Ask Rick 163 23/07/11
I am about to upgrade my Sky+ box to a Sky+ HD
digibox. I have between five and ten hours of recordings on the old Sky+ box
that I would like to save. Is it possible to transfer them to the Sky+ HD box
or is there any way they can be copied to a DVD?
Alan Thomason, by email
You have two options. The first is to use the
Sky+ box’s analogue video and audio (AV) output to copy the programs to a DVD
recorder or your computer. This will result in a small reduction in quality. If
you want to use your PC you will need an AV input module that plugs into one of
the computer’s USB sockets plus some video recording and DVD burning software.
The alternative method is to copy the
programmes from the hard drive in the Sky+ box to the drive in the Sky+ HD box
using your PC and a free Windows program called Copy+ (http://goo.gl/4iYzq). There’s no loss of quality
with this method but you have to remove the drives from both Sky boxes so it
will almost certainly invalidate any warranties and it helps to be handy with a
screwdriver. You will also need one or two USB hard drive caddies – to connect
the drive to the PC -- these cost around £20 - £30 from online sellers.
If you use one caddy the data from old drive is
temporarily stored on the PC, so make sure you have plenty of free hard drive
space. Once that’s done swap the drives in the caddy and copy the programs from
the PC to the new drive. If you use two caddies you can copy the programmes
straight from one drive to the other. Whichever method you use you won’t be
able to watch the programmes on your PC, though there are ways and means of
doing that, as explained on the Copy+ website.
POP goes gmail
I want to temporarily reroute emails arriving
on my home PC to my gmail account so that I can monitor them on my laptop when
Gavin Inglis, by email
All you have to do is open gmail, click the
gearwheel icon in the top right hand corner and select Mail Settings. Choose
the Accounts and Import tab and under Check Mail using POP3, click Add POP3
email account. Follow the prompts and type in the email address and password of
the account you want gmail to check. Note that gmail leaves the messages on
your POP3 server so they will still be there to download on your PC when you
Psion of the Times
I have a Psion Revo organiser and using Windows
98 I have been able to transfer Word and Excel files to and from my PC. Now I
have a laptop using Vista and it no longer works. Can you help? I am also
concerned that my Revo, which is about 10 years old, could die at any time. So
far I have not found anything to replace it. I am looking for something that
will fit in a jacket pocket, has a proper keyboard, Word and Excel, and is
compatible with Vista. Anything else would be a bonus. Any suggestions?
Malcolm Clark, by email
The last version of Psion’s communication
software, (PsiWin v2.3.3), will run on Vista and Windows 7, though W7 need to
be in XP compatibility mode. However, since most laptops no longer have serial
ports you have to use a USB to Serial adaptor lead. The trouble is the Revo is
quite fussy and not all of them work but one that usually does is the Startech
ICUSB232, which sells from around £8.00 from the likes of Amazon.
The Revo and its popular predecessor the Psion
5 really were ahead of their time and there nothing really to compare with them
at the moment, that meets all of your requirements. A Windows netbook comes
close, though you’ll need fairly large pockets to carry it. Otherwise your best
bet is an iPad, iPhone or an Android smartphone or tablet PC. They can all open
and edit Microsoft Office files using apps such Documents to Go (around £15)
there’s also Quick Office for Android, which costs around £5.00. If you don’t
like on-screen keyboards there’s a huge choice of compact external keyboards
for Android devices. There’s not so many for the iPad but they are available.
If I wake up my Windows 7 laptop from sleep mode,
it connects to BT Openzone, inviting me to subscribe. I then have to re-connect
to my home Wi-Fi connection. If I start the computer from shutdown state it
automatically connects to my home Wi-Fi. Why does it try to connect to BT
Openzone from sleep, and how do I stop this happening?
Dr Bijesh Patel, by email
This irritates a lot of people and it’s due to
some BT wireless routers being used as Wi-Fi hotspots that can be shared by
Openzone and BT FON subscribers. Incidentally, not all BT customers are aware
that this is this is happening, or have forgotten that they opted in for this
service, so check your agreements.
Openzone and FON connections appear to Windows
as public unsecured networks and it may be that at some time in the past you
clicked on BT Openzone (or FON) and it has been added to your list of wireless
connections. You can remove it – but don’t be surprised if it comes back – by
going to Start > Control Panel > Network and Sharing Centre and click on
Manage Wireless Networks. Right click on the BT Openzone listing, and any
others that you do not use and select Remove network. Otherwise, if you want to
stop it connecting again, do not delete the entry in Manage Wireless Networks
but right-click on it, select Properties and make sure that ‘connect
automatically….’ is unchecked.
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