FACTS! FAX! 205 (30/03/00)
With reference to 'F!F!F!' 16th March, your
directions for installing Hotmail accounts on OE5 don't appear to work on my
installing I do not receive a check box for ' I already have an e-mail address
' and when I have entered my Hotmail address the e-mail server boxes remain
Tim & Clare Hilditch
Several readers wrote in saying they had problems
with this tip. It turns out that there is an early version of OE5 that doesn’t
support Hotmail. Fortunately it can be easily upgraded from the Hotmail Web
site, the link can be found by clicking on Hot News under Subscription on your
Hotmail inbox page, then Hot Tips and look for the item ‘Use Hotmail offline
with Outlook Express’.
Others had difficulty with the configuration, caused
we suspect by hangovers from previous email accounts, the solution is also on
the ‘Use Hotmail offline…’ section on the Hotmail website, here’s a summary of
what to do. As before select Accounts from the Tools menu, click on Mail and
Next then type in your Hotmail address. Click Next again and on the menu item
‘My incoming mail server is’, select HTTP (if you don’t see it you have the
older version of OE5), and under ‘My HTTP mail service provider is’ choose
Hotmail or Other. In the Incoming Mail Server field type: ‘http://services.msn.com/svcs/hotmail/httpmail.asp’
Enter your Hotmail account name (leaving off the
@hotmail.com part) and password, click Next and Finish
In F!F!F! March 16th one of your correspondents enquired about means of
setting his PC clock. ‘About Time’ is an excellent ‘Careware’ tool, which
enables the clock to be set directly over the web; this is available from www.arachnoid.com. It allows various
on-line timing sources to be accessed, and even gives an indication of web
delays (usually much less than a second) encountered in the process.
PC connects to the Dimension 4 web site automatically whenever I go on line and
it updates the time setting. You can find it at: http://www.thinkman.com/~thinkman/
don't know if this is atomic but it is very convenient and is freeware.
PC TV adaptor cards have the facility to synchronise the Teletext clock with
the PC's clock.
I draw to your attention my free software MSF.COM, which locks the PC's clock
to the National Physical Laboratory's transmission from Rugby. MSF.COM
can be downloaded from my web site (www.rtrussell.co.uk)
and a suitable receiver module is available from Maplin as order code MK68Y (www.maplin.co.uk).
thanks to everyone who responded to this query. Incidentally in exchange for
the ‘careware’ utility mentioned by Gerald Lessnof you have to simply promise
to stop ‘whining’ about how hard you life is, sounds like a good deal…
In Introducing MSDOS Part 2 (Boot Camp March 9th)
Rick Maybury suggested a means of starting a computer in DOS mode by
pressing the F8 key between the POST sequence and the "Starting Windows
..." message. A
difficulty in doing this is that I have to press
F8 at exactly the right moment; a further shortcoming is that I need
to do every time I want to start in DOS. I believe that in F!F!F! A little
while ago there was a tip on how to change the Windows 98 settings so
that it would not start automatically every time, but I have been unable to
track this down in the Connected Archive.
Notepad (Start > Programs > Accessories) to open ‘msdos.sys’ in the root
directory of your C: drive and look for the line BootGUI=1, change that to
BootGUI=0, save and close and Windows will now boot to the C: prompt. To start
Windows just type ‘win’. (You may have to uncheck its Read Only attribute by
right clicking on the msdos.sys file icon in Windows Explorer).
am a member of a village garden society and wish to computerise the results of
our annual show. In a column of results, in the form of points gained, there is
no difficulty in picking out the first prize winner, but how do I go about
selecting second and third places?
is would be a simple job for a spreadsheet but past experience has shown that
someone somewhere is bound to have written a specialist program, and usually
F!F!F! readers know exactly where to find it, so suggestions please.
tried your auto-run help entitled 'Run Out' dated March 16 but, however, had no
success. I have had tremendous difficulty and have tried many options yet it
still will not Autorun music, or software, CD's. This is most frustrating,
most likely explanation is an incorrect entry in the Windows Registry, which as
regular readers will know is the large and constantly changing configuration
file that controls how Windows operates. The remedy is actually quite simple
but as always we have to warn you that tampering with the Registry can be
dangerous, so don’t try it unless you are confident of your abilities and
willing to accept the consequences.
first step is to make a self-installing backup of the Registry, in case
something goes wrong. Go to Run on the Start menu and type ‘regedit’ to start
the Registry Editor. On the Registry drop down menu select Export Registry
File, choose a location and call the exported file ‘regbak’ and click Save.
This will create a file called regbak.reg, if you run into problems with the
Registry, click on regbak.reg and it will automatically replace the damaged
the Registry editor still open drill down through the following list of entries
by clicking on the ‘+’ signs next to the file folders:
The entry in the right hand window after
read 95 00 00 00, however the chances are another
value will be shown, in which case right-click on the icon and select Modify
and change the value to 0000 95 00 00 00, exit the Registry Editor and restart
you have you any ideas how I can create 'check' boxes within a Word 97
click into an empty area next to the toolbars at the top of the screen and
select Forms from the drop-down menu. A small toolbox appears with a checkbox
item, position the cursor in the document where you want it to go and click on
the icon or icons. When you have finished your layout click on the padlock icon
on the Forms toolbar, to activate the check boxes, and ‘lock’ the document, so
that it cannot be changed by whoever is filling it in.
How does one delete obsolete AutoText entries from
the Insert menu select AutoText, then AutoText and the AutoText tab, highlight
the entry you wish to remove and click the Delete button.