Monthly Archives: March 2002

Readers Comments & Questions

Thank-you for your weekly column in the Herald Express, I have found it helpful on more than one occasion.

I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro 430 CDT and use Freeserve as my ISP using Outlook Express to send and receive my mail and Internet Explorer for Internet connection (Both use the same connection settings).

At home everything is okay, but when I go to my daughter’s house and connect through her telephone line I can receive my mail without any problem but am unable to send any e-mails.I have tried putting her telephone number in the Dial-Up Networking settings but nothing seems to solve the situation.Do I have to set up a new account if I want to use her telephone line or do I have to go through Internet Explorer to send e-mails while I’m connected to the Internet?

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PC alternatives – Part I, the new Apple iMac.

Some of you may remember when Apple first released the iMac, an entire PC which was built into a colourful CRT monitor, designed to be easy to use and to liven up your desktop.For those of you who are somewhat ignorant of alternatives to PC computing, Macintosh computers are used by many home and professional users a viable solution to what most of you would only think about using a PC for.The system has its own Operating System, ‘Mac OS’, which is primarily designed for running specially written Mac software (for example, Microsoft Internet Explorer for Mac OS rather than Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows XP) although there is a degree of compatibility between the hardware and software that runs on a PC and that which runs on an Apple Mac.

Above all, the Mac OS is famed for its reliability … Read the rest

Last week we looked at the website which focussed on allowing old friends who met through any stage of their lives to get back in contact again via the Internet; a user would go online, type in their name and see if anyone was currently actively searching for them.I did promise though that this week I would investigate a similar style of site, but instead ofspecifically looking for one particular person we’d look at one which focuses on groups of people; your old school friends.

The website allows you to specify which schools you went to and your respective years of leaving so that the website can bring up a list of other people that have registered themselves as being in that year and in that particular school.Upon navigating to the site, you are asked to specify a school … Read the rest

Readers Comments & Questions Part 2

I enclose a photostat of my son Nigel and his colleague, Roger Palin who have set up a website to enable friends to get in touch with each other.

As my son attended Knowles Hill School, Newton Abbot, between 1971 and 1977 when we lived in Bovey Tracey, he wondered whether you could perhaps publicise the venture so former pupils could contact him or other friends.

Ray Nickless, Brixham

Enclosed with this letter, as Ray said was a cutting from Wirral News Group which gives us some interesting information about the site although since this article was written towards the end of January some of the statistics it gives may have to be taken with a pinch of salt.One of the most relevant points to note is that the site has details of 12,000 names, the idea behind it is Read the rest

Readers Questions Part 2

This week I’ll again spend a bit of time answering a selection of readers’ questions in the hope that I can resolve some of your most common problems.

I have been following your Click column in the Herald Express for some time and find it useful, being very new to Windows, etc. I followed your recent instructions on updating and managed to update most of our programs although, I cannot download DirectX 8.1 upgrade; it takes almost an hour and every time I try (and I have tried many times this last week) I lose the connection somewhere during the download time. We have Freeserve Anytime.

As you know, when the connection breaks you have to go back to the beginning of the download again. Can you please advise?

Alick Lavers, via e-mail

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