Some of the pages on the YASOU site are in Greek. If you are using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 4.0+ (click here to download for free) then the pages will automatically display the page in Greek. If you are using Netscape or another browser, or perhaps an older version of a browser, then you will have to install Greek fonts on your computer.
Computers can display information to you in many sizes, depending on your computer's capabilities. The size of the information on your screen is your screen resolution. Here's the general rule: the smaller the computer monitor, the lower the resolution. Why? We'll try to explain.
The lowest, most common Windows resolution on a desktop computer (and now laptops as well) is 640 pixels wide by 400 pixels high. This resolution is commonly used by owners of 14 inch monitors because this resolution displays the images on your screen in a large size. If you were to use a resolution of 1280 pixels wide by 800 pixels high those same objects on a 14 inch monitor would be half the size. If you have great eyes, then no problem. What's one way to solve this problem? Buy a bigger montior. Always buy the largest monitor you can afford.
So let's say you have a 17 inch monitor. If you are running a resolution of 1024 by 768 the items on your screen are larger than those items on a 14 inch monitor because your picture tube is larger. New computers today are shipping with 17 and 19 inch monitors with 21 inch options.
With the variety of monitors running a variety of resolutions, it is difficult to design a website for everyone. Users who run their computers at a higher resolution have more room to view things. In general, we design for the user who runs their monitor at an 800 pixels by 600 pixels resolution. We always try and accomodate the 640x480 user, but it is not our design standard.
To find out what resolution your system is running at if you're using Windows95, right click on your Desktop and select properties. Then select the Settings tab at the top. the Desktop Area shows your current resolution. To change it, just slide the bar to the left or right.
When you wanted to hear a sound on the Internet in the past, you would have to download the file and then run it on your machine. Thankfully today, we can send a signal to you, similar to a radio station but over the Internet, that will allow you to listen to music without downloading a whole file.
The technology that makes this possbile is Real Audio. You need to download the Real Audio player and install it on your system. The best part is that it is FREE at least the basic Real Audio/Real Video player is free. Don't download the Real Player Plus unless you want to pay for it.
Note that the G2 player, the latest release from Real Networks is currently in beta and is experienceing some problems so download the tried and tested 5.0 player for now. More information about Real Audio can be found at their website at www.real.com
The answer is very similar to the above answer for audio. It used to be that you had to download a complete video from the Internet and then you would run it on your system. Now, however, you can use the Real Video Player, or Real Player for short, to have a video signal streamed to you similar to a television signal coming over a cable. You must download the Real Player. The basic player is FREE and it's all you need to watch the video on the YASOU site.
Note that the G2 player, the latest release from Real Networks is currently in beta and is experienceing some problems, especially with video, so download the tried and tested 5.0 player for now. More information about Real Video can be found at their website at www.real.com
Although we can send you an audio and video signal over the Internet, the Internet does not have the capacity to send you enough of the video and audio signal to give it television or CD quality. This is especially true if you are using a modem and dialing into and Internet Service Provider.
If you are with a great Internet Service Provider, you have never had to wait for anything to download from the Internet. Most likely, however, you have had terrible delays at one time or another, especially if you get on the net when everyone else does. Although you may have a 56k modem, you ISP only transmits to you at about 3k.
So today's technology compresses the video and audio signal to squeeze it to you over that 3k of capacity you have. This is why the video is small and uncrisp and the audio may only be in mono. Compressed video and audio are inferior in quality to uncompressed media but it's the only way we can get the signal to you resembling a television or CD.
If you have the Greek fonts installed on your system but still see confusing letters in your borwser, in Netscape select the Documents --> Encoding --> Greek. This will change the page to Greek. If you're using Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 on our site, you shouldn't have this problem. Please email us if you do. On other sites, simply right-click on the page and select Language --> Greek (either ISO or Windows will work).
At YASOU, we are always looking for people and information that would help build the YASOU website into a truly spectacular resource on the Internet. Because YASOU is a non-profit corporation, any time that you spend contributing to YASOU is tax deductible (this applies only to US residents and citizens). Contact us for more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: January 10, 2005.