As film has given way to digital media, photographers have moved from the dark room to the computer. This transition has been going along for more than a decade and in that time professional photographers have been learning how to come up consistent and dramatic photos. Editing photos have become a much larger part of what a photographer does and, as a result, the pros have developed some best practices when it comes to setting up an environment that allows them to do their work easily, efficiently, and well. In this article I will try to share with you a few minimal best practices that you must do, to get yourself started in the right direction.
How To Manage your Programs and Windows Features in Windows
After published our article on password security habits, one of our readers asked for a followup on exporting your passwords in order to swap them from one computer or another. This also might be necessary as a backup in case your files are corrupted or lost. Because LastPass helps your security by making all of your passwords different, keeping up with that data might become essential to your ability to quickly login to many of your accounts. So, keeping a backup of this information is a very good idea. Luckily, the people at LastPass recognize how reliant a user might become on their software to keep up with their passwords and made the process relatively simple.
The address bar in Internet Explorer 9 is used both to type the address of websites you want to browse and to search the web. By default, it uses Bing to search the web but you can install other providers such as Google. If you are looking for other search providers, search no more as we have a list with the most useful you can find in the Internet Explorer Gallery of add-ons.
Don’t you hate it when you accidentally have deleted a file and you realize later that you absolutely need it? If it went to the recycle bin, it’s easy to restore, but what if you permanently deleted it, with a Shift+Delete keyboard combination? Or you deleted it from a smartcard or USB? Like the wedding photo’s from last week? Luckily, most times it is possible to recover those files. There are many tools that can help you do this. One of them is named Recuva, it is free and very popular. This tutorial will show how to recover deleted files using this application.
Today you can find lots of software which helps remove programs and clean up leftover files, folders and registry settings. In theory this is a good thing, as it helps eliminate some of the bloat on your Windows computer. But are these solutions really effective at removing all traces? To find out, I tested some of the most popular applications in this niche, both free and commercial. Let’s see what I discovered.
Microsoft used to maintain a Desktop Gadget Gallery that showcased quite a few gadgets for users interested in using them. However, in preparation for the upcoming Windows 8 launch, Microsoft decided to (as some put it) "stop pretending to support gadgets". For the company, supporting them is no longer a good idea. Windows 8 and the Metro interface is supposed to bring to the Windows desktop more and better small applications and Microsoft wants everybody to focus on them and forget about gadgets. But what about existing Windows 7 and Windows Vista users, where do they now find great gadgets to use?
In my previous tutorial about Windows Easy Transfer Reports, I noted that I hadn’t found an easy way to print the information included in these reports. Thanks to our reader Cate Eales, who supplied a useful link, I can now explain in detail how it is done. Believe it or not, it turns out to be as easy as 1, 2, 3.
In a previous article about Windows 8, we unwillingly started a big debate about the ribbon and its efficiency. Some people do not like the fact that Windows 8 uses it more widely than Windows 7 and complain that it is less efficient compared to the older interface from Windows XP. In order to continue the debate using facts instead of subjective opinions, we decided to make a benchmark and compare the efficiency of the ribbon, as it is used in Windows 8 versus the interface we are all familiar with from Windows XP. Let’s see the results.