This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Easy Access to Windows 7 Configuration Options
When you want to make a change to one of the settings in Windows 7, one of the challenges is to find open the Control Panel and then try to find where that setting is controlled.
Fortunately, Microsoft set up a feature that we can use, although they did not make it readily available for users. Why not? Because the easy ability to change settings could result in a mess, especially if a new user started making changes just to see what happened, or if a child were to play with the settings.
For the rest of us, one quick place where all (or almost all) the Control Panel settings can be found and controlled is a great idea […]
- External Hard Drives Don’t Work With Computer
Subscriber David Wiesner was having problems with his external hard drive:
I have an external hard drive that began frequently shutting down the computer when it was plugged in to a USB slot. The computer would shut down but the power light would be on and the only way to regain control of the computer was to pull the plug or possibly press the reset button, which I did not try.
Eventually the drive would make a beeping noise and I could see Windows XP explorer alternately seeing the drive and not seeing it. Eventually all
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Keeping Your Digital Pictures – What kind of backup is best?
Some of the more recent questions I’ve answered recently were about digital photos. These were questions about what to do after you’ve gotten them from the camera to the computer.
"How do I keep my pictures for the future? Do I need to keep them on my hard drive, copy them to CD, or what?"
There are a number of ways to keep your digital pictures for the future – and you need to use several of them. I recommend copying the pictures to a CDROM or DVD, as well as keeping them on your computer. If you have an external hard drive, you can keep them there, if you don’t have room on your computer’s main drive. […]
- Wi-Fi Hotspots and Computer Security
Are you safe when you use the wireless network at your local coffee shop or airport? Maybe. Maybe not.
Are you accidentally sharing your files on your computer? Is your computer "trusting" connection attempts from the other computers at the hostspot?
Reader Sam Boggs wrote to ask:
To improve security when using Wi-Fi at a coffee shop or traveling, I’ve seen advice […]
- Something Is Blocking Email Attachments
Longtime subscriber Mickey Christensen wrote with an interesting problem using Outlook Express:
I have a little problem that maybe you can help solve. I asked the computer guy I hire to come do computer work for me and he says he does not have a clue.
I am running Windows XP Pro SP3 and Office 2007 that has IE 8. I use Outlook Express for my email and it is the latest they show for my set up. (IE 8 is also the latest they show for my set up.)
My problem is that […]
- Can’t Print to Shared Printer
Subscriber Terry Nobbe had printer problems. Not just any problems, but problems accessing a shared printer on his home network:
I’m having difficulty accessing my wife’s Canon printer (attached via USB) unless I detach the printer from her laptop (WIN7 Home Edition) and connect it directly to my laptop (WINXP SP3).
Both our laptops are connected wirelessly (internet) and via network cables to our Linksys E1200 router and we have sharing enabled for all pertinent features on both laptops.
Terry’s problem is one that more people are discovering as they upgrade one of several computers on their home network. […]
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