Houston We Have a Problem… 032 01/05/07
Picture Storage Problem?
there any limit to the number of pictures I can store in Picasa on my PC? I
already have well over a thousand.
Drake, by email
anyone who still doesn’t know about Picasa, it is quite simply the best way to
view, manage, edit, print and email your digital photos. It’s free and you can
download it from http://picasa.google.com/.
development team tested it up to 250,000 images without incident and NASA’s Jet
Propulsion Laboratory used Picasa 1 to store more than 900,000 pictures.
Apparently it did run into a spot of trouble at or around the 500,000-image
mark when the single file used to store thumbnail images exceeded the 4Gb limit
that used to exist in earlier versions of Windows. There may well be an upper
limit but I really don’t think you need to worry about just yet…
Windows XP Slow To Boot
eight-month old PC is now very slow compared to when it was new. When starting
up it takes several minutes before the hourglass disappears and I can use
J Randall, by email
original ‘Design Goal’ for Windows XP was for it to be in a useable state 30 seconds
after switch on; dedicated tweakers have achieved start up times of less than
10 seconds. Back in the real world only brand new PCs are ready to use in under
a minute and a steady increase in boot up time and shutdown problems is quite
normal. However, I wouldn’t expect it to become really annoying after only 8
months, unless your machine is exceptionally well used and you have been
installing and uninstalling a lot of software.
booting is usually caused by a build-up of programs and ‘services’ that launch
with Windows, most of which are a complete waste of space and sap your PC’s
resources. With a little judicious pruning you can probably shave a minute or
two off the start-up time, but I warn you it can be a bit of a palaver. There’s
a simple step-by-step guide in Boot Camps 355 – 357, which you will find in the
Archive on the Daily Telegraph website at: http://tinyurl.com/2z9vrd.
alternative is to set aside half a day, backup all of your essential data, wipe
the hard drive then re-install Windows and all of your applications, and for a
while at least, it’s like having a new PC.
Where’s the Bar?
have recently changed my ISP and since then I have lost the indication
that an email has actually been sent. I used to get a moving bar in the bottom
right hand corner. Can you tell me how to restore it please?
Parker, via email
installation software often mess things up and add unwanted ‘branding’ and
logos to your browser or change your home page. The Outlook Express problem
should be easy to fix, just go to View > Layout and under Basic check the
item ‘Status bar’.
remove most types of ISP branding in Internet Explorer all you have to do is go
to Run on the Start menu and type: ‘rundll32 iedkcs32.dll,Clear’ (without the
quotes) then reboot.
Removing Credit Card Details from Firefox
I use Mozilla
Firefox and among my Bookmarks is a site from which I have occasionally
purchased goods with credit card. This website brings up my card number
etc. as soon as I start typing. I do not like the thought that these
details are buried in my computer for someone to access. Can this be disabled?
B. Martin, by email
possible your credit card number is being kept by the actual website though it
is more likely it’s a ‘helpful’ feature in Firefox that stores entries typed
into web pages. To switch it off go to Tools > Options and select the
Privacy tab. Under History deselect ‘ Remember what I enter in forms and the
Search bar’, then under Private Data check ‘Always clear my private data when I
close Firefox’, then click OK.
Word Too Clever By Half
My PC is driving
me nuts. When trying to type out
various lists, which include numbers or dates, Word puts in the next number
when I press Return when I don't want that one. It often decides where I
should be indenting when I don't want to and sometimes I find it impossible to
get it right. Any bright ideas?
Peter Tame, by email
A. When Word does something you don’t want the quick and
easy fix is to use the ‘Undo’ keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Z, and this works in
most Windows programs. By the sound of it your problems are due to Word’s
Autocomplete feature. I would start by switching off the List option by going
to Tools > AutoCorrect, select the AutoFormat as you Type tab and deselect
‘Automatic Numbered Lists’ (and Auto Bulleted lists… while you are at it). You
should also deselect ‘Lists’ on the AutoFormat tab. If you want to take charge
of the indents on numbered lists click Bullets and Numbering on the Format
Menu, select the Numbered tab and then the Customise button and the indent
setting is under Text position.
© R. Maybury 2007