We Have a Problem... 049 25/08/07
Is it true that you cannot send a passport picture that
has been printed with an inkjet printer and that a photo printed with a colour
laser would be accepted?
should read a document called ‘The Standards for Passport Photos’. This is
available on line from the Identity and Passport Service website at http://tinyurl.com/2mkny2.
An illustrated advice leaflet is also available from Post Offices.
I suspect this story concerns
the fact that laser toner pigments have better colourfast properties
than some inkjet inks, which are prone to fade over time. Whilst
there is no specific ban on home printed photographs, or any distinction
between laser and inkjet printing technologies the guidelines are very clear
and outline a number of requirements. These concern the type of paper, the
clarity and sharpness of the image, the background, the subject’s pose and
expression and so on. It also says that the photographs should be ‘printed
professionally’ as those produced on a home printer are ‘not likely to be of an
wife and I both have mobile phones registered in the UK. We are shortly to
visit New Zealand and Australia. Can we use our phones to contact each other if
necessary? We have been advised to purchase new SIM cards in the countries
concerned but this seems a lot of bother for something that may not be used.
M. Allistone, Poole, Dorset
your mobile phones will work down under; both New Zealand and
Australia use the same GSM 900 system as the UK. However, before you go
check with your service provider to make sure your phone contract and settings
permit ‘global roaming’. You might also like to consider ‘unlocking’ your phone
so that it can be used with other service provider’s pre-paid or pay-as-you-go
SIM cards, bought locally. This is definitely worth doing as it can significantly
reduce the cost of both local calls and incoming and outgoing international
calls made while you are there.
Sound to Slideshows
have just bought a new computer with Windows Vista preloaded. I am a keen
amateur digital photographer and enjoy creating slide shows, to which I add
commentary and background music. Previously I used a video recorder and TV set,
for this purpose. This method is now a
bit old fashioned and I would like to move into the 21st century, using my
computer to produce the same results. I
am not sure if I need additional software, besides Vista?
Davis, by email
is a slideshow facility within Vista but you can’t add sound, and it’s not very
flexible. If you have Microsoft Office then the AV presentation programs
PowerPoint has the facility to include a commentary and will do the job
reasonably well. If not you could try Presenter, which is very similar to
PowerPoint and part of the free OpenOffice suite (www.openoffice.org). However, I think you
would be better off with one of the dedicated slideshow programs, like Ulead CD
& DVD PictureShow (currently available online for less that £10). This is a
purpose-designed program with lots of bells and whistles for a more
professional looking production plus, of course, the option to include
narration and music in your slideshow.
does my computer screen show the following message each time I switch on:
Exception Processing Message C0000013 Parameters…’, while telling me there is
no Windows disk? I run XP and re-inserting the original disc makes no
difference. The message can be cancelled after two or three attempts. What am I doing wrong?
worry, it’s not your fault, this is a fairly common problem. Unfortunately
there’s no single cause but the main culprit is usually Apple iTunes and/or QuickTime. If you have
either program installed on your PC try uninstalling them, then reinstall. Also
implicated is Norton software, in which case the only solution seems to be to
uninstall it, and a few people have reported it happening after installing a
memory card reader. If you have fitted one recently try uninstalling the
software that came with it, or disable a Startup component called ‘dit.exe’.
(Type ‘msconfig’ in Run on the Start menu and select the Startup tab, deselect
the entry and reboot).
With the Family Business
run a family business from home and have seven workstations networked through a
server. Is there anyway in which I can block access to gambling websites,
particularly poker, from use on the workstations during business hours?
Campbell, by email
can do this on a site-by-site basis from within Internet Explorer (Tools >
Internet Options > Content > Content Advisor) but with so many gambling
sites on the net this could prove a somewhat time-consuming exercise. There are
a number of programs that purport to be able to block gambling sites. I would
begin with a freeware offering, called Naomi (http://www.radiance.m6.net/), which
includes gambling in its list of filters, otherwise there’s a purpose-designed
application, called Gamblock (http://www.gamblock.com/),
which appears to offer much greater control, but at $39 per PC per year this
could work out quite expensive.
R. Maybury 2007 0608