Making Movies (or Slide Shows)

Playing a movie in the computer is different from making a movie in the computer. Playing your own movie in the computer is simple, just make sure you have the right movie player installed.

Making a movie requires a movie making program. The latest Microsoft Vista (Home Premium Edition) Operating System has included a Windows Movie Maker Program. It is a good start using this program to learn how to make movies.

Movie making is grouping a set of pictures to form a movie or slide presentation show with background music. To make the movie more interesting, effects and transistions can be added onto each picture. This is one major difference between movie slide and PowerPoint presentations. The movie made can further be burnt into DVD – playable in standard DVD players or in the computer.

The movie made can also be published in the web or upload to youtube.

Some common movie players include:
1) Windows Media Player
2) QuickTime Player
3) RealPlayer
4) DivX Player
Others like iTune, etc.

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Lesson B5 – Surfing the Internet

How to save images from the web sites?
First, create a “Folder” in “My Document”; give a name to this Folder.
Next, go to any of the Search Engines and download the image or images required – save them in your Folder you have just created.

Find a Local Radio Station and turn on the “Channel” selected. You can listen to Live programs from these stations.

Frequently Use Web Sites
If you have one or more web sites that are frequently in use, you can make a quick link as “Favourite”.

Flickr Search Engine
Go to this web site and search for any images or pictures required.

Youtube Search Engine
Go to this web site and search for any video clips or songs required.

Exercise on surfing the Internet
Go to SBS Transit web site and check how to take a bus from Henderson Road to Marine Parade Road. According to SBS, there are 3 ways to go about it. You have to decide whether to go by the shortest time or by the lowest cost.
  

Lesson B4 – The Internet

What is The Internet?
The Internet is like a telephone network. For a telephone network, you dial a country code followed by the telephone number; you can practically talk to anyone around the world. For The Internet, you need a unique web address we called the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or WWW (World Wide Web). A web address consists of three parts; e.g. <unique name>dot<type of business> dot<country of registration>.
Example: www.nlb.gov.sg
nlb = National Library Board
gov = Government Organization
sg = Organization or Company registered in Singapore.

Surfing The Internet
Surfing the Internet is like flying around the world, visiting country to country, town to town and shop to shop. You require a computer with a browser installed in the computer. Normally, the Internet Service Provider (ISP) will provide you with the connection to the Internet (like the telephone connected to the telephone network).

Home Page
Home Page or the Start Page is the web site page first appeared when the Internet connection is established. You can change the Home Page to whatever address you choose.

Search Engines
Search engines help you to “find” the information you wanted. e.g. Live Search from Microsoft, Google search, Yahoo search,  Flickr search, Youtube search, etc.

Lesson B3 – Emails (Cont’d)

There are two ways to send and receive emails. One, when you are at home, using the email program provided by the Operating System (OS) and the other, especially when you are overseas and using somebody else computer, by using the email program provided by your Internet Providers called the Webmail.

Contact List or Address Book is the place where you create and store all your email addresses.

Distribution List or Group Listing can be created once you have created your Contact List.

Reply means reply to the sender ONLY.

Reply to All means reply to the Sender and all those the sender has included in the Group Listing.

Forward means send the email you have just received to another friend of yours that is NOT in the sender’s Group Listing. This includes all attachments from the original email.

Email Etiquette (礼仪) – Examples of Dos and Don’ts:
a) Do reply all your emails from your friends (not spams) as soon as possible.
b) Do use simple sentence construction.
c) Don’t get emotional or angry when composing the emails, even if you do not agree to the sender’s views.
d) Don’t use fully capital letters in your emails – it’s like “scolding” the recipient(s). Refrain from using “red” colour to highlight your complete text. If need to use colour to highlight, use a “softer” colour like blue.

Digitized Signature

How do you send by email, a letter or a document with signature on it?

The normal way is to type the letter or document on Words, print out the letter or document and sign on it. Then use a scanner to digitize it into an Adobe document or just a jpg file, before attaching it to an email. Or you can simply fax it over, provided both parties have fax machines.

Alternatively, you can get an external writing tablet to input the signature into your computer. With the help of a simple image editing program, you can make a (properly sized) digitized signature. Under Words program, use insert to place the signature to the proper place within the letter or document.

10 Symptoms not to ignore – on health

1) Unexplained weight loss
2) Persistent fever
3) Shortness of breath
4) Unexplained changes in bowel habits
5) Mental status changes
6) New or more headaches (especially if you’re over age 50)
7) Short-term loss of vision, speaking or movement control
8) Flashes of light
9) Feeling full after eating very little
10) Hot, red or swollen joint

Do talk to your doctor if you think you have any of the above.

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Lesson B2 – Emails

1) What is emails?
Email is about communication … through emails, two person can be at different places. Message is received immediately. Reply can also be immediate.

2) Email Address:
To send/receive emails, you need to have a valid email account and address. There are a few service providers like Hotmail, Google and Yahoo which provide free account on limited usage (but is good enough for normal use). A proper email address is one that is separated by an “@” – on the left hand side is the user’s identity and on the right hand side is the information of the service provider. Every user of Internet emails requires to access their respective email account through a personalised & confidential password.

3) Email Format:
A standard email format contains all or some of the following –
a) To – email address of the recipient(s)
b) Cc – carbon copies to more recipients.
c) Bcc – blind carbon copies to more recipients.
d) Subject – Subject (Title) of the message.
e) Contents – The mail message.
f) Attachments – Images and/or documents included together with the email message.

4) To write and send email
Different service provider uses different email programs in their servers. To start writing an email, in Hotmail & Yahoo case – you click the word “New”, in Google -you click the words “Compose Mail” and in Outlook Express or Windows Mail (latest Microsoft email program included in Vista OS) – you click “Create Mail”.