Hello Fred, as much as I enjoy reading every
issue of your newsletter, I didn’t actually have a need to ask anything
myself – until now. I have a problem with the Internet Explorer: once in a
while (sometimes few times a day, depending on use) my pc reboots, when I
click on a link in internet explorer. So far I could not notice any pattern,
but it always happens on a link clicking. I tried some debugging, but to no
effect. How would you recommend to approach this problem?
Our discussion on resurrecting water-soaked PCs
brought a (pardon the expression) flood of email. A sampling:
Dear Fred, I was wondering what would be a good strategy for
allocating hard disk space in terms of OS/Programs/Data.
Hi Fred-About a year ago, I got frustrated at the outrageous costs of textbooks at my
school. I started searching for alternatives and found that there are tons of
FREE textbooks online. The problem was, there was no way to find them without
spending hours on google.
I wonder if you have any comments on why win2000 will read some of my old win98
cdrw disks, and not others? Almost all were written with one or another version
of Nero or Roxio several years ago.
Is there any magic solution?
Paul Schindler, whom some of you will remember from the
many tech journalism posts he’s held over the years, sent this along:
Accident, age, or infirmity can render any of us unable to
type normally at any time. With luck it’ll be a temporary problem, But whether
short- or long-term, trying to use a PC one-handed is a hassle. But there’s
Fred, my son bought a Compaq Presario a few years ago that
came with XP home
installed, but no installation/distribution CD. His system has gotten rather
flakey over the years and he’d like to wipe it all out and start over. Problem
is the lack of a CD. Since he has a legit license for his computer can he use
someone else’s CD and enter his license number from the sticker on the case?
A friend’s son is at college, and recently had his laptop,
um, liberated by persons unknown. He asked for advice on what to get as a
replacement. Perhaps the same information will be useful to others:
Given the recent floods in many different areas, this is a timely item, showing
how it may be possible to bring even a submerged PC back to life:
Wet PC: Those are two words that should never go together but
unfortunately for me it became a reality. A couple of weekends
ago when we had all that rain my sump pump died and left me with
a foot of water in my finished basement. Among the many family
treasures that got soaked were 3 of my computers. Any advise for me before I try turning them
on? I don’t think the harddrives, cpu, or ram were submerged but
the water level did go up past a couple of pci slots. The side
covers have been off the cases and everything looks dry now. Is
there anything I should do before plugging them in and praying?
Thanks, Dave F