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Michael wrote a series of articles about removing malicious software. Malware can be very good at defending itself, thus, the best way to remove it, is not to let it run in the first place. You can do this by booting an infected machine from a CD and running an operating system on the CD that treats the C disk as a data disk.
Whenever a program crashes in Windows XP, the operating system offers to notify Microsoft of the problem...To eliminate this annoying behavior: right-click on My Computer and select Properties or open the System icon in the Control Panel - you'll see the System Properties dialog. Select the Advanced tab and click on Error Reporting. This brings up a dialog that lets you disable error reporting altogether. If you want to report errors for any program except one problematical one that you've already reported multiple times, click on Choose Programs and disable error reporting for specific programs.
Error reporting might send Microsoft some personal information. This is not done on purpose by Microsoft, but dumps of memory can include data from other programs that were running at the time. You can disable Error Reporting in a permanent way, by disabling the underlying service. In the Control Panel, click on Administrative Tools, then on Services. Find the error reporting service. Right click on it and bring up its properties. Change the startup type to "disabled". It will take effect the next time Windows is started.
In Eudora 6, when you click the Print icon or select File/Print or press CTRL-P, it brings up the print dialog box which allows you to choose a printer and choose various options. If you simply want to print to the default printer with all defaults set, bypassing any options, choose File/Print One (you can also use the Toolbar Optimize function to include a Print One icon on the Toolbar).
A listener named Rick wrote: This is the first time that I am writing to you, hoping for clarification on something - color profiles. I have been into digital photography for quite a few years and have recently purchased a great photo printer - the Canon S900. The printed images are very vivid and crisp and, depending upon the paper I use, professional-looking. I used the Canon papers for a while and tried a few others such as Kodak and HP (with mixed results). Recently, someone in my camera club told me about Pictorico papers and that they have color profiles specific for each paper they produce free for downloading on their website.
So, after purchasing a few of their papers, I downloaded the appropriate color profiles and made a few prints. Two of the suggested color profiles seemed to give me a nice output on two different papers, but one of the suggested color profiles was horrible and my photograph actually looked much better using the default Photoshop profile than the recommended one from Pictorico. So, the question is this - what do color profiles really do for a specific paper? I was under the impression that color profiles were for color correction on images on screen only and that your image would be adjusted accordingly regardless of the paper used. Color profiles and the selections offered in programs such as Photoshop and other digital darkroom programs are somewhat of a mystery to me and I am not sure when and why I should change profiles.
Answering the question for us is Fred Kahn.
When you use a generic profile, (which is what you have done) you are using a profile that represents
the average of all the printers (of your make and
A quick little explanation of what happens when you profile your printer, paper and ink combination, (after, we assume, you have both calibrated AND profiled your monitor). You are now setting your hardware to a color standard. This can be one of several standards such as ICC, CIE, sRGB, Adobe RGB, etc. Since your printer cannot reproduce all the colors that your monitor can show (this is known as a devices color gamut) when you tie all your devices to one color standard (this is known as color management) it should cause your monitor to show only those colors that your printer can reproduce and your printer to reproduce the colors you see on your monitor (not always exactly, but close).
It doesn't always work and the saying in the color management business is that a color profile is only as
good as the person making the profile. Making good profiles is sometimes easy, sometimes not. If you do
want to do your own profiling, the best hardware on the market under $3000 is the
Gretag/Macbeth Eye One. A more affordable one is made by Monaco.
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