1.Buy a printer unless you have access to one at work or will use your computer only to surf the Internet. Ink-jet printers cost less and can print colors. Laser printers are more expensive (only very expensive ones can print in color) but have better text quality and are more likely to print PostScript fonts and files. Laser printers also cost less per use, as ink-jet cartridges run out quickly and are expensive.
2.Read "How to Buy an Ink-Jet Printer" and "How to Buy a Laser Printer," under Related Hows, to learn the buying considerations for printers.
3.Buy a scanner if you wish to "photocopy" text, documents or pictures into your computer. A scanner can also help you fax documents not created on your computer, if you have a modem and fax software.
4.Read the Hows "How to Buy a Consumer-Model Scanner" and "How to Select a Product for Faxing" to learn the buying considerations for scanners.
5.Buy a backup storage device, such as an external hard disk, Zip drive or CD-RW drive, if you need to back up large amounts of data and your computer doesn't have a built-in Zip drive or CD-RW drive.
6.Read the Hows "How to Buy a Secondary Storage Medium," "How to Choose a Zip Drive" and "How to Choose Between CD-R and CD-RW Burners" to learn the buying considerations for backup storage devices.
7.Buy powered speakers for better sound quality than what you get from the speakers that came with your computer. Read the Hows "How to Buy Computer Speakers" and "How to Get the Best Possible Audio Quality on Your Computer" to learn how.
8.Buy a microphone to use a speakerphone, voice activation, and various educational programs or to record your own simple sounds.
9.Buy a digital camera for the easiest way of transferring photographs into your computer.
1..Buy other peripherals to meet specific wants and needs. For example, buy a joystick to increase your speed and flexibility when playing action games, or a videoconferencing camera for teleconferencing.
Tips: Manufacturers continually introduce new types of peripherals. Something not yet invented may increase the functionality or enjoyment of your computer.
Warnings: Your computer must meet the system requirements of any peripherals you buy.
1.Make sure you have a valid driver's license. An American license will suffice in western European countries; if you're planning to drive to eastern Europe or elsewhere, obtain an international driver's license before you arrive.
2.Call a travel agency three weeks before your trip and let it know the dates you wish to rent a car, and where you'll want to drive. Since many American car rental agencies have European counterparts, you can easily check rates or availability and book or cancel a reservation online.
3.Book the car, keeping in mind that European rentals are frequently stick-shift. Choose the model, size and dates of your rental.
4.Determine where you wish to pick up and drop off the car. For a fee, which varies widely depending on the country, you can drop the car off at a different location from where you picked it up.
5.Prepay for the car or make a deposit.
6.Review European street signs and driving laws before you get behind the wheel. Be aware that the auto accident fatality rate in Europe is about four times higher than that in the United States.
Rentals in Europe can be very expensive, especially in Italy, France and Scandinavia. Also remember that a value-added tax of 6 to 33 percent will be added to the cost of the auto rental.
European cars are often much smaller than American cars; avoid bringing excess luggage.
Most car rentals in Europe require a minimum age of 25 to rent a car, but this age limit varies by country.
Parking is often difficult in major cities, and gasoline is about three times the cost of gas in the United States.
Plan to spend an additional $8 to $20 per day for complete insurance coverage.
Beware of companies taking advantage of travelers. Look for damage before you take the car, and avoid signing anything you don't understand.
Authorities can trace parking tickets back to your credit card, so pay a ticket if you get one.
1.Consider your partner. Are they more the his-and-hers computer desk types, or would they love a new Chinese wooden trunk coffee table?
2.Be practical, since furniture can be costly. Less expensive options could include bookcases, baby furniture, an office chair or a furniture-making kit. Books can be furniture, too.
3.Shop around. Investigate online stores, catalogs, specialty stores and department stores before you commit yourself.
4.Enclose a personal gift card.
5.Wrap the gift with care, and if you can, deliver it in person.
Tips: Consider interpreting the suggestion creatively. Furniture can be patio furniture, or miniature furniture for the dollhouse aficionado. A feng shui gift certificate would be completely modern and original.
Warnings: Furniture is very personal. Think about that Victorian house before you splurge on a genuine Charles Eames chair.
1.Start the Dreamweaver program and open the page the table will be added to.
2.Choose Insert from the menu bar and select Table.
3.Enter the number of rows and columns.
4.Choose the width of the page in either percent or pixels.
5.Type a value for the border. Type "0" to show no border, "1" for a hairline border, "2" for a regular border and so on. Click OK.
6.Resize the table by selecting and dragging the highlighted points on the box.
7.Add the desired content to the table.
8.Make changes to the table by clicking the Modify button from the menu bar and choosing Table, then the desired command.
9.Save the page when finished.
1..Preview it by choosing Preview in Browser from the File menu.
Tips: To quickly and easily edit the table's properties, select Window from the menu bar and choose Properties. This will open the Properties control box, which will allow you to make changes to the table.
Warnings: Some browsers don't support tables, so be sure to offer an alternate page for those tables.
1.Turn low on the wave so that you ride up the wave at a steep angle. It is important that you have a lot of speed and that the wave is very steep, almost pitching out.
2.Compress your body low to the board and get ready to pull up as you hit the lip of the wave.
3.Begin turning back toward the direction you were headed right before you hit the lip. This way you won't have to turn a complete 180 in the air.
4.Push up off your board as you hit the lip. The wave should be pitching out right as you make contact with it.
5.Pull up on your board to carry it up off the wave with your body. Try to get out and away from the wave. If you had enough speed, you should be up in the air over the wave now.
