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Where'd this message box come from?
On my wife's computer when she signs on, she gets this message in a small rectangular box: ERROR - Unexpected error; Quitting With an OK button. This message comes on when she signs on and stays on the screen for 2 minutes and then disappears. Or I can click it off anytime. Is there any way we can get it to stop? At a gut level, this kinda sorta feels like spyware of some sort. But we should probably first see if we can figure out what program is generating this message, and then decide what to do from there. Continue reading Whered this message box come from? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
17:39:03 March 2, 2006, Thursday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
What ever happened to RSS?
RSS hasn't lived up to its promise. What will it take? Continue reading What ever happened to RSS? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
07:00:00 March 2, 2006, Thursday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Can I send text messages between a computer and a cell phone?
Can a computer (laptop or desktop)text message a cell phone, and can a cell phone text message a computer. If so how? Well, let's clear one thing up right away: cell phone text messaging, or "SMS" text messaging is not the same as instant messaging on your computer. They're two very different systems. That doesn't mean all is lost, however. There are some things you can do. How much depends mostly on the cellular provider, and the type of phone you have. Continue reading Can I send text messages between a computer and a cell phone? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
18:35:28 February 28, 2006, Tuesday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
What does "This file does not have a program associated with it" mean?
I'm getting the message "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the folders options control panel." when I attempt to open a PPS attachment in Outlook Express. What's that all mean, and what do I do? Well, in short it means that Outlook Express doesn't know what to do with the attached file. It tries to figure that out based on the file "extension" or the characters that follow the last period in the file name; in your case, the "pps". So, we'll have to tell it what to do. Continue reading What does "This file does not have a program associated with it" mean? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
19:16:40 February 27, 2006, Monday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Why won't my external drives shut down automatically?
I just installed two external Firewire hard drive cases with two hard drives. When I shut off my system the drives keep running and they don't power down when my PC is on after 15 minutes-the setting I use for turning the hard drives off. Is this normal for a Firewire external drive or is there something I need to do to get them to power down. I can shut them off when not in use but it would be more convenient if they just turned off according to my power schedule. I'm a huge fan of external drives. In fact, I own three of them now. But, being the kind of guy I am, I leave my computers - all of them - running all the time. If you don't, what you want to do depends on exactly what your external drive does when it gets "bored". Continue reading Why wont my external drives shut down automatically? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
13:26:40 February 27, 2006, Monday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Tech Site: Webopedia
http://www.webopedia.com Ever come across an internet or computer related term or acronym that made absolutely NO sense? And yet the writer, perhaps even me, uses it as if everyone on the planet should know what it means? Webopedia is the site for you. "The only online dictionary and search engine you need for computer and Internet technology definitions." FUD? TCP/IP? router? smiley? These and thousands of other words and acronyms are defined in short, easy to understand terms, and heavily cross-referenced so if you stumble across another term you've not heard of before, understanding is just a mouse click away. You'll frequently see references to Webopedia in the related links sections of Ask Leo! articles - it's one of my go-to reference sites. Continue reading Tech Site: Webopedia Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
10:09:09 February 27, 2006, Monday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Is running two anti-spyware programs better than one?
I have Microsoft Antispyware in my windows XP computer but recently I read reviews in PC magazine and it recommended Spyware Doctor 3.5. I don't want to uninstall Microsoft Antispyware. Can I keep both of them running at the same time? If one is good, two must be better, right? And three better still! Well, yes and no. Depending on what you mean by "run", two can be better, or two can be a total mess. Continue reading Is running two anti-spyware programs better than one? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
21:04:52 February 26, 2006, Sunday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Leo's Answers #14 - February 24, 2006
Leo's Answers A Weekly Newsletter From Ask Leo! Leo Notenboom Hello! (You're receiving this newsletter because you subscribed, and then confirmed your subscription. Simple instructions for unsubscribing are at the end of every newsletter.) *** Contents New Articles of Note on Ask Leo! Popular Articles from the Archives. Thoughts and Comments Newsletter Administration *** New Articles of Note on Ask Leo! Tech Site: annoyances.org annoyances.org From that folks that brought you the books "Windows XP Annoyances" and "Windows Me Annoyances", among others, is this site full of useful and interesting information about the things that annoy in Windows. From their site: Annoyances.org is the most complete collection of information assembled for and by actual users of Microsoft Windows. Explore this free web resource by selecting one of the destinations on your left, or use search to find a specific solution. In addition to the content on the site, there are accompanying discussion forums ...
