Houston We Have a ProblemÖ 037 02/06/07
daughter, who lives in France, has given me her little-used Apple iPod. It is
the French version, even the keyboard is French. Can this be up-dated to an
English version? Or will I have to learn French?
iPods are multi-lingual and you can change the language from the main menu,
though the precise procedure varies according to the model. Thereís an easy to
follow set of step-by-step instructions (which assumes that you cannot read the
menu) on the Apple Support website at: http://tinyurl.com/cebgb
The Right Router
I have Sony desktop and laptop PCs plus a Hewlett Packard
LaserJet printer and I have just taken out a broadband subscription. I have
visited various retailers with the following problems without any success; they
were either unhelpful or totally confused by my requests. All I want to know is
what sort of Wireless Router do need and I want both PCs to be able to use my
printer. However, the printer does not have a USB cable (I think it has a
serial cable), so how can I connect it?
Margaret Anderson, by email
I hope you have just been very unlucky in your choice of
shops; these are perfectly straightforward questions that any reasonably
well-trained sales assistant should be able to answer.
Itís worth checking with your broadband provider to see if
they can supply you with a combined ADSL modem/Wi-Fi Router, rather than just
the modem on its own. Itís one less box and to contend with, configuration and
installation are generally a lot easier and it means you wonít have to leave
your main PC switched on all of the time you want to access the Internet on your
If they cannot help I seriously suggest you buy one, prices
star at around £45. If you want to use the supplied modem and connect your PC
to a wireless router then thereís really not a lot to choose between the
well-known brands and you canít go far wrong with models from 3Com, Belkin,
Linksys and Netgear etc. Make sure you get one with at least 2 LAN ports, to
allow for future expansion, and help with your second problem.
Sharing a printer on a network is easy if the desktop PC it
is connected to is left switched on all the time but this is not very
convenient, or environmentally sound. The solution is a device called a Print
Server, which connects between the printer and the router, bypassing the need
for a PC. The Netgear PS101 Mini Print Server would be ideal for you as this
connects directly to the printerís parallel port socket. These are widely
available online and sell for around £45.
I want to do is bring up my watercolour sketches (scanned and filed in My
Pictures and various other places) and use the Paint program to add spots or
dots etc. and print out the result. However, when I open a picture only a
corner of it comes up, greatly enlarged. I can work on this huge corner
perfectly satisfactorily but of course it is hopeless, as I need the whole
picture. What is going wrong?
is wrong, as such, it is just that Windows Paint is not the best program to use
when viewing or editing large images. Paint has very limited Ďsizingí
capabilities; in fact you can only zoom in using its four preset magnification
settings (x1 x2, x6 and x8). If you are otherwise happy with the way Paint
works then I suggest you try a free program called Paint.Net (http://tinyurl.com/y2plg3), which is based on the
Windows program but with many extra features, including a much more
sophisticated zoom. Otherwise try my current favourite freeware image editing
applications, PhotoFiltre (http://tinyurl.com/45hn6), which has
numerous extra tools and effects for manipulating your sketches.
Psion of the Times
I've used Psion
hand held computers for the last 10 years or so, but my most recent one has
finally given up the ghost and gone to cyber heaven! Can you provide any
suggestions as to possible replacements?
John Brown, by email
Psion was something of a design classic and there is nothing quite as
convenient and easy to use on the market today. There are still plenty of
decent Series 3, 5 and 7 Psion organisers selling on ebay (www.ebay.co.uk) so thereís no need to give up
just yet, but you will only be prolonging the inevitable.
knowing more about what you want to use its replacement for Iím reluctant to
make any specific recommendations but there are plenty of handheld PCs and
SmartPhones to choose from. I would focus on those using the Windows Mobile
operating system. You may need to budget for a companion fold-up keyboard if
you want to do any serious typing, though. Windows Mobile includes ĎPocketí
versions of popular Microsoft applications like Word, Excel PowerPoint and
Media Player, so file compatibility shouldnít be an issue. It also comes with
Internet Explorer and Outlook Mobile and if you donít get on with those there
are plenty of third-party alternatives to download. File transfer and
synchronisation with a Windows PC are virtually painless and many models have
the Wi-Fi and mobile phone connectivity.
© R. Maybury 2007