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Wahoo's Computer & Internet Tips Newsletter - April 2006

In The News This Month...
Hello and welcome to April's Newsletter!

Well, it seems that saying "if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb" is true. The beginning of March here in McBride was awful with blizzard-like conditions, but when it ended it was summer-like weather, blue skies and warm temperatures (+15°C). Today, is another story. Because it is Good Friday, we are having a blizzard! And not from Dairy Queen, I mean SNOW! It's not sticking though because it's been so warm, thank goodness!

This month I have included 2 articles for your reading enjoyment. First one is called Choosing The Right Printer Paper For Your Needs by Lucila Duchesne and the second one is called Windows XP - Changing Windows Sounds. Hope you enjoy them!

That's that. Thanks for reading!
Wanda Clark
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Did You Know...?

Because many of you will be in church this weekend here's a law in Alabama that states: It is illegal to wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.

Choosing The Right Printer Paper For Your Needs

Many people think that it isn't important what kind of printer paper they use. Paper is paper right? I would have to disagree. First, you need to figure out what you are going to use the paper for. The second thing to determine is the right kind of paper for the kind of printer you own. Not all paper is suitable for all kinds of printers.

When buying printer paper, there are a number of factors to consider. These include the brightness rating, the weight of the paper and the purpose it was designed for. We will consider each of these factors in turn below.

What is the brightness rating?

Brightness of the paper refers to how well the paper reflects light. Many people confuse whiteness with brightness. The higher the brightness rating of a page, the more vibrant and alive the colors printed on it will appear. The brightness rating of the page can make the difference between a dull looking picture and a picture that looks alive and ready to jump off the page. Whiteness refers to the actual shade of color of the paper and how close it is to pure white.

Paper weight What does it matter?

The paper weight rating is determined by the weight in pounds of a ream of 500 sheets of that particular paper type. In most other countries other than the United States, the weight rating is in grams instead of pounds.

The heavier the paper rating, the thicker and heavier each sheet of paper will be. What does that mean in practical terms? First, the paper will feel more substantial in your hand. The heavier the paper, the stiffer it will feel in your hand. Second, it is less likely to jam in the printer while printing. Third, it tends to feel more professional to the average person. Combining a good paper weight with a high brightness rating makes for a good foundation for printing that important presentation of yours on.

Choosing the Right Paper on Purpose

To get the very best results, you choose look to choose paper based on what you plan to do with it. All purpose paper is generally the cheapest kind of paper but it also tends to give you poorer results when printing pictures or color on it. Printer paper designed to go through an inkjet printer will generally preform better on an inkjet printer than general purpose paper will. It is more expensive but the results speak for themselves. Inkjet printer paper is also usually treated with a special coating that will allow the color to stay bright and not simply get absorbed into the paper leading to a dull photo. Remember the purpose of the paper when you make your next paper purchase.

Understanding the paper brightness rating, the paper weight rating and the papers' stated purpose will go a long way towards your being able to get the most from your printer paper now and in the future.

Lucila Duchesne is the webmaster of PrinterInfoSite.com with information on printer ink and other printer related issues. Reprint freely as long as you keep the live keyword rich link in this resource box.

Windows XP Tip - Changing Windows Sounds

If you don't like the dull, boring, simple little sounds that Windows typically produces, you can change them.

Click Start, Control Panel. You should see an icon for Sounds and Audio Devices. Double-click it. A screen should pop up that has a bunch of tabs at the top. Click on the Sounds tab.

Any of the items / events you see that have a little speaker by them currently have a sound assigned already. Select one of them and click the "preview" or "play" button to hear it.

If an event has a sound and you wish it didn't, just click the event and select "none" (at the top of the box) from the "Sounds" drop down box.

You can also change individual sounds by selecting the event you want and choosing sounds from the Sounds drop box or by clicking the Browse button. You can also choose a completely new set of sounds from the Sound scheme drop down box.

Another thing, Windows uses WAV files for its sounds, so you can easily customize Window's sounds to your liking.



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