Lessons B10 & B11 – Writing Chinese

Using Hanyu Pinyin Input Method to write Chinese.
To be able to do this, first you have to add the chinese language fonts into your operating system (XP or Vista). Use “Shift” and “Alt” keys to toggle between the English and Chinese language. For the Microsoft Office 2007 Edition, you can even put the Hanyu Pinyin “on-top” of each chinese character.


Lesson B9 – Words Document (cont’d)

Draw a Table with 5 Columns and 6 Rows.
Insert a picture to Words Document and type a paragraph (of text) to the right side of the picture.
Words document can have different types of fonts, different sizes, underline,italics and bold.
With Words document, the computer can also be configured to write Chinese.

Lesson B8 – Words Document

How to save a Word Document to the computer disk:
First, create a Folder or directory in the drive of your choice, if any. Name the Folder as “Document”. You can keep every document created in this “Document” folder or you can still create “sub” folders, if required.

Page Setup:
Page setup is for setting up the margins from top,bottom, right and left of the page. You can also use the default settings.

Header & Footer: Header, apperaring at the top and Footer, appearing at the bottom of the page, are useful for repeated text on each page. Header & Footer can also be used to set pagination.

Define your Document:
– A normal document or heading
– What type of font (normal is Times New Roman or Arial)
– Size of font (Normal is around 10 to 12)
– What colour of font (normal is automatic, i.e. black)
– Set the margins of the page by using Page Setup.
– Do you want any header or footer that will appear on every page.
– What about paging.

Check spelling and grammar.
Put cursor at start of document before using spelling & grammar.

Viewing the document: It is best view the document under the Print Layout mode and set the view size from 75% to 100%.

Saving and storing a Document: Where do you want to save (store) your document so that it is easy to retrieve.


Understanding Images

Pictures taken from digital camera are in the format of digital images. Every image has the following details:
Image size in kB (kilobytes) or MB (megabytes). kilo=1,000 and mega=1,000,000. 1 byte= 1 unit of information.
Image size can also be described in pixels, e.g.
3008 x 2000 pixels
800 x 532 pixels
600 x 399 pixels
Re-size to any physical dimensions (Width & Height) in inches
Next is the image resolution – pixels/in.
(normally is between 72 and 300).

Sending & receiving images as attachments to emails:
You have to “re-size” all digital images to suitable “pixel” size before sending out as attachments in email. If not, the recipient of your email may not be able to view, conveniently, the full picture you have sent.

If you are the recipient of such a large image file and can only view a portion of the picture, you can overcome it by selecting “view” picture instead of “downloading” and open the picture.  Also, at the bottom right hand corner of the picture, there is a value of “100%”. Try reducing this value to say 30% or 25% – now I think you can view the full picture completely.

Lesson B7 – Emails

Exercise 1:
a) Create two email contacts of your classmates in the Address Book.
b) Using Google, search for two pictures and download to your Folder.
c)  Create an email with attachment of the two pictures and send them to the two classmates and also bcc one copy of email to me (with attachment). 
Exercise 2:
a) When you receive my email requesting for information, find the information and reply me.
  Exercise 3:
a) Using youtube, find the song “link” for me. The song I am interested is called “memory”. 
Exercise 4:
a) Find a joke, send one copy to your classmate and cc one copy to me.
Try this web site – http://acs61-63.blogspot.com/search/label/Humor

Lesson B6 – Online Transactions

What is required to connect to the Internet?
1) An Internet Service Provider (ISP) – e.g. SingNet, PacNet, StarHub and M1.
2) A computer system – e.g. desktop or laptop computer.
One convenient way, for a start, is to go to any library and make use of the computers available there. There is a small fee chargeable, based on usage time. 


Media or Video Players
Those Internet companies, in providing us with songs, video and movies, do so in a variety of ways. The main reason is that they want us to use their product (or player) when we use their services. Some Internet companies like Microsoft’s Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, QuickTime, iTune etc. would like us to use their players when playing their products (songs, video or movies).


Online transactions – see previous posting.