Importance of Computer Accessories

Computers have become really advanced with wide varieties of accessories attached to it. We can define an accessory as a device which is attached to a computer but is not a part of it. The functionality of an accessory depends on the computer it is attached to. A computer has to be equipped with all the necessary accessories in order to carry out all the tasks in more efficient way. There are two forms of accessories one is basic accessories and other is an advanced accessories.Basic accessories available are speakers, printers, scanners, UPS, surge protector, headsets, cases and covers,cleaning and repair kits etc. Advance computer accessories include webcam, microphones, gaming equipments, portable storage devices, CD and DVD recordable drives, network accessories, modem.

These computer accessories make each task very fast and easy for example if you have a personal printer connected to your PC then there is no need to go to any office to get the document printed. The most important computer device is the UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply), it provides a continuous power supply to a computer so that no data should be lost. A Headset comes with a built-in microphone so you can not only listen to music but also make a call from your computer to other computer or phone. Webcam allows taking pictures or recording your video or can be used to have a live chat with anyone through internet.

Portable storage devices like USB flash drives can be used to transfer data. The capacity of these devices varies from 8 to 12 Gigabytes. Rewritable CDs and DVDs are also other source of transferring and storing data. If above devices are not enough for transferring data then we can also go for networking accessories such as LAN cables or modem. These networking devices can be used to transfer data within a Local Area Network or over internet.

Most of the laptops have built-in wireless internet which enables the traveler to access the internet while traveling. Important features of the mini laptops are the external monitor support and S video used to connect it to TV. A wireless laptop mouse is a great accessory. A desktop computer also comes in amazing all-in -one features which includes touch screen, Wi-Fi, color choices, built-in webcams, and TV tuners.

In order to buy a new desktop computer one needs to know that there are standard accessories which comes with the computer like speaker, keyboard, mouse, monitor. But there are some which has to be purchased separately like webcams, UPS, modem, external hard disk etc. But in case of a laptop, webcam, speakers etc comes as built-in devices. Other devices to be purchased are portable laptop desks to prevent laptop burn and provide comfortable working position. Universal Laptop power adapters, portable projector, mobile printers, wireless laptop mice, laptop speakers are some of the other computer accessories to be purchased while buying a laptop.

Computer Using Behavior – A Brief Examination of Computer Users

Computer users, roughly speaking, fall into one of several categories. Here is a brief summation.

Extreme Users:

Extreme users spend nearly every waking moment in front of a computer and do so voluntarily. These folks are definitely techno enthusiasts. They tend to be attracted to such things as web design, gaming, programming, computer graphics, etc. They use the computer as a tool and as a form of recreation. Their lives are intertwined with the internet. These are people who would be lost without a computer. They always want to have the latest and fastest computer and are willing to pay top-dollar for it.

Heavy Users:

Heavy computer users are folks who tend typically use computers for a work-related purpose. This alone consigns them to life in front of a computer screen. They spend around a 3rd of their lives in front of a computer. They tend to become adept at using various applications. They tend to develop decent typing skills out of sheer repetition. Heavy computer users are not necessarily techno enthusiasts, although they can be.

Moderate Users:

Moderate computer users tend to use computers for a variety of everyday tasks, such as finding movie reviews, checking account balances, email, word processing and so on. The are people who are not afraid of technology, but at the same time, not techno enthusiasts. Computers are much like any other appliance–something to be used to accomplish a particular task, or even for general enjoyment. Web surfing is probably the most popular activity for moderate computer users. They posses a basic level of computer knowledge.

Casual Uses:

Most casual computer users tend to use computers infrequently. It’s not uncommon for many casual users to have spent most of their lives in the pre-computer era–i.e., pre-1980’s. Many of these folks simply don’t appreciate the need for a computer since they have spent a majority of their lives without one. They tend to use them only when necessary, for example communicating with children and grand children. They tend to be technophobes who do not adapt to technology easily. Having a computer with the latest and fastest processor is not important to them. They are fine with using cheap used laptops and even antiquated systems like desktop units with Pentium II chips. These are not the kind of individuals you’ll find in the computer section of Best Buy.

This Book, Learning Your Computer Through Pictures Is a Wonderful and Fun Way to Learn Computers!

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to tell you a story about my journey learning how to use my computer. Have you ever felt that you just don’t have the skills to learn your computer and its applications? Have you ever been so frustrated with your computer that you just want to throw it out the window?

That was me too. As I began to play around with the internet at first it was just surfing around and looking at sites. Whenever I came upon a beautiful web page; and saw all of the unique applications the web designer put onto his page I would feel really bad because I didn’t feel I had the skills to do those things even though I really had great ideas.

Then I decided to really go through an in-depth study of my computer based on what I wanted to do online. I really wanted to post blogs about important information. I really wanted to be able to share links to other sites, and I really wanted to use video format to express myself online.

I didn’t have time to go back to school so I decided to write a book using pictorial examples that explained each instruction. Subject: Introduction to Using Your Computer, the Basics

Textbook: Learning Your Computer Through Pictures.

Course Description:

This study course is designed to give you the basics in understanding and using your computer. The format is simple and all of the instructions are coupled with pictorial examples which will take away any apprehension you may have as each instruction is supported with its correlating picture every step of the way.

We will cover things like the creation of documents, how to share those documents online, the operational features of the Microsoft Works word processing program including font size, editing documents, creation of video formats, navigating on the web, and added insightful little tips to make things easier as you explore your computer applications.

