This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Making an Excel Spreadsheet Available for Other Readers:
Subscriber Linda Jordan wrote with an unusual request. She’s working with an Excel file, and needs other employees to be able to access the same information. "Hi Terry, I’m a relatively new fan of you and your site. Thanks for sharing your expertise. I’ve used several tips already. I have two spreadsheets exactly the same, I want to be able to input data into my working copy and it update the public copy automatically[…]"
- Backing Up Your Computer — Getting Started With Acronis True Image Home:
Subscriber Norm was unsure how to effectively use Acronis True Image Home 2011 and wrote ome to ask about it: "Hi Terry, I am hoping you can help me. I received my download of Acronis True Image Home 2010 a couple of weeks ago and have updated it to the 2011 version. I have managed to do some backing up, I think!!! and some restoring, although I am still a little unsure of how to use it properly and don’t feel all that confident.[…]"
- This Week On-Line — New Articles
- Blast From The Past —Articles Newly Posted Online
This Week Online:
With my new design of my Terry’s Computer Tips web site, I now publish articles individually rather than as an on-line issue. That also means that I can link directly to the articles, as I’ve done below:
Backing Up Information from a Hard Drive
New subscriber Dee wrote me to ask for some help in understanding the process of backing up her programs and data. HELLO TERRY – My question has to do with “BACK UP” of which I know little about. Why do some people use an External Harddrive, and others use some system like Acronys – ? […]
Backing Up Your Outlook Data Files
Subscriber Keith wrote with question about backing up his Outlook data and configuration: Hi Terry. This is a question I am sure you have had many time, but I have not seen it on your site before. Simply put: I want to back up all my email on Outlook, including all the settings, passwords etc, […]
Laptop Wireless Card and Router Doesn’t Work
New subscriber Al Rogenski wrote to ask about wireless Internet access. He has a card in his laptop and a router, but they won’t talk together. Al’s question was: I have a Verizon broadband card 770 in my laptop. I would like to get a router so I can set up a wireless network in […]
Windows XP Updates Keep Failing
Subscriber John Zenger wrote to ask about a problem he was having with Hi Terry, I have Windows XP. Every night I shut down my computer. Every night I receive the following message: WINDOWS IS SHUTTING DOWN. INSTALLING UPDATE 1 OF 1. DO NOT TURN OFF OR UNPLUG YOUR COMPUTER. IT WILL TURN OFF AUTOMATICALLY. […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
Articles Newly Posted Online
I love the new design of my Terry’s Computer Tips web site — it makes article posting and maintenance much easier than before. I’m glad I switched to the Genesis Framework.
The following are new individual articles this week on my Terry’s Computer Tip web site that were originally posted in my email or online newsletters.
As above, these are now direct links to the individual articles…
Upgrading to a SATA II Hard Drive
Greg H. wrote to ask me about upgrading his hard drive in his computer. Terry, I’m wanting to replace my ailing IDE hard drive (internal, desktop) with a new SATA drive. There are two SATA board connectors, one of which I am using for a backup drive. My question is this: if I buy a […]
Replacing My Notebook With a Desktop Computer
I built this computer to be my personal desktop. It’s a replacement for my Dell Inspiron 8600 notebook, which has been my main computer for the last six years. As a Dell customer for 16 years (I bought my first Dell desktop and my first Dell laptop in 1994), I was all ready to replace […]
Separating Data Storage Into Multiple Partitions
Reader Ron Spruell wrote after my article Storing Your Data on Another Drive The Easy Way, in which I talked about moving data files off of C: drive: Terry – Great Newsletter as usual. I am a partitioning junkie. I have been partitioning my hard drives for a long time- since Window 98. One of […]
Apple’s New iPad is a Loser
It looks like I’m the one of the few people in the world who is not overwhelmed with the new iPad from Apple. In case you missed all the noise about the new Apple product, the iPad is shaped like a tablet PC (you know, the flat, non-folding PC that still hasn’t found a market). […]
Nice Sound Control Improvements in Windows 7
As I was looking at some of the Windows 7 control capabilities via the Hardware and Sound section of the Control Panel, I found that Microsoft had added some nice new features to Windows 7. (They may be in Windows Vista, which I don’t use, but this is the first time I’ve seen them.) First, […]
