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By Kevin Washington | January 3, 2002
CameraMate helps move large digital photos to computer Bigger pictures from better digital cameras have left digital camera lovers in a quandary. How do we move them quickly from digital media cards to computers for editing and printing? After all, some cameras offer modes that will shoot detailed 15-megabyte and 17-megabyte images. Take 20 pictures like that and you're in for a long download. Microtech International has answered our prayers by offering the Firewire CameraMate Digital Film Reader ($100)
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By MIKE HIMOWITZ and MIKE HIMOWITZ,SUN COLUMNIST | April 20, 2006
As more home users network their computers, they're realizing they can pool their hard disk space or add storage that's available to everyone. Shared disks make it possible for all users on the network to enjoy photos, videos and music files. More importantly, they provide each user with a place to back up critical files more conveniently than CDs, DVDs or tape. I realized how important this was a few weeks ago after reporting that experts have questioned the longevity of the optical disks we burn to back up the data on our hard drives.
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By James Coates and James Coates,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | June 17, 2004
I need help recovering some important data that I stored on my computer but didn't back up before disaster struck. Specifically, I have a Gateway all-in-one computer in which the monitor screen and the CPU are built into the same case to save desktop space. But the power supply stopped working, and I cannot get the computer to turn on. The lights flash for a second and nothing else happens. My repair shop said that there are burned-out contacts inside the case and that I would need to find special parts.
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November 11, 2004
Q: I remember reading about a device into which you can plug a removed internal hard drive. Do you have any information and the names of the manufacturer/distributor and cost? Thanks. A: You describe an ever-more-popular hardware product with applications far wider than letting a computer owner plug a hard drive taken from one computer into a new computer. A happy feature of the Windows XP/2000 and Macintosh OS X operating systems is so-called plug-and-play connections that work with standard FireWire IEEE 1394 ports or the much more common USB 2.0 cables.
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By MIKE HIMOWITZ | October 3, 2002
As a PC kind of guy, I rarely suffer from Mac envy, but I'll admit turning green last year when Apple announced its iPod digital music player. The elegant, 6.5-ounce gadget - about the size of a pack of cigarettes - featured a tiny but capacious hard drive and a slick, friendly interface that made competing players seem downright clunky. Now Apple has an iPod for the rest of us - or at least those who have the right PC and recent versions of Microsoft Windows. As expected, it's a pleasure to use, with superb sound and a beautifully simple control panel.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2004
Q: I remember reading about a device into which you can plug a removed internal hard drive. Do you have any information and the names of the manufacturer/distributor and cost? Thanks. A: You describe an ever-more-popular hardware product with applications far wider than letting a computer owner plug a hard drive taken from one computer into a new computer. A happy feature of the Windows XP/2000 and Macintosh OS X operating systems is so-called plug-and-play connections that work with standard FireWire IEEE 1394 ports or the much more common USB 2.0 cables.
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By James Coates and James Coates,Chicago Tribune | March 20, 2000
Maybe you can help me with an error message I seem to be getting in Windows when I run a specific program. The message says the program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. When I click on details, it shows that a page fault occurred in Kernel32.dll. I suspect that I need to replace that driver. However, I have two problems. First, I don't know where to get a good copy of Kernel32.dll, and second, I don't know how to install it if I had a good copy. Kernel32 is the module of Windows 95/98 that kicks in when any program is run. Kernel32 is supposed to load the executable code (.exe)
BUSINESS
By MIKE HIMOWITZ and MIKE HIMOWITZ,SUN COLUMNIST | April 20, 2006
As more home users network their computers, they're realizing they can pool their hard disk space or add storage that's available to everyone. Shared disks make it possible for all users on the network to enjoy photos, videos and music files. More importantly, they provide each user with a place to back up critical files more conveniently than CDs, DVDs or tape. I realized how important this was a few weeks ago after reporting that experts have questioned the longevity of the optical disks we burn to back up the data on our hard drives.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2001
Aiptek's pocket-size digital camera cute but not so solid Until now, pocket-size digital cameras were found mostly in spy movies. The Aiptek PenCam II VGA may change that. In fact, with this gee-whiz device, you can make your own spy film. In addition to being a digital-still camera, the device functions as a camcorder and a PC camera. Shooting stills is as simple as it gets: point, click and upload. There's no focus or flash, and the lighting has to be just right - and the subjects perfectly still - to get clear images.