18:00:00 February 24, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Tech Site: annoyances.org
annoyances.org From that folks that brought you the books "Windows XP Annoyances" and "Windows Me Annoyances", among others, is this site full of useful and interesting information about the things that annoy in Windows. From their site: Annoyances.org is the most complete collection of information assembled for and by actual users of Microsoft Windows. Explore this free web resource by selecting one of the destinations on your left, or use search to find a specific solution. In addition to the content on the site, there are accompanying discussion forums providing yet another opportunity to ask your questions or find the answer already posted. Continue reading Tech Site: annoyances.org Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
16:31:59 February 23, 2006, Thursday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
How can I keep the images I post on the web from being copied?
I just found one of my pictures on someone else's web site. In fact, they're using it to make money by showing it and displaying advertising around it, and that annoys me to no end. What can I do? Welcome to the internet, where technology makes copying and stealing just about anything you see downright trivial. I'll be honest ... the photo that was stolen was mine. Continue reading How can I keep the images I post on the web from being copied? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
09:06:53 February 23, 2006, Thursday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
If I Had to Do It All Over Again...
I reflect on the one thing I would have done differently, and why I think it matters. Continue reading If I Had to Do It All Over Again... Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
08:00:00 February 23, 2006, Thursday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Why is only the left hand part of my page printed?
My question concerns a problem I have had since day one,Printing! When I print a page words on the right hand side are cut off all the way down the page. My Printer is a HP Business Inkjet2250 an nobody seems to understand why it does this. Very frustrating, I know. It's quite common. The good news is that it's not necessarily your printer. It's more likely to be the program that you're printing from. And I'll bet that program is Internet Explorer. Continue reading Why is only the left hand part of my page printed? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
11:49:43 February 22, 2006, Wednesday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
How do I Find Someone's Email Address?
How do I find out my friend's email address? I'd like to get in touch with my old college roommate - how do I find out her email address? I'm trying to get in touch with a business contact, but I've lost his email address. How can I find it again? As you can tell, I get variations of this question a lot. In short, you know someone, you want to send them email, but you don't have their email address. What do you do? Well, I'll be blunt. Nine times out of ten, you are simply out of luck. But sometimes you can get lucky. Continue reading How do I Find Someones Email Address? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
14:13:33 February 21, 2006, Tuesday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
What's a "torrent"?
What is a torrent file and can it be broken down to smaller files and recorded to CDs/DVDs? Torrents, typically ending in ".torrent", are control files for the peer-to-peer file sharing technology called BitTorrent. It's actually pretty cool technology that really just boils down to another way to download files. So really, you just use .torrent files to download other files. Continue reading Whats a "torrent"? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
18:26:08 February 20, 2006, Monday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
How do I delete history items from my Google tool bar?
I want to delete the items that show up automatically when I search for something using Google's toolbar. I'll admit it, there are some terms there that I'd not want others to see. How do I clear that? That's actually a composite question from several related questions that I get several times each day. People search for things on Google, and then they don't want the evidence of what they searched for to remain. Fair enough. But there's an amazing amount of confusion. Some say "Google toolbar" and mean "Google toolbar". Others say "Google toolbar" and mean ... well, apparently they mean something else. And naturally the difference is important in answering the question. Continue reading How do I delete history items from my Google tool bar? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
11:30:00 February 19, 2006, Sunday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Why doesn't my email format properly in Outlook?
One of the staff here is having an Outlook 2003 problem. It seems that when she sends email, it changes the font to show a strikethrough. Twice I have tried to correct this and here is what happened. 1. When she composed it showed strikethroughs on her side and that was it. 2. Now when she composes, there are no strikethroughs, but when people reply their text has strikethroughs in it. 3. I am out of ideas and thinking of reinstalling Office 2003. I have gone into her settings and did all the common stuff, but still cant get it to behave. I feel your pain. It's a problem I commonly experience when replying to other people's mail. All of a sudden what I type doesn't appear in the style I want it to, and for the life of me, I can't whack it into shape. At least not without a lot of work. I think I understand why it happens, and I definitely have some suggestions. Two suggestions, actually. Continue reading Why doesnt my email format properly in Outlook? Tech Questions? Get Answers! ...
