Fred… First, thanks for the Plus newsletter – a “must-read” for this non-techie! Second, a request for help! Here’s the story: Four colleagues and myself regularly exchange documents using email. When I use Outlook (2003 edition) to send them a message and use the “insert file” command to attach a file, some of my colleagues get the file, some don’t. If one of those colleagues that DID receive the file forwards my email to the others, they get the file!
However, if I’m working on a file (in Word or Acrobat, for example) and then use the “email this file” command in that program, then ALL my colleagues get the file!
I realize that there could be a multitude of reasons behind the problem and I may not have given you enough facts to go on, but can you shed any light on this one? —Bob Hogg
Short form: I have to move my office, so the LangaList will be shut down for
a while. Subscriber email will not— cannot— be answered for a while; and
there’ll be no new issues published. There also are other factors at work (see
below), so the
combined downtime will be significant— at least 6-8
weeks. I *will* get to your letters and subscription service requests, but
PLEASE EXPECT A SIGNIFICANT DELAY.
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I’ve looked forward to each issue of Plus for
years. The other day I installed Microsoft Office Professional 2003. The next
day I booted up my PC to check and reply to some emails. I wanted to insert a
picture and found that all the Folders and Files I added to My Documents were
gone, other than I had when I first installed WindowsXP Professional and
Service Pack 2. How can I access everything that was there before installing,
Microsoft Office Professional 2003? —Dwight Stilson
Fred, I have a Logitech Trackman Marble Wheel which
I use for day-to-day work but when I do graphics work it’s not as sensitive as
I need it to be. Is it possible to use two different pointing devices (mice)
without unplugging one to plug in the other? —Riley
As a long time plus subscriber, I wouldn’t miss an
issue. Good stuff… Anyway, I was thinking about automating both scandisk(Win9x)/chkdsk.exe
(XP, 2K) and defrag on all of the computers in my office (all are Windows
XP Pro SP2). I was going to have them run automatically, first scandisk on
Tuesday night, then follow up on Wednesday night with defrag. I have done the
research to determine exactly how to accomplish this via the Task Scheduler
using batch files so no help needed there.
Hi Fred, Probably not very interesting to most of
your readers, but for those with shaky hands (aka a tremor) like me this can
be very good news. I found this software application called Mousecage. Its
intention is to help people with hand tremor control their computer mouse. As
you will understand, using a computer mouse is often impossible for people
with a hand tremor. At first, Mousecage needed some getting used to, but once
I did that, it helped me enormously. For the first time in ages, I can now
handle the mouse without frustration! I found Mousecage mentioned on a Dutch
website, but the company that developed Mousecage is UK based (I think) and
has an English website: http://www.mousecage.org .
Fred, I resubscribed to the Plus! edition— that’s an indicator of how
much I enjoy the newsletter.
What are those numbers and letters that some sites want you to enter for
security reasons (I notice eBay has started to use the same on some entry points
to their forms).
Hi Fred: I have a very short list of trusted sites in
Internet Explorer–which I usually only use on MS’s web site. But IE
exhibits a weird behavior when I go to the trusted sites–it tells me that
I’m going to a trusted site and asks if that is OK.