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By Sam Diaz and Sam Diaz,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 14, 2003
Once upon a time, the USB port on a personal computer required little, if any, thought. But as in digital music, photos and video - understanding USB and 1394 ports is a bit more complex. The open-slot ports - which connect external devices such as digital cameras, external hard drives and mp3 players to the computer - are new and improved both in transfer speeds and physical location on the PC. And that leads to important things that every consumer should know before buying a new computer.
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By James Coates and James Coates,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | June 17, 2004
I need help recovering some important data that I stored on my computer but didn't back up before disaster struck. Specifically, I have a Gateway all-in-one computer in which the monitor screen and the CPU are built into the same case to save desktop space. But the power supply stopped working, and I cannot get the computer to turn on. The lights flash for a second and nothing else happens. My repair shop said that there are burned-out contacts inside the case and that I would need to find special parts.
ENTERTAINMENT
By MIKE HIMOWITZ | October 3, 2002
As a PC kind of guy, I rarely suffer from Mac envy, but I'll admit turning green last year when Apple announced its iPod digital music player. The elegant, 6.5-ounce gadget - about the size of a pack of cigarettes - featured a tiny but capacious hard drive and a slick, friendly interface that made competing players seem downright clunky. Now Apple has an iPod for the rest of us - or at least those who have the right PC and recent versions of Microsoft Windows. As expected, it's a pleasure to use, with superb sound and a beautifully simple control panel.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kevin Washington | January 3, 2002
CameraMate helps move large digital photos to computer Bigger pictures from better digital cameras have left digital camera lovers in a quandary. How do we move them quickly from digital media cards to computers for editing and printing? After all, some cameras offer modes that will shoot detailed 15-megabyte and 17-megabyte images. Take 20 pictures like that and you're in for a long download. Microtech International has answered our prayers by offering the Firewire CameraMate Digital Film Reader ($100)
ENTERTAINMENT
By James Coates and James Coates,Chicago Tribune | March 20, 2000
Maybe you can help me with an error message I seem to be getting in Windows when I run a specific program. The message says the program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down. When I click on details, it shows that a page fault occurred in Kernel32.dll. I suspect that I need to replace that driver. However, I have two problems. First, I don't know where to get a good copy of Kernel32.dll, and second, I don't know how to install it if I had a good copy. Kernel32 is the module of Windows 95/98 that kicks in when any program is run. Kernel32 is supposed to load the executable code (.exe)
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By Kevin Washington | March 13, 2003
Epson scanner adeptly captures details in photos The Epson Perfection 3200 ($400) has replaced the 2450 in Epson's photo scanner lineup and gives a good account of itself. More for the tech-savvy photo enthusiast than the average person trying to digitize photographs and documents, the 3200 provides really good scans of flat documents and film and transparencies. The biggest part of its winning performance is the huge 3,200-by-6,400 dot-per-inch resolution. The 3200's film scanning won't match a dedicated film scanner's work, but it beats most consumer oriented flat-bed scanners hands down, when it comes to film and transparencies.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kevin E. Washington | December 18, 2003
If you want to import video and work on it on your PC, the Pinnacle Systems Movie Box DV ($250; a Universal Serial Bus version is available for $200) is a dream to use. Our efforts to work with digital video on a PC have prompted our friends who have Macintoshes to urge us to go buy an Apple machine. We don't need to do that because Movie Box uses FireWire technology - which means you'll still need to have a FireWire port or add one with an expansion card - to quickly connect your PC to your video camera or videocassette recorder and pull in video.
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