Thank you for attending our seminar on Saturday, January 9, 2010. We
hope you found it useful! Here are various notes from the seminar and
links to items we mentioned. Please feel free to pass this webpage on
to your friends and family.
We started out the seminar by showing some old commercials from Compaq.
These commercials starred comedian/actor/writer
John Cleese and pitted Compaq against IBM. Here are the videos:
Next, we took a nine-question quiz regarding pictures.
You can read the quiz along with the answers and my notes by clicking
(If you want to download and save the quiz with answers, RIGHT-click instead and choose "Save
After the break, we took another quiz. You can read the quiz along
with the answers and my notes by clicking
HERE. (If you want to
download and save the quiz with answers, RIGHT-click instead and choose
"Save Target As...")
In going over this second quiz, I showed how to make sure you see all file
extensions and I said I'd create a "How To" page going over each step in the
process. You can access the How To by clicking HERE.
Speaking of our How To tutorials, I showed you the How To page and explained
how to open the folders to reveal the drop-down menu. However, I
decided to redo the entire page so you no longer have to click on the folder
to see what's there. Why not take a minute and check out the new How
I also said that I would give you definitions for each of the most common
picture file types. Here they are:
Files ending with this extension are picture
files saved in the bitmap format. These files are usually larger in
size than most of the other picture formats.
GIF, Graphics Interchange Format, is a file
format for storing graphical images up to 256 colors.
Files ending in .jpg or .jpeg are graphic files named after the
Joint Photographic Experts Group who created the standard.
Jpegs use lossy compression for photos. The degree of compression
can be adjusted, allowing a selectable tradeoff between storage size
and image quality.
These two file extensions both represent the Tagged Image File
Format which is used to store photo images and line art. Scans
and faxes are often done in this format.
I also want to correct something I said. "PDF
stands for Portable Document Format because you can embed fonts and styles
which will appear correctly on someone's computer, even if their computer
doesn't actually have the font or style installed. PDF files are
protected, though, if a password is used. As I mentioned, the format
is often used for legal papers which could be changed if written in a word
processing software program.
The seminar was divided into 2 videos and both will take some time to load
and play, even on high speed. If you're looking for Joyce's "I'm
Addicted To The Web" performance, it's around the 23 minute mark of the 2nd