Welcome to Volume 17!
January 22nd, 2007
- Brandon Doyle
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By: Dmitry PI
As you probably know, screensaver is a type of software that runs automatically after a certain period of computer inactivity. The initial intended use was to save monitors from burning down, because if static images were left on a screen for a while, they could become permanently burnt into a fluorescent layer of a monitor. Currently screensavers do not serve this purpose because the monitors are no longer in danger of being burnt; and yet, screensavers are very popular. So, what do we need them for?Listed below are the most popular applications of screensavers today - and they are no less important than protecting the monitors from burning down!
A lot of people long for entertainment. They want to be entertained at all times and everywhere, including the time when they are sitting behind their computers or even when they are away from them. Screensavers nowadays are so advanced that they present an entertainment in themselves and can be watched like movies: they show wonders of nature, waterfalls, storms and underwater worlds, with high realism and realistic sound effects.
2 Advertising medium
Lately screensavers are becoming increasingly popular as an advertising and branding medium. Companies use screensavers for promoting their products and services, and many companies create screensavers for internal use as well, in order to promote their corporate image. Screensavers are used not only to feature the company logo; they show company products and services in the most appealing and rememberable way.
Screensavers sometimes are password-protected, so if you are away from your computer, and the screensaver has come on, nobody can interrupt it and access your computer without knowing your password.
4 Power distribution
If your computer is connected to global or local network, its capacities can be used by others while it is inactive. The good example is SETI project (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence).
Screensavers can provide you real-time statistics, information of any kind like currency exchange rates, or weather, or traffic, whatever.
Where you can get screensavers:- Use a standard screensaver supplied with Windows;- Use a specialized software that helps to create simple screensaver;- If you are a software engineer, you can write your own software that makes screensavers;- You can buy one individual screensaverComputer Technology Articles, or purchase a collection of screensavers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dmitry is a staff member on 3D Relax which presents professional and realistic animated nature screensavers for Windows.
Office Suites: Don't Buy Them, Get Them for Free!
By: Lorna Timbah
Stop wasting your money! Find out which of these excellent and free applications suits your business and personal needs. In this digital age, our business relies so much on computers and technology to make our jobs faster and easier. Still, as much as we need technology, we have to admit that a substantial amount of our expenses goes into these technology investments, particularly on computer software, when in reality we would have wanted to spend in more profit-generating activities.
Therefore, why not get these software for free instead? You can start with getting free desktop applications. Computers are virtually useless without office suite applications. An office suite is a package containing more than one common, ready-to-use desktop applications such as a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation manager, and others that assist you with your work at the office or at home. Here are just a few of the office suites you can get without having to spend a single cent:
1) StarOffice (http://www.sun.com/staroffice/)
Developed by Microsoft's adversary, Sun Microsystems, StarOffice created much excitement during its release as the first ever office suite available for free, and can even run on all three major operating systems (Windows, Linux and UNIX). As the suite evolves and improves, many users find it very powerful and easy to use compared to Microsoft Office. Whatever Microsoft Office does, StarOffice can do better. Unfortunately, since more than five years ago, Sun Microsystems has discontinued providing this suite for free, although the older StarOffice version 5.2 is still available for free download outside of Sun Microsystems's web site. Good news for users comes in the form of another free suite that is...
2) OpenOffice.org (http://www.openoffice.org/)
OpenOffice, an open-source initiative started by a group of people in Germany, caught the attention, and later the financial support, of Sun Microsystems. Slightly buggy than the stable and powerful StarOffice, this suite nonetheless is as competitive as StarOffice and Microsoft Office. OpenOffice developments provide benchmarks and basis for later versions of StarOffice as both suites are continuously improved. Important capabilities such as PDF file conversions and file type compatibilities are conveniently built into OpenOffice without the extra cost involved, compared to what you have to spend when using Microsoft Office. Runs on most major operating platforms just like StarOffice, OpenOffice is well-suited for virtually everyone who needs quality desktop applications for the price of zero.
3) KOffice (http://www.koffice.org/)
KOffice is developed for use on KDE (K Desktop Environment), a Linux-based operating system, although this office suite can run on any other Linux distributions. Therefore, Linux users can count themselves lucky, since KOffice has the most extensive set of tools around (11 applications) compared to any free or paid office suites. Every component of the KOffice application works seamlessly with one another, by allowing any KOffice document to be embedded with other KOffice files. In order to open other document types, such as Word, PDF and WordPerfect documents, KOffice provides file filters to convert to and from different files. Obviously, Linux users will find this suite most suited to them, if their Linux distributions do not come with one already.
4) NeoOffice (http://www.neooffice.org/)
NeoOffice is a version of OpenOffice.org specially modified to run under Apple's Mac OS X computers. You can expect basically the same functionalities and a little bit more compared to OpenOffice, and with the FOC (free of charge) tag, of course. Although OpenOffice itself does have a Mac OS release, NeoOffice provides more specialized Mac OS functions such as fonts supports, better PDF generation, accessibility options such as voice recognition, and spotlight document indexing. NeoOffice is suited for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) using mainly Mac OS as their operating system, whereas larger organizations are better off using OpenOffice's Mac OS version, which can handle millions of processes meant for a larger number of users.
5) Online office suites
The most exciting advancement in office suite development has got to be the emergence of Web-based office applications that can emulate exactly what its client-side counterparts could, thanks to the existence of AJAX, the most talked about programming language around. Two of the most popular online suites include Google Docs & Spreadsheets (http://docs.google.com/) and Zoho (http://www.zoho.com), both of which are 100% free and ready for use. There are only two requirements for using these suites, that you must have an Internet connection and that you have a web browser. The best function of an online office suite is its ability to share your documents to anyone in the Internet for collaborative use. Also, imagine not having to worry about:- whether the office suite is compatible with your Windows, Linux or Mac operating systems -- web applications are cross-platform compatible;- whether or not you have the latest patches or security updates for your office applications; and- whether or not you have the latest version of your software.In future developments, you will also have the option to install it in your company's intranet servers, should you need to deploy it without the need for 24-hour Internet access. Online office suites are very suited to the "road warriors," that is, IT-savvy users who constantly travel and who require online access anywhere they are.
Now that you know your option, why not start using one right away? No more burdens about spending on those expensive extra software licenses. Start experiencing the savings you can get by using these free and wonderful office suites, and soon you might even start askingArticle Search, "Microsoft Office? What's that?"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cybernet Sabah (http://cybernt.net) CEO and founder, Lorna is a graduate from the University of Alabama, USA, with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Management, and a minor in Computing Technology and Applications. Her passion for IT and the Internet helped her land her first job as a Webmaster (and later as a Web Unit Manager), with the role to manage websites for a state-wide network known as Sabah.Net. As her freelance pursuit continue to flourish, Lorna left her job to pursue a full-time position in Cybernet. Lorna is also a part-time tutor with Open University Malaysia, teaching IT and e-commerce subjects to diploma- and degree-level students.
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