OVER 2 YOU, 069 (19/02/02)
AND LAST PAGES
What was the first page on the Internet, and
is it still there?
Des Peters, via email
should find information about the first page on the Internet at:
I donít know about the first page but a
Google search reveals several last pagesÖ.
S. Leaford, via email
I am looking to transfer all my recipes to my PC can
anyone recommend any suitable software?
Hewitt, via email
I have spent a long time evaluating recipe software Ė the one that came
out nearest to my needs was Now Your Cooking.
You can input your recipes via the keyboard or by scanning and can
import recipes from all over the web.
It is not expensive and you can try before you buy. Best of all is that it comes with a lifetime
upgrade guarantee! Download from http://www.ffts.com/
Ian Pollington, Loxwood, West Sussex
the spice people has a very good application called World Cuisine Recipe Book
that should fit the bill. Itís available from various Internet sites,
including Amazon and Computermarket.com
am attempting to research my father's service in the Great War but am hitting
brick walls. My father was a retired regular soldier who re-enlisted in
1914 and went to France in 1915 with the 7th (Service) Royal Scots
Fusiliers. The Records Office at Hayes in Middlesex was bombed during the
Second World War and many records, including my father's, were badly
damaged. The Royal Scots Fusiliers' museum was moved from Ayr to Glasgow
but before the RSF memorabilia had been catalogued the museum was set on fire
by vandals and damaged by the fire or and water. Where else can I seek
information? Is it possible to gain access to the Great War medical
S. Leonard, via email
May I suggest the February-March 2002 issue of
Legion, the magazine of the Royal British Legion. There is a four
page Research Special entitled "Retracing lost trails"
containing addresses, web sites, etc. and other pointers to the sort of
information Mr Leonard requires.
Iím very pleased with the results from my new
digital still camera but can anyone tell me how long pictures printed on my
Canon printer are likely to last, before they fade, and is there anyway to
preserve the original data indefinitely that will save it from the inevitable
obsolescence of current recording media?
S. Richardson, via email
printed with original dye inks on an inkjet printer will only last for 2-3
years, even behind glass, before fading. Gasses and pollutants in the air
affect the paper coating. Keep them out of direct sunlight. The latest machines
use improved inks and paper that are supposed to last about 10 years. It also
depends on which paper you use, gloss papers fade quicker than matt. You can
buy inks from an independent supplier, such as Lyson (www.lyson.com), that last from 15-70 years and
longer depending on the paper. These are test results, no one really knows yet.
store digital images long term, you should use a simple universal form such as
TIFF, preferably uncompressed, to be sure of recovery in the future. They can
be kept on tape or CD-ROM disk but it must be a long-life type. Most cheap CR-R/RW
discs are unlikely to last more than a few years so use gold or gold/silver
coated disks for longer life. Duplicate everything and copy again every few
years to be sure. They must be stored in warm dry shaded conditions or the
recording layers will delaminate and deteriorate.
have a Canon S800 and use their photo quality paper. Canon, are currently
suggesting that we can expect a twenty year life from a print, which is mounted
under glass. I don't know what is claimed for dye sublimation printers or
professional print shops that offer a printing service for digital images.
As for archiving, it is anyoneís guess as to which format will survive the test
of time. My suggestion is to use CD-R or CD-RW for now. Record images with the
highest quality your supports. Since memory is so cheap now we can afford to do
this, I have just bought a 128MB Smart Media card for under £50 including
VAT and postage! For archiving try not to save images as JPEG files, any
lossy compression will have a trade off against quality. Also in the future you
may transfer your archive to another format and wish to avoid compression
artefacts, which degrade the image. A 700MB disc will hold hundreds of images.
Bob Clegg, Plymouth, Devon
CALCULATORS IN SPACE
Iíve often read that there is more computing power
in a modern pocket calculator than was available in the Apollo spacecraft that
landed on the moon. Is that really true? If so, does anyone know the
specification of those early computers, or relative speed, compared with
todayís desktop PCs?
R. Silver, Huddersfield
In 1970 I was working for Xerox Data Systems, which
as Scientific Data Systems (SDS) had started as a company around 1964 to design
computers specifically for use by NASA. By 1970, 60% of NASA's computers
came from SDS. These were not onboard computers, but ground based mission
control systems designed for high-speed telemetry - the gathering of data from
the computers and processing it rapidly so if there was a problem the launch
could be shut down. They probably had only 16k of 16-bit memory but did
have extremely fast disks, which even now would have a competitive access speed
to current hard disks. However the disks generally had less
capacity than a floppy disk, occupied two computer cabinets and took about
15 minutes to get up to speed.
There was an SDS 900 computer under every Apollo
when it blasted off. Supposedly NASA went round afterwards searching the
ashes of the computer to reclaim the gold from the circuit board contacts.
Roger Stones, Dorking, Surrey
physio has heavily criticised my sitting posture - which has added to the strain on my neck and the deterioration of my cervical vertebrae. He suggests that I find some way of regularly reminding myself to check my posture when operating the PC. Can anyone suggest a way of
reminders to my screen at regular intervals, irrespective of software I am using at the time?
Tom Busby, via email
I use MS Outlook (not Outlook Express) to post
reminders to me for all my tasks. Once you get used to it, it is very
straightforward to use. Tasks (i.e. a reminder) can be set to occur once only
or recurring daily, weekly or monthly. Once the reminder pops up it is a simple
matter to set the next reminder to 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 1 hour etc.
have exactly the same need, and have used the clock-chime facility to record my
own message reminding myself on the hour to have a screen break and do some
on a Mac, is done in two stages. First, I recorded the message as a 'chime'
through the Control Panels/ Monitors & Sound/ Alerts ('Add') menu. (NB,
unless you want the warning every single time an alert may be played -
e.g. if you mis-key - do keep the alert selected in Monitors &
Sound as something less infuriating, like a Quack.) Then I selected this
new Alert as my hourly 'chime' through the Control Panels/ Date & Time/
Clock options, where you can choose which sound to have if you want one. I
invented this all by myself, and feel rather proud because it perfectly does
the trick. It operates, as Tom Busby requires, independently of any
software. Caution: I now find myself unfailingly reminding me very loudly to
take a break just as I am in the middle of a very important telephone call.
Ismene Brown, via email
CAN YOU HELP?
have read that there is a site that lists the 20 million emigrants into the United
States of America. Please can anybody come up with the address that my web
search has failed to find?
Hill , via email
this year I will be off on a sailing adventure lasting approximately five
months. The accommodation on board will be fairly rough and ready, with a damp
salty atmosphere. Can anyone recommend a laptop or portable PC that will be
able to endure this kind of hostile environment?
Leslie, via email
wife and I are looking for help in learning western European languages, using
PC software and the net. We want a reasonably high standard with lots of
interactive help and as much contact with native language speakers as possible.
Griffiths, Newnham Bridle, Worcs.
there any software then would enable a PC or Mac to read floppy discs formatted
for an Atari 520ST? I am planning to get a new computer but do not want to
loose the files I have accumulated over the years.
Lowe-Watson, London N6