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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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As shown in Figure 9-2, a picture of my face now replaces the old rubber ducky picture.
Figure 9-1:
Choose the Control Panel’s User Accounts icon and choose Change My Picture to assign a different picture to your user account.
A Okay, how did I get the picture of my face? Well, I used my digital camera. What do you do if you don’t have a digital camera? You can grab a picture off the Internet. In fact, I grabbed the picture of my face off the Internet at my Web site, www.andyrathbone.com. (I explain how to copy a picture off the Internet in Chapter 12.)
Chapter 9: Sharing It All on the Network
Figure 9-2:
Use the User Accounts area to assign your own picture to your account.
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A Don’t worry about choosing a picture that’s too big or too small. Windows XP automatically shrinks or expands the image to fit the postage-stamp-sized space.
A All users can change their pictures — administrators and limited accounts. And pictures are about the only thing that guests are allowed to change.
Switching quickly between users
Windows XP enables an entire family or small office to share a single computer. Because everybody has a user account, Windows keeps track of everybody’s settings. In fact, the same computer acts like five different computers for a family of five.
Best yet, the computer keeps track of everybody’s programs while different people use the computer. Mom can be playing chess, and then let Jerry log on to check his e-mail. When Mom logs back on 20 minutes later, her chess game is right where she left it: deciding between the en passant pawn move or sacrificing the queen’s bishop.
Chapter 9: Sharing It All on the Network
Do you want the Microsoft .NET Passport?
In its ever-expanding push toward computer domination, Microsoft launched an evil concept called the .NET Passport. (Soon after installation, Windows XP urgently asks you to sign up for one.) In theory, the Passport sounds great: Give Microsoft a user name and password, and you have a Passport. When you visit any Passport-aware Internet sites, you type in your same Passport name and password. You no longer have to remember different user names and passwords for every place that you visit or shop on the Internet.
In fact, when you move from one Passport-enabled site to another, you don’t even need to log on again. With the Passport, your personal data travels with you: name, address, and, if you purchased anything, your credit card number. Microsoft says its .NET Passport enables software, Internet services, and computer gadgetry to work together and share information, making the Internet easier for everyone to use.
Think about it, though. No entity should govern your Internet use — except you. The Microsoft Passport contains your Internet identity. With Passport, Microsoft creates a consumer database that’s just too powerful. Microsoft can collect information from any Passport-enabled site you visit, so Microsoft knows the stocks you track in Investor.com, the Web pages you view in MSN.com, and where you travel through Expedia.com. When you move from one Passport-enabled site to another, that information could be shared, too.
In concept, Passport sounds great. When computers are working well, they do great things. But everybody knows how terrible computers can be if something goes wrong. Passport, I’m afraid, offers too much opportunity for things to go wrong. Yes, I occasionally use a Passport account when there’s no alternative. But I avoid Passport-enabled sites whenever possible.
jgg Switching users is fast and easy. While holding down the Windows key " (it’s usually between your keyboard’s Ctrl and Alt keys), press the letter L. Wham! The Welcome screen pops up, letting another person use the computer for a while.
After you finish using the computer, hold down the Windows key and press the letter L. Wham! The Welcome screen pops up again, letting a different user log on.
A If you don’t like the Windows key, use the mouse to switch users: Click the Start button and click Log Off from the bottom of the menu. After the new window appears, click Switch User. The Welcome screen appears.
A Microsoft touts this feature as Fast User Switching, or FUS in the trade.
A If Fast User Switching doesn’t work on your computer, the administrator may have turned it off, a feat described in the next section.
Chapter 9: Sharing It All on the Network
A Choosing Log Off rather than using Fast User Switching is often better, especially for computers without a lot of memory. Programs automatically shut down after users log off the computer, and the computer runs faster for the next user. If you use Fast User Switching, the computer must juggle unsaved settings and open programs, leading to more overhead.
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