14:06:36 February 18, 2006, Saturday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Leo's Answers #13 - February 17, 2006
Leo's Answers A Weekly Newsletter From Ask Leo! Leo Notenboom Hello! (You're receiving this newsletter because you subscribed, and then confirmed your subscription. Simple instructions for unsubscribing are at the end of every newsletter.) *** Contents New Articles of Note on Ask Leo! Popular Articles from the Archives. Thoughts and Comments Newsletter Administration Department *** New Articles of Note on Ask Leo! Can my company monitor my IM conversations at home? I work from home using a cable broadband service I pay for. I connect to my company's server through a proxy server for email, etc. I use AIM for business IMing. I recently received a notice from my company that all instant messaging conversations are being monitored. I am wondering if it is possible for my company to archive my AIM conversations when I am at home using my own cable provider, or if they do in fact have archiving capability if that would apply only to on-site employees. I am concerned because not all of ...
18:00:00 February 17, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Can my company monitor my IM conversations at home?
I work from home using a cable broadband service I pay for. I connect to my company's server through a proxy server for email, etc. I use AIM for business IMing. I recently received a notice from my company that all instant messaging conversations are being monitored. I am wondering if it is possible for my company to archive my AIM conversations when I am at home using my own cable provider, or if they do in fact have archiving capability if that would apply only to on-site employees. I am concerned because not all of my IM conversations are work related as I use my screen name for both business and personal conversations. Hey, at least they told you. Most companies that do monitor bury that fact in their employee handbooks, if they even mention it at all. But can they monitor your IMing at home? Maybe. Continue reading Can my company monitor my IM conversations at home? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox ...
12:44:51 February 17, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Can I Control the Volume of Podcasts I Download?
I regularly download podcasts but find that often the volume of talkback shows is too low to hear when I am in a busy, noisy area (ie. walking down the main street, sitting on the bus). I currently use ipodder from Juice for my downloads and it is a great app. But do others allow for higher quality volume in the download? Is there anything I can do? I definitely understand the problem. I find myself adjusting the volume on many podcasts, and especially when I switch from one to another. The levels are rarely the same. Continue reading Can I Control the Volume of Podcasts I Download? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
18:20:34 February 15, 2006, Wednesday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Tech Site: SpywareGuide
http://www.spywareguide.com From their website: "The Spyware Guide was created to provide an all inclusive and updated resource on spyware applications, what they do and how they're used. These resources include: which software applications can detect and defeat spyware, an extensive database of all known spy software and adware applications and contact information as well as other privacy related products. As the spy versus spy battle rages on we have decided to document this fascinating battlefield." Continue reading Tech Site: SpywareGuide Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
17:56:40 February 15, 2006, Wednesday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Where are the ethics?
I whine a little about the lack of ethics in a large percentage of the questions I get. Continue reading Where are the ethics? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
11:22:33 February 14, 2006, Tuesday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Why does my laptop bounce email?
When I send email with an attachment (an mp3) to my laptop from my desktop computer, it bounces back with a message that my laptop inbox is full. However, it isn't full. In fact, I've cleaned everything out of my Outlook Express on my laptop, including deleted messages, sent mail, etc. There's nothing there. Why is this happening and how can I fix it? It's not your laptop that's complaining. Exactly who is complaining depends on how you've got your email accounts set up, and which account you're sending it to. Continue reading Why does my laptop bounce email? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
10:02:37 February 14, 2006, Tuesday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Why does my clock reset on every power-on?
I have a system time & date problem on my HP laptop running Windows XP. It returns to the same date (probably a production date) after reboot. I tried setting it up in boot menu, but the problem remained. I have good news and I have what might be bad news. The good news is that the problem is most likely a simple dead battery. The bad news, is that replacing the battery could be difficult. Continue reading Why does my clock reset on every power-on? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
19:53:57 February 13, 2006, Monday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Could the Hotmail Servers be Infected?
I tried to help someone whose computer had been infected by the Nimda worm. After the computer was disinfected, and before my friend even used that computer again, she complained that all her contacts (in her Hotmail Contacts list) suddenly started getting virus attachment emails which appear to be sent from her Hotmail account -- even though she wasn't using the previously infected computer -- and wasn't sending them anything. She is sure the other computers she is using are well-protected and "clean". I had advised to her close the Hotmail account -- but, nevertheless, it's hard to believe the Hotmail servers are this vulnerable -- and if they are, how can she be sure she won't have this problem with another Hotmail account? There are additional issues -- but first, I want to be sure this is really the root of the problem at this point: an infected account on the Hotmail server. Hotmail definitely has its problems, but this probably isn't one of them. While someone's got a virus, ...
19:05:40 February 13, 2006, Monday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Should I Leave AOL?
