FACTS! FAX! 389 (11/11/03)
Whenever one registers for
a service from a web site on the Internet, one is usually required to submit a
username and password. The crux of my problem is that I failed to keep a record
of all my various usernames and passwords and kept forgetting them… After
reading about “Password Depot” in a previous edition of Connected, I downloaded
the freeware version thinking that it would be the answer to all my problems.
You’ve guessed it! I have forgotten the password I need to access Password
Depot’s. List Access Key. I cannot even uninstall the application without
inputting the key. Is there any way of unearthing
the stored passwords?
Not according to the Password Depot Support FAQ. There may
well be some sort of ‘backdoor’ but Password Depot would clearly not want it to
be known – which is as it should be -- so it looks as though you are going to
have to re-register with those web sites, or use the ‘remember my password’ or
‘forgotten password’ links. My own strategy for storing critical passwords is
to ferret them away in random text in an obscurely named file buried several
sub folders deep inside a program folder. All I have to do is remember where I
hid it… Alternative suggestions welcomed.
After a hardware failure my
PC was professionally repaired under warranty. However when they reloaded
Windows XP they spelt my name incorrectly as registered owner. This is very
annoying as it appears in many places. Is it possible to list all the places
where corrections should be made in Windows XP for me to get rid of this
Registered Owner information, which has to be entered during the
installation of Windows, is stored in the Registry, a large system file
responsible for the setup and configuration data for all of the major
applications on your PC. When you install new software it usually takes the
owner details from the Registry, but they won’t necessarily be kept in the
Registry and might end up in a file inside the program folder, which may be
inaccessible or impossible to change.
You can correct the initial mistake, though, by editing the Registry
(only try this if you know your way around Windows, and make a backup first!).
Open the Registry Editor (type ‘regedit’, without the quotes, in Run on the
Start menu) and work your way down to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\
SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows NT\ CurrentVersion. There you will find the
misspelling next to ‘RegisteredOrganization’, ‘RegisteredOwner’ or ‘ProductId’;
simply double click on the entry and correct the name. Other instances in the Registry
can be found by going to Find on Regedit’s Edit menu, type in the misspelled
name and press F3 to find and correct each entry in turn.
I have lost Outlook Express on my laptop as a result of
incompetently dealing with Bugbear and another virus. It runs on Windows 98SE
and I have the original Microsoft installation disc. Can I reinstall it from
said disc without having to reinstall everything else or can I download it from
Internet Explorer and
Outlook Express are bound closely together so it’s safest to treat them as a
one program and install them together. This also gets around any conflicts
between old and newer versions, which would almost certainly arise if you tried
to install it from your Windows disc. Downloading from the Internet is an
option but unless you have broadband I would advise against it as it is a large
file and can take ages on a dial-up connection. A better alternative is to seek
it out on a computer magazine cover disc, like PC Pro, where it appears on a
I frequently send the same
email to many recipients. If I post it
in one operation I have to put all their email addresses in the 'to' or 'cc'
box which means that they can all see who else is receiving it. To keep my business confidential I have to
send a separate message to each one. Is their any way that I can send a bulk
email without everyone knowing who the other recipients are?
If you use Outlook Express
as your email client simply put the recipient’s names into the BCC (blind
carbon copy) address window and they will not appear in the received emails.
My wife's eyesight has
deteriorated so much that she has difficulty when watching TV - particularly in
trying to make out any wording that appears on screen. What would solve
the problem would be a 15-inch LCD extension screen on a wall mounted
angle-poise type bracket, which could be mounted on the wall near her
chair. A separate TV would be fine but for the difficulty of connecting
existing VHS and DVD players to work on both at same time as I would still need
to view the main TV at the same time. Extension speakers are commonplace,
but there appears to be a real need for extension screens - are such things
available and if so where can they be obtained?
Extension screens or video monitors are readily available but
ironically they usually cost more than ordinary TVs with equivalent sized
screens. You can easily use a second TV as a monitor – set it to ‘External’ or
‘AV’ input – and use a SCART ‘splitter’ to derive a second set of audio and
video feeds from your VCR and DVD players. Splitters and details of more
elaborate video distribution devices can be found on the Maplin web site at www.maplin.co.uk. Alternatively, if your main
TV is a reasonably recent model it may have a video ‘loop through’ output on
one of the SCART sockets, which could be used to connect it to your second TV
via a simple SCART cable. Consult your TV’s manual to see if it has such a