The Digital Life, Houston We Have a Problem, 050 01/09/07
Rewriting the Rules
I store my photos on my computer and can easily delete single or a
file of them. However, when I copy over
to a re-writeable CD, I cannot delete.
It tells me the file is read only.
I thought if I had a rewritable CD this would be possible. How can I over come this?
Mary Cousins, by email
This catches a lot of people but the fact is all recordable CDs
and DVDs are read-only ‘write-once’ media and the data they contain cannot be
erased or re-written. The term ‘rewritable’ just means that the whole disc can
be erased and re-used.
Now, you might be wondering how some CD/DVD burning programs and
utilities appear to let you selectively erase and rewrite files, like a hard
disc, but this is just a trick. When you ‘delete’ a file on a CD or DVD all you
are actually doing is removing the reference to the file from the disc’s table
of contents (TOC). The ‘erased’ data remains on the disc and the space it
occupies cannot be re-used; a new or modified file of the same name simply uses
up available free space so eventually the disc will fill up.
Not In My Name
When I first open my
computer and the Microsoft licence comes on the screen, the person who set up
my computer spelt my name wrong. Is there any way I can alter this
please? Silly I know, but it annoys me!
Lynda Fuller, by email
A small point it may be
but it can be extremely irritating. You can change your name and the
‘Registered Organisation’ but I have to warn you that it involves tinkering
with the Windows Registry, which is strictly off-limits to novices, and you try
it entirely at your own risk. However, that said, it’s not difficult and if you
follow the instructions nothing should go wrong. By the way, this trick works
on both Windows XP and Vista.
Start by setting a System
Restore Point (Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools) then go
to Run or Search (in the case of Vista) on the Start menu and type ‘regedit’.
This opens the Registry Editor; now navigate to the following key:
Double click on the
CurrentVersion icon and in the right-hand pane work your way down to Registered
Owner. Right click on the Key and select Modify and make your changes and click
OK. You can do the same thing with the Registered Organisation key. Exit the
Registry Editor and on the next reboot the correct name will appear.
Some of my DVDs have 4x, 8x or 16x written on them. What does this signify and how would it
affect their performance.
John Le Gassick, by
These numbers are speed ratings and indicate how fast data can be
written to the disc. You will often find a similar number printed or stamped on
the front of your CD/DVD writer drive. The idea is that you buy the fastest
discs your drive and burning software supports but in practice this can be a
bad idea. Faster writing speeds often result in corrupt disc, so unless you are
in a hurry stick to slower (2x, 4x etc.) writing speeds.
Word in a Spin
have Word 2000 and would like to use the image rotate facility. From the
Draw toolbar I go to Rotate or Flip from which the drop-down menu is
faint and Free Rotate, etc. are disabled.
Michael Glover, by email
These options are ‘greyed out’ because Windows 2000 can only
rotate WordArt graphics and Drawing objects. You can rotate images and graphics
in later versions of Word but unless you upgrade the only thing you can do is
change the orientation of the image in Paint or your preferred image editing
program, before you insert it into Word.
MACs and Digicams
My 3-year-old Fuji camera has suffered an unforeseen problem and I
have been quoted me £150 to send it away for repair. I would prefer to purchase
a new camera with more features, one that is compatible with my computer. I
have been downloading my pictures onto an iMac OS 9.2 and would like to
continue doing so as I cannot justify buying a new computer. Do you know if
there is a camera currently available with software that will enable me to
download onto my iMac? The shop suggested a Canon IXUS 70 but the computer
requirements on the box say Mac OS X.
John Connelly, Tacolneston, Norfolk
I really wouldn’t worry, just concentrate on getting the camera
that has the features you want and suits your needs. The software requirements
on digicam boxes normally only relates to the utility and file management
software. The vast majority of digital cameras record images using JPEG
compression on standard memory cards, so all you have to do, to get images from
your camera into the Mac, is buy a USB card reader.
Just remove the card from the camera, pop it into the reader then
copy the picture files to a folder on your hard drive. You may even find that
you MAC can read the memory card directly when you connect it using the
supplied USB data cable.
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