I've been with AOL for many years. For the most part they've worked well for me, but lately it seems that I'm not getting email from mailing lists I've signed up for, and the list owners blame AOL. What's up with that? I also heard these rumors that AOL is charging to send email? How will I be impacted by that? Should I just find myself another ISP? I actually can't answer that last question - it's a decision you'll have to make for yourself. Some of it depends on your level of comfort with computers in general, since AOL remains relatively easy to use for the less computer literate. But apparently it's also going to depend on your level of tolerance for AOL's attempts to thwart spam. Continue reading Should I Leave AOL? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
13:35:44 February 12, 2006, Sunday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Tech Site: Windows Networking
http://www.windowsnetworking.com WindowsNetworking.com covers a lot more than networking, and is a great general resource for articles on Windows, Windows networking and networking in general. In short, there's a lot of information here. Links to discussion groups take you to http://www.security-forums.com, a very active community dealing with a lot more than just security issues. These sites aren't really for the newbies, but if you've already gotten your toes wet and want to spend a little time browsing for some intermediate to advanced information, WindowsNetworking.com is worth some of your time. Continue reading Tech Site: Windows Networking Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
19:00:00 February 10, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Leo's Answers #12 - February 10, 2006
Leo's Answers A Weekly Newsletter From Ask Leo! Leo Notenboom Hello! (You're receiving this newsletter because you subscribed, and then confirmed your subscription. Simple instructions for unsubscribing are at the end of every newsletter.) *** Contents New Articles of Note on Ask Leo! Popular Articles from the Ask Leo! Archives. Interesting Sites and Useful Resources. Leo's Thoughts and Comments Newsletter Administration Department *** New Articles of Note on Ask Leo! How do those ads know where I live? I live in Baltimore. When I go to a website the site will often say things like "find sexy singles in Baltimore," and stuff like that. I use spyware software religiously. So how do they know where I live? And how do I get rid of it. These aren't local websites I'm visiting by the way. Spooky, isn't it? I see the same thing when I visit certain websites. It's not always about "sexy singles", but they frequently nail me down to the Seattle area. There are a couple of ways this can ...
18:00:00 February 10, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
How do those ads know where I live?
I live in Baltimore. When I go to a website the site will often say things like "find sexy singles in Baltimore," and stuff like that. I use spyware software religiously. So how do they know where I live? And how do I get rid of it. These aren't local websites I'm visiting by the way. Spooky, isn't it? I see the same thing when I visit certain websites. It's not always about "sexy singles", but they frequently nail me down to the Seattle area. There are a couple of ways this can happen. Continue reading How do those ads know where I live? Tech Questions? Get Answers! - Ask Leo! ... by Leo Notenboom Leo's Answers Newsletter - Ask Leo! in your inbox every week.
10:10:28 February 10, 2006, Friday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
What's this "Validation Scan" all about?
My computer is running Win XP Pro SP2. I purchased it last year via eBay, no install CD, etc. It's been working fine. Up until just a few days ago, I had it configured to do almost everything automatically, including Windows Updates (Control Panel -> Security Center.) On a lark, I began playing with "Help and Support" -> Updates. Make a long story short, when I tried to check for updates, I had to run a validation scan and I got a message saying I did not have a valid copy of Windows - that it had been installed with a Volume License Key reported stolen or leaked. I was given an opportunity to download something from Microsoft called "legitcheck" which supposedly will make my copy of XP Pro "genuine" and qualify me for "full" Microsoft support. I guess I'm missing something here. The whole validation and activation thing (WPA, or Windows Product Activation) is pretty confusing. Most folks were very concerned with it when QPA was first introduced, but we rarely hear much about it ...
15:11:21 February 9, 2006, Thursday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!
Will programs just use all the memory in my computer?
Is it true that the more memory your computer has, the more memory some programs use? I've read several forums where people mention that they have a gigabyte or more of memory and that Firefox, or Quicken, or some other program is using, say, 900 MB. They call those programs memory hogs and say their computers slow down. My 4 1/2 year old WIN XP computer has 394 MB and when I use those programs (the most current versions), they only use a fraction of that amount of memory. For example, I frequently have 10, 20, or even 30 tabs open in Firefox and it remains in a well-behaved 50-70 MB, maybe up to 90 MB range. When and why do you need 1 GB of ram? Is it mostly for games? There are lots of reasons one might want a gigabyte of memory, but it shouldn't be for something as simple as FireFox. I'd have to agree that someone's a memory hog in that situation, but it might not be FireFox. Your situation is actually much more common. Continue reading Will programs just use all the memory in ...
21:43:02 February 6, 2006, Monday (PST) Source: Ask Leo!