Ask Rick 217 11/08/12
I recently replaced my iPhone with a Samsung
Galaxy 3. Do you know any way to save my text conversations to a PC, or even
better, onto the new phone?
John Sexton, by email
It's a bit of a palaver but there are a number
of paid-for apps and utilities that claim to be able to do the job, however,
the ones that purport to do it in one go tend to get mixed reviews so I would
tackle the job in two stages. First export the messages from the iPhone to your
computer using SMS to PC Transfer (http://goo.gl/fXayk),
DiskAid 5 (http://goo.gl/VqHnN) or
BackupTrans (http://goo.gl/oRDfg), to name
just a few. Most of them have free trial versions on offer so you can try
before you buy. These extract the text messages from the iPhone and store them
on the PC as csv (comma separated value) or plain text files. To move the
messages to the Galaxy phone there’s a Windows program called VeryAndroid (http://goo.gl/gi27B), or an Android apps, such
as SMS To Text (http://goo.gl/70xD9), which
imports csv and text files from an SD card.
Those of a nervous disposition look away now
because the simplest option is to Jailbreak your iPhone with GreenPoison or
RedSnow, which gives a PC or Mac full access to all of the files stored on the
device. It’s a quick and simple job, with minimal risk but you will void the
warranty. You will also need to ‘root’ the Galaxy 3, which is the Android
equivalent of Jailbreaking, and lets you copy and paste files directly from the
computer to the phone. You’ll find plenty of tutorials for rooting the Galaxy
S3 on sites like Cnet (http://goo.gl/tzexJ).
Wildfire Damp Squib
I recently bought a HTC Wildfire smart phone
only to find that I am unable to use Flash Player. Having contacted Customer
Care they say that there is nothing that they can do and it's an HTC problem
and vice versa. The App site, says it is not compatible with my phone. Have you
any suggestions as to how I can download and run the right software?
Guy Williams, by email
It has nothing to do with the phone’s Android
operating system. It’s a hardware issue and the ARM 11 CPU chip used by the
Wildfire doesn’t meet Flash Player’s minimum performance requirements for
showing animations and video. If you don’t fancy upgrading your phone try
Dolphin Browser, which has a Flash Player built in, or Skyfire. This is another
browser that processes media content remotely, converting it into a form that
can be displayed on your phone. Both are free and can be downloaded from the
Google Play Store (http://goo.gl/DFx3C).
Taking Out The Trash
At the moment I have 700 plus emails in the
Trash on my iPad2. Is it possible to mass-delete them without having to click
every box? At the moment I delete them from my Inbox, they go to the Trash and
I have to go through the process again.
George Teasdale, by email
You can easily empty the Trash in one go, just
open Mail, select your account then the Trash folder in the Accounts section.
Tap the Edit button at the top and press Delete All. To save you the bother of
doing it again go to Settings on the home screen, select Mail Contacts
Calendars then your account and touch the Advanced button. Under Deleted
Messages select Remove and choose an appropriate timeframe for automatic
deletion (i.e. One Day, One Week or One Month).
At Your Service
Our newly modernised Church has a high quality
sound and recording system. We produce CD’s of the Sunday Service for those who
are absent. I would like to produce DVDs and assume that we would need a video
camera to computer and link the sound to this and produce DVD? One ideal stage
further would be to place a link or some way on our web site so that absent
members could view this recording but do not know how. The ideal would also be
to stream live but from enquiries made this appears to be one step too far
without very expensive kit.
David Lamb, by email
The simplest way to make your videos available
to the widest possible audience is to upload them to YouTube and it’s free.
It’s very easy to do and all you need is a digital camcorder or a digicam with
movie options, preferably one that records in .avi format (or mpeg4, .FLV,
.mov, .wmv etc.), on an SD memory card. Export or copy the movie file to your
PC, where you can edit out the wonky bits and burn it to disc using one of the
many DVD authoring packages from the likes of Pinnacle or Ulead, or upload it
to YouTube. Just create an account and follow the instructions. Once the video
is live you can place a link to it on your website. Live streaming isn’t
difficult either, and most low-cost (circa £30 - £50.00) Network or IP cameras
have built-in web-servers that allow anyone to view the cameras live video (and
usually audio as well) simply by logging on to a web address on their browser.
Users may have to download a small plugin in order to display the images and
it’s not a problem on a PC or Mac, however some other devices (iPads, iPhones
and Android phones and tablets) may not be supported.
What is the most straightforward way to organise
my desktop icons? I just want to separate groups of similar programs into
sections or preferably boxes and give each a group name, e.g. Security Backup
Dave Hawke, by email
It’s really easy, just right-click onto an
empty area of the desktop and select New > Folder. Give it a name then drag
and drop the icons you want to include onto the new folder icon. If you want to
make it a little more visually interesting right-click on the folder icon,
select Properties then Change icon.
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