Ask Rick 170 10/09/11
My Olympus camera uses XD memory cards. I also
have a Sony photo frame, which uses SD cards. It appears that the two formats
are incompatible. Is there any device that would allow me to use the XD card
with the photo frame?
Ben Cooper, by email
I’m not aware of an XD to SD adaptor, and I
doubt that one exists due to the differences in the technology but there are a
couple of workarounds. You could copy the images from your PC, to an SD
card. If it hasn’t got an SD card slot
you’ll need a multi-card reader, which plugs into a spare USB port. They are
very inexpensive; in fact my local pound shop has several models on offer.
Otherwise, if the photo frame has a USB socket you may be able to connect a
multi-card reader directly, just make sure it has an XD slot.
Off The Rails
For several months I have been having problems
with booking rail tickets online with two Midlands rail companies. The booking
goes through until I get to the card verification stage and even though I enter
the correct password, it either crashes or goes back to the beginning. The card is okay, I use it with other web
sites, and it used to work on these sites. I use Windows Vista and Firefox; I
have tried disabling my firewall and checked that my browser accepts cookies.
Neither company seems to be interested in tackling the problem. Any ideas?
Sylvia Trench, by email
My guess is a recent Firefox update or upgrade
is gumming up the works. The problem is many web sites are optimised for
Internet Explorer. This was fair enough when it had the lion’s share of the
market but Firefox is catching up fast, and Google Chrome and Safari are not
far behind. This sort of glitch is probably only going to get worse with the increased
used of mobile devices. It may be possible to fix the problem by tinkering with
Firefox’s settings but in the end the simplest solution is to make your
bookings through Internet Explorer.
I have a family tree, going back many generations
and it is very wide. I found it on the Internet in, pdf format. And all
attempts to print it in a multi-page readable size have failed; all I get is a
compressed unreadable line. Any suggestions about how this can be achieved?
David Hovell, by email
There are several ways to do this, including
specialist software for splitting pdfs and companies that produce continuous
roll prints, but I have a quick and dirty method that can give very acceptable
results. You need a couple of freeware applications, called Foxit Reader (http://goo.gl/bRKr6) and Photofiltre image
editor (http://goo.gl/YG9NY). Step one, open
the pdf in Foxit Reader, rotate it through 90 degrees and use the zoom control
to enlarge it to fit the height of the page. Scroll to the left edge of the
document and press PrtScn on the keyboard to take a snapshot of the page. Next,
open PhotoFiltre and go to Edit > Paste as new Image. Now use the selection
tool to frame the first section of the tree, right-click and select Crop. Now
go back to Foxit and scroll right to display the next section of the tree,
press PrtScn again to capture and switch to Photofiltre to define the next
crop. It’s a good idea to overlap the second crop with the first by a few
millimetres to make sure you get an accurate join. Repeat the process until you
have sectioned and cropped the whole document. You can now print them all out
and use glue or adhesive tape to join them together into one continuous strip.
Waiting for Kindle 4
I recently decided to buy a Kindle but was told
that Amazon will shortly introduce a new model. Do you know if this is correct
and if so what will new version do that the present one doesn't? Is it worth hanging on for a few months
before making my purchase?
Derek Pickford, by email
Internet forums have been awash with rumours of
a Kindle 4 for some time but it seems likely that the next generation model
will be more like a tablet PC than an e-book, with an advanced 7-inch colour
touch screen and running a version of the Android operating system. This almost
certainly means it can display moving video, allowing users to download movies,
as well as books from Amazon. A launch in the next few months is a distinct
possibility, as to date Amazon has released new models at roughly 18-month
intervals, and the last one was in August 2010. But this is all speculation, as
is a rumoured $250 price tag, so if you just want a Kindle to read books right
now then my best advice is to go ahead and get one, though be warned the price
might drop after the new model is introduced.
Music in the Cloud
I am interested in buying a Samsung Chromebook
as a second computer to surf the Internet. One thing that I am not sure about
is can I use iTunes to download and store music files in the same way that I
use my home PC?
Chris Patching, by email
Chrome netbooks operate in the Cloud, which
basically means they have little or no on-board storage and everything,
including the operating system, applications and user files is kept on a remote
server. You will also need a decent broadband connection, wherever you use it.
I am sure that there will be ways to access an iTunes library but it’s a very
different way of computing, with a lot of wrinkles still to be ironed out. For
anything other than straightforward tasks like web browsing, emailing, word
processing and so on I would stick with the tried and tested – laptops,
netbooks, tablets etc. – and wait until the technology has matured.
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