This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Computer Crashes on Connection of External Drive and on Full AntiVirus Scan
Subscriber David Wiesner wrote recently about a problem he was having…(External Hard Drives Don’t Work With Computer).
He wrote back with some new wrinkles to the problem:
The problem that I described before regarding the computer shutting down with the addition of USB drives has some new wrinkles.
On occasion it shuts down for no particular reason after a long period of usage. And one way I can be sure to make
- Cello Wars Video
I’ve been poking around on YouTube recently — I must be the last person that’s gotten interested in videos…
Anyway, I found out about a couple of guys that do some fantastic music videos. The Piano Guys are really two musicians, one playing a piano and one playing a cello, with a team of three more handling the video design, filming, editing, etc.
I posted (embedded) one of the videos on my web site. […]
- Fonts Shrink to Unreadably Small In Windows Live Mail
Subscriber Carolyn wrote with a problem she was having — something she did when typing caused the font to be unreadably small:
Sometimes when I am typing, I hit something that makes my font size really small and I can’t make it bigger. I notice in my sent file it looks okay. What do you think I might be hitting to do this and how do I fix it at the time I am typing? I have Windows 7 and use Windows live mail.
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- HOWTO: Removing Carriage Returns (Line Breaks, Form Feeds) from Documents
I wrote the original version of this article in June, 2007. This week, I’m expanding an article from mid-2007 —it seems that a lot of people want to remove carriage returns (form feeds) from their documents!
I bet that the most common time is when people want to forward an email that’s already been forwarded a couple times. The original email inserted carriage returns after 72 (or so) characters on a line. Then, when the email gets forwarded, each email program doing the forwarding inserts “> ” at the beginning of each line, so they get longer and longer, and get wrapped at column 72 again and again.
I had answered a question about Notepad++, a really nice — and free — text editor that’s designed for programmers of any type (but is much better than the regular Notepad for everyone).
The question was […]
- Turning on System Restore in Windows XP
By default, System Restore is turned on in Windows XP. If you have multiple hard drives, System Restore will grab 10% of each hard drive for its “restore point” storage.
Some people do not like System Restore or do not like it reserving large portions of their hard drive. Sometimes they turn off System Restore (which you can do for each individual hard drive partition) and sometimes they reduce the amount of space it can use.
There is another time you should turn off System Restore, at least temporarily. When you turn off System Restore for a drive, that act deletes all of the restore points for that drive. Then, you can turn it back on.
So, why would you want to do that? […]
- Opening a File with a Program Other Than It’s Default Program
New subscriber Debi wrote with a question that was specific to a particular type of file and two applications (programs) that could open it. However, it could easily have been any other file type that is recognized by multiple programs, so this becomes an important concept:
I’m wondering how I can use either plain PDF sometimes rather than PDF Converter Professional. Is there a way to choose. Thanks!
- Solving the Wandering Icons Problem
Subscriber Carolyn wrote to ask for help solving a problem on her Windows 7 desktop computer — her desktop icons would not stay where she put them…
Terry, I enjoy your website very much! I have a Toshiba laptop and use Windows 7.
I have all my icons on my desktop the way I want and each time I turn on my computer, they are not in the order I want them. I tried going to View etc,but it still moves things.
Do you know a solution? […]
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