Stories by Scott Mendham

PC Performance Tuning & Upgrading

When people start using computers, it soon becomes clear to them that there is a huge amount to learn. Of course, the Internet can be a great resource, but a reference book like PC Performance can be more helpful in coming to grips with the technolog...

Restoring photographs: Part 2

Last time, this column covered the basics of getting started with image restoration. By now, your image should be scanned, rotated and ready for finer adjustments. Using most types of filters will make changes that are hard to reverse, so sharpen, bl...

Restoring photographs: Part 1

This month's column is the first of a series that will provide a step-by-step tutorial for restoring photographs. The tutorial will draw from tools covered in previous columns, and add some new tips.

PDFs - a quiet revolution

The PDF format is slowly changing the way in which documents are distributed, printed and managed. "So, what exactly are PDF files, how are they produced and why is the format so successful?

Scanning and resolution of graphics

Despite the rise of digital cameras, people are still needing to scan images onto their PCs. Scanning the image will enable it to be sent to other people, digitally restored or preserved to prevent further degradation. If you can get the scanning res...

Graphics screen captures

Taking screen captures can form an important part of everyday computing. A screen capture is simply a snapshot of what is currently being displayed on your computer screen. While this may have obvious applications in writing manuals and books, it can...

Batch conversions

The process of changing a collection of files is called 'batch conversion'. Instead of changing one file at a time, you merely set up the type of changes you wish to make, select the files that you want altered and the program will churn out the new ...

Resizing images

Manipulating the size of an image can be very confusing to both newbies and experienced users. How to resize an image to exact dimensions, while maintaining picture quality, can be tricky and sometimes plain old lucky.

Reducing red-eye

Many people have bemoaned the appearance of red-eye in photographs. Since many important events are held either indoors or at night, this unwanted effect can ruin treasured photographs.

Introducing HTML

If you think HTML is only for die-hard Web-heads, then you may be overlooking the versatility of this very simple computer language.

Adobe Photoshop 6 Classroom In A Book

Photoshop Classroom In A Book deviates from the classic structure of the manual - instead of chapters dealing with a function of a tool, the information is presented in terms of performing tasks.

Graphics - Borders

Adding a border to an image may seem like a simple task, but ask three people how to do it and they will probably give three different answers - we'll go one better this month and show four ways.

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Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

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