The Digital Life, Houston We Have a Problem, 095 09/08/08
Now Hear This…
I am looking for a new
mobile phone, which has the facility to increase the volume, as I am becoming
rather deaf. Do you have any recommendations?
Ethel Keevil, by email
There used to be a couple
of extra loud models in the late 1990s but I am fairly sure they have
disappeared by now. I suspect that’s because many modern mobiles have features
that can prove very useful to those with hearing difficulties.
They include vibrating
and flashing call alerts and programmable ring tones (if you have problems
hearing certain frequencies). A lot of handsets have built-in speakerphones,
which addresses the problem of low volume and Bluetooth hearing aids are
available, which communicate directly with the phone. Text messaging has become
hugely popular with the deaf community and several service providers have
voicemail to text services, so really your biggest problem is deciding which
combination of features best suits your needs. The Royal Nation Institute for
the Deaf (RNID) website at: http://www.rnid.org.uk/,
has some useful advice; type ‘mobile phones’ into the Search box and read
through the news items, resources and forums devoted to the topic.
I have just noticed an error in the telephone number that
is entered when I press Autofill on Internet Explorer. How can I edit the content in Autofill?
Charles Bradshaw, by email
You can't, at least not
easily and not without specialist software. The facility to
automatically fill out forms is known as AutoComplete and the data is encrypted
and stored in the Registry. All you can safely do is delete the lot and start
again by going to Tools > Internet Options > Content tab. Click the
AutoComplete button then the Settings button and under Delete AutoComplete
History click OK.
Before the recent
failure of the motherboard and CPU on my Vista PC, my emails were through Microsoft
Outlook. However, they are now go
through Windows Mail. Can you tell me
how to return to Outlook?
Kevin Bennett, by
Set your program
preferences is easy in Vista. All you have to do is go to Default Programs on
the Start menu, click ‘Set Your Default Programs, select Outlook on the list in
the left hand pane and make sure it is set as the default for emails.
Windows to Mac
I wish to download
some files and documents from my Windows 98 SE computer before it dies; it has
only a floppy drive. I tried connecting it to my Mac (Leopard OSX) and Windows
XP laptop, using a USB cable, but the computers did not recognise each other.
Jim Corrigan, via
Never, ever connect two
PCs together using a standard USB cable as there is a very good chance you’ll
blow the USB ports (or worse) on one or both machines. Specialist USB
transfer/link cables and software for Windows PCs are available – Maplin (www.maplin.co.uk)
has one for under £15.00 -- though I have never had much luck with Windows to
Mac USB connections. Alternatively, use a USB memory stick. The only thing to
watch out for is that it must come with Windows 98 compatible drivers, many do;
otherwise they can usually be downloaded from the manufacturer’s web site. Once
on the USB stick your files should be readable on any Windows XP, Vista or Mac
My Canon digital
camera has developed a fault. The shop I purchased it from five years ago
looked at it and said they think it is the sensor but it will have to be sent
away for a proper diagnosis and estimate. As they will charge me £25.00 to do
this, just to get an estimate, which they said could be as much as £100 I think
I will be buying a new camera.
Whilst I take advice
and decide what to buy I am using a Kodak single-use camera. I would like to
keep my photos on my computer so when I have this camera developed what is the
best way to put my photographs into My Pictures?
Pamela Ford, by email
If you have a scanner you
can easily do it yourself; budget flatbed scanners can be found for as little
as £20. But why not just ask whoever is processing the film to put a copy of
your photographs on to a CD-ROM, USB memory stick or digital camera memory
card? Most on-line and high street photo processors will be only too happy to
oblige, so shop around for the best prices.
Dim View of Laptops
My 19-inch laptop is 2
years old and the left side of the screen is sometimes darker than the rest of
the screen. It is on the highest brightness setting possible. Is this a fault
that I can remedy or does it need expert attention?
Raouf Yassin, by email
Most LCD screens use two
or three ‘cold cathode’ backlight tubes. With normal use they should last
between 5 and 8 years; occasionally the circuits that drive the tubes can fail
but generally speaking these components are pretty reliable so manufacturers
don’t make them easy to replace. It can be done but if the tube or driver
circuit is an unusual type or difficult to obtain then it may cost more to repair
than the laptop is worth.
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