Tips on Using the Print Screen Key

The print screen key is a seemingly dormant one, and it is rarely used. Different computer manufacturers have different methods of naming this key, but its location is pretty much constant in every keyboard. Its position is right after the function keys, and there are many people who think that pressing it directly commands the computer to take a printout of the current screen. This is not true, as its function is to take a screen snapshot, and to store it on your clipboard for further use. The clipboard is an invisible medium that comes into play, whenever we are transferring files or folders. Whenever we cut or copy something, the item is temporarily stored on the clipboard, before we actually paste it elsewhere.

Explanation

  • Open the screen that you wish to copy.
  • Now, press the print screen key (‘PrtScn’), and the mirror image of that screen will be stored on your desktop.
  • Open an image editing application like Microsoft Paint.
  • Paste the screenshot in this application either by pressing Control + V, or by going to the Edit menu and selecting Paste.
  • You can either enlarge this image, or you can even crop it, according to your requirement.
  • Save the file at a suitable location, and it is now ready for use. You can either view it and use it for some other purpose, or you can even send it to another person.

You can even use this method on laptops for a similar purpose. Various laptop brands have differing nomenclatures and positions for this key.

The image will be saved in the Bitmap (.bmp) format. You can also change the format to GIF. Do not use the JPEG format, as it makes the text appear as unclear and blurry. You can press ALT + PrtScn to copy a screenshot of a selected window on your monitor, instead of the entire screen itself. This means that you don’t have to crop the picture in your image editing program.

Using Print Screen in Mac OS
An Apple Mac is very different from a machine using Windows XP or Windows Vista Operating System, and it doesn’t consist of a print screen button. But, the method of taking a screenshot is slightly different from that of a Windows-based computer.

Method # 1
Open the screen that you wish to capture.
Press the ‘Apple’ key + Shift + 3.
Click on the window.
The image of your screenshot will be automatically saved on your desktop.
Method # 2

  • This is for capturing just a portion of your screen.
  • Open the screen and press the Apple key + Shift + 4.
  • The mouse cursor will change to a “+” sign. You can use it to drag and highlight the area that you want to capture.
  • After this, the screenshot image will be saved on your desktop.

Method # 3

  • This method is used to capture a screenshot of a particular application window.
  • Open the screen and press the Apple key + Shift + 4.
  • The mouse cursor will change to “+”. Press Space bar once, and the cursor will further change to the shape of a camera.
  • Use it to click on the application window, which you wish to capture.
  • The corresponding image will be saved on your desktop.

Once you have figured it out, and mastered how to use the above mentioned methods in Windows and Mac, you can utilize this key for a number of purposes. It is indeed a very handy tool, and one that has been around ever since computers were invented.

How to Become a Success Computer Programmer

You are reading this web page right now because of millions of lines of programming code, written to make the working of the world wide web, the web browser, and your operating system possible. The virtual world of the Internet and the graphic user interface of your operating system, is a product of programming code.

Becoming a programmer is all about learning to solve problems creatively and analytically. Every advanced electronic device has embedded software inside, which makes its working possible. Right from your digital watch, to your smartphone and your computer, embedded programming code, along with the embedded computer chips, make all the functioning of these devices possible. The unsung but well-paid heroes, who put in their logic, in creation of these software programs, are the programmers.

Becoming a Programmer

Know what you are getting into before deciding to become a programmer. What does it mean to become one? It is about creating an algorithm or a sequence of instructions, for the electronic brain of the computer (computer chip) to follow, in order to get a specific task done. To be a programmer is to think for the computer and make automation possible.

Develop Your Analytical Skills
One of the necessary skills is the ability to think on your own and solve problems. You need to train your mind to arrive at a solution to a problem, in the shortest possible way. An attitude to analyze a problem, formulate a strategy, and execute it with precision, to find a solution, is what is needed.

Learn Programming Languages
To solve a problem in computing, you need to develop an algorithm first and then translate it into a machine language for the computer to understand. The algorithm needs to be written in a programming language and then needs to be further converted into a machine level language, which your computer understands through an interpreter program. You need to know more than one computer programming languages, that are used for different purposes.

If your logic is sound, expressing it in any programming language, shouldn’t be a problem. Start with ‘C’ or Python, and then move over to object oriented languages like C++ and Java. You may need to learn newer languages for certain application like Perl or Lisp. You need to practice writing programs in various languages, to get a hang of it. All computer programs, including antivirus software and computer operating systems, began from scratch, as programming code.

Get a Degree in Computer Programming
For this IT job, although formal education is not necessary, it helps if you have it. You need to score well in your SAT tests, to be able to find a good undergraduate school, that teaches advanced computer science. It is one of the requirements to be a programmer that you get specialized knowledge of computer science, in the form of a postgraduate degree, where you can get access to some of the software programming pundits.

Begin a Start-up or Join a Software Company
Once you are qualified enough, you are ready to take on real world computing problems and enter the field of software development. You could either start up your own software company or join one that pays you a big fat salary. What is most important is to expand your skills, through exposure to computing problems of various kinds and on various platforms.

