The "Zip Drive" (having nothing to do with "Zip files" or
"Zip compression") is a removable drive with higher capacity than a standard
floppy but lower capacity than a hard drive. Zip Drives were once fairly popular
as an in-between sized medium, back when CD burners cost thousands of dollars
each (yes, they really did cost that much, once!) Zip Drives are still around,
but have pretty much fallen by the wayside, replaced first by cheap CDRs and
more recently by inexpensive thumb drives.
This problem is roughly parallel to the one above, but
with a newer form of removable disk storage:
When SAFE mode starts, there is an Administrative Log on option available, but
this Administrative option disappears in STANDARD mode startup; why and is there
a trick to get the Administrator login box on standard startup? —Jacques Trudeau
Fred, Just wanted
to comment on the many references to Google in your newsletter. I notice after
you give a reply to many inquiries, you provide a Google query link to look up
results yourself, which I think pushes people to be more self-sufficient. I
have found more and more that the difference between my technical knowledge and someone that doesn’t know computers that well is being able to search Google
more effectively. Oftentimes someone will come to me and say they are having a
computer problem and give me the error message. So right in front of them, I’ll
put in a portion of the error message and put quotes around it, and usually come
up with a solution to their problem. I’m also hoping that by me doing it in
front of them, they’ll learn that they can do this themselves…. Thanks for a great newsletter!
Fred: Hello from Australia.
As a long-time supporter of Shareware (the first program I registered was
back in 1986… I think it was CompuShow) I felt compelled to add my two
cents worth to the WinZip thread in the last Langalist.
Like Paul Millard, I’ve been a registered user of WinZip since version 6.3
and have enjoyed the free updates for the last seven years.
With the release of version 10 I thought long and hard about upgrading and
gave the demo version a good workout. In the end I decided to upgrade to the
Pro version for $24.95 as it added extra features that were worth my while.
Given that there was a seven year gap between my purchases I don’t think
WinZip are being unreasonable.
Compare that to another recent Shareware purchase of mine where a major
revision came out just over three months after my original purchase. With
that product I was told that I was not eligible for a free upgrade as it was
a major revision. I understand that there has to be a cut-off point but I
felt cheated and have never used the utility since.
p.s. I love the Langalist Plus! Edition… worth every cent.
Cheers! —Paul B. Guy
"WinZip v10 Worth It?" NO! :-) The $14.95
upgrade was bought more out of curiosity, and the fact it was supposed to be
faster. I started with WinZip 1 and will end with version 10. Too many
companies are becoming once a year blood suckers. That is tolerable for Anti
Virus and Anti Spyware, but not WinZip. Give me free upgrades for minor bug
fixes, and I won’t mind buying an upgrade occasionally at a loyal users
price. Keep in mind that all this is due to Vector Capital and they want a
return on their investment: "Vector Capital’s software expertise could prove
especially valuable in helping steer WinZip to future growth. Vector’s
investment portfolio already contains such other well-known software
companies as Corel Corp., makers of WordPerfect Office, and JASC Software
Inc., makers of PaintShop Pro, which was folded into Corel." Even if the
above turns true it is unlikely that I will go any further since all I want
to do is "shrink" files and WinZip always did that well. —Frank Thomas
In the last issue, I mentioned
http://www.google.com/search?q=free+zip+compress as a good place to find
free and low-cost alternatives to WinZip, but (as usual!) many readers had
additional great suggestions:
Thwack! That was the sound of me slapping myself in the forehead.
Hi Fred. Was hoping to get your take on the release of
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?