Stories by Scott Mendham

Graphics - Fun with filters

Filters can enhance an image or create dramatic effects within a few seconds. All filters work on the same technique - they will alter pixels according to a set of rules created by the developer. Some allow users to tweak settings, while others are o...

The e-book story

In their short life, electronic books, or e-books, have come a long way, but there are still many hurdles to jump before printed books start to become historical oddities. This month's Web and You covers the latest software and hardware developments ...

Graphics - Animated GIFs

One of the most popular ways to create banner ads or put some life into a Web site is to use animated GIFs. They are simple to create - with the right software and a good idea, you can make your own in no time.

Graphics - Stamping tools

One of the most practical and fun graphics tools is the rubber stamp tool. Unfortunately, not every graphics program has this great gadget, but it does come with Photoshop and the stripped down Photoshop LE.

CuteFTP 4

The release of CuteFTP 4 rounds off a significant number of improvements in this robust file transfer program over the last 12 months.

MP3 for Dummies

Like most of the entries in this series, MP3 for Dummies is clearly aimed at the beginner. In order to benefit from this book, however, you should be an MP3 beginner with a reasonable understanding of computers and the Internet.

Three new Zip programs compared

Just when you though there were enough zipping tools on the market and WinZip 7 had won the race, along comes new compression software that may make you think twice.

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

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Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

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Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

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HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

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Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

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