6.Lean hard into your turn, leading with your head and shoulders while swinging your feet around behind you.
7.Land at the same angle as the wave to avoid a heavy impact.
Synchronizing your timing with the wave is the key to a good "air." This takes a lot of wave sense that can only be learned by spending a lot time riding waves. Don't be overeager to start learning airs right away.
Overall Warnings: Bodyboarding is an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious injury or death. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity.
1.Slip your hand through the handle strap and grab the grip.
2.Approach the abalone slowly, trying not to announce your presence by stirring up the water around it.
3.Use the measurements on your abalone iron to determine if your abalone is of legal size – get a rough eyeball estimate from a distance.
4.Wedge the tip of your abalone iron between the abalone's shell and the rock.
5.Thrust the abalone iron forward quickly until approximately 3 inches of the iron are underneath the shell.
6.Use the leverage obtained from the iron to pop the abalone off the rock – like peeling a tire away from a rim with a crowbar.
7.Catch the abalone with your free hand and place it in your dive bag.
8.Double-check the legality of your abalone by holding it up against the measurements marked on your iron once you surface.
9.Return the abalone to the area where you found it if it's too small.
Surprise the abalone with stealth. If it senses a predator, it will clamp down on the rock and you'll have no chance of getting your iron underneath the shell.
Use caution when popping the abalone off or you'll break the shell. You don't want to break the shell only to find out that your abalone is too small to keep.
Go after abalone while they're relaxed and unaware of your presence – you'll save your breath and knuckles from undue abuse.
Warnings: Keep a sharp lookout for eels as you're popping the abalone off the rock. Abalone is a favorite eel food, and eels will aggressively chase after the abalone in your hand.
Overall Warnings: Snorkeling and diving are inherently dangerous activities that can result in serious injury or death. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity.
1.Start the Dreamweaver program and open the appropriate page.
2.Place the cursor where the e-mail link will appear.
3.Open the Insert menu and choose E-Mail Link.
4.Type the text of the e-mail link (for example, "E-Mail Me!") in the first box.
5.Type the e-mail address in the second box. Click OK.
6.Save the page when finished.
7.Preview the page by choosing Preview in Browser from the File menu. From the dialog box, choose which browser to use.
8.Verify that the link is correct by clicking on it. Your e-mail program should open and prepare to send a message to the address you specified.
Edit the link in HTML by selecting the link, right-clicking and choosing Edit Tag.
Remove the link by selecting it, right-clicking and choosing Remove Tag.
1.Read the previews and reviews of video games in video game magazines and Web sites.
2.Ask for demonstrations of games you are considering purchasing when you visit the store.
3.Consider the graphics. How good do the images look?
4.Consider the process of playing the game. How enjoyable is it to play the game? Can you do things in the game simply or are there difficulties in maneuvering characters? For example, is switching weapons difficult or easy? What kind of delay is there between your command for a character the character's response? Can others play the game with you, and if so how many? Can you link two systems together?
5.Determine how easy it is to set up the game controller. Can you adjust the sound and music volume, is the screen layout functional?
6.Consider the sound effects. The more creative, realistic and distinctive, the better. Does the game incorporate surround sound or stereo?
7.Consider the "intelligence" of the "enemy" in the game. How smart are their reactions to your moves?
8.Consider how challenging the game is. If you can waltz through a game on "normal difficulty," then it is not too difficult to play. On the other hand, if you are annihilated consistently, the game maay be too difficult for you.
9.Determine an overall feeling about the game. Is it fun to play? Is it worth the money you will spend on it?
Finding out What Video Card You Have
1.Right-click on My Computer.
3.Click on the Device Manager tab.
4.Click on the plus sign to the left of "Display adapters." The name of the driver appears. Make a note of it.
Finding and Downloading a Newer Driver
5.Use the Related Sites for this How to see lists of video drivers, or go directly to the Web site of your driver's manufacturer.
6.Click on the link for your video card, brand of video card or brand of video chip (if you don't have a separate video card).
7.Follow instructions to download the driver.
8.Save the file on your computer's desktop.
Warnings: Only download a later version of your video card's driver. Don't try the driver for another card; you may see unpredictable results.
Installing the New Driver
9.Find the existing driver in the Device Manager, as before. Right-click on it and select Remove.
1..Double-click on the icon for the downloaded file.
1..Follow installation instructions.
1..Restart the computer.
Overall Tips: If upgrading the driver doesn't solve the conflict, you may need to upgrade your video card. Overall Warnings: Attempting to change video drivers could make your computer inoperable. Get professional help if you need it.
1.Bring 4 c. of the broth, the cream, 1 tsp. of the salt and 1/2 tsp. of the pepper to a boil in a 4-quart saucepan. Using a wooden spoon, slowly stir in the polenta.
2.Lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. At this point the polenta should have a smooth texture when you taste it and should pull away a little from the side of the pan.
3.If the polenta seems a little grainy, add a small amount of additional broth or water and continue to cook and stir until smooth. Stir in 1 tbsp. butter and cheese and cover.
4.Heat the remaining butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter is melted, add the mushrooms and shallot.
5.Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are golden, about 10 minutes. Add the wine to the skillet and stir to incorporate it.
6.Add the thyme and remaining broth, salt and pepper. Cook until the liquid thickens to a saucy consistency.
7.To serve, place a generous cupful of the polenta in a large dinner bowl and top with a couple large spoonfuls of the mushroom ragout.
Tips: The longer you simmer the ragout, the more the flavors will concentrate.