Ask Rick 338 06/12/14
Would there be any damage to my Kindle if I
were to scan pages from it?
Mike Robinson, by email
Scanners and photocopiers use LEDs and
fluorescent tubes as light sources and these are not bright enough to harm
e-ink or LCD displays, but there are other ways to capture pages from an ebook.
If you have a Kindle Fire (2011 onwards) or almost any recent Android tablet
just press the volume down and power off buttons simultaneously to take a
screen grab, which you can view, print and share like any other image. Better
still, install the free Kindle app on your PC, enter your account details and
it will sync with the library on your device. Tap PrtScn on your keyboard to
take a screenshot and open it in any image editing program or highlight the
text, and copy and paste it into a word processor document. Bear in mind that
there may be copyright issues if the screen grab or copied text is going to be
used for public display or any commercial purposes.
I have had a Tesco Hudl for several months and
suddenly I have a problem. If I am undertaking any action whereby I am required
to insert my own email address into a box, it will let me do so, but the moment
I move onto the next box the address changes and becomes gobbledegook.
Gerry Harcombe, by email
Take your pick from the Hudl’s Auto Correction,
Personalised Suggestion or Next Word Suggestion functions. They work like a
mobile phone predictive text system, but on steroids, wilfully deciding to
correct or replace words it does not agree, with whilst you are typing. To find
out which are responsible switch them off one at a time by going to Settings
> Language & Input; tap the menu icon next to Google Keyboard and select
Text Correction to display the options.
I have several years of home accounts stored
using Microsoft Money 2002. This is no longer supported. I am very happy with
the product and it worked, with some peculiarities, on a new Windows 8 laptop
but I live in fear that it will not work when future releases of MS Windows
come out. Can you suggest an alternative to which I can transfer my files, and
which, hopefully, is not too expensive and will be supported for a few more
David Millar, by email
Future compatibility is impossible to predict
but time is definitely running out for MS Money, which was shelved in 2009.
Have a look at its replacement, Money Plus Sunset Deluxe. This runs on Windows
XP onwards, and it should still work with Windows 10, due out next year, but
after that is anyone’s guess... MPSD is free from Microsoft (http://goo.gl/qVEHzw), and it looks like, and
has most of the features of MS Money, including support for UK currency. In
fact the only major omissions are the online options for downloading
statements, updating investments and stock prices, paying bills and so on. If
you can live without the Internet features then it should be fine for personal
finance and basic small business applications but if you need something more
sophisticated or have any special requirements you will have to do some
homework, and be prepared to pay for commercial software; you will find plenty
of suggestions if you Google ‘MS Money Alternatives’.
I have produced iPhoto Journals of holidays
taken over a number of years, twelve in total. They are complete with titles,
maps and notes detailing the places shown in the photos. I have just updated my
iPad Air with iOS 8 and learnt that these journals are no longer supported by
the new operating system. There was no warning given when I was invited to
update. Is there any way back to iOS 7?
Jeff Burgess, by email
This is all part of Apple’s on-going plan to
discontinue iPhoto and Aperture on OS X and replace them with Photos. This was
mentioned, almost in passing, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference back
in June but it will have gone unnoticed by most iOS and OS X users and is yet
another iOS 8 annoyance to add to the list. Unfortunately there is no way of
reverting to IOS 7 so the only thing you can do is follow the prompt and
migrate your iPhoto files to Photos. Your images will appear in the Photos
library, if they are not there already, and any changes that you made in iPhoto
are retained. However, will not be able to make further adjustments but you can
undo previous edits. Journal, Book and Slideshow layouts and text will be lost
and the images they contain will be converted into regular Albums; tags and
captions will not be displayed either but they can still be used in keyword and
I have a Sony digital video camera and used to
download recordings via a Sony recommended i.Link cable to my desktop computer,
which was fitted with an adaptor card. I now have a laptop, with no i.Link
connector. How I can copy recordings from the camcorder to my new computer?
Alan Hadwen, by email
i.Link is Sony’s name for the FireWire or IEEE
1394 high-speed serial bus. There is no way of making a direct connection
without a FireWire socket on the laptop, and do not waste money on USB to
FireWire cables or adaptors, they do not work for video data. If you still have
your desktop PC you could download and transfer your video files from the old
PC to the new one, using a USB Flash drive or an external hard drive. The other
option is a converter module and the best of the bunch was the Pinnacle Studio
MovieBox. Unfortunately they are no longer being made but they can still be
found on ebay and Amazon however, be prepared to pay £100 or more for one.
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