The Course Outline, Provided in Three Sections as Follows:

Introduction to Section One: Beginning Using Your Computer to Create Microsoft Word Documents. This will start you out learning the basics of word processing, incorporation of graphics, modifying graphics, and understanding toolbar functions.

Study Topics, Section One:

How to Create and Save a Microsoft Word Document.

How to Format your Document Page.

How to Select a Font for Your Document.

Adding Pictures: Opening Your Pictures Storage File on Your Computer

Opening Your Pictures Storage File on Your Computer (Adding Pictures Continued).

Finding Pictures inside Your Computer’s Picture Folder.

Finding Pictures Stored in Your Computer’s Pictures File inside a Named Folder.

How to Re-Size a Picture.

Using the Toolbar to Edit a Picture.

Formatting a Picture Using the Picture Toolbar.

Creating an Additional Picture File Folder within Your Stored Pictures.

Creating Hyper-Links into Words Within Your Document.

Inserting Hyper-Links into Pictures Within Your Document.

How to Save Your Document.

Where to Save Your Document.

Introduction to Section Two:

In this section we will study copying text, modifying text, use of the notepad application, use of Microsoft Word text enhancement features, navigating the internet, accessing the control panel, accessing your internet connections and options settings, understanding your internet provider’s tool bar functions – (Mozilla Firefox and Explorer), and using the bookmark application.

Study Topics, Section Two:

How to Copy and Paste the Entire Page of a Document.

How to Copy Partial Texts Within a Document.

Understanding Your Note Pad Application.

Using the Note Pad Program Application. (Introduction to Understanding Your Note Pad)

How to Find the Note Pad Application and Use It.

How to Use MS Words Text Enhancement Features, (Part 1- Font Size & Bolded Text).

How to Use MS Word’s Text Enhancement Features, (Part 2- Font Color & Italics).

How to use MS Word’s Text Enhancement Features, (Part 3 – Adding Characters &

Symbols – Accessing Your Symbols Files, About the Special Characters Tab).

Note on Tool Bars.

Accessing the Internet and Creating Shortcuts.

Navigating the Internet, Setting Your Default Internet Provider & Home Page

Navigating the Internet, (Accessing the Control Panel),

(Accessing Your Internet Connections & Internet Options Settings), (Making Changes to Internet Connections, & Options.

Understanding Your Internet Tool Bar Functions, (Mozilla Firefox).

Understanding Your Internet Tool Bar Functions, (Internet Explorer).

Using the Book Mark Application (Internet Explorer).

Introduction to Section Three:

In this section we will study how to create a slideshow video using Microsoft Movie Maker. This will include adding and editing graphics, working with transitions and durations, adding text and voice audio, adding music, cutting and trimming the slideshow and its audio, converting the slideshow into a video file, uploading to YouTube, understanding keywords and meta tags, connecting various network accounts, and the basics of recording from your computer’s web camera.

Study Topics, Section Three:

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part One – Getting Started).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Two – Importing Picture Files).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Three – Dragging Pictures into Your Story Board).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Four – Playing Your Story Board as a Film Strip & Adding Video Effects).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Five – End Note of Video Effects & Let’s Talk About Adding Transitions).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Six – Adding Transitions Continued & Let’s Talk About Durations).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Seven – Let’s Talk About Durations Continued & Maneuvering Through Your Story Board & Quick Reminder – Saving Your Project).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Eight – How to Save Your Un-Finished Story Board).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Nine – Re-Opening Your Un-Finished Story Board & Adding Text to Your Video’s Story Board).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Ten – Adding Your Title Page).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Eleven – Adding Text to Individual Slides & Text Animations).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Twelve – Adding Audio to Your Movie & Let’s Start With Adding Narration).

(Assigning your Line in/Mic – Microphone System)

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Thirteen – Adding Music Content & Designating When a Music File Will Play & End)

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Fourteen – Designating When a Music File Will Pay and End).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Fifteen, Dragging-In & Editing an Uploaded Audio File).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Sixteen – Saving Your Finished Movie – Getting Started).

How to Create a Video Slide Show Using Microsoft Movie Maker,

(Part Seventeen – Converting Your Slide Show into a Movie File).

Accessing the Internet and Creating Shortcuts.

Navigating the Internet, Setting Your Default Internet Provider & Home Page

Navigating the Internet, (Accessing the Control Panel),

(Accessing Your Internet Connections & Internet Options Settings), (Making Changes to Internet Connections, & Options.

Understanding Your Internet Tool Bar Functions, (Mozilla Firefox).

Understanding Your Internet Tool Bar Functions, (Internet Explorer).

Using the Book Mark Application (Internet Explorer).

How to Upload a Video to YouTube

(Creating a User’s Account).

How to Upload a Video to YouTube

(Step 1, Start Your Video Upload & Selecting Which Video to Upload Within Your

Computer’s Video Storage File).

How to Upload a Video to YouTube

(Step 2, Designating Titles, Descriptions, Categories, URL & Embedding Codes, Sharing With Online Networks).

How to Upload a Video to YouTube

(About Upload Details, Finding Your YouTube Videos within Your YouTube Account).

Using Your Web Camera to Upload a Video on YouTube (Part One & Two)

Note, these instructions vary according to the web camera being used – they are designed to give you an over view of the web camera upload process.