By KIM KOMANDO
The Oskaloosa Herald
Q. I just got a Kindle e-reader. I want to let a friend read one of my e-books. Is it possible to loan e-books on the Kindle?
A. Yes, Amazon recently added this feature. Go to your library on Amazon’s site. Find a book to loan and click the Loan This Book button. Not all books will have this, as it is up to the publisher. An invitation will be sent to your recipient. The recipient has seven days to accept the invitation. Once the invitation is accepted, the recipient has 14 days to read the e-book. You won’t have access to the e-book while it’s on loan. This feature only works in the United States.
Q. I have a collection of old family photos. I’d like to digitize them so I can share them with family. How hard is it to digitize photos?
A. Digitizing photos isn’t terribly difficult. You just need a scanner and a computer. Almost any modern scanner will work. You’ll get better results if you scan negatives or slides rather than printed photos. But this requires an attachment or specialized scanner. Fortunately, these aren’t too expensive. Doing it yourself is fine if you don’t have a lot of photos. A lot of photos will take a while to scan. You might be better off with a scanning service. Turnaround time will be fairly quick. It will cost money, but it is more convenient. Ask a local photo store for recommendations on scanning services.
Q. I like the Spotlight feature in Mac OS X. But I want to limit my searches. Can you search just a single folder on a Mac?
A. Spotlight is a handy way to search for files on a Mac. But by default, Spotlight searches your entire computer. Fortunately, you can change this setting, though. On the top left of the screen, click Finder>>Preferences. Then select the Advanced tab. Find where it says “When performing a search.” Then use the dropdown menu to select Search the Current Folder. Now when you search, Finder will only look through the open folder.
Q. How do you add and remove desktop wallpaper?
A. Desktop wallpaper is great for personalizing your system. All you have to do is find an image you like online. Then right-click the image and select Set as Desktop Background. Or find an image that you like on your computer. Again, right-click it and select Set as Desktop Background. The desktop backgrounds settings will appear. Select Center for positioning and accept. You now have new wallpaper. If you want to replace it, do the same thing with another image. The existing wallpaper will be replaced. You don't have to remove it.
Q. I’m setting up a home media server. Is there software that can stream video to an iPad?
A. Yes, there are several services compatible with Apple products. Take a look at Orb or TVersity. Orb is the easier of the two to use remotely. You just have to log into an online account. Orb’s desktop software is free; you’ll pay $10 for the iPad app. TVersity ($40) requires a Web browser and knowing your network’s IP address. On most home Internet connections, the IP address changes regularly; you have to pay more for a static IP address. However, TVersity has better streaming quality over the Internet. You will have to decide which one better matches your setup. Find links to these programs at Komando.com/news.
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