How To Change Your My Documents Location
It’s easy to change the Windows settings for the location of My Documents, My Music, My Videos, etc. The process is similar for the various versions of Windows, but it’s not quite the same — since Windows 7 (and perhaps Vista, too) doesn’t store some of the folders in the same place that Windows XP […]
Feedback on Storing Data on Drives Other Than C:
After my article Storing Data on Drives Other Than C:, I received some suggestions and feedback from readers: First, some feedback and a suggestion from subscriber Mike Dunn, who wrote to say: Hi Terry When I build a system I always split the drive into at least 2 drives generally make the c drive about […]
Storing Your Data on Another Drive The Easy Way
After some recent articles about the advantages of storing your data, and even your programs, on drives other than C:, subscriber Tom wrote to ask: Terry, I have read Separate Your Data from the Operating System For A More Effective Backup Strategy and Separating Data from Program Files, but what is really needed is the […]
Separating Data from Program Files
After my article Separate Your Data from the Operating System For A More Effective Backup Strategy, subscriber Ron wrote with comments and questions: I’ve been on the separate Data drive/partition bandwagon for years. However, I’m not sure about the validity of a separate APPS drive. After restoring windows, what about all of those pesky registry
What are winmail.dat email attachments?
I’ve seen several questions recently about winmail.dat attachment files that come with some emails. If you use an email program that stores attachments in a different folder than it stores the actual emails (Eudora, which I use, is one), you can find that you collect a lot of Winmail.dat attachments. When we try to open
Separate Your Data from the Operating System For A More Effective Backup Strategy
After my newsletter article >ATIH Rescues Me, I received a request for further explanation from JNC: At the very end, you make the following statement which went over my head. Kindly explain. “I’ve gotten out of my old habit of storing my programs and data anywhere but C:. This experience has convinced me, again, that
DSL Connection Not Working Reliably
Subscriber Cathy Fitzgerald wrote to ask for suggestions on her Verizon DSL connection: Hi Terry, I am on Verizon DSL. I have had problems for over a year now, both connecting to the internet, and retrieving email. I have spent countless hours with them trying to resolve the issues. They sent a technician to the
Buttons for Multiple Printers in Word 2007
pay close enough attention to realize that the only personal responses go to subscribers. He wanted to know how to set up multiple printer buttons in Word 2007 in order to be able to easily switch
Solving an Virus Problem
Subscriber Buck Bailey wrote me recently to ask for help: Don’t know if you answer inquiries or not, but here goes. Even with active AVG anti-virus working, I seem to have picked up a nuisance virus. My AOL mail is sending out occasional mail with an advertisement link to my mail list. Tim’s checked it […]
Migrating Programs From Windows XP to Windows 7
Subscriber John Buchanan wrote to ask: I have to format and re-install XP or move to Win 7. The OS and programs are on C: but all data on a separate drive. Rather than re-installing all my programs can I use Acronis Migrate easy to copy the programs, install a new copy of XP and […]
My New Home Theater PC
I recently built a new home theater PC to replace the one I built in 2004. I’ve mentioned it a few times, but without any details. First, why did I do it? If you use a TiVo® or a digital video recorder (DVR) from your cable company or satellite company, you have a basic idea. […]
What Else Is Needed For A Home Theater PC?
After you’ve built your base, expandable PC, there’s not a lot needed to make it into a home theater PC. Those required things are: home theater PC software, and a TV tuner card or TV tuner USB device If you’re going to use Windows 7, you can choose to use the Windows Media Center software […]
My 802.11n Wireless Router and Wireless USB Adapter Choices
Cable/DSL Router If you have a cable modem or a DSL modem, you need to have another layer of inexpensive protection between you and the Internet. A cable/DSL router isolates your computer from direct connection to the Internet. Your computer can easily request your email, web pages, etc. through the router. The responses come back […]
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