Many cameras will let you disable the logo screen and jump right into the live viewfinder, which saves start-up time. Just go to the camera’s menu or settings and disable the start-up screen. Within the camera’s menus, you should also be able to adjust the length of the review time each photo stays on the LCD screen after you snap it.
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Take note: go for a netbook
Need a new notebook? Don’t buy a full-blown laptop. Get tech thrifty and settle for a netbook. It’ll come with pre-loaded Microsoft Windows, up to 230 GB of hard disk, 1 GB RAM, 9-11 inches of display, and offers up to 6 hours of battery life. It gets routine tasks (word processing, mail, browsing, spreadsheets, accounting) done without a whimper. Apart from being bantam-weight on your hands (1-1.2kg), a netbook is also light on your wallet (Rs18,000-Rs27,000). And there are some excellent choices out there from top- selling brands such as Asus, LG, Lenovo and Acer.
Beyond the ‘best before’ deadline
Try the following things and get more out of your old devices, without spending a single rupee:
Convert your old computer into a media station: Download Knoppix, a Linux distribution, and store all your music and videos on it. You can play music off the Knoppix music player, display movies, burn CDs and DVDs and of course, play your entire CD and DVD collection. Knoppix supports most old video and sound cards, so it can run on any old beast, giving you decent speed and functional performance. If you are more acoustically attuned, you can invest in some speakers.
Don’t throw away that old media player: You can use RockBox to play a whole new set of applications on the iPod. This operating system replaces the operating system on your old player, letting you install things such as games, calendars and other applications, or simply converting it into a PDA, alarm clock, remote control or FM radio. The best part is that it is open source, which means it’s free and has a dedicated community continually bringing new applications into it. You might even be able to make your old player do more things than your latest purchase.