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Windows xp for dummies - Rahbone A.

Rahbone A. Windows xp for dummies - Hungry minds , 2001. - 430 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-0893-8
Download (direct link): microsoftwind2001.pdf
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A Iomega’s Zip drives are the small, portable gadgets that look sort of like Sony Walkmans. PocketZip disks store music and data, letting the HipZip MP3 player double as a file transporter: Spreadsheets hold hands with Britney Spears.
A Zip, Jaz, and PocketZip disks provide an easy way to move data from the office to home and back—if you’re forced to even consider such a thing.
Hard disks
Not every computer has a compact disc drive, Iomega drive, or even a floppy drive, but just about everybody has a hard disk: little spinning donuts inside the computer that can hold thousands of times more information than floppy disks. Hard disks are also much quicker at reading and writing information. (They’re a great deal quieter, too, thank goodness.)
Windows XP insists on a hard disk because it’s such a huge program. It grabs more than a gigabyte of space for itself.
A The point? Buy the largest hard disk you can afford. A 20GB drive certainly isn’t excessive.
A If a program has a lot of multimedia —sounds, graphics, or mov-ies—you need an even bigger hard disk or perhaps a second one. That type of information eats up the most space on a hard disk.
What does Write-protected mean?
Write protection is supposed to be a helpful safety feature, but most people discover it through an abrupt bit of computer rudeness: Windows XP stops them short with the threatening message shown in Figure 2-1 while they are trying to copy a file to a floppy disk or CD.
A write-protected disk has simply been tweaked so that nobody can copy to it or delete the files it contains. Write protection is a simple procedure, surprisingly enough, requiring no government registration. You
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Figure 2-1:
Windows XP sends an error message if a disk is write-protected.
can write-protect and unwrite-protect disks in the privacy of your own home.
A To write-protect a 3 1/2-inch floppy disk, look for a tiny black sliding tab in a square hole in the disk’s corner. Slide the tab with a pencil or your thumbnail so that the hole is uncovered. The disk is now write-protected.
A To remove the write protection on a 3 1/2-inch floppy disk, slide the little black plastic thingy so that the hole is covered up.
A All CDs come write-protected. That’s why you must use Windows XP’s special CD writing tool that prepares the CD and writes the information. (Copying information to a CD is covered in Chapter 18.)
A If you encounter the write-protect error shown in Figure 2-1, wait until the floppy drive stops making noise. Remove the disk, unwrite-protect the disk, and put it back in the drive. Then repeat what you were doing before you were so rudely interrupted.
A Write-protection messages are different than Access Denied messages. If Windows XP denies you access to something, head to Chapter 9 to understand its reasoning for your slap in the face.
The Mouse and That Double-Click Stuff
The mouse is that rounded plastic thing that looks like a child’s toy. Marketing people thought that the word mouse sounded like fun, so the
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Disk do's and doughnuts
A Do label your disks so that you know what's on them. (You can write on the top side of compact discs with a permanent felt-tip pen.)
A Do at least make a valiant effort to peel off a floppy disk's old label before sticking on a new one. (After a while, those stacks of old labels make the disk too fat to fit into the drive.)
A Do feel free to write on the label after it has been placed on the disk.
A Do not write on the disk's sleeve instead of the label. Disks always end up in each other's sleeves, leading to mistaken identities and faux pas.
A Do copy important files from your hard disk to floppy disks or compact discs on a regular basis. (This routine is called backing up in computer lingo.)
A Do not leave floppy disks lying in the sun.
A Do not place 3 1/2-inch disks next to magnets. Don't place them next to magnets disguised as paper clip holders, either, or next to other common magnetized desktop items, such as older telephones.
A Do handle compact discs and DVDs by their edges, not their surfaces. Keep the backside of the discs as clean as possible, and place them in their cases when you're not using them. Don't use them for coasters unless they're in their cases.
name stuck. Actually, think of your mouse as your electronic finger, because you use it in Windows to point at stuff on-screen.
Most mice have little rollers, or mouse balls, embedded in their bellies. (Where were the animal-rights people?) When you push the mouse across your desktop, the ball rubs against electronic sensor gizmos. The gizmos record the mouse’s movements and send the information down the mouse’s tail, which connects to the back of the computer.
As you move the mouse across your desktop’s rubber mousepad, you see an arrow, or pointer, move simultaneously across the computer screen. Here’s where your electronic finger comes in: When the arrow points at a picture of a button on-screen, you press and release, or click, the left button on the mouse. The Windows button is selected, just as if you’d pressed it with your finger. It’s a cool bit of 3-D computer graphics that makes you want to click buttons again and again.
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