FACTS! FAX 068 (05/08/97)
the Internet, I frequently get a message to say I have a ‘Cookie’ followed by a file number. I am
then asked if I want to accept it. There is a threat that the page I am
downloading will not be complete if I say ‘no’. What are Cookies, are they
dangerous, should I accept them or not?
are generally harmless. They’re small packets of data, kept by your internet
browser software and stored on your hard disc; you should find them filed under
‘cookies’ inside your Windows directory. They’re created and used by the
webserver computers you access, to help them configure the way web pages are
presented on your PC, they also speed up access and file transfers.
you select or key in a web site address your browser first checks to see if
you’ve been there before, if so there may be a cookie, which it sends, along
with the request for the web page, so the web server doesn’t have to waste time
finding out what software you’re using. Cookies can contain a variety of
information including whether your browser can display frames, or just text. If
the site has restricted access the cookie will include your password, PIN or
account number or a range of personal preferences. This information will only
be passed on to the specific web site that compiled the cookie in the first
place. They cannot be used to divulge your e-mail address, unless you have
already provided it, by filling in a form, when you previously used that web
I found myself re-installing all my software from scratch (you really don't
want to know the details), but when I tried to re-create my old macros in Word,
the Macros label in Tools had disappeared altogether. I managed to get the Macros label back by customising the
menu, but nothing happens when I click on it. Where have all my macros gone?
you manually deleted the Word directory from your C: drive your macros are now
in software heaven, lost and gone forever. If however, you used the Word or
Windows 95 uninstaller, or re-installed Word over the existing copy, then they
should still be there; normally they will be left untouched, though they may
have become disconnected from the new installation. Assuming that you are using
Windows 95 use the Find utility on the Start Menu to look for the ‘normal.dot’
file, where the macros you created should be residing.
have just purchased a Pentium PC to replace my 486/66DX. I wish to use my old
486 for controlling my router woodworking tool, so that it can be used to make
house name plaques. Can you please advise me if there are any hardware or
software packages that can be used to control machinery?
Bentley, Harmondsworth, Middlesex
not aware of any equipment that can be used with your existing router, but
computer-controlled woodworking tools certainly exist. The CNC 860K Machining
Centre from Trend Technical will do everything that you require, and much more.
It comes with CNC Talk control software, that runs on any IBM compatible PC
with a 386 (or higher) processor. It
can also be used with OSS (Open Sign System) CAD/CAM software, which has been
specifically written for signwriting and routing applications. Now for the bad
news. The CNC 860K costs around £10,000 and the OSS software will set you back
another £1,575. If anyone knows of any cheaper solutions we’ll gladly pass them
on, in the meantime you can get more information about the Machining Centre and
OSS by phoning (01923) 249911, or visit the Trend web site at: http://www.trendm.co.uk/cnc.html.
have an Apple computer and I want to get on the internet, please could you give
me a list of servers for an Apple, and their telephone numbers. Secondly, I am
going to buy a Sony Playstation and have a few questions. Is there going to be
another price cut soon, and when does Formula One 97 come out?
Redrup. Quorn, Leicestershire
any make or type of PC, that can be connected to a telephone modem, can be used
to access the internet. Virtually all of the main internet service providers
(ISPs), including CompuServe, BT, AOL etc., have Apple MAC browser software.
You can often find them on magazine cover-mounted discs and CD ROMs, usually
with a 30-day free trial offer.
inform us that there are no plans for any further price reductions for the
Playstation in the foreseeable future, and Formula One 97 from Psygnosis
Software is due out in October.