Q. I want to open my browser when my computer starts. How can I do this?
A. Having programs open on startup is a great way to save time. When you start your computer, everything you need will be ready to go. Go to Start>>All Programs. Then scroll down to the Startup folder. Any program shortcut you drag into the Startup folder will open on startup. A browser, email program, Word or even Word documents will open automatically. To stop a program from loading, just delete it from the Startup folder. Go to Start>>All Programs>>Startup. Right-click on the program icon and select Delete.
Q. Several new e-book readers were just launched. What makes them different?
A. Barnes & Noble and Kobo just launched new e-reader models. These are the Nook Simple Touch Reader ($140) and Kobo eReader Touch Edition ($130), respectively. As you can tell from the titles, both have touch screens. These aren’t LCD touch screens like an iPad, however. Both gadgets use the same 6-inch E-Ink Pearl screen found in the Kindle. An infrared system detects touch input. Touch can be used for navigation, page turns and on-screen typing. Learn more about both e-readers at Komando.com/news.
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