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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 Webcams: Thousands of people place little video cameras in places around the world and hook them up to their computers. The results show up here, with views of Times Square, osprey nests, surfers, golfers, giraffes, college students, and many others.
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Here’s how to start farming the Internet for media goodies — videos, in particular, from the Media Guide section:
1. Open Media Player and click the Media Guide button along the left.
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Media Player usually looms large on your Start menu. If Media Player is hiding, click All Programs and choose it from that menu. (Chapter 10 shows how to use the Start Menu’s All Programs button, and it explains all the goodies hidden inside there.)
2. Tell Windows to dial the Internet, if you’re not already connected.
When connected, Media Player shows the WindowsMedia.com page, shown in Figure 13-1. (Actually, you’re just viewing a Web page, the same page you would see if you went to
www.windowsmedia.com with Internet Explorer.)
3. Click an item that interests you.
The menu items along the left are explained in the preceding bulleted list. Clicking any menu subject — Music, Radio, Movies, Entertainment, Lifestyles, Business, News, Sports, or Webcams — brings up a Web page displaying items relating to that subject.
4. Click the icon that starts your desired media.
For instance, if you’re interested in watching the Agave Worm video displayed along the top of Figure 13-1, click the Agave Worm picture. Media Player loads the video (which can take some time on slower modems) and plays it on-screen.
Many videos have numbers beneath them, such as 56K I 100K I 300K. Those numbers stand for your modem’s connection speed. If you’re using a 56K modem, for instance, click the 56K link. The picture quality won’t be as good as the higher speeds, but at least it will work. Save the 100K and 300K links for people with DSL, cable, or T1 connections.
A Good news: Even though the video may only update the screen once or twice each second with dial-up modems, the sound usually comes through relatively well.
A You have no Back button on Media Player’s menu, making navigation difficult. That means you must remember the keyboard shortcuts for moving back and forward between pages. Hold down Alt and press the left-arrow key to go back a page; hold Alt and press the right-arrow key to go forward.
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A Little icons beneath each picture tell you what format the media comes in. The little filmstrip icon, for instance, stands for video. The little speaker means the format is a song or radio station. And two little interlocking windows means clicking there brings up Internet Explorer to feature a different Web site.
A If Media Player’s Media Guide area looks and feels cumbersome inside Media Player’s restrictive borders, blow it off. Just open Internet Explorer and head for www.windowsmedia.com. You can do the same things there as you can with Media Player.
A Be sure to check out the Coming Attractions section for Movie Trailers. Also, click Videos/Downloads under Music to see videos by dozens of artists.
A Sometimes Media Player takes you to sites where you must register by typing in your name and e-mail address and making up a password. Feel free to type in a fake e-mail address so the sites won’t send you junk mail.
Making movies play better
Movies don't always play back smoothly. If the computer and its modem aren't fast enough and expensive enough to keep up the fast pace, the movie looks jerky. The problem is that Media Player skips part of the movie to keep up with the soundtrack. Here are a few tips for smoother sailing when watching movies:
A Be sure to use the fastest modem available in your area. Faster computers also process videos faster. Don't be tempted to choose faster download speeds than your modem can handle.
A Movies play back at their fastest when they
are either full-screen (not contained in a window at all) or in a small window. Hold down Alt and press Enter to toggle a video from full-screen to window mode.
A Right-click on a video while it plays to see different size options. Choose Fit to Window to make the video expand and contract as you change the window's size. The percentage signs describe the size of the video. And choose Full Screen to watch the video without Media Player's borders. (Jiggle the mouse, and the controls reappear for volume, pause, and other settings.)
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Finding and Playing Internet Radio Stations
Sure, anybody can turn on a $10 radio and flip through the stations. But Windows XP turns your $1,500 PC into a radio that pulls in stations from around the world. These stations arrive through the broadcast waves of the future — the Internet. But Internet radio is so much fun that it gets its own button on Media Player’s left-hand side.
The following steps show how to track down your favorite types of music through the Internet’s radio stations, and assign buttons to them so that they’re ready for quick listening.
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