FACTS! FAX! 489 (29/11/05)
have just transferred to Thunderbird from OE (on Boot Campís advice) and I have
it running all the time but I would rather have the icon in the System Tray
(next to the clock) rather than on the Taskbar. Itís far too easy to close it
by mistake with the icon there. Is this possible, and to have it notify me when
emails arrive? MSN Messenger manages this, is this because it is part of the
Pounds, via email
are not alone in wanting this facility and whatís more you are spoilt for
choice with solutions. Here are three freeware utilities to be getting on with:
Thunderbird Trayand MinimizeToTray; the latter also
works with Firefox, Mozilla Suite and our favourite Open Source web editing
program Nvu, which you will find in the Freeware and Shareware Archive
Due to a family
bereavement we have inherited a Dell laptop and are unable to use, as we do not
know the password.
Porter, via email
think it is fair to assume that if the deceased set up a password lock on the
laptop they did so to preserve the security of the data or information it
contains. Unless there are any special circumstances I would urge you to
respect their privacy and use the PCís recovery or installation discs to wipe
the drive and start afresh.
you absolutely must gain access to the PC then it is no secret that there are
many and various ways to read files on a locked PC or crack the XP Login
password. The simplest thing to do is use a service like LoginRecovery, (http://www.loginrecovery.com/). This
involves downloading a small file onto a floppy disc, loading it into the
locked PC and running a small program. This generates a file, which is then
uploaded to the company (on another PC) for decryption and recovery of the
original password. The service is free (it can take up to 48 hours) or for a
modest £10 fee the file can be processed in around ten minutes.
have been busy transferring my CDs to my PCís hard drive so I can play them on
my MP3 player. Now I have quite a collection stored on my PC and I would like
to get a printout of the entire library. They are saved in folders in the
format of artist album and track. I was wondering if it is possible under
Windows or is there a program that will print the folders in an expanded tree
format so I can see what I have in my collection?
Harden, via email
you just want a printout of the Windows Explorer directory tree and folders
view then you can do a screen grab by pressing the PrtScn key, open Windows
Paint or MS Word, press Ctrl + V to Paste the image, resize as required then
more comprehensive file and folder listing look no further than our old friend RJH Extensions. This
freeware utility adds a Directory Printing function to Windows Explorer
right-click Context menu. It can be configured to print all Details, Sub
Folders or Folders only. You will also find that it adds other useful
facilities to Windows Explorer, including file encryption and shredding.
have recently installed a new motherboard and processor and everything is
working fine except that I am frequently unable to open bookmarks or desktop
shortcuts at the first attempt. Usually the second or third attempt works, but
not always. This problem does not occur all the time, and not always to the
same shortcuts, and is worse on some days more than others. I use both Firefox
and IE6 and the problem happens on both browsers. This problem never happened
before I changed the processor and motherboard, and the shortcuts were exported
to floppy and imported so have not changed. I assume that a setting needs to be
changed somewhere; can you suggest anything?
really odd! Assuming that youíve havenít re-installed Windows then I can think
of no reason why changing the motherboard should affect the accessibility of
desktop shortcuts and bookmarks. I suppose there could be a problem with the
mouse interface, but this would have a global effect on all mouse actions like
menu selection and dragging and dropping. The only thing I can suggest is check
your mouse settings in Control Panel, in particular the Ďdouble-click speedí.
If your mouse came with its own driver I would uninstall and reinstall that and
it might be worth visiting the motherboard and mouse manufacturerís web site to
see if thereís an updated driver or FAQ, which might indicate a compatibility
problem somewhere down the line. I would also try another mouse to see if
thatís also affected but Iím barrel scraping now so if anyone has any bright
ideas please let me know.
recently stated in your column that there are only slight differences between
DVD+R and DVD-R discs. I recently bought a Daewoo DVD recorder and VCR, which
will only allow me to record using DVD+R discs, but I am able to play DVD-R
discs. Could you tell me the reason for this?
Martin, via email
because the aim of any DVD recorder, whether designed for DVD-R or DVD-R discs,
is to produce a finished or Ďfinalisedí
disc that conforms to the basic DVD technical standards so that it can be read
on any recent DVD player. The differences, such as they are, are to do with the
way the recorder organises and processes data prior to Ďburningí the disc. There are
also some minor variations in the optical characteristics of the two types of
disc, and those of the rewritable DVD-RW discs but many recent players can
compensate for these and so should be able to play any type of finalised disc.
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