January 31, 2011

Kim Komando answers your computer, photo questions


OSKALOOSA — 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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