This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Control Panel Icon View vs Category View
In the earliest days of Windows, the Control Panel was only available with icons for the individual Control Panel applications. However, that changed with Windows XP.
Windows XP offered the option to show the Control Panel in a "Category" view. I fact, WinXP, Vista and Win7 default to the Category view of the Control Panel.
Windows also allows you to change back to the Classic View (icon view). Windows 7 goes further and drops the term Classic view to give the three alternatives of Category, Large Icons and Small Icons.
The main advantage of the Icon views is that you can usually jump directly to the topic that you want. However, that can also cause some problems […]
- A Look at ClickBook
ClickBook? That’s a funny name, but it’s the name of a neat little program that I use several times a week.
One of ClickBook’s primary functions is to create PDF files. When you install ClickBook, it sets up a couple pseudo-printer "devices" that programs recognize as actual printers.
However, if you print to the ClickBook Printer, the software printer actually captures the output and stores it in ClickBook’s working memory. So far, this is like every other PDF-printer software I’ve found, including Adobe Acrobat. At this point, all of them allow you to save the output as a PDF file. Some, but not all, will allow you later to combine multiple prints into one file. However, ClickBook does it in one step.
The difference and major benefit of ClickBook is that it allows you, […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Wireless Networking Problems & Wireless Networking Security
Several years ago, I was a host of the Cajun Clickers Computer Club’s weekly radio show on WJBO in Baton Rouge. We ran a call-in "ask the experts" show about computers on Saturday mornings.
One of the calls was from a lady who had multiple wireless computers. Originally, they all would connect successfully to her router. Now, some of those in a different part of the house wouldn’t connect any more.
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After some question and answer, it all broke down to wireless security. You see, she had never set up any security! She was just using the wireless router straight out of the box. Without the security setup, her neighbors’ wireless routers were interfering with hers.
One of the most important things you can do for your wireless system is […]
- Adding a Computer to an Existing Home Network
OK, you have a new computer and you’ve made the decision to keep your old computer, and you want your spouse and children to be able to do email and surf the web without demanding your computer.
Let’s assume you already have an existing home computer network — if you don’t, the first article in this week’s online newsletter is for you…
There are two basic ways that computers on home networks can get the IP addresses and other network data they need in order to […]
- WiFi Driver Needed After Hard Drive Failure
New subscriber Thorsteinn Thorsteinsson wrote to ask for help in finding a driver for WiFi in his IBM ThinkPad Z60m Type 2531 Win7 Home Premiumn notebook computer:
I am calling you from Iceland, to ask you to find for me this driver which got lost after a HD disaster?
Best Regards TST
My first thought was to […]
- Changing Windows 7 Ease of Access Options
Windows 7 has a number of options that you can modify to make it easier to use — not conceptually easier, but physically easier. These Ease of Use / Ease of Access options also include some controls for modifying Windows functionality.
Some of these options are focused on making it easier for users with less-than-perfect physical conditions. Some of them are designed for vision-impaired users, such as a text-reader, a magnifying glass, and the ability to change the size of the mouse-pointer. (Some of them are also useful for those of us with aging eyes <grin>.)
Other options are […]
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