Hi Fred, Maybe I’m asking the wrong question, or the right question
the wrong way, but there just doesn’t seem to be a solution to this problem.
Good morning, I would like to start by thanking you for the tremendous
service you provide with your newsletter. I find items that are of both
professional and personal value in every issue and I shall remain a Plus
Subscriber until either you or I retire.
I regularly read the Langalist, and have a very serious problem. I am running
Windows XP Pro.
I went to the Microsoft Update site to download an update to Media Player, and
was asked to validate my copy of XP through their Genuine Microsoft Product
page, which I did successfully.
Fred: Came across a nifty free program called
HandyFind that finds text as you type in Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word,
Notepad, Outlook emails, etc. without the use of a dialog box. Visit
A number of your fellow readers have faced file-corruption problems like
those we discussed recently in "Free Tool Copies Even
Corrupted Files" (
http://www.langalist.com/Plus/newsletters/2005/2005-12-05plus.asp ); and
some found additional tools of note:
I’ve heard you talk about difficult to delete files, but not the seemingly
impossible to delete files I’ve got.
Fred, I have a question about outlook express regarding compacting. What is the reason for compacting?
Is there a limit for email storage that causes compacting?
Can I or should I disable compacting?
If I can and should, how do I stop it?
When it runs it slows down my computer considerably. The only way I have been able to stop it is control-alt-delete and end process. It is very annoying & if I let it run it comes up with a message about not
enough memory or space (can’t remember which) to continue. Please help. Art (Plus subscriber) and grateful member
Imagine: You’re in a hotel room, partway through a trip. Your plans must change:
Instead of traveling to familiar places by well-known or planned routes, you’re faced with
having to plan a new and somewhat complex multi-stop route on unfamiliar roads. The classic online mapping tools you’ve
probably used before— Yahoo, Expedia, and the
like— are meant for simple point-to-point navigation, and can’t handle
complex, multi-stop routes. What do you do now?
Hi Fred, I’ll keep the accolades brief: Your newsletter is hands down the most
useful and informative on the net. I recommend it all the time. I trouble shoot computers constantly. Not surprisingly, I spend as much
time helping family and friends after hours as I do wrestling with PCs at
the office. Now my sister has come up with a glitch that truly has me
stumped. She has a USB hard disk where she keeps her school work. Recently one of
the folders became unreadable and the system (Windows XP) told her it was
corrupt. I suggested she run Scandisk and now the folder is gone! I
checked the Recycle Bin and used an undelete program (Restoration) but it
doesn’t show up. I checked a backup made before running Scandisk but it’s
Hi Fred, Thanks for all the good work.