What makes a good programmer is the child-like zest to solve problems and riddles. It requires a creative bent of mind to solve complex problems. If you love solving analytical problems of any kind and enjoy the process of creation, you will love computer programming. I wish you all the very best.

How to Obtain a Computer for Free

Generous Gesture
Microsoft does its bit by giving $2 million a day in software donations to nonprofit organizations all over the world.
You can get access to a computer for free if you take the necessary efforts. You might not get the latest, hi-tech equipment, but you can solve your word-processing requirements, connect to the Internet, and do other simple tasks with an older computer.

There are a flock of organizations who are trying to ensure that free computers are made available to low-income families or the elderly. In this Buzzle article, we give you some ideas to get a computer for free.
E-waste Recyclers

Get old, used, non-working computers from e-waste recyclers and repair them. This step involves some technical know-how. You have to visit a local e-waste recycler in your area and get a used, non-working computer from them. You can also ask people or organizations to give you their out-of-order computers instead of throwing them. You then have to employ all your technical skills to get the computer back to its working condition.
Charitable Organizations
Get involved with a church, school, scout, or any other charitable institution that has a computer literacy wing. There are nonprofit, service-oriented institutions like non-governmental organizations, churches, schools etc., that have a computer literacy wing. They receive technology grants from partner organizations or from the manufacturers themselves. If you approach them, they can provide you with a computer or a laptop. You can get involved with their service projects by either being a key and pivotal member in their computer literacy drives or just by being a volunteer. This way, you can get access to a computer, if not your own, to meet your needs.
Other Donating Organizations
► World Computer Exchange Inc.
► freecycle.org
► InterConnection.org
► Computers with Causes
► Jim Mullen Foundation
► National Cristina Foundation
► PEP National Directory of Computer Recycling Program
► computersforeducation.org
► Computer Recycling Center
► GiveTech
► Beaumont Foundation of America
► Share the Technology – Computer Recycling Project
Publish a Letter to a Local Publication
Many communities publish a newsletter, magazine, or a periodical. You can write a letter, stating your requirement, to be printed in this publication. There will be many individuals who will willingly give you their old, obsolete computers.

Find a Business that Donates Computers
There are socially responsible companies, businesses, and manufacturers who donate their outdated computers to groups or individuals. You can thus approach them and get your need for a free computer met.

Inexpensive New Computers
New notebooks and computers are bound to get cheap after a while, so you can look for those that fulfill your basic needs. You can opt for Linux-based systems. Inspect models from ASUS or subnotebooks that are very cheap if you wish to.

Computer Help for Free
Do you have issues with your computer that are too costly to fix? Look into resources like Computer Hope that will help you repair your computer without outside assistance.

Among all this, there is a possibility of deceitful people being present out there who may offer free computers on a monthly basis, the charges being so extraordinarily high that you can actually purchase a brand new PC instead of opting for the free one! So, watch out before you are scammed.

The Best WiFi For Your Small Business

So what is the best WiFi for small business? First off, let me tell you what isn’t. It’s NOT a $50 wireless router from Best Buy or Future Shop. It’s NOT those cheap wireless extenders promising unlimited range.

If you want a great WiFi for your small business you need to spend a little cash. The same goes for any technology at your office (or home for that matter) as far as I’m concerned.

I work with small business every day and see this problem a LOT. My recommended brand of choice is Fortinet. With a Fortinet system you’re getting a commercial grade solution on a budget any small business can afford. Albeit a bit pricey, Fortinet or similar quality systems offer savings in the long term with robust features and long lasting reliability.

What you need will change slightly depending on your office layout and design but in general you just need to add more access points (as described below) in strategically placed locations in order to improve your coverage.

When installing a system like Fortinet you may need to replace your existing router. For many businesses this will be a major upgrade. For those that already have a commercial grade router in place, well, there are other options you can consider however it always makes for a more reliable solution if you have the same product brand end to end, especially when you have to call for support.

Make sure you get yourself the correct size router. Sticking with Fortinet as an example most offices of 50 or less can get away with a Fortinet FG-60D.

A great wireless solution will also give you a ton of network security for your office. Web filtering, antivirus and anti-malware protection, sophisticated packet filtering and inspection, VPN capabilities and much more.

Next you’ll need to choose the best type and quantity of wireless access points.

Now all of these options will need to be reviewed by your IT company to ensure the best selection specific for your business layout and coverage requirements however we typically install the 221C, which is a ceiling mountable smoke detector like unit and the 24D (regular looking unit that can be placed anywhere) models in most locations.

The best part of a commercial grade solution like Fortinet (and your IT people will love this) is that everything is managed from a single interface on the router. From the router login screen you can see and manage all wireless access points and essentially your entire network.

if you want a solution that’s going to WORK reliably, spend the extra money, do it once and get the right products. Something that is designed to work for a business, not some junk that you thought was a great deal at a local big box store. It will cost you less money and stress in the long run.