free, while using any of the common Internet browsers.

Moving on to Vista - Part 5 by Neil Stahfest, Librarian, Tacoma Area PC User Group, Washington (Approx. 726 words). As most PC users know, after you've used your computer for a while the data on your hard drive starts to get fragmented. This affects your computer's performance and causes programs to run more slowly. Windows Vista automatically defrags your hard disk for you and in the background.

The New, The Best, and the Worst by Pim Borman, Webmaster, SW Indiana PC Users Group (Approx. 1,083 words). Intel's Penryn Core 2 Duo False Firefox fix and All-a-Twitter are in Pim's March NBW article.

Photodex ProShow Review by Tom Ekvall, Northeast Wisconsin PC Users Group newsletter editor (Approx. 1,647 words). Tom loves creating - and watching - photo slideshows, also known as photo montages or video montages. After trying out a number of slideshow products he has found one that, feature-for-feature, Photodex ProShow is the one he likes best and it's aimed at photo enthusiasts.

Shortcuts by Mike Moore, Editor, Bowling Green Area Microcomputer User Group, Kentucky (Approx. 516 words). Why do some icons on your desktop have a little white arrow embedded in the picture? These are shortcuts (sometimes called links). Why do we use shortcuts? Are shortcuts portable? All this and more is explained in Mike's article.

The Switch to Digital TV by Sandy Berger, Compukiss (Approx. 757 words). The switch to digital is on the way and Sandy's article explains everything.

Zune 8 Review,/z. by Ash Nallawalla, APCUG Director and member of the Melbourne PCUG, Australia (Approx. 761 words). From packing to setting up, software, controls and more. Ash's article makes you want to go out and buy a Microsoft Zune.

Spring Clean Your Computer by Joe Shipley, Treasurer, Phoenix PCUG, Arizona, words) While you're cleaning everything else around your home and office at this time of year, don't forget to clean your computer. There is truth to the saying, "A clean computer is a happy computer.


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